Definition and Requirements
Clock Hour to Credit Hour Conversion
Med-Assist School of Hawaii operated as a strictly clock hour school from 1994 through 2008. Beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year (effective July 1st, 2008), its’ clock hour curriculum was also converted to a semester credit hour system using the following formula set forth by its accrediting agency, ABHES.
The courses that follow, in addition to listing the literal clock hours that are spent in each class, provide the resultant corresponding credit equivalency based on this formula. A clock hour represents a minimum of 50 minutes of instruction. One credit hour is awarded:
For Every 15 Lecture Hours
For Every 30 Laboratory Hours
For Every 45 Internship or Externship Hours
Outside of class coursework including portfolios, projects and assigned homework will be expected for students that are enrolled in both the Medical Assistant and Professional Medical Coder Programs.
The credit measurement is equivalent to semester hours for transfer of credit purposes. Med-Assist School of Hawaii (MASH) does not guarantee the transfer of credits to other educational institutions. Students are recommended to check the requirements of the school they are applying to; the acceptance of the credits is at the discretion of the receiving school.
Course Numbering Definition
When reviewing both the Medical Assistant and Professional Medical Coder Program outlines, the first two or three letters of the course represent the course title. The numbers that follow the letters designate the level that is equivalent to the entry-level (100-level) of an academic preparation. Progressive courses are then numbered in a sequential order set forth by prerequisites and successfully achieve the standard course competencies (200-level and above).
All program courses are delivered residentially through classroom, clinical, and laboratory instructions.
Transfer Credits for Evaluation
Credits must reflect coursework taken prior to the start of the program
The intent of the school’s “Transfer Credits” policy is to recognize prior successful academic training attained at previously attended institutions that are accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and that are equivalent to the training that the school offers in order to waive (transfer) certain course requirements. It is NOT intended to allow currently enrolled students the option of replacing any courses offered by the school with educational training obtained at another school once the student begins the program.
Med-Assist School of Hawaii does not maintain any consortium arrangements with other educational institutions involving the transferability of credits. Thus, once beginning the program, a student cannot opt to take courses from another institution to replace courses offered in the program.
Applicants may submit their previous official transcript(s) for an evaluation of courses that may be given “Transfer Credits” which were earned at previous institutions if the credits meet certain conditions set forth by the school.
Applicants who desire Med-Assist School of Hawaii to review their transcript(s) must submit an official transcript(s) either sent from the other school(s) or hand-delivered bearing their official seal(s) intact. This should be done two weeks prior to the intended start of the academic program and no later than the start of the academic phase in which the course for which the transfer credits are intended to be applicable to is offered.
Allowable transfer credits will be evaluated and accepted prior to the student starting the course for which the transfer credits were intended to replace. Once the student begins the respective program the transfer credits will not be accepted unless by exception through a final decision by the Administrative and Curriculum Committee. Students in these circumstances are eligible to make arrangements with Credit by Examination (see guidelines).
For transfer credits to be accepted, all of the following conditions must be met:
- Prior to the start of the Academic Program: Credits must reflect coursework taken PRIOR to the student beginning the academic program.
- Accredited Institution: Credits must come from an accredited post-secondary institution.
- Course Competencies: Course(s) must be aligned with standard competencies of the program(s).
- Three Year Window: Course credits must have been attained within three years of the start of the academic program.
- Minimum of 70% (or Equivalent) or Greater: A grade of at least a “70%” (or equivalent) must have been earned for the course(s).
- Maximum Credits: Credits are limited to 60% of the total credits required for graduation.
- Exception: Exceptions to the 60% rule can be made by the Administrative Committee on a case-by-case basis in consideration of the transfer applicant’s competencies as they relate to the standards of the healthcare profession.
A student’s course competency is evaluated utilizing course examinations, assignments, and class participation. Performance on class examinations and assignments will be scored according to the following scale:
|Class Performance||Letter Grade||Result|
|95% – 100%||A||Course Passed|
|85% – 94%||B||Course Passed|
|70% – 84%||C||Course Passed|
|Below 70%||F||Course Failed|
|Did Not Complete Requirements||I||Course Incomplete|
|Withdrew From Course||D||Course Dropped|
To receive credit for a course, a student must achieve a score of 70% or higher.
- Transfer Credits: Transfer credits reflect courses accepted for credit earned towards the academic program and are not graded by the Med-Assist School of Hawaii. However, accepted credits will be designated as “TC” on the student’s academic transcript.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
The student must maintain a minimum 70% cumulative grade point average in order to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Grade reports are provided after the end of each phase.
- Transfer Credits: The grades from transfer credits reflect the course results as determined by other institutions and are not calculated into the student’s GPA.