School of Health Care Students

Health Science Students in class

In addition to the general admissions application, Health Care programs also have a required program application. The specific requirements for each program are outlined on the following pages. Acceptance to the individual program is based on indicators of success within each program. To be eligible to apply to an intended health care program, the requirements can be found below. Certain programs require observations at area health organizations prior to admission. All programs require an interview prior to final acceptance.

Students applying to Health Care programs may experience delays in entering their program because of the limited number of students accepted each year.

Types of Standardized Admissions Tests

  • TEAS-V (Formerly the HOBET-V)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • American College Test (ACT) or Residual ACT(R-ACT*)
  • Midlands Technical College Placement Test 

Standardized admissions tests must have been taken within the previous three years to be considered for program acceptance qualification. In addition, applicants are required to complete testing for course placement according to regular college-wide admissions procedures prior to interviews.

Exemptions

Occasionally, for certain highly qualified applicants, including those with college credentials, one or more of the objective criteria may be waived or modified with the approval of the program director and the department chair.

Courses used to exempt standardized admissions tests must have been taken within the previous three years to be considered. Students must complete all developmental and prerequisite courses one term prior to entry into the Health Care programs.

Important Things to Know

Additional Requirements

Health Science students are required to purchase malpractice insurance through the college, each semester, as part of their student fees. The minimum amount of coverage required is $200,000 each claim, $600,000 each incident. The approximate cost of this coverage is $2 per semester. In addition to insurance, students may be required to purchase and maintain certain equipment, learning modules and uniforms as part of the educational program. These requirements will vary depending on the student's program. Upon acceptance, students are provided a health form that must be completed and given to the Nursing department's laboratory manager no earlier than 45 days before, and no later than the beginning of the first semester in their major, unless a specific extension is granted by the program director or department chair. Students are not allowed to participate in clinicals until this requirement is met. All students must present annual tuberculosis test results to remain in their program. Students, except Health Information Management majors, must present evidence of adequate hepatitis B antibody titer or begin the hepatitis B vaccine protocol prior to program entry. All students must present current certification in adult, infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) prior to program entry.

Advance Standings

The Health Science programs will accept comparable course work from other colleges. If there are questions about the differences of content or competency levels, then the program will issue the student a validation exam either in writing, orally, or clinically. The student must pass the validation exam in accordance with required program grading standards.

Attendance

Health Sciences programs use a more stringent attendance policy than the general college policy. Faculty in each program will inform students of the applicable attendance policy.

Clinical Regulation

The clinical phase of instruction is an essential portion of all Health Sciences programs. During this phase, students may be involved in either direct or indirect patient care.

Students are responsible for their own transportation during rotations and to off-campus program-related activities, including clinical and laboratories.

When participating in a clinical experience at any affiliate health care facility, students are governed by the college policies and the affiliate facility’s regulations and protocols. Affiliate policies may require students to submit to the same drug testing procedures and criminal background checks that apply to employees of the facility. Students may be dismissed from clinical activities and/or the program if found in violation of clinical affiliation policies. CPR certification must be current for clinical rotations. All immunizations and health tests must be kept current.

Students are required to observe standard precautions in all labs and clinics where there is a risk of exposure to blood and body fluids. Students must wear their identification badge while in clinical facilities in accordance with the “Lewis Blackman Patient Act of 2005”.

Students in the Health Science programs are not generally permitted to receive compensation for time spent in a facility as a part of the clinical course assignment. Students should check with their program director for clarification of their accrediting agency standards

Course Acceptance Time Frames

All mathematics and science courses (to include AHS courses) must be taken according to the following criteria:

Grade of “C” completed within 3 years of program entry Grade of “B” completed within 4 years of program entry

 

Other general education courses, completed with at least a “C” may be applied indefinitely for course credit within Health Science programs.

  • Grade of “A” completed within 5 years of program entry
  • or must be validated in accordance with program standards
Course Repeats

Students graduating from Health Science programs may not repeat non-technology courses more than once to earn the requisite “C” or above grade. The “course repeat policy” will be applied to all coursework attempted in the 10 years prior to the student’s applying for program eligibility status, whether the course work was completed at MTC or at other colleges.

