Background clearance includes the State of Washington and all other states and counties which the student has lived in for the past seven years.

Clinical Agency Requirements

In addition to the DSHS Secretary's List of Crimes and Negative Actions, clinical agencies have set the following immediate disqualifiers, which will prevent a student from being allowed to attend clinical. Upon admission to the program, students will receive additional information about processing the criminal background check.

The cost of obtaining this information is the student's responsibility.

For complete details see Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. (Click on the last item: Secretary'ss List of Crimes and Negative Actions for all other programs).

For specific degree requirements click the above button. Select the 'Medical Assisting' tab, then click on the Program Planner for the degree or certificate you are interested in.


Immediate Disqualifiers

  • No Social Security number
  • Social Security number belongs to a deceased individual or the date the Social Security number was issued precedes date of 
 birth
  • Major misdemeanor conviction for crimes involving weapons, violence, embezzlement, dishonesty, misappropriation, fraud, or 
 sex crimes
  • Any felony conviction
  • Misdemeanor conviction for possession of drugs (controlled substances) and/or paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana in
 recent two years
  • Sale or delivery of marijuana and/or controlled substances
  • Three or more misdemeanor convictions (excluding driving without a license).
  • More than three moving vehicle violations within the last three years
  • Current suspended license, revoked license
  • Two or more moving vehicle violation within the last 12 months
  • Two or more cited (at fault) accidents within the last 12 months
  • More than one drunk driving or related conviction in the past three years
  • Registered sex offender
  • Sex offender match
  • Failure to self-report crimes, as listed below:
    • Any misdemeanor or felony that appears on the court record and the applicant has not self reported this information to the
 LCC nursing program director.
      • If the court record includes a misdemeanor or felony conviction and the applicant did not self report the crime, this
 results in immediate disqualification.
      • If the applicant disclosed criminal history and there are misdemeanors and/or felonies on the court record, eligibility will
 be determined using the information above and other standards set forth by each clinical agency.

Contact Medical Assisting Program

We are located on the second floor of the Health & Science Building. Stop by during regular office hours, or call 360.442.2860 to make an appointment. 

Healthcare Program Inquiries

  Bev Ylen, Health Programs Coordinator
  360.442.2860
  bylen@lowercolumbia.edu

Medical Assisting Program Inquiries

  Elizabeth Engel, Program Director
  360.442.2867
  eengel@lowercolumbia.edu

Medical Assisting Program Advising

For initial advising contact the Entry Center. For subsequent advising attend an orientation/advising session with Elizabeth Engel.

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