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MEDICAL ASSISTING ADMISSIONS

Medical Assisting is a limited enrollment program, beginning each fall, at RCC's Archdale Center. Resources, such as clinical facilities and faculty, limit the number of applicants accepted into the program. All applicants must meet minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the program. Please note, however, that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

All applicants must meet minimum requirements and specific deadlines. Applicants who have completed minimum requirements must meet with an admissions advisor in order to be considered as a qualified applicant for the program. Twenty-four students will be accepted to the program and an alternate list established. An alternate will be admitted to the program when an applicant originally accepted declines admission. Alternates not admitted to the program and other applicants denied admission must re-apply if they wish to be considered for the next year’s class. Medical Assisting is a day program. This means the MED classes will be offered during the week during the daytime hours. The general education classes, ENG, BIO, MAT, will be offered during the day, evening, as well as online. These classes can be offered at RCC's main campus in Asheboro or the Archdale Center.

Requirements

• Students must first complete the general admissions and application requirements, including placement tests.
• If the placement test score(s) is below the minimum required for acceptance, an applicant must complete the appropriate developmental coursework as determined by an academic advisor. All developmental coursework must be completed before an applicant will be considered for admission.
Keyboard Proficiency - Students must demonstrate proficiency by typing 35 words per minute with 3 errors or less. A college-level keyboarding class with a “C” or higher within the past 5 years will waive the test. Students not meeting this requirement must complete OST 131 with a “C” or higher prior to consideration for acceptance.
Biology Competency with a grade of "C" or higher. A high school or college-level biology course taken within the last 10 years with a grade of “C” or higher will meet this requirement.

After admission to program:
Criminal Background and Drug Screening

Affiliating clinical agencies may require a criminal background check and drug screening as a prerequisite for clinical learning experiences. Positive results can result in the clinical agency denying the student access to clinical practice in the facility. Any student who is denied access to any clinical facility will not be allowed to progress in the program.

Physical and Emotional Expectations of a Student Medical Assistant

     The Clinical Agencies require that there be evidence that the physical and emotional health of the student be such that he/she can be expected to provide safe patient care to the public.  This is documented initially on the medical form completed by a physician.
     If a physical or emotional health problem threatens to prevent or prevents satisfactory classroom or clinical performance, the student is referred to an appropriate professional. The recommendation of the professional will be utilized to determine whether admission or continued enrollment in the program is appropriate. Applicants or students may be denied admission or continued enrollment until the identified problem is satisfactorily corrected.
     Medical Assisting is a practice discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. For the purposes of Medical Assisting program compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, a "qualified individual with a disability" is one who, with or without reasonable accommodation or modification, meets the essential eligibility requirements for participation in the Medical Assisting programs.
     Admission to and progression in the Medical Assisting program is not based on these standards.  Rather, the standards should be used to assist each student in determining whether accommodations or modifications are necessary. Standards provide an objective measure upon which a student and the advisor base informed decisions regarding whether a student is "qualified" to meet requirements.
     If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodations or modification, the student will be directed to the disability coordinator in Student Services.

READMISSION INTO THE MEDICAL ASSISTING PROGRAM

Readmission to the Medical Assisting program is based upon successful completion of the requirements for readmission and space availability. A student may be readmitted to the Medical Assisting program one time only, and this admission must occur within one academic year of separation. Students dismissed for unsatisfactory clinical performance are NOT eligible for readmission. Students dismissed for academic failure are eligible for readmission, pending successful completion of readmission process and final approval of the Medical Assisting department head.

The Medical Assisting department head may recommend a readmitted student to re-take a previously successful course in order to better ensure success in the program. Students will be readmitted on a probationary status.

A student applying for readmission into the Medical Assisting program must
1. Submit a letter of intent to return, within one year from the date of exiting a Medical Assisting course, to the Medical Assisting department head.
2. Participate in a formal interview with the Medical Assisting department head and affiliated faculty.
3. Pass a written competency test with a minimum score of 80% and demonstrate safety in performing selected laboratory skills with a ‘satisfactory’ in all the skills.

Students wishing to be readmitted into the Medical Assisting program must meet admission requirements and will be readmitted according to the following priority:
1. Students in good academic standing who had to withdraw due to documented medical reasons.
2. Students who have withdrawn or been suspended or dismissed for disciplinary, attendance or academic reasons.

The student may continue the readmission process upon written approval from the department head. The Medical Assisting department head and affiliated faculty reserve the right to impose additional requirements and/or recommendations in the form of an academic contract intended to improve the student’s opportunity for successful completion of the program. The individual who fails to complete the readmission procedure is denied readmission and will be subjected to the student appeals process to file a formal appeal.