Petition Process for Surgical Technology, Health Unit Coordinator and Medical Assistant programs
WCTC’s Surgical Technology (ST), Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) and Medical Assistant (MA) programs use a petition process to move students into core program courses. The petition process is important in securing core classes necessary to individual programs, and it is more effective than a waitlist approach.
- Core courses can be clinical, or clinical and theory, depending on the program. All have a course number which begins with the following: 509-XXX (MA), 512-XXX (ST) or 501-XXX (HUC).
- The petition window is held once a year. For MA and ST students: Feb. 1 - 15; For HUC students: Sept. 2 - Sept. 16.
Acceptance deferral to core courses
Students who are prepared to begin core courses should submit a petition packet. If a petition is accepted and the student chooses not to begin, their petition will be voided. They must submit a new petition packet — during a petition window — when they are ready to enter. All petition documents are destroyed after status notification.
Students who petition and do not get into classes are required to submit a petition packet during the designated petition window until they are admitted into the core courses.
Student selection for petition process
- Be selected based on completion of program requirements and date of program application completion.
- Receive an email from the program advisor within 60 days of the petition window deadline. Additionally, a notice will be posted on the student portal to confirm that emails have been sent. Students should not call to inquire about the selection process.
Additional information and requirements
Students are encouraged to attend an information session – Orientation to the Petition Process – which provides further details. Additionally, all documents are available on the portal.
Once a student is accepted, they will need:
- An acceptable Criminal Background check. Some violations prohibit obtaining clinical placement and subsequent employment in career paths. For questions regarding histories, speak with the Allied Health coordinator.
- To complete a health requirements document as outlined on the program petition form.
- To attend a mandatory orientation session held on campus, prior to the start of classes. Specific dates and times are noted on petition documents or will be sent to students via email.
Core program course readiness
The program material within core courses for ST, HUC and MA is demanding and requires a solid commitment from the student. Below are considerations for determining if a student is ready for the workload.
- Working while completing core courses. Core courses demand an extraordinary amount of time, both in and out of class. It is recommended that students focus solely on their studies or work part time.
- Completion of general education courses. All general education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better before a student can consider taking core courses. See the petition form for program details.
- Timing. Students need to consider if the timing is “right,” given other non-school obligations, such as work and family.
- The right fit. Students are encouraged to fully research their career field before determining if their program choice is the proper fit. WCTC’s Counseling and Career Center staff can help with career exploration.