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    Dyersburg State Community College
   
 
  Jan 17, 2018
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog and Student Handbook

Requirements for Admission



Admission to the College

Prospective students should contact a DSCC One Stop Center on the Dyersburg Campus, or at the DSCC Gibson County Center, or at the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County to obtain an Application for Admission. An online application and a printable application are also available at www.dscc.edu. Admission to Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) does not guarantee admission to all programs.

All prospective students must (1) meet entry-level standards for each course in which they enroll; (2) be able to complete assignments; and (3) be able to read and write at the required level. Inquiries about admission to the College should be addressed to the DSCC One Stop Center, located in the Student Center on the Dyersburg Campus, or by calling 731-286-3350. Individuals residing in Gibson County may obtain information from the DSCC Gibson County One Stop Center, or by calling 731-855-1419; individuals residing in Tipton County may visit the DSCC One Stop Center at the Jimmy Naifeh Center, or call 901-475-3100.

The Office of Admissions receives and processes all applications and issues notices of acceptance to students. Students may apply for admission by the stated deadlines prior to the beginning of the fall or spring semester or at the beginning of any session of the summer term. The Office of Records evaluates college/university transcripts and, if appropriate, awards credit for prior learning.

To help students be prepared to begin classes and to be successful, DSCC adheres to a “Five-Day Rule” regarding the acceptance of applications for admission. Applications for admission or readmission will not be accepted five business days prior to the first official day of classes. Consult the Academic Calendar  for the application deadline for fall, spring and summer terms.

Misrepresentation of Academic Credentials

Misrepresenting academic credentials is a Class A misdemeanor. A person commits the offense of misrepresentation of academic credentials who, knowing that the statement is false and with the intent to secure employment at or admission to an institution of higher education in Tennessee, represents, orally or in writing, that such person:

  1. Has successfully completed the required coursework for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas from an accredited institution of higher education;
  2. Has successfully completed the required coursework for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas from a particular institution of higher education; or
  3. Has successfully completed the required coursework for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas in a particular field or specialty from an accredited institution of higher education.

Immunizations

Please refer to the following information about Tennessee laws regarding immunizations.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) - Unless exempted under Tennessee Code Annotated, proof of immunization with two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccines, administered on or after the first birthday, is required for attendance to all universities and colleges with an enrollment of greater than two hundred students. Non-exempt students who do not provide the required proof will be restricted to 11 credit hours.

Varicella (chickenpox) - Unless exempted under Tennessee Code Annotated, any new full-time student must present proof from a health practitioner of two doses of the Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, laboratory evidence of immunity, or a history of Varicella disease. Non-exempt students who do not provide the required proof will be restricted to 11 credit hours.

Hepatitis B for students in Allied Health Programs requiring patient contact - Unless exempted under Tennessee Code Annotated, any student expected to have patient contact must present proof of protection against hepatitis B before patient contact begins.

Hepatitis B for all students - Tennessee law requires that, as of July 1, 2003, all Tennessee universities and colleges obtain a signed waiver form regarding hepatitis B disease prior to students’ initial enrollment (e.g., the first day of classes of students’ initial semester at the institution). The institution must obtain the form from all students who are enrolled in one or more courses offered for credit toward an associate’s degree or higher. The regulation applies to both full-time and part-time students. The hepatitis B waiver form must include information about the risk factors and dangers of the disease and the availability and effectiveness of a vaccine.

Dual Admissions Programs

DSCC students who intend to transfer to either the University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee State University or the University of Tennessee at Martin after graduating from DSCC with an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree can be assured of admission to the university by participating in the dual admissions program.

DSCC, in partnership with the University of Memphis, offers a Partnership Enrollment Program (PEP) that guarantees university admission to any student who completes the requirements for an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree.

The Partnership Enrollment Program (PEP) provides general admission to the University of Memphis. Requirements for admission to individual academic programs may vary. More information about the application process and requirements for the PEP are available at www.dscc.edu or from the DSCC Office of Admissions.

DSCC, in partnership with the University of Tennessee at Martin, offers a Dual Admission Partnership Program (DAP) that guarantees university admission to any student who completes the requirements for one of the following DSCC programs:

Associate of Science in Teaching;

Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education;

Associate of Science in the University Parallel Major with an area of emphasis in either Agricultural Business or Agriculture - Plant and Soil Science.
 

The Dual Admission Partnership Program (DAP) provides for general admission to the University of Tennessee at Martin. Requirements for admission to individual academic programs may vary.

More information about the application process and requirements for the DAP are available at www.dscc.edu or from the DSCC Office of Admissions.

Middle Tennessee State University offers DSCC students the option to apply for Dual Admission by visiting http://www.mtsu.edu/how-to-apply/transfer-students/dual-admissions.php.

Assessment and Learning Support

 

To be successful in college, students should register for only those courses for which they are adequately prepared. To determine student preparedness, the following methods of assessment are used:

  1. First-time degree-seeking students under the age of 21 are assessed on the basis of their ACT scores.* Students whose ACT subscore is 17 or below on the English portion, 18 or below on the mathematics portion, and 18 or below on the reading portion of the ACT will be required to enroll in Learning Support courses. Students whose English score is 18 or above and whose mathematics and reading scores are 19 or above may enroll in college-level English and mathematics courses.
  2. First-time degree-seeking students 21 years of age and over who have not taken a college-level course in English and mathematics and a reading intensive course (to be determined by DSCC) will have available to them a placement assessment.
  3. Transfer students under the age of 21 are subject to the same requirements listed in (1) above unless they have completed a college-level course in English and mathematics and a reading intensive course (to be determined by DSCC).
  4. Transfer students 21 years of age and over are subject to the requirements listed in (2) above unless they have completed a college-level course in English and mathematics and a reading intensive course (to be determined by DSCC).
  5. Transient students are subject to the same requirements listed in (3) and (4) above if they wish to enroll in a college-level English or mathematics course.

The results of the ACT, a placement assessment, transcripts of high school and college work attempted and other relevant information gathered at the time of assessment assist in determining the courses in which a student enrolls.

Students enrolled in Learning Support courses may not register for courses for which their deficiency is a prerequisite unless the Director of Learning Support grants approval. Students who fail or withdraw from a required Learning Support course will be subject to the same registration restrictions at each subsequent registration until the deficiency is removed.

ACT Scores

An official copy of ACT scores is required for all first-time degree-seeking students under the age of 21. ACT scores may be used only if the ACT scores are no older than five years. *Official SAT scores may be accepted in lieu of ACT scores.

Selective Service Registration

Chapter 759 of the Tennessee Public Acts of 1984 requires that all male students 18 years of age or above must be registered with the Selective Service before enrolling in any state postsecondary school. In compliance with this act, DSCC requires all male applicants to indicate their Selective Service status on the Application for Admission.

