March 22, 2013 - New Practicum Opportunities at WSCC/MHS Physicians’ Clinics

The Office Administrative Services Technology Program (OAST) at Washington State Community College in conjunction with Memorial Health Systems Physicians’ Clinics Offices has worked in partnership to offer students who qualify new practicum opportunities.

The OAST program has revised their curriculum to include a Practicum Orientation and three Practicum experiences due to the growth in the healthcare field. In the pilot program, OAST practicum students are assigned to 11 different clinics in the Marietta and Belpre area. Clinic coordinators’ midterm feedback was very positive. “This is an outstanding opportunity for our students to gain first-hand experience in the medical office setting,” said Debra Hendershot, Professor and Practicum Supervisor, “our first semester has been a huge success.”

“The Memorial Health System Physicians’ Clinics were very receptive to the practicum concept with the OAST program at Washington State Community College,” said Angela Hasley, Clinic Operations Supervisor for Memorial Health System. “The educational knowledge and skills these students possess are a valuable asset to our physicians’ clinics.

Students enrolled in the Medical Administrative Assistant Associate Degree program and who meet certain requirements will have the opportunity to complete three practicums as they earn their two year degree. Students will be given the opportunity to apply their collegiate knowledge and skills in a physicians’ clinic setting. Requirements include but are not limited to passing a background check, immunizations, and completing course pre-requisites.

Practicums provide students the opportunity to experience first hand the medical office setting. Each practicum provides 105 hours of hands-on experience which may include patient registration, telephone skills, and medical records just to name a few. Upon graduation, this hands-on training may provide students with the opportunity to apply for positions in the MHS Float Pool which provides valuable office assistance. “Creating a seamless pathway from college to a first career can be challenging if the student does not have experience.” said Debra Hendershot, “This new venture is two fold. It will provide students the experience needed for their resumes and help provide the medical community with qualified entry level employees.”

In addition to practicums in the medical field, the OAST program also offers practicums to the executive administrative students in local businesses through out the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Angela and Debra will be presenting two informational sessions to explain the OAST Practicum opportunities with MHS clinics, the requirements, and how earning an Associate Degree as a Medical Administrative Assistant could provide you with a new career. To learn how you can be a part of this new opportunity, please attend one of these two sessions:

Tuesday, April 9, 10-11 a.m., Community Room OR Tuesday, April 9, 6-7 p.m., Community Room

Student services will be available after each session to speak with anyone who is interested in learning how to register for the OAST program. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, please call Washington State at 740.374.8716, Debra Hendershot x1712 or Amanda Reynolds x1801 or by email

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