Applicants to the Medical Assisting Program must meet the requirements for admission to the college.
Coursework specific to the Medical Assisting Program (MET courses) is delivered in the classroom. Online option not available at this time.
- Medical Assisting Program applications must be submitted by May 1st for August admission or September 15th for January admission (admission in January is limited to readmission applicants).
- Applicants must provide to the college records office proof of a composite ACT score of 17 or greater and a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater.
- Applicants whose ACT scores are below 17 may be considered for admission after completion of 12 semester hours of prescribed academic courses with a GPA of 2.0 or greater.
- Applicants to the Medical Assisting Program must complete BIO 1534 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology or BIO 2514 Anatomy and Physiology I with a grade of “C” or greater prior to admission. (To obtain an Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting, completion of A&P I (BIO 2514) and A&P II (BIO 2524) with a grade of “C” or better is required).
- Acceptable Health Status – Once admitted, Medical Assisting Students must supply, on program forms, proof of a physical examination and identified immunizations and tests and must document an acceptable health status. Review of the submitted data may result in the request for additional documentation, psychiatric evaluation, and/or drug/alcohol screens if indicated. Students must comply with any such requests. Students must be able to exhibit performance requirements which include adequate cognition, sensory, affective, and psychomotor abilities, i.e. vision, hearing, mobility, speaking, and manual dexterity. Final admission status cannot be determined until the health status has been validated. Students may not attend clinical experiences until acceptable health status has been validated.
- Criminal Background/Fingerprinting Procedure- In accordance to the Mississippi State Law as stated in the State Statute §37-29-232, Northeast Mississippi Community College Health Science Programs: Associate Degree Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Assisting Technology, Practical Nursing Education, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Care Technology require students to submit to and satisfactorily complete a criminal background check/ fingerprinting. Admission may be rescinded and reversed based on review of the students’ criminal background check. At any time, the college may ask a student to clarify current legal status by completing the fingerprinting process. Students who refuse to submit to a criminal background check/fingerprinting or do not pass the criminal background check/fingerprinting will be dismissed from the program. Students who are dismissed from a Health Science Program may seek admission into another educational program that does not have a clinical component requirement in its curriculum.
- CPR Certification – All students admitted to Allied Health Programs must obtain and maintain current American Heart Association CPR certification for Health Care Providers.
NOTE: Meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to any program of study. Applicants are rated and ranked on program rating tools. These rating tools are available with the program application. Applications are available from the Division of Health Sciences office in Childers Hall and from the NEMCC Medical Assisting website.
NOTE: Students who, once admitted, fail to complete the program of study may be readmitted only once to the program of study. A student may reapply for program admission after a period of five years.