Health Sciences Admissions

Limited admissions programs include:

  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Dental Assisting
  • Emergency Medical Science
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN)

WCC reserves the right to change curriculum and admission requirements without prior notice. Although the Student Services Office makes every effort to keep the information current, it is the responsibility of the student to obtain the most current admissions information for the program and term for which he/she has applied.

Remember to keep your contact information current! Notify the Student Services Office immediately if you change your mailing address, home/cell phone number, etc.

Contact Information

For questions about Associate Degree Nursing, Dental Assisting, Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN), or Respiratory Therapy, contact:

Image of Andrea Smith
Andrea Smith, MA
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6459
adsmith365@wilkescc.edu

For questions about Emergency Medical Science, contact:

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Jackson Brown, BS
Student Activities Coordinator/Admissions Representative
Phone: 336-838-6142
jbrown320@wilkescc.edu

For questions about Radiography, contact:

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Elisabeth Blevins, MA
Associate Dean of Admissions and Advising
Phone: 336-838-6145
ekblevins580@wilkescc.edu

Required Vaccinations for Limited Admissions Programs

Click on a program below to see the required vaccinations.

  • DTP or Td
  • MMR
  • Polio
  • PPD Tuberculosis screening (within 12 months)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Chicken pox vaccine or confirmation from a physician that the patient had chicken pox
  • COVID-19

Notice of Clinical Requirements

WCC’s contractual agreements with each clinical site mandates that clinical agencies are responsible for declaring any requirements of students rotating through their facilities. These requirements include immunizations, a criminal background check, and drug screening. Therefore, students who do not comply with the agreements of each clinical affiliate will be placed only at those facilities in which the student has been cleared and all clinical requirements have been met. Selective placement due to non-compliance with all clinical requirements may limit the student’s overall clinical education experience but will allow for successful completion of program, clinical, and graduation requirements.

Individuals completing the Dental Assisting program are eligible to apply to take a national board examination, which they must pass in order to receive a certification. The licensing board does require information regarding conviction of a felony and/or misdemeanor and/or current charges on the application for certification and MAY DECIDE NOT TO CERTIFY an individual based on the result of an investigation of those particular charges.

  • Mumps, Measles, and Rubella (MMR) – 2 vaccinations OR positive titer
  • Chicken Pox (Varicella) – 2 vaccinations OR positive titer
  • Hepatitis B (HptB) – series of 3 vaccinations or signed declination
  • Tuberculosis (PPD) 2 step  (two injections 1 to 3 weeks apart) with negative results or 2 consecutive annual tests (administered 10-12 months apart) with negative results
  • Tetanus (Tdap) – 1 vaccination, good within 10 years
  • Current seasonal flu vaccine (administered during current flu season, no earlier than September or October)
  • Meningitis – 1 Meningococcal vaccine
  • COVID-19 vaccine

Notice of Clinical Requirements

WCC’s contractual agreements with each clinical site mandates that clinical agencies are responsible for declaring any requirements of students rotating through their facilities. These requirements include but are not limited to the COVID-19 vaccine, a criminal background check and drug screening. Therefore, students who do not comply with the agreements of each clinical affiliate will be placed only at those facilities in which the student has been cleared and all clinical requirements have been met. Selective placement due to non-compliance with all clinical requirements may limit the student’s overall clinical education experience but will allow for successful completion of program, clinical, and graduation requirements.

Individuals completing the Emergency Medical Science program are eligible to apply to take a credentialing examination, which they must pass in order to receive a credential to practice. The credentialing board does require information regarding conviction of a felony and/or misdemeanor and/or current charges on the application for credential and MAY DECIDE NOT TO CREDENTIAL an individual based on the result of an investigation of those particular charges.

  • Mumps, Measles, and Rubella (MMR) – 2 vaccinations, positive titer
  • Chicken Pox (Varicella) – 2 vaccinations, positive titer
  • Hepatitis B (HptB) – Series of 3 vaccinations
  • Tuberculosis (PPD) 2 step (two injections 1 to 3 weeks apart) w/negative results
  • Tetanus (Tdap) – 1 vaccination, good within 10 years
  • Current seasonal flu vaccine
  • COVID-19 vaccine

Notice of Clinical Requirements

WCC’s contractual agreements with each clinical site mandates that clinical agencies are responsible for declaring any requirements of students rotating through their facilities. These requirements include immunizations, a criminal background check, and drug screening. Therefore, students who do not comply with the agreements of each clinical site will not be cleared for clinical experiences and will not be able to successfully complete program, clinical, and graduation requirements. Students are unable to complete required clinical competencies and experiences without being assigned to ALL clinical facilities.

