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Selective Programs

While Mount Wachusett Community College is an open enrollment institution, some of our programs have additional requirements beyond a high school diploma or equivalency. The information below will guide you through the selective admissions process.

To apply to a selective program:

  • Attend an Information Session
  • Download the application from our list of programs below
  • Complete the application and attach all required documentation. The front page of the application will list all required items for a complete application.
  • Request transcripts from all colleges other than MWCC to include with your completed application. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses completed at MWCC. Click here for more information on transferring courses to MWCC.
  • Bring your completed application file to the Office of Admissions on the Gardner Campus or mail it to us postmarked by the application deadline

We will not be able to accept incomplete applications! If you hand in an incomplete application, we will return it to you and let you know what else you need to bring us. If something is on the way directly to us from a 3rd party (like transcripts), indicate this on the application and we will make a note on your admissions file.

Two-Year Associate Degrees

A.S. Nursing (Application Deadline: January 15, 2016)

Registered nurses (RNs) work to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. They are advocates and health educators for patients, families, and communities. MWCC nursing graduates have historically achieved a high passing rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and have been successful in obtaining employment. The program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, ACEN, Board of Commissioners granted continuing accreditation to the associate nursing program, placed the program on warning, and scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2016. ACEN contact information: 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone Number: (404) 975-5000 or at www.acenursing.org.

Attend an Information Session Download the A.S. Nursing Application

A.S. Nursing - Advanced Standing (Application Deadline: November 2, 2015)

This program allows students that have already completed the equivalent of MWCC's Nursing 111 to jump into our A.S. Nursing program's 2nd semester. All of the other application requirements for the A.S. Nursing program still apply.

Attend an Information Session Download the A.S. Nursing - Advanced Standing Application

LPN to RN Bridge Program (Application Deadline: December 1, 2015)

MWCC offers currently licensed LPNs (in good standing, with one year of work experience) a bridge program to complete requirements for the Associate Degree in Nursing. Credit is given for NUR 111 (Foundations Of Nursing) allowing applicants to enter the second semester nursing courses. The program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, ACEN, Board of Commissioners granted continuing accreditation to the associate nursing program, placed the program on warning, and scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2016. ACEN contact information: 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000 or www.acenursing.org. Students selected for the program will be given an ATI exam on Maternity and Pediatrics. Those not meeting the required level will be required to take NUR 115 Family Centered Nursing Care in May/June. Demonstrated proficiency through NLN examinations in Maternity (OB) and Pediatrics may also be considered for exemption from NUR115.

Attend an Information Session Download the LPN to RN Bridge Program Application

Dental Hygiene (Day Only)

The registered dental hygienist is a member of the dental health care team who provides preventive oral health care services including oral prophylaxis, dental health education, dental x-rays, nutritional counseling, dental sealants, preliminary examinations, and other preventive measures in dentistry. Students will take the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination and The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) Clinical Examination at the successful completion of the Dental Hygiene program. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, which is a specialized accreditation body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

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Medical Lab Technology (Formerly Clinical Lab Science)

The Medical Laboratory Technology Degree program prepares the student for positions in a medical laboratory. As a graduate, the student will play a vital role in patient care by performing a wide range of medical laboratory procedures used in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. The MLT (previously called CLS) curriculum provides general education courses and introductory MLT courses in the first year, then career-related courses and practical experience in the second year. The first year courses are open to students wishing to enter the MLT program. The second year MLT courses are restricted to those selected for the MLT program. During the course of study, students will develop skills and competencies including analyzing specimens for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms; analyzing the chemical and cellular content of body fluids; matching blood for transfusions; and testing for drug levels in blood to show how a patient is responding to treatment. Medical Laboratory Technicians also collect and prepare specimens for analysis. They generate, analyze and relay important laboratory results to physicians treating patients. The modern medical laboratory uses increasingly sophisticated instrumentation interfaced with computer technology. The MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018, phone number 773-714-8880. Graduates of the MLT program will be eligible to take the national certification examination, such as that offered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. For more information, contact Dr. Cheryl Wilson at cwilson14@mwcc.mass.edu or 978-630-9433.

