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2023-24 Technical College of the Lowcountry Catalog/Student Handbook 
    
2023-24 Technical College of the Lowcountry Catalog/Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences Division


Health Sciences Programs

TCL offers a selection of quality programs of study in Health Sciences. In each curriculum, the programs of study include general education and Health Sciences courses. Each Health Sciences course builds on the previous course; therefore, Health Sciences courses must be taken in sequence. Program requirements and expectations are explained in the text below.

Admission to Health Sciences Programs

Health Sciences faculty are a limited resource in South Carolina. Clinical placement is limited by the size of local facilities and by regulations from state licensing agencies and accrediting institutions regarding numbers of students and instructor-student ratios. These restrictions necessitate state licensing agencies and admitting students who have the highest probability of success in order to wisely use our limited resources. Individuals must complete the Associate Degree programs within three years of the start date and Certificate and Diploma programs within two years of the start date.

Admission Policies and Procedures

I. All Applicants Must Meet General College Admission Requirements

II. Health Sciences Program Application Requirements

Admission into the college and completion of the application process does not guarantee acceptance into a Health Sciences program. Applicants are required to meet regularly with the Health Science advisor. There are policies and procedures applicable to the Health Sciences Programs in addition to those listed in the catalog. Students applying to a Health Sciences program must complete the following prior to consideration for admission.

Official high school or GED transcripts must be in Student Records with a copy in the student’s folder in the Division of Health Sciences office. Certification of attendance is not acceptable.

Official transcripts from all colleges attended by applicant must be in Student Records with a copy in the student’s folder in the Division of Health Science office. Official transcripts will be evaluated and Transfer of Credits entered by Student Records. It is the student’s responsibility to check Self Service for credits transferred in from other colleges and to contact Student Records if credit is not received.

Establish readiness for program of study as follows.

Applicants to Associate Degree programs must be eligible for BIO 210  .

Biophysical science course credits and mathematics course credits must be earned within five years of admissions to any Health Sciences program.

Applicants must:

Meet with a Health Science Advisor within six months of application deadline date.

Complete the online Health Sciences Program Application by deadline published on TCL website. Detailed information about the application process, including Application Checklists and Weighted Criteria Score sheets are available at www.tcl.edu/academics/pathways/health-sciences/health-sciences-application-process/. Submit receipt of application fee.

 

Completed application portfolios generally include all official transcripts (i.e. high school or GED and college), Health Sciences Program application, and Entrance Test scores. There may be other specific requirements applicable to each program.

III. Acceptance Into Individual Health Sciences Programs

Nursing Program Acceptance Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed in Section II, all applicants must meet the following criteria for Diploma in Practical Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing Program (RN option) and (LPN-RN option):

Score a 1300 or higher on the Achieve 3000 (contact Academic Advisor for approval).  

Students must score a 66 or higher (adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS.  The TEAS Test may be taken 3 times within a year.

Technical GPA of 2.75 or higher. Technical GPA is computed by the highest Math and Sciences courses (MAT 120  , BIO 210  , BIO 211  , & BIO 225  ) attempted within the last five years. Institutional GPA of 2.25 or higher from the last college where 12 or more semester hours were completed in addition to the technical GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Advanced placement applicants must have completed BIO 210  , BIO 211  , BIO 225  , ENG 101  , ENG 102  , MAT 120  , PSY 201  , PSY 203 , and 3 hours of an approved humanities course prior to application to the program.

Applicants with two or more failures (D, F, WF) in required non-Nursing courses BIO 210  , BIO 211  , BIO 225  , ENG 101  , ENG 102  , MAT 120  , PSY 201  , PSY 203  and 3-credit humanities course within the last 3 years must:

Score at least a 69 (adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS. The TEAS test may be taken 3 times within a year;

Complete all required non-nursing courses in the program of study (BIO 210  , BIO 211  , BIO 225  , ENG 101  , ENG 102  , MAT 120  , PSY 201  , PSY 203 , and 3 hours of an approved humanities course)

Have a technical GPA of  > or= 3.00. Math and biology courses must have been completed within the last five (5) years.

