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Health Sciences Programs (General Procedures)

Computed Tomography Specialist Certificate and Mammography Certificate

Additional application requirements apply. Seats are limited and students will be admitted on a spaceavailable basis, in the order that they complete both the regular college application process and the following additional requirements.

  • Application deadline is July.
  • Applicant must be certified in radiography, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). A copy of the front and back of the ARRT certification card must be submitted. Applicants who are recent graduates of an accredited radiologic technology program may request a waiver of this requirement but must submit a copy of their ARRT certification card prior to start of the program.
  • Applicant must hold a current CPR Certification by the American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers. This certificate must remain current through the duration of the program. A copy of the front and back of the certification must be submitted with the Admissions Application. Online CPR certification or recertification will not be accepted.
  • Following admission to the program, but prior to the beginning of the class, students must attend a college and program orientation.

Associate Degree and Diploma Health Science Programs (Clinical Laboratory Technology, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Registered Nursing, Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing and Surgical Technology)

Applicants to West Georgia Technical College diploma and degree Health Sciences programs must complete a competitive selection process prior to admission to the program.

Healthcare Science Certificate

Students who apply to a degree level Health Science program are initially accepted to the Healthcare Science certificate program and will be placed as developmental, provisional, or regular admission status based on the certificate requirements and the requirements of the intended degree program. Students will take general core courses and health science core courses common to both the certificate and the intended degree program. Students enrolled in the Healthcare Science certificate may be eligible to receive financial aid. Please compare the desired individual health science degree program and the Health Science certificate academic requirements, both listed in this catalog, to determine which courses should be taken and may be eligible for financial aid while enrolled in the Health Science certificate program. For additional assistance contact any respective program faculty advisor or the Student Advising Center.

Healthcare Assistant Certificate

Students who apply to a degree level Health Science program are initially accepted to the Healthcare Science certificate program and will be placed as developmental, provisional, or regular admission status based on the certificate requirements and the requirements of the intended degree program. Students will take general core courses and health science core courses common to both the certificate and the intended degree program. Students enrolled in the Healthcare Science certificate may be eligible to receive financial aid. Please compare the desired individual health science degree program and the Health Science certificate academic requirements, both listed in this catalog, to determine which courses should be taken and may be eligible for financial aid while enrolled in the Health Science certificate program. For additional assistance contact any respective program faculty advisor or the Student Advising Center.

Competitive Selection Process

Applicant Requirements

Each program has a competitive selection deadline. Please refer to the program information in the Academic Programs section of the catalog for specific application deadlines.

The following steps must be completed by the competitive selection deadline.

  1. The student entering the selection process for a degree program must be admitted to the Healthcare Science certificate, with the competitive selection program identified as Major 2.

  2. The student entering the selection process for a diploma program must be admitted to the Healthcare Assistant certificate, with the competitive selection program identified as Major 2.

  3. The student may enter the selection process for only one program of study at a time.

  4. Some programs have a single competitive selection deadline to admit a class for more than one campus. In this case, the student must select one campus and will be included in the selection for that campus only.

  5. The student must be in good academic standing with the College.

  6. Each program requires that identified courses be completed by the competitive selection deadline. All required courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C. Please refer to the program information in the Academic Programs section of the Catalog for the courses that are required to enter the selection for a specific program.

  7. In addition to earning a minimum grade of C in each required course, an overall GPA of 3.0 must be earned in the required courses.
    • For all programs, with the exception of the Physical Therapist Assistant, the GPA will be calculated according to the current catalog course information.
    • For the Physical Therapist Assistant program, the GPA will be calculated using a weighted GPA. The two Biology didactic/lab courses and Math course will carry double weight in the calculation of the weighted GPA.

  8. A student may retake a course, but only the first two attempts may be considered in the competitive selection process. The higher grade of the two attempts will be calculated into the competitive GPA.

  9. The following specific technical, science, and Health Science courses must be completed within seven years of the program start date, if required for the selection process.

  10. Courses

    BIOL 2113 & BIOL 2113L

    BIOL 2114 & BIOL 2114L        

    BIOL 2117 & BIOL 2117L

    CHEM 1211 & CHEM 1211L

    CHEM 1212 & CHEM 1212L

    ALHS 1040

    ALHS 1060

    ALHS 1090

    ALHS 1011

    COMP 1000

    PHYS 1110 & PHYS 1110L

  11. All transcripts reflecting grades earned at other colleges must be received by the admissions office prior to the selection deadline.

  12. Students must hold a current CPR Certification by the American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers. This certificate must remain current through the duration of the program. Online CPR certification or recertification will not be accepted.

