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  • Dental Hygiene
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Health Information Technology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Surgical Technology
  • Vascular Sonography

Several Health Professions programs are selective admissions and only the top candidates are selected.  Only applicants who meet the minimum criteria in January will be awarded points. Programs begin in either the summer or fall semester.

Minimum requirements for the Health Professions Programs:

  • Completed Owens Admissions application,
  • Completed Request for Health Evaluation through the student Owens Ozone account,
  • Official transcripts from high school, college or university attended (including LPN and RN programs attended, if applicable) which must be sent directly to the Owens Community College Records Office,
  • ACT or SAT scores,
  • Evidence of Completion of one full year of high school level biology or BIO 101, BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 211, or BIO 212 at Owens Community College or a course equivalent with a grade of “C” or better,
  • Evidence of one full year of high school level chemistry or Principles of Chemistry (CHM 095) or Physical Science (PHY 115) at Owens Community College or a higher level college chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better,
  • Completion of the first attempt of the most recent version of the Test of Essential Academic Skill (TEAS).

Program Selection Criteria:  The points earned in each section below will be totaled and applicants will be ranked. Applicants with the highest number of points will be admitted into the program based on their acceptance of their seat through their Owens student email account. Meeting minimum standards does not ensure admission to the program.  A minimum of 15 points out of a maximum of 52 points must be earned to be considered for program admission.

Applicants will earn points based upon the following four criteria:

I.  Grade Point Average (GPA) – A maximum of 20 points can be earned in this section.

Points are earned for a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 system.

Math – the one, most recent, college level math course (MTH 101 or higher) which must be at least three credit hours.
Science – the most recent attempt at BIO 211 and / or BIO 212.
Humanities or Social Science – the one, most recent, college level humanities or social science course which must be at least three credit hours.
Communication – the most recent attempt at ENG 111 or ENG 111P

  1. For applicants who do not meet the requirements to be evaluated as a college student, the high school GPA on file at Owens will be used.
GPA Points Earned
3.7 – 4.0 20
3.5 – 3.69 18
3.3 – 3.49 16
3.1 – 3.29 14
2.9 – 3.09 12
2.7 – 2.89 10
2.5 – 2.69 8
<2.5 0

II. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) –  A maximum of 16 points can be earned in this section.

Points are earned based on the first attempt on the most recent version of TEAS in the areas of Reading, Science, English, and Math. Points are earned in each of the four areas as listed below.

SCORE (Reading and Science) Points Earned
90 – 100 5
80 – 89.9 4
70 – 79.9 3
60 – 69.9 2
<60 0

 

SCORE (English and Math) Points Earned
90 – 100 3
80 – 89.9 2
70 – 79.9 1
<70 0

III.  ACT or SAT Score – A maximum of 8 points can be earned in this section.

Points are earned based on the most recent ACT composite score; SAT scores will be converted.

ACT Score New SAT Score Old SAT Score Points Earned
27 – 36 1280 – 1600 1210 – 1600 8
26 1240 – 1270 1170 – 1200 7
25 1200 – 1230 1130 – 1160 6
24 1160 – 1190 1090 – 1120 5
23 1130 – 1150 1060 – 1080 4
22 1100 – 1120 1020 – 1040 3
21 1060 – 1090 980 – 1010 2
20 1020 – 1050 940 – 970 1
<20 <1020 <940 0

IV.  Course Completion Points – A maximum of 8 points can be earned in this section.

Applicants who earn a grade of “B” or better in these courses, on the first attempt, will earn point(s) in this section.

Course “A” grade “B” grade
Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 211) 2 points 1 point
Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 212) 2 points 1 point
The one most recent, college level MTH course which must be at least three credit hours. 2 points 1 point

Applicants who complete IPE 101 prior to the selective admissions review and earn a grade of “B” or higher in this course, on the first attempt, will earn point(s) in this section.

Course “A” grade “B” grade
Introduction to Health Sciences (IPE 101) 2 points 1 point

The points earned in each of the four sections will be totaled and applicants will be ranked. Applicants with the highest number of points will be admitted into the program based on their acceptance of their seat through their Owens student email account.

Criteria for a Tied Score:  The following criteria, in the order listed, will be used to break a tie if two or more applicants earn the same number of points:

  1. Highest GPA points.
  2. Highest TEAS points.
  3. Highest ACT composite score points.
  4. Highest course completion points.
  5. Date of Selective Admission application to the Program.

If two students remain tied after the above determinations have been made, a lottery system will be used to determine the selected candidate.