*Please note that vaccine exemption processes are available at each clinical site that requires the flu and/or COVID-19 vaccine. Upon acceptance, information regarding COVID-19 vaccine exemption processes will be provided during program acceptance and/or orientation meetings.  Each respective clinical facility will approve or decline any exemption request submitted by the student, according to their policy.

Individuals completing the Associate Degree Nursing program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN, which they must pass to receive a license to practice. The North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) does require information regarding conviction of a felony and/or misdemeanor and/or current charges on the application for licensure and MAY DECIDE NOT TO LICENSE an individual based on the result of an investigation of those charges.

  • DTP or Td
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Tuberculin (PPD) 2 step (two injections at least one week apart)
  • Hepatitis B Series (3)
  • Flu vaccine
  • Varicella Series (2) OR a titer that proves the student has had chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A – highly recommended
  • COVID-19 vaccine

Notice of Clinical Requirements

WCC’s contractual agreements with each clinical site mandates that clinical agencies are responsible for declaring any requirements of students rotating through their facilities. These requirements include immunizations, a criminal background check, and drug screening. Therefore, students who do not comply with the agreements of each clinical affiliate will not be cleared for clinical experiences and will not be able to successfully complete program, clinical, and graduation requirements. Students are unable to complete required clinical competencies and experiences without being assigned to ALL clinical facilities.

Individuals completing the Radiography program are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist’s (ARRT) primary certification examination. The ARRT does require information regarding conviction of a felony and/or misdemeanor and/or current charges on the application for certification and MAY DECIDE NOT TO CERTIFY an individual based on the result of an investigation of those particular charges.

  • DTP or Td – date of vaccine
  • Td booster – date of vaccine
  • Polio – date of vaccine
  • Rubella – date of vaccine
  • Rubeolla (Measles) – date of vaccine
  • Mumps – date of vaccine
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) date of titer or vaccine, no history of chicken pox is accepted
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or informed refusal required for departments within facility that require this vaccine. Must meet CDC guidelines.
  • PPD screening for tuberculosis and proper evaluation of positive results (i.e. by chest x-ray) is required of all students. Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) must have been administered within the last 12 months.
  • Haemophilus influenza type B (flu shot) or physician statement of adverse reaction and replacement therapy
  • Tuberculin (PPD) 2 step (two injections at least one week apart) 
  • COVID-19 vaccine

Notice of Clinical Requirements

WCC’s contractual agreements with each clinical site mandates that clinical agencies are responsible for declaring any requirements of students rotating through their facilities. These requirements include immunizations,* a criminal background check and drug screening. Therefore, students who do not comply with the agreements of each clinical affiliate will not be cleared for clinical experiences and will not be able to successfully complete program, clinical, and graduation requirements. Students are unable to complete required clinical competencies and experiences without being assigned to ALL clinical facilities.

* Please note that vaccine exemption processes are available at each site that requires the flu and/or COVID-19 vaccine. Each respective clinical affiliate will approve or decline any exemption request submitted by the student, according to their policy.

Individuals completing the Respiratory Therapy program are eligible to apply to take a licensing examination, which they must pass in order to receive a license to practice. The licensing board does require information regarding conviction of a felony and/or misdemeanor and/or current charges on the application for licensure and MAY DECIDE NOT TO LICENSE an individual based on the result of an investigation of those particular charges.

  • Series of 3 Hepatitis B Immunization Injections
  • Series of 2 MMR Vaccines
  • DTP/TD-TDaP
  • Varicella (chicken pox) 2 vaccines or positive titer
  • PPD Tuberculosis screening – yearly
  • Current seasonal flu vaccine
  • COVID-19 vaccine

Notice of Clinical Requirements

WCC’s contractual agreements with each clinical site mandates that clinical agencies are responsible for declaring any requirements of students rotating through their facilities. These requirements include immunizations, a criminal background check, and drug screening. Therefore, students who do not comply with the agreements of each clinical site will not be cleared for clinical experiences and will not be able to successfully complete program, clinical, and graduation requirements. Students are unable to complete required clinical competencies and experiences without being assigned to ALL clinical facilities.

*Please note that vaccine exemption processes are available at each clinical site that requires the flu and/or COVID-19 vaccine. Upon acceptance, information regarding COVID-19 vaccine exemption processes will be provided during program acceptance and/or orientation meetings.  Each respective clinical facility will approve or decline any exemption request submitted by the student, according to their policy.

Individuals completing the Associate Degree Nursing program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN, which they must pass to receive a license to practice. The North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) does require information regarding conviction of a felony and/or misdemeanor and/or current charges on the application for licensure and MAY DECIDE NOT TO LICENSE an individual based on the result of an investigation of those charges.

Associate Degree Nursing

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is a limited enrollment program that admits approximately 30 to 40 students once a year in the fall semester.

