Associate of Science in Medical Assisting Admissions Requirements and Application

Step 1
The following items must be met to receive conditional acceptance. Students must:
  • Be 18 years of age.
  • Be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Complete the entire application. 
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent with a minimum 2.5 GPA before starting the program. An official transcript, HiSET, or GED must be submitted.
  • Score at least 50% or better on the reading/writing and mathematics Accuplacer examinations.
  • Demonstrate 80% proficiency in basic computer concepts and applications before admission on the in-house proficiency exam. 
Step 2
Once a student has received conditional acceptance, the following must be completed:
  • Technical Standards document
  • Latex Allergy Statement
  • Hold Harmless Agreement
  • Successfully pass a criminal background check and 10-panel drug screen per College policy
 
Background Check
Students applying to the program are required to submit to a criminal background investigation which is administered by the College through use of CastleBranch. The background check (approximate fee $50) shall include the following:
  • Results of a social security number verification
  • Results of a name and address trace
  • Results of a comprehensive county criminal history check
  • Results of a National Criminal Records check
  • Results of a National Sex Offender Registry check
  • Results of a Fraud and Abuse Control Information System (FACIS) Level 3 search, including an OIG check
  • Results of a Federal Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) check
 
Students who have any of the following will not be admitted into the medical assisting program: 
  • Conviction of any felony less than seven years before applying to become a student at Saint Luke’s College; or 
  • Conviction of any misdemeanor involving violence, sexual misconduct, child or elder abuse, theft or computer crimes, fraud or financial crimes, drug distribution, or crimes involving unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon less than seven years before becoming a student at Saint Luke’s College. 
Please note that background checks may be monitored throughout a student’s enrollment in the program. Any convictions from the list above might result in a student’s dismissal from the program.
 
Alcohol and Drug Testing 
It is the policy of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace. Students will be required to complete an 10-panel drug screen through an approved drug testing lab after a conditional offer of admissions is made. Students who test positive for their drug screening will have their offer of admissions rescinded and may reapply to the MA program for the next available start date. A new drug screening will be required at this time. The approximate cost of the drug test is $40.
 
The College and clinical sites reserve the right to reject the participation of any student based on the results of the screenings and the immunizations or the background check.
 

Additional Requirements

These additional requirements must be completed and submitted before the beginning of the third term.
 
BLS and Healthcare CPR
Proof of Current Basic Life Support and Healthcare Provider CPR certification from the American Heart Association must be presented before the beginning of a student’s third semester in the program. Alternatively, students may enroll for HLTH 100 (and pass with 80% or better) to meet this requirement.
 
TB Screen
Students are required to complete a TB screen within 30 days prior to the beginning of the third semester in the program. If TB screen is over 30 days old, a new TB screen is required. If a TB screen has never been done, either a two-step TB screen or a TB blood assay test must be completed. If there has been a positive TB result, the student must provide a clear chest x-ray.
 
Immunizations
To attend the practicum experience in the final semester of the program, students must have started and/or completed the immunizations listed below by the beginning of the third semester. 
 
Hepatitis B
Immunization and titer are recommended by the CDC. Students are required to have completed at least two of the three-shot vaccine series for Hepatitis B prior to attending practicums. Post-vaccination serological test (surface antibody titer) should be drawn 4-8 weeks after the third vaccine.
 
Though not recommended, students can opt NOT to get the Hepatitis B vaccine and MUST SIGN the Hepatitis B Vaccine Waiver form found in Castle Branch. If a student opts out of the Hepatitis B vaccine, neither Saint Luke’s College nor affiliated clinical partners will pay or provide health care if the student is exposed to the disease while students are at the College or clinical agency. Any student who is diagnosed with an infectious disease or is exposed to an infectious disease is responsible for his/her health care. 
 
Influenza
Students must submit dated and signed documentation by a medical professional of a flu shot administered. The College conducts a flu shot clinic where students may receive a free influenza vaccine in November or December.
 
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
For students born on or after 1/1/1957, you must provide documentation of positive antibody titers for Measles (Rubeola and Rubella) and Mumps including dated and verified lab reports by a medical professional OR documentation of two vaccinations at least 28 days apart. All women regardless of birth date should have proof of rubella immunity or prior vaccination.
 
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis
After the initial series, the booster given at 10 years should be Tetanus, Diptheria and acellular Pertussis (TDaP). Irrespective of when the last Td vaccine was received, a student must have received a dose of TDap within the last 10 years.
 
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
Students must provide documentation of positive antibody titer with a dated and verified lab report by a medical professional OR documentation of two vaccinations.