  13. Applicants to the Clinical Laboratory Technology, Dental Hygiene and Radiologic Technology programs must earn a minimum raw score of 200 on the Psychological Service Bureau (PSB) 30 Student Catalog 2013-2014. July 1, 2013 Health Occupations Aptitude Examination, Edition 3 or a minimum raw score of 250 on other Editions of the PSB. The raw score total includes Academic Aptitude – Total, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Information in the Natural Sciences and Vocational Adjustment Index.

  14. Applicants to the Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing and Surgical Technology programs must earn a minimum raw score of 160 on the Psychological Service Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Examination, Edition 3 or a minimum raw score of 200 on other Editions of the PSB. The raw score total includes Academic Aptitude – Total, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Information in the Natural Sciences and Vocational Adjustment Index.

  15. Applicants to the ADN Nursing program must earn an Adjusted Individual Total Score of 65% on the pre entrance Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam.

  16. Applicants to the Physical Therapist Assistant program must complete the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test 5.0 Standardized Test (HOBET 5.0). Applicants may take the test no more than two (2) times in the 12 months preceding the application deadline, with a minimum of 30 days between retakes. The following minimum scores are required.
    • Reading – 70%
    • Math – 68%
    • Science (Human Body) – 56%
    • English/Language – 59%

  17. Applicants to the ADN Nursing Program must possess a current State Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate (CNA) or be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

  18. Applicants to the ADN Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Physical Therapist Assistant programs may earn bonus points in the selection process.

    ADN Nursing (maximum three (3) bonus points available)
    • One (1) point for six months clinical work experience. Clinical experience is defined as actual patient care that includes the delivery of physical care, such as certified nursing assistant, nurse aide, practical nurse, patient care technician, medical assistant, surgical technician, back office worker in a clinic or physician’s office, or emergency medical technician.
    • One (1) point for completion of the Nurse Aide certificate program, including ALHS 1040, ALHS 1060, ALHS 1090 and NAST 1100.
    • Two (2) points for current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN).

    Dental Hygiene (maximum three (3) additional bonus points available)
    • One (1) point for any healthcare clinical work experience
    • Two (2) points for dental related work experience such as a lab technician or front office employee
    • Three (3) points for more than one year equivalent of full-time experience as a dental assistant

    Physical Therapist Assistant
    • One (1) point for less than six months full-time work experience in the profession of physical therapy
    • Two (2) points for six months, but less than one year full-time work experience in the profession of physical therapy
    • Three (3) points more than one year full-time work experience in the profession of physical therapy

  19. Student must submit a Competitive Selection File Review Request form to the Office of Student Affairs by the application deadline. All required documents must be attached to the form. Forms submitted prior to the completion of all requirements or submitted with documents missing, will be returned to the student and not considered in the selection process. The following documents must be attached to the Competitive Selection File Review Request form.
    • Copy of the front and back of current CPR Certification by the American Heart Association for the Healthcare Provider card
    • Psychological Service Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Examination score report, Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam score report or HOBET V, as required for program of application

    Additional documents are required for the ADN Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Physical Therapist Assistant programs.

    ADN Nursing
    • Copy of current CNA Certification or copy of current Practical Nursing License
    • If student is requesting bonus points for clinical work experience, an employer letter of verification is required. This letter must be on company letterhead and include the dates of employment, job title and a brief description of duties.

    Dental Hygiene
    • If student is requesting bonus points for clinical work experience, dental related work experience or experience as a dental assistant, an employer letter of verification is required. This letter must be on company letterhead and include the dates of employment, job title and a brief description of duties.

    Physical Therapist Assistant
    • If a student is requesting bonus points for full-time work experience in the profession of physical therapy, an employer verification form is required. The verification form will include the dates of employment, job title and a brief description of duties.

  20. The Physical Therapist Assistant program competitive selection process includes additional components that are not required to be completed by the application deadline. Please see the following section for the additional requirements.

  21. Any student who is selected and declines admission will not automatically be admitted to another class cohort, and may be required to reapply through the competitive selection process.

  22. Any student who is admitted to a competitive selection health science program, who does not complete the program with their cohort, must petition the Dean of the School of Health Sciences to be readmitted. Some reentry requirements will apply for selected programs and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

  23. Students who withdraw from Health Sciences programs while failing (academically or clinically) for the second time, or who fail a course academically for the second time, are not eligible to return to these programs for a third attempt. This also applies to students who fail Health Sciences courses at other institutions and transfer to West Georgia Technical College.

