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    Harrison College
   
 
  Dec 13, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Admissions



Admissions Requirements

The admission requirements outlined below apply to all Harrison College programs of study. Some programs have additional requirements as outlined in the section titled “Program-Specific Admission Requirements” below. Students enrolled as non-degree seeking students are required to provide acceptable documentation verifying that they have graduated from high-school, have earned a GED by the end of their first quarter or have otherwise met their state’s requirements.

To qualify for admission to Harrison College programs of study that do not require program-specific admission requirements, an applicant must:

  1. Participate in an admissions appointment with an admissions representative.
  2. Complete and submit required admissions documents.
  3. Have graduated from high-school or have earned a recognized equivalency certificate prior to starting classes. At time of application, students must attest to being a high school graduate or holder of a GED-equivalent. Students must provide acceptable documentation verifying that they have graduated from high-school, have earned a GED by the end of their first quarter or have otherwise met their state’s requirements. High school diplomas/transcripts from other countries are acceptable toward the student eligibility requirement, as long as the diploma is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. Harrison College requires all international transcripts to be evaluated by a company that offers such a service.

    Students who hold a college degree from an accredited postsecondary institution are not required to provide proof of high-school graduation. Applicants who hold such a college degree will need to provide an official transcript from the degree-granting institution.
  4. Meet minimum passing scores on the placement assessments. A list of minimum required scores may be found in the Admissions Test Requirements table at the end of this section.

    Applicants who provide proof of the following would not have to take the placement exams:
    • Proof of acceptable SAT or ACT scored earned within the past seven years. Acceptable scores for SAT and ACT are defined in the Admissions Test Requirements table at the end of this section.
    • Official transcripts documenting that the applicant has earned an associate degree or successful completion of 30 semester credit hours (45 quarter credit hours) from an accredited postsecondary institution.
    • College transcripts demonstrating successful competencies in math, English or technology.
    • Earned a Harrison College or The Chef’s Academy certificate or diploma of at least 24 quarter credit hours.
  5. All applicants to Harrison College programs must be able to read, speak and write in English. To document that potential students have the required mastery of the English language, Harrison College requires applicants for whom English is not the first language to demonstrate mastery of English through either the placement test process or the completion of at least one year of full-time enrollment at a university or college in a country where English is the official language. Applicants to Harrison College programs that reside outside of the United States, for which English is not the primary language, must submit acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores in order to be accepted to Harrison College.

TOEFL: Applicants must have completed the Internet-based version of the test (TOEFL iBT) within the past 10 years and have achieved a total score of 65, with a minimum writing score of 18. Applicants should use code number 4441 to indicate Harrison College as a score recipient for their TOEFL.

IELTS: Applicants may submit IELTS scores, which have been taken in the past 2 years and achieved a minimum score of 5.0. Applicants must contact the test center directly where they took the IELTS test and request that the official test scores be sent directly to the address below. An institutional code is NOT required.

TOEFL and IELTS score reports should be submitted to:
International Operations
Harrison College
550 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
USA
Email: Internationalapp@harrison.edu

Alternative assessment measures to the TOEFL or IELTS score may apply to cohort groups in which other assessments are approved and/or in which required, non-credit English Language programming complements the cohort course work, with permission of the senior vice president for academic affairs and the international department.

Students admitted based upon the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or an approved alternative measure scores outlined in the Admission section of this catalog are not required to complete the English Composition assessment and will be exempt from COM 0900  as these alternatives effectively measure an applicant’s mastery of English.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Applicants enrolled in the following programs of study are required to meet the following program-specific admission requirements.

Associate Degree in Nursing
Admission Requirements

Admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing program is competitive. Completion of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admittance into the program. Graduates from the program are required to pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam to be eligible for employment in the nursing field.

Individuals wishing to make application to the Associate Degree in Nursing Program must meet the admissions requirements as outlined below.