Wilkes Community College admits approximately 10 students in the fall each year to the Associate Degree Nursing cohort that is based at the Ashe Campus. The admission criteria and ranking/selection process are the same for all applicants who apply for the Wilkes Campus Cohort and the Ashe Campus Cohort. Applicants who apply for the Ashe Campus Cohort will be ranked and selected with applicants who have submitted an Ashe Campus Cohort application only. Likewise, applicants who apply for the Wilkes Campus Cohort will be ranked and selected with applicants who have submitted a Wilkes Campus Cohort application only. Applicants may apply for either the Ashe Campus Cohort or the Wilkes Campus cohort, not both. Students must indicate either Ashe Campus or Wilkes Campus on their application. Please note that you will not be allowed to change campus cohorts after admission to the program.

Students should be at least 18 years of age at the start of the Associate Degree Nursing program for Fall 2024.

Points for Ranking (completed during the MAR review)

  1. GPA: Grades from the most recently completed courses (Section A and Section B) are used to determine a Grade Point Average (GPA), and the GPA is then converted into a point value (based on an educational record point table).
    • Section A: Required high school or community college courses
      • High school biology or college level biology
      • High school chemistry or college level chemistry
    • Section B: General education courses in the Associate Degree Nursing curriculum. Grades from any of the general education courses listed below that have been completed by the MAR review deadline date will be included in the GPA calculation.
      • BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I (within 5 years)
      • BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II (within 5 years)
      • ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry
      • ENG 112 Writing/Research
      • PSY 150 General Psychology
      • PSY 241 Developmental Psychology
      • HUM 115 Critical Thinking
    • Program GPA Calculation:
      • When calculating your program GPA, the required courses (Section A) and the general education courses completed by the MAR review date (Section B) are calculated.
      • Grade points are awarded based upon the following scale:
        • 4 grade points for “A”
        • 3 grade points for “B”
        • 2 grade points for “C”
        • 1 grade point for “D”
        • 0 grade points for “F”
      • The grade points earned for the 2 required courses (Section A) and any general education courses completed (Section B) are tallied and divided by the total number of courses completed.
    • Please note the following:
      • If BIO 168 and BIO 169 (or an equivalent course) has been completed prior to entry into the Associate Degree Nursing program, it must have been completed within five years from the first day of the fall semester of entering the program. Otherwise, the credits will be considered to have expired and will not count towards fulfilling Associate Degree Nursing degree requirements and will not count in the Associate Degree Nursing admission point system.
      • When considering high school and college courses, the most recent grade (if a course has been repeated) will be counted in the point system calculation.
      • If an applicant has completed the two required courses (Section A) in high school or college with a grade of “C” or better, the applicant has met the admission requirement. However, if the student repeats the college equivalent for a course within Section A and receives a “D” or “F” then the most recent grade will count within the point system.
      • If an applicant has a “D” or “F” in any course within Section B, then the course will count in the point system but will not fulfill degree requirements, as a grade of “C” or higher is required.
      • An Associate Degree Nursing applicant must successfully complete either the BIO 165/166 sequence or the BIO 168/169 sequence. These sequences cannot be combined or altered
  2. BIO 168/169: Points are awarded for completion with a grade of “A”, “B”, or “C”. A maximum of twenty (20) points can be earned from this factor, if the course meets the five-year requirement.
    • BIO 168:
      • 10 points for grade of “A”
      • 6 points for grade of “B”
      • 2 point for grade of “C”
    • BIO 169:
      • 10 points for grade of “A”
      • 6 points for grade of “B”
      • 2 point for grade of “C”
  3. TEAS Score: Points are awarded based upon the TEAS test score. The applicant’s Adjusted Individual TEAS Score (AITS) will be calculated for the ranking/selection process. The applicant must score at level Proficient, Advanced, or Exemplary to qualify for ranking/selection. Visit the ATI testing website for more information.
  4. Alternate Status: One (1) point per year is awarded based upon having been an alternate for the WCC nursing program during the two previous years. A maximum of two (2) points can be earned from this factor.
  5. CNA I: Five (5) points are awarded based on completion of Nurse Aid 1 by the student’s MAR Review date. An official transcript that reflects successful completion of an approved CNA I program must also be submitted. Applicants holding an active, unencumbered LPN license will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Nursing. This factor will only be taken into consideration if completed and documentation submitted by the applicant’s MAR review date.
    • CNA I is required for all accepted applicants and must be completed by July 18, 2024.
    • Students must wait 12 days after the class ends to take the State Test. If admitted to the Associate Degree Nursing program, students should have their CNA I class completed no later than June 20th to test and be listed on the registry by the July 18th deadline. Note that by waiting to take the CNA I class until after MAR reviews, you will only have one chance to take the exam and pass. If you do not pass, you will lose your space in the Associate Degree Nursing program. It is strongly encouraged to take your CNA I sooner rather than later if possible.
    • For more information about CNA I or to register for a course, please contact:
      • Wilkes Campus
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        Misty Marshburn, MSN, RN
        Director of Health Occupations and Nurse Aide Training
        Phone: 336-838-6214
        mmmarshburn430@wilkescc.edu
      • Alleghany Center
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        Paige Belt, BA
        Administrative Assistant of the Alleghany Center/Data Management Assistant of WDCE
        Phone: 336-903-3146
        pbbelt113@wilkescc.edu
      • Ashe Campus
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        Amber Holliday, BS
        Office Manager
        Phone: 336-903-3115
        asholliday860@wilkescc.edu
  6.  CNA I Employment Documentation: Five (5) points are awarded based on 500 hours of paid employment as a Certified Nurse Aide I (CNA I) under the supervision of an RN and current listing as a Certified Nurse Aide I in the State of North Carolina with the Division of Health Services Regulation (DHSR) with no substantiated finding of resident abuse, resident neglect, or misappropriation of resident property in a Nursing Facility. An official transcript that reflects successful completion of an approved CNA I program must also be submitted. Forms required for documentation of 500 hours of paid employment must be obtained from Andrea Smith. Applicants holding an active, unencumbered LPN license will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Nursing. This factor will only be taken into consideration if completed and documentation submitted by the applicant’s MAR review date.
  7. TEAS Test Preparation Course: One (1) point is awarded based upon completion of the Wilkes Community College TEAS Test Preparation Course hosted by Workforce Development and Community Education. Students must attend ALL sessions in order to be awarded an additional point and must provide a certificate of completion awarded by Workforce Development and Community Education. Announcements will be made in information sessions and by email as courses are scheduled. Additional point is only awarded if the TEAS Test Preparation Course was completed during the current application cycle.