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Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mount Wachusett Community College prepares you to work under the direct supervision of a Physical Therapist in a variety of settings including acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, long term care facilities, private practices, school systems, and home care/VNA. During your course of study, you will develop skills and competencies in: patient positioning and transfers; range of motion; therapeutic exercise; the safe application of therapeutic modalities such as heat, cold, electricity, ultrasound; measurement, adjustment, and instruction in the use of ambulatory aids; improving cardiopulmonary function and endurance; and measurements of joint range of motion, muscle strength, length, girth, and vital signs. Upon successful completion of the PTA program, you will be able to demonstrate full understanding of the role of the PTA in the profession. The PTA program is designed to prepare you to complete the PTA licensure examination in a student's respective state of practice.

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Health Information Management

The Health Information Management program is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce and work in various positions relevant to the management of health data. Health information management is a little known; but vital, component of the healthcare process. Individuals working in HIM are at the intersection of Medicine, Business, and Legal, and play a vital role in ensuring that the healthcare organization is compliant with state and federal regulations regarding capture, storage, and release of all medical data. This field is seeing rapid expansion with major federal initiatives: the conversion of all medical records to electronic medium at a national level, and the conversion of the coding structure used throughout the US, as well as a new method of paying for healthcare (pay for performance). These initiatives will require significant new hiring of HIM credentialed people to meet workforce needs over the next ten years. It has been noted that individuals who have an interest in the medical field and information technology skills may contribute greatly to the healthcare industry without being direct care providers. Attend an Information Session Download the Health Information Management Application

One-Year Certificate Programs

Practical Nursing (PN)

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) participates in direct and indirect nursing care, health maintenance, teaching, counseling, collaborative planning, and rehabilitation. LPNs work under the direction of registered nurses, physicians, and/or dentists. MWCC’s Practical Nursing Certificate provides short-term education leading to a rewarding healthcare career. The college credits earned in this program may be applied toward a nursing degree. The PN Certificate program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing: ACEN; 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000 or www.acenursing.org/. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

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Dental Assisting

The certified dental assistant is an auxiliary in the dental office who assists the dentist in dental procedures and in the performance of generalized tasks. These tasks include: chair-side instrument transfer, radiography and laboratory functions and clerical office operations such as record keeping, billing, appointment management and reception duties. Students are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board Certification Examination, (DANB), upon successful completion of the Dental Assisting program.

Attend an Information Session Download the Dental Assisting Certificate Application

Other Selective Programs

Pre-Healthcare Academy

MWCC’s Pre-Healthcare Academy invites recent high school graduates within one (1) year to apply for this opportunity to gain access into MWCC’s competitive health programs. Academy students who maintain a 3.3 GPA throughout the program may enter MWCC’s Dental Assisting Certificate (DAC), Dental Hygiene Degree (DHY), Physical Therapist Assistant Degree (PTA) orNursing Degree (NU) during the fall semester of their second year. The benefits of this program include: access to MWCC’s highly competitive healthcare programs, the opportunity to become a healthcare provider in three years, options to transfer into some bachelor degree programs and participation in specialized learning communities to complete your pre-requisite coursework.

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Summer Starter Academy

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is supporting students who are enrolling in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines at Mount Wachusett Community College. STEM majors for the Summer Academy include: Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science, Computer Information Systems, Fitness Leadership and Exercise Science, General Studies Allied Health, Natural Resources, Physics, and Pre-Engineering. Accepted students will receive a stipend of up to $1,750 and will be enrolled in two free college courses. Books will be provided for use during the Academy. Daily academic support, including tutoring and mandated study hours, will occur in order to assist students on their career paths. Finally, students will be expected to participate in all field trips, including the Summer Leadership Academy.

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