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Medical assistants work primarily in medical offices and clinics, and have a wide variety of responsibilities. Their work includes everything from clinical procedures, such as drawing blood or performing EKGs, to administrative support for the entire healthcare team. It’s a profession that requires flexibility, critical thinking skills, attention to detail, and a desire to help people.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

An Introduction to Your Life at Baker College

The Academic Welcome Experience provides students with a smooth and helpful transition to college life. Students will become familiar with campus life, academic requirements, student expectations, learning environments, and the many services and resources available to them. It is also an important time for forming relationships and connections with fellow students, program advisors, and other members of the Baker College community.

Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

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Medical Assistant

Engage your heart and mind.

Prepare for a rewarding profession.

Medical assistants work primarily in medical offices and clinics, and have a wide variety of responsibilities. Their work includes everything from clinical procedures, such as drawing blood or performing EKGs, to administrative support for the entire healthcare team. It’s a profession that requires flexibility, critical thinking skills, attention to detail, and a desire to help people.

Career Facts

$29,960

Medical salary for Medical Assistants

23%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$92,810

Median salary for Medical and Health Services Managers

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Overview

Overview

Baker’s Medical Assistant program prepares you to work as a key member of the healthcare delivery team though a curriculum developed with the input of health services professionals.

Your coursework integrates classroom studies with hands-on experience, and includes medical office procedures, electronic health records, EKGs, patient assessments and more. It’s a complete program, carefully designed to ensure you learn the administrative and clinical procedures you’ll use every day.

As a graduate, you will be fully prepared with the knowledge and experience you need to take the national certifying exam, and earn your Certified Medical Assistant credential.

Course Information

Course Information

Medical Assistant Major Requirements65 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
HSC 102

1 Quarter Hours

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (HSC102): Breathes new life into resuscitation education, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) is designed to train professionals to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies for adult, child, and infant victims. Consistent with the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR/ECC, BLS is the foundational CPR/AED program typically required for healthcare providers and public safety professionals. Through the use of lecture, skills demonstration and practice, case-based emergency response scenarios, and reflection and debriefing activities with a focus on team-based response, BLS builds the key critical thinking, problem solving, and team dynamic skills that are needed to drive better patient outcomes. Upon successful completion of the course, learners will receive a 2-year Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.

First Aid (Also required for HSC102): Prepares students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies and meets OSHA/workplace requirements. Through a combination of self-paced online learning and instructor-led classroom skill session you will have the opportunity to practice and demonstrate skill competency required for certification. The online portion features simulation learning – an interactive experience where participants respond to real-world emergencies in a virtual setting. The online portion must be completed prior to attending the classroom skill session and must be taken on a Flash-enabled computer with a high speed Internet connection. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate for First Aid valid for two years.

BLS Provider Training and First Aid 1
HSC 104

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the study of diseases. Emphasis will be on the definition, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of specific diseases. This course will concentrate on clinical abstracting from the medical record. A grade of B- or better must be maintained to satisfactorily complete this course. HIT students must get a grade of B- or better to satisfactorily complete this course.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI100F or SCI102C
Introduction to Disease 4
HSC 161

2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the legal, ethical, and bioethical aspects of medical practice. Included are licensure, professional liability, quality assurance, and risk management.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Office Assistant, Medical Administrative Specialist or Phlebotomy Technician program.
Legal Concepts to Medical Practice 2
MED 103

4 Quarter Hours

Examines the fundamentals of word analysis by body system and emphasizes the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions of medical terms.

