MedQuest Externship Program
MedQuest College has, on average, at least 100 active students in different externship sites at any given time. Our Externship Coordinators carefully examine each practice to ensure that each site meets our strict criteria as an adequate learning environment for our students. Once a practice has been accepted, they sign an Affiliation Agreement in which the responsibilities of the site, school and student are explained. In order to make the Externship as realistic an experience as possible, the Doctor or Office Manager will interview the student to see if that student will be a good fit in their practice.
Once our students are approved for Externship, they will be able to transition the skills acquired in the classroom to working with patients, where they can refine and perfect their techniques. While they are there, students are encouraged to make professional connections that have proven to be extremely valuable throughout our students’ careers.
Both Medical and Dental Assisting students at Externship are expected to keep track of the hours they earn at their site and are required to turn those in weekly.
Dental Assistant students will complete a 300 hour externship program before graduating from the MedQuest College Dental Assisting Program.
Medical Assistant students will complete a 170 hour externship program before graduating from the MedQuest College Medical Assisting Program.
MedQuest College has a required externship component for all students, regardless of their chosen program. Externships are critical to the success of our students as it provides them with the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom in a real-world learning environment. MedQuest College partners with local medical and dental offices [known as externship affiliates] for the externship portion of our programs.
Affiliates must be approved prior to accepting an extern from MedQuest College. This process includes a viability visit to ensure that the environment is conducive to learning and will meet the needs of our students. Additionally, an agreement is executed to clearly define the responsibilities of the externship affiliate, the responsibilities of MedQuest College and the responsibilities of the student. At that point, a medical/dental office is deemed acceptable.
MedQuest College has experienced a great deal of success through externships. They allow students the opportunity to strengthen their skills prior to entering their chosen career field. It also provides opportunities for affiliate sites to guide externs on their educational journey. We have found that an overwhelming number of students receive offers of employment immediately upon completion of their program. This can be attributed, in large part, to the externship experience.
If you are a local medical or dental office and would like to learn more about how to become affiliated with MedQuest College, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.