Registered Nurse Program

The Registered Nurse program is a selective admissions program and only the top candidates are selected for each fall or spring semester.  Only applicants who meet the minimum criteria in January (for fall semester entrance) and August (for spring semester entrance) will be awarded points.

Minimum requirements for the Registered Nurse Program:

    • Completed Owens Admissions application,
    • Completed Request for Health Evaluation through the student Owens Ozone account,
    • Official transcripts from high school, college or university attended (including LPN and RN programs attended, if applicable) which must be sent directly to the Owens Community College Records Office,
    • ACT or SAT scores,
    • Evidence of Completion of one full year of high school level biology or Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 211) at Owens Community College or a college biology course equivalent to BIO 211 with a grade of “C” or better,
    • Evidence of one full year of high school level chemistry or Principles of Chemistry (CHM 095) or a higher level college chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better,
    • Completion of the first attempt of the most recent version of the Test of Essential Academic Skill (TEAS).

Nursing Program Selection Criteria:  The points earned in each section below will be totaled and applicants will be ranked. Applicants with the highest number of points will be admitted into the nursing program based on their acceptance of their seat through their Owens student email account. Meeting minimum standards does not ensure admission to the nursing program.  A minimum of 15 points out of a maximum of 52 points must be earned to be considered for RN program admission.

Note Regarding BIO Courses:  Students have a maximum of four opportunities to successfully complete BIO 211, BIO 212, and BIO 231. Applicant’s for the nursing program may withdraw or fail the course(s), but must successfully complete the course(s) by the fourth attempt.  For selective admissions purposes, withdrawals from BIO courses count as attempts.

Applicants will earn points based upon the following four criteria:

I. Grade Point Average (GPA) – A maximum of 20 points can be earned in this section.

Points are earned for a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on the general education courses completed within the nursing program plan of study (see A below), or the applicant’s high school GPA (see B below), whichever is most current.

    1. For applicants who do not meet the requirements to be evaluated based on college coursework, the high school GPA on file at Owens will be used.
GPA Points Earned
3.7 – 4.0 20
3.5 – 3.69 18
3.3 – 3.49 16
3.1 – 3.29 14
2.9 – 3.09 12
2.7 – 2.89 10
2.5 – 2.69 8
<2.5 0

II. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) – A maximum of 16 points can be earned in this section.

Points are earned based on the first attempt on the most recent version of TEAS in the areas of Reading, Science, English, and Math. Points are earned in each of the four areas as listed below.

SCORE (Reading and Science) Points Earned
90 – 100 5
80 – 89.9 4
70 – 79.9 3
60 – 69.9 2
<60 0

 

SCORE (English and Math) Points Earned
90 – 100 3
80 – 89.9 2
70 – 79.9 1
<70 0

III.  ACT or SAT Score – A maximum of 8 points can be earned in this section.

Points are earned based on the most recent ACT composite score; SAT scores will be converted.

ACT Score New SAT Score Old SAT Score Points Earned
27 – 36 1280 – 1600 1210 – 1600 8
26 1240 – 1270 1170 – 1200 7
25 1200 – 1230 1130 – 1160 6
24 1160 – 1190 1090 – 1120 5
23 1130 – 1150 1060 – 1080 4
22 1100 – 1120 1020 – 1040 3
21 1060 – 1090 980 – 1010 2
20 1020 – 1050 940 – 970 1
<20 <1020 <940 0

IV. Course Completion Points – A maximum of 8 points can be earned in this section.

Applicants who earn a grade of “B” or better in these courses, on the first attempt, will earn point(s) in this section.

Course “A” grade “B” grade
Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 211) 2 points 1 point
Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 212) 2 points 1 point
Microbiology (BIO 231) 2 points 1 point

Applicants who complete IPE 101 prior to the selective admissions review and earn a grade of “B” or higher in this course, on the first attempt, will earn point(s) in this section.

Course “A” grade “B” grade
Introduction to Health Sciences (IPE 101) 2 points 1 point

The points earned in each of the four sections will be totaled and applicants will be ranked. Applicants with the highest number of points will be admitted into the nursing program based on their acceptance of their seat through their Owens student email account.

Criteria for a Tied Score:  The following criteria, in the order listed, will be used to break a tie if two or more applicants earn the same number of points:

  1. Highest GPA points.
  2. Highest TEAS points.
  3. Highest ACT composite score points.
  4. Highest course completion points.
  5. Date of Selective Admission application to the Registered Nursing Program.

If two students remain tied after the above determinations have been made, a lottery system will be used to determine the selected candidate.