Entry into the following Health Science programs at SUNY Broome Community College is based on a competitive admissions process: Clinical Laboratory Technician (online or campus based), Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Histological Technician, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Nursing:Evening/Weekender, Physical Therapist Assistant and Radiologic Technology.
The above programs begin with the fall semester only, except the Clinical Laboratory Technician (On-line Option) programs which begin with the spring semester only and the Nursing Evening/Weekender program, which is offered every other spring semester in even years. The next three semesters into which the Nursing Evening/Weekend program will be admitting students begin in January 2020, January 2022, January 2024.
What academic preparation is needed for admission consideration?
Applicants to the above listed Health Science programs must have specific academic background in math and sciences, either from high school or at the college level, to be considered for admission. The required math level and science course background vary by degree program. Degree programs have minimum grades required for admission consideration. Prerequisite courses “in progress” will not be considered when admission decisions are made. More information about the required academic preparation for these programs (pdf).
What is the Competitive Admissions Process?
The Competitive Admissions process compares the academic strength of applicants with respect to the academic preparation required for a specific Health Science program. An Admissions Committee assesses each applicant’s academic performance in the math and science background required for the Competitive Health Science program to which they have applied. Offers of admission are made based on an applicant’s academic strength (grades in prerequisite subjects and high school average or college GPA) compared to other applicants and the number of seats available in a particular program. Meeting the minimum math level and science course background does not guarantee admission.
When can an applicant apply and what is the deadline to complete the application process?
The Admissions Office begins taking applications to the spring and fall semesters on September 15 of the year preceding entry.
For first consideration to the competitive programs beginning in the Fall semester, an application form and all official academic records (transcripts) required by the College must be received in the Admissions Office by March 1. (Incomplete applications will not be considered.) The Admissions Office will begin making early offers of admission to a select number of highly qualified applicants after the March 1 deadline. Applications received or completed after March 1 will be considered if a specific program remains open.
For first consideration to the Clinical Laboratory Technician program (beginning with the Spring semester), an Application Form and all official academic transcripts required by the College must be received in the Admissions Office by October 25. Applications to the Clinical Laboratory Technician On-line program will still be considered after this deadline on a rolling admissions basis until the first week of January should space still be available in the program.
For admission consideration to the Nursing Evening/Weekender program, which is offered every other spring semester on even numbered years, an Application Form and all official academic transcripts required by the College must be received in the Admissions Office by November 1st. Applications will still be considered after this deadline should seats still be available in the Evening/Weekend Nursing program.
What if an applicant does not have the necessary academic preparation for admission consideration or is not admitted through the competitive admissions process?
Health Science applicants who do not have the necessary academic preparation for admission consideration or who are not admitted through the competitive admissions process, may enroll in preparatory courses to meet entrance requirements or to strengthen their academic background for future admission consideration via our Health Studies Program. However, students who choose this option will still need to go through the competitive admissions process. Completion of preparatory coursework does not guarantee future admission to a Health Science program.
Advisement is available to assist students in selecting appropriate preparatory coursework and planning a timetable for future admission consideration. Applicants may also choose other degree or certificate programs offered at SUNY Broome Community College. Career counseling is also available to students who wish to explore other career options. Call the Admissions Office to discuss these options at 607-778-5001.
What additional information should applicants know about who are pursuing a Health Science program of study?
Graduates of programs in the Health Sciences must meet the criteria established for each profession for good moral character. Individuals who have been found guilty of a felony, or pleaded guilty to a felony, may not meet eligibility requirements for certification and/or licensure by some agencies and organizations. In some cases, this means that an individual would not be able to be employed in that health science field. Some certification or licensure agencies may grant waivers based on mitigating circumstances. Contact the relevant certifying or licensing agency directly for more information about eligibility.
For more information about the required academic preparation for these programs, view the Academic Preparation for Admissions section of the SUNY Broome General Catalog.