Medical Assisting Application
Packet Deadline for all documentation: April 12th, 2013
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Medical Assisting Program
Admissions Packet 2013
Application Period: February 11th – April 12th, 2013
Packet Deadline for all documentation: April 12th, 2013
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE EACH ACADEMIC YEAR
Admission into the Medical Assisting Program is based upon a competitive process. Seats in the program are limited. Enclosed are the materials and information to apply for the 2013 academic year.
Graduates may be employed in a variety of health-related services, such as physicians’ offices, hospitals, clinics, industries, insurance companies, public health departments, nursing homes, and extended care facilities.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements are met by the established deadline. Deadlines, guidelines, and policies apply equally to all students; thus, there can be no exceptions.
RANKING CRITERIA FOR THE MEDICAL ASSISTING PROGRAM
Students will be ranked according to a first come/first served basis based on time and date of application to the program and according to the completion of admission requirements as outlined above.
1. Have and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher in all post-secondary coursework completed.
2. Complete the MCC General Admissions Application. May be completed online or in person at MCC.
3. Submit application to Admissions Office specifically for the Medical Assisting Program during the stated admissions period.
4. Complete the appropriate Placement Test, if required by the Admissions Office, and meet minimum cut-off scores on Placement Test.
5. Request official high school transcript or GED® scores to be mailed to the Admissions Office. Official transcripts should be mailed from the institution(s) attended or be hand delivered in an envelope sealed by the school(s) attended.
6. Request official transcripts from all colleges or schools attended since high school mailed to the Admissions Office. These will be reviewed for possible transfer credit by the Registrar.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
SPECIAL NOTE: ANY REQUIRED COURSE TAKEN IN THE SUMMER SEMESTER WILL BE CONSIDERED.
1. PLACEMENT TEST SCORES
To be considered for admission to the Medical Assisting Program at Mayland Community College, all applicants must meet the minimum requirements on the appropriate Placement Test*. Placement Test scores must have been completed within five years of application to the program.
*Completion of ENG 090/090A and RED 090, or its equivalent and MAT 060 or higher with a grade of “C” or better may eliminate taking a Placement Test. Math courses must have been completed within five years of application to the program.
ACCUPLACER (CPT) SAT ACT
86 Sentence Skills 500 Verbal or Reading 20 English
80 Reading Comprehension & Writing 20 Reading
55 Arithmetic 500 Math 20 Math
A student may meet the placement test requirements with a combination of the above.
If an applicant scores less than the minimum cut-off scores on the Placement Test, he/she will be required to complete the essential sequence of developmental courses. If the student completes all the required remedial courses with a grade of “C” or better and meets the other minimum requirements, he/she may be considered eligible to apply to the program.
If the Placement Test has been taken at another college or institution, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the scores are transferred to Mayland Community College.
2. COMPUTER PROFICIENCY
All students who wish to apply to the Medical Assisting Program must have completed CIS 110, Introduction to Computers, with a grade of “C” or higher, within five years of application.
Students may take the CIS 110 proficiency exam completed with a PR within five years of application.
All students who wish to apply to the Medical Assisting Program must have completed a keyboarding course such as OST 080 or OST 131 with a grade of “C” or higher, within five years of application.
Students may take the keyboarding proficiency exam completed with a PR within five years of application.
A NC public high school keyboarding course may be accepted if the student passed the course with a grade of 80 or above, and if that course was taken with five years of application to the Medical Assisting Program.
SELECTION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES
- Complete the admission requirements and application procedures as stated in the Admission Process section above.
- A total of 20 students may be enrolled in the Medical Assisting curriculum. The Medical Assisting Programs Coordinator will review applicant files. Applicants with completed files will be considered for admission to the Medical Assisting Program that beginsfall semester 2013.
- Selection of applicants for admission into the program will occur on a first come/first served basis. Applicants who have successfully completed all admission requirements will be accepted based upon time and date of application.