  1. Have graduated from high-school, homeschool, or have earned a recognized equivalency certificate prior to interviewing with the dean of nursing (or designated faculty member.) Students must provide acceptable documentation verifying that they have graduated from high-school or have earned a GED before starting classes.
  2. Participate in an informational seminar with the dean of nursing (or designated faculty member).
  3. Pass the Health Education Systems Inc. Admissions Assessment (HESI A2). The assessment must have been completed within the past 12 months. At Harrison College, applicants failing to meet the minimum score requirement of 80% in one or more areas will be eligible to repeat the HESI A2 test at the next available scheduled testing session. Applicants who do not pass with the required scores on the second attempt must wait a minimum of six months before retesting. Students may use the highest score from each section of the HESI A2 or a super score from the combination of their first and second attempts. Only HESI A2 scores from Harrison College will be considered. Applicants who successfully pass the HESI A2 do not have to take the Mathematics and English Composition placement exams.
  4. Submit a background check through castlebranch.com which must be completed before interviewing with the dean of nursing (or designated faculty member).
  5. After successful completion of the HESI A2 test, the applicant will be required to interview with the dean of nursing (or designated faculty member). This meeting should be regarded as a formal interview and is part of the applicant selection process for the Associate Degree in Nursing Program.
  6. Submit two letters of recommendation on letterhead from an employer, teacher and/or guidance counselor.
  7. Answer and submit two short answer essay questions provided by the dean of nursing (or designated faculty member).
  8. Once admitted to the program, students are required to provide proof of vaccination or titer for the following immunizations: 2 doses Mumps/Measles/Rubella, tetanus (Tdap) within the last 10 years, 2 step tuberculin skin test, flu vaccine, Hepatitis B series, Hepatitis C titer and varicella series.
  9. Proof of CPR Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers from the American Heart Association.
  10. Proof of private health insurance.
  11. Health physical assessment and drug screen.

    Nursing students are also required to participate in an informational seminar with the Nursing program chair for orientation to the program. This mandatory appointment provides students with information on the expectations and requirements of the program, career opportunities, dress code, clinical requirements, health screening and the essential functions and technical standards of the program. Students enrolled in this program of study who do not participate in this session will not receive a second quarter schedule until completing this requirement.

Dental Assistant
Admission Requirements

Dental Assistant students are required to participate in an informational seminar with the Health Sciences program chair regarding the Orientation and Health Screen requirements outlined later in the Admissions section of the catalog. This mandatory appointment provides students in this program with information on the expectations and requirements of the program, career opportunities, dress code, externship hours, health screening and the essential functions and technical standards of the program. Students enrolled in this program of study who do not participate in this session will not receive a second quarter schedule until completing this requirement. 

Information Technology
Admission Requirements

All students wishing to enroll in a program offered through the School of Information Technology must complete an information technology placement assessment prior to being enrolled in the program. Applicants scoring below 22 will be required to take an information technology foundation course (ITS 0950 ).

Medical Assisting
Diploma and Associate of Applied Science Admission Requirements

Medical Assisting students are required to participate in an informational seminar with the Health Sciences program chair regarding the Orientation and Health Screen requirements outlined later in the Admissions section of the catalog. This mandatory appointment provides students in these programs with information on the expectations and requirements of the program, career opportunities, dress code, externship hours, health screening and the essential functions and technical standards of the program. Students enrolled in these programs of study who do not participate in this session will not receive a second quarter schedule until completing this requirement.

The Medical Assisting Associate of Applied Science program has been developed as a completion program for the Medical Assisting Diploma program. Applicants to the Medical Assisting Associate of Applied Science program must complete the Medical Assisting Diploma program first, with all 62 credits from the Diploma program applying to the 90 credit Associate of Applied Science program. Consideration of credits from previous college course work taken through other institutions will follow the Academic Policy.

Medical Laboratory Technology
Associate of Applied Science Admission Requirements

Medical Laboratory Technology students are also required to participate in an informational seminar with the Health Sciences program chair regarding the Orientation and Health Screen requirements outlined later in the Admissions section of the catalog. This mandatory appointment provides students in this program with information on the expectations and requirements of the program, career opportunities, dress code, externship hours, health screening and the essential functions and technical standards of the program. Students enrolled in this program of study who do not participate in this session will not receive a second quarter schedule until completing this requirement.

Practical Nursing
Associate of Applied Science Admission Requirements

Admission to the Practical Nursing program is competitive. Completion of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admittance into the program. Graduates from the program are required to pass the NCLEX-PN licensing exam to be eligible for employment in the nursing field.

