Admissions

The MWCC admissions office welcomes applications to over 40 academic programs. Whether your goal is an associate’s degree or certificate, selected courses for job training, preparation for transfer, or personal growth, MWCC’s admissions staff will gladly help you through every step of the process. The mission of the MWCC admissions office is to be a model of student recruitment and enrollment excellence. The admissions office is located on the first floor of the main building at the Gardner Campus with representatives available for consultation. The admissions office can be contacted at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.edu.

While all students are welcome to consider MWCC, the college gives priority consideration to legal residents of Massachusetts. Out-of-state students are welcome to apply and may be eligible for admission under the New England Regional Student Program, if from a neighboring state.

Prospective students are not guaranteed admission into MWCC. Due to changes in enrollments and academic programs, the college reserves the right to update admission criteria at any time. To be admitted, applicants must have a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Certificates of completion are not accepted to demonstrate successful completion of secondary school. In addition, all applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform college-level work and conduct themselves in accordance with all college policies. In cases where tests or other indicators suggest the contrary, the college reserves the right to deny admission.

If you are considering one of our selective majors, information sessions specific to these programs are available throughout the year and attendance is required prior to submitting an application. To arrange an appointment to visit the campus or to attend an information session, contact the admissions office at 978-630-9110, TTY 978-632-4916, or admissions@mwcc.edu.

More information about MWCC and steps to enrolling can be found at www.mwcc.edu/admissions. Academic program and gainful employment information can be found at mwcc.edu/programs.

Campus Tours & Information Sessions

Prospective students are encouraged to visit MWCC, tour the campus facilities, and attend one of our general information sessions. Tours are offered Monday – Thursday at 3:00 p.m., Fridays by appointment, and other days/times by appointment. To schedule a tour contact the admissions office at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.edu.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to matriculate by selecting a certificate or degree program at the time of application. Those applicants not seeking a degree or certificate can elect to apply as a non-matriculated student.

Matriculated Students: (Applicants enrolling in a degree or certificate program)

(Applicants enrolling in a degree or certificate program)

  • Review the admissions and academic requirements for your program of choice. Some programs require prerequisite course work.
  • Complete the admissions application. Applications may be obtained from the admissions office by calling 978-630-9110, or online at www.mwcc.edu/apply. Mail applications to: MWCC, Admissions Office, 444 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440.

Mail official high school/homeschool/GED and college transcripts to: MWCC, Admissions Office, 444 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440, copies of an official college transcript are required if: 1. you are applying to one of MWCC’s selective healthcare programs; 2. you seek to transfer college credits; or 3. you have been awarded an educational certificate from outside the U.S. Those documents awarded from a country outside the U.S. must be translated and evaluated to US standards through a credential evaluating agency. Agencies can be found on the web at www.naces.org. Current high school students may be accepted into a major pending verification of high school graduation.

Non-matriculated Students: (Applicants not seeking a degree or certificate; and ineligible for financial aid)

(Applicants not seeking a degree or certificate; and ineligible for financial aid)

  • Complete the admissions application. Mail applications to: MWCC, Admissions Office, 444 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440.
  • Students must meet prerequisite requirements for all courses and will be restricted to earning a maximum of 12 credits in this status. Prerequisites can be met through placement testing or review and approval of equivalent college coursework. In some cases, students may be allowed to maintain non-matriculating status beyond 12 credits. Contact the advising center with this request.

Students who wish to matriculate after being admitted as a non-matriculated student should contact the admissions office. Students will need to complete an updated admissions application and certify that they have completed their high school diploma/GED. The change will then be effective for the following semester.

Documentation of High School Diploma or Equivalency

For proof of high school diploma or equivalency, the college will accept any of the following:

  • An official high school transcript sent directly from the high school.
  • An official GED transcript sent directly from the issuing agency.
  • Self-certification of completion of a high school degree, if the certification is provided after the high school graduation date. Students must follow-up with official high school or GED transcript sent to the admissions office.
  • Original high school diploma or original GED certificate brought to the admissions office (photocopy retained).
  • For records that are unobtainable or destroyed, applicants may submit a letter from the school superintendent (on official letterhead and with high school seal) indicating date of graduation and/or completion of high school or home school education.
  • If a letter from a school superintendent is not available for missing or destroyed records, students may submit a signed statement explaining lack of availability to the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Financial Aid for consideration.
    • Those documents awarded from a country outside of the U.S. must be translated and evaluated to U.S. standards through a credential evaluating agency. Agencies can be found on the web at www.naces.org.

The acceptability of a high school diploma is determined by an evaluation of the institution’s accreditation and curriculum. A high school diploma may be accepted if recognized by the state in which it was issued as offering a curriculum consistent with state law. Certificates of completion and diplomas representing non-academic curriculum will not be accepted.

Dual Enrollment

High school students who intend to complete a portion of their junior or senior year at the college through MWCC’s Dual Enrollment program must:

  • Submit a completed high school/homeschool applicant form with your guidance counselor. This form is available at www.mwcc.edu/apply or through the admissions office at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.edu
  • Apply no later than June 30 for fall classes, December 15 for spring classes and June 1 for summer classes (applications received after these deadlines will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis).
  • Be 16 years of age or a current junior or senior and hold a minimum 2.8 QPA (official transcript required). The college will recalculate all QPAs on a 4.0 scale.
  • Assessment test score requirements:
    English proficiency: must place into English 101
    Reading proficiency: score of 69 or greater on the CPT Reading Comprehension assessment
    Sentence skills: score of  68 or greater on CPT SS assessment required
    Math proficiency: must place into MAT126.
    Scores are subject to change. Students who do not meet the above testing guidelines may be permitted to take foundation level courses with the approval of their high school.

Dual enrollment applicants must meet established guidelines of MWCC and their participating high school. Students enrolled in the Dual Enrollment program are not allowed to participate in classes beginning after 6:00 p.m. without permission from the student’s high school and parent or guardian. Students enrolled in the Dual Enrollment program are not allowed to participate in web classes without permission from the student’s high school and parent or guardian. Students enrolled in this program are non-matriculated students, must pay all college tuition/fees, and are ineligible for financial aid while they are enrolled in high school.

Health Insurance & Immunization Requirements

All students enrolled for nine credits or more per semester must participate in the Massachusetts Community College Health Insurance Plan, unless the student can provide verification of comparable coverage.

