Requirements for Health Technology Programs

Admissions Process

Health Technologies programs have a limited number of spaces for admissions each year. Due to the limited spaces, admission to a health technology program is gained either by a first-qualified, first-admitted process (for most health programs) or by a competitive admissions process (for nursing programs).

Admission to a health technologies program using a first qualified, first admitted process means that students are admitted in the order in which the students have completed all admissions steps (including developmental courses), are thus qualified, and are ready to enter the program. Once the seats are filled by first qualified, first admitted, additional students will only be admitted on a space available basis. Students who are not offered a seat in the program should meet with an advisor to determine if there are other courses the student could take in preparation for entry into the program at a future time.

The nursing programs (ADN and LPN) have a competitive admissions process. The deadline for applications into the nursing programs is February 1 of the year the student wishes to enter. Please refer to the Nursing program information or attend a mandatory nursing information session to learn more.

Students are responsible for meeting the admissions requirements as outlined on the program admissions checklist (available on each Health Technologies program web page) and communicating completion of these requirements with 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 the program admissions counselor at reasonable intervals to determine where they are in the admissions process.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screens

In programs that require a clinical experience, a criminal background check and/or drug test is a requirement of the hospitals and/or health care facilities with whom the college has contracted to provide clinical training and experience to the college’s Health Technologies students. These hospitals and health care facilities, because of their accrediting body, JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations,) now requires all students and faculty assigned to their sites to have criminal background check and/or drug test. The facilities must be notified of any individuals who have a criminal record.

All students enrolled in a program with a clinical component are required to adhere to this policy. In the college's Health Technologies Department, this requirement includes students enrolled in the following programs: Associate Degree Nursing, Clinical Trials Research Associate, Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, RIBN, and Surgical Technology

More information about criminal background checks and drug screens


English Language Requirement

All health care workers (native and non-native US English speakers alike) are expected to use clear communication skills in the workplace. Students whose native language is not US English are expected to demonstrate "near native" English language abilities. To confirm this ability, if you have attended school in another country or your native language is not US English, you will need to take the COMPASS ESL Listening and Versant Speaking Tests or submit TOEFL iBT scores, as part of the admissions process.

All students should submit to the Admissions Office an English Language Requirement form to verify how they meet the English language requirement.

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Clinical Training Form

The Clinical Training form outlines the policy regarding acceptance into clinical training for the following programs: Associate Degree Nursing, Clinical Trials Research Associate, Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Surgical Technology. The form must be signed and returned before the start of clinical training.