Men and women who have graduated from high school or who have the recognized equivalent of a high school certificate, or have an advanced degree from an accredited college, may apply for any of the Cleveland Institute’s training programs.  A school application and interview with Admission’s personnel is your first step in the application process.  A student’s qualifications for admission will be evaluated by a standardized Wonderlic written test, where the student must achieve a minimum score of 13 for the dental and medical assistant programs, and a 17 for the medical secretary and pharmacy technician programs.  There is an additional math quiz that is necessary for the pharmacy technician program, requiring a 75% passing score.  A student’s admission is determined without regard to race, religion, sex or age.  Most pre-enrollment testing is performed at the school and at no charge to prospective students.  

Criminal background checks, drug testing, and immunization tests are also required for admissions and externship participation.  Please see page 21 of the school catalog for further explanation.  Prospective students are required to visit the school prior to commencements of classes. 

Enrollments are accepted any business day prior to the starting date of any class.  Enrollments for a particular class are accepted in order of receipt until the available spaces are filled.  Early enrollment is advised.  A Registration Fee of $100.00 is required at this time.

A student may enroll any day school is open.  Graduation is expected in eight to twelve months, depending upon the program taken.  A student must be in class a minimum of 30 clock hours per week (depending on class schedule) to be considered a full time student, and 16 clock hours per week for evening students.  The definition of clock hour is a period of sixty (60) minutes with a minimum of fifty (50) minutes of instruction. 

All classes at the Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants, Inc. (CIDMA), are taught in small sections to further enhance the faculty/student learning partnership.  The maximum number of students in a lecture setting of instruction is 50 for the Cleveland Campus and 40 for the Lyndhurst and Mentor Campuses.  The maximum number of students in a laboratory setting of instruction is 20 for the Cleveland Campus and 15 for the Lyndhurst and Mentor Campuses.