Reading Area Community College is approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an institution of higher education, and is authorized to award the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree, the Associate in Applied Science Degree, the Associate in General Studies Degree and the Certificate of Specialization, as well as appropriate diplomas and certificates.
The College operates on a two semester basis consisting of 15 weeks each, exclusive of examination periods and vacations. The unit utilized for credit courses is the semester hour.
Reading Area Community College has an open admission policy, which states that any student may enroll as a degree candidate. Based on placement test scores, some students may be required to complete courses in Community Education prior to enrolling in credit courses. Students without a valid high school diploma or G.E.D certificate may be required to complete a G.E.D prior to enrolling in credit courses, as determined by placement test scores. A high school diploma will be considered valid if it was granted by a high school that has been verified by ACT and has a high school code listed online at www.actstudent.org.
College entrance examinations, such as the ACT or SAT, are not required. High school transcripts, G.E.D. certificates, and prior college transcripts must be submitted to complete the application file and may be used as a basis for admission to some selective admission programs of study. Electronic transcripts can be submitted here.
Prospective students (and their families) who are having difficulty completing the application process may obtain assistance in the Welcome and Information Center.
The open admissions policy does not guarantee acceptance into a specific program of study. Some programs have requirements that must be met in order for students to secure licensure or certification upon completion of the program. These programs must comply with regulations established by various governing bodies. Other factors include limitations on enrollment based upon availability of college or community facilities used for practical experiences. The following Associate in Applied Science and Certificate of Specialization programs have selective admissions procedures:
Medical Laboratory Technician (M.L.T.) - A.A.S.
Nursing (R.N.) - A.A.S.
Occupational Therapy Assistant at Lehigh Carbon Community College
Physical Therapy Assistant at Lehigh Carbon Community College
Practical Nursing (L.P.N.) - Certificate
Respiratory Care (R.R.T.) - A.A.S.
Accessibility & Services for Students with Disabilities
Reading Area Community College strives to provide an environment that allows all individuals to develop to their fullest potential. In keeping with federal legislation and regulations, reasonable accommodations and individualized attention are provided for students with disabilities in order to ensure access to the campus and all of its academic programs and services. For information, contact Disability Services.
All degree-seeking students are required to take the placement test in English and Mathematics before registering for credit courses. Students are strongly urged to prepare for the placement test in any of the following ways:
Students who fail to adequately review for the placement test run the risk of being placed in classes below their actual competency level. This may result in a longer time to graduation.
- Placement test scores will determine the placement of the student into developmental reading, writing, and/or mathematics courses or college-level English and/or mathematics courses.
- The placement test may be waived for students with certain credentials. For a complete list of waiver options, please visit www.racc.edu/Admissions/placement.
- Students who apply for a semester and do not enroll in that semester must submit a new application. Students who withdraw from Reading Area Community College and return after one or more years must reapply for admission. Students who have not completed required coursework within two years of taking the placement test will need to retake the appropriate test(s).
- Prior to taking a placement test, students with documented disabilities should notify Disability Services to arrange appropriate accommodations.
- Only under the most extenuating circumstances can students petition the Communications, Arts and Humanities and/or Science/Mathematics Division Assistant Dean for permission to retake the placement test.
Notification of Acceptance
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance after all necessary items have been received and processed by Enrollment Services. Students who submit applications or records under false pretenses are subject to dismissal without credit.
Categories of Admission
There are two general categories under which applicants may be admitted to Reading Area Community College. They may enroll as full-time or part-time students in either category.
- DEGREE CANDIDATES are applicants who wish to earn an associate degree or certificate. The College offers the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in General Studies and the Certificate of Specialization.
- NONDEGREE CANDIDATES* are those who wish to enter the College for purposes other than earning an associate degree or certificate. The category includes the following types of students:
- TRANSIENT: Students attending another college or university who elect to take certain courses at Reading Area Community College and then return to their home institution.
- EARLY ADMISSION: Students who wish to begin college-level academics before their actual graduation from high school. Candidates must be in good academic standing at their high school and be 16 years of age. The Director of Advising and Enrollment Services reserves the right to decline admission to any Early Admission applicant after a review of their transcripts and required placement test scores. Should the applicant score at a developmental level in reading, writing and mathematics, the recommendation will be for completion of high school before enrollment at RACC.
- NONDEGREE: Individuals may wish to take a specific course or courses for job improvement or enrichment but not necessarily work toward obtaining a degree. Coursework taken may be later applied toward a degree from the College or may be presented for transfer credit at another college or university.
*Nondegree Candidates do not qualify for Financial Aid.
General Admissions Procedures
- Submit the application for admission.
- Request that the student’s high school and any previous college or university attended forward an official copy of their complete transcript directly to Enrollment Services.
NOTE: Applicants who hold a high school equivalency diploma (G.E.D.) should request that an official transcript be sent to Enrollment Services. Requests can be made to the Department of Education from the state in which you earned the G.E.D.
