Admissions Policies and Procedures
The college offers all residents of its service area access to high-quality instruction that results in the growth of knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities necessary for success as a transfer student, in a career, and as a citizen. The college values the diversity of its student population. It provides a variety of educational opportunities at a reasonable cost. It incorporates multiple teaching and academic delivery strategies and student services. It calls upon students to accept responsibility for their individual growth, and maximize their use of the many resources provided for them. The college maintains an open-door policy of admission. Persons who have the ability to benefit from the college’s credit learning programs will be admitted on a space-available basis without regard to race, ethnic background, gender, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, political persuasion, or disability, except as prescribed by law. Additional entry requirements exist for certain programs. Howard Community College reserves the right to refuse or revoke admission to individuals who pose a present or future safety risk to students, faculty and staff as well as campus visitors.
Although admitted to the college, students may not enroll in particular programs or courses unless they have the necessary educational background. When such requirements exist, the college, within its available resources, will create programs and services to assist unqualified students in meeting the requirements. All students will be offered assistance in planning a program of learning in accordance with their academic background and goals. Each student bears the ultimate responsibility for selecting a program of learning and for utilizing programs and services available to assist them in achieving their goals.
Standard admissions procedures include:
- completing and submitting the Application for Admission and $25 one-time, non-refundable application fee (waived under certain circumstances; see page 25).
- declaring a program of study.
- providing proof of identification (i.e., photo I.D.); the college can request more than one form of ID, including government-issued IDs.
- providing proof of legal residence upon request. The college may ask for proof such as government-issued documents (i.e., driver’s licenses, passports, lease, utilities bill or others). Post office box addresses are not sufficient proof of legal residence. (International citizens must provide proof of their immigration status. Original documents must be presented.) See page 3 for more details regarding proof of legal residence. Please note: Students who refuse or fail to provide proof of their residency can be admitted to the college, but will be assessed at the out-of-state tuition rate.
Students are required to submit high school transcripts and/or transcripts from previously attended postsecondary institutions. This information is used to advise students and does not affect standard admissions to the college.
Application fees differ for some programs. They are waived for active duty military personnel and their dependents; veterans; Freshman Focus applicants; Early Entrance applicants; and students eligible for the SAT, ACT, ACT and College Bound application fee waiver programs, which are based on financial need. Applicants to the various selective and competitive admissions clinical nursing and allied health programs pay an additional $25 application fee. See page 25 for more information.
Any applicant involved in previous, current or pending disciplinary action at another school or postsecondary institution or criminal action is required to indicate this information on HCC’s application for admission. Students who indicate they are involved in prior, current or pending disciplinary or criminal actions may be placed in a pending admissions status until their individual circumstances have been reviewed, further documentation is provided if requested, and conditions of admission, if any, are determined.
Additional admissions procedures are required for high school, transfer and previously dismissed students as well as for international citizens. Additional application procedures are required for those seeking admission to the Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Honors Program. Additional procedures are also required for students seeking admission to the clinical component of some health career programs. Students planning to enroll in Mid-Maryland Allied Healthcare Education Consortium Programs or in programs offered at Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education must complete the specific admissions procedures jointly agreed to by consortium institutions (Howard Community College, Carroll Community College and Frederick Community College). Different application procedures are required for the James W. Rouse Scholars, STEM Scholars, Silas Craft Collegians, Freshman Focus and Early Entrance Programs (see page 47 for more details).
Although admitted to the college, students may not enroll in particular courses unless they have the necessary educational background. The college has a mandatory basic skills assessment policy. Placement tests are required for most students planning to enroll in English or math courses or courses with English or math prerequisites. Placement test exemptions are possible (see page 38 for more information).
Placement test results are generally available following the completion of the test. Testing is ongoing. Students should test soon enough to take advantage of early registration options. The Testing/Preparatory Studies Policy provides further details regarding placement assessment requirements, exemptions, and course placements (page 38).
All students will be offered assistance in planning a program of learning in accordance with their academic background, skills, and goals. Students must meet with an advisor to review placement test results. Results are not generally available by phone or e-mail. Students are strongly advised to begin any required developmental course sequences immediately. Non-degree seeking students must meet with an advisor on or before completion of 12 credits to determine if they will be required to take placement exams.
The college recognizes that some students may need more intensive skill development in reading and/or writing than its English credit developmental course sequence can provide. HCC’s REACH Program is designed to serve these students and prepare them to successfully move on to the developmental English credit sequence. For more information, please visit or contact the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242; firstname.lastname@example.org; 443-518-1200, select #3). Information is also available on the college’s website at howardcc.edu/admissions.
High School Students
Various enrollment options are available to high school students.