Medical Terminology 4
MED 106

1 Quarter Hours

Introduces the concept of medical and surgical asepsis and infection control. This course includes Universal Precautions and OSHA Regulations. 5 hours of lecture and 10 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103, Acceptance in the program.
Asepsis 1
MED 109

2 Quarter Hours

Introduces the basic insurance coding skills required of medical office staff. Students will be introduced to proper diagnostic coding of diseases and symptoms and proper procedure coding of medical procedures for billing insurance carriers.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103 and C or better in SCI 100F or SCI 102C and acceptance in one of the following programs: Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Office Administration, Medical Administrative Specialist, or Medical Receptionist.
Corequisite(s):
C or better in MED 203C
Physician’s Office Coding 2
MED 112

2 Quarter Hours

Introduces the fundamentals of bookkeeping skills required for medical staff. This course includes the pegboard system with ledgers, day sheets, petty cash control, and reconciliation of bank statements. Payments will be posted from patients and insurance companies. Basic collection skills will be addressed.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103 and MTH 108 or Program Director/Dean Approval.
Medical Office Finance 2
MED 113

2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the metric system and methods of conversion between the standard system and the metric system. Teaches dosage calculations for the administration of medications through various formulas including ratio proportions, fraction proportions, and the formula method. Students will also learn to calculate dosages based on body weight as well as body surface area.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or MTH 101 or MTH 108 or MTH 109 or MTH 111 or MTH 112A or satisfied developmental math or placement exam.
Math for Health Occupations 2
MED 116

2 Quarter Hours

Introduces the basic clinical skills required of medical office staff such as vital signs and assisting with physical examinations. 10 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in ENG102, B- or better in MED103, B- or better in MTH108, B- or better in SCI102C
Corequisite(s):
HT 101
Patient Assessment 2
MED 171

4 Quarter Hours

Presents students with an in-depth study of electronic medical records application. Students will be able to use, enter, access and correct medical documentation using an electronic software system. Emphasis will be directed toward understanding the role of computer based content, structure, retrieval and storage as it is used in the medical office. Compliance with HIPPA regulations and confidentiality will be emphasized.

Electronic Medical Records 4
MED 185

2 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to properly perform capillary and venipuncture in a professional manner. This course will include a review of the cardiovascular system and the role of the phlebotomist as part of the health care team. Hands-on lab experiences will be included. Students must have Hepatitis B immunization. 10 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 106, C or beter in MED 116, C or beter in SCI 100F or C or better in SCI 102C. Hemodialysis Majors: B- or better in MED 103, B- or better in SCI 100F, Medical Laboratory Technician Majors: SCI 101C.
Corequisite(s):
Hemodialysis Majors: HT 111, HT 131. Medical Laboratory Technician Majors: SCI 102C.
Phlebotomy 2
MED 186

2 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to perform an electrocardiogram using a 12-lead and a 3-channel electrocardiograph. This course will include a review of the cardiac cycle, major arrhythmias, and cardiac disorders that may lead to cardiac emergencies. 10 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in SCI 100F or C or better in SCI 102C, C or better in MED 103.
EKG 2
MED 203C

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the basic insurance claim form processing and the major sources of health insurance and their billing requirements. Upon completion of the course, students will have generated claim forms for Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tricare, Worker’s Compensation and other commercial insurers. Emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to use billing references and coding books to accurately verify insurance company rules for proper billing.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Office Administration, Medical Administrative Specialist or Medical Receptionist program.
Corequisite(s):
C or better MED 109
Physician’s Office Billing 4
MED 205D

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the skills needed in an office to prepare patients and to assist the physician with specialty examinations. The specific exams include pediatrics, gynecology, proctosigmoidoscopy, spirometry, and sensory. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in SCI 100F or C or better in SCI 102C.
Corequisite(s):
MED 106, MED 116
Specialty Examination 4
MED 207

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students in the administrative skills of the medical office. Competency in scheduling and appointment techniques, filing and mail procedures, written communication, transcription skills, and the management of patient records are required. Risk management and facility environments are also discussed. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103.
Medical Office Procedures 4
MED 208

2 Quarter Hours

Equips students with the skills necessary to prepare patients and to assist the physician with minor office surgeries. 10 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 106, C or better in MED 116, C or better in SCI 100F or C or better in SCI 102C.
Minor Office Surgery 2
MED 218B

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the basics of pharmacology along with the clinical administration of medications including oral and parenteral routes. Emphasis will be placed on accuracy in calculation and preparation of medications and safety in the laboratory. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in HSC 104, C or better in MED 106, C or better in MED 113, C or better in MED 116, C or better in SCI 100F or C or better in SCI 102C.
Administration of Medications 4
MED 220C

