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    Dyersburg State Community College
   
 
  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
2013-2014 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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 course work for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas from an accredited institution of higher education;
  2. Has successfully completed the required course work 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 course work 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 (Chicken pox) – 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 – The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee mandates that each public or private postsecondary institution in the state provide information concerning Hepatitis B infection to all students matriculating for the first time. Tennessee law requires that such students complete and sign a waiver form that includes detailed information about the disease.

Dual Admissions Programs

DSCC students who intend to transfer to either the University of Memphis 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.

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 of the ACT and 18 or below on the mathematics or reading portions 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 may be required to take the ACT Computerized Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS). COMPASS measures competency in reading, writing, and mathematics. Students scoring less than the prescribed level on the COMPASS will be placed in courses designed to enhance the likelihood of success in the chosen program of study.
  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 or COMPASS, 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 three 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. A non-refundable application fee of $10 will be assessed at the time of initial registration in classes.
  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 GED test results indicating an average standard score of 450 or above and a minimum score of 410 on each GED subscore. For GED tests taken before January, 2002, an average standard score of 45 or above and a minimum score of 45 on each GED subscore are required.
  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 three 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 be subject to taking the Computerized Placement Assessment and Support System test (COMPASS).

 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. A nonrefundable application fee of $10 will be assessed at the time of initial registration in classes.
  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 GED 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 three 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 be subject to taking the Computerized Placement Assessment and Support System test (COMPASS).

 C.

GED Recipient

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  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission. A non-refundable application fee of $10 will be assessed at the time of initial registration of classes.
  2. Submission of an official copy of GED test results indicating an average standard score of 450 or above and a minimum score of 410 on each GED subscore. For GED tests taken before January, 2002, an average standard score of 45 or above and a minimum score of 45 on each GED subscore are required.
  3. Submission of an official ACT score if the GED recipient is under 21.
  4. For GED recipients under the age of 21 who are degree-seeking, course placement will be determined by ACT scores. If ACT scores are older than three years, the student will be required to retake the ACT. GED recipients who are 21 years of age or older and are degree-seeking will be subject to taking the Computerized Placement Assessment and Support System test (COMPASS).

 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. A nonrefundable application fee of $10 will be assessed at the time of initial registration in classes.
  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 three 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 be subject to taking the Computerized Placement Assessment and Support System test (COMPASS).

 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. A nonrefundable application fee of $10 will be assessed at the time of initial registration in classes
  2. Submission of an official copy of a high school transcript verifying a Regular or Honors diploma and the date of graduation.
  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 three 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 the completion of the appropriate portion(s) of the Computerized Placement Assessment and Support System test (COMPASS).
  NOTE: Only ACT scores less than three years old as of the first day of the first term of enrollment will be used to determine exemption status.

F. 

International Student Applicants

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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. 

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission. A nonrefundable application fee of $10 will be assessed at the time of initial registration in classes.
  2. 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.
  3. Submission of an official transcript from each college or university that the international applicant has attended.
  4. If the international applicant is under 21 years of age, an official copy of his/her ACT scores is required.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 to 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.
  7. 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.
  8. International students must become familiar with the regulations of the U. S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and assume responsibility for complying with these regulations.
  9. International students will be subject to same policies for determining course placement as are High School Graduates (1.A.) or Transfer Students (1.D.).
  10. 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

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An applicant who did not complete high school with a Regular or Honors diploma or who has not made an average standard score of 450 (45 prior to January, 2002) or above on the GED may be admitted as a special student under the following conditions:

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission. A nonrefundable application fee of $10 will be assessed at the time of initial registration in classes.
  2. The applicant must be at least 21 years of age.
  3. The applicant must take the entire Computerized Placement Assessment and Support System (ACT COMPASS) 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

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Applicants who are high school graduates or who have earned an average standard score of 450 or above on the GED (45 prior to January, 2002) 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. A nonrefundable application fee of $10 will be assessed at the time of initial registration in classes.
  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 score of 450 or above and a minimum score of 410 on each GED subscore. For GED tests taken before January, 2002, an average standard score of 45 or above and a minimum score of 45 on each GED subscore are required.

    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 mathematics course with a grade of “D” or higher;
    2. Submission of ACT scores which are no older than three 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 Computerized Placement Assessment and Support System test (COMPASS) for students who are 21 years of age or older. COMPASS scores must indicate college-level readiness in mathematics and English.
  4. Unless exempt because of ACT scores or transfer work, students admitted under this category will be required to take the ACT COMPASS after completing 16 credit hours.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Students admitted under this category are not required to become degree-seeking but are strongly encouraged to do so.
  8. Students who are enrolled for Personal or Professional Enrichment are not eligible to receive financial aid.

