Allegany County Public School System
Allegany College of Maryland
PROGRAM: It is the intent of this agreement to update the existing articulation agreement between Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) and the Allegany County Public School System (ACPS) in the program areas of Health Occupations (ACPS) and Medical Assistant, Office Technologies, Radiologic Technology, Therapeutic Massage (ACM). The Health Occupations Technology program is available at the Allegany County Center for Career and Technical Education (CCTE). The updates to this articulation agreement noted below are necessary to comply with new accreditation requirements of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
ELIGIBLE COLLEGE CREDIT: Students will be eligible to receive three (3) college credits for Office Technologies, Medical Terminology, (OFTE-110) under the conditions specified below. Articulated credit for OFTE-110 can only be applied to those degrees/certificates that list OFTE-110 as a graduation requirement. At this time, these associate degree curricula include: Medical Assistant, Office Technologies (Medical Office Systems option), Radiologic Technology, and Therapeutic Massage. One Office Technologies certificate program, Medical Coding is also included. Other programs may be added to this list in the future and articulated credit for OFTE-110 could also apply to them. Articulated credit for OFTE-110 cannot be used as an elective.
REQUIREMENTS: 1) Students must be a "completer"; i.e., they must complete the entire 4 credit Health Occupations Technology program at CCTE plus Medical Terminology (1 credit) with an overall average of "B" or better in those courses. 2) Students must enroll in an ACM program that lists OFTE-110 as a graduation requirement and they must do so within two years of high school graduation. 3) Students must pass a comprehensive exam administered by ACM at no charge. 4) The CCTE Health Occupations Technology teacher must complete a competency checklist, provided by ACM, verifying the students' skills in all areas. 5) Students enrolling in the Medical Assistant AAS program or the Office Technologies (Medical Office Systems option) AAS program or Medical Coding certificate programs must successfully complete OFTE-132, Elements of Human Disease, before the articulated credits for OFTE-110, Medical Terminology, will be added to the students' transcripts. Students enrolling in Radiologic Technology or Therapeutic Massage need to successfully complete only the challenge exam and have the CCTE Health Occupations Technology teacher complete the competency checklist. 6) Students wishing to obtain credit in this manner must take the challenge exam at least two weeks before beginning their first semester at ACM. 7) Articulated credit for OFTE-110 will be posted on the ACM transcript after the student has successfully completed one semester (minimum) at ACM in one of the above noted programs. Students will receive credit for OFTE-110, but no grade. There will be no effect on the students' GPA. Articulated credit will have no bearing upon students' eligibility for admission to a selective admission program.
BENEFITS: Students wishing to obtain credit in this manner must initiate the process with their CCTE Health Occupations Technology teacher. There will be no tuition or other charges associated with obtaining articulated credit. The CCTE teacher must also complete an Articulated Credit form, in addition to the competency checklist, that certifies that the student meets the conditions of this agreement.