- The Medical Assisting Programs Coordinator will notify candidates of their conditional acceptance. Candidates will be given approximately one week to accept or decline their position on the acceptance list.
- As part of enrollment in the Medical Assisting Program, the applicant must present a current CPR certification card by the end of fall semester. An annual Tb Test must also be completed to be in compliance with the NC State Health Regulations for Health Care Workers. It is the student’s responsibility to renew both of these annually and submit verification to the Medical Assisting Program Coordinator.
- Additional qualified applicants will be placed on the alternate list based on their scores. The Medical Assisting Programs Coordinator will notify applicants of their position on the alternate list. Alternates are accepted as spaces/resources become available. Alternates who are accepted must complete CPR certification, medical, immunization, and dental reports as instructed. Alternates will be accepted, in order of their positions, if vacancies occur before the beginning of fall semester. No alternates will be accepted after fall semester has begun. The alternate list does not carry over to the next year; therefore, alternates who are not accepted must reapply to the Medical Assisting Program for the following year.
- Students accepted into the Medical Assisting Program will be required to meet the safety standard for health care workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens. Meeting this standard includes attending the program training session offered in MED 140 and completing the HBV immunizations or signing the mandatory declination form. Failure to be properly immunized could result in exclusion from the externship component of the curriculum and therefore non-completion of the program.
- Students are required to purchase professional liability insurance. This fee will be automatically charged when the student registers for MED 110 Orientation to Medical Assisting.
- Clinical externship experiences are provided through the utilization of physician’s offices and other designated health care providers.
- Medical Assisting students must have the physical, mental and social abilities needed to perform all activities as outlined in the 2008 Standards and Guidelines for Medical Assisting Educational Programs. These abilities include, but are not limited to: 1) the visual acuity to identify cyanosis and absence of respiratory movement in a patient in an emergency situation; 2) enough hearing ability to understand the spoken word while using transcription equipment; 3) sufficient speaking ability to be able to question the patient about his/her condition and to be able to relay information verbally to others; 4) sufficient physical ability to perform patient functions related to patient care; 5) sufficient mental health and social skills necessary to interact with patients and others.
- Some clinical sites may require satisfactory student criminal background checks, drug tests, or other documentation. If any one clinical agency refuses to allow a student to participate in clinical activities at that facility, the student shall not progress and will be dismissed from the Medical Assisting Program.
TRANSFER OF CREDITS OR ADMISSION TO ADVANCED STANDING
- General admission requirements of the College and the Medical Assisting Program shall apply to the applicant.
- Transfer credit will be given for courses with the grade of “C” or better from memberinstitutions of the North Carolina Community College System, other regionally accredited institutions of higher education, and schools with CAAHEP accreditation. Credit for previous educational experiences that happened more than seven (7) years before the date of enrollment is not automatic but may be granted by the Registrar, in consultation with the Dean of Health Sciences. The content of such a course must be equivalent to courses required in theMedical Assisting Program.
- When any Medical Assisting course is in question, the Dean of Health Sciences will be consulted before transfer credit is officially awarded.
- If a student feels that through educational and experiential activities he/she has the information included in a course, he/she may request to challenge the course. No course with a clinical component may be challenged. The student has the responsibility of demonstrating to the program dean prior to enrolling in the class or within the first five days of a semester that a proficiency exam is proper. The program dean has the authority to accept or deny such a request. The credit will be based on a departmental examination at the direction of the program dean. A final determination on credit to be awarded to the student will be made by the Vice President of Instructional Services upon receipt of a copy of the proficiency exam and a recommendation from the program dean.
- Credit through College Level Examination for Placement (CLEP) scores or high school Advanced Placement (AP) scores will be assigned on an individual basis. The Vice President of Instructional Services will make the decision of how many credits and which course(s) can be exempted.
- A student transferring from another college must complete, at MCC, at least 50 percent of the total credit hours required in the Medical Assisting Program in order to be eligible for graduation.