CONCURRENT/DUAL ENROLLMENT—High school juniors and seniors may attend the college on this basis enrolling for a maximum of two courses per semester. Credits earned may apply toward high school graduation only under certain circumstances. The award of high school credit for college coursework is arranged through a student’s high school. Requirements for admission include submission of the college’s Early Entrance application, high school transcripts, and proof of legal residency upon request. Appropriate placement testing is also required. Parents/legal guardians of students in 8th-10th grades must sign an application addendum. Public and private high schools and home schooling programs also have their own policies and procedures that students must follow (see page 47 for additional information). The college also receives grant funding for special programs for high school students. These programs can have additional requirements. More information is available from the Office of Admissions and Advising.
Howard County Public School System students who wish to participate in Concurrent or Dual Enrollment will receive discounted tuition rates. Howard County Public School students who are approved by their high school counselor may also receive credit towards their high school diploma as well as towards their college degree. Private school students may have to fulfill private school requirements to participate.
EARLY ADMISSION—This full-time option is available for high school seniors only. It enables seniors to complete high school graduation requirements at Howard Community College under very specific conditions. Students qualifying for this option are generally required to complete 24-30 credits of college coursework during their senior year, including at least one college-level English composition course. Students must apply for the Early Admission option during their junior year. Application procedures include submission of the college’s Early Entrance application, high school transcripts, college entrance exam scores, and proof of residency. Students must also submit a letter of consent from their high school principal and any other required public, private or home school officials. The college also requires an admission interview attended by the student and a parent or guardian. Students must consult high school personnel regarding specific courses needed to fulfill high school graduation requirements. The college reserves the right to grant consent to enroll for the Early Admission option on a case-by-case basis. Consent to enroll as an Early Admission student is dependent upon what the college determines to be in the student’s and its own best interests.
Gifted and Talented Students
Students in the eighth through tenth grades who are enrolled in public or private school gifted and talented programs, or who have otherwise demonstrated outstanding ability, may be considered for admission to credit courses on a case-by-case basis. Requirements for admission include submission of the college’s Early Entrance application and addendum, official secondary school transcripts, and proof of legal residency. In accordance with state law, other documentation of outstanding abilities and maturity, such as enrollment in gifted and talented programs, test scores, recommendations, portfolios or awards, must be submitted to assist with admissions decisions. A pre-admission interview, with at least one parent or guardian in attendance, is required. Appropriate placement testing is also required. Students attending the college on this basis may enroll for a maximum of two courses per semester. Students admitted based upon the college’s Gifted and Talented policies are generally restricted from enrolling in developmental coursework unless: a) the student places above college-level but wishes to review; b) the student places into and wants to take the college’s highest level college preparatory math class. Continuing Education noncredit courses are not available to students younger than 16 years old unless the courses are specifically designated for youth. (Please refer to Kids on Campus and Home Schooling sections of the noncredit schedule of classes.)
Home Schooled Students
High school juniors and seniors who are home schooled must follow Early Entrance procedures (this page). Additional information, such as recommendations, must be provided upon request. Home schooled students in the equivalent of eighth through tenth grades must follow Gifted and Talented Student procedures (see above). As with other secondary school students, home schooled students are limited to two courses per semester. Under certain conditions, high school seniors who are home schooled will be considered for the Early Admission option.
Howard Community College reserves the right to grant admission to secondary school students, including home schooled students, on an individual basis. For further information regarding the college’s services for secondary school students, please contact the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242; 443-518-4599; email@example.com.) Information is also available on the college’s website at howardcc.edu/admissions.
Howard Community College recognizes the varied interests and needs of adult learners. The college is committed to programming, scheduling and services that facilitate the ability of adult learners to achieve their academic, career and personal goals in a convenient and timely way.
FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING—Distance learning, such as hybrid courses (combining online and traditional class sessions) and online courses are offered to minimize the time traveling to and from class. To enable students to accelerate their academic and career programs, flexible scheduling and programs are available, such as weekend classes; late start courses; fast track (short, compact terms); open entry office technology classes; once per week class scheduling; consecutively scheduled classes within the same term; and noncredit classes that lead to immediate employment eligibility. HCC’s Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers a number of short-term classes, some of which lead to certification, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that enhance employment opportunities and advancement. HCC also offers classes that create opportunities for self-employment and launching new ideas such as entrepreneurial courses and programs, and classes that prepare students to assist others in the workplace, such as coaching and conflict resolution.
Courses and services are available on HCC’s main campus and at the conveniently located Laurel College Center, a regional higher education center. In addition to the courses offered through a partnership with Prince George’s Community College, programs and courses are also offered by four-year colleges and universities to facilitate completion of baccalaureate and masters programs in several different fields. Noncredit programming is also available at the Laurel College Center (and other locations throughout the county). At the Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education, Howard Community College has entered a partnership with Carroll Community College and Frederick Community College to offer selected lab science courses, general education courses, and several allied health programs. For more information about the course and program offerings at Mount Airy, please contact the Office of Admissions and Advising.
