Attendance

Students enrolled in the Medical Assistant program are expected to demonstrate a commitment and dedication to the healthcare profession through professional conduct that is consistent with the requirements needed to be successful in the industry. Healthcare is a profession that demands attention to detail and commitment to caring for others who are in need of assistance and who are vulnerable without it. For this reason, students are expected to exemplify this level of professionalism in their school attendance and participation.

Excused Absences

Excused absences can only be granted by the Department Chair or the Practicum Coordinator and may, at the discretion of the Department Chair, require proper documentation (e.g., a physician’s letter).

Unexcused Absences

Unexcused absences will result in a reduction in the student’s final course grade, which could lead to course failure.

Make-up Work

Make-up days are not available at clinical sites. Since clinical hours are tallied in accordance to eligibility rules for certification, absences may adversely affect a student’s eligibility to take the national certification exam and endanger a student’s ability to successfully complete the course. Students should refer to the Medical Assistant Practicum Handbook for more specific attendance policies related to the practicum component of the program.

*Students are reminded of the mandatory C (70 percent) grade requirement for all MED courses.