Applicants with the highest points will be accepted. The exact number of applicants accepted depends on the available spaces in the program. In case of applicants with the same number of earned points, the applicant with the earlier MAR review date will be ranked higher. If a tie still exists, the applicant with the earlier application date will be ranked higher.

Notification Procedure

Accepted applicants will be notified by phone. These applicants will be required to attend a mandatory meeting to accept their position in the Associate Degree Nursing program. Notification letters will be mailed to all alternates. Applicants who did not meet the minimum requirements, were not accepted, or declined admission and wish to be considered for the next available class must:

  1. Submit a new application.
  2. Attend another information session.
  3. Complete all admissions requirements for that application year.

CPR / Medical Form / Vaccinations / CNA I

Applicants who are selected for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program must submit documentation of the following:

  1. CPR (due May 15, 2024): Evidence of current CPR certification (must be Basic Life Support [BLS] – American Heart Association Healthcare Provider).
  2. Medical Form (due May 15, 2024): Submission of the Wilkes Community College Student Medical Form which must be completed by a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. The form is given to you at the acceptance meeting.
  3. Vaccinations (due May 15, 2024): Submission of up-to-date immunizations required by the Associate Degree Nursing program. For information regarding required vaccinations, contact Emily Orr.
  4. CNA I (due July 18, 2024): Evidence of current listing as a Certified Nurse Aide I (CNA 1) in the State of North Carolina with the Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) with no substantiated finding of resident abuse, resident neglect, or misappropriation of resident property in a Nursing Facility. An official transcript that reflects successful completion of an approved CNA I program must also be submitted. The CNA I program must be approved by the DHSR during your enrollment. Only CNA I programs that have a clinical component with hands on experience will be accepted for fulfilling this requirement. Applicants may be asked to submit documentation that confirms dates of employment as a CNA I to assist with verification of the clinical component requirement.

Failure to submit all required documentation will result in the withdrawal of the offer for a space in the Associate Degree Nursing program. All documentation should be submitted to:

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Emily Orr, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
Director of Nursing
Phone: 336-838-6573
edorr738@wilkescc.edu

Castle Branch Account

During the acceptance meeting you will begin the setup of your Castle Branch account. This account allows you to upload the documentation listed above for WCC and our clinical facilities. There is a fee to set up this account in which you will be responsible for. Be prepared to set up this account and pay the fee at the acceptance meeting. Failure to submit all required documentation will result in the withdrawal of the offer for a space in the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Orientation

Applicants who have been accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing program will also be required to attend a mandatory Associate Degree Nursing program orientation. The date of the orientation will be provided to applicants who are admitted to the program.

