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Petitioning is the process where students request entry into the technical (MAS) courses in the Medical Assisting program. Students should only petition after they have met requirements in math, writing, reading and grade point average. Detailed information about these requirements is listed in the petition form below.

Students must apply online to Clark State Community College before they can petition for entry into the MAS courses. Admission to the College does not guarantee entry into the MAS courses.

Technical Requirements

All students accepted into the Medical Assisting program must be able to perform the essential functions of the medical assistant with or without reasonable accommodations. These essential functions are linked on the Medical Assisting program web page and are also provided to students via the Medical Assisting student handbook. Students are required to sign a form indicating they have reviewed these requirements and submit it to the Medical Assisting program coordinator when they enter the program.

Directed Practice Requirements

Students must meet the health and criminal background check requirements of the program's affiliating clinical agencies in order to participate in clinical learning experiences. Reasonable efforts will be made to place admitted students in clinical experiences, but it is up to the clinical facilities to determine whether a student will be accepted for clinical placement. Students who cannot be placed clinically cannot meet the course and program requirements and therefore would be unable to complete the program. Clinical facilities may consider expunged convictions in placement decisions.

How to Petition

Students petition by completing the Petition Request form available at the end of this petitioning information. After submission, students will receive an automated message with the date and time that their request was received. This does not mean that their request has been accepted but only indicates that their request has been received. Students should print and keep a copy of this automated response for their records.

Verification of Petitioning Requirements

The College verifies that all necessary petition requirements are met. Verification will be made strictly on the information provided on the petition request form. The answers students provide as evidence of meeting a requirement will be the only information reviewed by the College. If it is found that a requirement is not met as stated, the petition will be denied.

Students receive notification as to the status of their petition within 45 days via U.S. mail. If a petitioning student HAS NOT met all of the requirements, they will receive a letter indicating what is incomplete. The student must then complete the necessary requirement(s) and re-petition for the program.

If a petitioning student HAS met all the requirements their letter will indicate that their petition has been accepted. This means that the student has met all the requirements to be placed on the list and that he or she should contact the Medical Assisting program coordinator for academic advising and approval to enroll in MAS courses. Students should keep this letter for their records.

To check the status of their petition, students may contact the Health and Human Services Division Office at 937.328.6057.

What Can Students Do While They Are Waiting to Start MAS Courses?

The Medical Assisting program's MAS course sequence starts in fall semester. While waiting to start MAS courses, students are encouraged to take any of the non-MAS courses in the curriculum of the Medical Assisting program. Many of these courses have pre- and/or co-requisites, which are listed with the course description in the College catalog and online. Not all courses are offered every term. Students should seek guidance from their assigned faculty advisor prior to registering for courses each term.

Medical Assisting Petitioning Requirements and Form

Appropriate scholastic preparation is needed to successfully complete the courses within the Medical Assisting program. You must meet the scholastic requirements listed below to be eligible to petition for entry into the program.

Math:  Appropriate scores on a recent math placement test or scores of "C" or better in the appropriate college preparatory math courses.

Reading:  Appropriate score on a recent reading placement test or scores of C or better in the appropriate college preparatory reading courses.

Writing:  Appropriate score on a recent writing placement test or scores of C or better in the appropriate college preparatory writing courses.

Grade Point Average (GPA):  Your overall Clark State GPA must be 2.0 or greater. If you have taken courses in the Medical Assisting program at Clark State or any other college or university, you will also need to have a grade point average greater than or equal to 2.0 in those courses in order to petition. Grades in CPE courses and courses that are not part of the Medical Assisting program curriculum will not be considered as part of the curriculum GPA requirement.

Certification Statement

By submitting this form, I certify that the above statements are true to the best of my knowledge.