Admission Policies and Procedures
The admission requirements of Carnegie Institute are designed to permit the student with a strong aptitude and proper motivation to qualify for training. The following standards must be met before an applicant can be considered.
- A high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Documentation of high school transcript or GED certificate.
- Documentation of college credits and advanced degrees.
- Proficiency in keyboarding is required for Medical Assistant, Medical Business Specialist, Medical Insurance Biller, Invasive CVT, Cardiac EP Technologist and Pacemaker/ICD Technician Programs.
- Prior work experience or college credits in accounting, business, or banking is required for the Medical Insurance Biller Program.
- A minimum of an associate degree is required, prior to admission, for the Cardiovascular Technologist, Vascular Technologist and Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist Programs. Proof of associate degree and transcripts must be submitted to Admissions Department.
- In addition, prior allied health training, recent clinical work experience and college credits in anatomy & physiology, math, and science are required for the Cardiology Technician, Cardiovascular Technologist, Vascular Technologist, Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist, Cardiac Electrophysiology Technologist and Pacemaker/ICD Technician programs. A letter grade of B, or a minimum gpa of 3.0 is required.
- Prior allied health training, clinical work experience and college credits in medical terminology, math and science are required for the Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist program. A letter grade of B, or a minimum gpa of 3.0 is required.
- A personal interview at the school between applicant and Admissions Officer is required.
- A pre-enrollment interview with the Director of Education is required for Cardiology Technician, Cardiovascular Technologist, Vascular Technologist, Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist, Cardiac Electrophysiology Technologist, Pacemaker/ICD Technician or Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist programs.
- Successful completion of entrance examinations.
- Personal/Professional references are required.
- Submission of a formal application as provided by the school. Arrangements for high school or college transcripts will be made prior to enrollment.
- A health form, supplied by the school, is to be completed by applicant’s personal physician and submitted to the school nurse prior to start date.
Entrance examinations for each course of study are administered to determine the student’s aptitude and potential for success. Each program has specific pre-requisites; therefore, examinations for each program will vary.
Application forms may be obtained through the Admissions Office at Carnegie Institute. Prospective students are advised to file applications several months in advance of the selected quarterly starting date since the number of new students admitted to each class is limited.
Carnegie Institute has established regulations in order to maintain an environment that encourages professional demeanor. Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner which will reflect favorably on the school and the allied health professions that they have chosen to follow. Respect and consideration for school personnel, property, and the property and rights of other individuals is expected. Permanent dismissal from school will result from unsatisfactory conduct, non-compliance with Carnegie Institute’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program, and our smoke-free environment policy as outlined in the Student Handbook. In addition, any willful destruction of school property will result in immediate expulsion.
Careers in allied health require a keen sense of self-discipline and an awareness of professional conduct. The high standards of professionalism expected of health care personnel can best be achieved through daily application of professional principles.
All equipment, classrooms and laboratories must be left in proper condition after use. Students, individually or collectively, may be held financially responsible for damage to school property caused by abuse or negligence on their part.
The school assumes no responsibility for loss of student property resulting from theft or neglect. In keeping with the no smoking policy adopted by health care employers, medical facilities, professional institutions and buildings, smoking is not permitted in the halls, entrances, classrooms, labs, lounge, or lavatories. Students are required to restrict the consumption of food and beverages to the student lounge provided for this purpose.
Student Dress Code
The general appearance of all students in training for allied health careers should reflect good health, overall neatness, weight control, good posture, and hygiene. Hair must be clean and styled for uniform wear. All Carnegie students, male and female, while in training are required to wear freshly laundered, white or navy blue clinical uniforms and white clinical shoes. If a sweater or jacket is worn in the school building, it should be navy or white and free of ornamentation. Uniforms are available for student purchase at any retail uniform or department store. Minimum prices for uniforms usually begin at $25.00 and clinical shoes at $30.00.
Subject matter is presented on a regularly assigned basis. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and to be punctual. Laboratory sessions, both clinical and administrative, are carefully scheduled to provide the student with the required hours of teacher supervision while the student is developing skill competencies.
Absences, other than for serious illness or extenuating circumstances, are discouraged. The School’s Attendance Policy is as follows:
- Attendance Alert Report: If absences exceed 10% of the total hours in the quarter, student will be placed on Attendance Alert.
- Attendance Probation:If absences exceed 15% of the total hours in the quarter, student will be placed on Attendance Probation.
- If absences exceed 25% of the total hours in the quarter, student will adhere to the recommendations of the Attendance Review Board. Under its direction, student may be required to make-up one hour of class time for each hour absent beyond 25%, repeat the quarter, or be dismissed.
- Student with excessive absenteeism will be required to complete one additional hour of externship for each hour of class time missed. Refer to page 8a of Student Handbook.
Failure to comply with school attendance regulations is considered cause for dismissal, suspension, or an extended externship period after completion of the final quarter of training. The school requires a satisfactory evaluation of the student’s externship performance from the externship site supervisor before a student is considered eligible for a diploma.
In the event a student must miss a consecutive number of class days for a normally excusable reason (illness, death in family, etc.) which makes continuance in the current term academically disadvantageous, or if student is unavailable for Externship/Clinical Rotation assignment for a normally excusable reason, student may be granted a Leave of Absence (LOA) by the School. LOA paperwork must be completed and approved by three staff/faculty members. Student must provide supporting documentation (i.e., medical note, etc.) with LOA request. In compliance with Federal Regulations, students receiving Title IV financial aid will be required to withdraw and reenter the program at the next regular start date. If student fails to return from LOA, student will be considered withdrawn and published Refund Policy will apply.
The maximum time frame in which training must be completed must not exceed 1.5 times the number of credit hours required to complete the program. Refer to Student Handbook, page 16 for additional details.
Suspension and Dismissal Policy
A student who is late three times within any one month may be charged with one day of absence. A student may be required to drop a subject if the amount of absenteeism exceeds 25% of the total time allotted to that subject. Reinstatement of student will be at the discretion of the Director of Education after arrangements have been made between the student and instructor concerning make-up assignments and class hours missed. The school reserves the right to dismiss or suspend any student whose conduct or activities reflect unfavorably upon the school or the allied health professions.