Notice of Clinical Requirements

WCC’s contractual agreements with each clinical site mandates that clinical agencies are responsible for declaring any requirements of students rotating through their facilities. These requirements include immunizations, a criminal background check, and drug screening. Therefore, students who do not comply with the agreements of each clinical site will not be cleared for clinical experiences and will not be able to successfully complete program, clinical, and graduation requirements. Students are unable to complete required clinical competencies and experiences without being assigned to ALL clinical facilities.

*Please note that vaccine exemption processes are available at each clinical site that requires the flu and/or COVID-19 vaccine. Upon acceptance, information regarding COVID-19 vaccine exemption processes will be provided during program acceptance and/or orientation meetings.  Each respective clinical facility will approve or decline any exemption request submitted by the student, according to their policy.

Individuals completing the Associate Degree Nursing program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN, which they must pass to receive a license to practice. The North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) does require information regarding conviction of a felony and/or misdemeanor and/or current charges on the application for licensure and MAY DECIDE NOT TO LICENSE an individual based on the result of an investigation of those charges.

Undocumented Immigrants

When considering whether to admit an undocumented immigrant into a specific program of study, community colleges shall take into account that federal law prohibits states from granting professional licenses to undocumented immigrants. Students lawfully present in the United States shall have priority over any undocumented immigrant in any class or program of study when capacity limitations exist. PLEASE NOTE: these procedures comply with numbered memo CC10-26, which was published by the North Carolina Community College System on July 12, 2010.

Please contact the program director for the Nursing program:

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Emily Orr, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
Director of Nursing
Phone: 336-838-6573
edorr738@wilkescc.edu
Related Course in Curriculum Course Approved for Substitution for the Associate Degree Nursing Program
ACA 122 ACA 115 (must complete the course with a grade of “C” or higher)
BIO 168 BIO 165 (must complete the course with a grade of “C” or higher)
BIO 169 BIO 166 (must complete the course with a grade of “C” or higher)
ENG 112 ENG 113 or ENG 114 (must complete the course with a grade of “C” or higher)

Your faculty advisor must request that the substitution be made, and it must be approved by the Dean of Health Sciences. You should always consult with your advisor before taking a course other than the course required in the Associate Degree Nursing program plan. You may be required to provide a course syllabus for courses other than the one required by your program.

Please note: If BIO 168 and BIO 169 (or an equivalent course) has been completed prior to entry into the Associate Degree Nursing program, it must have been completed within five years from the first day of the fall semester of entering the program. Otherwise, the credits will be considered to have expired and will not count towards fulfilling Associate Degree Nursing degree requirements and will not count in the Associate Degree Nursing admission point system.

Contact Information

For any questions, please about the admission process or requirements, please contact:

Image of Andrea Smith
Andrea Smith, MA
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6459
adsmith365@wilkescc.edu
Image of Emily Orr
Emily Orr, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
Director of Nursing
Phone: 336-838-6573
edorr738@wilkescc.edu

Dental Assisting

The Dental Assisting program is a limited enrollment program that admits approximately 18 students once a year in the fall semester.

To maintain enrollment in the Dental Assisting program, a student must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the diploma. The first “D” or “F” earned will result in a student being withdrawn from the program.

Points for Ranking (completed during the MAR review)

  1. GPA: Grades from the most recently completed courses (Section A and Section B) are used to determine a Grade Point Average (GPA), and the GPA is then converted into a point value (based on an educational record point table).
    • Section A: Required high school or community college courses
      • One year/credit of a high school biology or college level BIO 110 or BIO 111
      • Overall grade on all high school English courses completed or ENG 111
    • Section B: General education courses in the Dental Assisting curriculum. Grades from any of the general education courses listed below that have been completed by the MAR review deadline date will be included in the GPA calculation.
      • COM 120 Intro to Interpersonal Communication
      • PSY 150 General Psychology
      • BIO 106 Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology/Microbiology
    • Program GPA Calculation:
      • When calculating your program GPA, the required courses (Section A) and the general education courses completed by the MAR review date (Section B) are calculated.
      • Grade points are awarded based upon the following scale:
        • 4 grade points for “A”
        • 3 grade points for “B”
        • 2 grade points for “C”
        • 1 grade point for “D”
        • 0 grade points for “F”
      • The grade points earned for the 2 required courses (Section A) and any general education courses completed (Section B) are tallied and divided by the total number of courses completed.
    • Please note the following:
      • If BIO 106, 163, 165, 166, 168, 169, or 175 (or an equivalent course) has been completed prior to entry into the Dental Assisting program, it must have been completed within five years from the first day of the fall semester of entering the program. Otherwise, the credits will be considered to have expired and will not count towards fulfilling Dental Assisting diploma requirements and will not count in the Dental Assisting admission point system.
      • When considering high school and college courses, the most recent grade (if a course has been repeated) will be counted in the point system calculation.
      • If an applicant has completed the two required courses (Section A) in high school or college with a grade of “C” or better, the applicant has met the admission requirement. However, if the student repeats the college equivalent for a course within Section A and receives a “D” or “F” then the most recent grade will count within the point system.
      • If an applicant has a “D” or “F” in any course within Section B, then the course will count in the point system but will not fulfill diploma requirements, as a grade of “C” or higher is required.
  2. Alternate Status: One (1) point per year is awarded based upon having been an alternate for the WCC Dental Assisting program during the two previous years. A maximum of two (2) points can be earned from this factor.