Requirements for Regular Admission

Regular admission as a candidate for an associate degree or certificate will be granted to applicants who follow the procedures and meet the requirements under one of the following sub-categories:

 A.  

  

High School Graduate from a Public School

Please refer to information about immunizations required by Tennessee law in this catalog section.

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission.
  2. Submission of an official copy of a high school transcript verifying a Regular or Honors diploma and the date of graduation.
  3. Transcripts of applicants who graduated from Tennessee public high schools in 1983 or after must include a transcript entry stating that a passing score was made on the proficiency test battery. If applicants have not passed the required proficiency test battery, they must submit official High School Equivalency (HSE) test results indicating an average standard passing score.
  4. Submission of an official ACT score if the high school graduate is under the age of 21.
  5. For first-time degree-seeking students under the age of 21, course placement will be determined by ACT scores. If ACT scores are older than five years, the student will be required to retake the ACT. First-time students who are 21 years of age or older and are degree-seeking will have a placement assessment available to them.

 B.

High School Graduate from a Non-Public School (including schools, home schools, and church-related schools)

Please refer to information about immunizations required by Tennessee law in this catalog section.

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission.
  2. Submission of an official copy of a high school transcript verifying a Regular or Honors diploma and the date of graduation. The transcript must also include all credits earned and final grades in each course. The transcript of a home school applicant must be an official copy from an affiliated organization as defined by T.C.A. 49-50-801 or be accompanied by certification of registration with the superintendent of the local education agency which the student would otherwise attend. Applicants who cannot provide a satisfactory secondary school credential may substitute acceptable scores on the HSE test or the American Council on Education (ACE) External Degree examination.
  3. For first-time degree-seeking students under the age of 21, course placement will be determined by ACT scores. If ACT scores are older than five years, the student will be required to retake the ACT. First-time students who are 21 years of age or older and are degree-seeking will have available to them a placement assessment.

 C.

High School Equivalency (HSE) Recipient

Please refer to information about immunizations required by Tennessee law in this catalog section.

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission.
  2. Submission of an official copy of HSE test results indicating an average standard passing score on the GED or HiSET.
  3. Submission of an official ACT score if the HSE recipient is under 21.
  4. For HSE recipients under the age of 21 who are degree-seeking, course placement will be determined by ACT scores. If ACT scores are older than five years, the student will be required to retake the ACT. HSE recipients who are 21 years of age or older and are degree-seeking will have available to them a placement assessment.

 D.

American Council on Education (ACE) External Degree Recipient

Please refer to information about immunizations required by Tennessee law in this catalog section.

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission.
  2. Submission of an official copy of an American Council on Education (ACE) External Diploma awarded by a high school.
  3. Submission of an official ACT score if the applicant is under 21.
  4. For External Degree recipients under the age of 21 who are degree-seeking, course placement will be determined by ACT scores. If ACT scores are older than five years, the student will be required to retake the ACT. External Degree recipients who are 21 years of age or older and are degree-seeking will have available to them a placement assessment.

 E. 

Transfer Students

Please refer to information about immunizations required by Tennessee law in this catalog section.

A student who is transferring to DSCC to earn credit for an associate degree or certificate from DSCC must follow these procedures:

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission.
  2. Submission of an official copy of a high school transcript verifying a Regular or Honors diploma and the date of graduation or an official copy of High School Equivalency test results indicating an average standard passing score on the GED or HiSET.
  3. Submission of official copies of transcripts from each college or university attended. Concealment of previous college or university attendance may be cause for rejection, cancellation of admission or dismissal of the student.

  Course placement for Transfer students will be based on the following:

  1. Transfer students who have completed a college-level English and mathematics course with a grade of “D” or higher will be placed in all college-level courses.
  2. For transfer students who do not meet the first criterion and are under the age of 21, course placement will be determined by ACT scores. If ACT scores are older than five years, the student will be required to retake the ACT.
  3. For transfer students who do not meet the first criterion and are 21 years of age or older, course placement will be determined by a placement assessment.

  NOTE: Only ACT scores less than five years old as of the first day of the first term of enrollment will be used to determine exemption status.

F. 

International Student Applicants

Please refer to information about immunizations required by Tennessee law in this catalog section.

DSCC believes that the enrollment of international students will enrich the educational environment of all students. Therefore, DSCC is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant, alien students on “F-1” and “J-1” student visas. Applicants must file complete credentials before July 1 for fall admission; November 1 for spring admission; or March 1 for summer admission. Complete credentials include all the documents listed below.

Submission of a completed Application for Admission.

  1. Submission of a certified or notarized copy of authenticated academic records translated into English. These records should describe the courses of instruction in terms of years spent in school and the type of subject matter covered, with grades earned in each subject. The educational level attained must be comparable to a high school graduate in the United States.
  2. Submission of an official transcript from each college or university that the international applicant has attended.
  3. If the international applicant is under 21 years of age, an official copy of his/her ACT scores is required.
  4. All international applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 133 on the computer-based TOEFL or 45 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 450 on the paper-based TOEFL is required. Official TOEFL scores must be submitted.
  5. International applicants must show evidence of financial capability. Applicants must provide a statement indicating who will provide funds for the applicant’s educational and living expenses while he/she is enrolled at Dyersburg State. Because DSCC has no financial aid assistance for international students, international applicants must have at their disposal a minimum of $17,000 (equitable to U. S. dollars) to cover tuition, fees, books, supplies, rent, utilities, food, transportation, personal expenses and required health insurance. This amount is the minimum required and does not include travel expenses or support for dependents. Due to unforeseen tuition increases, the $17,000 may be increased without notice.
    Students attending DSCC on an F-1 visa may work only on campus if employment is available. Because of this uncertainty, international students should not assume that campus employment will be available or consider the possibility of earned wages from campus employment as part of their financial resources.
    DSCC is a community college and has no residential housing. International students must make their living arrangements and should allow sufficient time to locate housing before the beginning of the term.
    An international student who is in the United States on an F-1 visa may not claim Tennessee residence and will be charged out-of-state fees.
  6. Within 30 days from the first day of classes, international applicants should submit a certificate from a licensed physician or other qualified medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. Failure to furnish such a certificate shall result in denial of further enrollment or admission. In the event that the applicant either has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be contingent upon the determination by a licensed physician that further enrollment does not present a risk to others and upon the applicant’s compliance with any prescribed medical treatment program. All international students born after January 1957 must provide evidence of having received two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Exceptions are made for students who are pregnant or allergic to the vaccine.
  7. International students must become familiar with the regulations of the U. S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and assume responsibility for complying with these regulations.
  8. International students will be subject to the same policies for determining course placement as are High School Graduates (1.A.) or Transfer Students (1.D.).
  9. All foreign non-immigrant students are required to have hospitalization insurance prior to completing registration. Students can either provide proof of adequate coverage or purchase coverage through the College, as provided by a private contractor.

