Medical Assisting Program
Program Specific
Health & Safety Clinical Requirements

Programs in the Health Sciences Division prepare students for careers in healthcare.  All of our programs include clinical experiences as an essential component of the program.  In order to provide opportunities to adequately learn necessary skills and apply theory in an actual clinical setting, we partner with healthcare agencies in our community (acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and a variety of other specialty agencies) for clinical experiences within their organizations.  These clinical sites have requirements for their employees and any persons in their facilities that are interacting with their patients or clients.  Included in our partner clinical agreements are clinical requirements for our students. These clinical requirements are not imposed by Shasta College Health Sciences but by our clinical partners.  While failure to meet these requirements does not disqualify a student from any of our healthcare programs, it will limit the opportunity to participate in the clinical experiences that are required; and therefore make it impossible to complete the program.
Prior to enrolling in the second semester of the Medical Assisting program, all program students must comply with the Health and Safety Requirements. Compliance must be continuously met through the remaining duration of the program. Students will be required to submit documentation of all completed clinical requirements by the deadline established in their communications from the Health Sciences Division. Students will not be allowed to register in the second semester of the program until all clinical requirements have been met. 

Complete documentation of requirements must be filed with the Health Sciences Division office and kept current during enrollment. Please retain a copy of all files for your personal records.

Health Requirements
In the interest of your own personal safety, the safety of your patients, and other healthcare providers, there are specific health and physical requirements that must be met by prior to enrollment in the second semester of the program. These include:

  • Assessment of Current Health Status with a Physical Examination - document on the Health Data & Physical Exam form

  • Technical Standards - document on the Technical Standards form

  • TB Screening - document on the TB Screening & Questionnaire form
    • Two negative PPDs are required to establish a baseline 
    • An acceptable alternative to the TB skin test is a Quantum Gold TB blood test or a chest x-ray

  • Proof of Current Immunizations - document on the Clinical Requirements Checklist and attach official immunization or titer records
    • ​Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
    • Hepatitis B
    • Varicella 

Drug Screening
While drug screening is not required in order to attend the Medical Assisting program,
Shasta College and Health Sciences programs maintain a no tolerance policy regarding substance abuse when participating in Health Sciences programs. Students must agree at time of admission into the program to be drug tested at any time while in the program All enrolled Health Sciences students are subject to
 drug screening through a school-designated vendor if it is suspected that they are under the influence of drugs. 

A student with a positive drug screen will be denied participation and placement at a clinical agency and will be required to withdraw from the program. Any evidence of substance abuse will result in immediate administrative dismissal from the program. Students are responsible for the cost of all screenings.
Criminal Background Checks
While criminal background checks are not required in order to attend the Medical Assisting program, some clinical affiliates may require a background check of students in order to host them for externship. This is assessed on a case by case basis and will be discussed with the student before ALH 94 (externship). If there are concerns regarding criminal histories or background screening, the individual student should share concerns with their instructor on the first day of class.