The college’s comprehensive health insurance covers accidents and sickness for both hospital and non-hospital confinement services. It is recommended that each student compare the benefits of his/her current coverage before transferring to the college policy. The fee for this insurance is included on the bill for students enrolled in nine credits or more unless an insurance waiver is provided. Details of this coverage may be obtained from the student accounts office, the health services office, or at www.gallagherkoster.com.

Mandatory Immunization Requirements for College Students (as required by 105 CMR 220.600: M.G.L. c.76, §§ 15C Chapter 76 Section 15B of the General Laws of Massachusetts) include the following:

  • In order to be registered at an institution of higher learning, 1. every full-time undergraduate student including cycle students (registered for 12 credits or more in a semester); 2. every full-time or part-time undergraduate student in a health science program who is in contact with patients, and 3. every student on a student visa, including all International students attending or visiting classes as part of a formal academic visitation exchange program, must present a physician’s certificate that such student has received the necessary immunizations.  A school immunization record may be presented in lieu of the certificate.
    - 2 doses Measles, Mumps Rubella (2MMRs) immunization or proof of immunity (exempt if born in the U.S. before 1957 except for all Health Science students).
    - 1 dose Tdap required of all incoming freshman and Health Science Students, otherwise a Diphtheria Tetanus booster (within 10 years).
    - 3 doses Hepatitis B vaccine or proof of immunity. Health Science students must have 2 doses of Hepatitis B before clinical.
    - 2 doses Varicella vaccine or proof of immunity or a reliable history verified by a physician (exempt if born in the U.S. before 1980 except for Health Science Students).
    - Meningococcal vaccine is required for all students at a postsecondary school that provide or license housing (Fitchburg Institute students).
  • The requirements of 105 CMR 220.600 shall not apply where: The student provides written documentation that he or she meets the standards for medical or religious exemption set forth in M.G.L. c.76.
  • Students may be registered on the condition that the required immunizations are obtained within 30 days of registration.
  • Additional MWCC requirements:
    - All health science students need to comply with additional immunization and health requirements set forth by their individual programs. Please refer to your specific health science program for special program requirements.
    - All health science students and every student on a student visa, including all foreign students need to provide proof of an Intradermal Tuberculin Test (TB).
    - Health science students who cannot document a history of Varicella, (chicken pox) or Varicella vaccination should be screened by their physician with a titer to identify immunity status. If not immune, it is recommended that they receive vaccine.
    - All health science students must comply with immunization and health requirements prior to attending clinical practices.
    - The college requires all full-time students enrolled in a degree program and full and part-time health science students to have a physical examination by his/her private physician conducted within the last two years.

Health records may be obtained from your physician or your high school records. Information concerning immunizations may be obtained from the MWCC health services office. For more information, please contact the health services office at 978-630-9136.

Homeschooled Students

Many homeschool students will complete MWCC classes as part of their homeschool curriculum as a college dual enrollment student. Homeschool students successfully transfer college courses into the baccalaureate college of their choice, saving valuable time and money.

If you have been homeschooled and have documentation stating that your program was supervised by your school district, you can self-certify that you have met high school graduation requirements on your application. If you are applying to a selective healthcare program, you will be required to provide documentation from your school district. If the homeschool program was not supervised under a school district, applicants must complete a GED. For more information, please contact the admissions office at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.edu.

International Applicants

International students are required to submit the same credentials as domestic applicants. All documents must be submitted in English. If the credentials must be translated, the original copy (or a certified copy of the original) must be submitted along with the translation. All transcripts must be officially certified and sent directly by the educational institution or certified by the appropriate embassy. Photocopies will not be accepted.

The following information is required of all international applicants:

  • A complete international student application.
  • An official copy of secondary/high school record, indicating grades earned with certified translations of any non-English records. Applicants must have these documents translated and evaluated to U.S. standards through a credential evaluating agency. Agencies can be found on the web at www.naces.org.
  • Official copies of all college/university coursework, indicating grades earned with official explanation of grading system. Applicants must have these documents translated and evaluated to U.S. standards through a credential evaluating agency. Agencies can be found on the web at www.naces.org
  • Completed Affidavit of Support and Financial Statement with accompanying evidence. Forms are available at the admissions office or www.mwcc.edu.
  • Transfer applicants currently enrolled at another U.S. college or university must submit: a completed “I-20 Transfer Request Form” signed by your current college/university and current transcript indicating completed courses and those in progress.
  • Copy of passport. If currently in the U.S., copy of current visa.

Student Visas

The issuance of certificates for student visas (INS Form I-20 A-B, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student-For Academic and Language Students or Form I-20M-N, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status for Vocational Students) will not be given until all of the above items have been received and the applicant has been accepted to the college.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please complete all items required in a typed format or legible handwriting; make sure the name on your application matches the names on your transcripts; and provide all required documentation prior to the deadline.

Application Deadlines for International Applicants

May 15 for the fall (September) semester or September 15 for the spring (January) semester. Students interested in entrance after established deadlines should contact the admissions office at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.edu

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

International applicants are not required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores unless applying to certain selective programs. For more information on TOEFL testing, contact your nearest U.S. consulate about this test or write to the Educational Testing Service, Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540, U.S.A. Test results should be sent directly to the MWCC admissions office.

Affidavit of Support and Financial Statement

Financial assistance from MWCC is not available to international students. For general information about financial assistance, students may request the booklet “Financial Planning for Study in the United States” from the U.S. Information Agency or bi-national advising center in their home country.

International students pay the same tuition and fees as out-of-state domestic students. Please consult our website, www.mwcc.edu, for current out-of-state/international student rates for the academic year for which you are applying. The expenses listed below do not include travel expenses to and from Massachusetts and are considered reasonable minimum estimates for students. If a student is accompanied by family members, add $5,250 for spouse and $3,000 for each child. This estimate represents the amount you will be asked to prove you have available when you apply for a visa.

