What are the prerequisites for the Medical Assistant (MA) program? Click here (PDF) to get a list of all the general requirements and prerequisites that you must complete in order to apply to the MA program. Attend an Allied Health Information Session to learn about all the MA program requirements.
How are transfer credits evaluated? If you have transfer credits, you should have your credits evaluated. To do this, request an official Credit Evaluation (PDF). This step usually takes a few weeks to complete. You can also use the Equivalency Chart (PDF) but please remember that this chart is subject to change and is meant to be used as a guide only.
When are applications accepted? Currently, the MA program starts every fall quarter (late September) and every winter quarter (January). The program takes 1 year to complete. MA program classes are held in the evening M-Th and Saturdays from 8am-5pm. Read about the program you wish to apply to below:
Fall Quarter 2016 Start: Applications are accepted during a 1-week window in June prior to the start of the program. The next application window will be:
June 2016 (check back later for exact dates)
Winter Quarter 2017 Start: Applications are accepted during a 1-week window in October prior to the start of the program. The next application window will be:
October 2016 (check back later for exact dates)
Applications will not be accepted before or after the application window and mailed applications must be postmarked by the last day of the application window.
What are the application requirements? You must be 18 by the start of the clinicals to apply (clinicals start the fourth quarter of the program). You must also complete all general requirements and prerequisites (PDF) before submitting an application. Once those requirements are met, complete all the steps below and submit your application during the application window. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Complete the appropriate MA Application (check back later for links to the applications):
Fall Quarter Start
Winter Quarter Start
Attach a sealed, official high school transcript or a sealed, official GED transcript (you can order an official GED transcript here).
Attach up-to-date sealed, official college transcripts from all colleges where you have earned credit (excluding WVC). If you have transcripts that are over 10 years old, contact Bridget Grove to determine whether the old transcripts need to be submitted (email@example.com).
Attach your current Basic First Aid card.
Attach your current Healthcare Provider CPR card.
How are applications evaluated? Selection of applicants for the MA program is based on cumulative college GPA. Students with the highest cumulative college GPA are admitted to the MA program.
What is required if I am accepted to the program? All applicants will be notified about a month after they apply (Fall Quarter Start students will be notified around late July; Winter Quarter Start students will be notified around late November). If you are accepted to the MA program, you must complete all the requirements detailed on this page (PDF) as well as all items listed in the acceptance packet (do not include these items with the MA application). You should also be prepared to pay a $50, non-refundable, acceptance fee.
What else should I know before applying to the MA program?
Acceptance to WVC does not guarantee acceptance to the MA program.
If you leave the MA program for any reason, contact the Director of the MA program to discuss your re-entry options (509.682.6667).
On-the-job physical requirements include: ability to lift 50 pounds, carry 20 pounds, sit for 4 hours, and stand for 8-12 hours.
Conviction of certain crimes may prevent completion of the clinical requirements of the program and may prevent future licensure and employment in health care. A criminal record check is required prior to any clinical training experience or clinical field trips. If you have a criminal record, meet with the Dean of Allied Health & Nursing (509.682.6660) to determine if your criminal history would prevent access to a health care facility.
To determine if the criminal record would prevent eligibility to take the national exam, visit the AAMA website and download information from the "ethics" section.
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