Requirements for Readmitting Students

Students who have discontinued attendance at DSCC for one or more terms, excluding the summer term, must apply for readmission. If the readmitting student has attended other colleges or universities since last attending DSCC, official transcripts must be submitted from those institutions. If a readmitting student elects to pursue a degree or certificate, the student must meet the requirements for Regular Admission if he/she has not previously done so.

Requirements for Special Admission

Special Admission is designed for two groups of applicants. The first group is those applicants who intend to take courses for credit but who do not intend to pursue a degree. The second group is comprised of those who intend to take college courses but who are unable to work toward a degree because they lack the proper credentials. Special Admission will be granted to applicants who follow the procedures and meet the requirements under one of the following sub-categories:

 A.  

  

Non-High School Graduate

Please refer to information about immunizations required by Tennessee law in this catalog section.

 

An applicant who did not complete high school with a Regular or Honors diploma or who has not made an average standard passing score on the GED or HiSET may be admitted as a special student under the following conditions:

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission.
  2. The applicant must be at least 21 years of age.
  3. The applicant must take the entire placement assessment and enroll in any Learning Support courses as determined by his/her scores.
  4. Students admitted in this category are not eligible for financial aid.
  5. Students in this category must complete requirements for Regular Admission after completing 16 credit hours.

 B.

Personal or Professional Enrichment

Please refer to information about immunizations required by Tennessee law in this catalog section.

 

Applicants who are high school graduates or who have earned an average passing standard score on the GED or HiSET or who have earned the American Council on Education (ACE) External Diploma awarded by a high school can enroll as a special student for personal or professional enrichment by meeting the following requirements:

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission.
  2. Indication on the Application for Admission that the applicant is a high school graduate with a Regular or Honors diploma or has earned the ACE External Diploma or has earned an average standard passing score on the GED or HiSET. If the student decides to work toward a degree or certificate, he/she will have to meet the requirements for Regular Admission and furnish official copies of transcripts and test scores as required.
  3. Students who are admitted as Personal or Professional Enrichment students will not be permitted to enroll in a mathematics or English course unless one of the following criteria is met:
    1. Previous completion of a college-level English and/or mathematics course with a grade of “D” or higher;
    2. Submission of ACT scores which are no older than five years for students under 21 and which indicate that college-level placement in mathematics or English is warranted;
    3. Completion of the appropriate portion(s) of the placement assessment for students who are 21 years of age or older. Placement assessment scores must indicate college-level readiness in mathematics and/or English.
  4. After completing 16 credit hours, students admitted under this category will be required to submit an official copy of a high school transcript verifying Regular or Honors diploma and graduation date. Transcripts of applicants who graduated from Tennessee public high schools in 1983 or after must include a transcript entry stating that a passing score was made on the proficiency test battery.
  5. Personal or Professional Enrichment students who have attended another higher education institution are strongly encouraged to submit official copies of transcripts from each institution attended in the event that they should elect to become degree-seeking.
  6. Students admitted under this category are not required to become degree-seeking but are strongly encouraged to do so.
  7. Students who are enrolled for Personal or Professional Enrichment are not eligible to receive financial aid.

 C.

College Graduates

Please refer to information about immunizations required by Tennessee law in this catalog section.


College graduates who do not wish to work toward a degree or certificate at DSCC may enroll as a Special Undergraduate Student by meeting the following requirements:

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission.
  2. Submission of college transcript indicating date degree conferred.

 D.

Dual Enrollment Program

Please refer to information about immunizations required by Tennessee law in this catalog section.

 

The Dual Enrollment Program is an enrichment program for high school juniors and seniors. A student may enroll in college courses under the Dual Enrollment Program if the following conditions are met. Dual enrollment is the enrollment of a high school student in one or more specified college courses for which the student will be awarded both high school and college credit. Students who meet the following requirements may be eligible to receive the Dual Enrollment Grant regardless of whether or not the high school awards dual credit for the completion of college courses.

  1. The student must have junior or senior standing in high school.
  2. The student must have a 3.00 (“B”) average on high school work completed. Since some students may excel in a particular area of study but may not have an average of “B” on all high school work completed, an exception to this condition may be made at the recommendation of the high school guidance counselor or the high school principal and the high school teacher in the student’s area of interest.
  3. Depending on the high school, students wishing to enroll in the Dual Enrollment Program must complete the Dual Enrollment Application.
  4. The student must have an official copy of their high school transcript forwarded to the Office of Admissions.
  5. Students wishing to receive the Dual Enrollment Grant, administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), must complete the online Dual Enrollment Grant Application available at www.collegepaystn.com. Students who do not apply for the Dual Enrollment Grant to assist with their tuition will be responsible for paying the amount of the grant as well as any remaining balance to DSCC.
  6. For the student to enroll in the Dual Enrollment Program, a recommendation must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the student’s guidance counselor or by the high school principal (part of the Dual Enrollment Application).
  7. A statement of consent must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the student’s parent (part of the Dual Enrollment Application).
  8. The courses taken must be chosen by the student in consultation with the high school guidance counselor and the Office of Admissions so as to supplement the high school program and insure academic success (part of the Dual Enrollment Application).
  9. Courses taken while enrolled in high school will count as regular college credit upon graduation from high school.
  10. Students admitted as Dual Enrollment students will not be permitted to enroll in a mathematics or English class unless ACT scores indicate that college-level placement in mathematics and/or English is warranted.
Upon graduation from high school, students can seek regular admission to DSCC. At that point, all admission requirements must be met and appropriate parts of the ACT will determine course placement.
 

 E. 

Gifted and Talented Students

Please refer to information about immunizations required by Tennessee law in this catalog section.

Academically talented students in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 may apply for special admission under this category. In order to enroll, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission.
  2. Submission of an official copy of the student’s high school transcript indicating a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Be approved by the Office of Admissions and high school principal.
  4. Must take courses which: (a) are a part of a planned Individual Education Program as established by a team process and (b) earn credits which will not be applicable toward graduation from high school.
  5. Must not enroll for more than nine credit hours per semester.

 F. 

Transient Students

Please refer to information about immunizations required by Tennessee law in this catalog section.

Students enrolled at another college or university may attend DSCC for one term as a Transient Student by meeting the following requirements:

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission.
  2. Submission of an official copy of the student’s transcript from the institution in which he/she is regularly enrolled.
  3. Transient students will not be permitted to enroll in a mathematics or English course unless one of the following criteria is met:
    1. Previous completion of a college-level English and/or mathematics course with a grade of “D” or higher;
    2. Submission of ACT scores which are no older than five years for students under 21 and which indicate that college-level placement in mathematics or English is warranted;
    3. Completion of the appropriate portion(s) of a placement assessment for students who are 21 years of age or older. The placement assessment scores must indicate college-level readiness in mathematics and English.

