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MA Admission

Winter-Start 2015 Applications Due: September 8 - 12, 2014
Applications will not be accepted before September 8 or after September 12.
Mailed applications & materials must be postmarked by September 12.

Fall-Start 2015 Applications Due: June 2015
Applications will not be accepted before or after the application window.
Mailed applications & materials must be postmarked by the last day of the application window.

General Information

  • The Medical Assistant (MA) program is a fall-start, 4-quarter program. Currently there is also a winter-start program but the winter-start program is not offered every year.
  • Students who have completed all general requirements and prerequisites are eligible to apply.
  • Program acceptance is based on GPA.
  • All applicants who apply for fall-start will be notified by late July.
  • All applicants who apply for winter-start will be notified by late October.
  • Students must be 18 or older to start the program.

Transfer Students
To determine which transfer credits meet MA prerequisites, students may request an official Credit Evaluation. This step usually takes a few weeks to complete.

Application Requirements
Students who wish to have their application and/or prerequisites reviewed should schedule an appointment with the Allied Health Educational Planner early (509.682.6830). No appointments to review applications will be scheduled during the time when applications are being accepted.

  • Apply to WVC.
    • Winter-start applicantsSelect winter quarter 2015 as the quarter you plan to begin the program (if you take fall quarter 2014 classes at WVC, you do not need to reapply).
    • Fall-start applicants: Select fall quarter 2015 as the quarter you plan to begin the program (if you take spring quarter 2015 classes at WVC, you do not need to reapply).
  • Complete the MA Application.
  • Complete all general requirements and prerequisites by the application deadline. Prerequisites must be completed with a "C" (2.0) or higher.
  • Attach a sealed, official high school transcript or a sealed, official GED transcript.
  • Attach 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 transcript needs to be submitted (bgrove@wvc.edu).
    • Winter-start applicants: If you take summer classes at another school (besides WVC), and your summer grades will not be posted on your official transcript by the application due date, attach an unofficial transcript showing your summer grades (this is in addition to the official transcript).
    • Fall-start applicants: If you take spring classes at another school (besides WVC), and your spring grades will not be posted on your official transcript by the application due date, attach an unofficial transcript showing your spring grades (this is in addition to the official transcript).
  • Attach a copy of your current Basic First Aid card.
  • Attach a copy of your current Healthcare Provider CPR card.
  • Ensure that your cumulative college GPA is a 2.5 or higher.
  • Attend an Allied Health Information Session (this requirement is waived for students who live out of the area).
Program Acceptance
Selection of applicants for the MA program is based on cumulative college GPA. Students with the highest cumulative college GPA are admitted.
After Acceptance
Successful applicants will receive a packet from the Allied Health Department detailing these next steps. Do not include these items with the application.
  • Pay a $50, non-refundable, acceptance fee.
  • Provide documentation of 7-hour Washington state HIV/AIDS certificate.
  • Provide documentation of immunizations (for more information, click here).
  • Provide verification of major medical insurance (accident/injury).
  • Provide background check information.
  • Provide results of a five-panel drug test from a certified lab.
  • Complete the Allied Health Packet.
  • Provide proof of liability insurance (calculated into tuition and fees at time of registration; tuition receipt can thus be used as proof).

Additional Notes

  • Acceptance to WVC does not guarantee acceptance to the MA program.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Students who leave the MA program for any reason should contact the MA Director to discuss 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 course 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. Students with a criminal record should meet with the Dean of Allied Health (509.682.6660) to determine if the 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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