General admission information

A convenient online CTC Application for Admission is available on the CTC website at www.ctcd.edu. Information regarding admissions can be found on the Prospective Students CTC webpage. For questions or requests for admission materials, contact Central Texas College, Admissions Office, PO Box 1800, Killeen, TX  76540, or email  admissions@ctcd.edu.

Central Texas College maintains an open door admissions policy that ensures every person who can benefit from postsecondary education has the opportunity to enroll. Admissions to Central Texas College does not guarantee admission to specific programs and courses. Specialized programs have their own admission procedures, whereby a student’s admission in the program is determined by the instructional department. Certain programs may have restrictions on enrollments because of limited space or special equipment needs. 

Federal law prohibits institutions from making preadmission inquiries about disabilities. Any information received regarding disabilities will not adversely affect admission decisions. Students with disabilities should apply for services through the Offices for Disability Support Services located in Building 111 on the Central Campus. Appropriate documentation of the disability will be required.

Bacterial Meningitis requirement

New and returning students must show evidence of receipt of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination dose or booster during the five-year preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the semester in which the student initially enrolls at an institution, or following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester at CTC or another institution.

A student is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis or evidence of a booster dose if (1) student is 22 years of age or older by the first day of the start of the semester, or (2) student is enrolled only in online or other distance education courses, or (3) student is enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours or continuing education corporate training, or (4) student is enrolled in a dual credit course taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located on a higher education institution campus, or (5) student is incarcerated in a Texas prison.

A student or parent or guardian of a student is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination if the student, or parent or guardian of a student, submits (1) an affidavit or certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice in the United States, in which it is stated that in the physician’s opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student; or (2) an affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A student requesting an exception due to conscience must complete the exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health. The form must be submitted no later than the 90th day after the date the affidavit is notarized and is valid for two years from date of notarization. Note: This exception for reasons of conscience does not apply during a public health emergency, terrorist attack, hostile military action, or extraordinary law enforcement emergency.

CTC uses Magnus Health to collect, track, and manage a student’s bacterial meningitis compliancy. Visit the Texas CTC webpage “Apply for Admission,” which provides step-by-step instructions for submitting the bacterial meningitis immunization record or exemption request.

Bacterial Meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast. For more information about the disease refer to the Admissions section of the CTC website.

NOTE The exceptions to the bacterial meningitis vaccination DO NOT APPLY TO STUDENTS RESIDING IN CAMPUS HOUSING.

General admission requirements for all students in credit programs

An individual who has graduated from a high school to include an accredited public or private school; who has successfully completed a nontraditional secondary education program in a recognized nonaccredited private school setting to include a home school; or who has earned a General Educational Development (GED) certificate will be admitted to Central Texas College. All individuals will be required to follow the regular admission process.

Adults, veterans, and active duty military 18 years or older who have not completed a recognized high school program may be admitted on an “Individual Approval” basis if the individual can demonstrate the ability to benefit from instruction. Refer to “Individual Approval” in the Admission Procedures section of the catalog. 

Early admissions offers eligible high school students the opportunity to earn college credits while enrolled in high school. Refer to the Early Admissions/Dual Credit Programs for High School Students section in this catalog.

NOTE: Central Texas College assumes no responsibility for loss of Interscholastic League eligibility of high school students enrolled in the early admissions program. Credits earned before high school graduation may not transfer to some colleges.

To be eligible for federal financial aid, the U.S. Department of Education requires that an individual have a recognized high school diploma or equivalent. Certain conditions apply to non-high school graduates who completed one of the ability-to-benefit (ATB) alternatives and first enrolled in an eligible college program prior to July 1, 2012. Contact the CTC Office of Student Financial Assistance at (254) 526-1508 for further details.
 

Admission procedures, college credit programs

Admissions, testing and academic advisement are provided year round. You are encouraged to complete the admission process prior to registration periods.

New CTC students, first-time students

Applicants who have not previously attended any regionally accredited college or university are considered first-time in college (FTIC) students. All new college students seeking a degree or certificate from CTC are required to:

  1. Complete the online CTC Application for Admission.
  2. Sign the oath of residency and submit substantiating documentation as may be required. Nonresident active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces assigned to duty in Texas and their family members are entitled to pay resident tuition rates. To qualify, the student must submit a completed Military Verification form prior to the census date of the first semester of enrollment which he or she will be using the waiver and a valid military I.D. card. Refer to the Residency section of this Catalog for additional information.
  3. Any student who completed their high school diploma or GED within the past 5 years must submit an official high school transcript or high school equivalency documentation (such as a GED). Effective fall 2017 documentation must be received by the end of the second term of enrollment. (Prior to fall 2017 documentation was required prior to graduation.) If obtaining an official high school transcript or high school equivalency documentation presents a hardship for the applicant, other documents as determined by CTC may be accepted. If documentation is not received, a hold will be placed on the student’s record. General admission students who completed their high school diploma or GED more than 5 years ago are exempt from providing an official high school transcript or high school equivalency documentation.  Special conditions may apply to students receiving federal financial aid or applying for specific programs of study.
  4. Meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements by taking the required state-approved Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI) unless TSI exempt or waived. To determine if you are TSI exempt or waived, review the “Testing and Placement” section of the Catalog and visit with an academic advisor. CTC offers the TSI Assessment. Test results are for placement purposes only. Refer to placement/prerequisite requirements if enrolling in English, mathematics, or reading-intensive courses.
  5. Consult with an academic advisor.
  6. Arrange to attend the new student orientation session.


All first-time new students are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine if they may be eligible for student financial assistance.

Transfer students

Transfer students have attended another accredited college or university and are interested in earning a CTC degree or certificate. Transfer students applying for admission to CTC are required to:

  1. Complete the online CTC Application for Admission.
  2. Sign the oath of residency and submit substantiating documentation as may be required. Nonresident active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces assigned to duty in Texas and their family members are entitled to pay resident tuition rates. Refer to the Residency section of 
    this Catalog for additional information. 
  3. Submit official transcripts from each regionally accredited college or university attended. Hand carried transcripts will be accepted only if transcripts are marked official and in an unopened sealed envelope from the college or university. Unofficial transcripts may be used for initial advising and course placement. A students will not be eligible for an official enrollment plan until all official transcripts are received.
  4. If transferring from a private/independent or out-of-state higher education institution, you are subject to TSI requirements unless TSI exempt or waived. To determine if you are TSI exempt or waived, review the “Testing and Placement” section of the Catalog and visit with an academic advisor. CTC offers the TSI Assessment. Refer to placement/prerequisite requirements if enrolling in English, mathematics, or reading-intensive courses. 
  5. If you attended another Texas public higher education institution in the fall 1989 or thereafter, you should have been tested and/or TSI exempted by that institution.
  6. Consult with an academic advisor.
  7. Arrange to attend the new student orientation session.

Students on academic probation or suspension at the transfer institution will be admitted on probation to Central Texas College and must earn a grade point average of 2.0 during their first semester in attendance at CTC. Students in this category who do not achieve a grade point average of 2.0 will be suspended for one long semester.

Transfer students applying for financial aid or using VA educational benefits must submit official copies of transcripts from previous colleges and universities attended in order to determine the student’s eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid.

Former CTC students, readmissions

If it has been at least one year since you attended CTC, follow the steps below:

  1. Complete a new online CTC Application for Admission.
  2. Sign the oath of residency and submit substantiating documents as may be needed. Nonresident active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces assigned to duty in Texas and their family members are entitled to pay resident tuition rates. To qualify, the student must submit a completed Military Verification form prior to the census date of the first semester of enrollment which he or she will be using the waiver and a valid military I.D. card. 
  3. If you have attended other colleges or universities since last enrolled with CTC, request that official transcripts be sent to CTC.
  4. Check with an academic advisor to review your TSI requirements.
  5. Consult with an academic advisor as may be needed.

CTC students who previously attended CTC outside Texas

If you attended CTC at one of its locations outside Texas, you are now subject to certain in-state requirements. You are required to:

  1. Complete a new online CTC Application for Admission.
  2. Sign the Oath of Residency and submit substantiating documentation. Nonresident active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces assigned to duty in Texas and their family members are entitled to pay resident tuition rates. Refer to the Residency section of this Catalog for additional information.
  3. Take the TSI Assessment unless TSI exempt or waived. To determine if you are TSI exempt or waived review the Testing and Placement section of the Catalog for additional information and discuss with an academic advisor if required.
  4.  Verify that your high school transcript, GED scores and/or official transcripts from accredited colleges or universities previously attended are on file. If not, request that official transcripts from each school be sent to CTC.
  5. Consult with an academic advisor.
  6. Make arrangements to attend the new student orientation.

Transient students

Transient students currently attend another college or university and are interested in taking a few courses with CTC to be transferred back to their current college or university. Transient students are not required to submit education records from previously attended colleges or universities unless required for financial aid, Veterans education benefits, or to document earned requirements such as courses that satisfy prerequisites. Education records will be required if you later elect to seek a degree, certificate, or award of credit. Transient students are required to:

  1. Complete the online CTC Application for Admission.
  2. Sign the Oath of Residency and submit substantiating documentation as may be required. Nonresident active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces assigned to duty in Texas and their family members are entitled to pay resident tuition rates. Refer to the Residency section of this Catalog for additional information.
  3. Transient students may be eligible to receive a one-semester TSI waiver. 
  4. Consult with the advisor at your home college or university to ensure course transferability.
  5. If you wish to enroll for a CTC course that requires prerequisites,  with an academic advisor and provide appropriate documentation that the prerequisite has been met.

Individual Approval (Non-High School Graduate/Non-GED Recipient)

Adults 18 years or older who do not have a recognized high school diploma, GED, or equivalent may be eligible to enroll in CTC classes if the individual can demonstrate the ability to benefit. The following requirements must be met. 

  1. Complete and submit the eform “Request for Individual Approval” available on the CTC website. 
  2. Complete the online CTC Application for Admission.
  3. One of three placement tests must be taken. The Admissions Office staff will provide guidance. Depending on your CTC program of study, you will take: (a) all three sections of the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI) if enrolling in academic courses, an associate degree or level II certificate, (b) the TABE diagnostic test if enrolling in a level I certificate, or (c) the CELT (Comprehensive English Language Test) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if enrolling in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses only.  
  4. The Dean of Student Services and/or Campus Dean will review your application. If your request is approved, meet with an Academic Advisor for advising and enrollment information.  
  5. Complete a recognized high school diploma or equivalent or successfully complete 24 semester hours of college credit within two semesters of enrollment.
  6. Must demonstrate continuous successful academic progress.

Distant learners and online classes

Students enrolling in distance learning courses must meet general admission requirements. Distance learners who reside outside of Texas and who are bona fide Texas residents receiving in-state tuition rates must meet the same requirements as a student living in Texas.

  1. Complete the admission requirements for the applicable student category (New CTC Student, Transfer Student, etc.).
  2. If you are a Texas resident and are seeking to pay Texas tuition rates, you are required to (a) take all three sections of the Texas Success Initiative(TSI) Assessment if you are not TSI exempted or waived and (b) provide appropriate documentation to support that you are a Texas resident. 
  3. Provide your own computer or have access to a computer and have reliable Internet access.
  4. CTC Eaglemail electronic address provided by CTC must be used.
  5. Participation in a distance learning orientation and related workshops offered through the CTC Distance Learning website at http://online.ctcd.edu are recommended. 