 

Audit Students

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Under certain conditions, applicants may audit classes at DSCC by meeting these requirements:

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission.
  2. Audit students do not take class examinations and do not receive grades in the course. Audit enrollment is on a space available basis. Any individual under the age of 17 cannot audit a class without the written approval of the instructor and the academic dean of the division. Learning Support courses cannot be audited. Only individuals 60 years of age or older may audit a physical education activity course.
  3. Since audit enrollment is on a space available basis, students will not be allowed to enroll for the purpose of auditing until after Regular Registration.
  4. Students wishing to audit a course will not be permitted to enroll in a mathematics or English class unless they have met one of the following: a) the appropriate prerequisites have been met, b) students 21 years of age or older have completed the appropriate section(s) of a placement assessment, or c) students under 21 have submitted ACT scores that are less than five years old.
  5. Students who are auditing a course cannot change to credit.

    Provisional Admission Applicants who meet the requirements for admission but do not have all the required credentials on file in the Office of Admissions at the time of their first registration may be admitted provisionally for one semester. By the end of the first semester, students whose credentials have still not been received will not be able to access their final grades or their academic transcript and will be denied further enrollment (including the ability to pre-register) until official copies of all credentials are received. Please note that financial aid will not be awarded until all admission requirements are met.

Health Information Management Admission, Retention, and Graduation Requirements

Students desiring to pursue an AAS degree in Health Information Management (HIM) are required to meet the following:

  1. The applicant must be accepted to Dyersburg State Community College as a regular admission student. Refer to Requirements for Regular Admission in this catalog section.
  2. The applicant must indicate Health Information Management (HIM) as the desired concentration on the DSCC Application for Admission.
  3. The applicant must submit a completed Application for admission to the HIM AAS program or a HIM certificate program to the Division of Business, Technology, & Allied Health by the deadline specified: March 1 for Fall Admission and September 1 for Spring Admission.
  4. The applicant admitted from a high school must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average (on a 4.0) scale. Applicants with prior college credits must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  5. Along with the application to the HIM Program the student must:
    (a) Upon acceptance to HIM Program, meet with a Health Information Management advisor or Division Coordinator to register for classes and obtain clearance to register.
    (b) If you do not meet the deadline for application to the HIM Program for the semester you enter DSCC, you may submit the application and begin taking any Learning Support courses and/or General Education courses required. Your application will be considered the following semester.
  6. Admission to the Health Information Management Program is based on previous high school and college achievement
  7. The HIM faculty will monitor and advise each student throughout each semester as well as evaluate their grades at the end of each semester. A student must meet minimum standards or be dismissed from the HIM AAS degree or certificate program. Minimum standards are a grade of “C” or better in each course in the curriculum. Students must complete prerequisite/co-requisite courses.
  8. To graduate with an AAS degree or certificate in Health Information Management, students must earn a “C” or better in each required course and must have a 2.00 minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) in all college-level courses.
  9. For students taking the professional experience courses, a criminal background check and drug screen are required by most clinical facilities for assurance of patient safety. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow a student’s presence at their facility.
  10. For students taking the professional experience courses, most clinical facilities require current immunizations, a negative TB skin test or a chest X-ray as indicated, at the student’s expense.
  11. BIOL 2010 and BIOL 2020 must have been completed within five years prior to the admission date.

HIM Expenses

Additional expenses that are the responsibility of the HIM student include the cost of liability insurance for professional practice experiences, background check, drug scree, TB skin test or chest X-ray, immunization booster(s) if or when required, and transportation to and from clinical facilities.

RHIT Exam fees are included in tuition cost with HIMT 2312 Seminar in Health Information Management Technology; this is a nonrefundable fee.

Note:  The Health Information Management (HIM) AAS degree and Medical Coding and Electronic Health Record certificates are offered online. The HIM AAS degree’s two professional practice experience courses do require the student to go to a healthcare facility. To be successful in an online class, the student must have basic computer skills, a computer at home or easy access to a computer, and Internet access at home through dial-up, cable or DSL. The computer labs at the Dyersburg Campus or the Gibson County Center or the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County may be used for this purpose. Students will have to schedule computer access during open lab times or at the Learning Resource Center (LRC).

Requirements for Admission to the Nursing Program

A program of study designed to prepare individuals to be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). The Nursing Program is a daytime program that is offered at the Dyersburg Campus and at the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County. The Dyersburg State Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Website:   www.acenursing.org/  
       
Address:   3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
 
       
Telephone:   404-975-5000  
       
Fax:   404-975-5020  

The DSCC Nursing Program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Website:

 

www.tennessee.gov/health

Address:

 

Tennessee Board of Nursing
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243

 

Telephone:

 

1-800-778-4123
615-532-5166

 