- Take placement test, if applicable.
- Submit the application for admission.
- Complete the Permission to Transfer Form. Once the form has been signed by the designated official at the applicant’s home institution and the form is returned to Enrollment Services, the applicant will be registered for the requested courses on a space-available basis.
- Submit the application for admission.
- Complete the Nondegree Registration Form, or take the placement test, if applicable. Once the form is returned to Enrollment Services or the Records Office, the applicant will be registered on a space-available basis.
A student who has previously studied at Reading Area Community College and desires to resume full-time or part-time study after an absence of one year or more must complete an application for readmission. The following procedures and regulations govern readmission to the College:
- Applicants for readmission must complete the application for admission.
- Applicants for readmission must fulfill all other admission requirements in accordance with the procedures outlined.
NOTE: In most cases, high school transcripts do not need to be resubmitted by candidates who previously completed courses at RACC. However, transcripts from other schools attended in the interim will be required of those seeking readmission to degree programs.
- Students seeking readmission to the nursing programs are processed through a special selection committee of the individual nursing program. The committee’s decision about readmission is based upon prior performance in the program, length of time the student had not been actively enrolled in a nursing course, programmatic changes since prior enrollment and space in the currently enrolled class at the point of readmission. For the Associate Degree Nursing program and the Practical Nursing program, only one readmission is permitted. For specific requirements, see individual programs.
- Students seeking readmission are subject to the catalog under which they readmit.
Early Admission Opportunities for High School Students
Early Admission Program:
RACC strongly encourages students to complete their high school diploma. The Early Admission Program is an opportunity for academically ready high school students to enroll in online and/or on-campus college courses at RACC.
High school students interested in enriching their curriculum with college course work during their junior and senior year may request consideration for the Early Admission Program.
RACC’s Enrollment Services staff, in consultation with the student’s guidance counselor, evaluates each request on an individual basis. Students considering the Early Admission Program must exhibit maturity and demonstrate above average academic achievement (A/B average) to benefit from college-level courses. Additionally, the student must be 16 years of age at the time of application.
To be considered for the Early Admission Program, a student must:
- Make an appointment to interview with an Enrollment Services representative. The deadline to contact Enrollment Services for an appointment is July 1 for the fall semester, November 1 for the spring semester, and April 15 for the summer session. These deadlines are earlier than RACC’s other registration deadlines to ensure enough time for the interview, approval, testing and advising process.
- Submit the Early Admissions application and official high school transcripts.
- Bring to the entry interview a completed Early Admission Supplemental Application form and copies of high school transcript.
- Take the placement test. Placement test results will be used by the Enrollment Services staff to admit and register the student appropriately. If the student has a documented disability that may require accommodations during the placement test, please contact Disability Services at 610-607-6245 for an intake appointment prior to scheduling the placement tests. To be accepted as Early Admission, the student must score at the college level on RACC’s math, reading, and writing placement test or achieve the following standardized test scores. A student may elect to use their SAT or ACT scores for placement in lieu of COMPASS and/or the Writing Sample. If the student has taken the SAT or ACT score multiple times within the allowable timeframe, his or her highest score in each subject area may be used for placement into appropriate college-level courses. The student may review waiver criteria under Placement Test Waivers in this catalog.
- After the placement test, the student will make a follow-up appointment with the Enrollment Services staff for advising and registration. If accepted, the student can register for two classes in each semester and will not be permitted to enroll as a full time student. The student must meet the prerequisite(s) for the class(es) in which he or she is registered.
- Register and participate in RACC Ready.
- Pay your tuition and fees by the tuition due dates. High school students are not eligible for financial aid. The student should be prepared to make payment at the time of registration. A payment plan is available for this purpose. If the school district is sponsoring the student’s tuition, a written document must be submitted to the Cashier’s Office.
- Upon completion of coursework, it is the student’s responsibility to request that a RACC transcript is sent to the high school. Students may view their final grades online by accessing their WebAdvisor account. Grades received at RACC become part of the permanent college transcript. While RACC courses are accredited by Middle States, transferability of RACC coursework taken while in high school is at the discretion of the transfer institution.
- Early Admission Program students are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as indicated in the College’s Student Handbook. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action and/or dismissal from the College.
- Early Admission Program students are not permitted to make changes to their schedule without first consulting with the Enrollment Services staff.
- Upon proof of graduation from high school, the student is permitted to enroll as a full-time student, provided he/she is not on academic probation or has been dismissed from the college.
For more information, contact Enrollment Services at 610-607-6224.
Dual Enrollment at Local High Schools
RACC has partnered with area high schools to offer college credit for college-level courses students take at their high school. The courses taught at the high school must cover the same competencies as courses taught at RACC and the teacher must meet adjunct faculty qualifications. View a list of dual enrollment courses available for the 2014-15 academic year.