Estimated Expenses for an International Student for Academic Year (U.S. Dollars)

Tuition and fees
(approximately 24 credits)                                     $   9,480
Room and board for 9 months                                $   7,400
Universal Health Insurance (mandatory)                   $   1,049
Books and supplies                                              $   1,200
Miscellaneous                                                     $   3,700
Total:                           $ 22,829

Before the admissions office can issue the Form I­20 for use by applicants in obtaining a visa, it must have proof that applicants have sufficient funds to study for one year with a reasonable expectation that the funding will continue for the full course of study. The information requested on the Affidavit of Support and Financial Statement is required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and by U.S. consulates to ensure the financial stability of persons admitted to the U.S. as students. You should not plan on supplementing your financial support with employment because there are very strict limitations on the employment of international students in the U.S. The financial statement must be accompanied by supporting evidence, such as originals copies of: notarized bank statements in the applicant’s name; a scholarship award letter from a foundation, agency, or government; a notarized letter from an individual sponsor indicating the intention to provide support for the specified amount and which is accompanied by a bank statement showing the ability to do so. We recommend that you retain duplicate copies of the financial statement and supporting evidence to facilitate your dealings with the U.S. consulate and/or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service).

SEVIS Fee

The SEVIS fee is required of all foreign nationals who come to the United States for the purpose of pursuing a full course of study in institutions such as colleges, universities, and language training programs. The $200 fee is payable one time for each single educational program in which an F-1 or F-3 student participates, extending from the time the student is granted F-1 or F-3 status to the time the student falls out of status, changes status, or departs the U.S. for an extended period of time. The fee went into effect on September 1, 2004. SEVIS fee payments will be used by the United States Department of Homeland Security to fund the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. This program makes it possible for international students and exchange visitors to attend schools in the United States. The fee also funds the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a computer system employed to track international students and exchange visitors during their stays in the United States. For more information, please visit https://www.fmjfee.com.

 January Admission

Candidates are admitted to the college for January enrollment on a space-available basis. Some introductory courses may not be offered during the spring semester.

Minimum Age Requirement

In accordance with Massachusetts state law, students without a high school diploma or GED should meet a minimum age requirement of 16 years of age or be a registered high school junior or senior in order to be considered for admission to MWCC as a non-matriculated student. Any applicant under the age of 16 must complete an Age Requirement Waiver Request and meet with the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Financial Aid. Please call 978-630-9110 to schedule an appointment.

New Student Welcome (NSW) Sessions

The purpose of the New Student Welcome is to provide all degree-seeking students with the important information they will need to proceed through the college enrollment process. Sessions are available on all MWCC campuses and online. The NSW must be completed before degree-seeking students can complete college placement testing and/or their initial academic advising appointment. For details, contact the admissions office at 978-630-9110 or the advising center at 978-630-9109.

College Placement Test (CPT)

Each student (matriculated and non-matriculated) must take the College Placement Test (CPT) to determine his or her level of proficiency in reading, writing, and math (placement testing may be waived for transfer students who have completed previous college-level English and math courses). Students must complete all sections of the CPT within three years of the start of their desired terms, regardless of their desired course or program. The results are used by an academic advisor to place a student in appropriate courses. Students whose skills in these areas are not college level are placed in either foundation and/or English as a Second Language courses, as appropriate. The reading, writing, and mathematics tests are computerized and may be repeated upon recommendation from an academic advisor. There is a $10 retest fee. Students are allowed one retest. Permission for a third attempt may be granted under special circumstances. The scores are valid for a period of three years. Information about the content of the CPT and how to review for the CPT as well as information regarding scheduling an appointment for testing can be found at http://www.mwcc.edu/testing.

Students may also call 978-630-9244 for this information.  Students with a documented disability who need an accommodation should contact the coordinator for students with disabilities at 978-630-9120 before scheduling a placement test.

Readmission

Students who have previously attended the college and would like to be considered for readmission, after an absence of one year or more, should contact the admissions office, Leominster Campus, or Devens Campus to reapply for admission. Upon readmission, students are required to meet with an academic advisor, prior to registration. Readmission results in the assignment of a new catalog year. MWCC graduate readmits are not readmitted to the same academic programs.

Residency

A Massachusetts resident student is defined as a US citizen, resident alien, or lawful immigrant who lives in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To be eligible for in-state tuition at a Massachusetts community college, an applicant must:

  • Establish residency in Massachusetts for at least six (6) continuous months prior to the beginning of the academic period for which the applicant seeks enrollment (parent or legal guardian residency required if applicant is unemancipated child) and have an intent to remain in Massachusetts indefinitely; or
  • Qualify for in-state tuition reciprocity under the New England Regional Student Program and meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education including residency in his/her home state; or
  • Be a member of the armed forces (or spouse or unemancipated child) on active duty in Massachusetts.

Persons who are on student immigration visas or other immigration visas who have declared as a condition of their visa that they intend to return to their homeland shall be ineligible for in-state tuition. Other non-citizens who have satisfied the residency requirement may establish an intent to remain in Massachusetts indefinitely, and therefore may be eligible for in-state tuition, by maintaining one of the following immigration statuses: Permanent Resident Aliens; U.S. permanent residents with I-151, I-551, and I-551C forms; students who have an I-94 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service) with one of the following designations stamped on the card: refugee; Cuban-Haitian entrant status pending; or asylum granted; or international students with student visas who are married to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Other non-citizens may also be eligible for in-state tuition (“S” courses). In all cases, the college will conduct a case-by-case analysis.

New England Regional Student Program

MWCC participates in the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP). This program, administered by the New England Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, offers qualified out-of-state residents the benefit of reduced tuition to study at any of the publicly-supported institutions of higher education in New England. Massachusetts’ resident tuition, plus 75 percent, is charged to out-of-state students if a specific program is not offered in the student’s home state. NERSP students pay the same fees as all other students.

Applicants Whose Primary Language Is Not English

The college’s mission of access and inclusion offers educational opportunities to persons seeking a college education and who need to increase their English language proficiency. The college employs bilingual staff members to assist students needing guidance with their initial enrollment processes. Primary speakers of Spanish or other languages may apply to any academic program and may enroll in English as a second language or other English courses as needed, to satisfy prerequisite requirements. Please call the admissions office at 978-630-9110, for more information.

