STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY
OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Committee on Higher Education and Professional Practice
Regents Authorization: Mandl School - Associate in Occupational Studies
September 15, 2005
Should the Regents authorize the
Mandl School, Manhattan, to confer the degree of Associate in Occupational
Mandl School needs Regents
authorization in order to award the A.O.S.
The question of
whether or not to authorize the Mandl School to offer its first degree program
will come before the Committee on Higher Education and Professional Practice at
its October 2005 meeting.
Authorization by the Board of
Regents for the Mandl School to award degrees is required under Title I, Article
5, Section 216 of the Education Law.
School was established as a proprietary school in 1924 for the purpose of
training medical assistants in physician offices. The School is a licensed private school
offering programs approved by the Departmentís Bureau of Proprietary School
Supervision in Medical Assisting and related fields of allied health
practice. If authorized to grant
the Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degree, the Mandl School would
offer credit bearing-courses leading to the A.O.S. degree or to a certificate
only in the field of Medical Assisting.
The Mandl School is accredited by both the Accrediting Bureau of Health
Education Schools (ABHES) and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and
Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).
The School estimates initial enrollment of 150 students in its proposed
programs in Medical Assisting, rising to 400-500 new and continuing students in
these programs by the fifth year of operation.
The Mandl School has undergone a peer review
under the Departmentís direction and has been responsive to all of the
Departmentís recommendations related to the applicable Commissionerís
Regulations for degree granting institutions. The proposed programs meet the
requirements for program registration.
It is recommended that the Board of Regents
take the following action:
VOTED, that the Mandl School be authorized,
effective October 7, 2005, to confer the Associate in Occupational Studies
(A.O.S.) degree on students completing a registered program leading to that
Information in Support of
Mandl School seeks Regents authorization in order to offer an Associate
in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degree and a certificate in Medical Assisting.
These would be the Schoolís first degree and credit-bearing certificate
programs. The proposed programs
will allow Mandl to expand its services to the urban allied health
The proposed offerings build on Mandlís 80-year history of providing medical assistants to physicians, hospitals, labs, nursing homes, and other health care facilities in the State. The proposed credit-bearing course of study will reinforce and amplify the Mandlís mission, which is to educate men and women regardless of their backgrounds to serve in the allied health industry; to provide educational opportunities that prepare students for allied health positions and that reflect the needs of an ever-expanding job market; to teach students the skills for occupational growth and employer expectations; and to impart to students the skills and attitudes needed for lifelong learning. The proposed programs will also enhance job opportunities for students, as the A.O.S. degree grows in importance as a fundamental credential in the field.
The proposed programs are
designed to provide instruction in medical assisting and general education. The curriculum is designed to offer a
balance of theory and application that is both challenging to students and
useful in the field. The proposed
two-year A.O.S. degree program offers breadth and depth in the specialization,
providing students with solid groundwork in classroom-based and clinical courses
and in a required internship. The
medical assisting courses meet the standards of the allied health accrediting
bodies in subject matter, content, and expected knowledge and skills
outcomes. A liberal arts core
comprising 30 percent of the curriculum, supports and complements
discipline-based study. The
certificate program, though reduced in scope, retains both breadth and depth,
including the internship, while continuing to engage students in foundational
general education crucial to career
For admission to the proposed programs, applicants must have a high
school diploma or GED and, through entry testing on the Accuplacer assessment
measure, show proficiency in basic literacy and mathematical skills.
Offered only at Mandlís campus in midtown
Manhattan, the proposed programs will continue to draw principally from
residents in that Borough and the surrounding New York City region. Based on feedback from current and past
students, the School estimates an initial enrollment of about 150 full- and
part-time students. At the end of
the fifth year of operation, Mandl projects an enrollment of between 400-500 new
and continuing students in the proposed A.O.S. and credit-bearing certificate
programs in Medical Assisting.
Over the last several years, Mandl School has
enlarged its facilities substantially, adding classrooms, offices, and
additional laboratories. A large
Student Learning Center, which will house an expanded library, computers for
student use, and seminar rooms, is under construction. Appropriate on-line
library resources are available for students. Mandl expects to add a minimum of four
members to its clinical faculty and four members to its faculty for the proposed
general education courses. The
Schoolís hiring standard for faculty is a masterís degree in the field of
Projections from the U.S. Department of Laborís Occupational Handbook and the New York State Department of Labor indicate that at least through 2008, medical assisting will continue to be one of the fastest growing occupations. In addition, skills from medical assistant training transfer effectively to a wide variety of administrative support occupations, such as medical secretary, hospital admitting clerk, pharmacy assistant, medical record clerk, occupational therapy aide, and physical therapy aide.
Mandl anticipates, based on current job
placement rates of 80 percent, that it will sustain these rates if degree powers
The Department canvassed
each degree granting institution in New York City with respect to potential
detrimental impact on the institution should the requested degree power and
attendant program be approved.
Responses were received from Columbia University, Fashion Institute of
Technology, Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, Long Island Business
Institute, Monroe College, New York School of Interior Design, Swedish Institute
Inc., and Vaughn College. No
detrimental effects were cited by any of these institutions.