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Frequently Asked Questions

Medical Assistants work in an outpatient setting and must have excellent computer, customer service, and communication skills.  They are most likely to work daytime hours. Patient Care Technicians work in an inpatient setting on a hospital floor or in a long-term care facility and are likely to have work schedules that include some evenings, nights or weekends.

No.  You must attend a scheduled Information Session or meet individually with the program coordinator.  You can only register in person at the enrollment services desk only at the Allied Health Chelsea Campus, with a form signed by the program coordinator.

All Programs begin both in fall and in spring.  

Students who begin in September will complete either in May or August.  Students who begin in January will complete in August.

Most classes are scheduled between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Some classes are offered in the evenings, so each schedule will be different.

This depends on the tuition and fees set by the state and college for the upcoming semester.  It also depends on which classes you need and if you have appropriate transferrable credits.

Medical Assistant, 28; Patient Care Technician, 26; Medical Interpreter, 18; Nursing Assistant, 7; Pharmacy Technician, 16; Central Processing, 19; Surgical Technology, 40.

Specialty internships for Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician and Phlebotomy Technician are 144 - 160 hours, depending upon your site of placement. The specialty internship hours for Medical Interpreting are 46 hours and for Nurse Aide/Home Health Aide there are 21 hours of internship.

The Clinical Placement Coordinator places students in specialty internships based upon where they live, course grades, and feedback from faculty.

You may submit a request in writing to the Clinical Placement Coordinator.  However, you are not guaranteed placement at that site.

Graduates of the Medical Interpreting, Central Processing and Surgical Technology Programs are eligible to sit for the respective national certification exams.

We provide you with all the tools you need to find a job (you will prepare a professional resume, cover letters, etc.) but you will find your own job.  You will learn how to apply for positions online and will learn which websites to use.  We also hold employer workshops where representatives from healthcare institutions visit BHCC to discuss their facilities and the positions available and to accept applications from interested students. The clinical internship is a practical way to secure employment.

Yes. It is a requirement for the Patient Care Technician Program. This training is optional, but strongly recommended, for Medical Assistants.

Students take a total of seven credits: 

AHE 110 (Principles of Clinical Practice) - three credits

AHE111 (Patient Care Skills) - three credits

AHE106 (CNA Practicum) - one credit

The internship is a total of 24 clinical hours (three days of eight hours of clinical experience, including a one hour lunch).  This training will always be conducted on weekends and/or holidays beginning after the eighth week of the semester.  Students sign up in groups of 10 following their medical clearance.

No. You must participate in one of the scheduled 24-hour sessions at a long-term care facility.

No. You will sit for the CNA exam, which is administered by the American Red Cross.  If you pass both the written and skills portions, you will receive your state certification from the American Red Cross.  You will also receive a program-generated Home Health Aide Certificate.