The number of health science technology courses (courses which have the specific health sciences program prefix) that may be repeated is determined by the health science technology program and published in the program section of the catalog.

Criminal Background Checks

Students entering the clinical portion of the Health Science programs will be required to produce acceptable results from a background investigation that may include but is not limited to: criminal background check, including all places of residence since the age of 18; Sex Offenders Registry; Office of the Inspector General, FBI fingerprint record, and any other registry or records required by law. In addition to background checks, students will be required to produce acceptable results from drug screenings before their participation in Health Sciences education. Clinical facilities may require additional background checks and additional drug screenings during the clinical rotations. Students must be eligible to rotate in all clinical locations utilized by the programs. Exclusion from any of the clinical locations based on a positive drug screen or criminal records check will prevent participation in clinical training.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must meet all requirements of the specific curriculum, receive a grade of "C" or better in all courses in the academic major, and in all science and mathematics courses, including Health Calculations, and apply for graduation. All major course work must be completed within the four years preceding graduation. In addition, students graduating from Nursing and Health Sciences may not repeat technology, science, or mathematics courses, including Health Calculations, more than once. The number of technology courses that may be repeated is determined by the program director and published in the program section of the catalogue.

Readmission to Programs

Students who have an interruption of two semesters or less (excluding summers) in the normal progression of their Health Science studies, whether by failure or withdrawal, may apply to the program director for readmission. Space in these programs is very limited. Therefore, students will be readmitted on a space-available basis. The student handbook of each program details specific readmission procedures, including restrictions on the number of readmissions allowed. If the student has been out of the program for one year or more, the student must meet the current admissions criteria.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the Health Science programs is based on the enrollment status of the student and is consistent with the tuition schedule for all MTC students.

Students in the Health Science programs will be responsible for additional fees for items such as uniforms, required equipment, memberships in professional and student organizations, fees for professional meetings, as well as national or regional certification, registry or licensure exams. Information about these additional expenses is available from the individual programs.

 