HCC has other unique partnerships with four-year institutions with a primary focus on higher education for adult learners, such as the Excelsior College Consortium (see page 48).
STUDENT SERVICES—HCC offers a broad range of services with the adult learner in mind. Career and personal counseling, job placement assistance, programs for displaced homemakers, career and employment-oriented workshops, such as resume writing and interview preparation, and a childcare center are all available. Adult learners benefit from HCC’s virtual library services that facilitate off-campus research and learning as well as the main campus’s weekly and weekend library hours. Technology services are available throughout the campus for convenience and for use by students who may not otherwise have easy or adequate off campus access. Wireless service is available throughout the campus. The college’s Help Desk has extensive hours to provide student assistance. The student portal myHCC provides access to online registration, unofficial transcripts, and viewing of grades and financial aid awards. Payment via myHCC is also possible along with many other services.
The college provides services for military personnel, veterans and their dependents. These include an application fee waiver for active duty military, their dependents and for veterans; a veterans affairs office to assist with veterans benefits and tuition assistance; a veterans deferred payment plan; and a veterans student organization. HCC seeks to assist those relocating to the region as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure program (BRAC). Adults and their dependents relocating to Maryland due to BRAC are eligible for a waiver of the three month residency requirement for in-county or in-state tuition depending on where they reside in Maryland. See page 3 for more information.
HCC evaluates prior learning earned through military training and experience. Information regarding the college’s credit for prior learning policies is available on page 39. HCC’s Test Center offers a broad range of tests for credit for prior learning, such as CLEP and Dantes Subject Standardized Test (DSST) and also offers industry certification exams through Microsoft, Pearson VUE, Castle Worldwide Testing, ISO-Quality Testing and others (see page 51).
STUDENT LIFE—HCC recognizes that adult learners want to engage in campus life. Flexible honors programming, events, and lectures, cultural arts, the Café on the Quad, the Children’s Learning Center, comfortable study areas, fitness classes, access to the Athletic and Fitness Center, wellness programs and a Wellness Center, courses, seminars, and credit and noncredit classes and workshops on important topics of the day, such as financial literacy and financial planning, are all available to the adult learner. The college’s website for adult learners is howardcc.edu/adultlearner.
For further information, please contact the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242; firstname.lastname@example.org; 443-518-1200; select #3) or the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (443-518-1700) or howardcc.edu/adultlearner.
Military, Veterans, BRAC Personnel and Dependents Howard Community College welcomes the opportunity to assist military personnel, their families, and veterans in achieving their academic goals. HCC has been named as one of Military Advanced Education’s Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities. The college is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), and has signed the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding as a SOC member. The college also serves participants in the Veterans Educational Assistance program.
ACTIVE DUTY AND DEPENDENTS–The application fee is waived for all active duty military personnel and their dependents. In accordance with Maryland state law, all active duty personnel and their qualified dependents are eligible to pay in-county tuition regardless of legal residence. See the Office of Records, Registration and Veterans Affairs to complete the required paperwork for this tuition rate adjustment.
MARYLAND NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS–Maryland National Guard personnel are entitled to a fifty percent discount if they are legal residents of Howard County. Maryland National Guardsmen who reside outside the county or the state are entitled to a twenty-five percent discount of their applicable tuition rate; Maryland National Guard members may also qualify for the in-county tuition rate in addition to the discount. Submission of the State Tuition Waiver Letter is required each term. See the Office of Records, Registration and Veterans Affairs to complete the required paperwork for this tuition rate adjustment.
VETERANS–The college has Veterans Affairs services offered through the Office of Records, Registration and Veterans Affairs. It also has a Veterans Deferred Payment Plan. An honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces qualify for in-county tuition regardless of legal residency, if: a) the veteran presents the college with documentation that he or she attended a public or private secondary school in Maryland for a specified number of years; and b) either graduated from a public or private secondary school in Maryland, or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in Maryland. See the Office of Records, Registration and Veterans Affairs to complete the required paperwork for this tuition rate adjustment. More information about veterans benefits is located on page 28.
BRAC–Individuals and their dependents relocating to Maryland due to Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) are entitled to a waiver of the three m based on State law. Those residing in Howard County will be entitled to in-county tuition; those residing elsewhere in Maryland are entitled to in-state tuition rates. Specific procedures must be followed, including completion of the college’s BRAC certification form. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242; howardcc.edu/admissions/apply; email@example.com; 443-518-1200, select 3.)