To be considered for admission to the Nursing Program, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The applicant must be accepted to DSCC as a regular admission student. Refer to Requirements for Regular Admission in this catalog section.
  2. The applicant must submit a completed Application for Nursing to the Division of Nursing by the deadline specified:
    • September 1 for Spring Admission - DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County, and
    •  March 1 for Fall Admission - Dyersburg Campus.
    •  This application is in addition to the DSCC Application for Admission.
  3. Applicants with prior college credits must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for all courses comprising the nursing curriculum and a minimum grade of “C” in each course in the nursing curriculum.
    • For repeated courses, the most recent grade will be used in the calculation of the nursing grade point average.
    • By the application deadline for the Nursing Program, official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges and/or universities must be submitted to the Office of Records and to the Division of Nursing for evaluation. Failure to provide documentation as requested will result in the rejection of the student’s application.
    • At any time after a student has been admitted to the Nursing Program, if the student failed to submit all high school and/or college transcripts for review for admission, he/she will be dismissed from the Nursing Program at the point of discovery.
  4. Each applicant is required to have on file his/her test results from the required preadmission examination Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for Registered Nurses.
    • Details regarding the dates, times, place and cost of the test are available from the Testing Office or at www.dscc.edu.
    • Test fees are non-refundable.
    • The TEAS exam must be taken at Dyersburg State Community College.  No transfer scores are accepted.
    • The TEAS can be taken as many times as needed with the highest grade being used. There is a required six-month wait period between retesting.
    • The test score will remain in the applicant file for three years from the testing date; if the student reapplies after three years, he/she must retake the preadmission examination again.
    • Students must reapply for each class to be considered; the Division of Nursing does not keep a waiting list of applicants.
  5. A criminal background check and drug screen are required by clinical facilities for assurance of patient safety. These will be required if accepted into the program.
    • Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow a student’s presence at their facility. This will result in the student’s inability to successfully complete the requirements of this program.
    • Additionally, applicants should be aware that conviction of certain crimes may make them ineligible for registered nurse licensure even though they successfully complete the Nursing Program. Detailed instructions regarding the background check will be given during nursing orientation.
    • The student will assume the cost of the physical examination, drug screen, and background check. To obtain more information, please contact the Division of Nursing.
  6. If accepted, the applicant must submit proof of satisfactory physical and mental condition, current immunizations including Tdap and Varicella, and a negative TB skin test or a chest X-ray, as indicated. TB skin tests are required yearly. Students expected to have patient contact must present proof of protection against hepatitis B before patient contact. The applicant must submit a valid Basic Life Support (American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross) CPR card to the Division of Nursing.
  7. Transfer requests from other colleges will be considered upon an individual basis and upon availability of space. Transfer requests should be directed to the Dean of Nursing.
  8. Applicants may be interviewed by the Nursing faculty as part of the admission process.
  9. Admission into the Nursing Program will be based on a point system.
    • The point system will be based upon the Preadmission Examination test score; GPA; BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, ENGL 1010 Composition I, and MATH 1530 Elementary Probability and Statistics taken with a grade of “B” or above; and current healthcare experience.
    •  In the event an applicant has taken these courses more than once, the most recent grade will be calculated in the point system.
    • Science courses must have been completed within five years prior to the admission date and prior to the qualifying application deadline date to be included in the admission points (fall semester if applying for the next fall admission/Dyersburg Campus, and summer semester if applying for the next spring admission/DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County).
    • The five-year science requirement may be waived if the applicant successfully completed the science course(s) and has a current certification/licensure in the healthcare field and/or is actively practicing in the healthcare field.
  10. Required Learning Support courses, if needed, must be completed prior to the qualifying application deadline date (fall semester if applying for the next fall admission/Dyersburg Campus, and summer semester if applying for the next spring admission/DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County).
  11. Students who have made a “D” or “F” or have withdrawn from two nursing courses at DSCC (unless an Academic Fresh Start has been granted; refer to Academic Fresh Start in Academic Affairs and Regulations  section of this catalog) or any other college or university will not be considered for admission, readmission or transfer to the DSCC Nursing Program.
    •  If a “D,” “F,” or a withdrawal is made from two or more nursing courses in the same semester at DSCC or any other college or university, the attempt may be counted as one unsuccessful attempt. 
    • Students who have made a “D,” “F,” or have withdrawn from two nursing courses prior to completion of Paramedic or LPN license may be considered on an individual basis for admission into the traditional program.
  12. Students admitted to the DSCC Nursing Program will be required to comply with the Nursing Program retention and progression policies. Details of these policies are published in the Division of Nursing Program Student Handbook.
  13. Each semester, students will be required to pass a Math Dosage Validation Examination.
  14. Students who apply but are not accepted for the program which begins the fall semester on the Dyersburg Campus or for the spring semester program which begins the spring semester at the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center must reapply if they wish to be considered for the following class. Applications will not be considered from previous semesters.
  15. The new high school graduate will be assessed for admission differently. Points will be given for the Preadmission Examination test score; high school GPA; and the math, science and reading sections of the ACT test.
  16. Applicants admitted from a high school must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).

 

Requirements for Admission into the Advanced Standing LPN to RN Fast Track Program

A program of study designed to prepare individuals to be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). The LPN to RN Nursing Program is offered on the Dyersburg Campus. The Dyersburg State Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Website:

 

www.acenursing.org/

 

Address:

 

3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

 

Telephone:

 

404-975-5000

 

Fax:

 

404-975-5020

 

The DSCC Nursing Program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Website:

www.tennessee.gov/health

Address:

Tennessee Board of Nursing
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243

 

Telephone:

1-800-778-4123
615-532-5166

 

To be considered for admission to the Nursing Program, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The LPN applicant must be accepted to DSCC as a regular admission student. Refer to Requirements for Regular Admission in this catalog section.
  2. The applicant must submit a completed Application for the LPN to RN Program to the Division of Nursing by the deadline specified:
    • December 31st
    • This application is in addition to the DSCC Application for Admission.
    • The applicant must submit evidence of a current active LPN license.
  3. Applicants with prior college credits must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for all courses comprising the nursing curriculum and a minimum grade of “C” in each course in the nursing curriculum.
    •  For repeated courses, the most recent grade will be used in the calculation of the nursing grade point average.
    • By the application deadline for the Nursing Program, official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges and/or universities must be submitted to the Office of Records and to the Division of Nursing for evaluation. Failure to provide documentation as requested will result in the rejection of the student’s application.
    • At any time after a student has been admitted to the Nursing Program, if the student failed to submit all high school and/or college transcripts for review for admission, he/she will be dismissed from the Nursing Program at the point of discovery.
  4. The National League for Nursing, Nursing Accreditation Challenge Exam I (ACE) - Foundations of Nursing examination scores must be on file by the application deadline.
    • To be accepted into the Nursing Program, the applicant must have a score of 75 or better on the ACE.  If the applicant does not obtain an ACE score of 75 or better, the test may be repeated one time only.
    • There is a required six-month wait period between retesting.
    • ACE test scores are valid for three years from the month/year of testing.
    • Testing is offered on the Dyersburg State Campus with dates and times available from the Division of Nursing or the Testing Office.
    • Test fees are non-refundable.
    • If unsuccessful, the applicant may seek readmission as a regular student. Refer to Requirements for Admission to the Nursing Program in this catalog section.
  5. A criminal background check and drug screen are required by clinical facilities for assurance of patient safety. These will be required if accepted into the program.
    • Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow a student’s presence at their facility. This will result in the student’s inability to successfully complete the requirements of this program.
    • Additionally, applicants should be aware that conviction of certain crimes may make them ineligible for registered nurse licensure even though they successfully complete the Nursing Program. Detailed instructions regarding the background check will be given during nursing orientation.
    • The student will assume the cost of the physical examination, drug screen, and background check. To obtain more information, please contact the Division of Nursing.
  6. If accepted, the applicant must submit proof of satisfactory physical and mental condition, current immunizations including Tdap and Varicella, and a negative TB skin test or a chest X-ray, as indicated. TB skin tests are required yearly. Students expected to have patient contact must present proof of protection against hepatitis B before patient contact. The applicant must submit a valid Basic Life Support (American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross) CPR card to the Division of Nursing.
  7. Transfer requests from other colleges will be considered upon an individual basis and upon availability of space. Transfer requests should be directed to the Dean of Nursing.
  8. Applicants may be interviewed by the Nursing faculty as part of the admission process.
  9. Admission into the Nursing Program will be based on a point system.
    • The point system will be based upon the Preadmission Examination test score; GPA; and BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, ENGL 1010 Composition I, and MATH 1530 Elementary Probability and Statistics taken with a grade of “B” or above.
    •  In the event an applicant has taken these courses more than once, the most recent grade will be calculated in the point system.
    • Science courses must have been completed within five years prior to the admission date and prior to the qualifying application deadline date to be included in the admission points.
    • The five-year science requirement may be waived if the applicant successfully completed the science course(s), has a current health care license, and is actively practicing in a health care field.
  10. Required Learning Support courses, if needed, must be completed prior to the qualifying application deadline date.  BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, ENGL 1010 Composition I, and PSYC 1030 General Psychology must be completed prior to the qualifying application deadline.
  11. Students who have made a “D,” “F,” or have withdrawn from two nursing courses at DSCC (unless an Academic Fresh Start has been granted; refer to Academic Fresh Start in Academic Affairs and Regulations section of this catalog) or any other college or university will not be considered for admission, readmission or transfer to the DSCC Nursing Program.
    •  If a “D,” “F,” or a withdrawal is made from two or more nursing courses in the same semester at DSCC or any other college or university, the attempt may be counted as one unsuccessful attempt. 
    • Students who have made a “D,” “F,” or have withdrawn from two nursing courses prior to completion of LPN licensure may be considered on an individual basis for admission to the DSCC Advanced Standing LPN to RN Fast Track Program.
  12. Students admitted to the DSCC Nursing Program will be required to comply with the Nursing Program retention and progression policies. Details of these policies are published in the Division of Nursing Program Student Handbook.
  13. Each semester students will be required to pass a Math Dosage Validation Examination.
  14. Students who apply but are not accepted for the Program must reapply if they wish to be considered for the following class. Applications will not be considered from previous semesters.
  15. If accepted into the LPN to RN Program:
    • Basic nursing skills competency/validation is required prior to beginning clinical rotation in NRSG 1700 and NRSG 1340.
    • After successfully completing NRSG 1700, the student will be awarded 7 credit hours for NRSG 1710 on the basis of their prior LPN educational program and a score of 75 or better on the National League for Nursing, Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam I- Foundations of Nursing. The student must successfully complete NRSG 1700 to receive the 7 credit hours.
    • The applicant who does not successfully complete NRSG 1700 and NRSG 1340 may seek admission as a regular student (see requirements for Admission to the Nursing Program).

