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Medical Assisting Program

The mission of the Medical Assisting program is to provide quality Medical Assistants to the community through a diversified and innovative educational programs, educate Medical Assistant who are competent, qualified, dedicated and caring to work , hospitals, clinics and physician offices in the culturally diverse and constantly changing population and environment.

Upon completion of the Medical Assisting  Program, the graduate is able to:

  • For the National Healthcareer Association(NHA)  Medical Assistant Certification Exam
  • Understand his/her role as a Medical Assistant
  • Communicate and interact competently, on a one to one basis with patients, their families and other health team members.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to patients’ emotional, social, and mental health needs through skillful, directed interactions.
  • Demonstrate competency in performing entry level medical assistant administrative  and clinical skills.
  • Demonstrate legal and ethical conduct suitable to variety of medical office settings.
  • Effectively participate as an integral part of a healthcare team by assisting providers and promoting positive patient relations.

Enrollment in the Saint Michael College of Allied Health Medical Assisting  Program is open to applicants 17 years of age and older. The student must be 18 years old prior to taking the National Certification.  All the rights, privileges, programs, and activities are made available to all students regardless of their religion, gender, race, color, and national origin.

Application forms can be obtained at Saint Michael College of Allied Health at 8305 Richmond  
   Highway, Unit 10A, Alexandria, VA 22309.
Applicants will be considered for admission to Saint Michael College of Allied Health Medical Assisting  Program  after successfully completing the following requirements.

  • Submit completed application form and payment of application fee.
  • Provide an official, translated high school transcript from an accredited high school or GED.
  • Obtain a minimum score of 75% on Reading Comprehension and 70% on Math Admission Assessment.
  • Once the entrance exam is passed, an application for admission to the Medical Assisting Program can be obtained.
  • A student may repeat the section of the entrance exam he/she fails , the exam may only be repeated once
  • Submit proof of high school education: diploma, transcript, or GED or attestation of having a high school diploma or GED.
  • Documentation of Health Requirements: Students must provide evidence of having received immunization for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Tetanus (within 10 yrs), and Hepatitis B series [or sign a waiver of declination for the Hepatitis B immunization]. The student must also have proof of a negative tuberculin skin test (within 1 yr) or chest x-ray. A Student with a positive PPD must have a chest x-ray, or a statement from their physician that they are free from symptoms of TB, annually. These records must be on file within the first two weeks of classes; it is the student’s responsibility to keep this information current.
  • Insurance requirements: Health Insurance is strongly recommended. Saint Michael College of Allied Health assumes no responsibility for any injuries and/or illnesses incurred while performing duties as a student nurse.  Professional Liability Insurance is provided for  allied health students by Saint Michael College of Allied Health while performing duties on behalf of or under the direction of SMCAH.
  • Submit two personal references from previous teachers or employers.
  • Interview with the Program Director and/or the school representative.
  • Drug Screen must be done prior to beginning Clinical Courses.
  • Students must abide by the drug screen policies of each Clinical agency in which a student is assigned for clinical practicum.
  • Saint Michael College of Allied Health maintains a drug free environment.
  • Criminal background checks are required of all students prior to beginning Clinical Courses.
  •  If a student is prohibited from participating in a clinical rotation based on their criminal background screening, the school will make every effort to place the student in a comparable clinical setting. If the school is unable to facilitate this placement, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program due to their inability to progress.
  • Students may be denied access to clinical facilities based on offenses appearing on the criminal record which may have occurred more than seven years ago.
  •  Students should also know that having a criminal background may hinder future employment opportunities in health care facilities or home care.

The Admissions Committee is responsible for reviewing all applications and documents for admission.  Successful applicants who are granted admission into the Medical Assisting  Program are notified in writing.  The successful applicants are required to return a signed copy of the acceptance letter with the initial deposit to the school’s admissions office two weeks before the start of classes.

Medical Assistant Program Requirements for Certificate of Completion
To be eligible for certificate of completion , students must;

  • Have a minimum theory  of 75%, a satisfactory clinical performance.
  • Obtain a satisfactory performance in skill labs.
  • Successfully completion of  the American Heart Association (AHA) cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification course offered by the college or  submit a current AHA CPR Certification card