 C.

College Graduates

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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. A nonrefundable application fee of $10 will be assessed at the time of initial registration in classes.
  2. Submission of college transcript indicating date degree conferred.

 D.

Advanced Studies Program/Joint or Dual Enrollment

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The Advanced Studies Program is an enrichment program for high school juniors and seniors. A student may enroll in college courses under the Advanced Studies Program if the following conditions are met. Students who are eligible for this program may be admitted for either joint enrollment or dual enrollment or both. 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; joint enrollment is the enrollment of a high school student in one or more college courses for college credit only. 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 Advanced Studies Program must complete either Dyersburg State’s online Dual Enrollment Application or a print copy of the Dual Enrollment Application. A non-refundable application fee of $10 will be assessed at the time of initial registration in classes.
  4. 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 any remaining balance to DSCC.
  6. For the student to enroll in the Advanced Studies 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 Grant Application).
  7. A statement of consent must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the student’s parent (part of the Dual Enrollment Grant 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 Grant Application).
  9. Courses taken while enrolled in high school will count as regular college credit upon graduation from high school.
  10. Students admitted as Advanced Studies 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

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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. A non-refundable application fee of $10 will be assessed at the time of initial registration in classes.
  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

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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. A nonrefundable application fee of $10 will be assessed at the time of initial registration in classes.
  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 mathematics course with a grade of “D” or higher;
    2. Submission of ACT scores which are no older than three 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 Computerized Placement Assessment and Support System test (COMPASS) for students who are 21 years of age or older. COMPASS scores must indicate college-level readiness in mathematics and English.

F. 

 

Audit Students

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required by Tennessee law in this catalog section.

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

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission. A nonrefundable application fee of $10 will be assessed at the time of initial registration in classes.
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 the Computerized Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS), or c) students under 21 have submitted ACT scores that are less than three years old.
  4. 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 Technology Admission, Retention, and Graduation Requirements

Students desiring to pursue an AAS degree or certificate in Health Information Technology are required to meet the following:

  1. Apply for admission to DSCC and meet admission requirements for acceptance.
  2. Indicate Health Information Technology (HITC) as the desired concentration on the DSCC Application for Admission.
  3. Meet with a Health Information Technology advisor to register for classes and obtain clearance to register.
  4. Complete required Learning Support Program courses in accordance with student’s graduation plan created with HIT advisor consultation.
  5. Each student will be monitored, advised and grades will be evaluated at the end of each semester by the program director. Minimum standards are: (a) a grade of “C” or better in each course; and (b) complete prerequisite courses.
  6. To graduate with an AAS degree or a certificate in Health Information Technology, students must earn a “C” or better in each required course and must have a 2.00 minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) in college-level courses.
  7. For students taking the professional or directed practice course(s) 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 not to allow a student’s presence at their facility.
  8. For students taking the professional or directed practice course(s), most clinical facilities require current immunizations, a negative TB skin test or a chest X-ray.
  9. BIOL 2010  and BIOL 2020  must have been completed within five years prior to the admission date.

Note: The Health Information Technology (HIT) AAS degree and the Medical Coding certificate are offered online. 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 DSCC 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).

HIT Expenses

Additional expenses to the HIT student include the cost of liability insurance, background check, drug screen, TB skin test or chest X-ray and any immunizations required. Transportation to and from clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student.

Requirements for Admission to the Nursing Program

DSCC offers coursework leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing. 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:   http://health.state.tn.us/Boards/Nursing/index.htm
       
Address:   Tennessee Board of Nursing
227 French Landing, Suite 300
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 admitted from a high school must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
  4. 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.
  5. Each applicant is required to have on file his/her test results from the required preadmission examination (HESI) 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 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Applicants may be interviewed by the Nursing faculty as part of the admission process.
  10. 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, science courses taken with a grade of “B” or above, and prior healthcare experience. The science courses included are BIOL 2010 , BIOL 2020 , and BIOL 2230 . 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 campus). 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.
  11. The new high school graduate will be assessed for admission differently. Points will be given for the Preadmission Examination test score, high school GPA, the math, science and reading sections of the ACT test and CNA certification.
  12. 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.)
  13. 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 readmission or transfer to the DSCC Nursing Program.
  14. 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.
  15. Each semester students will be required to pass a math dosage validation exam.
  16. 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.

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

The Advanced Standing LPN-RN Fast Track Program is an evening/weekend program. To be considered for admission to the Advanced Standing LPN-RN Fast Track Nursing Program, the following requirements - in addition to the requirements for admission to the college - must be met.

