General Application Procedures

Health Careers

Courses in health career programs are offered in a sequence which begins in the Fall Semester (unless indicated otherwise in the application procedures listed on the program sequence pages).

Admission each year is limited to the number of openings in each program. Those students applying and meeting all of the specific admission requirements will be admitted in the order in which completed applications are received.

Those who wish to apply for any of these programs must complete the following general procedures. Also see the program sequence page(s) for additional application requirements.

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admission to Cuyahoga Community College, unless you have previously applied. Prior Tri-C students who have not been enrolled for three years or longer must submit an application for Admission/Readmission to Tri-C. See page 20 for information on applying to Tri-C.
  2. Contact the high school from which you graduated or the agency that issued your GED and have them send an official transcript directly to the Office of the Registrar at Tri-C (P.O. Box 5966, Cleveland, OH 44101-0966).
  3. Contact all colleges/universities you have attended and have them send an official transcript(s) directly to the Office of the Registrar at Tri-C. To ensure time for processing, the transcript should be received at Tri-C at least six to eight weeks prior to the time you expect to apply to the health career program. Applicants who have attended institutions outside the U.S. must contact the Office of the Registrar for special procedures.
  4. Complete all required courses and meet the grade point average (GPA) requirement as specified on the program sequence page(s). If you have not earned college credit for an English or Math course through Tri-C, Advanced Placement, Credit for Prior Learning, or another college or university, you must take the English and Math assessment tests to determine your placement in these subjects. The semester English and Math courses indicated on the program sequence page(s) are the minimum levels for eligibility. In addition to academic requirements, programs may also require certain kinds of experience or other criteria. Refer to the program sequence page(s) for additional information.
  5. Submit the program's application form to the Health Careers Enrollment Center (Metropolitan Campus, MHCS 193, Cleveland, OH 44115). Please note that additional documents may be required to accompany your application form (such as additional copies of high school and college/university transcripts, even if already on file in the Office of the Registrar). You will receive directions concerning additional documents when you obtain the program's application form. Call 216-987-4247 to obtain an application.
    Any falsification of information provided in the application will automatically disqualify applicant for admission to a program.

Courses used as prerequisites or core courses for the Health Career and Nursing programs MUST have a traditional letter grade. The Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grading option for prerequisites and core courses will NOT be accepted by the Health Career and Nursing programs. Students are responsible for consulting with their program manager or counselor to determine P/NP grading options.

Required Criminal Background Check (BCI)

All health career programs at Tri-C are considered selective admission programs. These programs have a limited number of openings each year and have specific admission requirements that must be met prior to admission. The completion of a criminal background check is one of the admission requirements to a Health Career program. The background checks are required in order to:

  1. ascertain the ability of students to eventually become licensed, registered and/or certified in their health career profession and
  2. the ability of the students to attend mandatory clinical, practicum and/or internship rotations at internal and external facilities in accordance with the requirements of the applicable program of study.

Please see http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/healthcareers/Pages/BackgroundCheckInformation.aspx for important information regarding the BCI requirements and processes.

Required Immunizations

All students enrolled in Health Career programs may be required to receive or have sufficient proof of certain immunizations. See your program manager for a list of required immunizations for your program.

Transition to New Math Curriculum

In order to provide students enrolled prior to Fall 2016 with an appropriate transition period for to the state-mandated changes in the College’s mathematics curriculum, the following “grandfathering” time periods have been established:

  • For Graduation: MATH-1141, MATH-1200, and MATH-1280 completed prior to Fall 2016 and MATH-1270 completed prior to Summer 2017 will meet the College’s Math Requirement for graduation through Summer 2021.
  • For Admission to Selective Admission Programs: For students admitted to begin these programs prior to Fall 2019, MATH-1141, MATH-1200 or MATH-1280 completed prior to Fall 2016 and MATH-1270 completed prior to Summer 2017 will be accepted to meet the Math requirements for admission to these programs.

Definition of Eligibility

Eligibility for a specific course may be demonstrated by any of the following:

  1. Completion of Tri-C’s assessment with a score appropriate for placement into the specific course listed; OR
  2. Completion of the prerequisite for the course listed with a grade of “C” or higher (including equivalent courses transferred from another college or university); OR
  3. Completion of the course listed with a grade of “C” or higher (including equivalent courses transferred in from another college or university).

Quarter Courses

Quarter courses may still be applied to meet degree requirements. Schedule an appointment with a counselor to determine eligible quarter courses for specific degree programs.

Nursing (Associate of Applied Science Degree)
Nursing (Accelerated Track)
Nursing ACCESS in Nursing (LPN-RN Track)
Practical Nurse Program (Certificate of Proficiency)

Admission each year is limited to the number of openings in each program. Those students meeting all of the specific admission requirements will be provided with an application and admitted in the order in which completed applications are received.