Readmission of Member of the United States Armed Forces

A Servicemember in the United States Armed Forces may be readmitted to CTC under the same academic status as held while last attending CTC or accepted for admission if the student was not able to attend CTC due to a military obligation for more than 30 consecutive days or less than 30 days if the interruption resulted in student’s withdrawal from the college based on institutional policy. National Guard or Reservists under federal authority may be readmitted under the same academic status when called to active duty for more than 30 consecutive days. Contact the CTC Dean of Student Services or the Associate Dean, Admissions, Registration and Records for more information.
 

Guidelines for active-duty Army, National Guard and Army Reserve Students (GoArmyEd)

All eligible active duty soldiers, National Guard and Army Reserve students must complete the GoArmyEd common application and register online in the GoArmyEd portal.  All students must meet the general admissions requirements in the CTC college catalog.  The guidelines below are to assist students in applying and registering through the portal.  Procedures are subject to change, and students are encouraged to visit the GoArmyEd website for the latest information.

  1. Access the GoArmyEd portal at www.goarmyed.com and create/activate your GoArmyEd account.  
  2. If CTC is your home school, request that official transcripts from each regionally accredited college or university previously attended be sent directly to CTC.  Submit a high school transcript or GED scores verifying high school graduation equivalency if you have not already successfully completed at least 12 semester hours at another college or university.
  3. Students who have not selected CTC as their home school are not required to submit official transcripts unless using financial aid.
  4. Visit with a CTC representative to obtain degree plan advisement and other school-related information (e.g. prerequisite requirements, instructional materials, EagleMail, etc.).
  5. For information regarding your GoArmyEd course planner, student agreement requirements, holds, etc., select the “View Reference Documents” link located in the Training Resources section on your GoArmyEd homepage.
  6. Browse the GoArmyEd schedule of classes, on the GoArmyEd portal or at www.ctcd.edu/armyclasses/lookup/, and register for classes.  Refer to Reference Document titled “How to Enroll in a Class through GoArmyEd” or “How to Enroll in Classes Using the Course Planner”, depending on your particular status.  All enrollment actions (i.e. enrollment requests, drops, and withdrawals) must be processed via the GoArmyEd portal.

Auditing a Class

Individuals interested in auditing a course must be at least 18 years of age, complete the online CTC Application for Admissions, pay the same tuition based on their residency status as any other for-credit student, and receive permission from the course instructor. Auditing is on a space-available basis, and not all courses such as internships are available to audit. Courses cannot be converted from audit to credit or credit to audit, and transcripts are not issued. Audited courses do not apply to a degree and are not eligible for financial aid and veterans education benefits. Students are not subject to class attendance and are excused from class on days/times of exams.  Instructors will not accept papers, tests, or exams from auditing students. 

Enrollment Procedures – Auditing a Class:

  1. Complete the online Admission Application if you have never enrolled with CTC.  If you have attended CTC as a credit student but have not enrolled in CTC during the last 12 months, complete the eForm Core Residency Questions.  
  2. About one week before classes start, complete the Course Audit Request eForm and submit the form to the Central Records Inbox. 
  3. Central Record staff will verify the class section availability and contact the instructor. The instructor approves or disapproves the request and notifies the Central Records Office staff of the decision. Central Records staff will notify you if the request is approved or denied, and assist you with registration. If the request is disapproved, you may select a different course and re-submit another eForm request. 
  4. Pay in full for the audit course on the same day that you enroll in the course.

Students Age 17 or Younger

  • All students age 17 or younger must complete and return a Parental Consent, Waiver, Release and Indemnity for Minor Students Form and the Important Information for Minor Students and Parents/Legal Guardians, also available in the Admissions Office at Central Texas College.  
  • Students age 16 or younger must have a parent or legal guardian at the CTC campus, center, or facility at all times to monitor the student’s activities outside of class and to be immediately available in case of an emergency. This includes when student is present either in classes or participating in CTCD activities on or off campus. Failure to do so will cause the student to be removed from each enrolled class.

The above does not apply to minors who are on campus participating in an independent school district activity such as Early College High School or designated CTC sponsored initiatives such as College for Kids.

Early admission/dual credit, high school students

Early Admission is available to selected high school students who are in good academic standing. To apply for Early Admission:

  1. Complete the Dual Enrollment/Early Admission Application signed by the high school principal/counselor and parent or legal guardian. The application is required each semester and must list the courses approved by the high school principal/counselor and parent/legal guardian for that semester.
  2. Complete CTC’s online Application for Admission. Sign the oath of residency and submit substantiating documents as may be needed. If you are a family member of a nonresident active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces refer to the Residency section of this Catalog for more information.
  3. Provide an official high school transcript that includes STAAR end-of-course (EOC), TAKS, ACT, SAT, and/or other applicable assessment scores (unofficial documents are acceptable for initial enrollment but TSI complete and exemption statuses cannot be placed on the student’s record until an official high school transcript or test scores are received.)
  4. Submit TSI Assessment Test Scores if applicable. Refer to the Texas Success Initiative information in this section of the catalog.

Note: High school students will not be permitted to enroll in courses through WebAdvisor.

High school students from private/non-accredited high schools or home schooled

High school students who attended private or recognized nonaccredited private high schools or who were home schooled must still meet the same requirements as a student enrolled in a Texas public secondary high school, as outlined in this catalog.

Early College High School Students (ECHS)

The Early College High School allows high school students to combine high school courses and college-level courses at no cost to the students during grades 9 through 12. High school students may earn an associate degree or up to 60 semester credit hours toward an associate or bachelor degree while completing their high school diploma. High school students must be enrolled in a participating school district that has an approved Early College High School with Central Texas College. Students must meet eligibility requirements based on requirements of the Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter G, Rule §4.155 prior to enrolling in college-level curriculum.

CTC Enrollment after high school graduation, early admission/dual credit students

High school graduates who were enrolled in dual enrollment/concurrent courses must be TSI exempt, TSI complete, TSI compliant or enrolled in a TSI waived certificate program in order to enroll in college courses after high school graduation.

Academic advisement and admissions:

After high school graduation, all high school graduates entering CTC are required to:

  • Consult with a CTC academic advisor and choose a certificate/degree program.
  • If one year has passed since the student last enrolled in a CTC course, a new CTC Admissions Application is required.
  • All students are encouraged to complete a new Core Residency Questionnaire to determine if there are any changes in their residency status.
  • Submit an official high school transcript verifying high school graduation.

Students will not be permitted to register electronically until the applicable steps above have been completed.

Admission to Career and Technology Education (CATE) Center Competency-Based, Open-Entry Certificate Programs

The admission/registration process for these programs differs slightly from those for the regular college credit programs in that registration is ongoing. Students interested in enrolling in a competency-based, open-entry course, certificate program or AAS program for Industrial Technology or Office Technology should contact a CATE Advisor in Building 118, Room 4.

Community non-native speakers

Community non-native English speaking students without scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT 68) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS-5.8) must take a CTC-approved English Language Proficiency Test at the college to determine English language proficiency. Students whose English Language Proficiency Test scores fall within the parameters of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) must enroll in and complete the ESOL program.  Students must take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) upon completion of developmental ESOL coursework, attempts 15 semester credit hours of developmental ESOL, or prior to enrolling in entry-level freshman coursework, whichever comes first. 

International students

Prospective international students are those applying for an F-1 Student Visa, which requires that CTC issue the Form I-20. The International Student Services Office (ISSO) issues the Form I-20 when admission has been granted to the student. 

Prospective students holding other non-immigrant visas must meet USCIS guidelines and/or initiate a change of status procedure available at USCIS ELIS. They must be in legal status, and are not allowed to register for semester-credit classes until the change of status has been approved. For specific information, email the International Student Services Office at ctc.international@ctcd.edu.

To apply for international student admission (F-1 visa status) to Central Texas College, Killeen, Texas, the applicants must submit the documents listed below at least 90 days prior to registration of the intended entry semester. Certified documents must be originals. However, electronic scans will be allowed for initial consideration.

  1. Complete and sign a CTC Application for Admission.
  2. Complete and sign a CTC International Student Application for Admission.
  3. Submit records of previous education. All foreign documents must be official and include an English translation completed through one of the foreign educational credential evaluation services. The National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (NACES) provides a list of evaluation services. 
    • Official high school diploma. Diploma must show date of graduation or official GED test scores verifying high school completion.
    • Official copies of transcripts from U.S. regionally-accredited colleges or universities previously attended, if applicable.
  4. Submit a notarized CTC Sponsor’s Statement for International Students which indicates at least $17,000 for one (1) year is available for college tuition, fees and living expenses.
  5. Submit two passport-sized photos.
  6. Submit $500 tuition deposit. If the applicant does not attend, 80 percent is refundable.
  7. Submit official TOEFL scores (iBT 68) or IELTS (5.8). Language testing is required of all students from countries using another language and/or English. All students must meet language proficiency via completion of the CTC ESL program, IELTS or TOEFL testing and academic readiness testing before progressing to academic classes. In addition to language requirements, all students must also meet academic readiness requirements before progressing to academic classes. Students who have not taken the TOEFL, IELTS or CELT (the ESL test available at CTC) must register for entry-level ESL classes.
  8. Submit proof of Bacterial Meningitis vaccination 10 days before registration.
  9. Prior to registration, submit proof of Health/Accident Insurance for each semester. Foreign policies must be translated in English, with all information to include the expiration date translated. The insurance policy must cover the student while attending CTC and provide a minimum medical expense benefit of at least $100,000. Health insurance may also be purchased through the International Student Services office. Students must take the Texas Success Initiative basic skills test before registering for solid credit classes, and they may be required to complete additional Developmental Studies courses.

NOTE: If the visa is denied, or you are unable to attend for any other reason, CTC will refund 80 percent of the original tuition deposit ($400) provided CTC receives the original Form I-20 with a written request for refund. The remaining 20 percent is not returned as it covers processing fees. If the visa is granted, 100% of the tuition deposit will be applied to tuition. The Residence Hall deposit is nonrefundable.

International Transfer Students

In addition to the requirements for all international applicants, prospective international transfer students must provide the following documents:

  • Completed original Certification of Good Standing from Previous School. Student must complete Section I of this form. The International Student Advisor  (DSO) at the school last attended completes Section II of the form before sending it to the CTC Director, ISS. Student must be in good academic standing and in-status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in order to be admitted to CTC.
  • Photocopy of Form I-20 issued by previous school attended.

Change of Status Application

Individuals applying for a Change of Status must meet the same deadlines and admission requirements as any other prospective international student. A request for a Change of Status application will be denied when the individual’s current status is due to expire within 60 days.

Responsibility of Prospective and Current International Students

Central Texas College is not responsible for an individual’s immigration status. It is the responsibility of the prospective or current student to remain in status with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Residence Hall Application Process for International Students

  • Complete Residence Hall Application. Complete all items, attach a passport-size photo and sign and date the form.
  • $100 nonrefundable Residence Hall application fee receipt must be included to reserve a room. Early arrival is required for new international students for pretesting and registration. This does not include early check in to the Residence Hall. Be prepared to stay off campus from mid-December to mid-January (Winter Break) and Spring Break while the campus is closed for the holidays.