  1. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) completes the Application for Admission (or readmission) to DSCC.
  2. The applicant completes the Application for Advanced Standing and submits it to the Division of Nursing by the specified date. Applications received after the deadline may be considered on an individual basis with exceptional circumstances.
  3. Students who have made a “D” or “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.
  4. 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.
  5. Required prerequisite courses: Learning Support (if needed), BIOL 2010 , PSYC 1030  or PSYC 2130  must be completed prior to the qualifying application deadline. 
  6. The National League for Nursing, Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam I - 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 Nursing Acceleration Challenge Examination (ACE). If the applicant does not obtain an ACE score of 75 or better, the test may be repeated one time only.
    • 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 admission as a regular student.  Refer to Requirements for Admission to the Nursing Program in this catalog section.
  7. The applicant must bring evidence of a current active LPN license and valid Healthcare Provider (American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross) CPR card to the Division of Nursing.
  8. Applicants must have written notification of acceptance before enrollment in nursing courses is permitted. Only those students enrolled in a nursing course are considered to have been accepted into the Nursing Program.
  9. If accepted into the Advanced Standing LPN to RN Fast Track Program:
    • The student will be required to pass a math dosage validation exam.
    • The student will enroll in  NUR 100 ,  NUR 101  and  NUR 113 .
    • Basic Nursing skill competency/validation is required prior to beginning clinical rotation in NUR 101 .
    • After successfully completing NUR 100 , NUR 101 , and NUR 113 , the student will be eligible to enroll in NUR 211 . LPN-RN Fast Track students are awarded 9 credit hours for NUR 103  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 1 - Foundations of Nursing. The student must successfully complete NUR 100  to receive the 9 credit hours.
    • The applicant who does not successfully complete NUR 100  and/or NUR 101 , may seek admission as a regular student (See Requirements for Admission to the Nursing Program).
    • For patient safety, clinical facilities utilized by the Division of Nursing may require proof of satisfactory physical and mental condition. Please read “Core Performance Standards” in the DSCC Catalog. For assurance of patient safety, a drug screen may be required.
    • The applicant must submit proof of current immunizations and a report of a negative tuberculosis (TB) skin test or a chest X-ray, as indicated, dated within six (6) months of the expected enrollment date. TB skin tests are required yearly.
    • Clinical facilities require a criminal background check and a drug screen. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow the student’s presence at their facility. This would 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.
  10. The general education requirements for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree must be met by the terms indicated in the Nursing Concentration Program of Instruction.
    • Courses taken in the biological sciences must have been taken within the past five years to meet the requirements for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. 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.
    • The student admitted with advanced standing follows the master curriculum plan as stated in the catalog.
    • Retention standards for the Division of Nursing will be followed.

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 a minimum grade of “C” in the non-nursing curriculum prerequisite courses (PSYC 1030  or PSYC 2130  , BIOL 2010 , BIOL 2020 BIOL 2230 , ENGL 1010 , and Humanities/Fine Arts elective).
  3. Students must maintain current CPR 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 Examination. In the event that the student does not demonstrate competency on the first exam, there will be one additional opportunity to meet this objective.
  6. Students must complete the Nursing Comprehensive Exit Exam (HESI) during the last semester before graduation. Students scoring less than 925 will be required to retake the HESI exam. If the score on the second attempt is still less than 925, the student must meet with the Dean of Nursing to show evidence of completing a prescribed remediation plan, including an approved NCLEX-RN review course before retaking the exam a third time. The student is responsible for paying all fees related to taking the examination(s). A grade of Incomplete (I) in Nursing 213 may be awarded, pending completion of remediation and the third HESI Exam.
  7. *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.

Requirements for Readmission

  1. 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 will not be considered for readmission or transfer to the Nursing Program unless Academic Fresh Start status has been granted. (See college catalog for Academic Fresh Start  guidelines.) Unsuccessful completion of NUR 113  and NUR 213  (nonclinical) courses may not count as second failure for readmission and will be reviewed on an individual basis. Students who have made a “D” or ”F”, or withdrawn from two nursing courses from another college or university will not be considered for readmission or transfer to the Nursing Program.
  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 College and Student Handbook .
  6. Students seeking readmission will be required to successfully pass a math dosage validation exam.
  7. Students readmitted into any nursing course other than NUR 111  will be expected to have mastered all previously taught clinical skills. Validation of these skills will be required.
  8. Students readmitted into any nursing course other than NUR 111  will be required to successfully pass a proficiency exam.
  9. Students seeking readmission must be recommended by a majority of the nursing faculty and must have a current GPA of 2.0 or greater.
  10. 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.

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 first 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.