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Application & Procedure
Applicants must have the following documents on file in the Health Sciences office by July 1st to be considered for admission to the fall class and by November 1st for the spring class.
- MDCC application for admission or readmission
- MDCC application to the HCA Program (Health Sciences Application packet)
- an official high school transcript from an approved high school or high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET), if not previously enrolled in college; OR referral from the MDCC MIBEST program coordinator.
- an official college transcript for all colleges previously and presently attending
Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the deadline.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission. When the application is available, the link located below will be active.
- meet general admission requirements for MDCC
- be a high school graduate or have a satisfactory high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET) OR be currently enrolled in the MDCC MIBEST program.
- complete preadmission ACCUPLACER test OR have an ACT score of 14 or higher
- ALL Applicants must FIRST log on to the MDCC website at www.msdelta.edu to submit an online application for
admission/readmission to the school. Please click the APPLY button on the home page of the website and complete all required fields. No applicant
will be considered for admission into a Health Science Program without first applying
to MDCC. You may receive future correspondence from the Office of Admissions regarding
your admissions status to MDCC.
- If you attended MDCC previously, but are not currently enrolled, you will need to complete this step first.
- If you are currently enrolled at MDCC, you DO NOT need to do this step.
- E-Script or mail OFFICIAL transcripts to the MDCC Office of Admission. All transcripts must be on file by July 1 for fall applications and November 1 for spring applications.
- Submit ACT scores to the MDCC Office of Admission. (*NOTE* ACT scores are NOT recorded on transcripts from colleges or universities. It is the student’s responsibility to submit these scores.)
- Complete the attached “Application for Health Care Assistant Program”. Fill out ALL information. Do not leave any question blank.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that all necessary information has been received. This may be done via email at email@example.com. If all information is not received by the deadline, the applicant will not be considered for admission into the program.
- All applicants will be notified by letter of conditional acceptance or non-acceptance after the application process is complete. Letters of conditional acceptance will include information regarding a required orientation before school starts.
- Applicants who receive a conditional acceptance into the program are admitted tentatively
- Acceptable pre-admission drug screen (performed by our office)
- Satisfactory background check (performed by our office)
- Satisfactory completion of AHA-BLS Providers CPR (taught by our office)
- Health evaluation form completed by a physician or nurse practitioner indicating no restrictions for lifting or transfer
- Proof of current immunizations including, but not limited to Hepatitis B vaccination series, MMR vaccination series, Tdap booster, Varicella immunity, and a negative 2-step TB skin test (both TB injections must be done and read within a 21 day period; unless the student as had a negative TB skin test within the last 12 months, then just a 1-step TB skin test is required)
No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission requirements are met. Admission requirements are evaluated by the use of a rating scale (see sample rating scale attached), which includes ACT or Accuplacer scores, GPA, and healthcare work experience or degree submitted in a timely manner. All applicants are considered on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. The number of applicants accepted is limited due to the nature of the program.
All applicants will be notified by letter of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance into the program. The conditional acceptance letter will include specific information regarding all requirements that must be completed prior to admission.
Admission is tentative based on:
- Prior to clinical, students must satisfactorily complete AHA-BLS Provider CPR taught during the HCA program
- Satisfactory criminal background check performed by our office
- Acceptable pre-admission drug screen performed by our office
- Health Exam form completed and signed by a licensed health care provider indicating no restriction for lifting or transfer
- A 2-step TB skin test is required for all new entering students. The 2nd step must
be completed within 21 days of 1st step.
- The exception to this is if a returning student has had a negative TB skin test within the last 12 months. This student will only require a 1-step TB skin test
- A stamped/signed Form 121 Immunization Record must be submitted. Shots required include:
- Tdap booster within the last 10 years
- Series of 3 Hepatitis B vaccinations
- Series of 2 MMR vaccinations
- Proof of Varicella immunity (either by series of 2 Varicella vaccinations OR Positive Varicella Titer)
- Flu vaccination (given during flu season before October 1st)
Students who are accepted into the program must:
- attend a health care assistant orientation session
- be aware that, in addition to the regular college fees, Health Care Assistant students will incur expenses for such items as uniforms, books, supplies, liability insurance, accident insurance, physical examination, Hepatitis B vaccine series, background check, CPR certification and certification examination fees. Fees are not limited to these listed.
- be responsible for their own transportation to classes and clinical agencies
- students must maintain a “C” average (grade of 75) in each component of the course of study in order to complete the program
- a minimum of 368 hours including class and clinical time is required to complete the program
A student may be considered for readmission to a specific health science program one time only. This applies to courses in any respective health science program, whether at MDCC or at another institution. The only exception may be: a student who has a passing grade in the classroom and clinical setting, but was forced to withdraw due to illness, accident, pregnancy, or family crisis may be considered for a second readmission.
Each student requesting readmission into a health science program will be considered on an individual basis. The student should contact the appropriate program director/ supervisor for the readmission procedure. Space must be available in the class and clinical setting. No precedent will be set by the decision of an admissions committee.
At the direction of the Dean of Health Sciences with the recommendation of the Admission Committee, a student requesting readmission to a health science program may be required to take a challenge exam to assess placement. It may be necessary for the applicant to repeat courses.