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Admission Requirements for Dental Assisting

Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements are subject to change. In addition to the general requirements listed under the Admission Procedure for RCCC, the applicant must complete the following:

  1. Submit online RCCC Application for Admission
  2. Submit official high school transcript or GED scores. Submit college transcripts if applicable.
  3. Have demonstrated proficiency in writing, reading, and basic math skills by COMPASS/ACCUPLACER placement testing or appropriate developmental or transferable college-level courses. Placement test scores, remedial coursework, appropriate college coursework (BIO, CIS) must be completed within five (5) years of the applicant’s program admission year.

English

(completed within 5 years of the program admission year)

  • Standard combined Reading/English ACCUPLACER score of 165 or higher (or)
  • Standard score on the COMPASS Writing of 70 or higher (or)
  • Satisfactory completion of ENG 090, ENG 095 or DRE 098 (or)
  • Satisfactory completion (grade C or higher) of at least one college-level (associate degree or higher) course in English composition (or)
  • SAT Writing score of 500 or ACT Writing score of 18
  • Have an unweighted overall high school GPA of 2.6 or higher and graduated within 5 years of college enrollment

Reading

(completed within 5 years of the program admission year)

  • Standard combined Reading/English ACCUPLACER score of 165 or higher (or)
  • Standard score on the COMPASS Reading of 81 or higher (or)
  • Satisfactory completion (grade C or higher) of a college level (associate degree or higher) course in English composition (or)
  • Satisfactory completion of RED 090, RED 095, or DRE 098 (or)
  • SAT Reading score of 500 or ACT Reading score of 22
  • Have an unweighted overall high school GPA of 2.6 or higher and graduated within 5 years of college enrollment

Math-Numerical Skills

(completed within 5 years of the program admission year)

  • Standard score on ACCUPLACER Arithmetic of 55 or higher (or)
  • Standard score on the COMPASS Pre-Algebra of 47 or higher (or)
  • Satisfactory completion of MAT 060 or DMA modules 010-030 (or)
  • Satisfactory completion (grade C or higher) of at least one college-level (associate degree or higher) math course (or)
  • SAT Math score of 500 or ACT Math score of 22
  • Have an unweighted overall high school GPA of 2.6 or higher and graduated within 5 years of college enrollment

Computer

(completed within 5 years of the program admission year)

  • Score on Computer Skills Inventory (CSI) of 27 or higher (or)
  • Score on Computer Skills Placement (CSP) of 60% or higher
  • Satisfactory completion of CIS 110

The applicant is limited to placement testing twice in a twelve-month period (initial test and one retest). Placement test requirements can be met by successfully completing the remedial courses recommended after placement testing. Applicants should check with the Admissions Office if they have any questions related to testing.

Immunizations

Documentation of the first two of the series of three Hepatitis B injections is required. The entire series of three injections (6 months process) must be completed prior to the start of fall semester.

Dental Assisting Information Session

  1. The session presented by program faculty is used to convey information pertaining to goals and expectations of faculty members and students. Failure to attend will delay your admission process. The following three forms will be made available to you in the Information Session:
    • Program Survey
    • Statement of Understanding regarding Drug Screening and Criminal Background Check
    • Technical Standards
  2. When items 1-5 on checklist have been completed, submit an Admission Test Qualification Form to designated admissions staff. Eligible students will be invited to submit acceptable TEAS-V scores and provided with admission information. Only students who meet the qualifying TEAS-V score will continue on to the point system evaluation.
  3. Admission deadline is February 13, 2015 for the fall semester. The college reserves the right to extend the deadline if necessary to secure qualified applicants for program admission. After testing, the point system is applied, and students are ranked for tentative program placement.
  4. Qualified applicants not offered contingent program placement will be ranked and placed on an alternate list and will be admitted in that order if space becomes available.
  5. Full acceptance/admission into the Dental Assisting Program is not granted until the applicant completes the following:
    • Criminal Background Report and pre-admission Drug Screen. You will be provided with directives for securing the report. The program chair of Dental Assisting will address problematic areas on an individual basis after consulting with clinical affiliates.
    • Completed physical/dental examination forms (exam within last 6 months) which provide evidence of satisfactory physical, emotional, and mental health.
    • Documentation of Hepatitis B series and Quantitative Titer results must be submitted prior to the first day of the semester.
    • Documentation of CPR and AED at the Health Care Provider Level. Proof is a copy of the CPR card.
  6. Applicants remaining after the fall class has been filled must reapply for the next program year, resubmit an Admission Test Qualification Form after September 1, 2015 and meet current program admission criteria.

Should an applicant not meet the prerequisites, RCCC provides courses to assist the applicant in meeting the admissions requirements.

 

 

 

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