Admission requirements are unique for each of Wytheville Community College’s Health Professions programs. In addition to submitting the official application for college admission, you must also complete the online Health Professions Application, and complete ALL admission requirements for your intended program of study
Selective Admission Programs
- Dental Hygiene
- Medical Laboratory Technology
- Nursing (RN)
- Nursing Advanced Placement (LPN-RN Bridge)
- Physical Therapy Assistant
- Practical Nursing (wait list)
The Health Professions Requirements Grid summarizes the requirements for admission to each Health Professions Program.
Selective Admissions Procedures for Health Professions Programs
Step One - Complete College and Health Program Applications
- Applicants from other VCCS colleges must also apply to WCC (using your existing VCCS Student ID)
- The standard deadline for consideration for fall admission is February 15 (Extended to February 17, 2020). The deadline for the LPN-RN Bridge program is November 1 (Extended to December 2, 2019). All application requirements must be completed by this deadline and all application materials must be received or postmarked to the WCC Admissions and Records Office by the deadline to be considered. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all materials have been received by the deadline. Any materials postmarked or received via mail, email, fax, or other delivery methods after the deadline will NOT be accepted. There are no exceptions to this deadline.
Step Two - Transcripts
_____ Request official transcripts from high school, GED, and all colleges previously attended and have them sent directly to the following address:
Admissions and Records
Wytheville Community College
1000 East Main Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
- Note: Transcripts from other Virginia Community Colleges are not required
- Official (sealed) transcripts can be either mailed to WCC from the originating institution or accepted from the student, provided that the transcript is official and the original envelope seal remains intact.
Step Three – Determine Math and English Placement (if required)
_____ Complete Virginia Placement Tests (VPT) for Math and English (if required)
- Students who have completed the equivalent of MTH 154 and/or ENG 111 or higher; submitted qualifying official SAT, ACT, or AP test scores or high school GPA from within the past 5 years; or who have submitted official college transcripts showing equivalent transferrable Math and/or English coursework can be exempt from taking the respective placement tests.
- Test scores are valid for 5 years. Students who have taken older versions of the placement tests but have not yet completed college-level Math and English must take the VPT.
Step Four – All Developmental/Prerequisite courses must be complete by the deadline
_____ Enroll in any developmental or prerequisite courses needed; academic advisors are available in the Student Services 1Stop to assist you, call 276-223-4758 or log in to Navigate from My.WCC to schedule an appointment.
- Students applying to Nursing (RN) that are not able to complete prerequisite courses by February 15, should complete requirements by June 1 to be considered in the second round if the program is not filled by the February 15 applicant pool.
Step Five – Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
- TEAS V
Nursing (RN): TEAS tests taken for Nursing (RN) will be scored using a national percentile score; students must receive at least a 45th national percentile score to be considered for the Nursing (RN) or (LPN-RN) program. If the student does not achieve at least a 45th national percentile score, he/she will not be eligible to be included in the selective admission pool. Scores from any TEAS test taken for Nursing (RN) cannot be used for application to any other health program.
- TEAS – AH
Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Technology, and Physical Therapy Assistant: Applicants to these health programs will be scored according to an “Adjusted Individual Score”. There is no minimum score required for entry into the selective admissions pool for these programs, but higher scores will secure additional points on the scoring rubric for the particular program for which the student applies. Scores from all TEAS attempts submitted for application to these health programs will be included in the student’s application file but only the highest qualifying score will be used in calculating points for the rubric.
- Testing schedules and study information. There is no limit to the number of times that the TEAS may be taken for any particular program, but you must wait at least 30 days between testing attempts. TEAS scores are valid for 3 years.
Step Six – Observation Hours/Other Requirements
_____ Dental Hygiene (16 hours) and Physical Therapy Assistant (12 hours) require shadowing hours be completed before the February 15 deadline.
_____ LPN-RN Bridge requires additional documentation of the LPN license and transcript and completion of the nursing prerequisite courses.
- The Admissions and Records Office will review files and determine which candidates meet the minimum requirements and are eligible to be considered for program admission. The health program department heads will determine selection for offers of admission. Candidates are scored based on the discipline-specific criteria for admissions.
- For programs requiring a pre-admission interview, the Admissions and Records Office will send a letter to candidates with information regarding the interview time and date. Failure to show at the interview will remove you from the selective process.
- Students will be notified by letter of admission status as follows: SELECTED for admission, an ALTERNATE for admission, or NOT SELECTED for admission. Decisions will not be made until all completed candidate files have been reviewed; letters will be sent in early April. Students not selected for admission or who decline a slot may choose to reapply for the following year by completing the Health Professions Application for that year.
Background checks for criminal history and sex offender crimes against minors are required by most programs for entrance into some clinical agencies. Students with convictions may be prohibited from clinical practice, may be ineligible to sit for required licensure examinations, and may not complete the program. Clinical agencies may require drug testing before placement of students for clinical rotations. Students with positive drug test results may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program. The cost for criminal background checks and drug testing will be the responsibility of the student. Criminal background check and drug screening information will be sent to admitted candidates after final admission decisions have been made.