Military, veterans and BRAC personnel should contact the Office of Records, Registration and Veterans Affairs for information pertaining to enrollment, transcript evaluation, and tuition assistance as appropriate. Also see Military Education and Training (page 40) and Pay for College (pages 25-30). Further information regarding tuition rates, tuition assistance, and veterans affairs is available through the Office of Records, Registration and Veterans Affairs at howardcc.edu/military. Military personnel should also refer to the Veterans Affairs section on page 28.
Health Career Clinical Programs
Admissions requirements and procedures for health career clinical programs vary by program. Articulation agreements and partnerships between Howard Community College and other community colleges may also be factors in admission for specific programs. Tuition requirements are subject to adjustments based on state laws and regulations related to Health Workforce Shortage Incentive Programs.
HEALTH SCREENING, CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK AND DRUG SCREENING–Students admitted to the clinical portion of HCC’s nursing and allied health programs are required to provide various health certifications and to obtain a criminal background check and drug screening. Both must be obtained through the HCC authorized vendor. Students who incur any break in the sequence of study will be required to obtain a re-check through the authorized vendor prior to re-admission or re-enrollment. Students who have not fulfilled health requirements, the criminal background check and the drug screening requirement will not be eligible to participate in clinical courses.
Clinical agencies grant approval or disapproval for students to attend their facility for clinical and/or skills rotations based on the criminal background check and drug screening. Clinical agencies have the right to deny access to any student whose results do not meet their acceptable minimum standards. Students who have been deemed ineligible by the agencies affiliated with HCC’s clinical courses may not be able to progress in the selected program of study. In addition, health career licensing and/or certification boards may require criminal background checks and/or drug screening.
Additional information regarding health certifications, criminal background checks and drug screening will be provided at the time of admission to clinical programs and/or at the program orientation as directed.
HEALTH OCCUPATION SHORTAGE PROGRAMS– To address critical shortages, the State of Maryland has designated certain learning programs as Health Occupation Shortage Programs. Legal residents of Maryland can enroll in these programs as degree-seeking students at the in-county tuition rate. (Tuition benefits are also available to out-of-state residents for the nursing program, but with additional conditions.) Health Occupation Shortage Programs do not entitle students to in-county admissions benefits to clinical programs. Some of HCC’s Nursing and Allied Health programs are currently designated as Health Occupation Shortage Programs. A list is available at http://fha.dhmh.maryland.gov. Laws, regulations and policies regarding these programs are subject to change.
STATEWIDE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS–In an effort to avoid duplication of programs while at the same time providing access and opportunity, the state has designated certain learning programs as Statewide Instructional Programs. Legal residents of Maryland can enroll in such programs as degree-seeking students at the in-county tuition rate. At the present time, HCC does not have any Statewide Instructional Programs. However, other programs offer similar (though not identical) benefits such as the Health Occupation Shortage Incentive Programs. Some HCC programs previously designated as statewide instructional programs have been designated as Health Occupation Shortage Incentive Programs. Designation as a Health Occupation Shortage Program and related benefits are subject to change.
Because seating in clinical coursework cannot be guaranteed, international (F1) students may not enroll in the college’s Nursing, Cardiovascular Technology, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Services, Physical Therapy Assistant, or Radiologic Technology programs. They also may not select the Mid-Maryland Allied Healthcare Education Consortium (MMAHEC) or Mount Airy programs. International (F1) students interested in preparing for allied health careers, including nursing, are eligible for the Medical Laboratory Technician or should choose the college’s Pre-Allied Health or General Studies-Science Emphasis programs or consult with an international student admissions advisor regarding options for other health-related majors. All other international citizens legally entitled for admission to the college may select Nursing, Allied Health, MMAHEC or Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education programs as their learning program.
Under the Maryland Articulation Model, graduates who obtain Maryland Licensure are eligible for advanced placement in nursing courses when they progress to registered nursing programs in state public and participating private institutions. Graduates with an active unencumbered Maryland or Compact state practical nursing license (i.e., LPN) who wish to progress to the associate degree level may be awarded advanced placement nursing credits equivalent to a maximum of one year of full-time nursing courses. Graduates with an active unencumbered Maryland or Compact state registered nursing license who wish to progress to the baccalaureate degree level are awarded advanced placement nursing credits equal to a maximum of one year of full-time nursing courses in the program they enter.
NURSING–The college offers three Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree Registered Nursing options–Traditional, Accelerated, and the LPN Pathway Sequence (for licensed LPNs only). The major differences between these options are the selection process and the timeframe for clinical coursework. The Traditional Program’s clinical coursework is taken over a two-year period (four major terms), with classes seated for both the Fall and the Spring (for RN Day only). The Accelerated Program’s clinical coursework is offered over a 14-month period beginning in the Summer.