Dual Enrollment students concurrently complete their requirements for high school graduation at the same time they earn college credit. Students are eligible for dual enrollment courses by an evaluation of state standardized tests, cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and/or recommendation from their high school teacher and guidance counselor. Students are allowed to register for dual enrollment courses providing they meet the high school’s guidelines for dual enrollment and RACC’s course prerequisites.
Participating high schools include Berks Career & Technology Center, Blue Mountain Academy, Brandywine Heights High School, Exeter High School, Fleetwood Area High School, Governor Mifflin High School, Hamburg Area High School, Muhlenberg High School, Oley Valley High School, Reading-Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center, Schuylkill Valley High School, Tulpehocken High School, and Twin Valley High School.
Working with their guidance counselors and/or dual enrollment teachers, students complete a RACC application, dual enrollment registration form, and FERPA form. The high school guidance counselor submits these documents along with student’s current high school transcript to Reading Area Community College’s Academic Affairs Office.
Once students have completed the admission steps and registered for dual enrollment courses, the high school guidance counselors send these documents to the RACC liaison who forwards the applications/registrations to enrollment services/records.
Students will earn a grade on a RACC college transcript at the completion of the course.
- All grades may be accessed through students’ WebAdvisor account.
- Students who wish to have an official transcript may request this in writing or by accessing RACC’s website for a transcript request form.
Since dual enrollment courses would be traditional college freshman selections, students should contact the registrars’ offices of the colleges where they plan to apply in order to confirm that the transfer credits will be accepted. Dual Enrollment courses prepare students for college-level rigor. Dual enrollment credits provide a pathway to RACC’s many AA and AAS transfer programs.
For additional information, contact the Director of Academic Partnerships at 610-607-6219.
SOAR Programs of Study at Career and Technology Centers
SOAR (Students Occupationally and Academically Ready) prepares students for college and careers in a diverse, high-performing workforce. A student from any state-approved program from any CTC in the state can transfer these program credits (9 or more) to any college offering these programs.
Approved programs for RACC include: Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications, Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology, Machine Tool Technology/Machinist, Administrative Assistant & Secretarial Science General, Accounting Technology/Technician & Bookkeeping, Childcare/Support Services Management, and Criminal Justice/Police Science.
These programs are identified by their Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code. A CIP code is used by schools and postsecondary institutions to categorize the Program of Study completed at the CTC and articulates to courses in one of RACC’s Associate in Applied Science degrees.
Students who have earned a minimum 2.5 GPA in their completed program of study at their CTC are eligible for college credits for up to three years after graduating from high school. Students are awarded credit, not a grade on their college transcripts. Students seeking their credit award need to provide RACC with the following items:
- Copy of High School Diploma
- Official High School Transcript
- POS Perkins Statewide Articulation Agreement Student Documentation Cover Sheet, obtained from CTC program or high school counselor.
- NOCTI Skills Certificate or Certificate of Completion, obtained from CTC program or high school counselor
- Secondary Program Competency Task List signed by CTC program instructor
To view how the PA Bureau of Career and Technical Education SOAR Programs of Study taken at the High School level transfer to participating colleges including RACC, visit the CollegeTransfer.net website. Select the program of study by title or CIP code from drop-down menu and choose graduation year of 2013, 2014 or 2015.
For further information, contact Enrollment Services at 610-372-4721 ex. 5286.
International Student Enrollment
Fall Semester - June 1
Spring Semester - September 1
Reading Area Community College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant foreign students under the F-1 status. The following preliminary procedures must be completed before international students can be considered for admission to Reading Area Community College:
- International student applicants must complete an application for admission to Reading Area Community College. An online application may be used.
- International student applicants must submit a letter of intent stating which major or course of study to be pursued at Reading Area Community College and the expected starting and graduating dates of the program. International student applicants must submit a brief statement of their academic and work background and the objectives they hope to accomplish at Reading Area Community College.
- International student applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if the applicant is a non-native English speaker. The TOEFL score must be submitted to the College for review. Applicants must score a minimum of 450 (paper-based), 45 (internet-based) or above to be considered for admission. Registration forms and the TOEFL Bulletin of Information for Candidates may be obtained from American Consulates, and United States Information Agencies, as well as many educational centers throughout the world and on the Internet at www.toefl.org. Registration forms may also be obtained by writing, well in advance of the desired test date. (College institution code: 2743)
- Applicants must send certified copies of all official transcripts (academic records), with English translations, of all training received at the equivalent of high school level or above. All transcripts become the property of the College and will not be returned.
- Applicants must submit a notarized legal document of sponsorship from the person or organization that is responsible for the student’s tuition, fees, room, board and any other financial needs for the duration of study at Reading Area Community College. If the student is not sponsored, the document should indicate that the student is responsible for all of the above. Reading Area Community College is not responsible for tuition, fees, room, board, scholarship or any of the financial expenses incurred by students while attending Reading Area Community College.
