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

Image of Wendy Nichols
Wendy Nichols, BS
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6136
Fax: 336-903-3211
wdnichols077@wilkescc.edu
Image of Sabrina Bowman
Sabrina Bowman, MA
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor/Student Life Coordinator
Phone: 336-838-6142
sabowman606@wilkescc.edu

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.

To maintain enrollment in the Associate Degree Nursing program, a student must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the degree. The first “D” or “F” earned will result in a student being withdrawn from the program. Please refer to the readmission/transfer policy if interested in reapplying for the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Students should be at least 18 years of age at the start of the Associate Degree Nursing program for Fall 2022.

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 BIO 110 or BIO 111 and BIO 112
      • High school chemistry or college CHM 130 and CHM 130A or CHM 151 and CHM 152
    • 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 ten (10) points can be earned from this factor, if the course meets the five-year requirement.
    • BIO 168:
      • 5 points for grade of “A”
      • 3 points for grade of “B”
      • 1 point for grade of “C”
    • BIO 169:
      • 5 points for grade of “A”
      • 3 points for grade of “B”
      • 1 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 500 hours of paid employment as a Certified Nurse Aide I (CNA I) 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 the Health Sciences Admissions Advisor/Student Life Coordinator, Sabrina Bowman. 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, 2022 (excluding 500 working hours, though it is recommended that you have some working experience as a CNA I). Only applicants that are currently listed as a CNA I in NC with no substantiated finding of resident abuse, resident neglect, or misappropriation of resident property in a Nursing Facility and provide documentation of 500 hours of paid employment by their MAR review date will receive additional points in the ranking and selection process.
    • 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:
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      Misty Marshburn, MSN, RN
      Director of Health Occupations and Nurse Aide Training
      Phone: 336-838-6214
      mmmarshburn430@wilkescc.edu
  6. 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, 2022): Evidence of current CPR certification (must be Basic Life Support [BLS] – American Heart Association Healthcare Provider).
  2. Medical Form (due May 15, 2022): 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, 2022): Submission of up-to-date immunizations required by the Associate Degree Nursing program. For information regarding required vaccinations, contact Emily Orr.
  4. CNA (due July 18, 2022): 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, MSN, RN
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 Criminal Background Check

Applicants admitted to the program will be required to submit criminal background checks and drug screenings as directed by affiliated clinical agencies. A criminal background check and drug screen is required before clinical placements which are necessary to complete the Associate Degree Nursing program. Students who are unable to complete required clinical placements will be dismissed from the program for failure to make satisfactory progress. Individuals completing the Associate Degree Nursing program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN, which they must pass in order to receive a license to practice. The North Carolina Board of Nursing 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.

This information will be added soon.

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)
HUM 115 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (one 3 credit hour course; cannot be a Foreign Language or Social Science; 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, Billy Woods. 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 Sabrina Bowman
Sabrina Bowman, MA
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor/Student Life Coordinator
Phone: 336-838-6142
sabowman606@wilkescc.edu
Image of Emily Orr
Emily Orr, MSN, RN
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.

Students admitted in the evening option are subject to the same admission and progression criteria as a day schedule student. This six-semester option is part-time and flexible, but students MUST be able to take the required clinical rotation courses (semesters 5 and 6) during daytime hours.

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 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 / 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.

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.

This information will be added soon.

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, Billy Woods. 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 Wendy Nichols
Wendy Nichols, BS
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6136
Fax: 336-903-3211
wdnichols077@wilkescc.edu
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Jennifer Hastings, MA,CDA
Lead Instructor - 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 2021 semester. Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as admission requirements are fully met. The total capacity of the EMS program is approximately 30-40 students.

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

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 13, 2021, 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 Criminal Background Check

Students admitted to the program will be required to submit criminal background checks and drug screenings as directed by affiliated clinical agencies. A criminal background check and drug screen is required by some agencies before clinical placements which are necessary to complete the Emergency Medical Science program and Emergency Medical Science Bridge program. Students who are unable to complete required clinical placements will be dismissed from the program for failure to make satisfactory progress. Individuals completing the Emergency Medical Science program and Emergency Medical Science Bridge 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.

