Volunteer State Community College has an open door admissions policy. We strongly suggest, however, that applicants graduate from an accredited high school. A strong high school academic preparation is very important. We recommend that high school students interested in an Health Sciences Career take at least three years of math, including algebra I, II, one year of biology, and one year of chemistry. Other physical and natural sciences would also be very helpful to the Health Sciences applicant.
All applicants under 21 years of age are required to take the ACT or SAT examination. Applications to some Health Sciences programs, regardless of age, who have not previously been tested, may be required to take the College's placement examinations in reading, writing, and mathematics.
The number of students admitted to each of the Health Sciences Career Education Programs is limited. There are usually more applicants than spaces available. Admission to each of the programs is based on several factors including: successful completion of the admission requirements and interviews with an admissions committee of professionals in the appropriate field. The number of applicants admitted to each Health Sciences program is limited by several factors including: the number of spaces available for clinical training, the predicted number of positions available in the health care industry for graduates, and enrollment limitations imposed by accreditation agencies.
Students wishing to enter any Health Sciences Degree/Certificate program must have the following on file in the Office of Admissions and Records:
- Application to the College
- Some programs may require a VSCC medical history report
- ACT or SAT scores if under 21 years of age
- Pre Health Sciences Interest form
- All high school transcripts or HSE scores
- Transcripts from other colleges attended
- Appropriate Placement Test results (if applicable), and
- Other requested documents, records, and tests.
Application deadlines for the Health Sciences programs vary. For information about a specific program's application process and deadline contact the appropriate Program Director.
Time & Financial Requirements
Health Sciences Career programs include course work in the clinical setting which requires that students be available during clinical hours often totaling up to 40 hours per week. It is usually not possible to participate in the professional portion of most of the Health Sciences Career programs on a part-time basis. Clinical assignments are during periods appropriate to the professions and may include day, evening, and weekend hours. Expenses related to assigned clinical courses such as medical exams, liability insurance, medical insurance, uniforms, meals, travel and other items specific to each career area should be expected. All of these expenses are the student's responsibility.
Only students who have been screened and admitted into the programs of study in Health Sciences will be permitted to register for professional level courses in each discipline.