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Catalog and Student Handbook 2008-2009 [Archived Catalog]

Admission to the College


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Columbia State Community College offers many different opportunities for education. All individuals are encouraged to attend as either credit or non-credit students.

In order to be admitted as a credit student, individuals must meet the requirements of admission to the category in which they are applying. These requirements differ depending on the type of admission chosen. The requirements reflect the academic background and/or basic academic competencies required to succeed in the various courses and programs.

Some specialized programs have specific admission requirements in addition to the College’s general admission requirements. Acceptance to the College does not constitute admission to these programs (see “Programs with Special Admission Requirements”).

Individuals wishing to take non-credit courses do not need to apply for admission but may enroll directly through the Center for Economic and Community Development (see “General Requirements for Admission to Non-Credit Courses”).

Admission application forms and services are available in the Student Information Center on the Columbia campus or at the administrative offices at all of the College’s campus locations.

All U.S. citizens and non-citizens 18 through 25 years of age residing in the United States must register with Selective Service prior to registering for classes at the College. This does not apply to those exempt by federal law including females, non-immigrant aliens on student, visitor, tourist or diplomatic visas, and active duty military. Contact the Admissions office for a detailed listing of Selective Service exemptions.

Effective May 1, 1999, proof of immunization with two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccines administered on or after the first birthday is required for full-time students, defined as students taking 12 hours or more of academic credits, at all universities and colleges with an enrollment greater than two hundred students. Certain students are exempt from this requirement. Contact the Admissions office for a current list of exemptions.

By state law (Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-5001), immunizations are not required if they “conflict with the parents’ or guardians’ (or individuals over 18) religious tenets and practices, affirmed under penalties of perjury.” A Certificate of Immunization form, completed and signed by a licensed doctor of medicine or osteopathy, or an official copy of a State Health Department or military immunization record, must be returned to the Admissions office. Students who do not provide the properly completed certificate prior to registration for their second semester will not be allowed to register until acceptable documentation is on file.

The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee mandates that each public or private postsecondary institution in the state provide information concerning Hepatitis B infection to all first-time entering students. Tennessee law requires that such students complete a waiver form provided by the College that includes detailed information about the disease. All entering first-time students must complete this waiver form before they will be allowed to enroll in classes.

General Requirements for Admission to Credit Studies

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The Admissions office is the unit responsible for administering admission policies of Columbia State Community College. The Admissions office coordinates both general and program-specific admission policies.

First-Time Applicants

To ensure adequate time for processing applications, the applicant should submit an application for admission and satisfactory scholastic credentials by the priority processing application deadline in each semester course schedule for the semester in which enrollment is planned. The applicant must include a list of all educational institutions attended beginning with high school. In general, admission to the College in credit studies is granted to qualified applicants only after all required documents are received by the Admissions office.

Former Columbia State Students

Students who have previously taken credit courses at Columbia State and who return to the College after being absent for one semester (excluding summer) must file an application for readmission with the Admissions office.

Students who have attended other institutions of higher education since last attending Columbia State must have all of these institutions send official transcripts to the Admissions office.

Admission Requirements for Specific Credit Classifications

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Undergraduate Degree Students

Students who have selected a program of study and are pursuing a degree or certificate are classified as undergraduate degree students. This classification includes beginning freshmen, transfer students, and former Columbia State students.

Freshmen, Beginning Students are students who enroll in college for the first time and are working toward an undergraduate degree or certificate.