4 Quarter Hours

Presents advanced clinical laboratory skills for the medical assistant. Emphasis will be placed on patient preparation, accuracy in test performance, and safety in the laboratory according to OSHA guidelines. This course includes theory and procedures for the following: microbiology, urinalysis, hematology, and chemistry. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in SCI 100F or C or better in SCI 102C, C or better in MED 106, C or better in MED 116.
Corequisite(s):
MED 185
Physician’s Office Laboratory 4
MED 241

4 Quarter Hours

Develops student’s concept of a computerized medical management system using new and up-to-date software with hands-on computerized processing of health insurance claims and practice management reports. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of computer lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103.
Practice Management 4
MED 291A

2 Quarter Hours

Provides a comprehensive review for individuals interested in taking the AAMA certification exam. The review will include the general, administrative, and clinical content areas of the examination.

Prerequisite(s):
Completion of a CAAHEP accredited medical assisting program for initial certification or a current CMA requiring CEU’s or C or better in all major core classes.
CMA Review 2
SCI 100F

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the structural organization of body systems. This course is designed for students with limited background in chemistry and biology. This course is intended for allied health students who need an overview of body systems. Students should check specific program requirements for anatomy and physiology before enrolling.

Structure and Function of the Human Body 4
WRK 221

4 Quarter Hours

Requires students to perform a minimum of 180 hours of unpaid work experience in an outpatient medical facility performing clinical and administrative duties. A grade of C or better is required in all core MED classes.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102, MED 185, MED 208, MED 218B, MED 220C minimum GPA 2.50, Program Director/Dean approval.
Corequisite(s):
HSC 102, MED 291A, WRK 291B
Medical Assistant Externship 4
WRK 291B

1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate’s employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies 1
General Education Requirements26 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ELECT 161A

2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List – Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective 2
ENG 101

4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I 4
ENG 102

4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students’ critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II 4
MTH 108

4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application 4
SPK 201

4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication 4
WRI 115

4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students’ critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student’s individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Workplace Communication 4
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Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 101

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations 4
PSY 111

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 91
Program Description

Program Description

Medical assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession in which practitioners work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Medical assistants function as members of the healthcare delivery team and perform administrative duties and clinical procedures. Graduates are encouraged to take the national certifying exam. Passing this exam entitles the candidate to the credential CMA (Certified Medical Assistant), AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants). This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; Web address: caahep.org.

Program Status: Open Enrollment

Program Performance

Program Performance

Five Year Average

Graduate Satisfaction Employer Satisfaction National Certification
Pass Rate
Allen Park 100% 97.56% 81.58%
Auburn Hills 100% 97.56%
Cadillac 92.82% 100% 97.5%
Clinton Township 100% 100% 92.16%
Flint / Cass City 97.48% 95.31% 95%
Jackson / Coldwater 90.91% 100% 91.04%
Muskegon 100% 100% 97.26%
Owosso 90.91% 90.32% 91.18%
Port Huron 100% 100% 92.86%

The five-year weighted average for the Graduate Satisfaction, Employer Satisfaction and National Certification Pass Rates for the Associates Medical Assisting program at Baker College are reported below based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Accreditation

Accreditation

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

The Medical Assistant programs at the Allen Park, Auburn Hills, Cadillac, Cass City, Clinton Township, Flint, Muskegon, Owosso, and Port Huron campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP), www.caahep.org, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. Phone: 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-210-2354, on the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL, 60606-2930, (312) 899-1500.

The Medical Assistant programs at the Coldwater and Jackson campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of July 21, 2016.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Todd Bruggema
CAPS

Theresia Grabowski, CMA
Northern Pines Health Center

Mistie Martin
Great Lakes Family Care

Melissa Penney
Mercy Hospital

Pollyanna Torres, CMS
Cadillac Urology

Rita Youngman
Mercy Hospital

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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