When both items have been submitted, you will be placed on the Residence Hall waiting list. Submitting an application does not guarantee assignment of a room. You may check the status of your application with the Residence Hall Manager at (254) 526-1790.

NOTE: To apply to Central Texas College, direct inquiries to the Director of International Student Services ctc.international@ctcd.edu, who will provide forms and instructions for completing the requirements listed above. The CTC web site (www.ctcd.edu) provides detailed information.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Non-native English speakers (international and community foreign students) are required to take the CTC-approved English Language Proficiency Test before beginning the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. Only international or community foreign students with TOEFL scores of at least 68 iBT or 5.8 on IELTS will be exempt from English language pretesting and the ESOL program. The CTC-approved English Language Proficiency Test dates and location are published in the CTC Schedule Bulletin each semester. The test may be taken once per year. Transfer students who have taken ESOL courses elsewhere and wish to continue ESOL at CTC must take the English Language Proficiency Test. 

The ESOL program includes nine required courses and 3 optional courses and may include entry-level developmental student courses for students without TSIA testing. The English Language Proficiency Test provides individualized course placement into appropriate levels of grammar/writing, reading/vocabulary, and listening/speaking. Based on sufficient test scores students may be exempt from courses already mastered, ensuring that students do not take unnecessary courses. 

Students whose English Language Proficiency Test scores fall within the parameters of the ESOL program must enroll in and complete the ESOL program. Students enrolled in the ESOL program may receive a temporary waiver from taking the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) until such time the student has attempted 15 semester credit hours of developmental ESOL courses or prior to enrolling in entry-level freshman coursework, whichever comes first. 

Records Required

Transcripts

Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges and universities previously attended are required if the student is seeking a degree or certificate from Central Texas College, using student financial aid or Veterans benefits, requests an official evaluation of prior learning experiences, or to determine Texas Success Initiative status. Transfer students who plan to use financial aid with CTC must have transcripts on file prior to determining financial aid eligibility. Official transcripts must be mailed from each college or university to the CTC Central Campus in Killeen, TX. Hand-carried transcripts will only be accepted if received in a sealed envelope marked “official.” Transfer credits are evaluated by CTC based on the principles outlined in the Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit. Students who earned transfer credits from national accrediting bodies and professional organizations recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) may submit official transcripts, for which credits will be evaluated based on CTC institutional guidelines. If a course from a non-regionally accredited institution has not been evaluated by CTC, the student will be required to submit a syllabus for each course he or she wishes to be considered.

Test Scores

TSI Assessment scores must be on file prior to registration for all students who are not TSI exempt or waived.

Effective August 26, 2013, the new TSI Assessment will replace the ACCUPLACER and other state-approved TSI tests. Refer to the Texas Success Initiative section in this catalog for more information.

Placement Examinations

Student’s Status

Testing Requirements

If entering a CATE Center competency-based, open-entry Level I Certificate program (42 semester hours or less),

waived from taking a TSI approved assessment as long as courses are not taken outside the certificate program. However, you may be required to take a Skills Center Diagnostic Test.*

If entering a Level I Certificate program (42 hours or less),

waived from taking a TSI approved assessment as long as courses are not taken outside the certificate program.**

If entering an Occupational Skills Achievement program for credit,

 

take the TSI Assessment and Pre-Assessment unless courses are a part of a Level I Certificate program.

If entering a Skills Center Open-Entry Level II program (more than 42 hours),

take the TSI Assessment and Pre-Assessment unless TSI exempt or waived. See exemptions below.

If entering a Level II Certificate program or an associate degree program,

must take the TSI Assessment and Pre-Assessment unless TSI exempt or waived. See exemptions below.

New International student (non-immigrant) or a Community Foreign Student (resident alien) and native language is not English,

must take the CELT examination if TOEFL scores are below 68 on the Internet-based test or below 5.8 on the IELTS or have never taken the TOEFL.

If exit level 11th grade TAKS scores 2200 on the ELA with a writing score of at least 3 and a 2200 in math or STARR EOC with minimum score of 4000 on English III and minimum score of 4000 on Algebra II. Scores valid 5 years from date tests taken and enrollment.

- TSI exempt in math, reading, and writing

- may enroll in any course if course prerequisites are met

* Contact a Skills Center Advisor in Building 118, Room 14 for more information.

** A student who has not taken the TSI Assessment and who enrolls in a Heating and Air Conditioning Level I program is required to take a diagnostic test.

NOTE: If you need special testing accommodations, contact the office for Disability Support Services in Building 111 of the Central Campus before taking the test(s). Appropriate documentation of the disability is required.

Texas Success Initiative

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) uses assessment and advising to ensure that students have the academic skills to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework. Unless a student is TSI exempted or waived, the student is required to take the TSI Assessment prior to enrolling in college-ready courses. The TSI Assessment includes three sections—reading, writing, and mathematics. TSI is applicable to students attending CTC Texas locations, all in-state distance learners, and out-of-state distance learners who are bona fide Texas residents and pay in-state tuition.

A student who has met the minimum score required on one or more sections of the TSI Assessment or is exempted in reading, writing, and/or mathematics section(s) of the TSI Assessment is not required to enroll in developmental coursework and interventions in the corresponding area of exemption or TSI section prior to enrolling in designated college-ready courses.

Note: In Fall 2013, the State of Texas introduced the TSI Assessment replacing the Accuplacer, ASSET, Compass, and THEA assessments. Returning students who were previously TSI waived and new students who first enrolled in a Texas public college or university on or after August 26, 2013, are required to take the new TSI Assessment regardless if they had already taken the Accuplacer, ASSET, Compass, and/or THEA.

TSI Exemptions and Waivers

A TSI exemption or partial exemption is permanent whereas a TSI waiver is temporary and must be renewed or expires. There are several types of TSI exemptions. Some are blanket exemptions that exempt students from TSI requirements in all sections (math, reading, and writing). Others are partial exemptions that exempt a student on a section basis. For example, a student may be exempt in reading and writing but not exempt in mathematics.

A student with a waiver is “waived” from TSI for the current semester and has not met the TSI obligation. The term waiver is also used for high school students enrolled for dual credit who have not met TSI obligations but have permission to enroll in courses for dual credit under dual credit rules.

Exemptions

The following students have blanket exemptions and are eligible to enroll in designated entry-level freshman courses.

  1. Former and Retired Military. A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from (a) active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or (b) service as a member of a reserve component of the United States armed forces. Member copy 4 of DD214 required.
  2. Associate or Higher Degree Graduate. A student who has graduated with an associate or higher degree from a recognized institution of higher education or from a recognized international institution. Submit official transcript with degree conferred. 

    The following students may have partial exemptions and are eligible to enroll in designated entry-level courses in the applicable exempt subject area.
     
  3. Declared College-Ready by another Texas Public Institution of Higher Education. A student who has attended a Texas public institution of higher education has med the readiness standards in the reading, writing, and/or mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. Note: For students meeting non-Algebra intensive readiness standards in mathematics, CTC requires additional preparatory coursework/interventions for Algebra intensive courses such as MATH 1314/1324/1414.
  4. ACT Scores. A student with a composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test is exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment and/or 19 on the math test is exempt for the math section of the TSI Assessment. Scores valid for five (5) years from the date of testing.
  5. SAT Given on or After March 5, 2016. A student with a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment. A student with a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test is exempt from the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.  Scores valid for five (5) years from the date of testing. Mixing or combining scores from the SAT prior to March 5, 2016, and on or after March 5, 2016 is not allowable.
  6. SAT Give prior to March 5, 2016. A student with a combined critical reading (formerly verbal) and mathematics score of 1070 and a minimum 500 score on the critical reading is exempt from the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment. The combined score of 1070 with a minimum 500 score on the mathematics test exempts a student from the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. Scores valid for five (5) years from the date of testing. Mixing or combining scores from the SAT prior to March 5, 2016, and on or after March 5, 2016, is not allowable.
  7. TAKS Scores. A student who has an 11th Grade Exit-Level with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts  (ELA) section with a writing subsection score of at least 3 shall be exempt from the related section(s) of the TSI Assessment. An official high school transcript with an asterisk next to the ELA scale score indicates a student earned a score of 3 or higher on the writing subsection. Scores valid for five (5) years from the date of testing. 
  8. STARR End-of-Course (EOC) Scores. A student with a minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the STAAR EOC in English III shall be exempt from the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment. A student with a minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the STAAR Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. Scores valid for five (5) years from the date of testing.
  9. C or Better Grade in Approved Transfer Course(s) from a Public, Private, or Independent College or University or an accredited Out-of-State institution of higher education. A student who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework in designated reading, writing, and/or mathematics intensive courses as determined by CTC may be exempt from the applicable section(s) of the TSI Assessment. Transfer degree-seeking students must meet with an academic advisor to determine exemption eligibility.
  10. AP and IB/Dual Credit Grades. A student who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by CTC using AP scores, IB scores, or dual credit grades may be exempt from the applicable section(s) of the TSI Assessment.
  11. College Preparatory Course. A student who successfully completes a college preparatory course taken in partnership with CTC and a local school district is exempt for a period of 24 months from the date of graduation with respect to the content area of the course. The student must enroll in the first college-level course in the exempted content area in his or first year of enrollment at CTC.


Waivers

Waivers are temporary and valid for a designated time. The student is waived from taking the TSI Assessment. When a waiver ends, the student must consult with an advisor to determine his or her TSI status.

12.    Active Duty Military, Texas National Guard, and Reservists. A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the (a) armed forces of the United States, (b) the Texas National Guard, or (c) as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment. Waiver ends when no longer serving on active duty.
13.    Non-Degree or Non-Certificate-Seeking Student. A student who is not seeking a degree or certificate with CTC. Valid for up to nine (9) semester hours. Waiver may be extended based on institutional guidelines.
14.    Certificate Program, Level I. A student who is seeking a Level I certificate which is 42 semester hours or less is waived from the TSI Assessment. If a student takes one course outside the certificate program, the student is no longer waived. Waiver ends based on student’s anticipated completion date.
15.    ESOL Waiver. A student with demonstrated limited English proficiency may be granted a temporary waiver while enrolled in ESOL/ESL coursework. The waiver ends after student attempts 15 semester hours of developmental ESOL coursework or enrolls in entry-level freshmen coursework, whichever comes first.

Waivers for Students Enrolled in Academic Dual Credit Courses

While in high school, students who enroll in academic dual credit courses that require demonstration of college readiness but have not met TSI obligations, may enroll in academic courses for dual credit under dual credit rules as listed below. These rules do not apply once the student graduates from high school.

For courses that require demonstration of TSI college readiness in reading and/or writing, the student may enroll if one of the following is met.

16.    English II STAAR EOC. Achieves a Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), on the English II STAAR EOC.
17.    Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT Exam Given on or after October 15, 2015. A score of 460 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test. Mixing or combining of scores on the PSAT/NMSQT given prior to October 15, 2015, and the PSAT/NMSQT given on or after October 15, 2015, is not allowable.
18.    PSAT/NMSQT Exam Given prior to October 15, 2015. A combined score of 107 with a minimum of 50 on the reading test. Mixing or combining of scores on the PSAT/NMSQT given prior to October 15, 2015, and the PSAT/NMSQT given on or after October 15, 2015, is not allowable.
19.    PLAN or ACT-Aspire. A composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in English or an English score of 435 on the ACT-Aspire.

For academic courses that require demonstration of TSI readiness in mathematics, the student may enroll if one of the following is met.