  1. High School Graduates must meet the academic assessment requirements and submit the following:
    1. a completed application for admission. Applicants are required to submit a one-time nonrefundable fee of $10 with their initial application for admission.
    2. an official transcript reflecting graduation from high school. The high school must forward the transcript directly to the Admissions office. Tennessee public high school graduates’ transcripts must include a notation indicating the student passed any required state proficiency examinations. The transcript of a home school student should be an official copy from an affiliated organization as defined by state law (T.C.A. 49-50-801). Transcripts from independent home school students must be accompanied by certification of registration with the superintendent of the local education agency, which the student would otherwise attend. Students unable to provide a satisfactory secondary school credential may substitute acceptable GED scores.
    3. ACT or SAT test scores (required of those under 21 years of age and others seeking admission to selected programs). These scores are used only for advancement and placement.
  2. Non-High School Graduates (students who have not graduated from high school) must comply with academic assessment requirements and must:
    1. be at least 18 years old.
    2. submit a completed application for admission. Applicants are required to submit a one-time nonrefundable fee of $10 with their initial application for admission.
    3. submit an official transcript of scores for the General Education Development (GED) test indicating a composite score of at least 450. Certified copies must be forwarded directly to the Admissions office at Columbia State from the issuing agency.
    4. submit ACT or SAT scores (required of those under 21 years of age and others seeking admission to selected programs). These scores are used only for advancement and placement.

Transfer Students are students that have been previously enrolled in an institution of higher education other than Columbia State. Transfer students must be eligible to reenter the school from which they are transferring and have a grade point average equal to that required for retention at Columbia State (see “Retention Standards” on the Academic Information page). Students who do not meet the required grade point average may be admitted as a transfer student on probation.

After application is made to Columbia State and all supporting documentation is received, transfer credit evaluations are conducted (see “Acquiring Credit” on the Academic Information page).

All transfer students must:

  1. submit a completed application for admission. Applicants are required to submit a one-time nonrefundable fee of $10 with their initial application for admission.
  2. submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education. Certified copies must be forwarded directly to the Admissions office at Columbia State from the issuing institution. Transcripts carried by the student may be used for advising and course selection but are not acceptable for full admission and transfer of credit.
  3. submit an official high school transcript showing graduation or official GED scores with a composite score of 450 or higher, if less than 60 semester credits have been transferred, or when deemed necessary for placement.
  4. undergo assessment and placement if the student does not meet a stated course prerequisite or basic academic competencies.
  5. students with ACT or SAT scores that are dated within three years of the first class day of the semester for which the student plans to enroll may choose to submit such scores for use in assessment of academic placement.

Non-Degree Students

Students who enter the College for professional development and personal enrichment and are not presently pursuing a degree are classified as non-degree students. This classification includes audit, undergraduate special students, adult special students, transient students, and high school students.

Non-degree students are required to undergo assessment and placement if they do not meet a stated course prerequisite or basic academic competencies.

Non-degree students cannot become candidates for a degree or certificate until they have changed their classification to undergraduate degree student. High school students admitted as non-degree students who wish to continue at Columbia State after graduation from high school must reapply for admission and be formally admitted to the College as degree students.

Non-degree students who have previously taken credit courses at Columbia State and who return to the College after being absent for one semester (excluding summer) must file an application for readmission and submit any required documentation.

Audit Students are students who wish to audit (sit in) a credit course without earning credit. Students who wish to audit a course(s) must obtain approval of the director of records and registration. Approval is granted on an individual class basis according to available space and is limited to unrestricted classes. Students are required to complete an application for admission. Applicants are required to submit a one-time nonrefundable fee of $10 with their initial application for admission.

Prior to the last day to add a class a student may change from audit to credit; however, all admission requirements must be met. Credit students wishing to change to audit in lieu of dropping a course may do so by following the proper change of registration procedures.

Undergraduate Special Students are students who have graduated from high school or who have earned a GED equivalency with a composite score of at least 450 but do not wish to be admitted as undergraduate degree students. Students are required to complete an application for admission. Applicants are required to submit a one-time nonrefundable fee of $10 with their initial application for admission.

Students who have not attended an institution of higher education must submit an official high school transcript or GED scores.

Students who have attended an institution of higher education must submit an official transcript from the last institution attended.

Undergraduate special students are not eligible for financial assistance. Additionally, undergraduate special students are not eligible for English or mathematics courses or for courses that have English or mathematics prerequisites unless appropriate test scores or prior college coursework is presented and evaluated.