- Applicants must submit an original current US or foreign bank statement showing a minimum balance of the cost for one academic year in American dollars. If an original bank statement can not be provided, the applicant must submit a signed official letter from a US or foreign bank stating, in American dollars, a minimum balance of the cost for one academic year. The required amount in the account(s) listed on the bank statement or official letter must be accessible by the sponsor and/or student for college-related needs while attending Reading Area Community College. This information must be provided in the individual or organization’s name sponsoring the student attending Reading Area Community College. (Internet bank statements will not be accepted.)
- Applicants must submit verification of housing accommodations by lease, rent receipt or a statement of accommodation provisions by a sponsor or sponsoring agency.
Only after all of these steps have been completed will an admissions decision be rendered. Some time may elapse before a decision is reached and the applicant is notified. In any event, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service Form 1-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) will not be issued until the applicant has been accepted for admission to the College.
Individual visa status changes will not be initiated by the College, but must be handled through the Office of Immigration.
International Credential Evaluator:
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Post Office Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 U.S.A.
World Education Services/Bowling Green Station
Post Office Box 5087
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10274-5087 U.S.A.
*This is not a comprehensive listing. The College does not recommend any one evaluator over another. Students may use any accredited evaluation service. All costs are the responsibility of the student.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services
The Test of English
As A Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Selective Admissions Procedures
All applicants must fulfill the requirements for admission as degree candidates; that is, apply, forward official copies of all academic transcripts, and take the placement test. Additional procedures must also be followed for the College’s selective majors.
Medical Laboratory Technician Program
- Be a graduate of an approved secondary school or hold a high school equivalency diploma.
- Have completed, with grades of “C” or better, two years of biological science (including advanced biology), laboratory chemistry, and algebra. If the previous academic experience is lacking or if placement scores indicate the need for preparatory work, the following Reading Area Community College courses may be used to provide the needed academic background: BIO 150 , CHE 120 , MAT 035 , MAT 110 .
- Meet with the M.L.T. program director for an interview to discuss the academic background, the M.L.T. program, and the selective M.L.T. admissions policies before declaring a major of Medical Laboratory Technology. The interview is mandatory.
- No course in the Medical Laboratory Technician Program curriculum, or which is a prerequisite for a course in the curriculum, can be repeated more than once. This requirement includes any courses taken at RACC or at another institution. It also includes courses from which the student may have withdrawn or in which the student earned less than a “C” grade.
- No more than 12 credits of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program curriculum may be repeated. This includes courses taken at RACC and at other institutions. It also includes withdrawals or courses in which the student earned less than a “C” grade.
- Course repeats or withdrawals that are older than ten years may be excluded from consideration in the admissions process at the discretion of the program director.
NOTE: For progression into the clinical experience courses in the second year of the program, students must:
- Complete the following courses: COM 121 , COM 131 or COM 141 , BIO 250 , BIO 255 , CHE 110 or MLT 110 , CHE 150 , CHE 220 , MAT 210 , MLT 120 , HEA 220 and IFT 110 .
- Obtain a “C” grade or better in all courses in the curriculum.
- Maintain a combined GPA of 2.5 or higher in math and science courses.
- Have a medical exam certifying the student to be physically fit and proof of up-to-date immunizations or proof of immunity.
- Submit two letters of recommendation; one of which must be from a RACC faculty member.
- Submit a letter on why they have chosen MLT as a career choice.
- Submit evidence of Hepatitis B vaccination.
- Submit a current PA Child Abuse Clearance and a current PA State Police Criminal Background Check. Students may also be asked to submit an FBI fingerprint check if requested by the clinical affiliate.
- Submit proof of a recent negative drug screen test using specifications set forth by the clinical affiliate.
- Submit proof of current enrollment in a health insurance plan.
- Agree to adhere to dress code and personal appearance policies set forth by the clinical affiliate.
The preceding policies will be revised in keeping with the most recent accrediting agency policies.
A selection committee will review all records, determine the eligibility of students and then select those students who will progress into the clinical experience. The date of enrollment in the Medical Laboratory Technician program will remain as the deciding factor between two equally qualified students. Rotation sites for clinical experience will be assigned by the MLT Selection Committee.
The student from Lehigh Carbon Community College who has successfully completed specific general education requirements will be granted sophomore-level standing and admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program per stated admission requirements at Reading Area Community College.
Students who are not yet admitted to the clinical courses will be enrolled in the “Health Sciences (Nursing Intent)” program of study. This will provide a pathway for completing non-clinical courses needed for the RACC Nursing Program. Students in this program of study may also complete additional courses as indicated to be awarded the Health Sciences Transfer AA degree, following College graduation policies. Pre-clinical students should meet with their assigned advisor regularly to ensure that they are taking the appropriate courses for their educational goals.
- Have completed work equal to a standard high school course with a minimum of 16 units, including four units of English, three units of Social Studies, two units of Mathematics (1 of which is Algebra), and two units of Science with a related laboratory or its equivalent. Applicants whose high school academics were completed outside of the United States will have to apply for a Certificate of Preliminary Education through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
- Have completed with grades of “C” or higher, one course in algebra, laboratory biology, laboratory chemistry, and one advanced laboratory biology course. The course must be one Carnegie unit in length, or its equivalent.
