Esperanza College of Eastern University in North Philadelphia is located in the heart of the Latino community of Hunting Park. Since it’s opening in 2013 it has been dedicated to offering higher education to Latino’s and the local community.
The university is unique in offering a Medical Assisting associate degree program instead of the traditional 9-month certificate that most schools offer. The program has been so successful that the success rate in preparing students for the certification exam is seven out of seven.
Students of the program are required to take two semesters of Anatomy and two semesters of Physiology. They also participate in a “boot camp” at neighboring Drexel Medical School. During the boot camp, students of Drexel’s medical program mentor the Esperanza students. This is an invaluable learning and teaching experience for students from both schools.
The Medical Assisting program at Esperanza goes to great lengths to give its students the utmost preparation for their careers. It offers activities to its students which build their leadership skills and encourages them to become advocates for health in their communities.
Esperanza embraces the view of Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) which is committed to the development of the whole person and not just technical aspects, providing students with far superior training than basic programs. The college has been so successful with its curriculum that in 2014 it won the national award for Community Awareness for postsecondary/collegiate level at the National Leadership Conference for HOSA.
Susan G. Komen recently partnered with the college in an effort to increase breast health awareness in the community. This partnership gives students of the Medical Assistant program additional training which enables them to go out and educate their community.
The final step of the program is a 160 hour externship which allows students to gain real-life experience, giving them the ultimate preparation to step into the world of health care.