HCC uses selective or competitive admissions processes for seating applicants, depending on the program. In both cases, students must meet baseline criteria for inclusion in the pool of qualified candidates. In the selective admissions process, students are evaluated against baseline criteria. In the competitive admissions process, applicants are ranked according to specific criteria. Applicants to the clinical component of all HCC’s nursing programs must take the college’s clinical nursing admissions assessment and obtain the required score or higher. (See page 21 for more information.)
Admission to the Traditional Program is selective based upon the fulfillment of specific prerequisites, GPA requirements, and other criteria within specific application periods. Admission to the Accelerated Program is competitive with seats being offered to the strongest candidates based on certain minimum GPA requirements and other criteria within a specific application period. Limited priority is given to Howard County residents during the regular admissions period. The LPN Pathway Sequence is an advanced standing option available only to students who are already licensed practical nurses and who also meet other admissions criteria.
HCC also offers a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Certificate Program. The selection process is similar to that of the traditional RN A.A. Program. Day and evening/weekend options are available in all but the Accelerated Program which is a full-time, day-only program. Day students may have some clinical sessions on weekends or evenings; evening/weekend students may have some clinical sessions on weekdays depending on clinical site schedules. All clinical assignments are based on clinical agency availability as determined by the agency. Students must be prepared to attend clinical assignments in a variety of geographic locations in the Baltimore-Washington region and are responsible for their own transportation.
Prospective applicants must attend the appropriate nursing information session as a first step in the enrollment process prior to meeting individually with an admissions advisor. Information provided at these sessions is important in enabling prospective students to determine the best program option for them.
In addition to standard application procedures, supplemental application procedures are required for clinical coursework. All clinical nursing applicants must take the English placement exam unless they have earned a bachelors degree in the United States. All clinical nursing applicants must also take the nursing admissions assessment regardless of prior education. Acceptance to clinical coursework is based upon fulfillment of all prerequisite courses, GPA requirements, time limitations for science prerequisites, results on the required nursing admission assessment, legal residency, and space availability as well as additional processes specific to each nursing program option. Fulfillment of the terms and conditions of specific articulation agreements and clinical site partnerships are also factors in admission for some applicants. Please note graduates who successfully complete the nursing courses of the program they were admitted to are eligible to be considered by the Maryland Board of Nursing to write the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse licensure.
CLINICAL NURSING ADMISSION ASSESSMENT– Admission to the clinical portion of HCC’s nursing programs requires the successful completion of a nursing admissions assessment. The assessment administered varies based on the clinical program for which a student seeks admission. There are test fees.
Accelerated RN, Traditional RN and LPN Programs–Students seeking admission to the clinical portion of the Accelerated RN, Traditional RN and LPN programs must receive a specified composite score on the admissions assessment administered for these programs. This assessment may be taken up to three times within a 12-month period. The assessment fee, is $65 and must be paid each time the exam is taken.
LPN Pathways Program–Applicants to the LPN Pathways Program are also required to take an admission assessment as part of the qualifying process for the clinical component of the program. The exam fee is $65.00.
Assessments, assessment fees, and retest policies are subject to change. Test fees are set to cover the cost of the exams and the cost of administering them. All testing fees must be paid at the Cashier’s Office (RCF-213) or online prior to the specific test administration date. Students must also submit the required paperwork to the Office of Admissions and Advising prior to the testing deadline. More detailed information about these assessments is available through nursing information sessions, program publications, the web (howardcc.edu/admissions/apply/alliedhealth/testing.html) or by contacting the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242; firstname.lastname@example.org; 443-518-4230, howardcc.edu/admissions/apply).
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY–The college offers Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Students must complete specific prerequisites and possess the GPA requirements and other criteria prior to applying to the clinical protion of the program. The full-time day program enrolls in the fall and is delivered in a hybrid format. Admission to the clinical portion of the program is selective with a specific number of clinical seats available. Students interested in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography should contact the Office of Admissions and Advising (443-518-4230) or the program director at 443-518-3430. Information Sessions are available throughout the year. The program prepares graduates to sit for the national certification exam with ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography). The college is currently pursuing accreditation from CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs).
CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOLOGY–The college offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Cardiovascular Technology (CVT) as well as various certificate programs. Clinical coursework starts in the Spring and is available as a day option only. All applicants to clinical coursework must fulfill certain prerequisites depending on the option they select. Fulfillment of the terms and conditions of specific articulation agreements and clinical site partnerships are admissions factors for some applicants. Prospective applicants should contact the Office of Admissions and Advising (443-518-4230) or the CVT program director (443-518-1560).