20.    Algebra I STAAR EOC and Passing Grade in Algebra II Course. A Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by TEA, on the Algebra I STAAR EOC and passing grade in the Algebra II course.
21.     Algebra II STAAR EOC. A Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by TEA.
22.    Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT Exam Given on or after October 15, 2015. A score of 510 on the mathematics test. Mixing or combining of scores on the PSAT/NMSQT given prior to October 15, 2015, and the PSAT/NMSQT given on or after October 15, 2015, is not allowable.
23.    PSAT/NMSQT Exam Given prior to October 15, 2015. A combined score of 107 with a minimum of 50 on the mathematics test. Mixing or combining of scores on the PSAT/NMSQT given prior to October 15, 2015, and the PSAT/NMSQT given on or after October 15, 2015, is not allowable.
24.    PLAN or ACT-Aspire. A composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in mathematics or mathematics score of 431 on the ACT-Aspire.

Waivers for Students Enrolled in Workforce Dual Credit Courses

While in high school, students who enroll in workforce education dual credit courses and have not met TSI obligations, may enroll in courses for dual credit under dual credit rules as listed below. These rules do not apply once the student graduates from high school.

25.    Level 1 Certificate or Credential Less than a Level 1 Certificate. Eligible to enroll in a Level I Certificate program of 42 semester hours or less or a program leading to a credential of less than a Level 1 certificate.  

26.    Level 2 Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree Program. CTC’s Level 2 certificates are 43 semester hours or more. For courses that require demonstration of TSI college readiness in reading and/or writing, the student may enroll if one of the following is met.

    a.    Achieves a Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), on the English II STAAR EOC.
    b.    Achieves (1) a minimum score of 460 on the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test give on or after October 25, 2015 or (2) a combined score of 107 with a minimum score of 50 on the reading test for the PSAT/NMSQT given prior to October 15, 2015.  
    c.    Mixing or combining of scores on the PSAT/NMSQT given prior to October 15, 2015, and the PSAT/NMSQT given on or after October 15, 2015, is not allowable.
    d.    A composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in English or an English score of 435 on the ACT-Aspire.

For courses that require demonstration of TSI college readiness in mathematics, the student may enroll if one of the following is met.

e.    Achieves a Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on the Algebra I STAAR EOC and passing grade in the Algebra II course.
f.    Achieves a Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by TEA, on the Algebra II STAAR EOC.
g.    Achieves (1) a minimum score of 510 on the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT mathematics test given on or after October 15, 2015, or (2) a combined score of 107 with a minimum 50 on the PSAT/NMSQT mathematics test given prior to October 15, 2015. Mixing or combining of scores on the PSAT/NMSQT given prior to October 15, 2015, and the PSAT/NMSQT given on or after October 15, 2015, is not allowable.
h.    A composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in mathematics or mathematics score of 431 on the ACT-Aspire.

Previous TASP Exemptions

Previous TASP exemptions can only be used for exemptions granted prior to September 1, 2003. Student must have been officially enrolled in a Texas public institution of higher learning between September 1, 1989, and August 31, 2003, and the TASP exemption must have been posted on the student’s transcript. Valid TASP exemptions are:

  1. Grandfathering-any student with at least three college-level semester credit hours or the equivalent from an accredited institution accumulated prior to Fall Semester 1989.
  2. Deaf students who have three or more college-level hours or the equivalent from an accredited institution prior to September 1, 1995.
  3.  High School graduates with a 3.5 or above grade point average in a Recommended or Advanced Curriculum effective from September 1, 2001, to August 31, 2003.
  4. Students who completed TASP obligations via provision TEC 51.306(u), dyslexia, and other related disorders effective from September 1, 1995, to August 31, 2003.

TSI Assessment Minimum Scores

Students who are not TSI exempted or waived in reading, writing, or mathematics are required to take the TSI Assessment in the corresponding content area(s). Effective with the fall 2017 semester, students must achieve the minimum passing standards on the TSI Assessment as listed below to enroll in designated entry-level freshman courses in the related subject area. A student may retake the TSI Assessment at any time subject to availability.

Writing - placement score of at least 340, and an essay score of at least 4; or a placement score of less than 340 and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4 and an essay score of at least 5.
Reading - placement score of at least 351.
Mathematics - placement score of 350.

What makes a student TSI Complete?

A student will be considered TSI Complete once the student accomplishes one of the following:

  • Meets the TSI Assessment minimum passing standards.
  • Successfully completes the highest level of the developmental sequence. If a student completes the highest level developmental math, student is MATH TSI Complete. If a student completes the second level developmental math sequence, student is MATH TSI Complete Non-Algebraically. Note: Students who are Math TSI Complete Non-Algebraically and wish to enroll in an algebra intensive course must complete the highest level developmental education coursework/interventions before enrolling in an algebra-intensive course or retest on the TSI and meet the minimum passing score on the TSI test.
  • Completes a designated college credit bearing course with a grade of C or higher.

What is required of Students Who Do Not meet the Required Scores on the Official TSI?

Students are required to begin the developmental course sequence during their first semester of enrollment and remain continuously enrolled in at least one developmental course each semester until TSI Complete in all three subject areas. Students who drop their development course(s) during the term may be dropped from all courses at CTC. High school students are not eligible to take developmental study courses.

Registration

Except for GoArmyEd students using military tuition assistance, students in high school, or students with holds on their records, all students should register online through WebAdvisor. If you are unable to register online via “WebAdvisor,” please submit your registration forms via eForms. eForms are located on CTC’s website at www.ctcd.edu. Information on eForms can be found on CTC’s website under the “Students” tab by clicking “Forms” in the dropdown menu. GoArmyEd students using personal funds for payment because their TA monies have been suspended due to their grade point average are encouraged to register through the GoArmyEd portal.

  • New students may register electronically once admissions, academic advisement and testing requirements have been completed.
  • Continuing students who have attended CTC in Texas or through distance learning during the last 12 months should register electronically.
  • Short-term stop-out students who return to CTC after being out of school for less than 12 months, must confirm that they have not changed their state of residence since their last enrollment prior to registering electronically.
  • Former students who have not enrolled with CTC during the last 12 months must reaffirm residency status and update admissions prior to registering electronically.
  • Active duty military or their family members may be required to submit a new military verification form and present their military I.D. card (valid) if it has been 12 months since last enrolled with CTC.
  • Early Admissions/Dual Credit high school students are not eligible to register electronically.

To ensure an effective and timely registration process, you should submit your CTC Application for Admission and supporting documents to the Admissions Office at least 72 working hours before enrollment. You must take all portions of the TSI Assessment and Pre-Assessment unless exempt or enrolled in a certificate-waived program prior to registration. If you are not required to take the TSI Assessment and Pre- Assessment, you may be required to take placement tests to enroll in specific courses or programs.

Except when the administrative offices are closed or during scheduled registration periods you may consult with an academic advisor at any time during the year. Testing is routinely given at the CTC Testing Office. You are encouraged to complete admissions, academic advisement, and testing in advance of scheduled registration periods.

New Student Registration

As a first-time student at Central Texas College, you are expected to participate in the new student registration process. This process includes academic counseling, schedule planning, registration, orientation, a discussion of the TSI program and its requirements and referral to other specialized services, such as the offices of Student Financial Assistance and Veterans Services.

Registration for Career and Technology Education (CATE) Programs

Registration for the CATE Center competency-based, open-entry certificate programs is continuous. Students may enroll any time, except during Spring Break, Christmas Holidays and other official Central Texas College holidays. Currently web registration is not available for the competency-based, open-entry programs. Students must go to the Sid Weiser Vocational Center (Building 118, Room 4) to start the registration process.

Late Registration

Late registration for classroom courses is permitted for a limited time after class begins. Consult local schedules for exact dates. Late registration is not permitted for distance learning courses. Registration for distance learning courses closes on Thursday before the first day of class. Students who complete registration after classes begin are not excused from meeting attendance or academic requirements and must arrange with the instructor to make up missed classes.

Adding or Dropping Classes

During the official add/drop period, you may add a class prior to the second scheduled class meeting. Classes missed will be counted as absences and you will be required to make up any assignments. Army TA students drop and add courses through the GoArmyEd portal.

If you are a financial aid student or using VA benefits you should visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance or Veterans Services prior to making a schedule change. It is your responsibility to meet with an advisor prior to dropping a course. VA students must have schedule changes approved at the CTC VA office.

Official Enrollment

To gain admission to classes, you must complete the published registration procedure each term, including payment of all tuition and fees. No one is officially enrolled until all tuition and fees have been paid in full. Students who withdraw are not entitled to remain in class on an unofficial basis. Only those students who are officially enrolled may attend classes.

Departmental Admissions Requirements

Aviation Science

If you are an Aviation Science student, you must pass Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) physical exams appropriate to your level of training before admission to flight training. Present written evidence of FAA medical certification to the Department Chair at the time of preregistration advisement for admission to this department.

Medical Laboratory Technician

Admission Policy

Applicants desiring admission to the MLT program must follow the regular procedures for admission to Central Texas College. Upon admission to CTC, a prospective student must follow the procedures required by the MLT program as follows:

  • Application to the MLT program accompanied by the documents listed below. An incomplete application (lacking any of the documents) will not be accepted. 

- Transcript of high school graduation or GED equivalency.

- All students must be TSI complete. For more information and assistance on testing, contact the Guidance and Counseling office and refer to the TSI section in the current Central Texas College catalog.

- Two completed reference forms.

- Current immunization record.

- Physical exam form completed within the last six months signed by a M.D. or D.O.

- Student health history.

Call for an appointment for a pre-admission interview with the program director (254-526-1883) when the application and the required documentation has been submitted to the MLT office.

Additional requirements are:

  • Students with prior college credits: It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure CTC receives official transcripts. For effective counseling, copies of transcripts should be sent to the MLT office prior to the pre-admission interview. All transfer courses accepted in the MLT program must have a grade of C or better. Science courses that are 5 years old or greater must be repeated.
  • Based on the date of the application and after admission criteria have been met, 20 students are admitted to the MLAB 1201/1211 courses. Enrollment in MLAB 1470 does not guarantee a position in the clinical courses of the program. Upon entering MLAB 1470 and subsequent courses, the student is in competitive status for admission to the clinical courses of the program.
  • Student must complete the program within four calendar years of enrollment.

Progression Requirements

In order for a student to progress in the MLT program, the following requirements must be met:

  • Achieve a grade of "75" or better in each course listed on the degree plan.
  • Successfully complete the prerequisites to Clinical I with a grade of "75" or better. Prerequisites are:

MLAB 1470  - MLAB 1415

BIOL 2401 - BIOL 2402

CHEM 1411 - CHEM 1412

MATH 1314

  • Selection for acceptance to the clinical courses of the program will be made on a space-available basis. The selection process is a function of the MLT Program Director. The following criteria will serve as the basis for the decision regarding selection.

- Review of transcripts and courses currently in progress; specifically academic courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and medical laboratory technician.

- Interview with 2 members of the MLT Advisory Board (32 points each maximum).

-  There are a minimum of 10 positions available for clinical courses. The students with the 10 highest point values will be admitted to the clinical courses. Two alternate positions will be assigned to the next two applicants.

- Students will be notified by letter regarding their status for admission to Clinical I.

