Program Specific Information
- The Medical Assisting program at Sinclair Community College has a job placement average of 88% for the 2021 cohort.
- The Medical Assisting program at Sinclair has an average retention rate of 70% over the past 5 years, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.
- The average passage rate on the national certification exam for Medical Assisting program at Sinclair Community College for first-time test takers is 83% over the past 5 years.
- The national passage rate for July 2021 through July 2022 was 58% as reported by the AAMA.
- The Job Placement rate for the 2020 graduates was 65%.
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Prerequisites into Limited-Enrollment Courses
- Once a student has Medical Assistant or Medical Assistant Technology (MAS) added to his/her 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 waiting list in the chronological order in which all of the following requirements have been satisfied.
- Declaration of MAS as his/her program of study.
- Completion of developmental courses, if any, resulting from Placement Test Scores: DEV 0035 (reading and writing), DEV 0028 (math).
- Completion of the TEAS test (by June1st of the year he/she will qualify to begin limited enrollment courses )*.
- Grade point average of cumulative 2.0 or better.
- 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, the 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
- A physical and immunization form will be required prior to starting the MAS 2220 practicum.
- A student health certificate must be completed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant prior to entry into the clinical setting. This includes a physical exam, two-step tuberculin test, chest x-ray if the tuberculin test is positive, hepatitis B vaccine or proof of a titer for hepatitis B, rubella immunization or proof of a titer for rubella, Tetanus and diphtheria adult vaccine (Td) within the past 10 years, varicella (chicken pox) immunization or proof of a titer for varicella and yearly influenza immunization.
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 Accessibility Services 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.