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Students may apply for admission anytime during the year. Admission to the college does not guarantee entrance into a particular course or program of study.


General Admission Requirements

The following are general admission requirements for all Health Occupations classes. Many classes have additional requirements which are included with the specific course information.

    • At least 17 years of age.
    • Able to communicate effectively in English. Students may sign up for English Language acquisition (ELA) offered at SCC free of charge.
    • Ability to read at the eighth grade level (minimum).
    • Ability to perform basic math calculations at the seventh grade level (minimum).

Students must also be able to meet the Essential Functions of Core Performance Standards (PDF).

*** These admission criteria are subject to change.

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Admission Requirements

Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is on a selective basis. Because of the academic demand of a curriculum that prepares graduates to take a national certification examination, applicants must meet certain academic standards.

Students must make an appointment (636-922-8246) with a career counselor to plan course work and to apply for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

Students are eligible to enroll in Occupational Therapy courses when the following requirements have been met:

Must meet all of the college admission requirements.

  • ACT: Taken within the last five years. Beginning with entry into the program in 2013 students must obtain a composite score of 18. Can be waived if student has an Associate or Bachelor's degree.
  • GPA: Most current, 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale on at least seven hours of college work including Anatomy and Physiology I and English Composition I. Must maintain 2.0 to remain in program.
  • Grades in Science Courses: Must maintain at least a "C" in all science course work.
  • Previous Official College Transcripts: Must submit official college transcripts (hand carried not accepted) if college courses will be counted toward the degree requirements. Must complete and submit a Request for Evaluation of Transfer Credit.
  • SCC Assessment Tests: Must test into English Composition I (ENG 101) and MAT 098 OR take and pass ENG 096 and/or MAT 096 to initiate application process.

Note: All OTA students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic preparation.

Registered Nurse (RN) Admission Requirements

Before applying to the program, students are required to attend an informational session in Room 1204 of the Administration Building. Call 636-922-8246 to pre-register.

Applicants must meet with a career-technical counselor once they have completed admission requirements to complete an application (ADM 1204). All admission criteria must be met to apply for the ADN program.

Students will be placed onto a wait list in order by application date. In the event there are multiple applications in one day, students will be placed on the list by GPA. Students are expected to pay $25 non-refundable application fee at the time of application.

  • ACT: ACT score requirement is based on current GPA (see sliding scale) and must have been taken within 5 years from program start. The ACT will be waived for students who have completed a Bachelor's Degree and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their last 30 hours of coursework, students who have earned an Associate Degree and have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and students who have completed 45+ transferable college level credit hours, 30 of which must be in general education courses, and a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • GPA: Recent high school graduates (within five years or less), may present official high school transcripts with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above. GPA's for high school students with 12 or more dual credit hours will be based solely on college-level coursework. Students with 12 hours of college credit (non-developmental) coursework must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above. College credits supersede high school GPA.
  • Assessment: Students must complete the assessment test (SC 133) OR submit official transcripts for college level English and Math courses passed with a grade of "C" or better. Students must have all official transcripts on file and submit a "Request for Transcript Evaluation" form PRIOR to application. Students must successfully complete any developmental coursework required (RDG 085, 092, 093; ENG 095, 096; MAT 096, 098) or equivalent ESL required courses. Students must complete Anatomy and Physiology I, earning a B or better, within five years of entering the program.
  • HESI A2 Exam: Students must complete the HESI A2 Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 75% on each subsection: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Math, and Anatomy and Physiology. HESI A2 Entrance Exam must be taken within two years from program start. Students may take the HESI A2 up to 3 times per calendar year not to exceed one time in a 6-week period. Tuition for HESI A2 Entrance Exam is non refundable.

    **All HESI A2 requirements and procedures are subject to change.
Sliding Scale ACT/GPA
22 2.80-2.89
21 2.90-2.99
20 3.00-4.00

Admission to the nursing program is not final until the results from the mandatory drug screen and criminal background check are reviewed by the nursing department dean. Students who test positive on the drug screen will be denied admission for the current year. Students may be denied entry into the program based on criminal background results.

All transfer and re-admission students must apply for admission through Admissions Committee. The Nursing Admissions Committee meets three times a year as needed. Meetings are held at the end of November, March and early June. The student should apply by meeting with a career-technical counselor and must submit supporting documentation by Nov. 15, March 15 or May 1.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Admission Requirements

The Practical Nursing Program begins once a year in January. Make an appointment with the career-technical counselor to fill out an application for the program.

Applications will be considered only after the following have been submitted and verified:

  • ACT: Test scores are required – minimum score: 20 (test must have been taken within the last five years). EXCEPTION: Students with 10 college hours of general education courses with a GPA of 2.5 or above do not have to take the ACT test. (Developmental or pass/fail courses are not counted in the 10 hours used to calculate the GPA.)
  • Assessment: Assessment tests must be completed or official transcripts should be on file for college level English or Math courses passed with a grade of C or better.
  • Pre-requirements: Any required developmental courses taken and passed (ENG 095, ENG 096, RDG 085, 092 and 093, MAT 096 or ESL equivalents).
  • Previous Transcripts: Submit previous official college transcripts (if you have already taken college courses).
  • HESI: Students must complete the HESI A2 Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 70% on each subsection: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Math, and Anatomy and Physiology. HESI A2 Entrance Exam must be taken within two years from program start. Students may take the HESI A2 up to three times per calendar year not to exceed one time in a six-week period. Tuition for HESI A2 Entrance Exam is non refundable.

You should meet with a nursing counselor as soon as you are eligible to complete the application. Your application date will be used to determine your program start date. Students are considered on a first come/first serve basis. Priority will be given to students who meet the following admission requirements by Sept. 15 of the year prior to starting the program.

REMEMBER: Seeing a career-technical counselor is required to apply for the Practical Nursing Program.

Health Information Management Program (HIM) Admission Requirements

Students are required to meet all of the College admission requirements.

  • GPA: Six (6) credit hours of college course work with a 2.5 cumulative GPA (official transcripts will be required) or high school GPA of 2.5 required (based on a 4.0 scale) if graduated in the last five years; or GED score of 2600 from the last 5 years.
  • ACT: Submit ACT test scores must be taken within 2 years of entry to the program with a composite score of 18. This can be waived if the student has an Associate or Bachelor’s degree.
  • Transcripts: Submit official transcripts for any previously attended college or university to the Enrollment Services office.
  • Assessment: Complete the Assessment Test given in the Assessment Center, Student Center, Room 133, or present ACT scores that are no more than 2 years old with the following sub-scores: English 18, reading 18, and math 23. If minimum assessment test scores are not met, students will be required to complete ENG 096 and MAT 096 prior to admission and strongly urged to complete MAT 098, beginning algebra prior to admission. MAT 098 must be completed prior to the last semester of the program.
  • Pre-requirements: Student must test into at least English Composition I and Beginning Algebra or higher (the required math is Beginning Algebra). Assessment Test will be waived if English Composition I with a "C" or better, and MAT 096 or higher have been completed (official transcripts will be required).

After completing the requirements above, you will be notified if you have been accepted into the program and when you may register for Health Information Management classes.

Meet with a Career-Technical counselor (who will assist you with completing an application to the Health Information Management program (no appointment needed, but call for availability at 636-922-8246). Applications will be accepted only after the above minimum math and English requirements are met.

All science courses taken for this program must be taken within 5 years of entry to the program. All grades in biology courses must be "C" or better.

After successfully completing the two-year HIM program, graduates are eligible to write the national exam leading to accreditation as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

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