Externship news...I'm so excited

  1. Hello all! I'm currently a Certified Medical Assistant/Patient Care Technician student during the day (course ends in mid Jan) and in the evening, I'm working on my prerequisites at the community college while I wait for a slot in clinicals..

    Today, I received a call from a prospective externship site, Planned Parenthood.
    I'm thrilled at the idea of learning more in regards to women's health, being involved in the community and just being supportive. I would love to hear from anyone who has completed an externship...I have to complete 80 hrs of hands on training in order to obtain certification & the diploma. I'm quite nervous and want to make a good impression. Any advice, tips and how to make the most of this externship experience will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
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  3. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I am a medical assistant also, currently taking classes to go for my RN.

    My words of advice is: get all the venipunctures you need, and get certified in phlebotomy, and just follow their directions on procedures. Try to learn as much as you can, as externship is very short.

    What clinicals are you talking about? Are you going for an RN at the same time as the CMA?


    Good luck!!
  4. by   coolatta19
    yes. I enrolled at my local community collge in 4/03 and was told, depending on how well I do, (I had to pass A&P I&II) in order to placed on the wait list. I completed 7 prerequisites and still will not enter Fundamentals of Nursing until the Fall of 2006! So in the meantime, I decided to enroll in a CMA/PCT course...hoping to gain experience and network.

    We have 90 slots for the clinical courses at my CC and over 700 applicants!

    Thanks again for the advice. Good luck in school!

    Coolatta

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