Applicants with the highest points will be accepted. In case of applicants with the same number of earned points, the applicant with the earlier MAR review date will be ranked higher. If a tie still exists, the applicant with the earlier application date will be ranked higher.

Notification Procedure

Accepted applicants will be notified by phone. These applicants will be required to attend a mandatory meeting to accept their position in the Dental Assisting program. Notification letters or emails will be sent to all alternates. Applicants who did not meet the minimum requirements, were not accepted, or declined admission and wish to be considered for the next available class must:

  1. Submit a new application.
  2. Attend another information session.
  3. Complete all admissions requirements for that application year.

CPR / Medical Form / Observation Hours

Applicants who are selected for admission to the Dental Assisting program must submit documentation of the following steps to Jennifer Hastings, Program Director/Lead Instructor of the Dental Assisting program, on the first day of class:

  1. CPR: Evidence of current CPR certification (must be Basic Life Support [BLS] – American Heart Association Healthcare Provider).
  2. Medical Form: Submission of the Wilkes Community College Student Medical Form which must be completed by a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. The form is given to you at the acceptance meeting.
  3. Observation Hours: Completion of 8 Dental Assisting observation hours. Applicants must complete 4 hours of job shadowing with an assistant in a general practice and 4 hours job shadowing with an assistant in a specialty practice. Observation hours are valid for two years.

Credit/Clock Hour Conversion Programs

WCC offers some programs that are considered credit/clock hour conversion programs based on federal regulations set by the U.S. Department of Education. These programs fall under this regulation because all the required credit hours are not acceptable or transferable into a two-year degree or college transfer program. If you are enrolled in one of the credit/clock hour programs and you have been awarded the Federal Pell Grant, your award payment may be less than what is indicated on your award letter. The Dental Assisting program is a credit/clock hour conversion program.

Orientation

Applicants who have been accepted into the Dental Assisting program will also be required to attend a mandatory Dental Assisting program orientation. The date of the orientation will be provided to applicants who are admitted to the program.

Notice of Clinical Requirements

WCC’s contractual agreements with each clinical site mandates that clinical agencies are responsible for declaring any requirements of students rotating through their facilities. These requirements include immunizations, a criminal background check, and drug screening. Therefore, students who do not comply with the agreements of each clinical affiliate will be placed only at those facilities in which the student has been cleared and all clinical requirements have been met. Selective placement due to non-compliance with all clinical requirements may limit the student’s overall clinical education experience but will allow for successful completion of program, clinical, and graduation requirements.

Individuals completing the Dental Assisting program are eligible to apply to take a national board examination, which they must pass in order to receive a certification. The licensing board does require information regarding conviction of a felony and/or misdemeanor and/or current charges on the application for certification and MAY DECIDE NOT TO CERTIFY an individual based on the result of an investigation of those particular charges.

Undocumented Immigrants

When considering whether to admit an undocumented immigrant into a specific program of study, community colleges shall take into account that federal law prohibits states from granting professional licenses to undocumented immigrants. Students lawfully present in the United States shall have priority over any undocumented immigrant in any class or program of study when capacity limitations exist. PLEASE NOTE: these procedures comply with numbered memo CC10-26, which was published by the North Carolina Community College System on July 12, 2010.

Related Course in Curriculum Course Approved for Substitution for the Dental Assisting Program
ACA 115 ACA 111 or ACA 122* (must complete the course with a grade of “C” or higher)
COM 120 COM 231* (must complete the course with a grade of “C” or higher)
BIO 106 BIO 165* + BIO 166* + BIO 175* or BIO 168* + BIO 169* + BIO 175* or BIO 163* + BIO 175* (must complete all courses with a grade of “C” or higher)

* Courses approved for transfer in the NC Comprehensive Articulation Agreement

Your faculty advisor must request that the substitution be made, and it must be approved by the Health Sciences Dean, Tammy Beck. You should always consult with your advisor before taking a course other than the course required in the Dental Assisting program plan. You may be required to provide a course syllabus for courses other than the one required by your program.

Please note: If BIO 106, 163, 165, 166, 168, 169, or 175 (or an equivalent course) has been completed prior to entry into the Dental Assisting program, it must have been completed within five years from the first day of the fall semester of entering the program. Otherwise, the credits will be considered to have expired and will not count towards fulfilling Dental Assisting diploma requirements and will not count in the Dental Assisting admission point system.