If a student does not have or does not test at the appropriate level for:
- If enrolled in grade 12, applicants must submit a list of their courses for their senior year. Upon graduation, a final transcript must be submitted.
- Take college placement test. If the student does not place at the Algebra II level, then he or she must take the recommended math course through and including Algebra I prior to admission to the Nursing Program clinical course. Example: If the math placement score indicates placement into Basics of College Mathematics, then the student must take Basics of College Mathematics or Math Fundamentals, and Algebra I prior to admission. Students must place at the English Composition level on the reading/writing portion of the placement test or take appropriate courses.
- Upon application to the College:
- Sign an affidavit stating that the student has not been convicted of a felonious act. The Professional Nursing Law (Act 69, PL 409, No. 10 and PL 233, No. 64) provides that as of January 1, 1986: The Board of Nursing shall not issue a license or certificate to an applicant who has been convicted* of a felonious act prohibited by Act of April 14, 1972 (PL 233, No. 64), known as “The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act,” or convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country unless:
- At least 10 years have elapsed from the date of conviction;
- The applicant satisfactorily demonstrates to the State Board of Nursing that they have made significant progress in personal rehabilitation since the conviction such that licensure of the applicant should not be expected to create a substantial risk of harm to the health and safety of patients or the public or a substantial risk of further criminal violations; and
- The applicant otherwise satisfies the qualifications contained in or authorized by this act.
* The term convicted shall include a judgment, an admission of guilt or a plea of nolo contendere.
- A second affidavit must be signed and submitted upon application concerning the Older Adult Protective Services Act and the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance. This law has no time limit on the list of offenses.
- Once the prerequisites have been successfully completed, with a “C” grade or better, a clinical application form must be completed and submitted to Enrollment Services in Berks Hall, Room 111, by the December deadline.
*If BIO 250 - Anatomy & Physiology I was not needed to satisfy the high school prerequisites, please understand it will still be required as a prerequisite for NUR 100 - Nursing I .
- A point system will be used for selecting students for admission to the nursing program.
- More points will be given incrementally for higher GPA’s. A minimum of a 2.5 GPA must be maintained for consideration for admission.
- More points will be given incrementally for higher grades obtained in the Anatomy and Physiology courses.
- Points will be given for required general education courses completed with a “C” grade or better.
- Enrollment Services will send out invitations to attend an orientation session to the most qualified students. This will include the current numbers to fill the class as “provisional accepts” plus a few students selected as alternates.
- A response to the invitation is required.
- Attendance at the all day orientation session on the scheduled date for the full time period is required.
- Failure to meet the above requirements will result in an automatic disqualification for admission.
Students who do not qualify will also be notified that they may re-submit an eligibility form for the following academic year if they choose to.
- The orientation session will include information about specific documentation that must be returned by the scheduled date to Enrollment Services in Berks Hall, Room 111. Failure to return the documentation by the designated date will result in disqualification for admission. The following documentation will be required (but not necessarily limited to):
- Evidence of good health. A physical form will be provided. All applicants will be expected to demonstrate “Essential Abilities/Qualities of a Professional Nursing Student” (see website for details).
- Evidence of a negative drug panel. Form will be provided.
- Evidence of specific immunizations or antibody titers. Form will be provided.
- Evidence of current CPR Certification for the Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer.
- Evidence of current health insurance.
- Criminal Records Clearance and Child Abuse History clearance. Applicants from out-of-state are required to submit an FBI Criminal Background Check. An applicant convicted of any of the “prohibitive offenses” contained in the Older Adult Protective Services Act or an applicant convicted of any type of child abuse will be disqualified from admission to the Nursing Program or continuing in the program regardless of the amount of time that has elapsed from the date of conviction.
- Once all documentation has been confirmed, letters will be sent out with “full accept” status and appointments to register for NUR 100, Nursing I. A response will be required in order to confirm your status. Lack of a response will result in an automatic disqualification for admission.
- The alternate list will remain active until 2 weeks prior to the beginning of Fall classes. After that time, all students must resubmit eligibility forms to be considered for the following year.
Additional Nursing Program Admission Policies:
- The currently enrolled exceptional high school student should contact the Nursing Program Director as soon as possible to facilitate admission to the program. All application deadlines will apply.
- All required courses must have a “C” or better grade.
- All required courses in the nursing curriculum cannot be repeated more than once for any reason. (“W” as well as anything less than a “C” grade.)
- No more than 12 credits of the nursing curriculum can be repeated for any reason.
- Only one readmission is allowed for the clinical nursing program.
- There is a 5 year limit on Anatomy and Physiology I and II (on application to nursing).
- GPA - All required program of study courses are counted including transfer courses and original course grades if repeated. No developmental courses are counted as part of the GPA.