Solicitantes que su Lenguaje Primario No es Inglés

La misión de la colegio de acceso e inclusión ofrece oportunidades a personas que buscan educación y necesitan aumentar su conocimiento del Inglés. El colegio emplea personas que son bilingües para asistir a los estudiantes que necesiten ayuda con su proceso inicial de inscripción. Personas que su lenguaje primario es el Español u otro lenguaje, pueden aplicar a cualquier programa académico y pueden matricularse en Inglés como Segundo Idioma u otros cursos en Inglés para cumplir con sus requisitos. Por favor llame a la oficina de admisiones 978-630-9110 para más información

Annual Security Report

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 U.S.C. 1092(a) and (f)), commonly known as the Clery Act, MWCC publishes and distributes an Annual Security Report to students, prospective students and their families, faculty, and staff. The report which is available in printed form from the offices of student services, admissions, and campus police details all policies and procedures related to campus safety. Crime statistics are included for the previous year. The document is accessible online at www.mwcc.edu.

Selective Admissions

The college has a number of selective admission programs, outlined on the following pages. Selection for these programs is very competitive and a student’s past and potential educational achievement is measured against all other students applying. Students are strongly advised to not apply to more than one selective program per term of desired entry. For students in need of guidance determining their career path, the college offers a number of career exploration opportunities.

Students meeting all of the minimum requirements for admission are not guaranteed acceptance to any selective program. Students are encouraged to enter the college as a General Studies Allied Health program student to complete the courses needed for consideration. Admission to MWCC’s selective programs requires additional application components and must be evaluated for acceptance by the admission committee for that program. Space is limited; the process is competitive; and not all applicants will be granted admission. Additional consideration is given to current MWCC students. In addition to all prerequisites required for consideration, the admission committee reviews any additional academic coursework completed, as well as the applicant’s work experience. Program applications displaying all deadlines and program requirements are available in the admissions office or at www.mwcc.edu.

Applicants must submit all official documentation and demonstrate minimum requirements for consideration by the posted deadline to be considered for acceptance. Coursework in progress at time of deadline will not be used to meet minimum requirements. The admissions office must receive all items no later than 5:30 p.m. on the posted deadline date (4:00 p.m. if the deadline falls on a Friday). If the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday, the deadline will be the close of business on the next business day. The college may return completed applications received after the posted deadline without review. All applicants will be notified of the admission decision by mail approximately 60 days following the application deadline. If selected for admission, students will be required to submit a nonrefundable $75.00 deposit with their confirmation of acceptance. Students admitted to selective programs must attend a mandatory orientation/welcome session prior to the start of classes; no exceptions will be made. Proof of immunization will be required if an applicant is accepted and must be received prior to class registration. Applicants should refer to the program application form for a list of these requirements. Students previously convicted of a felony may not be eligible for professional licensure or placement in clinical settings. See page 23 for MWCC’s Criminal Offender Records Information (CORI) and Sexual Offender Record Information (SORI) policy. Drug testing may be required for some MWCC selective academic programs. Students may not co-enroll in more than one selective program at any given time.

Selective Program Requirements Chart 2013-2014

Program H.S. Diploma or  GED TEAS exam Placement Testing Additional Requirements Approximate Deadline
Automotive Technology Degree –GM Option (ATG) Yes No Yes Demonstrated English, math, and reading competency; Valid driver’s license August 1st
Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Yes No Yes Demonstrated English, math, reading, and science competency April 1st
Dental Assisting Certificate (DAC) Yes No Yes Demonstrated English, math, reading, and science competency July 1st
Dental Hygiene Degree (DHY) Yes No Yes Demonstrated English, math, reading, and science competency February 1st
LPN Bridge to Nursing Degree Yes Yes Yes Demonstrated English, math,  reading, and science competency; LPN license December 15th
Nursing (NU/NUE) Yes Yes Yes Demonstrated English, math, reading, and science competency January 15th
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Yes No Yes Demonstrated English, math,  reading, and science competency May 15th
Practical Nursing (PN) Yes Yes Yes Demonstrated English, math, reading, and science competency September 1st
Medical Assisting Degree (MAS) Yes No Yes Demonstrated English, math, reading, and science competency April 15th
Pre-Healthcare Academy Yes Yes Yes Demonstrated English, math, reading, and science competency March 1st

Automotive Technology Degree – GM Option (ATG) (selective)

The Automotive Technology Degree – GM Option (ATG) program was designed by General Motors and MWCC. This unique, cooperative program trains students for a challenging career in a General Motors and AC Delco sponsored automotive repair facilities. Through a special arrangement, students attend classes and labs at the Gardner campus and pursue cooperative education at a sponsoring GM or AC Delco automotive repairing facility. Students in the ATG program receive state-of-the-art instruction on General Motors’ products. Vehicles, parts, engines, most tools, training manuals, and materials are provided by General Motors Corporation.

Students seeking acceptance into the Automotive Technology Degree – GM Option (ATG) program will be admitted on a rolling basis. Requirements to apply are:

  • A completed MWCC admissions application
  • An official high school or GED transcript
  • Optional – work experience: attach resume to application
  • A valid driver’s license issued by one of the 50 states in United States that does not have any restrictions that would prohibit the student from operating an automobile on public roads
  • College Placement Tests (CPT) scores which indicate the ability to enter ENG101 and MAT096.

Note: Students who score below the required level, but otherwise qualify, may take the developmental, prerequisite course(s), prior to ATG enrollment as Automotive Technology students.

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be notified of the admissions decision by mail.

The program offers opportunities for future specialization and advancement to management. This program has been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation Inc. (NATEF) and certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Students are encouraged to take the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams for national certification.

Please contact the admissions office for more information, to obtain an application, and to attend an information session at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.edu.

 Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) (selective)

Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be notified approximately 60 days after the deadline for application. The CLS program is a selective program that requires admission to the second year of the CLS program. Interested students should meet with the department chair early and often during the first year of the curriculum to find out more about the selection criteria. The CLS program integrates general education with career preparation in a “1+1” design. The second year is considered the CLS component consisting of eight clinical courses taught both on campus and at an affiliated clinical laboratory. These CLS courses cover the theory and practice of laboratory science. Enrollment in the clinical year is not guaranteed and will be limited to space available in the hospital laboratory.

Requirements for Consideration to CLS

College Placement Testing requirements: CPT required results are subject to change. Please contact the advising center 978-630-9109 or you may contact the admissions office 978-630-9110 to attend an information session.

English Proficiency:

Students must have completed ENG101with a grade of C or better.

Students whose native language is not English and those who have not completed grades K-12 in the U.S. must demonstrate English proficiency by having completed ENG101 with a grade of C or better, have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university, or score 213 on the computerized version or 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Math Competency:

Completion of MAT134 or higher (not MAT140) with a grade of C+ or better.

