Admission Criteria

These (credit programs) are selective admissions professional programs. Being in a pre- or non-clinical major in no way guarantees progression and acceptance into the clinical program.

All students accepted into the clinical component of the program must undergo (at student's expense) an annual Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI Check, State Police Criminal Record Check and random drug/alcohol screening.  No student will be admitted with a disqualifying criminal history or child abuse clearance.

Students with criminal backgrounds interested in admission into the clinical portion of any health career program at HACC must follow the
Prohibitive Offense Procedure (rev 6/13) for Health Career Programs, effective for admission into the clinical portion of any health career program.

Human Services/Social Services Program Clearance Procedure
(pdf) 2/14

Admitted Students Profile  (pdf)  (3/27/14 rev)  Number of qualified applicants, GPA range and average and point range for students accepted into program clinicals. (This is updated regularly.)

All health career students must apply to the college and are initially enrolled at HACC as a pre-clinical students (i.e. Pre-Nursing, Pre-Rad Tech, Pre-Respiratory, etc.) and must apply for the clinical phase of the program after completing minimum admission criteria (consult with your advisor and refer to web pages below).

Pre-clinical is the classification for all newly admitted students and all students taking developmental courses (below 100-level).  In order to move into the non-clinical classification, students must complete all required developmental coursework.  

Non-clinical students are those who completed all developmental course work and who are not yet selected for admission into the clinical phase of the program.   In order to move into the clinical classification, students must apply, be selected, admitted and enrolled in theory and clinical coursework in their major.

Clinical students are those who have been officially selected and admitted to the program and are taking program theory and clinical coursework (NURS, RADT, RESP, etc. designation).

You should work closely with your health career advisor to prepare to apply for the clinical/core component of the program.

Policies Affecting Program Admission (pdf) PLEASE READ THIS! Includes information about the following which may negatively affect your clinical candidacy: repeating courses, course withdrawal, GPA calculation. Documented high school diploma (document is specific for nursing program) or GED or equivalent foreign education as verified by a HACC-approved credential evaluation service

Code of Ethics. (PLEASE READ THIS!)  For additional  regarding Essential Qualifications, Additional Requirements Prior to Starting Clinicals, please refer to Program Admission Criteria below.

Good Standing Procedure & Form (pdf - rev 3/14)   - used in the event a student has withdrawn or been dismissed from a clinical program at HACC or another institution and is requesting admission into another clinical program. 

Immunization Information Sheet
(pdf) rev 5/13

Shadowing  (an in-depth one-on-one experience) may be required by your program and may need to be arranged for you by the program. Check the admission criteria website below or consult with your advisor regarding specific requirements. If it isn't required for your program and you are interested in shadowing, you can call the human resources office of a hospital (or your dentist or doctor office) to arrange.

Advising Checksheets

Program Admission Criteria
Cardiac Sonographer (revised 5/14)
Cardiovascular Technologist - Invasive (revised 5/14)
Dental Assistant (revised 5/14)
Dental Hygienist  (revised 5/14)
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer  revised 5/14)
Emergency Medical Technician (includes EMS Academy)  (9/11)
Human Services/Social Services (2/14)
Medical Assistant (revised 5/14)
Medical Laboratory Technician (revised 5/14)
Nuclear Medicine Technology (revised 8/13)
Nurse - includes RN, LPN  (2013-14)
Nurse - Advanced Standing  (4/13)
Nurse Aide  (3/13)
Paramedic  (revised 5/14)
Phlebotomy Technician (revised 5/14)
Radiologic Technologist (rev 5/14)
Respiratory Therapist (revised  5/14)
Surgical Technologist (revised 5/14)