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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s) ABOUT HEALTH SERVICES PROGRAMS AT CVCC

Many of CVCC's Health Services programs require a competitive admission process. These programs include Associate Degree Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Electroneurodiagnostics Technology, Emergency Medical Science, Health Information Technology, Polysomnography, Radiography, Respiratory Therapy, and Surgical Technology.  Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions that will help you explore these programs. 

Who is eligible to apply for a health services program?

Does applying to a health services program require a separate application form from the Catawba Valley Community College application for admission?

What is the deadline to apply for a health services program?

Does CVCC have "waiting lists" for health services programs?

When will I be notified of my application status?

How competitive is admission to a health services program?

What selection criteria does CVCC use in accepting applicants to health services programs?

How long will it take to complete a health services program?

Do I need a criminal background check to apply to a health services program?

If I have a criminal history, will it impact my admission into a health services program at CVCC?

Will a criminal history impact my ability to get a job in healthcare?

Is CPR certification required to apply to a health services program?

What CPR certifications are acceptable?

Is Certified Nursing Assistant I required to get into the nursing program at CVCC?

If I am not accepted into a health services program, will I automatically be considered for admission the next year?

Are any of the Health Services programs offered at night?

Can I pursue a health services program on a part-time basis?

Can I work full-time while pursuing a health services program?

Where are the classes taught?

Can I begin these programs during any semester?

If I transfer courses from another college, will I be able to finish a health services program faster?

Can I use CLEP credit?

Am I guaranteed acceptance into a Health Services program?

Can I get a job when I complete a health services program?

Are these programs difficult/demanding?

Can I participate in sports and other extra-curricular activities while in a health services program?

If I have more questions, what do I do?

 

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Who is eligible to apply for a health services program?
Eligibility criteria vary among programs; however, the typical applicant is a high school graduate.  The only exception is the certificate program in Polysomnography, which requires an A.A.S. degree in a health-related field.

Does applying to a health services program require a separate application form from the Catawba Valley Community College application for admission?
No. Applicants complete a CVCC application and meet with a counselor in Student Services to declare a health program as their intended major. Students may apply to only two (2) health services programs.

What is the deadline to apply for a health services program?
Not all programs have the same application deadlines.  Please refer to the 2012 Application Deadline Dates for more information.

Does CVCC have "waiting lists" for health services programs?
No. Applications are accepted each year. Applicants not accepted need to re-apply the following year.

When will I be notified of my application status?
Notification varies depending upon the program to which you apply.  Most fall start programs will send notification letters and/or e-mail in May or June.  Letters are mailed to the address you put on your CVCC application.

How competitive is admission to a health services program?
Competitiveness depends on the number of applicants, the quality of the applicant pool, and the current status of the job market. Most programs have about 2-3 applicants for every space available in the program.  The Nursing program may have 10 or more applicants per space available.  Competiveness will vary from year to year with each applicant pool.

What selection criteria does CVCC use in accepting applicants to health services programs?
The criteria used to select applicants for admission is outlined in the admission packets for each health services program.  Refer to the web page for each health program to review the admission selection criteria. 

How long will it take to complete a health services program?
Refer to the admission packets located on the programs web pages for program length. Program length varies among programs. Additional time may be needed to: complete minimum requirements in English, math, or science; complete pre-requisite coursework; and increase competitiveness.   Some health services programs may be completed in as little as three semesters (Surgical Technology-Diploma), but most take five or more semesters.

Do I need a criminal background check to apply to a health services program?
Criminal background checks are not required for admission purposes; however, clinical facilities may require criminal background checks, drug screenings, credit checks, professional license checks, and/or proof of US citizenship prior to or during participation in the clinical portion of a program. Any expenses associated with these checks are the responsibility of the student. Pending the outcome, clinical facilities may deny a student the opportunity to complete the clinical portion of a program. A student who is unable to complete the clinical portion of a program will not be able to graduate. 

If I have a criminal history, will it impact my admission into a health services program at CVCC?
CVCC faculty and staff do not review any criminal records and do not determine eligibility for admission based on the results of a background check. However, eligibility for clinical placement based on criminal history is the responsibility of the clinical facilities.  Please note:  If a clinical facility will not allow a student to participate in clinical activities based on a criminal background check, the student will not be able to continue in his/her program of study and will, therefore, not be able to graduate.  If a student questions whether or not his/her criminal background check will allow participation in clinical, he/she should discuss this issue with the department head of their program of study.

Will a criminal history impact my ability to get a job in healthcare?
Criminal background checks, drug screenings, credit checks, professional license checks, and/or proof of US citizenship may be required after graduation by examination boards, state licensing boards, and employing agencies. Pending the outcome, a graduate may be disqualified from examination eligibility, state licensure, and/or employment.  If a student has questions regarding his/her ability to become licensed in a health care discipline, he/she should contact the appropriate state licensing board for more information.