Requirements for Admission to the Paramedic to RN Program

A program of study designed to prepare individuals to be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). The Paramedic to RN Nursing Program is offered at the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County. The Dyersburg State Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Website:

 

www.acenursing.org/

 

Address:

 

3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

 

Telephone:

 

404-975-5000

 

Fax:

 

404-975-5020

 

The DSCC Nursing Program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Website:

 

www.tennessee.gov/health

Address:

 

Tennessee Board of Nursing
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243

 

Telephone:

 

1-800-778-4123
615-532-5166

 

To be considered for admission to the Nursing Program, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The Paramedic applicant must be accepted to DSCC as a regular admission student. Refer to Requirements for Regular Admission in this catalog section.
  2. The applicant must submit a completed Application for the Paramedic to RN Program to the Division of Nursing by the deadline specified:
    • March 1st
    • This application is in addition to the DSCC Application for Admission.
    • The applicant must submit evidence of a current active Paramedic license.
  3. Applicants with prior college credits must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for all courses comprising the nursing curriculum and a minimum grade of “C” in each course in the nursing curriculum.
    •  For repeated courses, the most recent grade will be used in the calculation of the nursing grade point average.
    • By the application deadline for the Nursing Program, official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges and/or universities must be submitted to the Office of Records and to the Division of Nursing for evaluation. Failure to provide documentation as requested will result in the rejection of the student’s application.
    • At any time after a student has been admitted to the Nursing Program, if the student failed to submit all high school and/or college transcripts for review for admission, he/she will be dismissed from the Nursing Program at the point of discovery.
  4. Each applicant is required to have on file his/her test results from the required preadmission examination Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for Registered Nurses.
    • Details regarding the dates, times, place and cost of the test are available from the Testing Office or at www.dscc.edu.
    • Test fees are non-refundable.
    • The TEAS exam must be taken at Dyersburg State Community College. No transfer scores are accepted.
    • The TEAS can be taken as many times as needed with the highest grade being used. There is a required six-month wait period between retesting.
    • The test score will remain in the applicant file for three years from the testing date; if the student reapplies after three years, he/she must retake the preadmission examination again.
    • Students must reapply for each class to be considered; the Division of Nursing does not keep a waiting list of applicants.
  5. A criminal background check and drug screen are required by clinical facilities for assurance of patient safety. These will be required if accepted into the program.
    • Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow a student’s presence at their facility. This will result in the student’s inability to successfully complete the requirements of this Program.
    • Additionally, applicants should be aware that conviction of certain crimes may make them ineligible for registered nurse licensure even though they successfully complete the Nursing Program. Detailed instructions regarding the background check will be given during nursing orientation.
    • The student will assume the cost of the physical examination, drug screen, and background check. To obtain more information, please contact the Division of Nursing.
  6. If accepted, the applicant must submit proof of satisfactory physical and mental condition, current immunizations including Tdap and Varicella, and a negative TB skin test or a chest X-ray, as indicated. TB skin tests are required yearly. Students expected to have patient contact must present proof of protection against hepatitis B before patient contact. The applicant must submit a valid Basic Life Support (American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross) CPR card to the Division of Nursing.
  7. Transfer requests from other colleges will be considered upon an individual basis and upon availability of space. Transfer requests should be directed to the Dean of Nursing.
  8. Applicants may be interviewed by the Nursing faculty as part of the admission process.
  9. Admission into the Nursing Program will be based on a point system.
    • The point system will be based upon the Preadmission Examination test score, GPA; and BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, ENGL 1010 Composition I, and MATH 1530 Elementary Probability and Statistics taken with a grade of “B” or above.
    •  In the event an applicant has taken these courses more than once, the most recent grade will be calculated in the point system.
    • Science courses must have been completed within five years prior to the admission date and prior to the qualifying application deadline date to be included in the admission points.
    • The five-year science requirement may be waived if the applicant successfully completed the science course(s), has a current health care license, and is actively practicing in a health care field.
  10. Required Learning Support courses, if needed, must be completed prior to the qualifying application deadline date.  BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, ENGL 1010 Composition I, and PSYC 1030 General Psychology  must be completed prior to the qualifying application deadline.
  11. Students who have made a “D” or “F” or have withdrawn from two nursing courses at DSCC (unless an Academic Fresh Start has been granted; refer to Academic Fresh Start in Academic Academic Affairs and Regulations  section of this catalog) or any other college or university will not be considered for admission, readmission or transfer to the DSCC Nursing Program.
    •  If a “D,” “F,” or a withdrawal is made from two or more nursing courses in the same semester at DSCC or any other college or university, the attempt may be counted as one unsuccessful attempt. 
    • Students who have made a “D,” “F,” or have withdrawn from two nursing courses prior to completion of Paramedic license may be considered on an individual basis for admission into the Paramedic to RN Program.
  12. Students admitted to the DSCC Nursing Program will be required to comply with the Nursing Program retention and progression policies. Details of these policies are published in the Division of Nursing Program Student Handbook.
  13. Each semester students will be required to pass a Math Dosage Validation Examination.
  14. Students who apply but are not accepted for the Program must reapply if they wish to be considered for the following class. Applications will not be considered from previous semesters.
  15. If accepted into the Paramedic to RN Program:
    • Basic nursing skills competency/validation is required prior to beginning clinical rotation in NRSG 1700 and NRSG 1340.
    • After successfully completing NRSG 1700, the student will be awarded 7 credit hours for NRSG 1710 on the basis of their prior Paramedic educational program. The student must successfully complete NRSG 1700 to receive the 7 credit hours.
    • The applicant who does not successfully complete NRSG 1700 and NRSG 1340 may seek admission as a regular student (see requirements for Admission to the Nursing Program).