Contact Information

For any questions, please about the admission process or requirements, please contact:

Image of Andrea Smith
Andrea Smith, MA
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6459
adsmith365@wilkescc.edu
Image of Jennifer Hastings
Jennifer Hastings, MA,CDA
Lead Instructor of Dental Assisting
Phone: 336-838-6253
jrhastings018@wilkescc.edu

Emergency Medical Science

The Emergency Medical Science program is a limited enrollment program, and admission is restricted to the Fall 2024 semester. Applicants are accepted on a first-qualified, first-accepted basis as admission requirements are fully met. The total capacity of the EMS program is approximately 30-40 students.

Students must be 18 years old before the first day of the paramedic portion of the EMS program (the first spring semester of the program).

Accepted applicants will be notified by mail or by phone. Applicants who do not meet the minimum admission requirements must complete the following items to be considered for the next available class:

  1. Submit a new application.
  2. Complete all admissions requirements for that application year.

CPR / Medical Form

Applicants who are selected for admission to the EMS program must complete the following steps and submit to the Lead Instructor of EMS program by August 11, 2024, or class space will be forfeited:

  1. CPR: Evidence of current CPR certification (must be issued by American Heart Association Healthcare Provider).
  2. Medical Form: Submission of the Wilkes Community College Student Medical Form which must be completed by a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. The form is given to you upon acceptance into the EMS program.

Orientation

Applicants who have been accepted into the EMS program will also be required to attend a mandatory EMS program orientation. The date of the orientation will be provided to applicants who are admitted to the program.

Notice of Clinical Requirements

WCC’s contractual agreements with each clinical site mandates that clinical agencies are responsible for declaring any requirements of students rotating through their facilities. These requirements include but are not limited to the COVID-19 vaccine, a criminal background check and drug screening. Therefore, students who do not comply with the agreements of each clinical affiliate will be placed only at those facilities in which the student has been cleared and all clinical requirements have been met. Selective placement due to non-compliance with all clinical requirements may limit the student’s overall clinical education experience but will allow for successful completion of program, clinical, and graduation requirements.

Individuals completing the Emergency Medical Science program are eligible to apply to take a credentialing examination, which they must pass in order to receive a credential to practice. The credentialing board does require information regarding conviction of a felony and/or misdemeanor and/or current charges on the application for credential and MAY DECIDE NOT TO CREDENTIAL an individual based on the result of an investigation of those particular charges.

Undocumented Immigrants

When considering whether to admit an undocumented immigrant into a specific program of study, community colleges shall take into account that federal law prohibits states from granting professional licenses to undocumented immigrants. Students lawfully present in the United States shall have priority over any undocumented immigrant in any class or program of study when capacity limitations exist. PLEASE NOTE: these procedures comply with numbered memo CC10-26, which was published by the North Carolina Community College System on July 12, 2010.

Please contact the admission representative for the EMS program:

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Jackson Brown, BS
Student Activities Coordinator/Admissions Representative
Phone: 336-838-6142
jbrown320@wilkescc.edu

Contact Information

For any questions, please about the admission process or requirements, please contact:

Image of Jackson Brown
Jackson Brown, BS
Student Activities Coordinator/Admissions Representative
Phone: 336-838-6142
jbrown320@wilkescc.edu
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Sarah Triplett, BS Paramedic
Program Director of Emergency Medical Science (EMS)
Phone: 336-838-6238
sjtriplett091@wilkescc.edu

Radiography

The Radiography program is a limited enrollment program that admits approximately 10 students once a year in the fall semester.

Points for Ranking (completed during the MAR review)

