General Information

What  Health Care Assistant/Healthcare Science is:
  1. It is a Technical Certificate of credit program. While enrolled as a student in this program you can take pre-requisites and core courses as needed for your program of intent.
  2. Completion of the program is not mandatory.
  3. A certificate (TCC) will be awarded upon successful completion. This will provide you with knowledge of medical terminology, legal and ethical issues, anatomy and physiology, blood and airborne pathogens, first aid, CPR, and many basic skills needed in a healthcare environment. These practitioners provide many types of services to include Unit Clerks, Admissions Processor, Medical Receptionist, Patient Service Representative, Medical Records Clerk, Scheduling Personnel, and Office Tech.
  4. If you take courses outside of your major (Health Care Assistant/Healthcare Science) program, they will not be covered by financial aid.

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What admission into Health care assistant/healthcare science is NOT:
  1. It is NOT a guarantee of admission into your program of intent.
  2. It is NOT a guarantee of full time status. The number of hours you have to take each semester will depend on what semester you are admitted in relation to when the competitive acceptance is for your program major.

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Program information:
  1. Read this program packet carefully! It contains important information about the competitive admission process and deadlines for all programs.
  2. Important information to note:
    1. The schedule of sequenced courses required by your program. Some of these are prerequisites that MUST be taken prior to competing for admission into the program. Others can be taken ahead of time or after you are accepted into the program. You may not take any program specific courses (such as MAST,  PNSG, RNSG,  etc.) while in Health care assistant/healthcare science unless it is a requirement of HCA/HCS.
    2. The list of expenses. Most programs are costly! Review the expense list carefully and begin to plan and save for these additional expenses.
    3. Other requirements needed for program admission, such as birth certificate, immunizations, physical exam, Background Check, etc. EACH PROGRAM IS DIFFERENT!
    4. Deadline Dates Each degree and diploma program have a deadline date for submission of Letter of Intent.

View detailed program information for each program in Health Sciences.

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Competitive Admission Process:
  1. The competitive admission process for each program is based on a  ranking system. Rankings are awarded in relation to:
    1. Required standardized admission testing scores (COMPASS test).
    2. Designated prerequisite course grades (indicated with * on each sequence sheet).
    3. An Interview
    4. Special acceptance testing (ADN only); or TEAS pre-entrance exam (LPN only)

NOTE: You may be admitted to HCA/HCS with a standardized test score (ie COMPASS) lower than what is required by your program. If so, you will need to retake the admission test prior to the competitive admission process. Review the Required Program Scores to see minimum COMPASS scores for admission into each program..

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Financial Aid:
  1. Be sure to visit the financial aid office even if you don’t think you qualify – you might!
  2. Financial aid will only cover courses required by your major and approved substitutes

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Transfer of Credit:
  1. Have official copy of transcript sent to our registrar’s office.

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Work Ethics
  1. Work Ethics grades are given for selected courses at Columbus Technical College and are emphasized in all courses.
  2. You will be evaluated on character traits such as attendance, character, teamwork, appearance, attitude, productivity, organizational skills, communication, cooperation, and respect.
  3. You will receive more information from your instructors.

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  • Registration: Specific dates can be found in the Registration Calendar each semester.
    1. New Students

      All HCA/HCS students must attend an orientation session prior to registration. Instructions are included with the Acceptance Letter.

    1. Open Registration

      New students and students returning from previous semesters can make an appointment to meet with an advisor for Open Registration. On-line registration is encouraged after advisement. Directions for this can be found in Banner.

    2. Late Registration / Drop and Add

      New and returning students can register or change schedules during the drop/add process. Dates are published on the website

    3. After Registering:
      • You must pay the amount noted on your schedule unless you have been pre-approved by financial aid transactions.
      • New students must get a picture ID made. This ID badge is to be worn at all times while on campus and is also required for financial aid transactions.
      • New students should purchase parking permit from business office.

NOTE: There is a 15 hour credit cap per semester. You may not register for more than 15 credit hours any semester without permission from the Dean. Justification for more than 15 hours must be sent to the Dean in writing prior to registration for approval.

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  • Withdrawal Policies
    • Students who register for classes, but cannot attend must formally withdraw from every class listed on their schedule. This formal withdrawal must occur prior to the beginning of classes for the semester in question. Students who fail to formally withdraw from all of their classes will be assessed tuition and fees.

      Formal withdrawal from classes is accomplished by:

      • The student must contact their faculty advisor or, if their faculty advisor is not available, a staff member in the Registrar’s Office.
      • During this contact, the student must request that they be dropped from all of their classes prior to the beginning of classes for the semester in question.
      • The faculty advisor, or Registrar’s assistant, will change the status of all of the student’s classes in Banner from “RE” or “KV” to “DD”.
      • The student must obtain a copy of their course schedule showing “DD” status for all of their classes.
    • To withdraw from a class or program after the semester begins, notify that instructor as soon as possible. A student who withdraws from a class prior to the midpoint of the term will be assigned a “W” (withdrawn) grade. If a class is dropped after the midpoint the instructor shall assign a grade of “WP” (withdrawn passing) or “WF” (withdrawn failing) whichever the case may be. Refer to Student Handbook/Catalog (pdf Get Adobe Reader) for details.