Applicants with two or more nursing course failures (D, F, W, WE, WP, WF)) from any nursing program have one opportunity for admission. The applicant must:

a. Have waited two (2) years from the last nursing course failure to be eligible to apply.

b. Score a 73 or higher (adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS.

c. Have a technical GPA of > or = 3.00

d. Score 1300 on the Achieve 3000 (contact Academic Advisor for scheduling).

e. Math courses must be completed within the last 5 years.

f. Biology courses (BIO BIO 210  ,BIO 211  , BIO 225  ) must be completed within 5years from date of application.       

Once accepted to the Diploma Practical Nursing or the Associate in Nursing programs, beginning the nursing sequence of courses is contingent on:

a. Maintaining a GPA of 2.25 or higher.

b. Attending Mandatory Orientation Program.

c. Complete applicable health and clinical requirements with associated costs by requested due date.

d. Must have reliable internet access and other hardware and software (see Student Handbook).

e. Maintain valid Health Insurance.

Licensed Practical Nurses seeking to further their education to Associate Degree Nursing as a registered nurse will receive experiential credit for nursing courses and be provided a test-out option for other courses. LPN-RN students should talk about these options with their assigned nursing advisor.

Note:  Requirements for the Nursing program are subject to change without notice in order to meet requirements of the South Carolina LLR Board of Nursing, the South Carolina Technical College System, and ACEN.

Radiologic Technology Program Acceptance Requirements

All applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Score a 1300 or higher on the Achieve 3000 (Contact Academic Advisor for approval).
  • Students must score at least a 63 (adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS and have an institutional GPA of 2.5 or higher from the last college where 12 or more semester hours were completed.

OR

Score at least a 57 (adjusted total score) on the TEAS and have completed the following courses: BIO 210  , BIO 211  , PSY 201  , ENG 101  , MAT 110   and 3 hours of an approved humanities course with a cumulative GPA 2.75 or higher from the last college attended where 12 or more semester hours were completed.

OR

Applicants with two or more failures (D, F, or WF) in required non-RAD courses (BIO 210  , BIO 211  , PSY 201  , ENG 101  , MAT 110 , PSY 201  ) within the last three years must:

  • Score at least a 66 (adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS.
  • Complete all required non-Radiologic Technology courses (BIO 210  , BIO 211  , PSY 201  , ENG 101  , MAT 110 , PSY 201  and 3 hours of an approved humanities course) with cumulative GPA ≥ 2.75 from last college attended where 12 or more semester hours were completed.
  • Math and biology courses must have been completed within the last five years.

OR

Applicants with two or more failures (D, F, or WF) in Radiologic Technology courses have one opportunity for re-admission. Applicants must:

  • Score greater than 70 adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS.
  • Complete all non-Radiologic Technology courses in the program of study (BIO 210  , BIO 211  , PSY 201  , ENG 101  , MAT 110 , PSY 201 , and 3 hours of an approved humanities course) with a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.75 from the last college attended where 12 or more semester hours were completed.
  • Math and biology courses must be completed within the last five years.
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Acceptance Requirements  

All applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Score a 1300 or higher on the Achieve 3000 (Contact Academic Advisor for approval).Score at least a 63 (adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS and:
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher from the last college where 12 or more semester hours were completed.


OR

Score at least a 57 (adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS and complete the following courses:

  • BIO 210  , BIO 211  , PSY 201  , ENG 101  , ENG 102  , MAT 120  , PSY 201 , and 3 hours of an approved humanities course with a cumulative GPA > or = 2.75 from last college attended where 12 or more semester hours were completed.
  • The TEAS test may only be taken twice within a 12 month period from date of first test. Only the highest score will be considered.
  • Copies of ALL TEAS test results must be included (not just those taken within the past 12 months).

