The John B. Wallace Health Sciences Division offers degree and certificate programs which are designed to prepare students for a career in specific health care occupations. The programs range from one semester to two academic years (6 to 24 months) in length.
The number of students admitted to each of the Health Sciences Career Education Programs is limited. There are usually more applicants than spaces available. Admission to each of the programs is based on several factors including: successful completion of the admission requirements and interviews with an admissions committee of professionals in the appropriate field. The number of applicants admitted to each Health Sciences program is limited by several factors including: the number of spaces available for clinical training, the predicted number of positions available in the health care industry for graduates, and enrollment limitations imposed by accreditation agencies.
Students wishing to enter any Health Sciences Degree/Certificate program must have the following on file in the Office of Admissions and Records:
- Application to the College
- Some programs may require a VSCC medical history report
- ACT or SAT scores if under 21 years of age
- All high school transcripts or HSE scores
- Transcripts from other colleges attended
- Appropriate Placement Test results (if applicable)
- Other requested documents, records, and tests.
Application deadlines for the Health Sciences programs vary. For information about a specific program's application process and deadline contact the appropriate Program Director.
Student Background Check
All students will be required to complete a criminal background check upon formal acceptance in an Health Sciences program. The results of the background check will be forwarded to the Clinical Affiliations Specialist at Vol State. Please take a look at our Background Check Requirements and steps on how to get your results submitted.
Students seeking enrollment in the Health Sciences Programs requiring participation in clinical training in area hospitals and related clinics must provide evidence of having passed a 10-panel urine drug screen prior to official acceptance/enrollment in the Program. Find out more information about the screening procedures and locations.
The Division also offers a variety of professional advancement opportunities beyond degree/certificate programs. These include training in Coding/Reimbursement and Advanced Practitioner in Respiratory Care.
Since the Health Sciences programs do not follow the standard academic calendar, it is recommended that you attend an open advising sessions or call/email the appropriate program personnel. It is also recommended that you read over the information that is posted for the program(s) that you are applying for.
Time & Financial Requirements
Health Sciences Career programs include coursework in the clinical setting which requires that students be available during clinical hours often totaling up to 40 hours per week. It is usually not possible to participate in the professional portion of most of the Health Sciences Career programs on a part-time basis. Clinical assignments are during periods appropriate to the professions and may include day, evening, and weekend hours. Expenses related to assigned clinical courses such as medical exams, liability insurance, medical insurance, uniforms, meals, travel and other items specific to each career area should be expected. All of these expenses are the student's responsibility.
Only students who have been screened and admitted into the programs of study in Health Sciences will be permitted to register for professional level courses in each discipline.