Physical Therapist Assistant – Additional Applicant Requirements
The applicant must complete all steps in the Applicant Requirements section above, by the application deadline. After the Competitive Selection File Review Request form and supporting documentation are submitted, an initial review will be completed to determine that the minimum requirements have been met. The student will be notified to complete the following additional requirements.

  1. Applicants must document awareness of the job requirements of a physical therapy assistant through volunteer physical therapy observation and/or work as a physical therapy aide in at least 3 different clinical settings (minimum 12 hours per setting) by the published deadline. The deadline will be included on the Observation/Recommendation Form and on the PTA program webpage. Applicants who currently work as physical therapy aides must still complete the required observation hours. Observation must be direct patient observation under the supervision of a PT or PTA; the hours cannot be clerical work in a PT facility. Please refer to the PTA program webpage for additional information. The Observation/Recommendation Form must be completed by the observation supervisor as documentation of observation hours and a recommendation for admission to the PTA program.
  2. Applicants to the Physical Therapist Assistant program must attend a mandatory meeting with the PTA Program Director after completion of the observation hours. While on site, following the mandatory meeting with the Program Director, students must complete a proctored handwritten essay on the topic of physical therapy.

Competitive Selection Scoring

As stated in the Applicant Requirements, specific technical, science, and Health Science courses must be completed within seven years of the program start date. Courses that expire prior to the program start date will not be accepted or included in the GPA calculation. The GPA calculation will be based strictly on the courses required for the selection process. If a course has been repeated, only the first two attempts will be considered in the scoring process. The higher grade earned on attempt one or attempt two will be used in the calculation. The GPA will be calculated according to the current semester course credits. The Physical Therapist Assistant program scores will be calculated using a weighted GPA, to include double weight for the two Biology didactic/lab courses and the Math course.

A student that satisfies a required course by College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exam, College- Level Examination Placement (CLEP) credit, or exemption exam, should contact the Office of Student Affairs for information regarding the scoring of the course.

The Psychological Service Bureau Exam (PSB) score will be calculated based on the total raw score including Academic Aptitude – Total, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Information in the Natural Sciences and Vocational Adjustment Index.

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score will be calculated based on the Adjusted Individual Total Score percent.

The Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test 5.0 Standardized Test (HOBET 5.0) score will be calculated based on the percent score including Reading, Math, Science (Human Body) and English/Language.

Each complete Competitive Selection File Review Request received by the application deadline will be evaluated according to a 100 point scale. All application requirements must be met, and all required documents must be attached to the request, for a file to be considered complete.

Program Points for GPA of Required Courses Points for PSB Exam Score Points for TEAS Exam Score HOBET V Standardized Test Volunteer PTA Observation On Site Essay Bonus Points Available
ADN
Nursing
40 n/a 60 n/a n/a n/a 3
Clinical Laboratory Technology 75 25 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Dental Hygiene 50 50 n/a n/a n/a n/a 3
Physical Therapist Assistant *35 n/a n/a 35 10 20 3
Radiologic Technology 75 25 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Medical Assisting 75 25 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Practical Nursing 50 50 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Surgical Technology 75 25 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
* The two Biology didactic/lab courses and the Math course carry double weight in the GPA calculation

Applicants will receive their file evaluation score by mail. After all files are evaluated, the students with the highest scores will be notified by mail and invited to enroll. A student who declines the invitation to enroll will not automatically be admitted to another class cohort, and may be required to reapply through the competitive selection process.

Students who are not selected will be notified of their status by mail. A student must submit a new Competitive Selection File Review Request, along with required documentation, to be included in the next selection process for the same program or the selection process for another program.

Health Science Program Admission

A student selected for admission to a competitive selection degree or diploma Health Science program will enter a class cohort and complete the program through a lock-step course schedule for the duration of the program.

The student must have the following official documentation on file prior to registration for any health science course that has a clinical rotation. Students will not be allowed to register for courses if documentation is not complete.

  • Completed Physical Examination and Health History, with a physician’s statement that the student is in satisfactory health

  • Copy of immunization records and/or titers. This includes proof of administration of two MMRs and student must show proof of positive rubella, rubeola, varicella and mumps titers.

  • Two-step PPD and/or chest x-ray

  • Adacel immunization unless the student has received a tetanus immunization within the past five years. Documentation of administration of tetanus immunization is required.

  • Hepatitis vaccine series or signed declination form.

  • Flu shots for current season.

  • CPR Certification by American Heart Association for Healthcare Provider

  • Criminal background check and urine drug screen completed by Student Advantage

  • Criminal background check and urine drug test will be evaluated by clinical sites. It is the clinical site decision to allow or restrict a student with a criminal background or a positive drug test. If a student is restricted from a site; they will be dropped from the program.

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