OR

Applicants with two or more failures (D, F, WF) in required non-PTA courses (BIO 210  , BIO 211  , PSY 201  , ENG 101  , ENG 102  , MAT 120  , PSY 201 ) within the last three years must:

  • Score at least a 66 (adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS
  • Complete all required non-PTA courses (BIO 210  , BIO 211  , PSY 201  , ENG 101  , ENG 102  , MAT 120  , PSY 201  and 3 hours of an approved humanities course) with a cumulative GPA > or = 2.75 from last college attended where 12 or more semester hours were completed.
  • Math and biology courses must have been completed within the last five years.

OR

Applicants with two or more failures (D, F, WF) in PTA courses have one opportunity for admission. Applicant must:

  • Score greater than 70 (adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS
  • Complete all non-Physical Therapy Assistant courses in the program of study (BIO 210  , BIO 211  , PSY 201  , ENG 101  , ENG 102  , MAT 120  , PSY 201 , and 3 hours of an approved humanities course) with a cumulative GPA > or = 2.75 from last college attended where 12 or more semester hours were completed.
  • Math courses must be completed within the last five years.
Surgical Technology Program Acceptance Requirements


All applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Score a 1300 or higher on the Achieve 3000 (Contact Academic Advisor for approval).
  • Score at least a 63 (adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS and:
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher from the last college where 12 or more semester hours were completed.

OR

  • Score at least a 57 (adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS and complete the following courses:  BIO 210  , BIO 211  , PSY 201  , ENG 101  , MAT 110 , and 3 hours of an approved humanities course with a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.75 from the last college where 12 or more semester hours were completed.
  • The TEAS test may only be taken three times within a 12 month period from date of first test.
  • Effective January 3, 2012, only the highest score will be considered; however, copies of ALL TEAS test results must be included (not just those taken within the past 12 months).    

OR

Applicants with two or more failures (D, F, WF) in required non-SUR courses (BIO 210  , BIO 211  , PSY 201  , ENG 101  , MAT 110 ) within the last three years must:

  • Score at least a 66 (adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS
  • Complete the following courses: BIO 210  , BIO 211  , PSY 201  , ENG 101  , MAT 110 , and a Humanities elective with a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.75 from the last college where 12 or more semester hours were completed.

OR

Applicants with two or more failures (D, F or WF) in Surgical Technology courses have one opportunity for readmission. Applicant must:

  • Score at least a 70 (adjusted individual total score) on the TEAS.
  • Complete all non-Surgical Technology courses in the program of study: BIO 210  , BIO 211  , PSY 201  , ENG 101  , MAT 110 , and a Humanities elective with a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.75 from the last college where 12 or more semester hours were completed.
  • Math and science courses must be completed within the last five years.
Massage Therapy Program Acceptance Requirements

All applicants must meet one of the following criteria:Minimum cumulative TCL GPA of 2.25 or cumulative GPA of 2.25 from most recent college attended (if no TCL GPA) or minimum high school GPA of 2.5 (if no college attended). I understand that if accepted to the program:

  • I must maintain a TCL GPA of at least 2.25 to enter the program.
  • I must have access to a computer and internet as some MTH courses have an online component.
  • I must attend a mandatory orientation.
  • I must be able to attend a clinical rotation at sites with a 60-mile radius of the Beaufort or New River campus.  
Medical Assisting Program Acceptance Requirements

All applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Minimum 2.25 or higher GPA from last college attended. If last college attended was not TCL, student’s TCL GPA must be at least 2.0 (if applicable) in addition to the GPA of 2.25 at the last college attended.
  • Minimum high school GPA of 2.25, if no college attended.

Applicants with two or more failures (D, F, WF) in required non-Medical Assisting courses AHS 102  , BIO 112  , CPT 101    & ENG 101  ) within the last three years must:

  • Complete all non-Medical Assisting courses in the program of study (AHS 102  , BIO 112  , CPT 101    & ENG 101 ), with a total TCL GPA ≥ 2.50.
  • Math courses must have been completed within the last five years. 

