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Durham Technical Community College follows an open-door with guided placement admissions policy as established by the State Board of Community Colleges and consistent with 1D SBCCC 400.2. The college is an affirmative action, equal opportunity, American Disabilities Act, Section 504 institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or sexual orientation, color, age, religion, national origin, or disability in admitting students. The college reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant during any period of time that the student is suspended or expelled from any other educational entity.
In addition, the college offers an Associate in General Education degree program. This program is designed for individuals wishing to broaden their education with emphasis on personal interest, growth, and development. This program is not designed as a college or university transfer program. Admission to the Associate in General Education degree program is available to applicants who are high school graduates, high school equivalency graduates, or are at least 18 years of age.
If you are applying to a credit program, submit a completed application to the Admissions office for the semester in which you wish to enroll. Early application is recommended to allow adequate processing time and to increase the likelihood of acceptance into programs with limited enrollment.
|Admissions Priority Enrollment Due Dates (final deadlines are listed below)|
|The priority enrollment due date is provided to encourage you to complete the admissions process in time for general registration. If you submit all required paperwork by the due date, you get priority enrollment status. You can expect to be admitted to the college, have transcripts evaluated in time to attend the new student orientation, and have the option to charge tuition and books to financial aid (if you are eligible for an award) at the beginning of general registration for new students.
To meet the priority enrollment due dates for each term and keep everything in order, start as early as possible. Submit your enrollment application and your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than one month prior to the due date. Submit all transcripts (high school and college) no later than two weeks prior to the due date. Then, complete placement testing and submit all remaining financial aid verification or other documents no later than the priority enrollment due date. All documents (enrollment application, FAFSA, high school and college transcripts, and all financial aid verification documents) must be received by priority enrollment due date to be eligible for priority enrollment status.
If you miss the priority enrollment due date, it may still be possible to get everything submitted in time to enroll in classes. Don’t despair. You have until the final deadlines to complete the enrollment process. However, be prepared for the reality that your enrollment process may become more complex during registration or high demand times. If you did not submit everything by the due date, you must be prepared to pay for tuition, fees, and books independently during registration. You also must have personal copies of official transcripts to use for advising and registration in addition to those officially submitted to the college.
|Admissions Application Final Deadlines|
If your enrollment application is received by this date, it is still possible to be admitted into a program for the summer term. All additional admissions, financial aid, and transcript documentation must be received by the college for late processing by June 1.
|Change of Major or Readmission|
Use the Change of Major/Readmission form if you meet one of the following conditions:
Step 1: Submit a completed enrollment application form online. Early application
is recommended to allow adequate processing time and to increase the
likelihood of acceptance into programs with limited enrollment.
|Admissions Information and Steps for Limited-Enrollment Health Programs|
|Health Technologies programs have a limited number of spaces for admission each year. For most health programs, entry is gained either by a first-qualified, first-admitted process. For nursing programs, entry is earned by a competitive admissions process.|
A first-qualified, first-admitted process admits students in the order in which they complete all enrollment steps (including developmental courses) and qualify to enter the program. Once all seats are filled, additional students are only admitted when space becomes available. Students who are not offered a seat in the program should meet with an advisor to determine if they could take other courses to prepare for future entry into the program.
The ADN and LPN nursing programs have a competitive admissions process. The nursing programs application deadline is February 1 of the year the student wishes to enter the program. To learn more, refer to the Nursing program information or attend a mandatory nursing information session.
Students are responsible for meeting the admissions requirements outlined on the program checklists on each Health Technologies program web page. Once completed, students should submit all required paperwork to the Admissions office. Students are encouraged to complete the program admissions requirements as quickly as possible to ensure the best chance of admission to a program. Students are also encouraged to follow up with an program admissions counselor at reasonable intervals to review progress toward admission.
If you are applying for the Associate Degree Nursing, Clinical Trials Research Associate, Dental Laboratory Technology, Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Opticianry, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, or Surgical Technology program you must complete the following admissions steps:
Step 1: Submit a completed Application for Admission online by the enrollment due date: March 15 for summer, June 15 for fall , and October 15 for spring.
Step 2: Request that your official high school transcript be sent to
Durham Tech or bring in an original high school diploma to the Admissions office to be copied. If you have earned a GED, submit an official copy of
your test scores. Use the Durham Tech Transcript Request form for either request.
Note: COMPASS, ASSET, ACCUPLACER, SAT, and ACT scores may be used for placement within five years from the date taken. If test scores are older than five years, students must retest unless continuously enrolled. Continuously enrolled is defined as not missing three or more consecutive semesters of enrollment in classes. If you have not attended classes three or more consecutive semesters, you must reapply to the college. If you were previously enrolled in a Health Technology program but withdrew and did not attend for three or more consecutive semesters, you:
Step 5: Complete developmental education courses if required by your placement test scores.
Note: Developmental courses may be used to meet the admissions requirement for Health Technologies programs if they are less than five years old. Grades from more than five years ago may be used if the you have been continuously enrolled (Wee explanation above.) If course grades are older than five years, and you have not been continuously enrolled, you must take the placement test or the course again to meet the admissions requirement.
Step 6: Complete a Clinical Training form.
Step 7: Complete the English Language Requirement form.
Step 9: As part of our enrollment process, if you are not a U.S. citizen or if you have attended school in another country, we must review your immigration documents to determine tuition status. Please visit the Center for the Global Learner in the White Building, room 58, to have your immigration documents verified. For additional information, call the Director of International Services at 919-536-7264, ext. 4052. This step in the enrollment process must be completed before you can take classes.
Step 10: You will receive notification via email about acceptance into Durham Tech.
Admission to associate in arts, associate in science, associate in applied science, diploma, or certificate programs requires, at minimum, proof of high school, adult high school diploma program, or a general
education equivalency certificate (GED) completion. This must be an official document showing your date of graduation. You may request that your official transcript from high school be sent to
Durham Tech or bring in an original high school diploma (to be copied). Students who have completed
an associate's or bachelor’s degree may substitute an
official college transcript, which includes your graduation date, in
place of a high school transcript. If you desire transfer credit, you
must request official transcripts from postsecondary institutions you
have attended. In addition, if you are applying for veterans' benefits, you
must have all transcripts on file in order
to be certified for benefits. More information about veterans' benefits can be found in the Veterans Educational
State GED Administrator
|Academic Assessment/Course Placement|
If you are applying to a for credit program, you may be required to take
a series of placement examinations. Test results are used to help you assess your current academic skills in relation to your interests
and goals. This information helps to ensure you are placed in
After submitting an enrollment application and transcripts and taking the placement test (if required), you may request an appointment with an admissions counselor to discuss your proposed curriculum and career objectives.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must present documentation of your immigration status to the Center for the Global Learner, director of international services, before being admitted to a curriculum program. This is for tuition classification purposes. Several visa categories do not qualify a student for in-state residency, regardless of the length of time in North Carolina.
International students are also required to submit official translations of documents demonstrating a previous education equivalent to a high school graduation and official evaluations of any college-level course work before transfer credit can be considered. Please see Translation and Evaluation Services for a complete list of acceptable organizations.
Complete information for international students can be found at the Center for the Global Learner web pages. If you have questions, please email Heidi White, director of international student services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-536-7200, ext. 4052.
The Developmental Education program, within the Student Engagement and Transitions Department, provides an “open door” for admission to Durham Tech for students who find themselves underprepared for college-level work. Developmental Education, a preparatory program in academic skills, can help you enter your chosen curriculum with a good probability of success.
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