Students Requesting Readmission to the Nursing Program
NUR 100 - Nursing I Readmission
- Any student leaving the program must meet with the Program Director.
- Students seeking readmission to NUR 100 must submit their written request for readmission by the December deadline for NUR 100 applications. The request should be submitted to the Nursing Program office.
- The student must also complete and submit a clinical application. The completed form must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the December deadline.
- The student must submit their request for readmission to the office of the Nursing Program AND the clinical application to Enrollment Services in order to be considered for readmission. If both actions are not completed, the student will not be eligible for readmission.
- The student will have an opportunity for a second attempt provided they meet the admission criteria for the program.
- The student request for readmission will be reviewed by the admissions committee.
- The student will be notified by letter of the decision of the admissions committee.
- A student may only be readmitted to the nursing program one time.
- A 2.5 GPA or above is required to apply for readmission.
NUR 150 , NUR 200 , or NUR 250
- Any student leaving the program must meet with the Program Director.
- Students seeking readmission must submit a written request to the Nursing Program office.
- The student request for readmission will be reviewed by the admissions committee.
- The student will be notified by letter of the decision of the admissions committee.
- If the student is approved for readmission, the student seeking readmission must pass each of the following steps:
- a theory test on content from preceding courses, followed by
- a clinical skills demonstration on skills from preceding courses.
- A student may only be readmitted to the nursing program one time and must reenter the program within 2 years.
Advanced Placement for Licensed Practical Nurses
Advanced placement is for the LPN who is a graduate of any NLN accredited practical nursing program and who has been licensed and working for six months.
- Make an appointment to meet with the Assistant Director of the Nursing Program to review the advanced placement process and to develop an individualized plan for the process. Bring a copy of your current L.P.N. license to your appointment.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST QUALIFY FOR ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM BEFORE YOU MAY BEGIN THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROCESS.
- To qualify for admission to the Nursing Program:
- Submit application for admission. Submit all required transcripts and affidavits.
- Complete placement tests as required, for reading, writing and math.
- Complete coursework as indicated by the results of the placement tests. These are prerequisites to applying to the nursing clinical courses.
- Complete the prerequisite high school courses or their equivalent at RACC (see Nursing Program Selective Admissions Procedures):
- Advanced Biology
- Achieve a “C” grade or higher in all courses taken at Reading Area Community College which are required in the nursing curriculum.
- Achieve and maintain a cumulative (overall) grade point average of at least 2.5 in all courses taken at the college.
- Complete clinical application. The form is available in the Enrollment Services Office, Berks Hall, Room 111. Return the completed form to the Enrollment Services Office.
- Attend mandatory Orientation/Information Session for Incoming Nursing Students. Follow the instructions you receive at that time.
- Payment: There is a cost to challenge NUR 100 - Nursing I . The payment process is initiated in the Enrollment Services Office in Berks 111. There you will receive the form you need to take to the Cashier’s Office. Take the form and go to the Cashier’s Office to pay the fee. The cost for each challenge is determined by the college. The current fee is equivalent to 1/3 the tuition cost for the course. NUR 100 - Nursing I is a 9-credit course. The fee will be equal to 3 credits. Bring the Cashier’s Office receipt with you to take the written test.
- The Advanced Placement Process:
- Submit the Clinical Eligibility Application to the Enrollment Services Office, Berks Hall, Room 111.
- Make appointment with the Assistant Director of the Nursing Program, to receive content outline for Nursing I and to schedule the theory exam.
- Take the comprehensive theory exam for NUR 100 - Nursing I and score 77% or higher. Present the receipt for the required fee when you come for the test.
- You will not be allowed to take the exam if you do not have the receipt.
- Testing must be completed by March 31st.
- Make an appointment for the Nursing Skills Test. Receive the Skills Checklists to use in preparing for the test and make an appointment to take the skills test.
- Testing must be completed by April 30th.
- Successfully complete the NUR 100 - Nursing I Skills Test.
- Successfully complete with a “C” grade or higher the required 2 credit course, NUR 111 - Transition to Nursing , prior to your first clinical course.
- If an applicant fails any portion of the advanced placement process (i.e. theory exam, skills test or NUR 111 ), the applicant will be disqualified for advanced placement.
- The student must complete all prerequisites for NUR 150 - Nursing II in order to begin NUR 150 - Nursing II .
Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant:
The student from Reading Area Community College who has successfully completed specific general education requirements will be granted admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program or Occupational Therapy Assistant Program per stated admission requirements at Lehigh Carbon Community College. The student must see advisor or transfer counselor.
Practical Nursing Program
Students who are not yet admitted to the clinical courses will be enrolled in the “Health Sciences (Practical Nursing Intent)” program of study. This will provide a pathway for completing non-clinical courses needed for the RACC Practical Nursing Program. Students in this program of study may also complete additional courses as indicated to be awarded the Health Sciences Transfer AA degree, following College graduation policies. Pre-clinical students should meet with their assigned advisor regularly to ensure that they are taking the appropriate courses for their educational goals.
