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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 (Tested at the testing center located in the Meyerhoffer Building or approved testing center. You should key at approximately 35 nwpm).
  7. Applicants must provide proof of competency in one of the following ways:
    1. By taking and passing the course CISA 101 Computer Literacy Skill Development or BUSA 215 Introduction to Information Science with a grade of C or better.
    2. By taking and passing the Computer Skills Assessment with a score of 70% or better on each section of the CSA exam.
    3. If one or more parts of the Assessment are not passed with a 70% or better, students may choose to complete an equivalent class. An example of this is a student passes the word processing and presentation section but not the spreadsheet section, the student may then enroll in the Introduction to Spreadsheet class. With a grade of C or better in that class, the student has then demonstrated competency in all four areas since assessment Equivalent classes are:
      a. CISA 141 Introduction to Word Processing (l credit),
      b. CISA 115 Introduction to Excel (1 credit),
      c. CISA 135 Introduction to Presentation Software (1 credit),
      d. CISA 130 Introduction to Windows (1 credit).
  8. Compass test scores for new college students only (Tested at the testing center located in the Meyerhoffer Building).

Your compass scores and/or transcripts must show proof of ability to complete all general education 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 re-apply to the board to advance place in second semester the following year.

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. Interviews for the 2018-2019 applicants will be conducted on the evening of Monday August 6th.

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.