Health Sciences
Medical Assisting 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 - to be documented on Health Data Form/Physical Exam.  A fitness exam is not required for the Health Sciences programs.  Applicants will be required to provide a self-assessment of their capability of meeting the program's Technical Standards (see below).  The healthcare provider must be able to document that no health conditions (including previous physical injuries) are present that will create any type of limitation in the ability to provide health care.  
  • Tuberculosis Screening   
o    Validated by documentation of two negative PPDs within a 12 month period of time to establish a baseline (presented for review on the (Tuberculosis Screening & Questionnaire form).  The first PPD must be within 12 months of enrollment into the second semester and the second PPD must be within 6 months. 
o    All students with a past positive PPD must complete the TB Screening Clearance Questionnaire upon entry into a Health Science program and annually thereafter while enrolled. 
o    An acceptable alternative to the TB skin test is one negative Quantum Gold Tb blood test completed within one year prior to the program start or a chest x-ray completed within two years prior to the program start. Either method can be used with persons who have previously received the BCG vaccine. 
o    Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
o    Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) 
o    Hepatitis B (strongly recommended)
o    Varicella (Chickenpox)
Immunizations will be documented for the Health Sciences Programs on the Clinical Requirements ChecklistOfficial records of immunizations will need to be presented for verification by department staff. 

If you need immunizations, please contact the 
Shasta County or Tehama County Public Health Department clinics or your personal medical provider.
  • Students will receive CPR training as part of the Medical Assisting program
  • Technical Standard
    Attendance requirements and stamina demands require the student to be in good physical and mental health.  Please read the Health Sciences Programs Technical Standards​ carefully and discuss with your health care provider if necessary.  Applicants will complete a self-assessment of their capability to meet the technical standards.  Applicants must present their copy of the Technical Standards to their healthcare provider for review at the time of the physical examination. If a student requires an accommodation or cannot comply with the standard, they are advised to request to meet with the Dean of the Health Sciences & University Programs. A formal fitness examination (such as that required by health care employers) is not required.


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.