Is CPR certification required to apply to a health services program?
CPR certification is a requirement to apply for some health services programs. Refer to the admission packets located on the program web pages to confirm this requirement. 

What CPR certifications are acceptable?
Refer to the admission packets located on the health programs pages for an explanation of the required CPR certification.

Is Certified Nursing Assistant I required to get into the nursing program at CVCC?
C.N.A. is not required to be accepted to the nursing program; however, it is required to be completed before the first day of class once a student is accepted into the nursing program.  After initial acceptance to the nursing program, but before the first day of class, the student must provide to the CVCC Department of Nursing proof of a North Carolina Certified Nurse Aide I certification and be currently listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry with no substantiated finding of resident abuse, resident neglect or misappropriation of resident property in a Nursing Facility. The North Carolina Certified Nurse Aide I Training Program must include theory, lab, and clinical components. If an applicant has taken the Certified Nurse Aide I Program in a state other than North Carolina, this will be considered on an individual basis. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to show documentation that the course he/she has completed contained a theory, clinical, and lab component. If an applicant’s original C.N.A. has lapsed, it is the applicant’s responsibility to take the necessary steps to renew the C.N.A. and be listed again on the state registry.

If I am not accepted into a health services program, will I automatically be considered for admission the next year?
No. If you are not accepted into a health program the year you apply, you must re-apply to be eligible for the next selection year by visiting with a counselor in Student Services by the application deadline date for the next year.

Are any of the Health Services programs offered at night?
No.  All health services programs are considered day programs; however, general education and technical core courses can be taken at night prior to being accepted into a health program.  The core courses, taken only after acceptance into a health program, are available only during the day.  Clinical hours can be Monday through Saturday, day and/or evening, depending on their particular program. An evening option program in nursing is contingent upon funding and will be determined each year.

Can I pursue a health services program on a part-time basis?
Before being accepted into a health services program, students can take general education courses on a part-time basis. Once accepted into a health services program, class, lab, and/or clinical hours may be scheduled M-S, as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as 7:00 p.m.  Polysomnography clinicals are scheduled at night. 

Can I work full-time while pursuing a health services program?
It is not advisable to work while in a health program due to the amount of time needed for class, lab, and clinical hours as well as the necessary study time to be successful in a health program.  However, the decision to work while in school is left up to the individual student.  Students must decide what is best for them based on their program of study, their particular learning style, and their personal needs at the time.

Where are the classes taught?
The majority of classes are taught on the main CVCC campus. However, clinical hours will be conducted at a variety of clinical sites in Catawba County and/or in surrounding counties. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical sites.

Can I begin these programs during any semester?
No. Health programs typically begin in the fall semester each year.

If I transfer courses from another college, will I be able to finish a health services program faster?
No.  Since all core courses for each health program are taken in a sequence and are offered on a limited basis, previous course work will not reduce the length of time required to complete a health services program.  Courses completed prior to acceptance into a health program may, however, lighten your course load each semester.  Transcripts from other colleges will be evaluated after all college transcripts have been received by CVCC.  Transfer of major/core course work (ex. NUR, RAD, DEN, etc.) will be determined by the director of that program after a student has been accepted into a health services program.

Can I use CLEP credit?
Earned CLEP (College Level Examination Program) credit can be used to satisfy course work for minimum admission requirements; however, CLEP credit will not give a student points in the selection process.

Am I guaranteed acceptance into a Health Services program?
No. Unfortunately, not everyone who applies will get accepted due to the number of applicants and the number of spaces available in each program.  Students should have a back-up plan or be prepared to apply for the next year’s program and work on earning additional points for that selection year.

Can I get a job when I complete a health services program?
Due to the current economic climate, the placement of graduates in full-time jobs is not guaranteed; graduates who cannot find full-time employment but are willing to be flexible and accept part-time or weekend employment, often find that these part-time positions turn into full-time positions in the future.  Graduates who are not employed locally, find employment in larger cities and nearby states.  (It is the student’s responsibility to research whether or not a medical license may or may not be transferrable in other states).

Are these programs difficult/demanding?
Yes. The college must prepare students for clinical experiences and passing their licensure exams.  Acceptance to a health services program is highly competitive and selective.

Can I participate in sports and other extra-curricular activities while in a health services program?
It is not advisable to do so due to the amount of time needed for class, lab, and clinical hours as well as the necessary study time to be successful in a health program.  However, the decision to participate in these activities is up to the individual student.  In the past, students who have elected to participate in sports have not been successful in a health services program.

If I have more questions, what do I do?
The Degrees and Programs and Admissions links found on the CVCC website offer valuable information to students seeking admission into a health services program. If you still have questions, you may contact a counselor in Student Services, an advisor in the Advising Center, the Director of Health Services Admissions, and the directors of any health services programs.









 

 




 



 



 
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