Medical Assisting Selective Admission Requirements
The Medical Assisting Services program at UC Blue Ash College follows a selective program admission process for taking new students. This process has minimum qualifications and other requirements that must be met in order to enroll.
The Medical Assisting Services program admits students through a selective admission process each year. Incoming students who wish to pursue a certificate in Medical Assisting (28CRT-MA-C2) should apply through UC admissions to be admitted to the UC Blue Ash College and the Pre-Health Professions, non-degree program. Current UC students in other majors may also apply. Internal applications for selective admission to medical assisting for Fall Semesters will open July 1 and close December 15. All applications must be submitted by December 15 even if the minimum criteria will not be met until the end of the Spring semester.
The following are the minimum criteria and any additional requirements that must be met in order to be considered for program admission to the next cohort for the Medical Assisting Services program. These criteria will be similar for all the selective programs, but there may be some differences or program specific requirements that must be completed. Please make sure you are aware of all the requirements.
Electronic Application Preparation
In preparation for the electronic application, students should have the following required documents and information available.
- Is all of your demographic information (address, telephone numbers, etc.) up-to-date in the UC system? If your information is not up to date, please go to the One Stop web page to update demographic information.
- Information needed includes the UCID# (M#), last name, first name, middle name, UC email address, last year of high school, and names of previously attended colleges/universities.
- A Word document of a reflective essay regarding your career goals is required. See the detailed description for preparation of this file below.
Medical Assisting Selective Admission Requirements
These are the minimum criteria that must be met to be considered for the certificate program. If you do not meet these requirements, you should not submit a selective program admission application. By enrolling in pre-health professions, you are able to work towards these requirements at UC Blue Ash College, and apply once they are met. The pre-health professions advisor can assist with putting together a parallel plan.
Students who will meet the minimum selective program admission criteria below by December 15, 2020 are encouraged to apply to the medical assisting technology certificate program via the electronic application available between July 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020. High school seniors may apply contingent upon meeting minimum biology and GPA requirements at graduation. All applications must be submitted by December 15, 2020.
- Confirmed admission to the University of Cincinnati is required.
- Biology: One year of high school biology with lab and a grade of C or higher completed within 6 years of application or a college biology course(s) as indicated below is/are required.
- If high school biology grade was a C or higher, but was taken longer than 6 years prior to application, the student must complete Biology for the Health Professions and Technical Programs I (BIOL1051C) with a grade of C or better.
- If high school biology was not taken or if the student earned below a grade of C, the student must complete both the Biology for the Health Professions and Technical Programs I and II (BIOL1051C and BIOL1052C) with grades of C or better.
- College Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL2001C) completed with a grade of C or better within the 6 years prior to application will also meet this biology requirement.
- Math: Eligibility for Foundations for Quantitative Reasoning (MATH1008) is required. Students may meet the math requirement via the Math Placement Test (MPT) with a score greater than 420 for placement into OR with a 25 or higher on the ACT Math sub-test OR an SAT math sub-score of 650 or higher OR preparatory math courses with a final course grade of C or higher.
- English: Placement test: Eligibility for English Composition (ENGL1001). Students must achieve a score of 5 OR ACT combined English and Writing score of 18 or higher OR an SAT writing score of 430 or higher.
- TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language): Students who have not graduated from a U.S. or English speaking high school must achieve a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL examination.
- Minimum GPA: Students must meet the requirement of an un-weighted high school GPA of 3.0 or above OR a 2.5 GPA in college courses with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed.
In addition to the minimum qualifications, there are some additional requirements that you must complete as a part of the application process for the Medical Assisting Services certificate program. Here are the additional requirements:
The Reflective Essay
Please prepare a reflective essay answering the question, "What are your career goals and how will this certificate help you to achieve them?" as a Word document. The essay must be 500 words or less, using Times New Roman, size 12 font, double-spaced, with one inch margins on all sides, with the text aligned to the left only. The name of your Word file must begin with your UC Username (6+2 login used to access your UC email and Blackboard accounts).
Essays that meet the following criteria will be awarded the highest score: demonstrated knowledge of the profession of medical assisting, clearly explained career goals and expounded on how the degree will help achieve those goals with references cited in AMA, MLA, or APA format; information is well organized, sequenced, and constructed; no misspellings, punctuation, or grammatical errors; and all of the document formatting and length requirements were followed.
The Selection Process
The program admissions committee will review the academic records and reflective essay for all students who meet the minimum selective admission criteria and complete the application process. The highest rankings will be given to those students who are most successful in the following areas:
- ACT or SAT Composite Score within the past two years
- High school biology OR college equivalent
- Most recent cumulative GPA (based on a 4.0 scale), either high school OR college with at least 12 credit hours completed
- Completion of college courses with a grade of C or better: College-Level Math, Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomical Medical Terminology, English Composition I, Business Communications and Introduction to Psychology.
Additional Important Information
Application to the medical assisting certificate does not guarantee admission and students can apply to the medical assisting certificate only twice. Students who meet minimum qualifications by
December 15, 2020 will be considered for decision admission and may be notified via their UC email account of acceptance by December 22, 2020. Students must confirm their acceptance to the certificate program in writing within one week of notice to ensure a space in the class.
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