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To get started in the Medical Staff Services program, complete the admissions process at El Centro College.
Students apply, submit official transcripts, register for classes and pay tuition all through the El Centro College Health Occupations Admissions Office, located in the Paramount Building, one block northwest of El Centro’s main campus in downtown Dallas.
Register only through the Health Occupations Admissions Office, not through Dallas Colleges Online or by the online registration procedure! The Health Occupations Admissions Office will fax you a copy of the registration summary page indicating courses, times, total tuition/fees and payment due date and logon instructions for attending your online classes.
It is your responsibility to ensure that all tuition and fees are paid in full before beginning classes for the semester.
When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Medical Staff Services program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.
If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.
Admission requirements to be accepted into the Medical Staff Services program include:
Applicants are ranked for acceptance to the program according to grade point average earned on three prerequisite courses.
Earning Your Professional Credentials After Graduation
After completing the Medical Staff Services program and experience working in the field as required for the specific credential of certified provider credentialing specialist (CPCS) or certified professional medical services management (CPMSM), graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) certification examinations. Credit can be awarded for some modules of the NAMSS independent study program toward the Medical Staff Services program at El Centro College.
Medical Staff Services Courses
Medical Staff Services courses are offered during Fall and Spring semesters only. Students are encouraged to complete general studies courses such as English, psychology and anatomy/physiology during summer sessions.
Online courses require as much as and sometimes more study and preparation time as traditional classroom courses. Consider your available study time when deciding how many courses to take each semester.
All program-specific courses should be completed in sequential order, though some variances from the curriculum outline may be approved through the Health Occupations Admissions Office.
To continue to the next program-specific course, you must pass each Medical Staff Services course with a grade of “C” or better. General support courses may be evaluated for transfer credit upon submission of an official transcript and catalog course description matching the course number and name on the transcript. All potential transfer courses must have a grade of "C" or better.
Capstone ExperienceIn your final semester of the program, you will complete a cooperative education (capstone) experience in a hospital, health maintenance or credentials verification organization. The experience involves 20 hours per week at the capstone site and involves a written, competency-based learning plan with emphasis on organizational and problem-solving skills that is formulated by the instructor, student and employer at the site.
Capstone opportunities may be limited if you lack a Social Security number. If this is your case, please contact El Centro College’s International Center Office, 214-860-2090, located in Room CM-60, regarding eligibility to apply for a Social Security number before graduation.
Before beginning your capstone experience, program participants who are assigned to a clinical facility in Dallas or Tarrant County must complete a criminal background check and drug testing.
No Information Sessions Required
Since Medical Staff Services is taught completely online, no attendance is required at an on-site information session. All inquiries about the program can be handled through the program coordinator and Health Occupations Admissions Office.
Application Filing Periods
There are two official filing periods per calendar year for entry into the Medical Staff Services program:
Application Process Completed application packets may be presented in person at the Health Occupations Admissions Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
An application packet may also be mailed providing that it is postmarked no later than an application filing deadline date.
Applicants are informed of their acceptance to the Medical Staff Services program within two to four weeks after the college’s receipt of their application materials.
Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.
Rising Star Program
If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.
Courses Offered (Curriculum)
Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for the Medical Staff Services Associate in Applied Sciences Degree.
All seven DCCCD colleges are individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Why is accreditation important? Being accredited means that a college has met certain standards of quality set by an independent accrediting agency. Attending an accredited institution is the best way to ensure your degree (and all the hard work that went into it) will be recognized by other colleges and universities when you transfer and by future employers. Federal financial aid is only available to students of accredited colleges and universities.
Not exactly sure what you want to study? Consider our other health care programs, like Medical Assisting and Health Information Management.
Our Medical Staff Services faculty members not only have advanced degrees but also have real-world experience in the profession, which makes them able to relate to the challenges you face at work. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job. See profiles of some of our Medical Staff Services faculty.
Medical Staff Services courses are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.
Links to Additional Information
Get more information about the medical staff services industry.
If you have questions about the Medical Staff Services program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.