This information will be added soon.

This information will be added soon.

Contact Information

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

Image of Wendy Nichols
Wendy Nichols, BS
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6136
Fax: 336-903-3211
wdnichols077@wilkescc.edu
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Sarah Triplett, BS
Lead Instructor - Emergency Medical Services (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.

To maintain enrollment in the Radiography program, a student must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the degree. 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
      • High school biology or college level BIO 110 or BIO 111 and BIO 112
      • High school chemistry or college level CHM 130 and CHM 130A or CHM 151 and CHM 152
    • 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
    • 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 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.
      • 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.
  2. BIO 163: One (1) point will be awarded for successful completion of a “C” or higher. When considering this course, the most recent 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.
  3. 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 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

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.

Notice of Criminal Background Check

Applicants admitted to the program will be required to submit criminal background checks and drug screenings as directed by affiliated clinical agencies. A criminal background check and drug screen is required before clinical placements which are necessary to complete the Radiography program. Students who are unable to complete required clinical placements will be dismissed from the program for failure to make satisfactory progress. 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.

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.

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.

This information will be added soon.

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)
PHI 240  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (one 3 credit hour course; cannot be a Foreign Language; 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, Billy Woods. 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 towards fulfilling Radiography degree requirements and will not count in the Radiography admission point system.

Contact Information

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

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Wendy Nichols, BS
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6136
Fax: 336-903-3211
wdnichols077@wilkescc.edu
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Linda Wilkes, MSRS RRA RT (R) (CT)
Director of Radiography
Phone: 336-838-6490
ljwilkes312@wilkescc.edu
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Courtney Lackey, BSRT (R) (M) (VS)
Clinical Coordinator of Radiography Program
Phone: 336-838-6438
cwlackey428@wilkescc.edu

Respiratory Therapy

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

To maintain enrollment in the Respiratory Therapy program, a student must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the degree. 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
      • High school biology or BIO 110 or BIO 111 and BIO 112
      • High school chemistry or CHM 130 and CHM 130A or CHM 151 and CHM 152
    • Section B: General education courses in the Respiratory Therapy 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 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology
      • ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry
      • ENG 112 Writing/Research
      • PSY 150 General Psychology
      • COM 120 Intro to Interpersonal Communication
      • PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics
    • 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 163 (or an equivalent course) has been completed prior to entry into the Respiratory Therapy 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 Respiratory Therapy degree requirements and will not count in the Respiratory Therapy 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.
  2. Alternate Status: One (1) point per year is awarded based upon having been an alternate for the WCC Respiratory Therapy 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 Respiratory Therapy 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

Applicants who are selected for admission to the Respiratory Therapy program must submit documentation of the following steps to the Clinical Education Coordinator by 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.

Orientation

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

Notice of Criminal Background Check

Applicants admitted to the program will be required to submit criminal background checks and drug screenings as directed by affiliated clinical agencies. A criminal background check and drug screen is required by some agencies before clinical placements, which are necessary to complete the Respiratory Therapy program. Students who are unable to complete required clinical placements will be dismissed from the program for failure to make satisfactory progress. 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.

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.

This information will be added soon.

Related Course in Curriculum Course Approved for Substitution for the Respiratory Therapy 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)
COM 120 COM 231 (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, Billy Woods. You should always consult with your advisor before taking a course other than the course required in the Respiratory Therapy 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 Respiratory Therapy 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 Respiratory Therapy degree requirements and will not count in the Respiratory Therapy admission point system.

Contact Information

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

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Wendy Nichols, BS
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6136
Fax: 336-903-3211
wdnichols077@wilkescc.edu
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Billy Woods, MAEd,RCP,RRT,RRT-NPS
Dean-Health Sciences & Director-Respiratory Therapy
Phone: 336-838-6496
wdwoods000@wilkescc.edu