Additional Requirements: Background Check, Drug Screen and Technical Standards

Background Check Requirement and Drug Screening

(all information will be distributed at the beginning of Fall semester)

Criminal Background Check


Criminal Background Check (details below) Students with a background check that indicates any of the felony and/or misdemeanor convictions listed below within the last 7 years are not eligible for clinical placement.

Violent crimes such as murder, rape, sexual assault and robbery, kidnapping, attempted murder, assault with deadly weapons.  

Crimes involving theft, embezzlement, burglary, forgery, fraud, arson, identity theft.

Sex crimes including sexual molestation and sex crimes against children, or any conviction for which a candidate is required to register as a sex offender with a state or federal government agency.

Drug related crimes such as drug theft, sales, distribution, manufacturing and possession of controlled substances.

Multiple convictions (more than one conviction for same or different crime).

Name posted on any government sanctioned or debarred list.

Drug Screen

Students are required to 'clear' both background check and a 5 panel drug screen. Positive results on any non-prescription drug will result in dismissal from the program.



 Technical Standards for Medical Assisting Certificate Program


Technical Standards for the medical assisting certificate program at Chabot Community

College identifies the functional abilities commonly deemed by the Medical Assisting Faculty to be essential to the practice of medical assisting.

The Technical Standards are reflected in the program’s cognitive, psychomotor and affective competencies, which are the basis for teaching and evaluating all medical assisting students.

Students with disabilities who think they may require accommodation in meeting the Technical Standards of the medical assisting program should contact the Disabled Student Resource Center Building 2400 (510) 723-6725 to discuss the process of identifying reasonable accommodation.

Reasonable accommodation will be directed toward providing an equal educational opportunity for students with disabilities while adhering to the standards of practice for all medical assisting students.



The practice of medical assisting requires the following functional abilities with or without reasonable accommodations.


Visual acuity

Sufficient to assess patients and their environments

Examples of relevant

·         Detect changes in skin color or condition.

·         Detect a fire in a patient area and initiate emergency action.

·         Draw up the correct quantity of medication into a syringe.

·         Discriminate colors.

·         Read fine print.


Hearing ability

Sufficient to assess patients and their environments

Examples of relevant activities:

·         Detect sounds related to bodily functions using a stethoscope.

·         Communicate clearly in telephone conversations.

·         Communicate effectively with patients and with other members of the healthcare



Olfactory ability

Sufficient to assess patients and their environments

Examples of relevant activities:

·         Detect odors related to secretions, infections, and body fluids

·         Ability to tolerate odors related to secretions, infections and body fluids.

·         Detect smoke from burning materials.


Tactile ability

Sufficient to assess patients and their environments

Examples of relevant activities:

·         Detect changes in skin temperature.

·         Identify appropriate venipuncture sites by palpation


Strength and mobility

Sufficient to perform patient care activities and emergency procedures.

Examples of relevant activities:

·         Safely transfer patients in and out of a wheel chair to the exam table

·         Position patients as needed to for specialty examination

·         Move quickly from place to place.

·         Lift 50 pounds to waist level without assistance.

·         Sit, stand, or walk for extended periods of time.

·         Reach above shoulder level and below waist level.

·         Push and pull equipment i.e. carts, wheelchairs

·         Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

·         Transport patients using wheelchairs.


Fine motor skills

Sufficient to perform psychomotor skills integral to patient care.

Examples of relevant activities:

·         Safely dispose of needles in sharps containers.

·         Manipulate small equipment and containers, such as syringes,

·         Needles, vials, ampoules, and blood glucose monitors.


Physical endurance

Sufficient endurance to complete assigned periods in practicum.



Ability to speak, understand, read, and write English at a level that meets the need for accurate, clear, and effective communication.

Examples of relevant activities:

Accurately identify patients

·         Demonstrate active listening skills.

·         Demonstrate and interpret non verbal communication.

·         Chart electronically.

·         Read and comprehend policy and procedures manuals.

·         Convey information accurately, logically, and professionally.

·         Deliver clear, concise, accurate, and grammatically correct written documents and messages.


Emotional stability

To function effectively under stress, to adapt to changing situations, and to follow through on assigned patient care responsibilities.


Cognitive ability

To collect, analyze, and integrate information and knowledge

Examples of relevant activities:

·         Ability to utilize learned information accurately, consistently, and independently.

·         Ability to problem solve in non emergent and emergency situations.

·         Ability to evaluate self and improve performance.


Behavioral and Social Attributes


Work as a team member.

·         Demonstrates caring, compassion, patience, and empathy.

·         Demonstrates honesty and integrity.

·         Accepts criticism and modifies behaviors as necessary.

·         Monitors own performance and self report when errors or omissions are made.

·         Takes responsibility for own actions.


Legal Standards

·         Submits to criminal background checks and drug screening prior to participation in the


·         Promotes and protects client confidentiality.

·         Promotes and protects patient rights.






Last updated: 4/30/2014