Science Requirement:

Completion of  BIO204, BIO205, and CHE203, CLS103, and CLS105 with grades of C+ or better (completed within five years of application, no more than 5 years from admission).

When applying to the second year of the CLS program, a selective admission procedure requires that applicants must submit the following to the admissions office:

  • The CLS program application packet (includes two letters of recommendation and a writing sample).
  • Official high school/homeschool/GED and college transcripts. Those students educated outside of the U.S. must provide official evaluations documenting high school equivalency.
  • Official transcripts of all college-level courses completed. Transfer credits for education completed outside of the U.S. must be evaluated for equivalency by an approved agency. Agencies can be found at www.naces.org.

Special Program Requirements CLS
Please note that the following information must be received before any CLS courses begin:

  • Health examination conducted within the past two years by a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Proof of current immunizations (Annual PPD or chest x/ray within 1 year, Measles, Mumps and Rubella: series of 2 or a positive antibody titres, Hepatitis B: series of 3 and a positive antibody titre for Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (Tdap) within 10 years, Chicken Pox: 2 vaccines or a positive antibody titre, Influenza vaccine (in season), or if required by the clinical facility) must be provided to the health services office. Contact the health services office at 978-630-9136, for more information. 
  • Liability Insurance of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage is required.  Students will be covered under the college’s liability insurance policy, which will be billed through student fees.
  • All students in selective majors must participate in the Massachusetts Community College Health Insurance Plan or provide accurate information regarding comparable coverage.
  • Completion of CORI/SORI form.
  • Drug testing may be mandatory at some MWCC clinical instruction sites.

Please contact the admissions office for more information, to obtain an application, and to attend an information session at 978-630-9110.

CORI/SORI Policy for the CLS Degree (See the CLS application packet for more information)

All applicants must furnish satisfactory proof of “good moral character” (M.G.L. Chapter 112, Sections 74 and 74A). Students will be required to complete a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check. It must be understood that a conviction in a court of law may prevent a student from being placed in a clinical laboratory. This will prevent successful completion of the CLS program.

Dental Assisting Certificate Program (DAC) (January) (selective)

Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be notified of the admissions decision by mail approximately 60 days after the deadline.  Candidate files completed after the deadline may be reviewed on a monthly basis if seats remain available.

Requirements for Consideration to DAC

College Placement Testing requirements: CPT required results are subject to change. Please contact the advising center 978-630-9109 for more information or you may contact the admissions office 978-630-9110 to attend an information session.

Math Proficiency:

Competency may be met with completion of a math course equal to MAT126 or higher (not MAT140) with a grade of C+ or better or through college placement testing.

Science Requirement:

BIO199 with a grade of C+ or better (completed within five years of application, no more than 5 years from admission).

Psychology Requirement:

Psychology 105 with a grade of C+ or better, at the time of application.

English Proficiency:

Students are strongly urged to have completed ENG101, with a grade of C+ or better, at the time of application.

Students whose native language is not English and those who have not   completed grades K-12 in the U.S. must demonstrate English proficiency by having completed ENG101 with a grade of C+ or better, have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university, or score 213 on the computerized version or 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Applicants must submit the following to the admissions office:

  • A completed DAC admissions application (available through the admissions office or by visiting www.mwcc.edu).
  • Verification of completion of high school or GED (see page 8 of the college catalog for acceptable documentation). Current high school students must submit a high school transcript. Education completed outside of the U.S. must be officially translated/evaluated for high school equivalency by an approved agency. Agencies can be found at www.naces.org.
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable). Transfer credits for education completed outside of the U.S. must be evaluated for equivalency by an approved agency. Agencies can be found at www.naces.org. Note: Transfer credits must be completed at an accredited college and official transcripts must be received thirty days prior to deadline for processing. Photocopies will not be reviewed or accepted. Transcripts that have not been processed for transfer credits will not be used in the ranking process.
  • Documentation demonstrating that all minimum requirements for consideration have been met.
  • Students whose native language is not English and those who have not completed grades K-12 in the U.S. must demonstrate English proficiency by having completed ENG101 with a grade of C+ or better, have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university, or score 213 on the computerized version or 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Letters of recommendation are not required.

Special Program Requirements for DAC
Please note that the following information must be received before courses begin:

  • Health examination conducted before the fall start-up date by a licensed health care provider each year student is enrolled.
  • Proof of current immunizations (Annual PPD or chest x/ray within 1 year, Measles, Mumps and Rubella: series of 2 or a positive antibody titres, Hepatitis B: series of 3 and a positive antibody titre for Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (Tdap) within 10 years, Chicken Pox: 2 vaccines or a positive antibody titre, Influenza vaccine (in season), or if required by the clinical facility) must be provided to the health services office. Contact the health services office at 978-630-9136, for more information. 
  • Liability insurance of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage is required. Students will be covered under the college’s liability insurance policy, which will be billed through student fees.
  • Completion of CORI/SORI form.
  • Current CPR Certification (Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider) is required. A certificate of completion must be presented to the health sciences department prior to entry into dental assisting courses.
  • Students will be taking all program specific coursework at the Fitchburg campus. Some clinicals will be provided off campus at sites within the region; all students will be expected to complete clinical rotations on and off site.
  • Drug testing may be mandatory at some MWCC clinical instruction sites.
  • Prior to the start of classes, students will be required to purchase uniforms and some small equipment.

CORI/SORI Policy for DAC (See the DAC application packet for more information)

Compliance with licensure laws in the state of Massachusetts requires all dental assisting applicants to furnish satisfactory proof of “good moral character” (M.G.L. Chapter 112, Sections 74 and 74A). Dental assisting students will be required to complete a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check and SORI (Sexual Offender Records Information) consistent with current Commonwealth of Massachusetts law M.G.L.C. §§ 178C-178P. Record storage and usage will be in compliance with (M.G.L.C. 275 § 4). It must be understood that a conviction in a court of law may prevent a person’s eligibility from being placed in a clinical agency. This then will not allow successful completion of the Dental Assisting program. In addition, it will delay and may prohibit eligibility to take the Dental Assisting Certification exam.

Please contact the admissions office for more information, to obtain an application, and to attend an information session at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.edu.