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES-PARAMEDIC–The college offers Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree, Certificate of Proficiency, and Letter of Recognition options in Emergency Medical Services Paramedic (EMS-P). Students must complete specific prerequisites and have a current EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Certification to enroll in all Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic clinical coursework beyond EMSP-107. Selected EMSP courses are offered at the Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education in Mount Airy, Maryland. Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions and Advising (443-518-4230)or the EMS-P program director (443-518-4948) for more information.
MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN–The college offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Medical Laboratory Technician. Students must complete specific prerequisites and possess the GPA requirements and other criteria prior to applying to the clinical portion of the program. The one year full-time clinical program starts in the spring and is available as a day option only. Admission to the clinical portion of the program is selective with a specific number of clinical seats available. Students interested in the Medical Laboratory Technician should contact the Office of Admissions and Advising (443-518-4230)or the program director (443-518-3048) for more information. Information sessions are available throughout the year. The program prepares graduates to sit for national certification exams such as with the American Society for Clinical Pathology. The College is currently pursuing accreditation from NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences).
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT—The college offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. Students must complete specific prerequisites prior to applying to the clinical portion of the program. The 18-month full-time clinical program is available as a day option only. Admission to the clinical portion of the program is selective with a specific number of clinical seats available. All applicants to the clinical coursework must provide evidence of a certain number of hours of required PT clinical observation experience as part of the admissions process. Students interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant should contact the Office of Admissions and Advising or the program director (443-518-3042) for more information. Information sessions are available throughout the year. Effective November 7, 2012, Howard Community College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.
RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY–The college offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Radiologic Technology. The two-year clinical program starts in the summer and is available as a day option only, and possess the GPA requirements and other criteria. Admission to the clinical portion of the program is selective with a specific number of clinical seats available. Students interested in Radiologic Technology should contact the Office of Admissions and Advising (443-518-4230) or the program director (443-518-1560) for more information.
DENTAL HYGIENE–The college is seeking an initial accreditation through the Commission on Dental Accreditation (coda). The college plans to offer an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Dental Hygiene with the first class enrolling in Fall 2014. Students must complete specific prerequisites and have the required GPA (overall HCC and in specific courses) prior to applying to the clinical portion of the program. Admission to Dental Hygiene will be selective with a specific number of clinical seats available. Students interested in the Dental Hygiene program should contact the Office of Admissions and Advising (443-518-4230) or the program director (443-518-3035). Students will be prepared to take the necessary dental hygiene board licensure examinations required.
MID-MARYLAND ALLIED HEALTHCARE EDUCATION CONSORTIUM–Howard Community College is a participant in the Mid-Maryland Allied Healthcare Education Consortium (MMAHEC), along with Carroll Community College (CCC) and Frederick Community College (FCC). Various combined degree and certificate options, admissions, and in-county tuition benefits are available in selected clinical health career programs for students at consortium institutions. HCC students who are legal residents of Howard County will be treated as in-county students for the clinical component of FCC’s Bioprocessing, Surgical Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Respiratory Care programs. Students from CCC have special access to HCC’s Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Program. Students from CCC and FCC have special access to HCC’s Cardiovascular Technology Program.
Mt. Airy COLLEGE Center FOR HEALTH CARE EDUCATION–Howard Community College, along with Carroll Community College and Frederick Community College, has entered a partnership at the Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education for selected clinical allied health programs. More information about these programs is available at mtairycollegecenter.com, or by contacting the Office of Admissions and Advising.
Admission to clinical coursework is based upon procedures and criteria agreed upon by consortium institutions. Students complete general education and other prerequisite coursework through their home institution. They then apply for admission to clinical coursework offered at the appropriate consortium institution.
Howard Community College, and when appropriate, its partners, reserves the right to revise admissions policies for clinical healthcare programs in accordance with state law and accreditation requirements and for any reasons deemed necessary for student and program success.
For further information regarding the college’s Health Career Programs, please contact 443-518-4230 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available on the college’s web site at howardcc.edu/admissions/apply. Prospective students are strongly advised to attend appropriate information sessions and are required to do so for the Nursing and Radiologic Technology programs.
Howard Community College is an open-enrollment institute. This open-enrollment policy extends to the music department as well. However, students interested in music as a major must meet with the music department chairperson before registering for classes. At this meeting, a short assessment for theory, ear training, and musicianship will be given to determine placement in either Theory I or the Fundamentals of Music for music majors. Voice/instrumental students are also assessed by the vocal/instrumental coordinators. When you meet with the instrumental/vocal coordinators, please remember to bring your instrument and music as we will ask you to perform something that you are currently working on or have previously prepared. An appropriate musical ensemble will be suggested to you at this time as well. Email Dr. Hsien-Ann Meng at HMeng@howardcc.edu to schedule the music assessment.
