Types of Admission

 

Public Act 86-0954 requires all community colleges providing baccalaureate-oriented degree programs to establish and have in effect minimum entrance requirements comparable to those of state universities.

Shawnee Community College requires that a student’s high school transcript have the following units if he/she is to be admitted to the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science programs.

High School SubjectsYears of WorkExplanation
English4Written and oral communication, and literature
Social Studies3Emphasizing history and government
Mathematics3Introductory and advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and computer programming
Science3Laboratory Sciences
Electives2Foreign language, music, art or vocational education

Effective Fall 1993, students who enter Shawnee Community College in a baccalaureate-oriented program are admitted in one of two categories: full admission or provisional admission.

Transfer Degree Programs of Study

Students will be granted full admission provided they have met at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Earned a high school diploma or GED, met the minimum high school pattern requirements listed above and scored above the minimum levels on the ASSET/COMPASS to show proficiency in math, English and reading.
  2. Earned a high school diploma or GED and have taken the ACT exam and received a 21 or better composite score.
  3. Been enrolled in a college or university previously and have earned at least 26 hours of college credit.

Students who do not meet the minimum high school subject requirements and do not score at the minimum levels on the ASSET/COMPASS test will be granted admission on a provisional basis.

Students who do not submit a high school transcript which can be evaluated to determine the status of the student’s high school pattern requirements will be admitted on a provisional basis, pending receipt of said transcript.

Students who have transferred from another college or university with fewer than twenty-six (26) semester hours of credit have not met the standards of full admission.

Successful completion of all developmental classes will grant full admission.

Students pursuing high school level curriculum through home-schooling are eligible to enroll based on similar requirements as students enrolled in district high schools. Home-schooled students are encouraged to contact the Admissions office for specific enrollment information and instructions.

Shawnee Community College is authorized to admit a limited number of non-immigrant alien students with the following guidelines:

  1. Have completed the equivalent of a high school (secondary) education, which normally means the completion of 12 years of schooling, and the applicant is at least 18 years of age.
  2. Score of 520 or better on the TOEFL test or 190 on the computerized TOEFL test.
  3. Apply for admission to SCC.
  4. Provide official transcripts covering all school work (high school and college) complete with English translations from an accredited third party entity as approved by the Dean of Student Services.
  5. Provide an affidavit of support stipulating that adequate finances are available for their study in the United States.
  6. Live within district #531.
  7. Complete an interview with the Dean of Student Services.

Since no scholarships are available for international students, it is crucial that students from outside the United States be able to cover their expenses while in this country. International students are admitted based on available space in the selected programs of study.

The college offers non-credit community education courses as a special service to the residents of the Shawnee Community College district. A student who plans to register only for community education courses does not need to apply for regular admission.

Enrollment requirements are established by the nature of the particular course and student interest is the primary admission criterion. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Dean of Instructional Services.

Students planning to enroll in both credit and community education courses should follow the regular admissions and registration procedure.

Shawnee Community College supports high achieving high school students who wish to gain college credit while still in high school. College credit comes in many forms, both career/technical and collegiate transfer. Students and parents need to be aware that once college credit is earned it is on the student’s permanent record. Expectations for early admission students:

  1. Must be at least 16 years of age.
  2. Students should remember that a dual credit course is a college course in all respects.
  3. Students accepted for enrollment in college-level courses must have appropriate academic qualifications and a high level of motivation with adequate time to devote to studying a college-level course. The students’ course selections shall be made in consultation with high school counselors and/or principals and ordinarily are restricted to students in the junior and senior years of high school. The students shall meet all college criteria and follow all college procedures for enrolling in courses.
  4. Students enrolling in college-level courses must satisfy course placement tests or course prerequisites when applicable to ensure they have the same qualifications and preparation as other college students. (ASSET min. scores Intermediate Algebra-39, Reading-38, Writing-41. COMPASS min. scores: Algebra-66, Reading-77, Writing-57. ACT composite score 21)
  5. Dual Credit students should be prepared to participate in the same course an instructor teaches on the college campus.
  6. All college students should expect to invest at least three hours out of class for every hour in class by reading, studying and preparing for college course requirements.
  7. The course outlines utilized for these courses shall be the same as for courses offered on campus. Course prerequisites, descriptions, outlines, requirements, learning outcomes and methods of evaluating students shall be the same as for on-campus offerings.
  8. Courses shall follow the adopted college policies on student tuition.

Dual credit is an opportunity for eligible high school juniors and seniors, who are capable of meeting an increased challenge, to earn college credit through selected high school courses.

  1. Students earn college credit.
  2. Courses are taught on a collegiate level with collegiate textbooks.
  3. Fully accredited courses that fulfill SCC’s degree requirements, and are transferable to most other colleges and universities.
  4. Low tuition rates. (Dual Credit courses taught at the high school by the high school instructor are of no cost to the student.)
  5. All Dual Credit students have access to campus facilities, including the library, computer labs and Learning Skills Center.
  6. The college credit a student receives for successfully completing a dual credit course will always be part of the permanent college record.

