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 the 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 are required for the Medical Insurance Biller Program.
- A minimum of an associate degree is required before admission to 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 the 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 before enrollment.
- A health form supplied by the School must be completed by the applicant’s physician and submitted to the school nurse before the 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 prerequisites. Therefore, examinations for each program will vary.
Application forms may be obtained through the Admissions Office at the Carnegie Institute. Prospective students are advised to file applications several months before the selected quarterly starting date since the number of new students admitted to each class is limited.
Carnegie Institute has established regulations to maintain an environment that encourages a professional demeanor. Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times, which will reflect favorably on the School and the allied health professions they have chosen to follow. Respect and consideration for school personnel, property, and the property and rights of other individuals are 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 healthcare personnel can best be achieved through the daily application of professional principles.
All equipment, classrooms, and laboratories must be left properly after use. Students, individually or collectively, may be held financially responsible for damage to school property caused by abuse or negligence.
The School assumes no responsibility for the loss of student property from theft or neglect. Maintaining the no-smoking policy adopted by healthcare employers, medical facilities, professional institutions, and buildings, smoking is prohibited in the halls, entrances, classrooms, labs, lounges, or lavatories. Students must restrict the consumption of food and beverages in the student lounge provided.
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 male and female Carnegie students must wear freshly laundered or navy blue clinical uniforms and white clinical shoes while training. 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.
The subject 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 designed to provide the student with the required hours of teacher supervision while the student is developing skill competencies.
Absences other than for severe 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, students will be placed on Attendance Alert.
- Attendance Probation: If absences exceed 15% of the total hours in the quarter, the student will be placed on Attendance Probation.
- If absences exceed 25% of the total hours in the quarter, the student will adhere to the recommendations of the Attendance Review Board. Under its direction, students may be required to make up one hour of class time for each hour absent beyond 25%, repeat the quarter, or be dismissed.
- A 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 the Student Handbook.
Failure to comply with school attendance regulations is considered to cause 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 the family, etc.) which makes continuance in the current term academically disadvantageous, or if the student is unavailable for Externship/Clinical Rotation assignment for a normally excusable reason, the student may be granted a Leave of Absence (LOA) by the School. LOA paperwork must be completed and approved by three (3) staff/faculty members. Students must provide supporting documentation (i.e., medical notes) with the LOA request. In compliance with Federal Regulations, students receiving Title IV financial aid must withdraw and reenter the program at the next regular start date. If a student fails to return from LOA, the student will be considered withdrawn, and a 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 thrice within one month may be charged with one day of absence. A student may be required to drop the subject if the amount of absenteeism exceeds 25% of the total time allotted to that subject. Reinstatement of the 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.