Dental Hygiene Degree Program (DHY) (selective)

Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be notified of the admissions decision by mail approximately 60 days after the deadline. The college may return completed applications received after the posted deadline without review.

Requirements for Consideration to DHY

College Placement Testing requirements: CPT required results are subject to change. Please contact the advising center at 978-630-9109 or you may contact the information session 978-630-9110 to attend an information session.

Math Proficiency:

Competency may be met with completion of a math course equal to MAT126 or higher (not MAT140) with a grade of C+ or better or through college placement testing.

Science Requirements:

BIO199 and BIO204 with grades of C+ or better (completed within five years of application, no more than 5 years from admission); PER130 with a grade of C+ or better.

English Proficiency:

Students are strongly urged to have completed ENG101, with a grade of C+ or better, at the time of application.

Students whose native language is not English and those who have not completed grades K-12 in the U.S. must demonstrate English proficiency by having completed ENG101 with a grade of C+ or better, have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university, or score 213 on the computerized version or 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Applicants must submit the following to the admissions office:

  • A completed DHY admissions application (available through the admissions office or by visiting www.mwcc.edu).
  • Verification of completion of high school or equivalency (see page 8 of the college catalog for acceptable documentation). Current high school students must submit a high school transcript. Education completed outside of the U.S. must be officially translated/evaluated for high school equivalency by an approved agency. Agencies can be found at www.naces.org.
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable). Transfer credits for education completed outside of the U.S. must be evaluated for equivalency by an approved agency. Agencies can be found at www.naces.org. Note: Transfer credits must be completed at an accredited college and official transcripts must be received thirty days prior to deadline for processing. Photocopies will not be reviewed or accepted. Transcripts that have not been processed for transfer credits will not be used in the ranking process.
  • Documentation demonstrating that all minimum requirements for consideration have been met.
  • Students whose native language is not English and those who have not completed grades K-12 in the U.S. must demonstrate English proficiency by having completed ENG101 with a grade of C+ or better, have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university, or score 213 on the computerized version or 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Letters of recommendation are not required.

Special Program Requirements for DHY
Please note that the following information must be received before courses begin:

  • Health examination conducted within two weeks of fall startup    date by a licensed healthcare provider each year student is enrolled.
  • Proof of current immunizations (Annual PPD or chest x/ray within 1 year, Measles, Mumps and Rubella: series of 2 or a positive antibody titres, Hepatitis B: series of 3 and a positive antibody titre for Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (Tdap) within 10 years, Chicken Pox: 2 vaccines or a positive antibody titre, Influenza vaccine (in season), or if required by the clinical facility) must be provided to the health services office. Contact the health services office at 978-630-9136, for more information. 
  • Liability insurance of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage is required. Students will be covered under the college’s liability insurance policy, which will be billed through student fees.
  • All dental hygiene students must participate in the Massachusetts Community College Health Insurance Plan or provide accurate information regarding comparable coverage.
  • Completion of CORI/SORI form.
  • Current CPR Certification (Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider) is required. A certificate of completion must be presented to the health sciences department prior to entry into dental hygiene courses.
  • Students will be taking all program specific coursework at the Fitchburg Campus. Some clinicals will be provided off campus at sites within the region; all students will be expected to complete clinical rotations on and off site.
  • Drug testing may be mandatory at some MWCC clinical instruction sites.
  • Prior to the start of classes, students will be required to pay approximately $2,000 for uniforms and equipment.

CORI/SORI Policy for DHY (See the DHY application packet for more information)

Compliance with licensure laws in the state of Massachusetts requires all dental hygiene applicants to furnish satisfactory proof of “good moral character” (M.G.L. Chapter 112, Sections 74 and 74A). Dental hygiene students will be required to complete a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check and SORI (Sexual Offender Records Information) consistent with current Commonwealth of Massachusetts law M.G.L.C. §§ 178C-178P. Record storage and usage will be in compliance with (M.G.L.C. 275 § 4). It must be understood that a conviction in a court of law may prevent a person’s eligibility from being placed in a clinical agency. This then will not allow successful completion of the Dental Hygiene program. In addition, it will delay and may prohibit eligibility to take the Dental Hygiene Board Licensing Exam.

Please contact the admissions office for more information, to obtain an application, and to attend an information session at 978-630-9110.

Medical Assisting Degree (MAS) (Day only-selective)

All applicants interested in Medical Assisting are encouraged to apply to enter Mount Wachusett Community College in the Medical Office Certificate (MOC) program.  Upon completion of the following courses (with a C+ grade or higher), students are then encouraged to apply to the Medical Assisting Degree (MAS) program:

  • ENG 101           English Composition I
  • MAS 101           Medical Secretarial Procedures
  • MAS 102           Medical Terminology
  • BIO 115              Human Biology
  • MAS 201           Medical Machine Transcription
  • MAS 202           Medical Coding and Billing I
  • MAS 203           Computers in the Healthcare Setting
  • CIS 101             Keyboarding (or successful passage of the Keyboarding Placement Exam)

Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be notified approximately 60 days after the application deadline.

Requirements for Consideration to MAS

CPT requirements:

College Placement Testing required results are subject to change. Please contact the advising center at 978-630-9109 or you may contact the admissions office at 978-630-9110 to attend an information session.

English Proficiency:

Students must have completed ENG101 with a grade of C+ or better. Students whose native language is not English and those who have not completed grades K-12 in the U.S. must demonstrate English proficiency by having completed ENG101 with a grade of C+ or better, have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university, or score 213 on the computerized version or 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Math Proficiency:

Competency may be met with completion of a math course equal to MAT126 or higher (not MAT140) with a grade of C+ or better or through college placement testing.

Science Requirement:

Completion of a four-credit lab science (BIO115 Human Biology is preferred) with a grade of C+ or better completed within the last five years, no more than 5 years from admission.

Applicants must submit the following to the admissions office:

  • A completed MAS admissions application.
  • A certification statement that you have completed high school or received your GED certificate. Those students educated outside of the U.S. must provide official evaluations documenting high school equivalency by an approved agency. Agencies can be found at www.naces.org.
  • Official transcripts of all college-level courses completed. Transfer credits for education completed outside of the U.S. must be evaluated for equivalency by an approved agency. Agencies can be found at www.naces.org.
  • Documentation demonstrating that all minimum requirements for consideration have been met.