Additional Requirements By Program

Cardiac Care Technician
  • What should you do after you have been admitted to MTC?
    • Meet with a School of Health Care – Health Sciences Academic and Career Advisor. In your appointment, you’ll review eligibility to apply for the program
  • When are you eligible to apply to the program?
  • When does the program’s application open? When does it close?
    • Open: Year-round.
    • Closes: Does not close; application is continually available.
  • Is an interview required?
    • No. A student must:
      • Attend an Information Session (highly preferred that the student attend before registering for AHS 145/156).
      • Attend an Orientation Session 1-2 semesters before seeking approval for clinical courses (AHS 177 – Cardiac Monitoring Application).
  • What additional information should a prospective student know?
    • Prior to clinical coursework (AHS 177), students must pass a drug test and background check, as well as be up-to-date with vaccinations. Background checks and vacations have to be within the year of entering the clinical setting.
    • Students must also obtain CPR and BLS certification prior to starting the program. These certifications must be maintained throughout the program, as they are required for externship placement.
    • Attendance at program orientation is required.
    • Students must earn a “C” or higher in all math courses, in all science courses, and in AHS 102. A “C” average, or higher, must be maintained throughout the program. 
Dental Hygienist
  • What should you do after you have been admitted to MTC?
    • Meet with a School of Health Care – Health Sciences Academic and Career Advisor. In your appointment, you’ll review eligibility to apply for the program.
  • When are you eligible to apply to the program?
    • Once you have completed all pre-requisites. Students may not apply in their final semester. Instead, they may apply once final grades are posted from their final semester of pre-requisite coursework.
    • The program pre-requisites include: COL 106, MAT 155 (or MAT 102 or higher), BIO 210, ENG 160 (or ENG 101 & SPC 205), PSY 201, BIO 211, PHI 115, BIO 115 (or BIO 225), SOC 101, and CHM 105.
    • Additionally, you must complete 2 shadowing experiences and 4 hours of community service before applying.
  • When does the program’s application open? When does it close?
    • Opens: October 1
    • Closes: January 30
  • Is an interview required?
    • Yes.
  • What additional information should a prospective student know?
    • Phase I must be completed with a minimum 2.5 GPA, including a “C” or better in all courses.
    • Students may not retake any course in Phase I more than once.
    • Additionally, students may not retake more than two courses in Phase I.
    • Interviewees not selected are eligible to reapply, though reapplying does not guarantee admission.
Emergency Medical Technology (EMT)
  • What should you do after you have been admitted to MTC?
    • Meet with a School of Health Care – Health Sciences Academic and Career Advisor. In your appointment, you’ll review eligibility to apply for the program.
  • When are you eligible to apply to the program?
    • The following are required for a student to apply:
      • High school diploma/GED
      • 18 years of age or older
      • 250+ score on the Reading Accuplacer
      • 250+ score on the Math Accuplacer
      • Submission of certificates, transcripts, or other documentation proving successful completion of an accredited paramedic program
  • When does the program’s application open? When does it close?
    • Open: Year-round.
    • Closes: Does not close; application is continually available.
  • Is an interview required?
    • Yes.
  • What additional information should a prospective student know?
    • Students will need to provide documentation of the following certifications (and in date): 
      1. National Registry Paramedic,
      2. South Carolina Paramedic Certification,
      3. Basic Life Support (BLS),
      4. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS),
      5. Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) or Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers (PEPP),
      6. Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) or International Trauma Life Support (ITLS),
      7. Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) or Emergency Medical Patient Assessment Care and Transport (EMPACT).
    • If a student is not currently a paramedic, they should complete a paramedic class through Corporate and Continuing Education.
Expanded Duty Dental Assisting
  • What should you do after you have been admitted to MTC?
    • Meet with a School of Health Care – Health Sciences Academic and Career Advisor. In your appointment, you’ll review eligibility to apply for the program.
  • When are you eligible to apply to the program?
    • All general education coursework must be completed by the Spring Semester. The GPA used for program admission consideration is the cumulative GPA calculated at the end of the fall semester.
    • The program pre-requisites include ENG 160, MAT 155, PSY 201, BIO 110, COL 106.
  • When does the program’s application open? When does it close?
    • Opens: August 15
    • Closes: January 15
  • Is an interview required?
    • Yes.
  • What additional information should a prospective student know?
    • Information sessions are required.
    • Attendance at program orientation during the summer is mandatory.
    • EDDA students are assigned to course sections by the program.
    • Registration information will be given to students at orientation sessions.
Medical Assistant
  • What should you do after you have been admitted to MTC?
    • Meet with a School of Health Care – Health Sciences Academic and Career Advisor. In your appointment, you’ll review eligibility to apply for the program.
  • When are you eligible to apply to the program?
    • Anytime. However, before starting the program, you must complete all pre-requisites. These pre-requisites include: BIO 110, AHS 102, and MAT 155.
  • When does the program’s application open? When does it close?
    • Open: Year-round
    • Closes: Does not close; application is continually available.
  • Is an interview required?
    • Yes.
    • Student must also attend an information session. An interview is only completed once a student has attended the information session and submitted a completed application.
  • What additional information should a prospective student know?
    • Prior to starting the program, students must pass a drug test and background check, as well as be up-to-date with vaccinations.
    • Students must also obtain CPR and BLS certification prior to starting the program. These certifications must be maintained throughout the program, as they are required for externship placement.
    • Attendance at program orientation is required.
    • Students must earn a “C” or higher in all math courses, in all science courses, and in AHS 102. A “C” average, or higher, must be maintained throughout the program.
    • The minimum grade is 75% in all MED courses.
Medical Laboratory Technician
  • What should you do after you have been admitted to MTC?
    • Meet with a School of Health Care – Health Sciences Academic and Career Advisor. In your appointment, you’ll review eligibility to apply for the program.
  • When are you eligible to apply to the program?
    • Anytime regardless of whether all pre-requisites have been completed.
    • A student, however, may not start the program until 5 out of 8 pre-requisites are complete or in progress (one of those five courses must be BIO 210).
    • The program pre-requisites include: COL 106, MAT 102, ENG 160 (or ENG 101 and SPC 205), PHI 115, PSY 201, BIO 210, BIO 211, CHM 110.
  • When does the program’s application open? When does it close?
    • Open: Year-round
    • Closes: Does not close; application is continually available
  • Is an interview required?
    • Yes.
  • What additional information should a prospective student know?
    • Students are required to complete a Clinical Site Visit in order to be eligible for an interview. The Clinical Site Visit Form will be provided by the Program Director after the student applies for the program.
Nuclear Medicine Technologist

What should you do after you have been admitted to MTC?