  • Current CPR certification on file.
  • Results of TB Tine (skin) test or chest x-ray within six months of entering Clinical I.
  • Results of Criminal Background Check and Urine Drug Screen completed and submitted 45 days prior to entering Clinical I.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must:

  • Meet general admission requirements of Central Texas College and the MLT program.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Present transcripts and syllabi of completed science and MLT courses to the CTC Guidance and Counseling department.
  • Submit transcripts and syllabi evaluations completed by the CTC Guidance and Counseling department to the MLT program.
  • Students will be required to successfully complete MLT exit exams with a minimum of 75.
  • Placement of students in MLT clinical courses will depend upon availability and the recommendation of the MLT program director. Clinical admissions requirements will be applicable.

Readmission Policy

  • Student must submit a written request for readmission to the program (refer to page 8 of the MLT Student Handbook).
  • Student must be able to complete the program within four calendar years of the initial enrollment.
  • Readmission to any MLT course is dependent upon availability of class openings after current class enrollment, but it is not automatic.
  • Student who does not successfully complete any MLT or science course or withdraws from a MLT course with a failing average may apply once for readmission to the program.
  • For readmission to the clinical courses of the program, the student must be in good academic standing, receive approval from the MLT program director and repeat the clinical admission process.
  • Upon readmission to the clinical course, the following documents must be on file in the MLT program prior to the first day of the course.

- Proof of physical exam signed by a M.D. or D.O. within the last six months.

- Copy of current immunizations.

- Current CPR certification on file.

- Results of current TB Tine (skin) test or chest x-ray.

- Results of Criminal Background Check and Urine Drug Screen submitted 45 days prior to entering the
  clinical course(s).

Mental Health Services

Admission Policy

The Mental Health Services programs include a core curriculum of courses that provide a foundation for the Mental Health Services Associate of Applied Science degree with specialization options in Chemical Dependency, At-Risk Youth, or Social Work. The Chemical Dependency and At-Risk Youth specialization options may be in the form of certificates or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees.

Not all colleges and universities accept workforce development courses in transfer. Students must coordinate with the Mental Health Services Department and the college or university to which they want to transfer prior to enrollment.

Students who successfully complete the Advanced Certificate of Completion or Associate of Applied Science Degree with a Chemical Dependency specialization and are otherwise qualified, have the opportunity to prepare for licensure as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor through the Texas Department of State Health Services. Students who complete the minimum educational requirements as outlined by the DSHS will be evaluated on an individual basis before being eligible to enroll in the course DAAC 2367 Practicum, which provides the DSHS required 300 hour practicum. Effective September 2004, eligibility for licensure includes the requirement of an associate or more advanced degree with a course of study in human behavior/ development and service delivery, such as the AAS Chemical Dependency specialization in the Mental Health Services Department.

Students in any of the specializations are advised that certain felonies or misdemeanors may prevent the student from accomplishing practicum hours or of being able to receive gainful employment. If students have any convictions it is their responsibility to contact the State Agency from which they hope to receive their certification/licensure to see if they are eligible to proceed.

Applicants for the program must follow the regular procedure for admission to Central Texas College.

  • All students are required to complete a practicum class in order to graduate.
        -    Have completed all prerequisite classes achieving a grade of ‘C’ or higher.
        -    Have a telephone or face-to-face appointment with the Mental Health Services Department practicum professor.
        -    Submit an application showing intent to enroll in practicum.
        -    Find a practicum site (must be approved by the Mental Health Services Department).
        -    Be aware that field placement experiences will require travel at your expense.
        -    Be aware that neither Central Texas College nor clinical facilities in which field placement occurs provide medical coverage, workers’ compensation, or emergency care. Medical coverage is the responsibility of the student.
        -    Meet physical exam and immunization requirements which include:
            a     Proof of a physical exam completed within the last six months, signed appropriately.
            b     Proof of immunization/protection against (MMR, Measles Booster, Tdap, Varicella).
            c     TB Skin Test.
            d     Hepatitis B series that takes six months to complete.
        -    Provide proof of CPR/First Aid course completion.
        -    In addition to the above requirements, within 30 days of the first day of class in the Practicum, the student must document eligibility by doing the following.
            a    Submit the actual results of a Criminal Background Check, at the student’s own expense, to the CTC Mental Health Services Department Chair.
            b    Submit the results of a Drug Screen, at the student’s expense, to the CTC Mental Health Services Department Chair.
            c    Sign a Release of Information for the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen  results, if negative, to be released to the facility to which the student is applying to complete the required practicum hours.
            d    Sign and agree to comply with a Code of  Ethics/Confidentiality Agreement.

NOTE  All documentation must be received by the Mental Health Services department prior to the practicum start date. Students cannot start accumulating hours until all documentation has been received.

Progression Requirements

In order for you to progress in the Mental Health Services Program, the following is required:

  • Achieve a grade of "C" or better in all courses in the degree or certificate plan, to include academic and vocational or workforce development courses.
  • Meet admission and course prerequisite requirements.
  • If the student has been inactive in the program for five or more years, or took the equivalent of certain courses longer than five years ago, the need for those to be repeated will be evaluated on an individual basis. The following courses must be repeated: Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Addictions, Assessment Skill of AOD, Pharmacology of Addiction and Counseling AOD Addictions.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must:

  • Meet general admission requirements of CTC and the Mental Health Services Department.
  • Provide transcript and course descriptions of vocational or workforce development and academic courses from all regionally accredited colleges attended for the coursework to be applied toward a certificate or degree.

Department of Nursing and Allied Health (DONAH)

All programs in the Department of Nursing & Allied Health (DONAH) have a clinical component during which students spend time in health care facilities giving direct care to patients. It is the expectation of health care facilities that students’ practice will not be impaired by physical limitations, drugs, or alcohol. In addition, because of patient vulnerability, facilities may not allow students with positive criminal background checks to practice on their premises. The program specific Policy and Standard for Drug Screening and Background Checks, as well as the Immunizations, CPR requirements, Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI Admission Assessment Exam A2) pre-entrance exam are required for all students applying for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN), Associate Degree Nursing Option for Articulating Student, Vocational Nursing (VN), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic Programs.

Applicants for the DONAH programs must follow the regular procedures for admission to Central Texas College and complete all Department of Nursing & Allied Health program specific admission requirements prior to registration.

All Community Non-Native Speakers, International Students and/or ESOL students must follow the requirements listed in the current Central Texas College catalog.

STUDENTS WHO ARE NON-US CITIZENS: Provision of clinical placement is dependent upon the affiliated clinical facility acceptance of a non-US Citizen.  Clinical placement is provisional.  Therefore, without completion of the clinical rotation there is no guaranteed completion of the course or the program. Withdrawal from the course and the nursing program will be necessary if the non-US citizen is not accepted by the affiliated clinical facility.

All DONAH courses recognized as a co-requisite course are required to be taken at the same time.

Failure of any DONAH co-requisite courses would result in withdrawal of all DONAH core courses that are in the respective semester.

Final course grade, status and decisions will be determined by each DONAH programs Admissions and Standards Committees on a case-by-case basis.

Associate Degree and Vocational Nursing Policy, Standard and Timing for Drug Screening and Background Checks

This policy applies to all students applying for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing Option for the Articulating Student, and the Vocational Nursing programs and is at the student’s own expense.

All drug screen tests and background checks as required by the programs must be conducted, and verification of negative results received after acceptance but prior to enrollment in the program to which the student is applying.

Enrollments are contingent upon declaratory order outcomes should a positive background check or self-disclosure of a positive criminal history occur. The programs will honor drug screen, program specific background check and physical for the duration of the student’s enrollment in the program if the participating student has not had a break in enrollment from the CTC Department of Nursing & Allied Health. (A break in enrollment is defined as nonattendance of one full 16-week semester or more.) FBI background checks completed through MorphoTrust do not need to be repeated.

Submit Texas Board of Nursing documentation of actual results of a negative criminal background check through MorphoTrust screening services to the CTC Department of Nursing designee. Background checks are to be completed no more than 90 days prior to the program start date. The eligibility determination takes a minimum of 3-6 months. Disclosure of a positive criminal background will prohibit registration. The student will be advised to petition TBON for an eligibility determination. The prospective student for the CTC DONAH will not be considered for admission until the Declaratory Order outcomes are received by the Chair, Department of Nursing & Allied Health from the prospective student/TBON. Declaratory Orders that are unresolved 30 days prior to the first day of classes will result in the student being removed from the enrollment list.

During progression through the program, students must inform the CTC DONAH Chair and/or designee of any mental or physical condition, illness, injury, surgery, pregnancy, etc. that would result in a change of the physical limitations status. Safety is a priority for the patient and health and well-being of students and faculty. Failure to inform the program may result in immediate withdrawal from the course or program. Medical care which results in student absence must include the physician’s return to class/clinical/lab documentation following illness, injury, surgery, pregnancy, or as required by faculty. Documentation must be mailed, emailed, or faxed directly from the healthcare provider to the CTC DONAH.

Negative 11-panel Drug Screen must be completed no more than 45 days prior to the program start date. Results must be mailed, emailed, or faxed directly to the CTC DONAH.

Emergency Medical Technology, AEMT and Paramedic Policy, Standard and Timing for Drug Screening and Background Checks

This policy applies to all students applying for admission to the Emergency Medical Technology Program and is at the student’s own expense.

All drug screen tests and background checks as required by the programs must be conducted, and verification of negative results received after acceptance but prior to enrollment in the program to which the student is applying.

Negative 11 panel Drug Screen and Criminal Background Check must be completed through mystudentcheck.com no more than 6 months prior to the program start date. Results are automatically sent to the EMS Program Director or designee.

General Admission and Immunization Requirements for All Department of Nursing & Allied Health Programs:

  • Disclosure of the Social Security number is required for admission into the Department of Nursing Associate Degree Nursing programs. Affiliated clinical facilities require the student Social Security number in order to approve placement of student in their facility. The Department of Nursing & Allied Health policy requires the student to be eligible to attend all affiliated clinical sites and does not provide special placement. Central Texas College will not locate or provide alternative sites for clinical rotations for students ineligible to attend clinical rotations at the specified sites. Clinical rotations are completed at sites specified by and contracted with Central Texas College
  • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - American Heart Association – Health Care Provider (BLS) and Military Training Network (MTN) are the only CPR courses that will be accepted. Please furnish the original card and a photocopy – front and back) – online certifications are not accepted.
  • Proof of physical exam signed and stamped by MD, DO, PA or NP which includes designated medical limitations.
  • Sign a release of information for the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen results if negative to be released to the facilities to which the student is assigned for clinical experiences during enrollment in the program.
  • Sign a statement agreeing to acknowledge:
  • Inform the CTC DONAH Chair or designee and/or the clinical facility if criminal activity or substance abuse occurs after the initial criminal background check and drug screen is completed.
  • Inform the CTC DONAH Chair and/or designee of any mental or physical condition, illness, injury, surgery, pregnancy, etc. that would result in a change of the physical limitations status. Safety is a priority for the patient and health and well-being of students and faculty. Failure to inform the program may result in immediate withdrawal from the course or program.
  • A “for cause” Drug Screen at the student’s own expense when the student’s performance, conduct, or other action indicates possible substance use.
  • Neither the college nor clinical facilities provide medical coverage or workmen’s compensation for emergency illness or injury. Medical coverage is  the responsibility of the student.
  • Provide a Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport, naturalization certificate, permanent alien card or other documents if required by the clinical facility

