Medical Assisting Admission Policies and Procedures

Each step must be completed before proceeding to the next step. Admission into health science programs is competitive. The number of students accepted into the program is determined by clinical space available and may therefore vary each term.

Step I Application to ECC

  1. Applicants must first submit an Application to the College. Medical Assisting should be checked as the desired Program of Study.
  2. Official transcripts of high school graduation or equivalency and all post-secondary coursework must be submitted before the student is fully admitted to ECC. (Currently enrolled high school students are to submit a partial transcript at time of application. A final transcript must be submitted at the time of graduation.)
  3. Students must complete requirements for ENG 090 and RED 090 or an equivalent course with a C or better or achieve a placement score of 80 for Reading and 86 for Writing on the Accuplacer.
  4. Students must complete requirements for MAT 060 and MAT 070 or an equivalent course with a C or better or achieve a placement score of 55 on the Numerical Accuplacer and a 55 on the Elementary Algebra Accuplacer.
  5. Students must have taken either MED 121 or BIO 163 prior to eligibility for ranking into the program.

Step II Application to the Medical Assisting Program

  1. Applicants must attend a Medical Assisting Information Session and complete the Health Science Program Application available at the session by March 1st to be considered for fall admission.
  2. Applicants must schedule an advising meeting with the Program Chair once admitted to Edgecombe Community College.

Step III Acceptance

  1. Applicants who demonstrate a 2.5 GPA on Medical Assisting-related coursework and an overall 2.0 GPA will receive a Letter of Acceptance with instructions of mandatory meetings and information on Physical Exams, Background Checks, and Drug Screening which must be done prior to Fall semester entry. Applicants failing to report at the scheduled time for the pre-admission meeting or medical assisting orientation meeting will have their names withdrawn from consideration.
  2. If there are more applicants than clinical space available, the overall GPA will be used to rank applicants for available seats. The number of students accepted is based on the number of seats approved by the accrediting body and can be affected by clinical space available. The student must accept or reject the seat in writing to the Admissions Counselor.
  3. Applicants who are not selected initially will receive a letter indicating their placement on the waiting list. Students will continue to be accepted from the waiting list until program seats are filled.

Registration Requirements for Clinical Courses

Students who accept a Medical Assisting seat must meet the following requirements by the date provided in order to register for class. Failure to meet deadlines will result in withdrawal of acceptance status and placement on the waiting list.

  1. Student must submit completed medical forms and CPR certification for health care providers within 2 months prior to enrollment in MED 260. Background checks and drug testing must be done upon entry into the medical assisting program but can be randomly done at any time again during the course of the program and during the clinical practicum. 
  2. The student must have at least an overall 2.0 GPA by the end of summer semester prior to registering for the second fall semester classes.
  3. The Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) in coordination with Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) requires that all medical assisting students pass all critical competencies during the course of their program 100% in order to graduate.

Further Policies and Procedures will be stated in the Medical Assisting Handbook given to students once they are admitted into the Medical Assisting program at the Mandatory Medical Assisting Orientation Meeting.


revised November 2013

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