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Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting ( MA )

Medical Assisting Diploma Option - D45400

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals who are qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures. 

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
1. Submit to the Admissions Office at Stanly Community College a properly completed Application for Admission.

2. Submit to the SCC Admissions Office an official copy of a high school transcript showing successful completion of all requirements for a diploma. A GED certificate indicating a passing score or an Adult High School diploma is acceptable in lieu of a regular high school diploma. An official transcript copy from each college, university, or other post-secondary institution attended by the applicant must be sent to the SCC Admissions Office. (This requirement must be completed before the first semester of enrollment.)

3. Complete the placement test (ASSET or COMPASS). If test results indicated a need for developmental studies, all developmental classes must be completed prior to enrollment in the Medical Assisting program. Applicants having already completed ENG 111 and an approved college math course may be exempt from placement testing. Placement test scores older than five years are not accepted.

4. Required general education courses may be taken prior to acceptance in the MA program. Courses with the prefix BIO and MAT must have been successfully completed within the last 10 years. Students receiving less than a C in any required general education courses taken prior to enrollment into the MA program will be required to retake and successfully complete the courses.

5. Submit to the Admissions Office a properly completed medical form (supplied by the Admissions Office) after acceptance to the program. The medical form is to be signed by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner and received in the Admissions Office by the due date specified on the applicant’s letter of acceptance. 

6.  For the applicant that has completed any college level courses taken with SCC prior to admission into the Medical Assisting program, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required.

6. After acceptance to the program, submit to the Admissions Office current certification in CPR (infant, child, and adult) with AED.

Note: Admission requirements are subject to change. Please contact the SCC Admissions Office for a current list of requirements for your intended year of entry. 

ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURES
The Medical Assisting Program accepts a maximum of 30 students each year. Applicants are conditionally accepted based upon their completion of steps 1 through 6 of the admission requirements. The applicants will be ranked in order by the date applied and by their completion of these steps. The first 30 applicants who complete steps 1 through 6 before January 1st of the year they wish to enter the program will have a full acceptance into the Medical Assisting program pending completion of steps 7 and 8. Applicants who apply to the Medical Assisting program after the 30 seats are filled will be placed on a backup list in the order in which they completed admission requirements 1 through 6. If any of the applicants who have been accepted to the program should forfeit their acceptance, those applicants on the backup list will be contacted in the order in which their names appear on the list and will be given an opportunity to enroll. If an applicant whose name appears on the backup list is not afforded an opportunity to begin classes during the year in which he or she has made application, that applicant will need to submit a new application in order to be considered for admission that following year. 

(Admission requirements may change from year to year for selected programs). 

Any applicant who forfeits his or her acceptance will not be guaranteed acceptance in any subsequent year. The applicant must reapply if he or she wished to be considered for acceptance at a later date.

CRITERIA FOR PROGRESSION
1. All courses (core/major, general education and other) required in the Medical Assisting curriculum must be taken and passed in sequence as offered in the curriculum. General education courses may be taken prior to acceptance in the program. Grading scales for Medical Assisting students are as follows: A = 93 – 100 Excellent; B = 92 – 86 Good; C = 78 – 85 Average; F = Below 78 Failure; SA = Satisfactory Passing; To progress in the Medical Assisting program, all students must make a grade of C or higher or “SA” in all courses within the Respiratory Therapy curriculum. If a student fails to successfully complete any MED course (receiving a grade of F) or withdraws from any MED course (receiving a grade of W) during the semester, the student will be withdrawn from all MED courses during that semester resulting in automatic dismissal from the program. The grading scale for all BIO courses is as follows: A: 90-100; B: 80-89; C: 70-79; D: 60-69; F: 0-59.

2. In the event that a student’s physical or mental health interferes with the student’s academic and/or clinical performance, the Medical Assisting faculty may require the student to submit written verification of current health for an appropriate health care provider: i.e., physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, psychiatrist, or psychologist. Upon consultation with the Associate Vice-President, School of Health and Public Services/ Crutchfield Education Center and review of professional statement of health submitted by the student, the Executive Vice President of Educational Services will render a decision as to whether the student will be allowed to continue in the program. The Executive Vice President of Educational Services will notify the student in writing of the decision. 

3. In the event that a student’s behavior is not consistent with the sound medical assisting practices and/or safety essential to Medical Assisting , the instructors or the Associate Vice-President, School of Health and Public Services/ Crutchfield Education Center has the authority to remove the student immediately. Students so removed will be referred to the Executive Vice President of Educational Services for further investigation and/or possible dismissal from the Medical Assisting program. 