  • Meet with a School of Health Care – Health Sciences Academic and Career Advisor. In your appointment, you’ll review eligibility to apply for the program.
When are you eligible to apply to the program?
  • A student may apply:
    • If all pre-requisites will be completed by the end of the summer semester;
    • If they have a completed bachelor or associate degree;
    • Are near completion of an associate degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
When does the program’s application open? When does it close?
  • Open: Year-round.
  • Closes: Does not close; application is continually available.
Is an interview required?
  • Yes
What additional information should a prospective student know?
  • The number of students accepted is dependent upon the number of clinical slots available. The program has clinical sites/slots around in Columbia, Florence, Sumter, Charleston, Greenville, and Spartanburg.
  • Students must attend an Information Session. To find out when the next information will be held, email blumk@midlandstech.edu.
  • Student must attend two hospital observations scheduled by the Program Director.
  • Students must complete all prerequisite courses with a “C” or higher and maintain at ≥ 2.75 GPA.
Nursing Assistant
  • What should you do after you have been admitted to MTC?
    • Meet with a School of Health Care – Health Sciences Academic and Career Advisor. In your appointment, you’ll review eligibility to apply for the program.
  • When are you eligible to apply to the program?
  • When does the program’s application open? When does it close?
    • Open: Year-round.
    • Closes: Does not close; application is continually available.
  • Is an interview required?
    • No.
    • A student must:
      • Attend an Information Session.
      • Attend an Orientation Session 1-2 semesters before seeking approval for clinical courses (AHS 117-Care of Patients).
  • What additional information should a prospective student know?
    • Prior to clinical coursework (AHS 117), students must pass a drug test and background check, as well as be up-to-date with vaccinations. Background checks and vacations have to be within the year of entering the clinical setting.
    • Students must also obtain CPR and BLS certification prior to starting the program. These certifications must be maintained throughout the program, as they are required for clinical placement.
    • Attendance at program orientation is required.
    • Students must earn a “C” or higher in all math courses, in all science courses, and in AHS 102. A “C” average, or higher, must be maintained throughout the program.
    • Additionally, students must complete a 40-hour clinical practicum to qualify to take the state CNA exam. These 40 hours are embedded in the AHS 117 course, and clinical sites are arranged for the students. The cost of the State CNA exam is $140 and is separate from the qualifying course (AHS 117).
Pharmacy Technician
  • What should you do after you have been admitted to MTC?
    • Meet with a School of Health Care – Health Sciences Academic and Career Advisor. In your appointment, you’ll review eligibility to apply for the program.
  • When are you eligible to apply to the program?
    • Once the student has a score of at least 250 on the Reading Accuplacer test and a score of at least 250 on the Math Accuplacer test.
    • Students with transferable (grade of “C” or higher) ENG 101 and math credit are eligible to apply without the placement test.
  • When does the program’s application open? When does it close?
    • Open: Year-round.
    • Closes: Does not close; application is continually available.
  • Is an interview required?
    • Yes.
  • What additional information should a prospective student know?
    • Students must pass a drug test and a background check, as well as be up to date on vaccinations, prior to starting clinical rotations.
    • Students must obtain CPR and BLS certification prior to graduation.
Physical Therapist Assistant
  • What should you do after you have been admitted to MTC?
    • Meet with a School of Health Care – Health Sciences Academic and Career Advisor. In your appointment, you’ll review eligibility to apply for the program.
  • When are you eligible to apply to the program?
    • Once you have completed all prerequisites AND fulfilled all other requirements to apply. See the PTA program website and contact your advisor for specifics.
    • A student submitting a program application in the spring who will finish those prerequisites in that same spring semester may also apply.
    • The program prerequisites include: Please see the MTC PTA website for the required prerequisites.
  • When does the program’s application open? When does it close?
    • Opens: Early Fall
    • Closes: Early/Mid-Spring
  • Is an interview required?
