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Career Preparation Programs
Associate of Applied Science Degree Programs
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.
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.
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|
|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.
Students that do not meet minimum requirements may be considered for conditional acceptance status on a space-available basis.
A student must maintain the following standards or he/she will be dismissed from his/her respective program.
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.
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.