Individuals wishing to make application to the Practical Nursing program must meet the admissions requirements as outlined below.

  1. Have graduated from high-school, homeschool, or have earned a recognized equivalency certificate prior to interviewing with the dean of nursing (or designated faculty member.) Students must provide acceptable documentation verifying that they have graduated from high-school or have earned a GED before starting classes.
  2. Participate in an informational seminar with the dean of nursing (or designated faculty member).
  3. Pass the Health Education Systems Inc. Admissions Assessment (HESI A2). The assessment must have been completed within the past 12 months. At Harrison College, applicants failing to meet the minimum score requirement of 70% for practical nursing in one or more areas will be eligible to repeat the HESI A2 test at the next available scheduled testing session. Applicants who do not pass with the required scores on the second attempt must wait a minimum of six months before retesting. Students may use the highest score from each section of the HESI A2 or a super score from the combination of their first and second attempts. Only HESI A2 scores from Harrison College will be considered. Applicants who successfully pass the HESI A2 do not have to take the Navigate Mathematics and English placement exams.
  4. Submit a background check through castlebranch.com which must be completed before interviewing with the dean of nursing (or designated faculty member).
  5. After successful completion of the HESI A2 test, the applicant will be required to interview with the dean of nursing (or designated faculty member). This meeting should be regarded as a formal interview and is part of the applicant selection process for the Practical Nursing program.
  6. Submit two letters of recommendation on letterhead from an employer, teacher and/or guidance counselor.
  7. Answer and submit two short answer essay questions provided by the dean of nursing (or designated faculty member).
  8. Once admitted to the program, students are required to provide proof of vaccination or titer for the following immunizations: 2 doses Mumps/Measles/Rubella, tetanus (Tdap) within the last 10 years, 2 step tuberculin skin test, flu vaccine, Hepatitis B series, and varicella series.
  9. Proof of CPR Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers from the American Heart Association.
  10. Proof of private health insurance.
  11. Health physical assessment and drug screen.

    Nursing students are also required to participate in an informational seminar with the Nursing program chair for orientation to the program. This mandatory appointment provides students with information on the expectations and requirements of the program, career opportunities, dress code, clinical requirements, health screening and the essential functions and technical standards of the program. Students enrolled in this program of study who do not participate in this session will not receive a second quarter schedule until completing this requirement.

RN to BSN
Bachelor of Science Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to the RN to BSN program, an applicant must provide acceptable documentation of:

  1. An Associate Degree with a Major in Nursing with at least 60 semester credit-hours or 90 quarter-credit-hours from an accredited postsecondary educational institution or a Diploma in Nursing from an accredited hospital school of nursing.
  2. Applicant must have completed a minimum of 54 quarter credit hours in core curriculum counted for admission to the program.
    Applicant must have a minimum of 22 quarter credit-hours in General Education Studies. Note: Applicant may be required to take additional elective courses in order to meet the total credit hour, professional, general education and prerequisite requirements of the courses included in the RN to BSN program.
  3. Proof of current, unencumbered RN license.
  4. Graduation from a nursing program with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, sent by the institution directly to Harrison College.
  6. Registered Nurses who are graduates of Harrison College’s associate degree program in Nursing are deemed to have met course and degree requirements for admission into the baccalaureate degree program.
  7. In order to receive the bachelor degree, all students must complete the equivalent of 180 quarter credit hours combined in their associate and bachelor degree programs.

Surgical Technology
Associate of Applied Science Admission Requirements

Admission to the Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program is competitive. Completion of minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee admittance into the program. A decision regarding acceptance will be made no less than 30 days prior to the scheduled start date.

To qualify for admission, an applicant must also:

  1. Have graduated from high-school or have earned a recognized equivalency certificate prior to starting classes. Applicants must provide acceptable documentation verifying that they have graduated from high-school, have earned a GED or have otherwise met their state’s requirements. Applicants to the Surgical Technology program must submit an official copy of their high-school diploma or GED and official copies of all college transcripts to the registrar before beginning classes.
  2. Complete a questionnaire and satisfactorily complete an interview with the Surgical Technology program chair, if such an interview is requested.

