Program Specific Information
The Medical Assisting program at Sinclair Community College has a job placement average of 80% over the past five years.
Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at Sinclair Community College are satisfied with the education they receive at Sinclair, as there is a 100% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years.
Employers who hire graduates who have completed the Medical Assisting program at Sinclair report a five-year average of 100% satisfaction.
The Medical Assisting program at Sinclair has an average retention rate of 77% for the past five years, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.
The five-year average passage rate on the national certification exam for medical assistants for first-time test takers is 95%.
The passage rate on the national certification exam for the Medical Assisting program at Sinclair Community College for the 2017 Cohort is 100%.
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Prerequisites into Limited-Enrollment Courses
- Once a student has Medical Assistant Technology (MAS) added to their official transcript as a program of study, he/she is recognized as a MAS student as of that date.
- The student’s transcript is reviewed by the MAS department for cohort eligibility (limited-enrollment course eligibility).
- Students who have completed the following requirements for cohort eligibility will be added to the limited-enrollment course eligibility list in the chronological order in which all of the following requirements have been satisfied.
- Declaration of MAS as their program of study
- Completion of developmental courses, if any, resulting from Placement Test Scores: DEV 0012 (reading), DEV 0032 or 0044 (writing), DEV 0024 (math)
- Completion of ALH 1101 or equivalent with a “C” or better
- Completion of BIO 1121 or equivalent with a “C” or better (5 year rule applies)
- Completion of MAT 1130 or MAT 1270 or equivalent with a “C” or better (10 year rule applies)
- Completion of SCC 1101 with a “C” or better
- Completion of the TEAS test (by June 1st each year)*
- Grade point average of 2.0 or better
- In the case that multiple students complete their requirements at the same time, students will be ranked according to the date MAS was recorded on the student’s record.
- If more than one student has the same recorded date, the students will be ranked according to the number of courses in the MAS curriculum they have successfully completed.
- Students who have indicated MAS on their record and have not completed the requirements for cohort eligibility will continue to be monitored for eligibility. If no progress is made toward completion of the cohort eligibility requirements within one (1) year of becoming a MAS student, the student will be removed from the MAS program of study.
Once removed, if the student is interested in the MAS program in the future, student must start over with seeing an academic advisor to begin the process again.
*The TEAS test is not currently a requirement for entrance into the Medical Assisting program.
Immunization and Vaccination Requirements
Details will be provided during program orientation when accepted for limited-enrollment course registration.
- A physical and immunizations will be required prior to the starting the MAS 2220 practicum.
- A student health certificate must be completed by a physician prior to entry into the clinical setting. This includes a physical exam, tuberculin test, chest x-ray if the tuberculin test is positive, rubella immunization or proof of a titer for rubella, Tetanus and diphtheria adult vaccine (Td), and influenza.
- Due to the potential for clinical exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials, the student may be at risk for acquiring Hepatitis B infection. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that healthcare personnel who perform tasks that may involve exposure to blood or body fluids should receive a 3-dose series of hepatitis B vaccine.
- The following immunizations are suggested, but are not required at most clinical sites: varicella (chicken pox) titer
Mental and Physical Requirements
Minimum acceptable mental and physical qualifications of an applicant for professional medical assisting include the following abilities:
- Frequently work in a standing position and do frequent walking.
- Lift and transfer patients up to six inches (6”) from a stooped position, then push or pull the weight up to three feet (3’).
- Lift and transfer patients from a stooped to an upright position to accomplish exam table-to-chair and chair-to-exam table.
- Physically apply up to ten pounds (10#) of pressure to bleeding sites, or in performing CPR.
- Respond and react immediately to verbal instructions/requests and to auditory signals from monitoring equipment; perform auditory auscultation without impediment.
- Physically perform up to a twelve-hour shift clinical laboratory experience.
- Physically close and distance visual activities involving objects, persons, and paperwork, as well as discriminate depth and color perception.
- Discriminate between sharp/dull and hot/cold when using both hands.
- Perform mathematical calculations for medication preparation and administration.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and interpersonal skills.
Applicants to the Medical Assistant Technology Program are responsible for determining their own eligibility in light of these qualifications, for informing the college of any potential problem areas and for identifying the Medical Assistant Technology Department any particular accommodations they may need. Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the Educational Support Services - Disabilities and may utilize these services to determine appropriate accommodations. Students with disabilities who enter the program do so with the understanding that they will be expected to meet course requirements with any REASONABLE accommodation that may be provided by the college.