I am pleased that you found our College and hope that you plan to explore the possibility of a career in healthcare. Health professions are among the fastest growing occupations, and Wiregrass offers several degree, diploma, and technical certificate health profession programs. I am positive you will find the right program for you.
To continue or start the conversation about your future in a health profession, please contact The ARC: An Advising and Retention Center for Students to make an appointment to meet with one of our health science advisors. Some programs require a competitive admission process, while others have minimum requirements that must be met prior to entrance into the program. Our health science advisors can help guide you through this process. Also, this information can be found on the program web pages.
We have highly qualified and experienced health science faculty who are active in our service area. This continuing partnership allows us to offer the most current information for students and to provide quality hands-on training at medical facilities in the area.
I am proud of our students, our faculty and staff, and the contributions they all make to the vitality of our service area. I wish you the best of luck in your academic endeavors!
Stevan Van Hook
Dean of Health Sciences
Health Science Policies
Students enrolled in many of the health science programs at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College are required to complete drug screening and national criminal background checks as directed by the clinical sites. Students are responsible for all fees associated with the drug and alcohol screening and criminal background reports. The drug screen and background fees are attached to an occupational course and are charged to the student as part of tuition and fees. The cost is approximately $100.00 and may change without notice. Information on the procedures to order background and drug screens will be provided to students after the 4th day of class.
Students enrolled in health science programs where a clinical site has required drug screens must have the following screening: 10-panel + Oxycodone + Ethanol. A positive drug screen report may prevent the student from participating in clinical rotations and a grade of W (Withdrawal) or F will be assigned to the course.
Students enrolled in health science programs where a clinical site has required a national criminal background check must have this completed prior to the beginning of clinical rotations. An unsatisfactory national criminal background check may prohibit the student’s participation in clinical rotations.
Each clinical site affiliated with the College has the right to refuse student clinical privileges at their facility based on the results of the criminal background check. The inability to resolve denials could prevent the student from participating in clinical rotations and a grade of W (Withdrawal) or F will be assigned to the course. If the student is unable to attend clinical rotations, he/she will be unable to complete the clinical competencies of the course and will not be eligible to continue in the program.
Acceptance in a clinical rotation does not guarantee the student will be eligible to work in field or test for licensure within that field.
A more thorough policy will be provided upon entering a formal program.
Should the student’s clinical rotation be denied by available clinical sites, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College recommends that the student withdraw from the program of study or the student will receive a grade of F for the course.
Any student with a criminal background including a felony or misdemeanor may be delayed or denied taking their certification/licensure examination.
Any student with a criminal background, who is granted the privileges to perform clinical rotations, completes the allied health program, and successfully passes the certification/licensure examination may not be able to gain employment at a healthcare facility. Employment is at the discretion of the hiring facility.
All applicants must complete these designated sections: Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge and Grammar, Anatomy & Physiology, Learning Profile & Personality Style, and Critical Thinking. Applicants are encouraged to complete an Anatomy and Physiology (or equivalent) course prior to taking the examination. Also, a study guide is available through Elsevier.
Each program utilizes the results of the HESI A2 exam in a way which best meets the needs of the specific program. Please consult with your Academic Advisor, Program Faculty, or the Allied Health Advising Packet for program specific information.
HESI exam scores must meet the following guidelines by application deadline. Applicants have three (3) attempts to complete the HESI A2 Exam within a 2 year (24-month) time frame, with the highest score used for program selection. The scores are valid for two (2) years post examination date. Scores must be valid at the application deadline.
Applicants need to contact Wiregrass Testing Center for cost information and to schedule the HESI Admission Assessment Exam.
The HESI A2 Exam must be completed at Wiregrass and prior to the application deadline. HESI scores are NOT rounded.