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 Dental Assisting, Emergency Medical Science, or Radiography, contact:

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Wendy Nichols, BS
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6136
Fax: 336-903-3211
wdnichols077@wilkescc.edu

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

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Andrea Smith, MA
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6459
adsmith365@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

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 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 CERTIFIY 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 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
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 competen cies and experiences without being assigned to ALL clinical facilities.

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.

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 2023.

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 (wit