Special Program Requirements MAS

Please note that the following information must be received before courses begin:

  • Health examination conducted within the past two years by a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Proof of current immunizations (Annual PPD or chest x-ray within 1 year, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella:  series of 2 or a positive antibody titre, Hepatitis B: series of 3 and a positive antibody titre for Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (Tdap) within 10 years, Chicken Pox: 2 vaccines or a positive antibody titre, Influenza vaccine (in season or if required by the clinical facility) must be provided to the health services office.  Contact the health services office at 978-630-9136 for more information.
  • Liability insurance of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage is required. Students will be covered under the college’s liability insurance policy, which will be billed through student fees.
  • CPR Certification (Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider) is required. A certificate of completion must be presented to the health sciences department prior to entry into MAS courses.
  • All students in selective majors must participate in the Massachusetts Community College Health Insurance Plan or provide accurate information regarding comparable coverage.
  • Completion of CORI/SORI form.
  • Drug testing may be mandatory at some MWCC clinical instruction sites.

CORI/SORI Policy for the MAS Degree

Compliance with licensure laws in the state of Massachusetts requires all Medical Assistant applicants to furnish satisfactory proof of “good moral character” (M.G.L. Chapter 112, Sections 74 and 74A). Students will be required to complete a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check. It must be understood that a conviction in a court of law may prevent them from being placed in a clinical agency. This then will not allow successful completion of the MAS program. In addition, it will delay and may prohibit their eligibility to take their respective state’s MAS licensure examination.

Please contact the admissions office for more information, to obtain an application, and to attend an information session at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.edu.

Nursing Programs (NU, NUE, NUP, and PN) (selective)

MWCC offers four Nursing program options: the Nursing Degree (day and evening), the LPN Bridge program (for current licensed LPNs), and the Practical Nurse Certificate. The college may return completed applications received after the posted deadline without review. Prior to the start of classes, nursing students will be required to pay approximately $300 for uniforms and equipment and attend a mandatory orientation/welcome session.

Nursing Degree–day (NU) and evening (NUE) (selective)

Applicants must be 18 years of age prior to the start of classes. Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be notified of the admissions decision by mail approximately 60 days after the deadline.

Requirements for Consideration to NU or NUE

Successful passage of the TEAS examination is a requirement for admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing and Practical Nursing Certificate programs. MWCC has set the following standards on TEAS scores for admission to improve the success of students in completing the program and obtaining licensure and certification.

Version 4.0 (for scores within three years of program term)


Program
Composite Score Math Science English Reading
ADN/LPN Bridge n/a 50% 55% 70% 75%
Practical Nursing 60% n/a n/a n/a n/a

Program
Composite Score Math Science English Reading
ADN/LPN Bridge n/a 53.3% 43.8% 56.7% 59.5%
Practical Nursing n/a 50% 35.4% 53.3% 54.8%

MWCC strongly recommends that applicants complete program prerequisite courses especially English Composition I, Math, and a four-credit lab science before taking the TEAS Test to enhance their knowledge base. TEAS results are only valid for a three year period. The registration fee is $50 which is nonrefundable/not transferable.  Students are allowed to take the TEAS test twice in one calendar year. The TEAS test may be repeated after 30 days. Students must re-take the entire exam as part of a retest. No exceptions will be allowed. To retest the applicant is required to complete a registration form and pay the full fee.

Students must register for the TEAS online at www.atitesting.com. Policies regarding canceling and rescheduling are determined by ATI. A student must cancel or reschedule 48 hours prior to the testing session.

College Placement Testing requirements:

CPT required results are subject to change. Please contact the advising center 978-630-9109 or you may contact the admissions office 978-630-9110 to attend an information session.

English Proficiency:

Students are strongly urged to have completed ENG101, with a grade of C+ or better, at the time of application.

Students whose native language is not English and those who have not completed grades K-12 in the U.S. must demonstrate English proficiency by having completed ENG101 with a grade of C+ or better, have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university, or score 213 on the computerized version or 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Math Proficiency:

Competency may be met with completion of a math course equal to MAT126 or higher (not MAT140) with a grade of C+ or better or through college placement testing.

Science Requirement:

Completion of a four-credit lab science (BIO115 Human Biology or BIO199 Anatomy and Physiology I are preferred) with a grade of C+ or better within the last five years, no more than 5 years from admission. High school courses may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

LPN Bridge Option (NUP) (selective)

Applicants must have a current license as a practical nurse in good standing. with one year of work experience and must meet all the same requirements as those of the Nursing Degree. In addition, applicants must have completed BIO199 with a C+ or better, ENG101, and PSY105.

Students are strongly urged to have also completed BIO204, BIO205 (with grades of C+ or better), ENG102, PSY110, and SOC103 at the time of application. Further details are outlined in the program application which is available at www.mwcc.edu or through the admissions office.

Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be notified of the admissions decision by mail approximately 60 days after the deadline. The college may return completed applications received after the posted deadline without review.

Practical Nursing Certificate (PN) (selective)

Applicants must be 18 years of age prior to the start of classes.

Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be notified of the admissions decision by mail approximately 60 days after the deadline. The college may return completed applications received after the posted deadline without review.

Requirements for Consideration to PN

College Placement Testing requirements:

CPT required results are subject to change. Please contact the advising center at 978-630-9109 or you may contact the admissions office at 978- 630-9110 to attend an information session.

English Proficiency:

Students are strongly urged to have completed ENG101, with a grade of C+ or better, at the time of application.

Students whose native language is not English and those who have not completed grades K-12 in the U.S. must demonstrate English proficiency by having completed ENG101 with a grade of C+ or better, have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university, or score 213 on the computerized version or 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Math Proficiency:

Competency may be met with completion of a math course equal to MAT126 or higher (not MAT140) with a grade of C+ or better or through college placement testing.

Applicants must submit the following to the admissions office:

  • A completed PN admissions application (available through the admissions office or by visiting www.mwcc.edu).
  • An official transcript from your high school or official copy of GED scores and/or GED certificate (documents must be received directly from high school or testing facility). Education completed outside of the U.S. must be officially translated/evaluated for high school equivalency by an approved agency. Agencies can be found at www.naces.org.
  • Official transcripts of all college-level courses completed. Transfer credits for education completed outside of the U.S. must be evaluated for equivalency by an approved agency. Agencies can be found at www.naces.org.
  • Documentation demonstrating that all minimum requirements for consideration have been met.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable.