4. Students should be aware that clinical affiliates require that students submit an acceptable criminal record check and/or drug screening prior to participation in a clinical component at that site. Students are responsible for paying any costs associated with meeting this clinical site requirement. Progression toward graduation may be jeopardized by any inability to complete the clinical portion of the Medical Assisting program.


BACKGROUND CHECKS / DRUG SCREENING
Applicants accepted for admission to health services programs at Stanly Community College are required to complete a criminal background check, drug screening, and possibly a fingerprint check after notification of acceptance and prior to participation in on-site clinical training. Based on the results of the checks hospitals or clinical affiliates where the student will participate in on-site training may deny access to their facility resulting in the student’s inability to complete the clinical portion of training. Students unable to complete the clinical portion of his or her training will be unable to progress in the program. Students are responsible for paying all costs associated with this requirement. 

CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION
To be eligible for graduation a student must: 

1. Complete all course requirements in the Medical Assisting curriculum, earning a grade of C or higher or SA in all Medical Assisting- related courses and an overall 2.00 grade point average. 

2. Complete an Application for Graduation prior to set deadline for May graduation. 

3. Pay a graduation fee at the time of registration for the last semester. 

4. Earn at least one-fourth of the credits required for a degree, diploma, or certificate from SCC. 

5. Fulfill all financial obligations to the College. 

6. Be present for graduation exercise. Graduation exercises are held on the dates published in the Academic Calendar. In cases of unavoidable circumstances, exceptions may be granted by the Executive Vice President of Educational Services. During graduation exercise, candidates must be dressed in proper academic attire as determined by the President of the College. 

WITHDRAWING FROM MED CLASSES:

Instructors will enforce the SCC withdrawal policy if a student (1) requests withdrawal, (2) has two consecutive weeks of absences, regardless of contact, or (3) is not meeting the requirements of the course. The student may withdraw or drop the course by the date as published in the Academic Calendar for each semester. Students will be assigned a W (Withdrawn) by the Records and Registration Office. 

RE-ENTRY STATUS: For students who have been previously admitted to the Medical Assisting Program but did not complete the program.

(This procedure applies also to applicants transferring from other Medical Assisting programs to SCC’s program.)

1. Students desiring re-entry status for the Medical Assisting program must submit an Application for Admission to the Admissions Office and satisfy all current admission requirements for the program. The application for admission must be received in Stanly Community Colleges Admissions Office at least ninety days prior to the semester in which the student is seeking readmission. 

2. Only those students whose cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher at the time of re-entry to the Medical Assisting program will be considered for re-entry. When applying for re-entry status, students who previously completed at least one full term in the Medical Assisting program must apply to the same term in which they withdrew. In order to be accepted for re-entry, the applicant must successfully complete a competency exam administered by the Medical Assisting Program Director. This competency exam will test the applicant’s knowledge of material covered in all MED classes that were successfully completed up to the point of withdrawal. Applicants will be given one opportunity to complete the competency exam successfully. All testing and competencies should be completed prior to curriculum registration of applicable semester in which he or she desires for re-entry status.

3. In addition to successful completion of the competency exam there must be space available in the program before the applicant will be granted re-entry. (Courses MED 140, MED 150, MED 260, may be competency tested only if the applicant reenters the Medical Assisting program within one year after withdrawing from it; otherwise, they must be retaken). In the event that more than one applicant is seeking readmission for the same term, acceptance will be awarded in the order in which the applications for admission were received in the SCC Admissions Office. 

4. If after successfully completing the competency exam an applicant is denied re-entry due to lack of space in the program, that applicant will have an opportunity to apply for re-try to the same term of the following year. The applicant will again be required to complete a competency exam successfully before being readmitted to the program. If an applicant for readmission does not successfully complete one or more competency exams, he or she may start at the beginning of the Medical Assisting program.

CERTIFICATE IN MEDICAL ASSISTING:

Certificate Admission Requirements  

1. Submit to the Admissions Office at Stanly Community College a properly completed Application for Admission. 

2. Submit to the SCC Admissions Office an official copy of a high school transcript showing successful completion of all requirements for a diploma. A GED certificate indicating a passing score or an Adult High School diploma is acceptable in lieu of a regular high school diploma. An official transcript copy from each college, university, or other post-secondary institution attended by the applicant must be sent to the SCC Admissions Office. 

3. Completion of placement test.

*Certificate students are not eligible to take the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) 

Certification Exam.

 *These students are only trained to work in the administrative/reception area of an office. 

Upon completion of the certificate program, a student may transfer all 18 credits toward a diploma and/or associate in applied science degree if the student meets all admission requirements.

 felony or any other crime involving moral turpitude.

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