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  Allied Health Sciences Admission Policies for A.A.S. Degrees

Admission to the Programs

Due to limited enrollment, there are special admission policies for Allied Health Sciences programs. The following policies are for: Dental Hygiene Technology, Health Information Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Opticianry, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Therapy Technology.

  1. Complete the Roane State Community College (RSCC) admissions process to become an admitted student AND
  2. The applicant must meet one of the following minimum academic requirements:
    1. Students under 21 years of age must attain a composite score of 20 or above on the ACT taken within the last 3 years OR attain a GPA of 2.50 or better after completion of at least 9 semester hours of general education courses required in the selected degree program.
    2. Students 21 years of age or older must attain a GPA of 2.50 or better after completion of at least 9 hours of general education courses required in the selected degree program.
  3. Meet the admission requirements as specified for the selected degree program.
    Note: Some degree programs have required prerequisites in addition to the 9 hours of general education courses and/or a minimum GPA greater than 2.50. These prerequisites are listed in the college catalog under the appropriate degree program.
    Note: Some degree programs require an interview, if applicable, before the review date by the AHS Admissions Committee.
    Note: Completing math and science courses required in some Allied Health Sciences degree programs with a grade of B or better may enhance the applicant selection ranking. Completing additional general educations course (i.e. English Composition I, College Algebra, Speech, etc.) may also result in a higher selections ranking.
    Note: All Learning Support requirements must be completed for all degree programs prior to acceptance into the selected program.
    Note: Applicants must be able to physically meet the demands of the job as defined by the discipline, available industry standards and the public’s expectations.
  4. The applicant must complete the electronic AHS application on RaiderNet and submit by the selected degree program’s published application deadline.
    Note: When choosing the Planned Course of Study, select up to three programs. If a program is not selected as a Planned Course of Study you will not be considered for the that program.
  5. Complete all other entrance requirements detailed on the appropriate AHS degree webpage.
  6. Each Program Director will complete a list of recommended candidates for admission to their program indicating that all of the general and program admission criteria and required documents have been verified.
    Note: Some degree programs require documented clinical observations or discipline-specific work experiences. Special consideration may be given to applicants with work experience. Each Program Director requiring clinical observation or discipline-specific work experience will verify clinical observations and/or discipline-specific work experience has been completed satisfactorily.
  7. Final selection of students will be made by the AHS Admissions Committee.
  8. Admission to the degree program is required prior to enrolling in most AHS program discipline-specific courses.
  9. Students will be notified electronically via RaiderNet email of acceptance to an AHS degree program. Students must acknowledge their acceptance via reply email by the designated response date stated in the acceptance email.
  10. The Allied Health Sciences/Nursing Admissions Coordinator will change the major of all accepted students to accurately reflect their program of study. Students may not register for discipline-specific courses until their major has been changed.

All students meeting minimum criteria will be considered competitively, based on ACT score or GPA in required general education courses completed in some Allied Health Sciences programs. Completing math and science courses required in some programs with a grade of A or B could enhance your chance of being accepted. It will be to your benefit to complete as many general education courses as possible by application deadline. MEETING MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE. Students that do not meet minimum requirements will only be considered under special circumstances and on a space available basis. Preference will be given to Tennessee residents.

Criminal Background Checks

Criminal background checks and drug screening may be a requirement at affiliated clinical sites utilized for training in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing programs. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This would result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of the program. Students will be responsible for the costs of the background check. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment. More information is available from your program director.

Health Guidelines

Students may be required to undergo a physical exam/health verification prior to enrollment. Students will be responsible for the cost of the physical examination and required immunizations and/or testing.

Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of affiliated clinical agencies. Personal health insurance may be required by some agencies. Students are highly encouraged to carry personal health insurance and are responsible for costs incurred due to injury or illness while enrolled.

Program Application Deadlines

In order for applicants to have priority consideration for entrance into the Allied Health Sciences programs for the following fall semester, applications should be submitted as follows:

Program   RSCC Deadline   RODP Deadline
Dental Hygiene Technology   February 28    
Health Information Technology   May 15   October 31
Occupational Therapy Assistant   May 15    
Opticianry   May 15    
Physical Therapist Assistant   May 15    
Radiologic Technology   May 15    
Respiratory Therapy Technology   May 15    

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Any applications received after the published application deadline may be considered by the Program Director on a space available basis. It is the student’s responsibility to assure that all records and documentation are received by the appropriate department by the published application deadline.

Conditional Admission

Students that do not meet minimum requirements may be considered for conditional acceptance status on a space-available basis.

Retention Policies

A student must maintain the following standards or he/she will be dismissed from his/her respective program.

  1. A grade of “C” or better in each specialty course.
  2. Completion of specialty courses as specified by the degree checklist. A student must be able to complete courses with the class in which he/she was admitted. A student who cannot graduate with the class in which he/she was admitted will be dropped from that class and must reapply to a subsequent class.
  3. Evidence of malpractice insurance and physical examination prior to clinical training.
  4. Be physically and mentally capable of performing the essential functions of the program as defined in each program’s Core Performance Standards.

The RSCC policy of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions applies to all students regardless of the program in which they are enrolled. In cases where alcohol and drug violations occur, disciplinary action, as well as the decision whether to test for alcohol or drugs, will be processed through the Dean of Allied Health Sciences and the Assistant VP/Dean of Students.

Readmission Procedures

  1. Students applying for readmission must meet all admissions criteria for the selected degree program.
  2. The applicant must submit a readmission request in writing to the Program Director at least thirty (30) days prior to enrollment. The request must be a detailed personal reflection of the reason(s) for the unsuccessful performance and a plan of correction.
  3. One (1) readmission to an AHS degree program will be permitted.
    Note: Some degree programs may have a time limitation on discipline-specific or general education courses. This requirement is listed in the program’s admission information located on the program web page. The applicant must meet this requirement, if applicable.
  4. The applicant applying for readmission may be required to interview with the Program Director and other program faculty, if applicable, before the review date by the AHS Admissions Committee. Interview requirements are listed on the program webpage.
  5. An acceptable level of discipline-specific competency may need to be demonstrated prior to readmission. A student with previous unsatisfactory clinical performance must be recommended for readmission by consensus of the program faculty.
    Note: The Program Director will verify that all readmission documents including
    licensure/credentials are current and valid.
  6. Readmission to an AHS degree program is contingent upon the availability of space.
  7. Students who are dismissed for reasons associated with academic misconduct or code of ethics violations will not be considered for readmission.

Meeting Minimum Requirements Does Not Guarantee Acceptance. Preference will be given to Tennessee residents.

Successful admission and completion of any RSCC Allied Health Sciences program does not guarantee state or national licensure or registration to practice as there may be additional state/national criteria required for attainment of various allied health licenses/certifications.

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