Students planning to transfer to Howard Community College should arrange to meet with an advisor. In addition to standard application procedures, students seeking credit for prior college-level coursework must declare a major and officially request a transcript evaluation by completing and submitting a Transcript Evaluation Request Form and the appropriate transcript evaluation fee ($15 for a single learning program evaluation; $25 for multiple evaluations). Transfer students must also submit official transcripts and appropriate catalogs and other documentation necessary for evaluating their transcripts. The Transcript Evaluation Request Form is available in the Office of Admissions and Advising or online at howardcc.edu/admissions/transcripteval/form.html.
INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPTS–The college will award transfer credit when appropriate for prior college-level coursework successfully completed at international colleges and universities. However, students with international transcripts must have a course evaluation by a nationally accredited international transcript evaluation service and submit such evaluations to the Office of Admissions and Advising for further review. Information regarding such services and a listing of several nationally accredited services is available in the Office of Admissions and Advising and on the website (howardcc.edu/admissions/apply/intl/intltranscript.html).
Details regarding credit for prior learning policies are provided on page 39.
Students Visiting from Other Institutions
The college welcomes the opportunity to serve students visiting from other institutions. Students interested in taking courses at Howard Community College for transfer back to their home institutions are responsible for necessary procedures at both institutions. This includes meeting with their home institution advisor in advance to determine which HCC courses will fulfill their program requirements and obtaining written verification of this for their personal records. Visiting students are also responsible for fulfilling any prerequisites HCC requires for enrolling in specific classes regardless of their home institution’s approval.
Current students who transfer to an accredited college or university prior to earning the associate’s degree from HCC or students who previously attended HCC and transferred to an accredited college or university may transfer earned academic credits from the transfer institution back to HCC in order to be awarded the associate’s degree in certain cases. Transcript evaluation fees are waived. For more information about reverse transfer, please contact the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242; email@example.com; or 443-518-1200, select #3).
Howard Community College is pleased to serve citizens from nations around the world. The college is a diverse learning community that is friendly and welcoming. Students from other nations feel at home and are valued as important members of the college community. Different admissions procedures apply as follows.
F1 STUDENTS—Howard Community College issues I-20s to qualified applicants, which they then use to obtain an F1 student visa. Learning programs available to F1 students are listed on the International (F1) Student Application for Admission. Prospective F1 students are responsible for submitting all required forms and related documents. The original versions of documents must be submitted; photocopies are not acceptable. All application materials and documents must be submitted well within established deadlines to allow the college adequate time for processing and the prospective student enough time to obtain a visa. Deadline dates are earlier for overseas applicants and those seeking a change of status to F1.
F1 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS–Students residing overseas and students seeking to change to F1 status must fulfill all application requirements by June 1 for the Fall term and by October 1 for the Spring term. Students currently in the United States who are seeking to transfer to the college or change their academic level must fulfill all application requirements by June 30 for the Fall term and by November 15 for the Spring term. Summer semester admission is not available for degree and certificate programs. All requirements and deadlines are strictly upheld. Admissions requirements include submission of:
- International (F1) Student Application to Certificate and Degree Programs and a $50 non-refundable application fee (money order required for overseas students). Students may be assessed additional fees for special shipping.
- Official transcript of the TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language (score requirements for degree and certificate programs are 203+ on the computerized version, 537+ on the paper version, and 74-75 on the web-based version). Students already in the United States may take the college’s placement exam instead of the TOEFL in which case placement into ENGL-086 or higher is required for admission.
- Certification of Finances Form, bank statements and statements of support. Students must verify that they can pay for their academic and living expenses before they can be admitted. At present, $27,000 is the cost for a year of study for credit programs. Costs are subject to change.
- Official secondary school transcripts verifying graduation and grades.
- College/university transcripts (if applicable) translated into English.
- Proof of health insurance that covers medical care in the United States is required upon enrollment.
- Students may be assessed for overseas postage and shipping expenses.
F1 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ENGLISH INSTITUTE (EI)–Students residing overseas and students seeking to change to F1 status should fulfill all application requirements for the desired term of study. Students must have completed high school in order to apply. The EI has a rolling admission policy, but students are strongly advised to apply 6-8 weeks before the start of each term: Fall (Late August), Spring (Late January), or Summer (mid-May). Admissions requirements for the English Institute include submission of:
- The English Institute Application and a $100 non-refundable application fee. Students may be assessed additional fees for special shipping.
- Proof of high school graduation/college attendance. Students planning to pursue degree studies at HCC are strongly advised to provide high school transcripts.
- Certification of Finances Form, bank statements and statements of support. Students must verify that they can pay for their academic and living expenses before they can be admitted. At present, these costs are $22,500 for a year of study. Students who start in the summer are subject to additional tuition and fees. Costs are subject to change.
- Proof of health insurance for care in the United States is required before registration.
