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Are you ready to take the next step? Learn more about what you need to do to get started in the Medical Assisting program.

What To Know Before You Start

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Completing the application, meeting with an advisor, attending orientation, registering for classes...
these are all part of the college admissions process.



How to Get Started in the Medical Assisting Program for College Credit

The Medical Assisting program admits 20 to 30 students each Fall and Spring semester.

There are two official filing periods per calendar year:

  • Jan. 1-May 31 for the Fall semester (notification letters are mailed by June 15)
  • Aug. 1-Oct. 31 for the Spring semester (notification letters are mailed by Nov. 15)

Before applying to one of the Specialized Imaging Programs, you must complete the entire Specialized Imaging Core Curriculum, which comprises selected general education support courses and health care-related courses that introduce the theory and application of health care concepts.

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Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check

All students enrolled in allied health programs are required by Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program.

Class Locations for El Centro Allied Health Programs 

Classes for the Medical Laboratory Technology and Paramedic programs are held at the El Centro Downtown Campus, 801 Main St. 

Classes in Dental Hygiene are held in the Dallas College Dental Hygiene Center, 1250 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 500, Dallas, Texas 75247, just east of I-35, Stemmons Expressway (in the six-story Comerica Bank building).​

All other allied health programs at El Centro hold classes in the Downtown Health Sciences Center (formerly El Centro Center for Allied Health and Nursing)​, 301 N. Market St. in the West End District of downtown Dallas, one block north of the El Centro Downtown Campus.