The John B. Wallace Allied Health Division offers degree programs which are designed to prepare students for a career in specific health care occupations. The programs are:
• Fire Science Technology
• Health Information Technology (Medical Records)
• Health Sciences
• Medical Laboratory Technology
• Ophthalmic Technician
• Physical Therapist Assistant
• Radiologic Technology
• Respiratory Care Technology
A strong high school academic preparation is very important. We recommend that high school students interested in an Allied Health Career take at least three years of math, including algebra I, II, one year of biology, and one year of chemistry. Other physical and natural sciences would also be very helpful to the Allied Health applicant.
The number of students admitted to each of the Allied Health Career Education Programs is limited. There are usually more applicants than spaces available. Admission to each of the programs is based on several factors including: successful completion of the admission requirements and interviews with an admissions committee of professionals in the appropriate field. The number of applicants admitted to each Allied Health program is limited by several factors including: the number of spaces available for clinical training, the predicted number of positions available in the health care industry for graduates, and enrollment limitations imposed by accreditation agencies.
Students wishing to enter any Allied Health Degree/Certificate program* must:
• Meet admission requirements for the College based on the admission or readmission status the applicant is seeking.
• Some programs may require a VSCC medical history report
• Application to Allied Health Careers
• Appropriate Placement Test results (if applicable), and
• Other requested documents, records, and tests.
• Successfully complete a criminal background check.
Application deadlines for the Allied Health programs vary. For information about a specific program’s application process and deadline contact the appropriate Program Director.
Time and Financial Requirements
Allied Health Career programs include course work in the clinical setting which requires that students be available during clinical hours often totaling up to 40 hours per week. It is usually not possible to participate in the professional portion of most of the Allied Health Career programs on a part-time basis. Clinical assignments are during periods appropriate to the professions and may include day, evening, and weekend hours. Expenses related to assigned clinical courses such as medical exams, liability insurance, medical insurance, uniforms, meals, travel and other items specific to each career area should be expected. All of these expenses are the student’s responsibility.
Only students who have been screened and admitted into the programs of study in Allied Health will be permitted to register for professional level courses in each discipline.
*Allied Health Certificate programs also have similar admission requirements as specified above.