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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I apply for a health program?

  • New students: Must go through the regular admissions process first; after being admitted to the college, the application and transcripts are obtained by the Health Admissions Office for evaluation.
  • Current and returning students: Interested in changing their plan code must submit a Health Plan Code Change form (see forms) via fax (616.234.4317), postal mail, email, or in person to the Health Admissions Office.

2. I attended GRCC before, why do I have to submit new transcripts?

  • In some cases, the transcripts are no longer available. High Schools transcripts do not need to be official; so your school may fax or email them to the Health Admissions Office.

3. Are there waiting lists to get into GRCC health programs?

  • Yes

4. How long is the wait? (current as of Fall 2015)

  • Associate Degree Nursing - 3 to 4 years
  • Advanced Standing Associate Degree Nursing (for Practical Nurses going for their ADN degree) - 1 to 2 years
  • Practical Nursing - 1 year (or less)
  • Dental Assisting - 1 year
  • Dental Hygiene - 1 year
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant - 6 months to 1 year
  • Radiologic Technology - 3 to 4 years

4. Why are there wait lists?

  • The programs are restricted in the number of students that can enter them at a time due to the student-teacher ratio that must be maintained. Additionally there is limited classroom and clinical space, to expand the programs.

5. Do I have to apply for the wait list?

  • No. Once a student in a health program code has completed all of the prerequisite requirements according to the current catalog they are added to the waiting list for that program.

6. Why do I have to take the health math and/or reading tests?

  • The tests are not meant to exclude anyone from any program. They are required to assure the health division that students will be successful in their respective programs. The reading test is to assure that students are able to read at the level which the textbooks are written and the math tests are to assure that the student has the essential skills required by the program.
  • Students are given three chances to take the test, just to ensure that there is no data or outside influence error. If unsuccessful after three attempts, the students are required to take a class to bring their skill levels up to the required math/reading level.
  • Each file is evaluated on an individual basis. The tests may be waived on the basis of past coursework, or recent (within the last five years) ACT or SAT scores.

7. What do I do while waiting for a position in my program?

  • You do not have to be attending college while on the wait list. However, many of our students take their general education classes such as English, psychology, human anatomy, etc. while waiting in order to make their actual clinical time less hectic.
  • Please be sure to keep your contact information updated in the system.

8. Who will counsel me while I am on the wait list?

  • Since there is no counselor in the health division itself, our regular counseling office will be able to provide assistance in this area. All of our counselors are familiar with our health programs and have great expertise in the area of health. To set up an appointment please contact the counseling office at 616/234-3900.

9. How will I know when there is a position for me in my program?

  • You will be sent a letter when your position is available, it is important that you keep your address with the college updated. Failure to respond to the letter within 30 days will cause your removal from the wait list. To get back on the list you may have to reapply and you will be placed at the bottom of the list.
  • The letter will require you to contact the respective health office and make an appointment for an EDP (Educational Development Plan). If you do not respond, as mentioned above, you will be removed from the list. If you make an appointment and do not keep the appointment, you will be removed from the list.

10. What certificate or degree will I receive when I finish my program? And how long will it take?

  • The Associate Degree Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Radiologic Technology are two year associate degree programs; the Dental Assisting and Practical Nursing are one year certificate programs. The Dental Hygiene is a three year associate degree program.
  • The Dental Assisting program can also be done as an associate degree program at the student's option with the student taking the general education courses necessary to obtain the associate degree.
  • The Licensed Practical Nursing is a full time, one year certificate program.

Important Note:  Health students must submit to a preliminary criminal background check, which is a prerequisite for getting on the waiting list for all programs; more information and the Preliminary Background Check form are available on the Backgound Check Information page.  There is no charge for this preliminary background check.  Additionally the Nursing and the Radiologic Technology program students must submit to a drug screen as well.  Further, you will have to submit to a fingerprint scan prior to entering the clinical/fieldwork component of the chosen program.  There is a $63 charge for fingerprinting.