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Externships

COVID-19 Clinic Information

Collin College Health Sciences programs provide opportunities for a robust clinical experience for students, in large part through the cooperation offered to us by our long-standing healthcare and hospital partners in the community. Many of these private healthcare facilities have recently notified the College that with COVID-19 cases and the number of hospitalizations increasing, they will require the COVID-19 vaccine for faculty and students to attend clinical rotations at those clinical sites. One healthcare facility has indicated that individuals at those facilities must be fully vaccinated by September 10, 2021. 

These requirements by our clinical partners may affect the availability of opportunities for clinical sites. Therefore, please note that these requirements by our clinical partners are going into effect soon and students who cannot meet those external requirements by the stated deadlines may have limited options for clinicals, which in turn, may lead to an interruption in instruction in our Health Sciences programs. 

Please direct any questions you may have about these requirements to Cassie Peak, (972) 548-6678 or via email, cpeak@collin.edu and include your program name in the email.

The College is facilitating voluntary vaccination clinics. Information about these free clinics can be found at COVID-19 Vaccination Sign Up - Collin College. 

Externships are experiential learning opportunities, similar to internships, generally offered by career college educational institutions to give students short practical experience in their field of study.

We have developed business partnerships with reputable health and medical organizations to provide students clinical experiences. Our partners have been informed of the teaching requirements of hosting student externs and have agreed to mentor them in their workplaces.

Students must meet the requirements of the clinical site to be hosted in their workplace. Some requirements may include completion of immunizations while others may have to pass a formal interview before they will receive an assignment. All students must be professional from the start to the finish of an externship.

It is highly recommended students work a 40 hour work week in order to quickly complete externship hours. Anyone not able to work 40 hours per week at externship are required to complete no less than 20 hours each week. Keep in mind, however, the quicker you complete your externship, the quicker you can begin applying for a permanent placement with an employer.

Externship is a course the student has to enroll in and pay for in order to complete hours with our clinical partners. There are externship possibilities through our partners in the following healthcare fields:

  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Medical Billing
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician

Students must complete the following to be eligible for externship placement:

Achieve all competencies in the CE Health Sciences training within the past month (30 days)
Successfully pass any related entrance exam or skills competency exam
Complete the Health Career Success course
Any other identified prerequisites specific to the student's specific program


Electronic Health Records
This course is required for CMA externship only.  

Health Career Success Completion
This course will help students develop a resume, learn communication styles specific to the healthcare industry, learn how to have compassion combined with business sense, and develop an understanding of interpersonal relationships and the coping tools to achieve a work / life balance.

Current Immunizations (if required)
Some hospital and clinic partners require current immunizations for student and patient protection. These immunizations must be obtained prior to assignment and at the expense of the student.

Background Check / Drug Screen
Background checks and drug screens are good for six (6) months. If the student does not have a current background or drug screening, please go to:
Bluestar Diagnostics - Drug Screens and Background Checks - 469.656.7999
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., call for appointment

To be eligible to participate, enroll and and pay for your externship within 30 days of successful completion of your industry specific course. 

Students must have positive instructor recommendations.

Students must successfully complete all their respective prerequisite courses prior to the expiration of their 30 day window of eligibility. 

Externships are Competitive
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, candidates will only be contacted if selected for an interview. Turning in an application does not guarantee placement. Factors such as availability, location, communication skills level, appearance/hygiene, demeanor, and instructor recommendations are all variables that will be brought into consideration before a student can be selected by an employer for an externship placement.

The Externship General Application is required to be completed in full before a student will be considered for an externship. Submit the completed application and all accompanying documents to the CE Health Sciences Department. 

Paper applications are not accepted. Please email your application, BLS card, state issued photo ID, and vaccination report from BlueStar Diagnostics (formerly ArcPoint Lab). There are free apps to download (Genius Scan being one) that will let you scan and email. You may also snap a photo of every page and email to CEHealthcare@collin.edu.  Applications must be submitted no later than 30 (thirty) days after the last day of your industry specific course.

General questions regarding the externship process can be directed to this same office by contacting CEHealthcare@collin.edu or 972.985.3761.

*Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) - 160 hours, $749 (includes certification exam and review)

Dental Assistant - 50 hours, $300

*Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) - 120 hours, $349
(HUC externships are not available at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

*Medical Billing - 120 hours, $299

*Medical Administrative Assistant- 120 hours, $239
(Medical Administrative Assistant externships are not available at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

*Pharmacy Technician - 120 hours, $349

* Health Career Success is a required prerequisite.

 

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