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Medical Assistant Program Admission and Progression Criteria
Medical Assistant program policies are presented in the Medical Assistant Student Handbook distributed to students upon entry into the technical component of the Medical Assistant program. Students who have successfully completed the first year of the Medical Assistant curriculum are required to complete a letter of application for entry into the technical component. A limited number of eligible students are accepted into the technical component each fall, based on available clinical site placements. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of positions available, the faculty reserves the right to select the applicants based on academic qualifications and performance. The remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list and areencouraged to apply for admission to the Medical Assistant technical component the following year. Transfer students are advised to contact the Medical Assistant program director for assistance planning their academic plans of study.
NOTE: Criminal Background Checks are required prior to entering the second year of the Medical Assistant program.
Admission to the first year of the Medical Assistant program requires the following:
- High school GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4-point scale.
- Completion of one year high school algebra with a grade of “C” or better.
- Completion of two years high school science (preferably one year of biology and one year of chemistry, or any combination thereof ) with grades of “C” or better.
- Students who do not meet the above criteria are required to complete preparatory college courses with grades of “C” or better.
- College-level equivalents must be successfully completed with grades of “C” or better.
- Students who have completed the General Education Diploma (GED) and meet the admission criteria for the university will be considered on an individual basis.
Progression into the technical component (second year) of the program requires the following:
- Successful completion of the first-year Medical Assistant curriculum with a GPA of 2.5 or above.
- Successful completion of all required coursework with grades of “C” or better. Required courses may be repeated only once.
- Obtain a complete physical exam indicating no limitations that would interfere with performing the technical and physical skills required for medical assistants.
- Current record of immunizations as recommended by the CDC.
- Current certifications in CPR for Professional Rescuers and basic first aid.
- A clear criminal background check must be obtained at least 30 days prior to entering the technical component of the program (second year).
Once admitted into the technical component of the program, students are required to:
- Maintain a GPA of 2.5 and earn at least a “C” in all courses. Required courses may be repeated only once.
- Complete all sequentially numbered courses in order. Note: some courses are only offered once per year. All pre-requisite courses must be successfully completed prior to entering the final externships.
- Demonstrate the professional and academic behaviors as outlined in the program competencies.
Participation in the clinical setting requires the following:
- Written documentation of a current criminal history check prior to entry into the technical component of the Medical Assistant program.
- Submission of the required health forms, including a recent physical examination completed by a licensed health care provider, documentation related to sensitivity or allergy to latex, and a current immunization record for tetanus/diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella. Proof of immunization for Hepatitis B is recommended; students who do not wish to comply must sign a waiver to decline and a release of responsibility form obtained through the Medical Assistant program office.
- Yearly documentation of a negative skin-test, or chest x-ray, for tuberculosis in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- Evidence of current CPR training for the professional rescuer or health care provider.
- Uniforms and attire that complies with the dress code as outlined in the Medical Assistant Student Handbook.
- Although health insurance is not required, it is strongly recommended. Finlandia University and its affiliated health care agencies assume no responsibility for injuries or illnesses incurred while performing duties as a Medical Assistant student.