Shawnee Community College will accept students currently enrolled in high school. High school students planning to enroll must meet the requirements outlined below.

  1. Be ranked in the upper 40 percent of graduating class, be at least 16 years of age and be enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum.
  2. Have successfully completed three years of high school English prior to enrolling in an English course.
  3. Have successfully completed three years of high school math prior to enrolling in a math course.
  4. Have successfully completed the ASSET/COMPASS examination with the required score to enter ENG 111, MAT 110/113/116, or any other academic class and be performing on the required reading level.
  5. Submit a copy of high school transcript along with the Admission Information Form and Escrow Form.
  6. Eight semester hours of credit are the maximum number of hours in which a high school student can enroll during any given semester.
  7. No high school student will be allowed to enroll unless his/her application is signed by an official of his/her high school and a parent/guardian.

Students will be allowed to enroll in vocational, personal development, or physical education course(s) that are not offered by his or her respective high school without meeting the requirements as indicated above.

Students enrolling for college credit must pay the college’s standard tuition rate for each course. Consult the Bursar office, (618) 634-3243, for current rate.

For a student to be admitted into the Shawnee Community College Advanced Honors Program, he/she must meet all of the guideline requirements for the regular escrow program except:

  1. The requirement for a student to be at least 16 years old may be waived if circumstances warrant, and the student gets approval from both the high school and community college president.
  2. The maximum course load of nine credit hours per semester may be waived during the summer semester following the student’s junior year in high school.

In addition to the regular escrow requirements, the student must also meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be selected by high school guidance counselor.
  2. Fill out an application for the Advanced Honors Program.
  3. Be ranked in the upper 20% of class (using all high school grades assigned up to the time of application).
  4. Have a minimum cumulative high school GPA (grade point average) of 3.25, based on the 4.0 scale.
  5. Maintain a minimum cumulative Shawnee Community College GPA of 3.0, based on the 4.0 scale.
  6. The student’s schedule of Shawnee Community College courses is officially approved each semester by the high school official and the Registrar of Shawnee Community College.

For students enrolling for college credit, current tuition rates are waived and students are eligible for a textbook loan. Students who complete 15 college credits prior to graduating high school and have an SCC GPA of 3.0 or above are eligible for continued tuition/fee waiver and book loan through the following academic year.

American College Test (ACT)

The American College Test (ACT) is an assessment program which provides students and counselors with information necessary for sound educational planning. These tests are administered on five national testing dates and are open to high school juniors and seniors as well as college students. Applications may be secured from the local high school counselor, the Office of Admissions and Advisement at Shawnee Community College, or www.ACT.org.

Placement Testing

All first-time students are required to take examinations for evaluation of achievements in communication and computation competencies prior to enrolling for credit courses. Students with a composite score of 21 on the enhanced ACT examination may be exempt from taking English and math entrance examinations. Students scoring below established minimum levels on the entrance examination or writing sample are required to enroll in college preparatory instruction.

The ASSET/COMPASS will be used as the official placement test for the institution and as the second chance test for all students entering degree or certificate programs with the exception of Practical Nursing. All students requesting and taking a retest must do so by the end of the first week of the semester. The retest should be requested through the Office of Admissions and Advisement or through the appropriate extension center director. Students will be allowed to retest only once.

Admission to Selected College Programs

All candidates for admission to the college are accepted for enrollment as stipulated in the college’s admission policy statement. However, some specialized programs have specific eligibility requirements due to enrollment limitations imposed by physical facilities, state licensure requirements, and related criteria.

Students requesting placement into such programs will receive specific eligibility requirements from divisions or departments. Final selection for admission into these specific programs is determined by the applicant meeting the established admission criteria.

Students who are not selected for a specific program are encouraged to continue their studies in other courses and programs at the college. Counseling and advisement services are available to assist all such students with alternative educational objectives.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs

The college provides testing services which are used in the admissions procedure in various CTE programs. The vocational programs utilizing the college’s testing services are as follows:

Persons seeking admission to the Certified Nurse Assistant Program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be at least 16 years of age.
  2. Successfully complete a TABE test scoring at a 9th grade reading level or above.
  3. A fingerprint background check prior to beginning the program and a 2-step PPD test for TB. The information will be provided at an orientation session prior to the start of the class.

The Practical Nursing Program has specific admission requirements due to enrollment limitations imposed by physical facilities, state requirements, and related criteria. All applications for the Practical Nursing Program will be selected based upon the criteria outlined below:

  1. The prospective student must obtain an admission packet from the Nursing Department (618-634-3282; 800-481-2242).
  2. The applicant must submit application materials to the nursing department by the date designated in the admission packet.
  3. The applicant must be a high school graduate proven with a transcript or GED scores.
  4. The applicant must successfully complete the admission examination “Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for Practical Nursing from the Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI).” (Given in the testing center of the College).
  5. The applicant must be able to prove physical fitness for the program of study by submitting a completed Shawnee Community College Physical Form.
  6. The applicant must complete with a “C” or better BIO 210 (Introduction to Human Anatomy) prior to the beginning of the fall Practical Nursing classes.
  7. The applicant must submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program.

