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Program and Application/Portfolio Requirements

In order to apply to the Medical Assisting program, the following items must be submitted (in a portfolio) to the Program Director by August 1st.

The deadline to apply and submit documents is August 1st.

  1. Cover letter stating why you want to be in the Medical Assisting Program, what makes you a strong candidate and should be grammatically correct and signed by the applicant.
  2. Resume.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from employers, co-workers, previous employers or teachers.  The recommended format for the letters of recommendation are listed below.
  4. Most recent unofficial transcripts for:  college, high school or GED and/or HSE. Official transcripts must be on file with the Office of the Registrar.
  5. Proof of high school completion: unofficial copy of diploma, transcript, GED or HSE certificate.
  6. Keyboarding test: You should key at approximately 35 nwpm. Exam can be taken at any CSI Testing Center.
  7. Applicants must submit computer competency exam (CSA Exam) results. Exam can be taken at any CSI Testing Center.
  8. Placement test scores for new college students only 
    1. Math - The College of Southern Idaho uses the ALEKS Test for math placement. This test can be taken in the Academic Development Center located on the second floor of the Meyerhoeffer Building or at any CSI outreach campus testing center.
    2. English - The College of Sourthern Idaho uses the Write Class Assessment for English Placement. This test can be done from any device with internet access. Click here to access the assessment. The Write Classs assesment can only be taken once.

Your placement scores and/or transcripts must show proof of ability to complete all non-program required course work within the first semester of the program. Inability to do so will forfeit your seat in the second semester of the program and you will have to apply for readmission.

Mail documents to:
Kara Mahannah
College of Southern Idaho
Health Sciences and Human Services Department
PO Box 1238
Twin Falls, ID 83303-1238;
OR take them directly to the Health Sciences and Human Services Department in the Health Sciences and Human Services building located at: 397 North College Road.

INTERVIEW:  An interview with the Medical Assistant Advisory Board will be scheduled for all applicants, that submit a complete portfolio, by the program director within the first week of August. Students are selected on a point system. In the event that there are more applicants than seats available, the applicants having the highest points will be placed in the program.

Letter of Recommendation Format

  1. Letters of recommendation should be written by someone who will address your professional skills such as skills, abilities, work ethic, dependability, motivation, and attitude. These are suggested topics; the writer may wish to address other areas.
  2. The letters of recommendation will become part of your file, which will be reviewed by the Medical Assistant Advisory Board prior to your interview with the board.
  3. Letters of Recommendation - must be signed, addressed to Kara Mahannah, current date (within last year) and in a sealed envelope addressed by sender. Full points will not be awarded to unsigned, unprofessional, or unsealed letters.
  4. Experience has shown that people are usually happy to write letters of recommendation; however they must be in the Program Directors office by the August 1st deadline.

ONCE ACCEPTED TO THE PROGRAM, there will be a MANDATORY ORIENTATION to explain the following additional requirements:

  • First Aid.
  • Healthcare provider BLS from American Heart Association.
  • Proof of Health Insurance (for duration of program).
  • Present (< 6months) evidence of good health with a statement from a health care provider.
  • Proof of immunizations: Hepatitis B, MMR, Chickenpox, Tdap, and Influenza (after Oct.).
  • Pass background check.
  • Pass drug screen.
THE ABOVE ITEMS MUST BE ON RECORD WITH THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR BY SEPTEMBER 30 TO CONTINUE IN THE PROGRAM.