Mandatory Immunizations:

  • Source: Texas Administrative Code (TAC): Department of State Health Services, Title 25 Health Services, Rule 97.64 (May 25, 2010) and Title 25 Health Services, Rule 97.65 (March 5, 2009) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Required Vaccinations for Students Enrolled in Health-related and Veterinary Courses in Institutions of Higher Education:
  • Students cannot be enrolled without completing all required immunizations.
    Immunization Requirements
    **AFTER you are notified of selection to the ADN or VN Program and prior to registration for the first semester of nursing courses, you must provide validation in the form of original documents and one photocopy of each of the following mandatory immunizations:
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria Tdap must be noted as administered once in lifetime- If no record then student will need to get a Tdap. If a Tdap was administered, then Td is required every ten years.
  • Polio Students enrolled in health-related courses are encouraged to ascertain that they are immune to poliomyelitis.
  • Measles Students born on or after January 1, 1957 must have two doses of measles-containing vaccine administered since January 1, 1968. Those born prior to January 1, 1957 must show one dose. Serologic confirmation of immunity is acceptable (titer completed and interpreted as immune to measles).
  • Mumps Two doses required. Serologic confirmation of immunity is acceptable (titer completed and interpreted as immune to mumps).
  • Rubella Two doses required. Serologic confirmation of immunity is acceptable (titer completed and interpreted as immune to rubella).
  • Hepatitis B Students must complete the Hepatitis B series which consists of three injections. The series of injections are administered over a 6-month period of time, please plan accordingly! Serologic confirmation of immunity is acceptable (titer completed and interpreted as immune to Hepatitis B).
  • Tuberculosis Documentation of negative screening results for tuberculosis (TB) is required. Students must complete one of the following TB tests within thirty (30) days preceding first day of first rotation period at any Facility and repeated annually thereafter: 2-Step Tuberculin Skin Test; QuantiFERON®-TB Gold in- Tube test (QFT-GIT or Q-Gold) or T-SPOT®TB test (T-Spot). Thereafter a 2-Step Tuberculin Skin Test; QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT or Q-Gold) or T-SPOT®TB test (T-Spot) is required annually. Those who have had a previous positive TB skin test result will be required to submit a negative chest x-ray completed within thirty (30) days preceding first day of first clinical rotation period at any Facility. There after an annual negative chest x-ray will be required through program completion.
  • Varicella must receive two doses of varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine. Serologic confirmation of immunity is acceptable (titer completed and interpreted as immune to varicella).
  • Influenza Must show current flu season vaccination no later than October 1st; those admitted in Spring semesters must receive the current season flu shot no later than two weeks prior to the program start date and will be required to receive another vaccination for the upcoming flu season no later than October 1st
  • Bacterial Meningitis the Texas legislature passed a law requiring ALL entering students at institutions of higher education to have an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster during the five-year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the first semester or submit an affidavit for an exemption. Vaccinations older than 5 years will require a booster. Bacterial Meningitis vaccine is not an admission requirement for the EMT/Paramedic program but is a requirement for CTC general admission.

Rule 97.65 Exceptions to Immunization Requirement (Verification of Immunity/History of Illness).

  • Serologic confirmations of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, or Varicella, are acceptable. Evidence of Measles, Mumps, Rubella Hepatitis B, or Varicella illnesses must consist of a laboratory report that indicates either confirmation of immunity or infection.

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

General policies related to students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program are consistent with those in effect for all students enrolled at Central Texas College and can be found in the Central Texas College Student Handbook and the Central Texas College Catalog. Support Services are available to students and information can be found in the Central Texas College Student Handbook and in the semester schedule bulletins.

Admission Policy

General Information

The Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) requires two calendar years. Upon successful completion students are eligible to receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and become candidates for the National Council Licensure Examination-RN®. A candidate who successfully passes this exam is licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). The ADN Program curriculum provides a general education together with nursing education at a college level. The student receives classroom or online instruction and coordinated clinical experience in the nursing care of patients in area health care facilities under the supervision and guidance of the nursing faculty. Students are selected to enter the ADN Program in the Fall or Spring Semester. The ADN Program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

Applicants for the program must follow the regular procedures for admission to Central Texas College. In addition, the following is required of all applicants for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program:

  • All students must be TSI complete or exempt. For more information and assistance on the test, contact the Guidance and Counseling office and refer to the current Central Texas College catalog.
  • All Community Non-Native Speakers, International Students and/or ESOL students must follow the requirements listed in the current Central Texas College catalog.
  • Application to the ADN Program with copies of transcripts from all prior colleges attended.
  • All required prerequisite courses on the current ADN Degree Plan, TSI completion/exemption verification, and HESI A2 exam scores must be submitted and/or verified by the eligibility deadline date for the semester which you are applying.
  • Attain a minimum of a 2.8 overall (average) GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for CTC ADN Degree Plan lab science prerequisite courses. Lab science courses over five (5) years old must be repeated. Grades for the most current required lab science courses attempted within the last five years will be considered when calculating the overall lab science GPA. This includes any science courses that were repeated. This must be done by the eligibility deadline date.
  • HPRS 2300 courses greater than five years old will not be accepted. If RNSG 1301 was taken, it must have been completed within the past five years and will be accepted in liew of HPRS 2300. A student who has repeated HPRS 2300 more than once within the last five years and earned grades of less than a “C” (75%) will be ineligible for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing or Vocational Nursing Programs.
  • Complete the HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam by the eligibility deadline date. The HESI A2 is a computerized test which may be taken at the CTC Testing Center or other approved testing site. If the HESI A2 is successfully completed at another testing center, the results must be sent electronically from the testing site to the CTC DONAH. A HESI (A2) Prep book is available in the CTC Bookstore. The HESI (A2) is the only exam accepted. The exam must be completed with passing scores of 80% for ADN program and 70% for VN Program, in each section of Math, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary and General Knowledge. Anatomy and Physiology will also be required with passing scores of 60% for ADN Program and 50% for VN Program. HESI A2 exams greater than 2 years old will not be accepted. We recommend that prospective students take the HESI A2 when they are close.
  • Mandatory attendance is required at a Preadmission Information Session with the Nursing Programs Director or designee during the semester all prerequisite courses are completed. In addition, the following must be on record in the DONAH prior to your being scheduled for this meeting: CTC DONAH application, HESI A2 exam scores, TSI completion/exemption verification, and all transcripts. This is the final step for eligibility..
  • Candidates for admission to the ADN program are ranked and selected based upon the performance of the applicant pool for that semester to include:
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) on all CTC ADN Degree Plan prerequisites and other completed coursework.
  • Grades for ALL lab science courses attempted within the past 5 years will be considered when calculating the lab science GPA, to include any science courses that were repeated.
  • HESI A2 pre-entrance exam scores and number of attempts. The HESI A2 scores can be no older than 2 years.
  • Pharmacology course grade and number of attempts.
  • After selection for admission, but prior to registration, the following must be on record in the DONAH office:
  • See Policy, Standard and Timing for Drug Screening and Background Checks and Mandatory Immunizations for the ADN and VN programs.
  • Physical Examination using the CTC DONAH form and must be completed no more than 90 days prior to the program start date. The student completes the front page and the medical doctor (MD), doctor of osteopathy (DO), physician’s assistant (PA), or nurse practitioner (NP) completes the back page. Please make certain that the activity level (limited or unlimited) and all required immunizations are noted on the physical exam form signed and stamped by the health care provider.

  • Documentation of negative screening results for tuberculosis (TB) is required. Students must complete one of the following TB tests within thirty (30) days preceding first day of first rotation period at any Facility and repeated annually thereafter: 2-Step Tuberculin Skin Test; QuantiFERON®-TB Gold in- Tube test (QFT-GIT or Q-Gold) or T-SPOT®TB test (T-Spot). Thereafter a 2-Step Tuberculin Skin Test; QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT or Q-Gold) or T-SPOT®TB test (T-Spot) is required annually. Those who have had a previous positive TB skin test result will be required to submit a negative chest x-ray completed within thirty (30) days preceding first day of first clinical rotation period at any Facility. There after an annual negative chest x-ray will be required through program completion.

  • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - American Heart Association – Health Care Provider (BLS) and Military Training Network (MTN) are the only CPR courses that will be accepted. Please furnish the original card and a photocopy – front and back) – online certifications are not accepted.

  • Proof of purchase for the required Lab Kit. Each prospective student must bear the cost of all the above requirements.

Additional Need-to-Know Information

  • Students will be required to complete nationally standardized and referenced examinations throughout the curriculum and earn satisfactory scores based on national and school benchmarks on such examinations.
  • Students without any prior nursing courses are required to complete the ADN program within three years of first enrollment in RNSG 1413. Transfer students are required to complete the ADN program within two years of first time enrollment.
  • Students will be required to attend three (3) mandatory orientations to fulfill admission requirements in the ADN program.
  • Preadmission Information Session
  • Nursing Program Orientation
  • Success Camp

Progression Requirements

In order to progress in the program, the following requirements must be met:

  • Achieve a grade of “C” or better in all courses in the curriculum including general education and nursing courses.
  • Achieve a minimum 75 percent course average “C or higher in all nursing courses.
  • Achieve a minimum of 90% on dosage calculation exams within three attempts, in the clinical course prior to the second Friday of the semester in order to administer medications.
  • Successfully complete all prerequisites to each nursing course.
  • Successfully complete co-requisites prior to or concurrently with nursing courses.
  • Successfully complete all courses in each semester of the curriculum before progressing to the next semester courses.
  • Maintain current CPR certification AHA guidelines - Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification or Military Training Network.
  • Provide documentation of medical release to return to class/clinical/lab after mental or physical condition, illness, injury, surgery, and pregnancy, “break in clinical” etc. that would result in a change of the physical limitations status. Documentation must be mailed, emailed, or faxed from the healthcare facility directly to the DONAH. Safety is a priority for the patient and health and well-being of students and faculty. Failure to inform the program may result in immediate withdrawal from the course or program.
  • Provide annual documentation of negative results for PPD (TB). If a history of positive PPD, then chest x-ray or QuantiFERON-TB documentation must be provided.
  • Maintain a negative 11-panel drug screen and criminal background check.
  • Complete all standardized assessment and exit tests as required by the course syllabus.
  • Generic students must complete the nursing program within three calendar years of first enrollment in RNSG 1413 or its equivalent. Transfer students must complete the nursing program within two calendar years of enrollment in nursing courses.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior in the classroom and clinical and lab in accordance with CTC Policy and the Texas Nursing Practice Act, and the TBON rules and regulations relating to nursing education, licensure and practice. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in disciplinary action which could include dismissal from the program.

