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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 sent to the Health Admissions Office for evaluation.
  • Current and returning students: Interested in changing their plan code must submit something in writing via fax (616.234.4317), postal mail or a plan code change form to the Health Admissions Office.

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

  • In most cases, the transcripts are no longer available. High Schools transcripts do not need to be official; so your school may fax them to the Health Admissions Office (616.234.4317)

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

  • Yes

4. How long is the wait list for.....? This information is current as of Fall 2015

  • Associate Degree Nursing - currently there is a 3 to 4 year wait
  • Advanced Standing Associate Degree Nursing (for Practical Nurses going for their ADN degree) - currently there is a 1 to 2 year wait
  • Dental Assisting - currently there is a one year wait
  • Dental Hygiene - currently there is a one or two year wait
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant - currently there is no wait list
  • Full Time Practical Nursing - currently there is a 6 month to 1 year wait
  • Radiologic Technology - currently there is a three to four year wait

4. Why are there wait lists in the first place?

  • 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. What are the prerequisites for …?

  • Students who want to enroll in the Associate Degree Nursing Program must be high school graduates or GED holders and must:
  1. Submit a copy of your high school transcripts or GED
  2. Have a high school GPA of 2.5 (or GED equivalent) or a College GPA of at least 2.0 for students with 12 or more college credits high school or college GPA of 2.5 or higher
  3. Have completed one year of high school biology and chemistry with a grade of C- or better or one semester of college biology (BI 101 or any BI with a lab) and chemistry (CHM 110 or higher) with a grade of C- or better
  4. Students whose GPA, ACT and/or Accuplacer score, place them into MA 098 or below, must meet the requirements for MA 098 with a grade of C- or higher to be eligible to apply
  5. Score at least 75% on the HESI admissions assessment test (math, reading, vocabulary and grammar)
  6. Submit Preliminary Background Check form (link below)
  7. Must have a negative 7-panel urine screen
  8. Must have successfully completed any required Academic Foundation Promgram courses with a grade of at least C- and be in good academic standing
  • Students who want to enroll in the Advanced Standing Associate Degree Nursing program must meet the requirements listed above for the ADN program, and have an unencumbered PN license
  • Students who want to enroll in the Dental Assisting program must be high school graduates or GED holders, and must:
  1. Submit a copy of your high school transcripts or GED
  2. Have a high school or college GPA of 2.0 or higher
  3. Score at least 40 on the algebra OR 38 on the arithmetic portion of the Accuplacer placement test
  4. Score at least at 64 on the reading portion of the Accuplacer placement test
  • Students who want to enroll in the Dental Hygiene program must be high school graduates or GED holders, and must:
  1. Submit a copy of your high school transcripts or GED
  2. Have a high school or college GPA of 2.0 or higher
  3. Have completed the 4 pre-dental hygiene science courses, BI121, BI122, BI127 and CM210 with a C- or better within two attempts
  • Students who want to enroll in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program must be high school graduates or GED holders, and must:
  1. Submit a copy of your high school transcripts or GED
  2. Have a high school or college GPA of 2.5 or higher
  3. Earn a grade of C- or higher in BI 121 and BI 122 within two attempts
  4. Earn a grade of C or higher in OT 102, Introduction to Occupational Therapy
  5. Score at least 40 on the algebra OR 65 on the arithmetic portion of the Accuplacer placement test
  6. Score at least at 74 on the reading portion of the Accuplacer placement test
  • Students who want to enroll in the Practical Nursing program must be high school graduates or GED holders, and must:
  1. Submit a copy of your high school transcripts or GED
  2. Have a high school GPA of 2.0 (or GED equivalent) or a College GPA of at least 2.0 for students with 12 or more college credits
  3. Score at least 75% on the HESI admissions assessment test (math, reading, vocabulary and grammar)
  4. Submit Preliminary Background Check form (link below)
  5. Must have a negative 7-panel urine screen
  6. Must have successfully completed any required Academic Foundation Promgram courses with a grade of at least C- and be in good academic standing
  • Students who want to enroll in the Radiological Technology program must be high school graduates or GED holders, and must:
  1. Be high school graduates or have passed the high school equivalency GED (General Educational Development) Test.
  2. Have a high school GPA of at least 2.0
  3. Have completed one year of high school algebra with a grade of C- or better or one semester of college algebra with a grade of C- or better (Suitable equivalent courses are available at GRCC for college credit)
  4. Earn a grade of C- or higher in BI 121 and BI 122 within two attempts
  5. Score at least 40 on the algebra OR 65 on the arithmetic portion of the Accuplacer placement test
  6. Score at least 74 on the reading portion of the Accuplacer placement test
  7. Students with felony convictions may be prevented from taking the national registry examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. This may impact employment options following completion of the RT program.  If you think this might apply to you, then you should complete the Ethics Review Pre-Application.

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. For non-Nursing programs, the tests may be waived on the basis of past coursework, or recent (within the last five years) ACT or SAT scores.
  • Nursing students are required to take the HESI test instead of the health math and/or reading tests. The HESI test can not be waived.

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.

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.

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 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 Dental Hygiene program has a third, prerequisite year during which the student takes all the sciences (BI 121, 122, 127 and CM 210) necessary for the program. If the sciences are not complete, the student will not be allowed into clinicals.
  • 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.