Medical Assistant - How to Apply - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to apply to the Medical Assistant program?

  • High School graduate or equivalent (college transcript with high school graduation date is acceptable; however points for high school GPA may be forfeited).
  • Complete Assessments (ACCUPLACER/ESL ACCUPLACER AND ACT Engage exam).
  • Complete and submit the Metro Technology Centers Application for Adult Admission online 
  • Attendance at a required Medical Assistant program information session (submit documentation)
  • Submit required documents as a packet to Adult Career Advisor at Metro Technology Centers, Business Conference Center.

I have college credit why do I need to have proof that I completed high school?

  • State law requires all candidates for medical assistant to have completed high school or passed the GED. This completion is verified upon application to ensure the applicant is qualified for a licensure in Oklahoma.

 

Should I make an appointment to take the assessment tests?

  • The assessments must be scheduled in advance. The ACCUPLACER is untimed; the ACT Engage is a 30-minute assessment.
  • Assessments are available at  8 a.m. or 1 p.m. Mon-Fri (with photo I.D.) Sample questions are at the North/South campuses or click here.
  • Please call or e-mail to schedule an appointment time - Ph: 405-595-4678 email: Enrollment.ACD@metrotech.edu

Do I have to take the ACCUPLACER/ACT Engage assessments at Metro Tech?

  • ACCUPLACER AND ACT Engage assessments may be taken at other educational facilities, but official copies of the results must be submitted.

Can I take the assessment tests more than once?

  • The ACCUPLACER/ESL ACCUPLACER may be taken twice per calendar year with two weeks in between each attempt. The highest scores will be recognized.
  • The ACT Engage is allowed once per calendar year. 

Is a TOEFL score required for International/English second language students?

  • Metro Tech does not require a TOEFL score for admission into health programs, but administers the ESL ACCUPLACER exam as an alternative.

Is there a minimum ESL/COMPASS score required?

  • While Metro Tech does NOT require a minimum ESL ACCUPLACER score for admission, state regulations related to licensure in health professions require participants to be able to read, write and understand spoken English at an appropriate level.  Therefore, candidates who are selected for enrollment but who did not learn English as their first language and who score below certain levels will be required to improve their scores through ESL instruction prior to beginning classes.  This instruction is available at Metro Tech.

Is there a fee to apply to the program or to take an assessment exam?

  • A non-refundable application fee of $20 must be remitted to the Bursar's office at the time of application. 
  • The application fee includes all assessments and one retake during the same calendar year. Payment can be made at the Bursar’s office in the Business Conference Center. 

Do I need to have completed Anatomy and Physiology before I start the program?

  • Anatomy and Physiology is not a pre-requisite for the Medical Assistant program, but strongly recommended. 

Which Anatomy and Physiology courses are eligible to receive transfer credit in the Medical Assistant program?

  •  Technical Anatomy and Physiology (college credit eligible from career and technology center) or College Level Anatomy and Physiology completed within past 5 years, with a grade no lower than C (See Selection Criteria sheet for more information).

Do I need to have my CPR and immunizations completed to apply to the program?

  • No, you will be given a list of immunizations that must be completed once accepted into the Medical Assistant program.
  • Additional requirements include: BLS for Healthcare Provider (American Heart Association) and a random drug screening prior to beginning clinical rotations.

Does Metro Tech offer CPR?

  • Yes, please click here or call (405) 595- 4785 for more information.

How are applicants selected for the Medical Assistant Program?

  • Applicants are selected on a point system as indicated on the selection criteria sheet.
  •  Criteria include high school/college GPA or GED score, post-secondary education and scores from assessment tests (See Health Careers Center Adult Applicant Selection Criteria).
  • Applicants are ranked according to total points received and accepted into the Medical Assistant program according to rank.

How many students are accepted into the Medical Assistant program?

  • Up to 16 students are accepted into the initial Medical Assistant class (August).
  • Applicants may also be accepted to begin in January as seats become available.   

Do you offer an evening Medical Assistant class?

  • Metro Tech does not offer an evening option for Medical Assistant at this time.

What is the deadline for submitting an application to the program?

  • Application deadline is May 26, 2017 for the full-time class beginning August 2017.
  • Late applicants are placed on a waiting list for openings that may occur up to the first week of class.
  • Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year due to the additional January start date.

How can I increase my over-all points?

  • Applicants may take additional educational classes and/or improve assessment scores.  For information or assistance please call (405) 595-4678.
  • Provide a verifiable employment/military history indicated on the "Adult Program Validation of Paid Work Experience" form. It is not mandatory for an applicant to provide verification of employment/military history, but to receive additional points, the current or previous employer(s) must return the from by the stated deadline. 

When will I know if I am accepted into the Medical Assistant program?

  • All applicants will receive notification of acceptance, alternative status or declination after the application period closes.
  • Applicants accepted into the Medical Assistant program will be notified approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the start date (early August) of regular classes. 

What is the start date and end date for the program?

  • Medical Assistant is a 10-month program.
  • The initial start date is early August and completion is in May.
  • Applicants may also be accepted to begin in January as seats become available. Completion date for January entries is the following January (due to summer and holidays). 

When should I apply for financial aid?

  • Applicants should contact the Financial Aid Office at (405) 595-4437 for information regarding the types of financial aid available.  This process may take several months to finalize. It is recommended that applicants apply for financial aid early (even before notification of acceptance into the program).

Is there a payment plan for self paying customers?

  • Yes, there is a plan for self paying customers. Contact the Bursar's Office at (405) 595-4453 for more information

What is included in the cost of the program?

  • Tuition, fees, supplies, Chromebook (or comparable tablet)  e-books/books and 2 uniforms

Are there additional costs that are not included in the program cost?

  • Yes, there are other costs/fees that students will be responsible for such as immunizations, CPR certification, clinical hub fee, shoes, stethoscope, parking etc. (See Tuition and Total Career Major Costs)

What are class and/or clinical hours for the program?

  • Full-time Medical Assistant students complete the program in approximately 10 months. They attend class six (6) hours per day for theory/laboratory instruction. Class hours are 7:40 - 2:15.
  • Clinical Practicum days and hours vary from 6 - 8 hours per day during clinical rotations. 

Can I apply to the Medical Assistant program if I’ve been arrested or have a felony on my record?

  • Yes, you can apply to the program but clinical sites may not allow you to complete clinical requirements at their facility (background screenings are required and reported to the clinical agency). Students must be able to attend clinical in order to successfully meet clinical requirements. Failure to meet clinical requirements will result in dismissal from the program. The AAMA has additional requirements related to history of arrest and/or approval for applicants to take the certification exam. If you have questions contact the AAMA for more information.

May I contact the Medical Assistant faculty if I have additional questions?

  • Yes, Medical Assistant faculty may be contacted by email 
  • Application questions may be addressed by calling (405) 595-4432

Is the Medical Assistant program accredited?

The Medical Assistant program is accredited by:

National Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
www.caahep.org

Medical Assisting Education Review Board
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
1-800-228-2262
www.maerb.org

 

Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education (OBCTE)
1500 West Seventh Ave.
Stillwater, OK 74074
phone (405) 377-2000, 1-800-522-5810
fax (405) 743-6809
 

 

Revised 11/09/2016