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Application & Procedure
Applicants must have the following documents on file in the Health Sciences office by July 1st to be considered for admission to the fall class and by November 1st for the spring class.
- MDCC application for admission or readmission
- MDCC application to the HCA Program (Health Sciences Application packet)
- an official high school transcript from an approved high school or high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET), if not previously enrolled in college; OR referral from the MDCC MIBEST program coordinator.
- an official college transcript for all colleges previously and presently attending
Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission. When the application is available, the link located below will be active.
- meet general admission requirements
- be a high school graduate or have a satisfactory high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET) OR be currently enrolled in the MDCC MIBEST program.
- complete preadmission ACCUPLACER test OR have an ACT score of 14 or higher
No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission requirements are met. Admission requirements are evaluated by the use of a rating scale which includes ACT or ACCUPLACER scores, GPA, and Healthcare work experience submitted in a timely manner. All applicants are considered on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. The number of applicants accepted is limited due to the nature of the program. Applicants will be notified by letter of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance to the program. The conditional acceptance letter will include specific instructions regarding all requirements that must be completed prior to admission.
Admission is tentative based on:
- satisfactory background check performed by our office (see Policy on Admission to Health Science Program)
- acceptable pre-admission drug screen performed by our office
- health evaluation form completed by a physician or nurse practitioner indicating no restriction for lifting or transfer
- proof of current immunizations including, but not limited to, Hepatitis B vaccination series, MMR vaccination series, Tdap booster, and TB skin test
Students who are accepted into the program must:
- attend a health care assistant orientation session
- be aware that, in addition to the regular college fees, Health Care Assistant students will incur expenses for such items as uniforms, books, supplies, liability insurance, accident insurance, physical examination, Hepatitis B vaccine series, background check, CPR certification and certification examination fees. Fees are not limited to these listed.
- be responsible for their own transportation to classes and clinical agencies
- students must maintain a “C” average (grade of 75) in each component of the course of study in order to complete the program
- a minimum of 368 hours including class and clinical time is required to complete the program
A student may be considered for readmission to a specific health science program one time only. This applies to courses in any respective health science program, whether at MDCC or at another institution. The only exception may be: a student who has a passing grade in the classroom and clinical setting, but was forced to withdraw due to illness, accident, pregnancy, or family crisis may be considered for a second readmission.
Each student requesting readmission into a health science program will be considered on an individual basis. The student should contact the appropriate program director/ supervisor for the readmission procedure. Space must be available in the class and clinical setting. No precedent will be set by the decision of an admissions committee.
At the direction of the Dean of Health Sciences with the recommendation of the Admission Committee, a student requesting readmission to a health science program may be required to take a challenge exam to assess placement. It may be necessary for the applicant to repeat courses.