- Be a graduate of an approved secondary school or hold a high school equivalency diploma. Have completed, with a grade of “C” or higher, one course in algebra, biology and chemistry. Applicants whose high school academics were completed outside of the United States will have to apply for a Certificate of Preliminary Education through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
- Sign an affidavit stating that they have not been convicted of a felonious act. The Practical Nursing Law (P.L. 1211, No. 376, March 2, 1956, as amended through 1985) provides that as of January 1, 1986: The Board of Nursing shall not issue a license or certificate to an applicant who has been convicted* of a felonious act prohibited by the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64), known as “The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act,” or convicted* of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country unless:
- At least ten (10) years have elapsed from the date of conviction;
- The applicant satisfactorily demonstrates to the Board of Nursing that they have made significant progress in personal rehabilitation since the conviction such that licensure of the applicant should not be expected to create a substantial risk of harm to the health and safety of patients or the public or a substantial risk of further criminal violations; and
- The applicant otherwise satisfies the qualifications contained in or authorized by this act.
*The term “convicted” shall include a judgment, an admission of guilt or a plea of nolo contendere.
- Take the College’s placement test and score into regular-entry English Composition (COM 121 ) and into Algebra II (MAT 110 ).
All PN students must take the College’s placement test and enroll in all relevant courses designed to meet minimum program prerequisites.
- Complete the required foundation coursework and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better. The prerequisite coursework is as follows:
MAT 030 - Algebra I
ORI 102 - College Success Strategies
COM 031 - Basics of College Study Skills
*BIO 120 - Biological Concepts or BIO 150 - Biology I
*CHE 120 - Principles of Chemistry
* Students possessing a high school-level biology and/or chemistry course (with lab) with a “C” or better within 5 years of program start date will satisfy this/these prerequisites.
- Complete the clinical application. This form is available in the Enrollment Services office in Berks Hall, Room 111. All applicants are required to meet with their advisor or the Assistant Director of the PNP for clarification of the admission process and a discussion of the program requirements.
- All qualified students will be invited to attend a mandatory Information Session to receive forms for the required documents. Once the completed required documents have been submitted and approved and grades are posted, the qualified student will be fully accepted into the PNP. All questions can be directed to the Division of Health Professions at 610.607.6226 or 610.372.4721, ext. 5441 or 3944.
The requirements are that applicants must:
- Show evidence of good mental and physical health.
- Submit evidence of required immunizations or antibody titers. Submit evidence of negative drug and alcohol abuse testing.
- Submit evidence of current CPR Certification for the Health Care Professional at the beginning of the program year. American Heart Association or the American Red Cross certification only are accepted.
- Submit evidence of current health insurance prior to enrollment in PNP coursework.
- In addition to the State Board of Nursing affidavit, you must submit evidence of a PA Child Abuse History Clearance and a PA State Police Criminal Record Check. Applicants are required to submit an FBI criminal background check. An applicant convicted of any of the “prohibitive offenses” contained in the Older Adults Protective Services Act (Act 169 as amended by Act 13) or any type of child abuse will disqualify the student from admission or continuing in the program regardless of time elapsed from the date of conviction. A second affidavit concerning this information must be signed. Past criminal history may have an impact upon the ability to obtain licensure and employment as a nurse (see Appendix “Consumer Information Disclosure” for PA State Board of Nursing policy: Refusal, suspension, or revocation of license; grounds in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Practical Nurse Law).
- All required courses must have a “C” or above grade.
- No course in the Practical Nurse Program curriculum, or a prerequisite course required for the curriculum, can be repeated more than once. This requirement includes any courses taken at RACC or at another institution. It also includes courses from which the student may have withdrawn or in which the student earned less than a “C” grade.
- No more that a total of 12 credits may be repeated in the prerequisite courses and co-requisite courses. This includes courses taken at RACC or any other institutions. It also includes withdrawals or courses in which the student earned less than a “C” grade.
- All candidates will be selected according to highest grade point average (GPA). The minimum (GPA) required for acceptance into the Practical Nurse Program is a 2.5.
- Only one readmission may be allowed for the clinical Practical Nurse Program.
- There is a 5 year limit on Anatomy and Physiology I and II for those students who choose to waive Body Structure & Function. A & P I and II must be completed within 5 years of the start date into the Practical Nursing Program.
- Students must successfully complete a math test for progression in the program. The passing grade is 85%
- The program is one year in length after all prerequisite courses have been completed.
The Re-admission process entails the following steps:
- Students must meet with the Assistant Director of Practical Nurse Program to discuss re-entry in the program.
- Students must notify in writing to the Assistant Director of the Practical Nurse Program of their intention for readmission at least two semesters before he/she wishes to re-enter the program. Students who have withdrawn from Semester I, must restart the program, there is no advance placement into Semester 1.
- All students must re-apply to the Practical Nurse Program through the Enrollment Services Office - Berks Hall Room 111.
