Health Technologies Programs

Health Technologies programs have a limited number of spaces for admission each year. For most health programs, entry is gained by a first-qualified, first-admitted process. For nursing programs, entry is earned by a competitive admissions process.

A first-qualified, first-admitted process admits students in the order in which they complete all enrollment steps (including developmental courses) and qualify to enter the program. Once all seats are filled, additional students are only admitted when space becomes available. Students who are not offered a seat in the program should meet with an advisor to determine if they could take other courses to prepare for future entry into the program.

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) programs have a competitive admissions process. The Nursing programs application deadline is February 1 of the year the student wishes to enter the program (fall start date). To learn more, refer to the Nursing program information or attend a mandatory Nursing program information session.

Students are responsible for meeting the admissions requirements outlined on the program checklists on each Health Technologies program web page. Once completed, students should submit all required paperwork to the Admissions office. Students are encouraged to complete the program admissions requirements as quickly as possible to ensure the best chance of admission to a program. Students are also encouraged to follow up with a program admissions counselor at reasonable intervals to review progress toward admission.

If you are applying for the Associate Degree Nursing, Clinical Trials Research Associate, Dental Laboratory Technology, Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Medical Product Safety/Pharmacovigilance, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Opticianry, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nursing (RIBN), or Surgical Technology program, you must complete the following admissions steps:

  • Step 1: Submit a completed enrollment application online by the enrollment due date: March 15 for summer, June 15 for fall, and October 15 for spring.
  • Step 2: Request that your official high school transcript be sent to Durham Tech or bring in an original high school diploma to the Admissions, Advising, and Enrollment Support Center to be copied. If you have earned a GED, submit an official copy of your test scores. Use the Durham Tech Transcript Request form.
  • Step 3: Request that official college transcripts be sent to Durham Tech if you desire an evaluation for transfer credit. Note: If you submit an official transcript documenting completion of a two-year or four-year college degree, you will not be required to submit a high school transcript.
  • Step 4: Take a placement test. One of the following tests is required for all students applying for limited-enrollment health programs regardless of previous educational experience: NC DAP, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER, ASSET, SAT or ACT. If you need placement testing accommodations due to a documented disability, contact a disability services counselor by emailing or calling 919-536-7208, ext.1404.

    NOTE: NC DAP, COMPASS, ASSET, ACCUPLACER, SAT, and ACT scores may be used for placement within five years from the date taken. If test scores are older than five years, students must retest unless continuously enrolled. Continuously enrolled is defined as not missing three or more consecutive semesters of enrollment in classes. If you have not attended classes for three or more consecutive semesters, you must reapply to the college. If you were previously enrolled in a Health Technologies program but withdrew and did not attend for three or more consecutive semesters, you:
    1. Must complete a new application;
    2. Will be required to meet current admissions criteria again to be readmitted;
    3. Will be required to repeat placement tests if scores are older than five years; and
    4. May be required to repeat developmental courses. (See the developmental course timelines below.)
  • Step 5: Complete developmental education courses if required by your placement test scores. English and Reading courses: Complete or test out of ENG 070, 080 and 090/090A and RED 070, 080, and 090; OR DRE 096, 097, and 098. Math courses: Complete or test out of MAT 050, 060, 070; OR DMA modules 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, 060, 070, 080.

    NOTE: Developmental courses may be used to meet the admissions requirement for Health Technologies programs if they are less than five years old. Grades from more than five years ago may be used only if you have been continuously enrolled. (See explanation above.) If course grades are older than five years, and you have not been continuously enrolled, you must take the placement test or the course again to meet the admissions requirement.
  • Step 6: Complete a Clinical Training form.
  • Step 7: Complete the English Language Requirement form.
  • Step 8: If you are applying to, ,the Health Information Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, or Surgical Technology program, you must also complete the required science prerequisites in Biology and Chemistry. You may satisfy the biology and chemistry prerequisite by documenting one of the following:
    • High school biology and chemistry courses (one high school unit each) that are less than 10 years old by the time a student achieves the required scores on the placement test OR completes all required developmental courses. Documented courses must be completed with a “C” (numerical value 77) or better grade;
    • College (post-high school) courses in biology and chemistry. Documented courses must be completed with a “C” or better grade;
    • Successful completion of BIO 168 with a “C” or better grade;
    • Successful completion of CHM 130/130A; or
    • An undergraduate or graduate degree in a biological science, chemistry, or allied health area.
  • Step 9: As part of our enrollment process, if you are not a US citizen or if you have attended school in another country, we must review your immigration documents to determine tuition status. Please visit the Center for the Global Learner in the White Building (Building 1), room 58, to have your immigration documents verified. For additional information, call the Director of International Services at 919-536-7264, ext. 4052. This step in the enrollment process must be completed before you can take classes.
  • Step 10: You will receive notification via email about acceptance into Durham Tech. NOTE: Effective February 14, 2011, all students applying to a Health Technologies program must meet the English Language Requirement.