Further information can be obtained by calling the Nursing Department at the numbers listed in “1” above.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program has specific admission requirements due to enrollment limitations imposed by physical facilities, state requirements and related criteria. All applicants for the Associate Degree Nursing Program will be selected based upon the criteria outlined below:

  1. The prospective student must obtain an admission packet from the Nursing Department (618-634-3282; 800-481-2242 or www.shawneecc.edu).
  2. The applicant must submit application materials to the nursing department by the date designated in the admission packet.
  3. The applicant must demonstrate successful completion of an approved program of Practical Nursing.
  4. The applicant must successfully complete the admission examination “Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for Registered Nursing from the Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI).” (Given in the testing center of the College).
  5. The applicant must be able to prove physical fitness for the program of study by submitting a completed Shawnee Community College Physical Form.
  6. Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program is conditional pending successful completion of an approved school of Practical Nursing and the Nursing Skills Review Course (ADN 201), which will be offered in the summer semester prior to entry.
  7. The applicant must submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program.

Further information can be obtained by calling the Nursing Department at the numbers listed in “1” above.

Associate Degree Nursing – SIONI

Southern Illinois Online Nursing Initiative (SIONI) is a hybrid-online associate degree nursing program designed for working nurses. The Associate Degree Nursing Program has specific admission requirements due to enrollment limitations imposed by physical facilities, state requirements and related criteria. All applicants for the Associate Degree Nursing Program will be selected based upon the criteria outlined below:

  1. The prospective student must obtain an admission packet from the Nursing Department (618-634-3282; 800-481-2242 or www.shawneecc.edu).
  2. The applicant must submit application materials to the nursing department by the date designated in the admission packet.
  3. The applicant must demonstrate successful completion of an approved program of Practical Nursing.
  4. The applicant must successfully complete the admission examination “Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for Registered Nursing from the Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI).” (Given in the testing center of the College).
  5. The applicant must be able to prove physical fitness for the program of study by submitting a completed Shawnee Community College Physical Form.
  6. Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program is conditional pending successful completion of an approved school of Practical Nursing and the Nursing Skills Review Course (ADN 201), which will be offered in the summer semester prior to entry.
  7. The applicant must submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program.
  8. The applicant must have completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better.
  9. Minimum GPA of 2.5.
  10. Successful completion of a 2 or more credit hour online course with a grade of “B” or better.

Further information can be obtained by calling the Nursing Department at the numbers listed in “1” above.

Persons seeking admission into the Cosmetology Program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Meet all admission policies and complete all required admission forms of the college.
  2. Submit a completed Cosmetology Admission/Interview Application.
  3. Submit a copy of his or her high school diploma or a copy of GED test scores certifying the student is a high school graduate.
  4. Test into college level reading and writing using COMPASS/ASSET or ACT composite.
  5. Complete a personal interview with members of the cosmetology faculty. During the interview the student will be required to complete an aptitude test.

Persons seeking admission to the Medical Laboratory Technologist program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have graduated from an approved high school or demonstrate equivalent competency (GED examination).
  2. Submit a completed MLT application form and any official college transcripts to the college by March 1.
  3. Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination – Revised.
  4. Meet all admission policies and complete all required admission forms of the college by March 1.
  5. Submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program.

Persons seeking admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Meet all admission policies and complete all required admission forms of the college.
  2. Be a graduate of an approved high school or demonstrate equivalent competency (GED examination).
  3. Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination – Revised.
  4. Submit a completed OTA application form and any official college transcripts to the college by March 1.
  5. Submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program.

Persons seeking admission to the Surgical Technology Program must meet the following criteria:

Have graduated from an approved high school or demonstrate equivalent competency (GED examination).

Meet all admission policies and complete all required admission forms of the college.

Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination – Revised.

Submit a completed Surgical Technology application form to the college by March 1.

Submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program

Persons seeking admission to the Massage Therapy program must meet the following criteria:

Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have attained the GED.

Be at least 18 years of age.

Test into college level reading and writing using COMPASS.

Submit the results of a fingerprint background check after admission into the program.

Submit documentation of having received a professional full body therapeutic massage after admission into the program.

Persons seeking admission to the Veterinary Technology program must meet the following criteria:

Meet all admission policies and complete all required admission forms of the college.

Be a graduate of an approved high school or demonstrate equivalent competency (GED examination).

Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination – Revised.

Submit a completed Vet Tech application form and any official college transcripts to the college by March 1.

Submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program.

Applicants interested in these programs should contact the appropriate department for further information concerning test dates.

 

Contact for More Information

Admissions and Advising – 1-800-481-2242 or (618) 634-3200