Special Program Requirements for NU, NUE, and PN

Please note that the following information must be received before courses begin:

  • Health examination conducted within the past two years by a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Proof of current immunizations (Annual PPD or chest x/ray within 1 year, Measles, Mumps and Rubella: series of 2 or a positive antibody titres, Hepatitis B: series of 3 and a positive antibody titre for Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (Tdap) within 10 years, Chicken Pox: 2 vaccines or a positive antibody titre, Influenza vaccine (in season), or if required by the clinical facility) must be provided to the health services office. Contact the health services office at 978-630-9136, for more information. 
  • Liability Insurance of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage is required.  Students will be covered under the college’s liability insurance policy, which will be billed through student fees.
  • CPR Certification (Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider) is required. A certificate of completion must be presented to the health sciences department prior to entry into nursing courses.
  • All nursing students must participate in the Massachusetts Community College Health Insurance Plan or provide accurate information regarding comparable coverage.
  • Completion of CORI/SORI form.
  • Drug testing may be mandatory at some MWCC clinical instruction sites.

CORI/SORI Policy for Nursing Programs  (See the Nursing application packet for more information)

Compliance with licensure laws in the state of Massachusetts requires all NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN applicants to furnish satisfactory proof of “good moral character” (M.G.L. Chapter 112, Sections 74 and 74A). Nursing students will be required to complete a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check. It must be understood that a conviction in a court of law may prevent them from being placed in a clinical agency. This then will not allow successful completion of the Nursing program. In addition, it will delay and may prohibit their eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN.

Individuals requiring CORI checks must also have Sexual Offender Records Information (SORI) checks completed as well, consistent with current Commonwealth of Massachusetts law MGLC 178-C-178P. Record storage and usage will be in compliance with college procedures depending on the result of a CORI or SORI check, as person’s eligibility in the nursing programs may be affected.

Applicants for initial Massachusetts nurses licensure must report both felonies and misdemeanors convictions, and disciplinary action to the Board of Registration in Nursing for its evaluation of the applicant’s compliance with the Good Moral Character requirement at GL, c.112, 22.74 and 74A. For details, refer to the Good Moral Character Information Sheet at www.mass.gov.

In regard to all Nursing programs, please contact the admissions office for more information, to obtain an application, and to attend an information session at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.edu.

Physical Therapist Assistant Degree (PTA)  (Day only-selective)

Gardner Campus program begins in even numbered years. Devens Campus program begins in odd numbered years.

Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be notified approximately 60 days after the deadline for application.

Requirements for Consideration to PTA

College Placement Testing requirements:

CPT required results are subject to change. Please contact the advising center at 978-630-9109 or you may contact the admissions office at 978-630-9110 to attend an information session.

English Proficiency:

Students must have completed ENG101 with a grade of C+ or better.

Students whose native language is not English and those who have not completed grades K-12 in the U.S. must demonstrate English proficiency by having completed ENG101 with a grade of C+ or better, have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university, or score 213 on the computerized version or 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Math Proficiency:

Competency may be met with completion of a math course equal to MAT126 or higher (not MAT140) with a grade of C+ or better or through college placement testing.

Science Requirement:

Completion of a four-credit lab science (BIO115 Human Biology or BIO199 Anatomy and Physiology I are preferred) with a grade of C+ or better completed within the last five years, no more than 5 years from admission.

Applicants must submit the following to the admissions office:

  • A completed PTA admissions application (Available through the admissions office or by visiting www.mwcc.edu)
  • A certification statement that you have completed high school or received your GED certificate. Those students educated outside of the U.S. must provide official evaluations documenting high school equivalency by an approved agency. Agencies can be found at www.naces.org.
  • Official transcripts of all college-level courses completed. Transfer credits for education completed outside of the U.S. must be evaluated for equivalency by an approved agency. Agencies can be found at www.naces.org.
  • Documentation demonstrating that all minimum requirements for consideration have been met.

Special Program Requirements PTA

Please note that the following information must be received before courses begin:

  • Health examination conducted within the past two years by a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Proof of current immunizations (Annual PPD or chest x/ray within 1 year, Measles, Mumps and Rubella: series of 2 or a positive antibody titres, Hepatitis B: series of 3 and a positive antibody titre for Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (Tdap) within 10 years, Chicken Pox: 2 vaccines or a positive antibody titre, Influenza vaccine (in season), or if required by the clinical facility) must be provided to the health services office. Contact the health services office at 978-630-9136, for more information. 
  •   Liability insurance of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage is required. Students will be covered under the college’s liability insurance policy, which will be billed through student fees.
  • CPR Certification (Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider) is required. A certificate of completion must be presented to the health sciences department prior to entry into PTA courses.
  • All students in selective majors must participate in the Massachusetts Community College Health Insurance Plan or provide accurate information regarding comparable coverage.
  • Completion of CORI/SORI form.
  • Drug testing may be mandatory at some MWCC clinical instruction sites.

Matriculating PTA students are allowed to readmit to retake a PTA core course (courses with PTA prefix) one time only. In the event that the course is not passed with a 77 percent or better on the second attempt, the student will be withdrawn from the PTA program without the opportunity for readmission at a later date.

CORI/SORI Policy for the PTA Degree (See the PTA application packet for more information)

Compliance with licensure laws in the state of Massachusetts requires all Physical Therapist Assistant Degree applicants to furnish satisfactory proof of “good moral character” (M.G.L. Chapter 112, Sections 74 and 74A). Students will be required to complete a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check. It must be understood that a conviction in a court of law may prevent them from being placed in a clinical agency. This then will not allow successful completion of the PTA programs. In addition, it will delay and may prohibit their eligibility to take their respective state’s PTA licensure examination.

Please contact the admissions office for more information, to obtain an application, and to attend an information session at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.edu.

CORI/SORI (Criminal/Sexual Offender Records Information) Policies

In order for a student to be eligible to participate in an academic community or clinical program that involves potential unsupervised, contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly, the student may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible to participate in such activities. The college is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Criminal History Systems Board, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records the college shall refer to regulations issued by the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services, 101 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 15.00-15.16, as guidance when assessing student CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.For more information regarding the college’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the vice president of student services.