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  • Network Access Information
    • Once you are accepted and registered for courses, you will have computer access on campus. Your User ID will be your first initial, middle initial, last name, month day of birthday. Example: Jane Quincy Doe, whose birthday is January 18, 1968 would be jqdoe0118. Initial password will be mmddyyyy of birthday, so Jane Doe’s password is 011868. You should change your password the first time you sign on.
    • For information about using ANGEL for on-line or web enhanced classes, go to Welcome to E-Learning
    • All active college students will also have an email account. You must check your email frequently for special announcements and information. You can access the email at Student Email. Your email username consists of your first initial, middle initial, last initial, month, day of birth. Your initial password is MMDDYYYY of DOB. Example from above: jqd0118@students.columbustech.edu Initial password 011868.
    • Computer labs are accessible in the library and other locations on campus.
    • Columbus Technical College has an Intranet page for students with valuable information about the school, calendar of events, etc.
    • Accessing Grades per Banner Web:
      • Students will access their grades via Banner Web instead of receiving a hard copy in the mail. Grades will be ready for viewing within a week after the last class day. Any student who needs an official statement of their grades may request an official copy in the Registrar’s Office.
      • Instructions for accessing grades:
        • Access the CTC web page
        • Click on “Banner Web”
        • Click on “Enter Secure Area”
        • Enter your 9-digit SSN, without dashes, as your user id
        • Enter your 6-digit PIN – your date of birth (MMDDYYYY)
        • Click on “login”
        • Click on “Student Services and Financial Aid”
        • Click on “Student Records”
        • Click on “Final Grades”
        • Click on the pull-down menu beside Term Field
        • Select the correct term
        • Click on “Display Grades”
        • Click on the printer icon to print a copy
      • If you have problems with this, please call the registrar’s office at (706)649-1857
      • Attend a library orientation session for more information about on-line access. Hours for these orientations will be posted in the library.

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  • Activity Fees
    • Included in the fees each semester is health insurance plan to cover accidents and/or injuries on campus or in clinical area.
    • Collected fees also pay for special student activities on campus and for awards.

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  • Children on Campus
    • We love children; we really do! BUT, children are not allowed on campus at any time. This includes classrooms, lab, hallways, break rooms, and student lounges.

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  • Dress
    • Dress appropriately for class and lab.
    • Maintain a neat and clean appearance at all times.
    • You will receive specific uniform requirements once you are accepted into your program of choice.
    • In accordance with Campus Safety and Security policies, all students are required to wear their college picture identification cards.
    • Hats and hoodies are not allowed to be worn inside any of the buildings on campus.

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  • Parking
    • Purchase a parking decal from the business office.
    • Park only in areas designated for student parking. There is a diagram with your permit that will show these areas. They are also marked with signs.
    • Parking in a faculty or visitor spot will result in a $10 fine and a hold on your academic records until paid.

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  • Emergency Procedures
    • Please note the multi-colored emergency plans posted on campus bulletin boards and classrooms. Follow faculty instructions in the event of an emergency.

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  • Sexual Harassment and Personal Behavior
    • Be considerate of other students, faculty, and staff at all times.
    • Refrain from lewd and/or suggestive comments and behavior.
    • If you perceive someone else’s behavior toward you as sexual harassment, lewd, suggestive, or otherwise unacceptable, ask that person to STOP immediately and report it to security personnel.

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  • Academic Support Services
    • The college offers assistance in writing through the Writing Support Center located in Patrick Hall and the Math Support Center in Patrick Hall. These services are offered at no cost to the student. Many student support services are also offered through the CARE center in P 600.

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  • Difficulties of Health Related Studies:
    • Very time consuming!
    • Plan your study time wisely! It will be difficult to coordinate job, family and school.
    • It will take a BIG commitment on your part to meet the demands of the program and the profession.
    • You will be in contact with blood and body fluid on a regular basis. This might expose you to certain diseases.
    • There will be lots of standing and walking.
    • You will be interacting with many different ages and personality types.
    • You may become frustrated and discouraged many times.

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    • Graduation Screening:
      • All students must make an appointment with the Registrar’s Office the semester prior to completing all courses in any program to verify graduation status.

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  • Background Checks
    • Honesty and integrity in ALL Health Care professions is very important. Human Resource Departments of your future employers may have policies concerning the hiring of health care personnel who have criminal backgrounds, felony convictions or misdemeanors on their record. It is in your best interest to research and become aware of these policies in facilities where you might seek employment after graduation.
    • It is possible for you to complete a program, pass state or national competency exams or boards, and still be unable to find employment in the healthcare field if you have such a record.
    • Entrance into any Health Science program is contingent on the completion of a Background Check and Drug Screening from H.I.R.E. (Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting DO NOT require a Background Check)

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