CHANGE OF STATUS TO F1, F1 TRANSFER STUDENTS, AND CHANGE OF ACADEMIC LEVEL—Additional procedures, forms and fees are necessary for individuals seeking to change their immigration status to international student (F1) status. It is strongly advised that students seeking a change of status apply at least ninety days prior to the start date of the term for which they plan to enroll in order to allow sufficient time for the status change approval. The college’s application deadlines for students seeking change of status to F1 are June 1 for the Fall term and October 1 for the Winter/Spring term. Additional procedures and forms are necessary for F1 students enrolled at other US institutions seeking to transfer to HCC. Students seeking to change their academic level at HCC from the English Institute to degree or certificate programs, must meet all requirements (see this page) and have a new I-20 issued by the Office of Admissions and Advising. A $50.00 application fee is required when changing academic levels. The application deadlines for transfer students and change of level students are June 30 for the Fall term and November 15 for the Spring term.
F1 Students Enrolled FULL-TIME at Other Colleges or Universities–F1 students enrolled at other colleges or universities may attend Howard Community College at the same time under certain conditions. Specific procedures must be followed, including submission of the college’s standard application for admission, proof of immigration status (I-94), and submission of a letter of consent to enroll at Howard Community College prepared by the institution that issued the student’s I-20.
OTHER INTERNATIONAL CITIZENS–In addition to standard application procedures, all other international citizens are required to submit verification of their immigration status at the time of application. Photocopied credentials are not acceptable. Students without the appropriate documentation of immigration status will be admitted, but will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate. Students in the United States on B1 or B2 visas or F2 status are required to meet with the international admissions staff in Admissions and Advising.
Tuition for international citizens enrolled in credit classes and programs is based upon immigration and legal residency/domicile status. International citizens with Permanent Resident, Refugee or Asylee status who reside in Howard County are entitled to in-county or in-state tuition. They may also be eligible for financial aid and scholarships. International citizens with A, BC, E, G, H1, H4, I, K1, K2, L, N, O, R, SN, T, U, and V visas, and those with Deferred Action and Temporary Protected Status, are eligible for in-county and in-state tuition, but are generally not eligible for financial aid (though some scholarships may be available). HCC’s Financial Aid Services unit verifies eligibility for financial aid and scholarships.
Tuition Information For Undocumented Students (for eligible Maryland high school graduates)–As an open-admission institution, Howard Community College grants admission to all students regardless of immigration status. Maryland legislation (The Dream Act) provides the opportunity for some non-U.S. citizens who attended high school in Maryland to receive in-county or out-of-county tuition rates.
Dream Act–For more information about the Maryland Dream Act and to determine if you are eligible, please contact an International Admissions Advisor in the Office of Admissions and Advising, RCF-242; firstname.lastname@example.org; 443-518-4420. Information is also available on the web at howardcc.edu.
Change of Immigration/Citizenship Status–Students whose immigration status has changed as well as those who have become naturalized citizens should complete a Change of Immigration/Citizenship Status Form with an international admissions advisor.
For further information: Prospective F1 students interested in degree and certificate programs should contact HCC’s Office of Admissions and Advising at 443-518-4420 or email@example.com. Those interested in the English Institute should contact 443-518-1680 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (For those calling from outside the US, the US country telephone code is 1). Otherwise, please contact the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242; 443-518-1200, select #3; email@example.com). The college’s website is howardcc.edu.
Students Seeing Readmission
Students who previously attended the college may need to update admission information. This is generally required if a student has not been in attendance for two or more academic years, but may also be required in other instances. If this is necessary, a new application must be completed and proof of residency provided upon request. The application fee will be waived.
READMISSION TO THE CLINICAL PORTION OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH PROGRAMS–Readmission to a clinical nursing or allied health program is contingent upon specific criteria, submission of a supplemental readmission application, and available space. Readmit students may have to complete various curricular components and demonstrate competencies through examination. The Accelerated RN Program does not have a readmit option. Former Accelerated RN students may seek readmission through the Traditional RN Program. Students should consult the clinical student handbook for their program to determine procedures for re-entry to clinical coursework. For further information, contact the Office of Admissions and Advising.
REINSTATEMENT–Students who are suspended from the college for academic reasons as of a specific semester, and who want to return for that semester, must submit a letter requesting approval to do so to the Reinstatement Committee. This letter and any supporting information should be submitted to HCC’s Office of Retention Services. Students who were suspended and have been out for one or more semesters may also have to update their admissions information. They must also make an appointment to meet with the Retention Coordinator. (All students who are in academic suspension status must contact Retention Services in the Learning Assistance Center, 443-518-1320 in either case.) Information about academic standing (including academic warning, probation and suspension) policies is available on page 44. Students who have not been enrolled for five or more academic years may be eligible for academic amnesty (page 45).