Application & Procedure


Minimum Admission Requirements
Applicants must:

  • meet general admission requirements
  • be a high school graduate or have a satisfactory high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET)
  • complete preadmission Accuplacer test OR have an ACT score of 14 or higher


Applicants must have the following documents on file in the Health Sciences office by July 1st to be considered for admission to the fall class and by November 1st for the spring class.

  • MDCC application for admission or readmission
  • MDCC application to the HCA Program (Health Sciences Application packet)
  • an official high school transcript from an approved high school or high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET), if not previously enrolled in college
  • an official college transcript for all colleges previously and presently attending

Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.  When the application is available, the link located below will be active.




No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission requirements are met. Admission requirements are evaluated by the use of a rating scale which includes ACT or ACCUPLACER scores, GPA, and Healthcare work experience submitted in a timely manner. All applicants are considered on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. The number of applicants accepted is limited due to the nature of the program. Applicants will be notified by letter of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance to the program. The conditional acceptance letter will include specific instructions regarding all requirements that must be completed prior to admission. 

Admission is tentative based on:

  • satisfactory background check performed by our office (see Policy on Admission to Health Science Program)
  • acceptable pre-admission drug screen performed by our office
  • health evaluation form completed by a physician or nurse practitioner indicating no restriction for lifting or transfer
  • proof of current immunizations including, but not limited to, Hepatitis B vaccination series, MMR vaccination series, Tdap booster, and TB skin test


Student Responsibilities
Students who are accepted into the program must:

  • attend a health care assistant orientation session
  • be aware that, in addition to the regular college fees, Health Care Assistant students will incur expenses for such items as uniforms, books, supplies, liability insurance, accident insurance, physical examination, Hepatitis B vaccine series, background check, CPR certification and certification examination fees.  Fees are not limited to these listed.
  • be responsible for their own transportation to classes and clinical agencies



  • students must maintain a ā€œCā€ average (grade of 75) in each component of the course of study in order to complete the program
  • a minimum of 368 hours including class and clinical time is required to complete the program


Policy on Readmission to Health Science Programs
A student may be considered for readmission to a specific health science program one time only. This applies to courses in any respective health science program, whether at MDCC or at another institution. The only exception may be: a student who has a passing grade in the classroom and clinical setting, but was forced to withdraw due to illness, accident, pregnancy, or family crisis may be considered for a second readmission.

Each student requesting readmission into a health science program will be considered on an individual basis. The student should contact the appropriate program director/ supervisor for the readmission procedure. Space must be available in the class and clinical setting. No precedent will be set by the decision of an admissions committee.

At the direction of the Dean of Health Sciences with the recommendation of the Admission Committee, a student requesting readmission to a health science program may be required to take a challenge exam to assess placement. It may be necessary for the applicant to repeat courses.


Contacts in the Health Care Assistant Program 

Name Title E-mail Phone
Maegan Applewhite Administrative Support 662-246-6503
Irene Fisher, RN Instructor at Golden Age Nursing Home 662-453-6323 x 153
Kirsten Robertson   Instructor at GHEC 662-332-8011

Health Care Assistant

The Health Care Assistant program prepares the individual to assist in providing health care as a member of the health care team under the direction of a health care professional.

The Health Care Assistant program is a one semester program. MDCC has two area programs located at the Greenville Higher Education Center in Greenville and at the Golden Age Nursing Home in Greenwood. The programs at the GHEC and Golden Age Nursing Home are day programs. All programs are taught each fall and spring semester. Clinical experiences are provided at area health care agencies.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the HCA curriculum. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students are eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Examination. Students who complete the program may qualify for employment as Homemakers, Nurse Assistants, Long-Term Care Aides or Home Health Aides in the Mississippi health care industry.

For more information on this program, read the
Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.

For further information, contact
Maegan Applewhite
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Core Performance Standards

The performance standards provide descriptions of basic cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor requirements for successful Health Care Assistant program completion.  Applicants and students who cannot meet one or more of the standards will be considered on an individual basis in terms of whether reasonable modification/ accommodation can be made. Reasonable accommodations will be examined in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the Core Performance Standards.

Click here for the Core Performance Standards

What is a Health Care Assistant?

The Health Care Assistant works very closely with clients. The Health Care Assistant may refer to nurse aides, orderlies, male attendants, or personal care assistant. The assistant provides personal care such as bathing, feeding and dressing. The assistant also performs support functions such as taking vital signs, making beds, transporting clients, assisting clients with activities of daily living. The health care assistant works under the supervision of RN's, LPN's, and other medical personnel. The assistant may work in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, nursing homes or long term care, personal care facilities, hospitals, home health agencies, and private homes.

The Health Care Assistant program prepares to entry to workplace upon passing the certification examination for Health Care Assistants.

Anyone interested in health care assisting should care about helping others, should be able to take directions from others, and demonstrate patience and caring.