 

IV. For Applicants Who Meet The Admission Requirements, Acceptance Decisions Are Based on The Following:

  • Preference is given to students who are applying to a health science program for the first time.
  • Acceptable Entrance Test scores (see current published requirements at www.tcl.edu) (not applicable for Massage Therapy Program). Applicants may take the Entrance Exam three (3) times in a 12 month period and the highest score will be considered.
  • Residency, with first preference to residents of Beaufort, Hampton, Jasper, and Colleton counties, second preference to residents of other South Carolina counties, and finally to applicants from other states. 
  • Applications that meet the criteria for acceptance and are received after the published deadline may be given consideration on a space availability basis.

A weighted admission scoring system is used for program admission in all health sciences majors, except for massage therapy. Program admission is limited.

V. Re-entry into Health Sciences Programs - See program specific student handbook

Re-entry will be considered on space availability.

VI. Students Accepted Into a Health Sciences

In order to meet the requirements of various clinical sites, students must complete specific requirements prior to the announced program start date. Failure to submit required information by the deadline will result in withdrawal from the program. Detailed information will be provided when offered a seat in a program.

  • Completion of a Division of Health Sciences health examination form along with required immunizations.
  • Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • Approved national background check.
  • Approved urine drug screen. Presence of illegal substances will result in withdrawal from the program.
  • Applicants must be eligible and able to attend clinical rotations at sites the college utilizes for clinical practice to include weekends and evenings. These sites are located within a 60-mile radius of the Beaufort campus.
  • Any clinical facility utilized by the TCL program has the authority to deny a student the privilege of rotating through their facility.
    • Rejection of a student by a clinical facility will result in elimination of the student from the program.
  • Students are responsible for seeking academic advisement from their Health Sciences advisor.
  • Completion of all required courses in a Health Sciences curriculum is the student’s responsibility.
    • Failure to complete pre/corequisites in the required semester will result in administrative withdrawal from the program.
    • See program specific student handbook for further information about progression and completion.
  • Healthcare providers are a part of a practice discipline, with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. A student must possess a functional level capable of performing the duties required related to the designated healthcare field. Essential eligibility requirements for participation in a designated Health Sciences program are identified in the specific discipline’s Core Performance Standards. Potential students will be provided copies of the Core Performance Standards upon request.
  • Students actively taking courses at other colleges must have official transcripts in their Division of Health Sciences folder within one week of the grade posting each semester. Students are not permitted to register and progress in the program without these transcripts on file in the Division of Health Sciences. (All official transcripts are required prior to pre-registration for the final semester.)
  • Conviction of any crime may make the applicant ineligible to apply for certification/registry/licensure examinations. Criminal conviction or pending criminal charges of any of the following may make the applicant ineligible to apply for certification/ registry/licensure.
    • Crimes of violence (e.g., murder, manslaughter, criminal sexual assault, crimes involving the use of deadly force, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and assault and battery with intent to kill).
    • Crimes involving the distribution of illegal drugs.
    • Crimes that involve Moral Turpitude (excluding fraudulent checks and shoplifting).
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact, as appropriate, the applicable licensing/certification agency for clarification or advisement.

Progression Criteria: All courses required within a program must be completed in sequence with a grade of “C” or better. Students may re-enter the Nursing course sequences only once (see Student Handbook for more detail). If the student exits program, the student must meet all requirements for admission again.

VII. Transfer Candidates

Students seeking advanced placement through transfer of courses must

  • Have acceptable courses, including SMART (military), i.e., course content and credit equality as determined by the Admissions, Progression, and Graduation Committee.
  • Individuals must complete associate degree programs within three years of start date and current department programs within two years of start date.
  • Meet all other program admission requirements, including acceptable scores on the entrance test.
  • Be considered on a space availability basis.
  • Have a letter of recommendation from the director of the previous school attended within the last three years.
  • Complete a minimum of 25% of degree/diploma credits at TCL in order to graduate from TCL.

VIII. Allocation of Credits

The unit of measurement for course credits is the semester hour. Credits are based on classroom, on-campus laboratory, and clinical hours. A semester is 15 weeks of class and one week of examinations.