Adult Special Students are students at least 21 years of age who have not graduated from high school, or who have not earned a GED equivalency with a composite score of at least 450 and who do not wish to be admitted as undergraduate degree students.

Adult special students must present realistic academic goals for the attainment of particular skills or knowledge through selected courses and:

  1. schedule an interview with the assistant director of admissions or the director of the off-campus center/site where the student plans to attend.
  2. submit a completed application for admission. Applicants are required to submit a one-time nonrefundable fee of $10 with their initial application for admission.

Transient Students* are degree students enrolled in good standing at another college or university who wish to attend Columbia State for one specific semester and transfer the work back to the parent institution. A student who has been accepted at a college or university but is to begin enrollment at a later semester may also qualify as a transient student.

An application for admission and a transcript from the parent institution must be submitted to the Admissions office to ensure that a transient student has the required background (prerequisites) and is eligible to enroll in a course or courses. Applicants are required to submit a one-time nonrefundable fee of $10 with their initial application for admission.

*Limitations: This classification may be used for only one semester unless special permission is given by the director of admissions and financial aid.

High School Students

High school students may be eligible to enroll in college courses as non-degree students while completing high school. They may take classes as approved by their high school and for which they meet the prerequisites as defined in the Columbia State catalog (see the “Course Descriptions” link.)

Courses will not be expected to count toward the student’s high school diploma unless the student has made prior arrangement with the high school and/or local board of education. Eligible students may take classes at any of Columbia State’s locations.

Upon graduation from high school, students must reapply and be readmitted to the College.

High School Juniors and Seniors - To be eligible for college courses, students must:

  1. have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0.
  2. have an ACT Reading score of 19 (or SAT composite of 900).
  3. if wishing to enroll in math courses, math-related science courses, English or speech courses, meet ACT/SAT requirements as follows:
    College Subject   ACT   SAT
    Math & related Sciences   19 + math   460 + math
    English/Speech   19 + English   460 + verbal

     

  4. submit a Dual Enrollment application complete with signatures of consent from the parent/guardian and high school principal/guidance counselor. Applicants are required to submit a one-time nonrefundable fee of $10 with their initial application for admission.
  5. submit an official high school transcript.
  6. submit ACT/SAT scores (students who do not have an ACT 19 Reading score or an SAT 900 composite may be eligible for certain courses if their GPA is at least 3.2).

To continue in dual enrollment, students must maintain a 2.0 college GPA. Students who do not have an ACT 19 Reading score or an SAT 900 composite may be eligible for certain courses if their GPA is at least 3.2. Students admitted under this guideline must submit an ACT Reading score of at least 19 or SAT composite score of at least 900 before they will be allowed to continue for a second semester.

Other High School Students - High school students in grades 9 through 12 who are academically talented/gifted may qualify under Chapter 395 of the Public Acts of 1983 as follows:

“Academically talented/gifted students enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 in public or private schools in Tennessee may with the recommendation and approval of the high school principal and appropriate higher education institution personnel, enroll in and receive regular college degree credit from a Tennessee postsecondary institution if such a student has a grade point average equivalent to 3.2 on a 4.0 maximum basis and if such placement is a part of the student’s planned Individual Education Program (IEP) as established by the multi-disciplinary team process.”

Academically talented/gifted students must submit the following:

  1. completed application for admission. Applicants are required to submit a one-time nonrefundable fee of $10 with their initial application for admission.
  2. signed letter of consent from student’s parent/guardian.
  3. official high school transcript.
  4. signed letter of recommendation/consent from the high school’s principal which includes verification that coursework with Columbia State is required in the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP).