Surgical Technology students are required to participate in an informational seminar with the Surgical Technology program chair on Orientation and Health Screen requirements outlined later in the Admissions section of the catalog. This mandatory appointment provides students in this program with information on the expectations and requirements of the program, career opportunities, dress code, externship hours, health screening and the essential functions and technical standards of the program. Students enrolled in this program of study who do not participate in this session will not receive a second quarter schedule until completing this requirement.

Veterinary Technology
Associate of Applied Science Admission Requirements

Admission to the Associate Degree of Veterinary Technology program is competitive. Completion of minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee admittance into the program.

To qualify for admission the Veterinary Technology program, an applicant must also:

  1. Have graduated from high-school or have earned a recognized equivalency certificate prior to starting classes. Applicants must provide acceptable documentation verifying that they have graduated from high-school, have earned a GED or have otherwise met their state’s requirements before being admitted into the program.
  2. Complete a questionnaire and satisfactorily complete and interview with a faculty or staff member of the School of Veterinary Technology if such an interview is requested.

A decision regarding acceptance will be made within 10 business days of submission of all required admission documents, including the Enrollment Agreement.

Additional Health Science Program Requirements

Health Screen Requirements

Central Sterile Processing, Dental Assistant, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing and Surgical Technology students are required to provide health screen documentation of immunization vaccination or titer and proof of a recent physical exam. The health screen must be current (within six months prior to performing invasive procedures and within one year prior to the externship or clinical practicum courses):

  • Negative TB skin test or proof of negative chest x-ray.
  • Measles/Mumps/ Rubella vaccine or proof of positive titer for each.
  • Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) and Surgical Technology programs requires two documented MMR immunizations or proof of positive titer.
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis vaccine or proof of positive titers with Td booster at least every 10 years.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine series, positive titer or signed informed waiver.

The following may also be required by clinical practicum facility policy:

  • Negative second step TB skin test. (Surgical Technology program requires second step TB skin test or proof of negative chest x-ray)
  • Annual Influenza vaccine (MLT and Surgical Technology).
  • Meningococcal vaccine or proof of positive titer (MLT program).
  • Varicella vaccine or proof of positive titer (MLT program requires two documented immunizations unless has positive titer).
  • Hepatitis C proof of negative titer. (Required for Surgical Technology)

Note: Immunization requirements may change based on State Board of Health, CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies.

Placement Testing

All applicants will be required to complete placement exams in the areas of math and English prior to acceptance, unless outlined otherwise in the program-specific admissions requirements above. Those meeting the minimum math and English requirements for admissions, as stated under Admissions Requirements, will be reviewed to determine the appropriate course placement of students for applied and general education courses.

  • Mathematics Assessment. Administered to determine the appropriate course placement of students for applied and general education mathematics courses. Students who score below the minimum score published under Admissions Requirements will be required to complete MAT 0950 . The Chef’s Academy and Veterinary Assistant applicants have different requirements for those who score below the minimum required score.
  • English Composition Assessment. Administered to determine the appropriate course placement of students based on demonstrated written communication skills. Students who score below the minimum score published under Admissions Requirements will be required to complete COM 0900 . The Chef’s Academy and Veterinary Assistant applicants have different requirements for those who score below the minimum required score.
  • Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment. Administered to determine the level of online course readiness of students based on demonstrated basic computing skills. Students who score below the minimum score published under Admissions Requirements must pass the Success Strategies course (GS1000/PSY1050), or if they have a previous degree must meet with the program chair to discuss online readiness, in order to be eligible to complete coursework in an online or blended modality.

Placement test scores are valid for 18 months. Students who do not begin a program of study at Harrison College prior to the expiration of the placement test scores must retest.

Applicants who do not meet the required score on a placement examination listed in the Admissions Test Requirements below will not be enrolled but can request to meet with the Dean or Program Chair to discuss ways to prepare for college, if desired. Applicants earning required scores will be exempted from the corresponding fundamental course(s) and will receive a grade of ‘E’ on their transcripts.

If a fundamental course is a direct prerequisite for a course, the student will have to demonstrate mastery through the placement testing process by receiving the minimum required score in order to receive credit for any fundamental course.