Transfer Students

  • Meet general admission requirements of CTC and the Department of Nursing and Allied Health ADN program.
  • Possess an overall 2.8 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in all college work for both transfer courses and courses earned at CTC that will be credited on the nursing degree plan. Nursing course work older than two years will not be accepted.
  • Possess a lab science GPA of 2.8 or greater with courses no older than 5 years.
  • A student who has repeated a required science course more than once within the last five years and earned grades of less than a “C” will be ineligible for admission in to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  • HPRS 2300 courses greater than five years old will not be accepted. If RNSG 1301 was taken, it must have been completed within the past five years and will be accepted in liew of HPRS 2300. A student who has repeated HPRS 2300 more than once within the last five years and earned grades of less than a “C” (75%) will be ineligible for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing or Vocational Nursing Programs.
  • Present transcripts from all colleges attended. (Syllabi for nursing courses are required for review.)
  • Nurse course work cannot be over 2 years old.
  • Apply in writing to the CTC ADN Admissions and Standards Committee requesting admission to the Program.
  • Submit two official letters validating safe nursing practice from the previous nursing program. One must come from the Director/Department Chair and one must come from the last clinical professor. A student dismissed from a previous nursing program for unsafe clinical practice will not be considered for admission.
  • Acknowledge that placement in the nursing program will be dependent upon space availability and recommendation from the ADN Admissions and Standards Committee.
  • Must complete 25% of the degree plan at CTC to meet residency requirements.
  • Complete the ADN Program within two years of enrollment in your first RNSG course.
  • The final decision to accept or deny admission will be determined by the Admissions and Standards Committee.
  • After enrollment, a transfer student who does not successfully complete any nursing course or withdraws from a nursing course with a failing average will adhere to the readmission policy as detailed under “Associate Degree Nursing Readmission Policy.”

Part-Time Policy

There is no part-time option available in the ADN Program.

Associate Degree in Nursing Readmission Policy

Readmission to any nursing course is dependent upon availability of class openings after current class progression; it is not automatic.

  • Students must meet the current admission/progression requirements for their specific nursing entry track.
  • Students must provide current physical, immunization, criminal background and drug screen information.
  • Provide proof of physical examination or diagnostic tests as recommended or required to include physicians return to class/clinical documentation after illness, injury, surgery, or pregnancy etc.
  • If a student does not complete a nursing course, the student may apply for readmission.
  • Any student who is requesting readmission to a clinical course, or who experiences a “break” from clinical for any reason will be required to provide a “Student Nurse Medical Release Return to Class/Clinical/Lab” form before being allowed to participate in a clinical course. The medical evaluation must take place within the 30 day period immediately prior to the first day of the semester. Documentation must be mailed, emailed, or faxed from the healthcare facility directly to the DONAH. Safety is a priority for the patient and health and well-being of students and faculty. Failure to inform the program may result in immediate withdrawal from the course or program.
  • If a student does not successfully complete any nursing course or withdraws from a nursing course with a failing average, the student may apply for readmission to the Nursing Program one time. Failure of any two RNSG courses will result in ineligibility for readmission.
  • Students who become ineligible for readmission may reapply after 3 years or are eligible to apply to other DONAH Programs unless failure was due to a safety issue or unprofessional conduct. Science courses must not be older than 5 years old.
  • Consideration for readmission is based on the following:
  • Faculty/team recommendation.
  • Academic grade average and clinical evaluation.
  • Reason(s) for failure, if applicable, or withdrawal
  • Resolution of outside extenuating circumstances if applicable.
  • Completion of remedial work and/or Admissions & Standards Committee requirements.
  • An interview of the student may be recommended by the A&S Committee.
  • Any student applying for readmission to the nursing program must request readmission, in writing, to the Admissions and Standards Committee and submit a written plan for success to be reviewed by the committee.
  • The committee determines eligibility for readmission and notifies the student in writing.

Nursing Option for Articulating Student

Admission Policy
The Articulating Student must meet general admission requirements of CTC and the Department of Nursing and Allied Health ADN program.

  • Apply to the ADN Program and provide copies of transcripts to the Department of Nursing and Allied Health from all prior colleges and universities attended to include an LVN/LPN and Paramedic transcript.
  • All International or Community Foreign students must meet with an advisor at CTC in Academic Advising for English for Students of Other Languages assistance.
  • Only transfer courses with a grade of a “C” or better will be considered for the CTC ADN Nursing Degree Plan.
  • Maintain a current LVN/LPN license or Paramedic certification/licensure through Texas Department of State Health Services and or National Registry of EMT.
  • Submit two work references or work appraisal forms (see info packet), as an LVN/LPN, or Paramedic both from a supervisor within the last two years. All applicants for this course must have been employed one year full-time or two years part-time as a GVN/LVN or Paramedic in the two calendar years prior to admission to the Nursing Option for Articulating Student Program.
  • The work experience requirement for the Nursing Option for Articulating Student Program may be waived before entry into the Program provided the following requirements are satisfied:
  • Graduation from the CTC Vocational Nursing Program, or CTC Emergency Medical Technology Paramedic Program within the last two years
  • Current and valid LVN/LPN license, or current Paramedic certification/licensure
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses listed on the Nursing Option for Articulating Student degree plan.

Progression Requirements for Nursing Option for Articulating Student Program

In order to progress in the program, the following requirements must be met:

  • Achieve a grade of “C” or better in all courses in the curriculum including general education and nursing courses.
  • Achieve a minimum 75 percent course average “C or higher in all nursing courses.
  • Achieve a minimum of 90% on dosage calculation exams within three attempts, in the clinical course prior to the second Friday of the semester in order to administer medications.
  • Successfully complete all prerequisites to each nursing course.
  • Successfully complete co-requisites prior to or concurrently with nursing courses.
  • Successfully complete all courses in each semester of the curriculum before progressing to the next semester courses.
  • Maintain current CPR certification AHA guidelines - Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification or Military Training Network.
  • Provide documentation of medical release to return to class/clinical/lab after mental or physical condition, illness, injury, surgery, and pregnancy, “break in clinical” etc that would result in a change of the physical limitations status. Documentation must be mailed, emailed, or faxed from the healthcare facility directly to the DONAH. Safety is a priority for the patient and health and well-being of students and faculty. Failure to inform the program may result in immediate withdrawal from the course or program.
  • Tuberculosis Documentation repeated annually: 2-Step Tuberculin Skin Test; QuantiFERON®-TB Gold in- Tube test (QFT-GIT or Q-Gold) or T-SPOT®TB test (T-Spot). Thereafter a 2-Step Tuberculin Skin Test; QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT or Q-Gold) or T-SPOT®TB test (T-Spot) is required annually. Those who have had a previous positive TB skin test result will be required to submit a negative chest x-ray completed within thirty (30) days preceding first day of first clinical rotation period at any Facility. There after an annual negative chest x-ray will be required through program completion.
  • Maintain a negative 11-panel drug screen and criminal background check.
  • Complete all standardized assessment and exit tests as required by the course syllabus.
  • The Articulating Student must complete the nursing program within four calendar years of first enrollment in RNSG 1331 or its equivalent.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior in the classroom and clinical and lab in accordance with CTC Policy and the Texas Nursing Practice Act, and the TBON rules and regulations relating to nursing education, licensure and practice. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in disciplinary action which could include dismissal from the program.

Readmission Policy for Articulating Students

Readmission to any nursing course is dependent upon availability of class openings after current class progression; it is not automatic

  • See Associate Degree Nursing Readmission Policy

Vocational Nursing (VN)

General policies related to students in the Vocational Nursing Program is consistent with those in effect for all students enrolled at Central Texas College and can be found in the Central Texas College Student Handbook and the Central Texas College Catalog. Support Services are available to students and information can be found in the Central Texas College Student Handbook and in the semester schedule bulletins.

Admission Policy

General Information

Applicants for the program must follow the regular procedures for admission to Central Texas College. In addition, the student must complete all Department of Nursing standard program admission requirements which include CPR, American Heart Association (AHA) - Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification, 11-Panel Drug Screen, Criminal Background check, HESI A2 pre-entrance exam, and TSI completion/exemption. See Policy, Standard and Timing for Drug Screening and Background Checks and Mandatory Immunizations for the ADN and VN programs.?

The following must also be completed by the eligibility deadline date before admission to the Vocational Nursing Program is granted:

  • All students must be TSI complete. For more information and assistance on the test, contact the Guidance and Counseling office and refer to the current Central Texas College catalog.
  • Submission of high school transcripts to the Department of Nursing and Allied Health verifying graduation or GED transcript that indicates student has earned a state equivalent high school diploma.
  • Submit application for the Vocational Nursing program.
  • Attain a minimum of a 2.0 overall (average) GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for all CTC VN Degree Plan lab science prerequisite courses. Lab science courses over five (5) years old must be repeated. Grades for most current required lab science courses attempted within the last five years will be considered when calculating the overall lab science GPA. This includes any science courses that were repeated. This must be done by the eligibility deadline date.
  • Complete the HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam by the eligibility deadline date. The HESI A2 is a computerized test which may be taken at the CTC Testing Center or other approved testing site. If the HESI A2 is successfully completed at another testing center, the results must be sent electronically from the testing site to the CTC DONAH. A HESI (A2) Prep book is available in the CTC Bookstore. The HESI (A2) is the only exam accepted. The exam must be completed with passing scores of 80% for ADN program and 70% for VN Program, in each section of Math, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary and General Knowledge. Anatomy and Physiology will also be required with passing scores of 60% for ADN Program and 50% for VN Program. HESI A2 exams greater than 2 years old will not be accepted. We recommend that prospective students take the HESI A2 when they are close.
  • Overall GPA is determined by:
    • HPRS 2300 courses greater than five years old will not be accepted. If RNSG 1301 was taken, it must have been completed within the past five years and will be accepted in liew of HPRS 2300. A student who has repeated HPRS 2300 more than once within the last five years and earned grades of less than a “C” (75%) will be ineligible for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing or Vocational Nursing Programs.
    • BIOL 2401 A & P I and number of attempts. Lab science courses over five (5) years old at the eligibility deadline date must be repeated.
  • Attendance is required at a mandatory Preadmission Information Session with the Nursing Programs Director or designee. In addition, the following must be on record in the DONAH prior to your being scheduled for this meeting: CTC DONAH application, HESI A2 exam scores, TSI completion/exemption verification, and all transcripts. This is the final step for eligibility.

     

Additional Need-to-Know Information

Students must participate in three (3) mandatory orientation meetings to fulfill admission requirements for the VN program

  • Preadmission Information Session
  • Nursing Orientation
  • Success Camp (on-line - must complete mandatory assignments by designated date)

Vocation Nursing Readmission Policy

Readmission to any nursing course is dependent upon availability of class openings after current class progression; it is not automatic.

  • If a student does not successfully complete any nursing course or withdraws from a nursing course with a failing average, the student may apply for readmission to the Nursing Program one time. Failure of any two VNSG courses will result in ineligibility for readmission.
  • Students who become ineligible for readmission may reapply after 3 years to other DONAH programs unless failure was due to a safety issue or unprofessional conduct. Science courses must not be older than 5 years old.
  • Any student who is requesting readmission to a clinical course, or who experiences a “break” from clinical for any reason will be required to provide a “Student Nurse Medical Release Return to Class/Clinical/Lab” form before being allowed to participate in a clinical course. The medical evaluation must take place within the 30 day period immediately prior to the first day of the semester.
  • Students must provide current physical, immunization, criminal background and drug screen information.
  • Provide proof of physical examination or diagnostic tests as recommended or required to include physicians return to class/clinical documentation after illness, injury, surgery, or pregnancy etc.
  • The Vocational Nursing program must be completed within two years of first time enrollment in VNSG 1222 or its equivalent.

Consideration for course readmission of former students is based on the following:

  • Faculty/team recommendation
  • Academic grade average and clinical evaluation
  • Reason(s) for failure, if applicable, or withdrawal
  • Resolution of outside extenuating circumstance if applicable
  • Completion of remedial work and /or Admissions and Standards Committee requirements.
  • An interview with the former student may be recommended by the A&S Committee.