- When a student transfers from another curriculum at MCC into the Medical Assisting Program, all admission requirements, academic/course requirements, and grading policies of the Medical Assisting Program must be met in order to be eligible for graduation.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND ABILITIES REQUIRED TO PERFORM ENTRY LEVEL MEDICAL ASSISTING COMPETENCIES
1. Communication: Abilities sufficient for interaction with people in verbal and non-verbal communication. Examples: receive, organize, prioritize, and transmit information; explain treatment procedures; interview patients effectively; document procedures and patient responses; adapt communication to individuals’ abilities to understand with or without reasonable accommodation.
2. Critical thinking: Critical thinking ability sufficient to perform administrative and clinical duties. Examples: prepare and maintain medical records; schedule and monitor appointments; recognize emergencies; maintain confidentiality; apply principles of aseptic technique and infection control.
3. Interpersonal: Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds as well as physical conditions. Examples: establish rapport with patients and staff that projects a positive attitude; treat all patients with empathy and impartiality; instruct patients with special needs.
4. Motor skills: Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to perform administrative and clinical duties. Examples: perform medical transcription; prepare and administer medications as directed by physician; operate with or without reasonable accommodation equipment safely; assist physician with examinations and treatment.
5. Mobility: Physical abilities that are sufficient to move from treatment room to treatment room and maneuver in these rooms. Examples: prepare and maintain examination and treatment area; perform First Aid and CPR; prepare patients for procedures; assist the physician with physical examinations and surgeries; position patients for procedures.
6. Hearing: Auditory ability that is sufficient to assess health needs and perform certain administrative duties. Examples: answering and use with or without reasonable accommodation of proper telephone equipment; perform medical transcription; interview and take patient history; hear auscultatory sounds with or without reasonable accommodation; listen to patient.
7. Visual: Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment of patients needs. Examples: observe patient responses with or without reasonable accommodation; observe patient’s physical condition; observe patient’s nonverbal communication.
8. Tactile: Tactile ability that is sufficient for physical assessment. Examples: take vital signs; collect and process specimens; perform palpations, functions for the physical exam related to selected tests that assist with diagnosis and treatment.
9. Students at any time may be required to present evidence of good physical and mental health. Health forms should be completed and returned to the Program Coordinator during the first week of class. All information is kept confidential and will be available only to the Program Coordinator, and (on a need-to-know basis) the Division Dean and Medical Director.
10. Confidentiality: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), passed by Congress in 1996 and effective April 2003, establishes rules for the privacy and use of patient health information. Students are responsible for complying with the rules of conduct concerning the disclosure or use of patient information in the academic and clinical setting. Students should only access and use patient information in order to perform the duties required in their clinical assignments. It is the student’s
responsibility to protect health information from loss or tampering and to ensure confidentiality at all times. Confidentiality, security, and the protection of all individual patient information are required according to federal and state laws.
11. Clinical Affiliation: In order to apply theory to practice and to meet accreditation requirements, supervised clinical experiences in private physicians’ offices are required. Facilities in Mitchell County, as well as those in adjoining counties, are utilized. The externship experience is part of the program requirements, and the student is not to be compensated for work performed during the assigned school hours. Responsibility for site selection and assignment rests with the Program Coordinator. The student is responsible for providing transportation to and from clinical affiliation sites and for the cost of this travel. The student is also responsible for the costs incurred for appropriate shoes and clothing during the externship period. All Medical Assisting students are required to purchase accident insurance. This insurance will be made available at a group rate through MCC and will be charged to the student during registration each semester.
12. Some clinical sites may require satisfactory student criminal background checks, drug tests, or other documentation. If any one clinical agency refuses to allow a student to participate in clinical activities at that facility, the student shall not progress and will be dismissed from the Medical Assisting program.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the competitive admissions process, please contact Shannon Atkins, Medical Assisting Advisor at 828-766-1352, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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