Progression Requirements

  1. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for retention in the Nursing Program. Students must receive at least a cumulative score of 80% for a passing grade of “C” in theory and a satisfactory performance in clinical nursing courses to progress.
  2. Students must receive at least a grade of “C” in the non-nursing curriculum courses (BIOL 2010, BIOL 2020, BIOL 2230, ENGL 1010, MATH 1530, PSYC 1030, Guided Elective, Humanities/Fine Arts Elective).
  3. Students must maintain current certification in BLS for Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association) or CPR for the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross).
  4. Students must complete their TB skin test annually.
  5. Each semester of the Nursing Program, students must satisfactorily demonstrate competency on the Math Dosage Validation Exam except for Fundamental students.
  6. An approved NCLEX-RN review course is required of all graduating nursing students prior to sitting for the NCLEX-RN.

Readmission and Transfer into the Nursing Program

In addition to the required admission criteria, applicants seeking readmission or transfer admission should be aware that applications will be considered on an individual basis based upon space availability.

Transfer Applicants

  1. Transfer applicants must submit a written request for transfer and a letter from the director of the previous nursing program to the Nursing Admission and Retention Committee verifying good standing in the nursing program.
  2. Transcripts from all previously-attended universities and/or colleges must be submitted to both the Office of Records and to the Division of Nursing for evaluation. In addition to all transcripts, appropriate nursing course descriptions from the previous school of nursing must be submitted to the Division of Nursing. Incomplete files cannot be considered for admission.
  3. Nursing courses should not be over two years old; if so, these will need to be repeated. Nursing courses will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  4. Students who have made a “D,” “F,” or withdrawn from two nursing courses at DSCC and/or another college or university will not be considered for transfer to the Nursing Program. If a “D,” “F,” or a withdrawal is made from two or more nursing courses in the same semester at DSCC or any other college or university, the attempt may be counted as one unsuccessful attempt.
  5. Students transferring into the Nursing Program will be required to successfully pass a Math Dosage Validation Exam and validate proficiency of previously-mastered courses through content testing.
  6. Students transferring into the Nursing Program will be expected to have mastered all previously taught clinical skills. Validation of these skills will be required.

Requirements for Readmission

  1. The applicant must submit a written request for readmission to the Nursing Admission and Retention Committee one month prior to the term of desired admission.
  2. All students must follow the readmission policies for the College.
  3. Students who have made a “D” or “F” or withdrawn from two nursing courses at DSCC or any other college or university will not be considered for readmission to the Nursing Program unless Academic Fresh Start status has been granted. (refer to ge catalog for Academic Fresh Start in Academic Affairs and Regulations  section of this catalog). Unsuccessful completion of NRSG 2240 (nonclinical) may not count as a second failure for readmission and will be reviewed on an individual basis.
  4. A student who has been out of the Nursing Program for two years or more may apply for admission as a beginning student. No credit will be given for nursing courses previously taken. Science courses more than five years old will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  5. Readmission is dependent upon space availability and curriculum placement. If the number of readmission requests exceeds space availability, applicants will be evaluated according to the Program “Point System” as outlined in the Requirements for Admission to the Nursing Program section of the DSCC Catalog and Student Handbook  .
  6. Students seeking readmission into any nursing clinical course, with the exception of NRSG 1710, will be required to successfully pass a Math Dosage Validation Examination and validate competency of previously-mastered content through proficiency testing in the specified time.
  7. Students readmitted into any nursing course other than NRSG 1710 will be expected to have mastered all previously taught clinical skills. Validation of these skills will be required.
  8. A student granted readmission contingent upon proficiency testing may attempt to prove competency in content and skills once a semester. If unsuccessful on the content proficiency exam, a student will only be allowed to attempt readmission one additional time within two years of the unsuccessful completion of the course in which the student is seeking readmission. The maximum number of times a student can attempt the content proficiency exam is twice.
  9. A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Paramedic who has made a “D,” “F,” or withdrawn from two nursing courses from DSCC or any other college or university (excluding NRSG 2240) will not be considered for readmission, regardless of the nursing curriculum track. If a “D,” “F,” or a withdrawal is made from two or more nursing courses in the same semester at DSCC or any other college or university, the attempt may be counted as one unsuccessful attempt.
  10. Students seeking readmission must be recommended by a majority of the Nursing faculty and must have a current GPA of 2.0 or greater.
  11. Students seeking readmission will be admitted under the catalog of the current academic year.

Student Appeal Process for Readmission

The Readmission Policy of the Division of Nursing states that the student who has either failed or withdrawn from two nursing courses is ineligible for readmission into the Nursing Program.

A student wishing to appeal a decision to deny readmission into the DSCC Nursing Program must follow these steps.

  1. Consult with the Division Dean to make known the intention of appealing this policy. This consultation shall be within five days following notification of the decision to deny readmission.
  2. After this consultation, the student needs to submit a written request to the Division Dean. The Division Dean will attempt to resolve the complaint in consultation with the student and the faculty within five days of the formal presentation of the written request.
  3. If a satisfactory resolution is not reached in Step 2, the student may inform the Division Dean, the Dean of Student Services, and the Vice President for the College that he/she wishes to make a written request for a review to the Appeals Board. The student shall make a written request to the Division Dean for a review to the Appeals Board within five days following the end of the prescribed time in Step 2 and shall include in the request a rationale for this request. The Division Dean, within five days of receiving the student’s request, must forward the student’s request to the Appeals Board, together with copies of all correspondence and records pertaining to the complaint.
  4. Upon receipt of a request for review, the Chairperson of the Appeals Board shall set a meeting date and notify, in writing, the faculty, the Division Dean, the Dean of Student Services, and the Vice President for the College of the meeting date. The meeting date shall be within seven days of the receipt of the request.
  5. The Appeals Board shall submit its findings in sufficient explicit detail to explain these findings.
  6. The Vice President for the College, the Dean of the Division and the Dean of Student Services shall jointly review the findings of the Appeals Board. A final decision shall be made and announced after consultation with the President of the College.

Requirements for Admission to the Advanced Emergency Medical (EMT) Program

The DSCC Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP, www.coaemsp.org).

