Medical Assistant Students Practice on Prisoners

As a part of their course’s hands-on training, students at Mesa College are getting a unique learning experience: giving medical care to prisoners. The community college is the first in the county to partner with a prison to provide students with hands-on training. By providing care to inmates at Donovan State Prison, students are learning everything from how to administer vaccinations to performing X-rays.

By working with inmates at Donovan State Prison, students at Mesa College are being exposed to patients of all different ages and medical backgrounds. The prison takes 32 students from the dental, medical and information technology programs at the college and puts them through a four week lab training and orientation course at the prison, after which they start working with prison patients suffering from a variety of issues, including mental illness and disabilities.

The health care is provided free to the prisoners, and in exchange the college students get 300 hours of training which is required to become a registered medical assistant. Professors claim the program prepares students to work in challenging environments – exposure they may not receive at a more traditional internship. The prison plans to expand the partnership to include San Diego City College’s nursing program this fall.

As a medical assisting student at CNI College, you’ll be prepared to work in all types of environments once you’ve completed your education. You’ll graduate with vast knowledge of the medical assisting field with hands-on training of your own in about ten months from beginning your education.