A letter to the VN Admissions and Standards Committee written by the applicant that includes:

  • Student Name
  • Nursing course name(s) and number(s) to which seeking readmission
  • Reason(s) for lack of success/progress in the course(s)
  • Plan for success if readmitted [Be specific please]
  • Semester and year seeking readmission
  • Student signature and date

The A&S Committee determines eligibility for readmission and notifies the student in writing.

After an applicant has been accepted for readmission, the student will follow standard Department of Nursing and Allied Health admission policies found in the current Department of Nursing and Allied Health Student Handbook and this information packet.

Progression Requirements

  • To progress in the Vocational Nursing Program, a student must achieve an average of 70 percent or higher in each course.
  • Successfully complete co-requisites concurrently with nursing courses.
  • Failure to achieve 90 percent on the Dosage Calculation exams, after three attempts, will result in a clinical course failure.
  • Complete the Vocational Nursing Program within two years of first time enrollment in VNSG 1222 or its equivalent.
  • Provide documentation of medical release to return to class/clinical/lab after mental or physical condition, illness, injury, surgery, and pregnancy, “break in clinical” etc. that would result in a change of the physical limitations status. Documentation must be mailed, emailed, or faxed from the healthcare facility directly to the DONAH. Safety is a priority for the patient and health and well-being of students and faculty. Failure to inform the program may result in immediate withdrawal from the course or program.
  • Tuberculosis Documentation of negative screening results for tuberculosis (TB) is required. Repeated annually thereafter: 2-Step Tuberculin Skin Test; QuantiFERON®-TB Gold in- Tube test (QFT-GIT or Q-Gold) or T-SPOT®TB test (T-Spot). Thereafter a 2-Step Tuberculin Skin Test; QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT or Q-Gold) or T-SPOT®TB test (T-Spot) is required annually. Those who have had a previous positive TB skin test result will be required to submit a negative chest x-ray completed within thirty (30) days preceding first day of first clinical rotation period at any Facility. There after an annual negative chest x-ray will be required through program completion.
  • Maintain a negative 11-panel drug screen and criminal background check.
  • It is mandatory for VN students at all three semesters of the program to participate in a comprehensive assessment and review program. Online exams provide immediate results and detailed diagnostic reports and provide opportunity for remediation. Proof of satisfactory remediation on each exam must be submitted to the course faculty by the first class day of the next semester so the student may progress in the VN program. Failure to submit proof of remediation will result in an Academic Hold.
  • The Vocational Nursing Program culminates in certification leading towards licensure and is responsible to maintain the Rules and Regulations Relating to Vocational Nursing Education, Licensure, and Practice in the State of Texas issued by the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON). VN students are responsible for maintaining professional conduct throughout all aspects of this program. The TBON regulations define and outline “Unprofessional Conduct” and can be found in the CTC VN Program Student Handbook. Failure to maintain the professional code of conduct may subject the student to disciplinary action and/or removal from the program.

Transfer Students

Difinition: A transfer student is a person who has attended another nursing program and has transferred course credit(s) for advanced placement in the Central Texas College VN Program.

  • Must apply for and meet general admission requirements of Central Texas College.
  • Must submit the CTC Vocational Nursing Program application and meet current program admission requirements.
  • Evidence of maintaining a “C” (2.0 GPA) at the previous school.
  • Grades for all courses that are transferred in must be a “B” or better.
  • Vocational Nursing courses used for transfer for advanced placement must have been completed in the past year.
  • Regardless of which courses were granted credit, all students transferring into the VN program will be required to take VNSG 1122 Vocational Nursing Concepts.
  • Submit a packet containing:
  • Letter of request for transfer must be submitted 90 days prior to the student’s requested start date. Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Two official letters from the previous nursing program validating safe nursing practice. One from the Director/Dean and the other from the last clinical professor is required.
  • A complete course description, learning guide, and syllabi of the nursing courses for which you are requesting transfer.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis by the VN Admissions and Standards Committee.
  • Submit proof of completion of CPR course – American Heart Association (AHA)- Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification or Military Training Institute: CPR and AED. Submit a copy of the front and back of the card.
  • Submit completed physical examination form and mandatory immunizations.
  • Show proof of negative FBI Background Check or Declaratory Order from TBON.
  • Negative 11 panel drug screen.
  • Submit proof of purchase of lab kit (receipt).
  • All transfer students must successfully complete a minimum of 50 percent of credit hours (26 credit hours) at CTC.
  • Students must complete the Vocational Nursing Program within two years of first time enrollment in VNSG 1222 or its equivalent.

Emergency Medical Technologies (Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced EMT and Paramedic) Certificate and Associate Degree Programs

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Admission Policy

Applicants for the program must follow the regular procedures for admission to Central Texas College. In addition, complete all Department of Nursing & Allied Health general program admission requirements which include: CPR, proof of immunizations, physical examination, drug screen, criminal background check, TSI completion, and HP-A2 pre-entrance exam; see Policy, Standard and Timing for Drug Screening and Background Checks and Mandatory Immunizations. All students applying to the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate or Associate Degree Program must also meet the following additions:

  • Proof of High School graduation or GED high school equivalent certificate.
  • Copies of transcripts from prior colleges or universities attended.
  • Proof of physical exam completed within the last six (6) months signed by an MD, DO, PA or NP.
  • PPD TB skin test results completed within the last three (3) months signed by an MD, DO, PA or NP. The PPD TB skin test results will be required annually thereafter. Documentation of chest x-ray is acceptable for students who meet this medical requirement. Some affiliated clinical facilities may require further documentation including a follow-up chest x-ray.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Progression Requirements

In order to progress in the EMT program, the following must be met:

  • Achieve a grade of “C” or better in EMSP 1401 and EMSP 1160.
  • Achieve a minimum 75 percent course average.
  • Maintain current CPR course completion - AHA - Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification or Military Training Institute: CPR and AED Elements.
  • Provide documentation of medical release to the Department of Nursing and Allied Health after mental or physical condition, illness, injury, surgery, pregnancy, etc. that would result in a change of the physical limitations status and provide written documentation of medical release to return to class/clinical. Failure to inform the program may result in immediate withdrawal from the course or program.
  • Have an annual PPD Skin test/or chest x-ray as physician ordered or clinical facility requires, and provide results to Department of Nursing and Allied Health.
  • Maintain a negative drug screen and criminal background check.
  • Conduct and performance in the classroom and affiliated clinical facilities is according to CTC policy, the EMS Program policies and the Texas Department of State Health Services. Failure to perform to these standards may result in disciplinary action to include, but not limited to, dismissal from the program.

Paramedic Program (includes Advanced  EMT certificate)

Admission Policy

Applicants for the program must follow the regular procedures for admission to Central Texas College. In addition, the applicant must complete all Department of Nursing & Allied Health standard program admission requirements which include: CPR, proof of immunizations, Drug Screen, Criminal Background check, HP-A2 pre-entrance exam, and TSI completion; see Policy, Standard and Timing for Drug Screening and Background Checks and Mandatory Immunizations. All students applying to the Paramedic Program must also meet the following additions:

  • Proof of high school graduation or GED high school equivalent certificate.
  • Copies of transcripts from prior colleges or universities attended.
  • An overall 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all college work, to include transfer courses and CTC coursework that will be applied on the EMT degree plan.
  • Proof of physical exam completed within the last six (6) months signed by an MD, DO, PA or NP.
  • PPD TB skin test results completed within the last three (3) months signed by an MD, DO, PA or NP. The PPD TB skin test results or chest x-ray as physician ordered or clinical facility require annually thereafter.
  • All transfer courses accepted in the Paramedic curriculum must be a “B” or above. Science courses that are older than five years old must be repeated. Final transfer decision rests with Emergency Medical Technology Admissions and Standards Committee.
  • Copy of Texas and/or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate

Neither the College nor nursing homes provide medical coverage or worker’s compensation for emergency illness or injury. Medical coverage is the student’s responsibility.

Paramedic Progression Requirements

In order to progress in the Paramedic program, the following requirements must be met:

  • Achieve a grade of "C" or better in all courses.
  • Achieve a minimum 75 percent course average.
  • Successfully complete prerequisites to each EMSP course.
  • Successfully complete all co-requisites prior to or concurrently with EMSP courses.
  • Successfully complete all courses in each semester of the curriculum before progressing to the next semester courses.
  • Maintain current CPR course completion - AHA-Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification or Military Training Institute: CPR and AED Elements.
  • Provide documentation of medical release to the Department of Nursing & Allied Health after mental or physical condition, illness, injury, surgery, pregnancy, etc. that would result in a change of the physical limitations status and provide written documentation of medical release to return to class/clinical. Failure to inform the program may result in immediate withdrawal from the course or program.
  • Have an annual PPD Skin test/or chest x-ray as physician ordered or clinical facility requires, and provide results to Department of Nursing and Allied Health.
  • Maintain a negative drug screen and criminal background check.
  • Complete all standardized assessment and exit exams with scores as required per the course syllabi.
  • Complete the paramedic program within two years of first enrollment in EMSP 1355 or its equivalent.
  • Conduct and performance in the classroom and affiliated clinical facilities is according to CTC policy, the EMS Program policies and the Texas Department of State Health Services. Failure to perform to these standards may result in disciplinary action to include, but not limited to, dismissal from the program.

Readmission Policy for EMT, Advanced EMT and Paramedic Students
  • A student may be re-admitted to an EMS course ONCE following a failure due to poor academic performance or withdrawal from an EMS course. Students will NOT be readmitted to the EMT or Paramedic program if he/she has been removed from class or clinical rotations due to unprofessional behavior, academic dishonesty or patient endangerment. This applies to the following EMSP courses: EMSP 1401, 1160, 1338, 1355, 1356, 2206, 2444, 2434, 2262, 2330, 2143, 2263, 2305 and 2164.

    -    Failure of two EMSP courses will result in ineligibility for readmission.

    -    If a student has been readmitted following an EMSP course failure and subsequently withdraws from an EMSP course because of extenuating circumstances, the student may be readmitted if in a passing status at time of withdrawal.

    -    The procedure for readmission follows the department policy.
  • No longer than twelve (12) months may elapse between completion of an EMS course and enrollment in the subsequent course.
  • Consideration for course readmission:

    1.    Written notification at least one month in advance to the EMS Program Director that the student desires to reenter the EMS program should include:

    -    Student name.
    -    EMSP course name(s) and the course synonym number(s) to which seeking readmission.
    -    Reason(s) for lack of success/progress in the course(s).
    -    Plan for success if readmitted (please be specific)
    -    Semester and year seeking readmission.
    -    Student signature and date.

    2.    The recommendation of the EMSP Admission and Standards Committee. A student interview may be required.

    3.    A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  • Re-admission decision will be determined by the EMS Admissions and Standards committee.
  • Re-admission written assessment and practical skill assessment will be conducted to determine entry point.
  • After an applicant has been accepted for readmission, the student will follow general Department of Nursing & Allied Health policies found in the Paramedic Student Handbook.
  • If the course that requires re-admission is a co-requisite with other courses in that semester, the student may be required to re-admit in all courses for that semester.
  • Students must complete the Paramedic Program within two years of first time enrollment in EMSP 1355 or its equivalent.