Commision on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
Address: 1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL  33756
Telephone: 727-210-2350
Webpage:  www.caahep.org

Paramedics are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services.

Candidates for the DSCC Paramedics programs of study complete the EMT and AEMT curriculum and Paramedic curriculum EMSP 1801 Fundamentals of Paramedic I; EMSP 1401 Paramedic Skills Lab I; EMSP 1311 Paramedic Clinical I; EMSP 2802 Fundamentals of Paramedic II; EMSP 2402 Paramedic Skills Lab II; EMSP 2412 Paramedic Clinical II; EMSP 2403 Paramedic Capstone; EMSP 2303 Paramedic Practicum; and EMSP 2513 Paramedic Field Internship.

In addition to the requirements for admission to the College, eligible applicants for the DSCC Paramedic Certificate Program and the DSCC Paramedic Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Program must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age;
  2. Provide proof to the Office of Records that the applicant possesses a regular or academic high school diploma or a Tennessee High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma by successfully passing either the General Educational Development (GED) exam or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET);
  3. The applicant must demonstrate that he/she meets college level reading, writing and mathematics requirements or have successfully completed the appropriate Learning Support classes.
  4. Submission of a completed Application to the Paramedic Program by June 1st to the Director of Emergency Medical Services. The application is available online at www.dscc.edu.
  5. Provide proof to the DSCC Emergency Medical Services Director of Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) licensure in Tennessee.
  6. Complete the Field Internship Student Data Acquisition Project (FISDAP) computer based Paramedic entrance exam. The cost for this exam is the responsibility of the applicant.
  7. Applicants will be interviewed by the EMS faculty as part of the admission process.

A member of the EMS faculty will serve as the academic advisor for students accepted to a Paramedic program of study and will assist the student in registering for classes prior to each semester of enrollment in the Paramedic classes.

Requirements for Admission to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Curriculum

The DSCC Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate includes the following curriculum:  EMSB 1601 EMT Medical Emergencies and EMS Operations; EMSB 1602 EMT Trauma and Medical Emergencies; EMSB 1101 EMT Medical Skills Lab; EMSB 1102 EMT Trauma and Medical Skills Lab; EMSB 1111 EMT Clinical; and EMSB 1112 EMT Field Internship.

In addition to the requirements for admission to the College, eligible applicants for the DSCC EMT Certificate courses must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age;
  2. Provide proof to the Office of Records that the applicant posesses a regular or academic high school diploma or a Tennessee High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma by successfully passing either the General Educational Development (GED) exam or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET);
  3. The applicant must demonstrate that he/she meets college level reading and writing requirements or have successfully completed the appropriate Learning Support classes.
  4. Pass a criminal background check and a drug screen. The cost of the background check and drug screen is the responsibility of the applicant,

A member of the EMS faculty will serve as the academic advisor for students enrolled in EMS curriculum and will assist the student in registering for classes prior to each semester of enrollment.

Requirements for Admission to the Paramedic Certificate Program or the Paramedic Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Program

The DSCC Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP, www.coaemsp.org).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
Address: 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
Telephone: 727-210-2350
Webpage: www.caahep.org

Paramedics are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services.

DSCC Paramedic Certificate Program and Paramedic Associate of Applied Science Program

Candidates for the DSCC Paramedics programs of study complete the EMT and AEMT curriculum and Paramedic curriculum EMSP 1801 Fundamentals of Paramedic I; EMSP 1401 Paramedic Skills Lab I; EMSP 1311 Paramedic Clinical I; EMSP 2802 Fundamentals of Paramedic II; EMSP 2402 Paramedic Skills Lab II; EMSP 2412 Paramedic Clinical II; EMSP 2403 Paramedic Capstone; EMSP 2303 Paramedic Practicum; and EMSP 2513 Paramedic Field Internship.

In addition to the requirements for admission to the College, eligible applicants for the DSCC Paramedic Certificate Program and the DSCC Paramedic Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Program must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age;

  2. Provide proof to the Office of Records that the applicant possesses a regular or academic high school diploma or a Tennessee High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma by successfully passing either the General Educational Development (GED) exam or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET);

  3. The applicant must demonstrate that he/she meets college level reading, writing and mathematics requirements or have successfully completed the appropriate Learning Support classes.

  4. Submission of a completed Application to the Paramedic Program by June 1st to the Director of Emergency Medical Services. The application is available online at www.dscc.edu.

  5. Provide proof to the DSCC Emergency Medical Services Director of Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) licensure in Tennessee.

  6. Complete the Field Internship Student Data Acquisition Project (FISDAP) computer based Paramedic entrance exam. The cost for this exam is the responsibility of the applicant.

  7. Applicants will be interviewed by the EMS faculty as part of the admission process.

A member of the EMS faculty will serve as the academic advisor for students accepted to a Paramedic program of study and will assist the student in registering for classes prior to each semester of enrollment in the Paramedic classes.Requirements for Admission to the DSCC Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Curriculum

DSCC EMT Certificate Program

The DSCC Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate includes the following curriculum:EMSB 1601 EMT Medical Emergencies and EMS Operations; EMSB 1602 EMT Trauma and Medical Emergencies; EMSB 1101 EMT Medical Skills Lab; EMSB 1102 EMT Trauma and Medical Skills Lab; EMSB 1111 EMT Clinical; and EMSB 1112 EMT Field Internship.

In addition to the requirements for admission to the College, eligible applicants for the DSCC EMT Certificate courses must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age;

  2. Provide proof to the Office of Records that the applicant posesses a regular or academic high school diploma or a Tennessee High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma by successfully passing either the General Educational Development (GED) exam or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).

  3. The applicant must demonstrate that he/she meets college level reading and writing requirements or have successfully completed the appropriate Learning Support classes.

  4. Pass a criminal background check and a drug screen. The cost of the background check and drug screen is the responsibility of the applicant.

A member of the EMS faculty will serve as the academic advisor for students enrolled in EMS curriculum and will assist the student in registering for classes prior to each semester of enrollment.

Core Performance Standards

Procedure for Students Who Identify Potential Problems with Meeting “Core Performance Standards”

All TBR nursing programs have adopted the following core performance standards proposed by the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (1993). Admission to and progression in nursing programs is not based on these standards; instead they will be used to assist each student in determining whether accommodations or modifications are necessary. If a student feels that there is need for any accommodations or modifications to meet these core performance standards, he or she should first make this known to the instructor of the course. The instructor will notify the Dean of Nursing. The Dean will then notify the Campus Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator. The student, instructor, Dean, and the ADA Coordinator will review the academic requirements and determine whether a reasonable accommodation is possible and/or which among possible accommodations will best serve the student.

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression

  1. Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
  2. Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  3. Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
  4. Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and to maneuver in small spaces.
  5. Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
  6. Auditory abilities sufficient to monitor and assess health needs of patient.
  7. Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
  8. Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.