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End the Health Sciences Admissions Confusion. Jessica Blake & Jenni Smith Health Sciences Counselors October 16, 2009. Why is Health Sciences Admissions so confusing?. Students (staff/faculty) are unclear about program of study

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End the Health Sciences Admissions Confusion

Jessica Blake & Jenni Smith

Health Sciences Counselors

October 16, 2009

Why is Health Sciences Admissions so confusing?

  • Students (staff/faculty) are unclear about program of study

  • There is a different process and minimum course requirements

  • Health care offers lots of options

  • Students are unclear about where to go and when to apply

What is the process for all PCC students to apply?

  • Fill out a general application to the college

  • Submit official transcripts from high school/proof of GED/college or university course work

  • Take the placement test - if no college level English and/or math has been completed (can use SAT scores)

  • See an advisor that specializes in the area of interest

How does this process differ for Health Sciences?

  • Advisors for AGE Technical

  • Required to take specific course work

  • Complete an Orientation Session

  • Complete a Health Sciences Application

  • Wait for notification of acceptance

What is AGE?

  • AGE - Associate in General Education

  • AGE “Technical” - general application track for Health Sciences students

  • Same as the old GOT

  • “Holding Tank” for students until formally accepted into a program

  • Timeframe depends on program and acceptance

What is the Health Sciences Admissions Process?

  • Step by step guide created (available online, AGE advisors, & in counselor’s offices) to walk students through the process

  • Steps may be slightly different depending on program

  • Degree students spend time completing general education requirements – earning points for competitive programs

  • Separate application process during specified application periods

Is there an entrance exam?

Did require HOBET = Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test

NOW - no more entrance exam

What are the Health Sciences Programs?

  • 10 Degree Programs

    • (5 semesters minimum once in the program)

  • 7 Diploma Programs

    • (2-3 semesters once in the program)

  • 6 Certificate Programs

    • (1-2 semesters once in the program)

What are the Health Sciences Programs?

  • Most programs involve direct patient care

  • Most degree programs have competitive based admissions

  • Diploma and certificate programs are usually advanced options

    • Exceptions: HIT, Medical Assisting, HUC

What is direct patient care?

  • Hands-on medical care or services

  • Ex: injections, caring for wounds, collecting samples of bodily fluids, physically manipulating patients, etc.

What are the degree programs?

Medical Sonography

Nursing (RN)

Health Information Technology

Medical Assisting

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Occupational Therapy Assistant



Respiratory Therapy

Therapeutic Massage

What are the degree requirements?

  • 2.5 GPA

  • Orientation session

  • Science/Math course requirements

  • Program specific requirements

    • CPR

    • NA I

What are the specialty programs? Diploma Certificate

Health Information Technology-Coding


Medical Dosimetry

Nuclear Medicine

Computed Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Positron Emission Tomography

Radiation Therapy

Health Unit Coordinator

Medical Assisting Clinical Certificate (“Boot Camp”)

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Computed Tomography (CT)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


What are the specialty requirements?

  • Years of experience or direct patient care

  • Previous degree

  • Licensure

  • Recommendation letters

  • Job shadowing

  • Clinical placement

  • GPA (may be 2.5 or higher)

  • Interview

When a student expresses interest in Health Sciences…

  • Send them to the Goess Student Center – Rm 120 and ask to speak to a counselor

  • Or refer them to the websites…

    • Health Sciences Admissions


    • Health Sciences Orientation


    • Specific Programs


    • Explore Health Careers


Students from looking like this

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What is our goal? To keep…

What is the difference between…

  • Advisor

    • Course sequencing

    • Register for classes if needed

    • Assistance with student educational plan

    • Inform of application deadlines (best time to apply)

  • Counselor

    • First and/or last point of contact for student

    • Application/counseling session

    • Point calculation and requirements

    • Know differences between programs to discuss options with students

Any Questions?

Thanks for coming!

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