Acceptance into an Allied Health Major

Due to the availability of clinical practice opportunities, seats in all Allied Health Programs are limited. For general information regarding admissions to the College, see 14 of the catalog. Specific qualification and admission information for each allied health program is found within the program section. Any particular questions pertaining to these criteria should be directed to the Office of Advising.

Acceptance into Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services, Medical Assisting and Respiratory Care Majors

1. All students, who apply for acceptance to these Allied Health majors, have their name placed on a qualified list after they meet the Program’s Qualification Requirements which are stated in this catalog (excluding Paramedic Program). Names are listed on the qualified list, in order, using the date on which documentation was received, verifying that admission criteria have been met. In the event that two or more students qualify on the same day, the date of application to the College is used to rank order these students.

a. All students seeking admissions into Allied Health must attend a mandatory Allied Health orientation in order to qualify for acceptance.

b. All students seeking acceptance into these programs must complete the HOBET to qualify for acceptance into the program.

c. Students who did not score at or above the minimum acceptable level on the placement test may qualify for acceptance to these programs by successfully completing the respective developmental course(s) with a grade of "C" or higher. The student must complete these developmental courses and maintain a GPA of 2.5 (exceptions: Dental Hygiene, 2.75; Medical Assisting, 2.0) or higher before he/she will be eligible for placement on the qualified list. The qualifying date will be the last day of finals week of the term during which he/she completed the last course. These courses do NOT count toward graduation.

2. Acceptance into first health program course.

a. Emergency Medical Services

Accepts two or three times per year. Please contact Program Chair.

b. Respiratory Care program

Accepts for Summer semester. Qualified students will be accepted until the quota for the respective program is filled.

c. Dental Hygiene and Medical Assisting

One class of students is accepted for the Fall semester of each year. Qualified students will be accepted until the quota for the respective program is filled.

3. Tech Prep and Allied Health PSEOP Early Entrance (AHPEE) - Respiratory Care, Medical Assisting and Dental Hygiene

a. Two seats in each new class will be designated for Tech Prep students who have applied by February 1 and have met the minimal qualifying criteria.

b. Two seats in each new class will be designated for PSEOP students who have applied by February 1st and have met the minimal qualifying criteria.

c. Remaining seats will be given to students as they are listed in numerical order on the program’s qualifying list.

Acceptance into Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant or Radiographic Imaging Majors

    1. Acceptance into these Allied Health majors requires a separate application process. Please contact the Advising Office for the application packet. Application deadline for OTA and PTA is February 13, 2015. Acceptance deadline for RAD is May 1, 2015.

    2. All students seeking admission into these programs must attend a mandatory Allied Health orientation.

    3. All students seeking consideration for these programs must complete the HOBET testing.

    4. Students who did not score at or above the minimum acceptable level on the placement test are required to successfully complete the respective developmental course(s) with a grade of "C" or higher in order to be considered for the acceptance process. The student must complete these developmental courses and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher before he or she can be considered for the acceptance process. These courses do NOT count toward graduation.

    5. Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant admit once a year for the Summer semester. Radiographic Imaging admits once a year for the Fall semester.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

To meet the expanding requirements of our clinical affiliates, both a criminal background check and a drug screen will be mandatory prior to clinical experiences for all students within the division of Allied Health. Some program exceptions may apply. You are at risk if you have been convicted of a prior felony and/or some misdemeanors. Students with certain felony, misdemeanor, or drug-related convictions will be ineligible for admission into clinical experiences. A criminal record may also prevent you from obtaining a license or certificate in your chosen healthcare profession or to obtain employment post graduation. Students admitted to a program containing off campus clinical/practicum experiences will be required to submit to drug screening. Positive drug screenings will result in dismissal from all clinical courses. Any student who refuses/fails to cooperate, or complete any required drug screening will be considered “positive” and dismissed from the clinical component of their program. All students requiring drug screening may be subject to random drug screens and for cause during the program.