    1. GPA: Grades (Section A and Section B) are used to determine a Program Grade Point Average (GPA), and the GPA is then converted into a point value (based upon an educational record point table).
      • Section A: Required high school or community college course:
        • High school biology or college level biology
      • Section B: General education courses in the Radiography curriculum: Grades from any of the general education courses listed below that have been completed by the MAR review deadline date will be included in the GPA calculation.
        • ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry
        • ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines
        • BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology
        • MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy
        • PSY 150 General Psychology
        • PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics
      • Please note the following:
        • When considering high school and college courses, the best grade (if a course has been repeated) will be counted in the point system calculation.
        • If BIO 163 (or an equivalent course) has been completed prior to entry into the Radiography program, it must have been completed within five years from the first day of the fall semester of entering the program. Otherwise, the credits will be considered to have expired and will not count towards fulfilling Radiography degree requirements and will not count in the  Radiography admission point system.
      • Program GPA Calculation:
        • When calculating your program GPA, the required course (Section A) and the general education courses completed by the MAR review date (Section B) are calculated.
        • Grade points are awarded based upon the following scale:
          • 4 grade points for “A”
          • 3 grade points for “B”
          • 2 grade points for “C”
          • 1 grade point for “D”
          • 0 grade points for “F”
        • The grade points earned for the required course (Section A) and any general education courses completed (Section B) are tallied and divided by the total number of courses completed.
    2. BIO 163: Points are awarded for completion with a grade of “A”, “B”, or “C”. When considering this course, the best grade will be counted in the point system calculation and the course must be completed by the applicant’s MAR review date. This course or its equivalent expires after 5 years.
      • 10 points for “A”
      • 6 points for “B”
      • 2 points for “C”
    3. MAT 143: Points are awarded for completion with a grade of “A”, “B”, or “C”. When considering this course, the best grade will be counted in the point system calculation and the course must be completed by the applicant’s MAR review date.
      • 5 points for “A”
      • 3 points for “B”
      • 1 point for “C”
    4. Alternate Status: One (1) point per year is awarded based upon having been an alternate for the WCC Radiography program during the two previous years. A maximum of two (2) points can be earned from this factor.

Applicants with the highest points will be accepted. In case of applicants with the same number of earned points, the applicant with the earlier MAR review date will be ranked higher. If a tie still exists, the applicant with the earlier application date will be ranked higher.

Notification Procedure

Accepted applicants will be notified by phone. These applicants will be required to attend a mandatory meeting to accept their position in the Radiography program. Notification letters or emails will be sent to all alternates. Applicants who did not meet the minimum requirements, were not accepted, or declined admission and wish to be considered for the next available class must:

      1. Submit a new application.
      2. Attend another information session.
      3. Complete all admissions requirements for that application year.

CPR / Medical Form

Applicants who are selected for admission to the Radiography program must submit documentation of the following steps to the Program Director/Lead Instructor of the Radiography program by the orientation date(s) listed in the acceptance letter. Failure to submit all required documentation will result in the withdrawal of the offer for a space in the Radiography program.

      1. CPR: Evidence of current CPR certification (must be Basic Life Support [BLS] – American Heart Association Healthcare Provider).
      2. Medical Form: Submission of the Wilkes Community College Student Medical Form which must be completed by a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. The form is given to you at the acceptance meeting.

Orientation

Applicants who have been accepted into the Radiography program will also be required to attend a mandatory Radiography program orientation. The date(s) of the orientation will be provided to applicants who are admitted to the program.

Notice of Clinical Requirements

WCC’s contractual agreements with each clinical site mandates that clinical agencies are responsible for declaring any requirements of students rotating through their facilities. These requirements include immunizations, a criminal background check, and drug screening. Therefore, students who do not comply with the agreements of each clinical affiliate will not be cleared for clinical experiences and will not be able to successfully complete program, clinical, and graduation requirements. Students are unable to complete required clinical competencies and experiences without being assigned to ALL clinical facilities.

Individuals completing the Radiography program are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist’s (ARRT) primary certification examination. The ARRT does require information regarding conviction of a felony and/or misdemeanor and/or current charges on the application for certification and MAY DECIDE NOT TO CERTIFY an individual based on the result of an investigation of those particular charges.

Undocumented Immigrants

When considering whether to admit an undocumented immigrant into a specific program of study, community colleges shall take into account that federal law prohibits states from granting professional licenses to undocumented immigrants. Students lawfully present in the United States shall have priority over any undocumented immigrant in any class or program of study when capacity limitations exist. PLEASE NOTE: these procedures comply with numbered memo CC10-26, which was published by the North Carolina Community College System on July 12, 2010.

Please contact the admission representative for the Radiography program:

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Amber Dillard, MSW, LCSW
Counselor/Health Sciences Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6229
agdillard803@wilkescc.edu

Related Course in Curriculum Course Approved for Substitution for the Radiography Program
ACA 115 ACA 122 (must complete the course with a grade of “C” or higher)
BIO 163 BIO 168 and BIO 169 or BIO 165 and BIO 166 (must complete both courses with a grade of “C” or higher)
ENG 112  ENG 113 or ENG 114 (must complete the course with a grade of “C” or higher)
MAT 143  MAT 152 or MAT 171 or an approved upper level math course (must complete the course with a grade of “C” or higher)

Your faculty advisor must request that the substitution be made, and it must be approved by the Health Sciences Dean, Tammy Beck. You should always consult with your advisor before taking a course other than the course required in the Radiography program plan. You may be required to provide a course syllabus for courses other than the one required by your program.

Please note: If BIO 163 (or an equivalent course) has been completed prior to entry into the Radiography program, it must have been completed within five years from the first day of the fall semester of entering the program. Otherwise, the credits will be considered to have expired and will not count