Programmatic Employment Requirements

The State of Indiana has established licensure and/or certification requirements for individuals seeking employment in the following career fields. Students who plan to seek employment opportunities outside of Indiana are encouraged to contact state licensure and certification boards prior to enrolling in a Harrison College program of study.

Massage Program Certification Requirements

The State of Indiana requires individuals to be certified for employment in the field of Massage Therapy. The Therapeutic and Clinical Massage Therapy program and the Clinical Massage Therapy program meet the educational requirements to qualify students as eligible to take a certification exam accepted by the Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy.

Note: On July 1, 2017, House Enrolled Act No. 1289 went into effect in the State of Indiana transitioning the practice of massage therapy from certification to required licensure. An individual will not be required to hold a license to practice massage therapy in Indiana until 183 days after the effective date of additional rules to be promulgated and adopted by the Board of Massage Therapy, which has not occurred to date. Until this time, the Board of Massage Therapy will continue to issue and renew state certification for massage therapists.

Nursing Program Licensure Requirements

The State of Indiana requires individuals to hold a valid nursing license for employment as a registered nurse. The accredited Associate Degree in Nursing program meets the educational requirements to qualify students as eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) required for licensure in Indiana.

Practical Nursing Program Licensure Requirements

The State of Indiana requires individuals to hold a valid nursing license for employment as a practical nurse. The accredited Practical Nursing program meets the educational requirements to qualify students as eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) required for licensure in Indiana.

Surgical Technology Program Certification Requirements

The State of Indiana requires individuals to hold and maintain the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credential for employment performing surgical technology functions in health care facility settings. The Surgical Technology program meets the educational requirements to qualify students as eligible to take the state-required certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Veterinary Technology Program Certification Requirements

The State of Indiana, per the Indiana Veterinary Practice Act, requires individuals to hold and maintain the Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) credential for employment performing the veterinary technician prescribed scope of practice. Upon graduation from Harrison College Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology program, students will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and state specific exams to acquire the Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) credential.

Admissions Test Requirements

Program ACT SAT HESI A2 TOEFL Mathematics Placement3 English Composition Placement3 Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment
Critical Reading Math

Vocabulary/

General Knowledge

Math Grammar Reading Comprehension
School of Business    
Accounting-AAS 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%
Business-AAS 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%
School of Health Sciences    
Central Sterile Processing-Certificate 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%
Clinical Massage Therapy-Certificate 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%
Dental Assistant-Diploma 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%
Health Care Management-BS 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%
Medical Assisting-AAS 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%
Medical Assisting-Diploma 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%
Medical Billing and Coding-Diploma 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%
Medical Laboratory Technology-AAS 20 500 500         651 92 92 85%
Medical Office Assistant-Certificate 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%
Surgical Technology-AAS 20 500 500         651 92 92 85%
School of Information Technology    
Electronics Engineering Technology-AAS 17 400 400         651 92 92 85%4
Information Technology-AAS 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%4
Technology Support Professional-Diploma 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%4
School of Nursing    
Associate Degree in Nursing-AS       80% 80% 80% 80%       85%
RN to BSN-BS Admission Exam not required. Please see “Program-Specific Admission” requirements 85%
Practical Nursing-AAS       70% 70% 70% 70%       85%
School of Veterinary Technology    
Veterinary Assistant-Non Credit 17 400 400         651 53 53 85%
Veterinary Technology-AAS 17 400 400         651 53 53 85%
The Chef’s Academy    
Culinary Arts-AAS 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%
Pastry Arts-AAS 17 400 400         651 52 52 85%

1 A total score of 65 with a minimum score of 18 on the Writing Test taken within the past 10 years is required for admission to this program of study.

2 An applicant with a score below 20 on the Mathematics and 24 on the English Composition placement exams require students to take fundamental courses. The Chef’s Academy and Veterinary Assistant applicants have different requirements for those who score below the minimum required score.

3 An applicant with a score below the minimum listed for the Mathematics and English Composition placement exams will not be enrolled and can request to meet with the Dean or Program Chair to discuss ways to prepare for college, if desired.

4 All students wishing to enroll in a program offered through the School of Information Technology must complete an additional information technology placement assessment prior to being enrolled in the program. Applicants scoring below 22 will be required to take an information technology fundamental course (ITS 0950 ).

Note: Applications and admission test scores are valid for 18 months.