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Health Career Program Clinical Admission Criteria

Health Career Program Clinical Admission Criteria

Learn about the health career program at HACC. Review the criteria below to learn about acceptance into the program.

How Do I Qualify for the Program?

Health career programs at HACC are selective and competitive enrollment programs.  All health career students are initially enrolled at HACC as pre-clinical students (i.e. Pre-Nursing,  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 Health Careers web pages). Admission to the college doesn't guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program.

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).

Download the appropriate Program Admission Criteria found at the bottom of this page to learn more about the admission criteria for your specific program of interest.

How Do I Apply to the Program?

To apply to the program, you must:

  • Apply to HACC
  • Be initially enrolled at HACC as a pre-clinical student (e.g. Pre-Nursing, Pre-Rad Tech, Pre-Respiratory, etc.)
  • Apply for the clinical phase of the program after completing the minimum admission criteria. Consult with your advisor and refer to the appropriate Program Admission Criteria. This will provide more information on your specific program's requirements.
  • Read and follow the Code of Ethics (pdf).

What Background Checks Do I Need Upon Acceptance to Clinicals?

Complete the following background checks at your expense. You will need to complete these background checks upon acceptance into the health career program:

  • Annual Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • FBI Check
  • State Police Criminal Record Check
  • Random Drug/Alcohol Screening 

Please review the Human Services/Social Services Program Clearance Procedure (pdf, rev 2/14) for complete information on the necessary background checks.

If you have a disqualifying criminal history or child abuse record, you will NOT be admitted into the health career program.

You must follow the Prohibitive Offense Procedure (pdf, rev 6/13) for Health Career Programs if you have a criminal background. This procedure is required for admission into the clinical portion of any health career program.

What Immunizations Do I Need Upon Acceptance to Clinicals?

When instructed to do so, download the Immunization Information Sheet (pdf, rev 5/13) for information on required immunizations.

Who Gets Admitted Into the Program?

Our frequently updated Admitted Students Profile (pdf, rev 7/24/14) will help you learn about our applicants. We provide information including the number of qualified applicants, GPA range and average. We also include the point range for students accepted into program clinicals.

What Is the Difference Between Pre-Clinical, Non-Clinical and Clinical?

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

Non-clinical students completed all developmental coursework but have not been selected for admission into the clinical phase of the program. Students must complete multiple steps to reach clinical classification. They must apply, be selected, admitted, and enrolled in theory and clinical coursework in their major. 

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

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

What Transcripts Do I Need for Clinicals?

To be accepted into clinicals, you need official documentation of high school graduation or equivalent. If you are transferring credits from foreign educational institutions, you need to submit official transcripts that have been verified by the HACC-approved credential evaluation service (pdf). Learn more about the official documentation needed for the nursing program (pdf).

What Factors Affect Clinical Candidacy?

Certain factors can affect your clinical candidacy. These factors include repeating courses, withdrawing from courses and your GPA. Learn more about the factors by reading the Policies Affecting Program Admission (pdf).

You need to complete a Good Standing Procedure & Form (pdf, rev 3/14) if you have withdrawn or been dismissed from a clinical program at HACC or another institution. You should complete this form if you are requesting admission into another clinical program.

Is Shadowing Required?

Shadowing is a one-on-one experience with a professional in your career area. It may be required by your program. It may also need to be arranged for you by the program.

Check the appropriate Program Admission Criteria found at the bottom of this page for more information on your specific program's requirements. Consult with your advisor regarding specific requirements. Learn more about shadowing.

You may be interested in shadowing if it isn't required for your program. Call the human resources office of your dentist, doctor's office or hospital to arrange.

Program Admission Criteria

Below are the Program Admission Criteria for each specific program.

Cardiac Sonographer (rev 7/2/14) 

Cardiovascular Technologist - Invasive (rev 7/2/14) 

Dental Assistant (rev 7/2/14) 

Dental Hygienist (rev 7/2/14) 

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (rev 7/2/14) 

Emergency Medical Technician (includes EMS Academy)  (rev 9/11) 7/2/14

Human Services/Social Services (rev 2/14) 7/2/14

Medical Assistant (rev 7/21/14) 

Medical Laboratory Technician (rev 7/2/14) 

Nuclear Medicine Technology (rev 8/13) 7/2/14

Nurse - includes RN, LPN (2013-14) 7/14/14-PN date change only

Nurse Aide (rev 7/23/14) 

Paramedic (rev 7/2/14) 

Phlebotomy Technician (rev 7/2/14) 

Radiologic Technologist (rev 7/2/14) 

Respiratory Therapist (rev 7/2/14) 

Surgical Technologist (rev 7/2/14)

 
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