- All students requesting re-admission are encouraged to take college courses to maintain their cumulative GPA of 2.5.
- Students must make an appointment with the Coordinator of Assessment at 610.372.4721, Ext. 5103, Berks Hall Room 121, to receive an application for Credit-by-Exam, which must be completed and taken to the Cashier’s Office, Berks Hall Room 107, for payment.
- The receipt must be returned to the Practical Nurse Program and a date set for an in-house comprehensive exam and skills testing of the semester prior to which you plan to re-enter. The deadline date must be at least four weeks prior to the start of Semester II.
- Student will receive Semester I objectives to study from and are encouraged to schedule practice sessions in the lab for remediation purposes. Students will also be encouraged to seek employment as a certified nursing assistant. All candidates will be required to demonstrate clinical competency by a skill performance examination. The skills will include procedures from the preceding semester and will be pass/fail. The candidates will have one (1) attempt to successfully complete any skill. Three skills will be assessed for students entering Semester II.
- All candidates must successfully complete a math test with a score of 85% to re-enter the Practical Nurse Program.
- Students must pass the comprehensive exam with a score of 77% or above and the skills test by pass/fail to be approved for re-admission.
- Candidates are allowed to test one (1) time.
- Students may be re-admitted one time.
- Successful students will meet with the Assistant Director to discuss re-entry into the Practical Nurse Program.
Respiratory Care Program
- Declare Respiratory Care as their major and meet with the Respiratory Care Program Director for an interview to discuss the academic and clinical requirements of the program and to be informed of the criteria for admission and continued enrollment in the Respiratory Care courses. The interview is mandatory and must be completed prior to April 15 of the intended year the student wishes to enter clinical courses.
- Attain a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher in all courses required within the Respiratory Care program of study and maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher in all college courses. This rule applies to courses taken at the College as well as any required courses transferred into the College from other institutions. It is the student’s responsibility to request transcripts be sent to the College from outside institutions in time for evaluation of the transcripts by April 15 of the intended year the student wishes to enter clinical courses.
- Submit a Letter of Intent to enter the clinical courses, identified by the “RES” course designator, to the Respiratory Care Program Director by April 15 prior to the intended Fall semester. Information on the required content of the letter can be obtained from the Program Director.
- Have a medical examination certifying the student is physically fit as per the Health Professions Division format.
- Be currently certified for cardiopulmonary resuscitation by either the American Heart Association for Health Care Providers course, or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer course.
- Submit evidence of a negative drug panel, a Child Abuse clearance, a state Criminal Background clearance and an FBI finger-printed Criminal Background clearance. Students should consult the Program Director before applying for any of the items listed.
- Submit evidence of required up-to-date immunizations and/or of antibody titers as required by the approved health form.
- Submit evidence of current health insurance.
- Attend a mandatory orientation meeting on the assigned date and time after being selected for a Fall semester clinical cohort. Absence from this orientation meeting will result in the student forfeiting their seat in the clinical cohort unless permission or approval is obtained from the Respiratory Care Program Director or a higher level academic administrator.
- No course in the Respiratory Care curriculum, or which is a prerequisite for a course in the curriculum, can be repeated more than once. This requirement includes any courses taken at RACC or at another institution. It also includes courses from which the student may have withdrawn or in which the student earned less than a “C” grade.
- No more than 12 credits of the Respiratory Care curriculum may be repeated. This includes courses taken at RACC and at other institutions. It also includes withdrawals or courses in which the student earned less than a “C” grade.
- Successful completion of Anatomy and Physiology courses may not be older than five years. An exception of this requirement is evidence of advanced, related study at the junior level or higher that is less than five years old and for which the passing of Anatomy and Physiology was a pre-requisite.
- Course repeats or withdrawals that are older than ten years may be excluded from consideration in the admissions process at the discretion of the program head.
- Only one re-entry to the Respiratory Care Program will be allowed for a student after withdrawing with a grade of W or receiving a failing grade in any Respiratory Care (RES) course. The student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in college courses in order to qualify for re-entry.
- Re-entry into the program is limited to two years following unsuccessful competition of a course or withdrawal from a course.
- The individual must pass a SKILLS examination (written and performance) for re-entry.
The goal of the Enrollment Services Office is to help new students be better prepared for the first semester at RACC. The staff provides a general introduction to the College and facilitates the enrollment of new students. Located on the first floor of Berks Hall, Enrollment Services oversees campus tours and information sessions, the college application process, placement testing, transcript evaluations, course articulation, advisement, and course registration for new students. Additionally, the staff serves as the academic advisors to students who are undecided about their college major.
NOTE: Current students already enrolled at the College, must see their faculty/academic advisor for advisement, course scheduling, and registration. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor on a regular basis to ensure that their graduation requirements are being met. Additionally, students can access WebAdvisor online to register for classes, check grades, locate advisor name and contact information, access their financial aid, and make payments on their account.