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COMMON ADMISSIONS QUESTIONS
about Health Sciences Programs

Who is eligible to apply for a health sciences program?

Refer to the Curriculum Sheet located on the programs' websites for eligibility criteria. Eligibility criteria varies among programs.

Does applying to a health sciences program require a separate application form from the Pitt Community College application for admission?

Yes. Applicants must complete a Health Sciences Application in addition to the PCC application for admission. A PCC application may be completed by visiting the PCC website at www.pittcc.edu or the Admissions & Records Office (Enrollment Services, Goess Student Center). You may call Admissions at (252) 493-7228 if you would like a PCC application mailed to you. The PCC Application should be returned to Pitt Community College, PO Drawer 7007, Greenville, NC 27835.

To complete a Health Sciences Application, contact Health Sciences Admissions at (252) 493-7473 or hltscadm@email.pittcc.edu.

What is the deadline to apply for a health sciences program?

Not all programs have the same application deadlines. Please refer to application dates for details.

Does Pitt Community College have "waiting lists" for their health sciences programs?

No. Applications are accepted each year. Applicants not accepted will need to re-apply the following year.

When will I be notified of my application status?

Notification varies depending upon the program to which you apply.  Most fall start programs will mail out notification letters in June. 

How competitive is admission to a health sciences program?

Competitiveness depends on the number of applicants, the quality of the application pool, and the current status of the job market. Most programs have about 2-3 applicants for every space available in the program.  Competiveness will vary from year to year with each applicant pool.

What selection criteria does Pitt Community College use in accepting applicants to health sciences programs?

The criteria used to select applicants for admission is outlined in the Admissions Steps guide.

Does the Health Sciences Admissions Committee recognize letters of recommendation?

Applicants to the Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry programs require two letters of recommendation.  Letters of recommendation are not recognized by other programs and do not improve competitiveness into any of the other health sciences programs.

How long will it take me to complete a health sciences program?

Refer to the Curriculum Sheet located on the programs' websites for program length. Program length varies among programs. Additional time may be needed to complete minimum requirements in English, math, or science, complete pre-requisite coursework, and increase competitiveness.

Some health sciences programs may be completed in as little as one semester.

Do I need a criminal background check to apply to a health sciences program?

You do not need a criminal background check to apply to a health sciences program. However, clinical facilities may require criminal background checks, drug screenings, credit checks, professional license checks, and/or proof of US citizenship prior to or during participation in the clinical portion of a program. Any expenses associated with these requirements are the responsibility of the student. Pending the outcome, clinical facilities may deny a student the opportunity to complete the clinical portion of a program. A student who is unable to complete the clinical portion of a program will not be able to graduate.

Will a criminal history impact my ability to get a job in healthcare?

Criminal background checks, drug screenings, credit checks, professional license checks, and/or proof of US citizenship may be required after graduation by examination boards, state licensing boards, and employing agencies. Pending the outcome, a graduate may be disqualified from examination eligibility, state licensure, and/or employment.

Is CPR certification required to apply to a health sciences program?

CPR certification is a requirement to apply for some health sciences programs. Refer to the Curriculum Sheet located on the programs' websites to confirm this requirement.  

What CPR certifications are acceptable?

American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers is the only CPR certification accepted.