    • Yes, only offered to a small group (around 20) of qualified applicants and must be successfully passed to be considered.
    • Unsuccessful interviewees are unable to reapply to the program.
    • Those not offered an interview must reapply every time they are interested in being considered and not interviewed.
  • What additional information should a prospective student know?
    • To be fair and consistent, all applicants are organized based on items to include but not limited to, when prerequisites and observations hours are completed, when application is completed/submitted, overall program prerequisite GPA, and overall academic performance.
    • Students should apply each year they are interested. A single application does not guarantee entry into the program nor does it roll to the next year for consideration.
    • Interviewees not selected are not eligible to reapply.
Radiologic Technologist
  • What should you do after you have been admitted to MTC?
    • Meet with a School of Health Care – Health Sciences Academic and Career Advisor. In your appointment, you’ll review eligibility to apply for the program.
  • When are you eligible to apply to the program?
    • Once you have completed all the pre-requisites except BIO 211-Anatomy & Physiology II. This can be completed in spring semester when application is due.
    • Earn a grade of “C” or higher in all math, science, and technology courses.  No course may be repeated more than once.
    • Maintain a 2.5 GPA in the RAD general education courses.
    • Take the TEAS test scoring a 60% overall with a 70% in reading, 68% in math and 47% in science.
    • Attend a General Information Session on the 3rd or 4th Wednesday of each month. To register for an Information Session, contact blumk@midlandstech.edu.
    • Complete 2 clinical observations (scheduled during the Information Sessions).
  • When does the program’s application open? When does it close?
    • Opens: August 1
    • Closes: March 31
  • Is an interview required?
    • Yes. Interviews will be completed by early March.
  • What additional information should a prospective student know?
    • Using interview results and other application materials, 20-21 students are accepted each spring with a fall starting date. 
Respiratory Therapist
  • What should you do after you have been admitted to MTC?
    • Meet with a School of Health Care – Health Sciences Academic and Career Advisor. In your appointment, you’ll review eligibility to apply for the program.
  • When are you eligible to apply to the program?
    • If you have at least completed MAT 101, ENG 101 and COL 106.
    • If you have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • When does the program’s application open? When does it close?
    • Open: Year-round.
    • Closes: Does not close; application is continually available.
    • Student Intake Process: February - July.
  • Is an interview required?
    • Yes.
  • What additional information should a prospective student know?
    • Students who apply may start the Intake Process (Information Session, Tour, and Interview) prior to completing the pre-requisites.
    • Students must earn a “B” or higher in BIO 112 on the 1st attempt in order to be accepted into the Respiratory Care program.
Surgical Technologist
  • What should you do after you have been admitted to MTC?
    • Meet with a School of Health Care – Health Sciences Academic and Career Advisor. In your appointment, you’ll review eligibility to apply for the program.
  • When are you eligible to apply to the program?
    • A student may apply:
      • If all pre-requisites are complete by the end of the summer semester before program entry. Program pre-requisites include COL 106, ENG 160, AHS 102, BIO 112, BIO 115, and MAT 155.
      • If you have been to a SUR Information Session.
    • The GPA requirement for program consideration is a 2.75.
  • When does the program’s application open? When does it close?
    • Opens: November 1
    • Closes: February 1
  • Is an interview required?
    • Yes.
    • Students must attend an Information Session prior to an interview.
    • Documents will be sent to the student prior to an interview and must be returned before the interview.
  • What additional information should a prospective student know?
    • Students should apply each year they are interested. A single application does not guarantee entry into the program nor does it roll to the next year for consideration.
    • Interviewees not selected are eligible to reapply, though reapplying does not guarantee admission.
    • Prior to starting the program, students must pass a drug test and background check, as well as be up-to-date with vaccinations.
    • Students must also obtain CPR and BLS certifications prior to starting the program. These certifications must be maintained throughout the program, as they are required for clinical placement.