Those who wish to apply for any of these programs must complete the following general procedures. Additional requirements for each program are listed with the program sequence.

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admission or Readmission to Cuyahoga Community College. Prior Tri-C students who have not been enrolled for three years or longer must submit an Application for Admission/ Readmission to Tri-C. Online admission at www.tri-c.edu.
  2. Contact the high school from which you graduated or the agency that issued your GED and have them send an official transcript(s) directly to the Office of the Registrar, P. O. Box 5966, Cleveland, OH 44101-0966.
  3. Contact all colleges/universities you have attended and have them send an official transcript directly to the Office of the Registrar at Tri-C. To ensure time for processing, the official transcript(s) should be received by the Office of the Registrar at least four weeks prior to contacting the Nursing department. Applicants who have attended institutions outside the U.S. must contact the Enrollment Center for special procedures. It is strongly recommended that all students schedule an appointment with a counselor at their campus of record.
  4. Complete all required courses and meet the grade point average (GPA) requirements as specified in the program admissions requirements. If you have not earned college credit for an English or Math course through Tri-C, Advanced Placement, Credit for Prior Learning, or another college or university, you must take the English and Math assessment tests to determine your placement in these subjects. The semester English and Math courses listed on the program sequence pages are the minimum levels for eligibility.
  5. In addition to academic requirements, successful completion of the Elsevier Admission Test (A2) is required in order to receive an application to the program.
  6. Once all prerequisites have been completed, student may request a review online at http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/nursing, or via email at nursing@tri-c.edu. Potential applicants will receive written notification regarding eligibility for the program.
  7. A background check (finger printing and court search) must be completed no sooner than months prior to the start of your program and no later than eight-weeks prior to the start of your program. Go to www.tri-c.edu/programs/nursing for additional information.

Any falsification of information provided in the application will automatically disqualify applicant for admission to a program.

All courses required for the Nursing programs MUST have a traditional letter grade, including the admissions requirements. The P/NP grading option will NOT be accepted by the Nursing programs.

Misdemeanors and Felonies

The Ohio Board of Nursing frequently receives calls from prospective students, school officials and the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services regarding whether the Board will permit a person who has a prior record of misdemeanors and/or felonies to sit for the licensure examination or become licensed. The Board of Nursing has no statutory authority to advise as to whether an individual will be permitted to take the licensure examination or be able to be licensed until the individual actually applies to the Board for licensure by examination (Ohio Board of Nursing [9/23/98]. Requirements for Section 5 of the Application for Licensure as a Nurse).

Felony Preclusion Bill

The Felony Preclusion Bill, signed by the Governor in April 2002, is an initiative to identify applicants for licensure with felony convictions. The Ohio Board of Nursing has the authority in this law to refuse to grant licensure to applicants with any of the felony convictions specified in the law. The egregious felonies listed in the bill include: aggravated murder, murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault, kidnapping, rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, aggravated arson, aggravated robbery, and aggravated burglary. The law requires a criminal records check for new applicants for licensure.

Required Criminal Background check (BCI)

All students enrolled in Health Career and Nursing programs requiring off-campus clinical experiences are required to complete a background check that includes fingerprinting and a court search. Students returning to a Health Career program after one year of absence will need to complete another BCI. Students with a BCI record are not guaranteed acceptance into a clinical site, acceptance by their professional licensure/registration board, or employment in a health career field. Due to the increased rise in patient identity theft, students with a convicted felony for forgery will not be accepted into a health career program. Log onto www.tri-c.edu/nursing for further information. Reports from the background checks will be sent to the Dean of Nursing. Please be assured that this information will be kept confidential.

Transition to New Math Curriculum

In order to provide students enrolled prior to Fall 2016 with an appropriate transition period for to the state-mandated changes in the College’s mathematics curriculum, the following “grandfathering” time periods have been established:

  • For Graduation: MATH-1141, MATH-1200, & MATH-1280 completed prior to Fall 2016 and MATH-1270 completed prior to Summer 2017 will meet the College’s Math Requirement for graduation through Summer 2021.
  • For Admission to Selective Admission Programs: For students admitted to begin these programs prior to Fall 2019, MATH-1141, MATH-1200 or MATH-1280 completed prior to Fall 2016 and MATH-1270 completed prior to Summer 2017 will be accepted to meet the Math requirements for admission to these programs.

Definition of Eligibility

Eligibility for a specific course may be demonstrated by any of the following:

  1. Completion of Tri-C’s placement test with a score appropriate for the specific course listed; OR
  2. Completion of the prerequisite for the course listed with a grade of “C” or higher (including equivalent courses transferred in from another college or university); OR
  3. Completion of the course listed with a grade of “C” or higher (including equivalent courses transferred in from another college or university).

Quarter Courses

Quarter courses may still be applied to meet degree requirements. Schedule an appointment with a counselor to determine eligible quarter courses for specific degree program.