International Students

Columbia State is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students on “F-1” student visas. Students must submit the following before admission will be considered:

  1. completed application for admission. Applicants are required to submit a one-time nonrefundable fee of $10 with their initial application for admission.
  2. official copies of academic records from secondary schools, colleges, or universities accompanied by notarized or certified English translation of these documents. Minimum admission requires completion of the secondary school. A syllabus for each class to be considered for course substitution should accompany college transcripts.
  3. all applicants whose native language is not English must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or its equivalent directly from the testing agency. Scores more than two years old are not acceptable. The minimum score of 500 is required on the TOEFL or 173 on the computer based TOEFL. Additional institutional placement assessment may be required of all international students.
  4. financial support to show financial capability of first year fees of at least $21,181. All tuition/fee amounts and expenses are estimates. Amounts typically increase each year. Expenses do no include tuition/fees for the optional summer term. Transportation to/from the College is not included. Additional funds are required for spouse and or dependents.
  5. tuberculosis immunization certification from a licensed physician or other qualified medical authority; must be certified 30 days prior to registering. Failure to submit such certification shall result in denial of further enrollment or admission. In the event that a student either has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be conditioned upon the determination by a licensed physician that further enrollment does not present a risk to others and upon the student’s compliance with any prescribed medical treatment.
  6. proof of two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
  7. complete and sign a waiver form provided by the College that includes detailed information about Hepatitis B infection.
  8. documentation substantiating official status with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (Passport, Visa, I-20s, I-94, etc.).

Additional requirements for admission include:

  1. as a condition of admission and continued enrollment, students must purchase health insurance through the TBR’s Student/Scholar Health and Accident Insurance Plan.
  2. students must become familiar with the regulations of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service and assume responsibility for complying with these regulations. Documents are due to the Admissions office by November 15 for the spring semester or July 15 for the fall semester.

Permanent Residents - International students who are permanent residents must submit a copy of the front and back of their permanent resident card and meet all applicable admission requirements stated for classification as undergraduate degree students or non-degree students.

General Requirements for Admission to Non-Credit Courses

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Individuals register for non-credit courses through the Center for Economic and Community Development. For more information, call (931) 540-2660. Admission to the College is not required. Admission is required, however, if a non-credit student wants to enroll in a credit course (see “Admission Requirements”). The Center for Economic and Community Development awards continuing education units to participants of qualifying non-credit courses.

Policy and Procedures for Mandatory Placement of Students

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All students seeking credit must meet mandatory assessment and placement requirements prior to registering for courses with placement requirements.

Students scoring 19 or above on the ACT reading (SAT 900 composite) with ACT English and mathematics subscores of 19 or above (SAT, 460 verbal, 460 math) are eligible to pursue college-level credit courses. Students that do not have scores sufficient to place into college-level courses will be placed into developmental studies courses accordingly. For placement purposes, ACT or SAT scores must be dated within three years prior to the first day of the first semester of enrollment.

Transfer students who have credit in college-level math have met math and reading placement requirements. Transfer students who have credit in college-level English have met English and reading placement requirements. Transfer credit in other subject areas also meets reading placement requirements.

Students who do not have appropriate scores are required to take either the ACT, SAT or COMPASS test.

Students will be allowed only one opportunity to challenge scores on the placement tests used by Columbia State for purposes of placement into college-level classes. Students may challenge the scores by taking a Columbia State administered placement test (currently the computer-generated COMPASS exam or, as needed, the pencil and paper version ASSET). The challenge exam cannot be completed on the same day as the initial placement testing. Fees for challenging placement are the responsibility of the student.

Students whose test results indicate no deficiencies in the basic academic competencies are permitted to enroll in college-level courses. Students will not be permitted to enroll in any course which has a stated prerequisite of one of the basic academic competencies until they have successfully completed the appropriate developmental studies course(s).

Additional Admissions Requirements for Transfer Programs (A.A., A.S.)

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Tennessee Board of Regents and University of Tennessee Admission Standards

Students admitted to community college transfer programs who do not have the required high school units and who graduated from high school spring 1989 or later or received the GED spring 1989 or later must take courses to remove these deficiencies prior to graduating from a Tennessee Board of Regents university. General education courses taken to complete a transfer degree program at Columbia State will remove all high school deficiencies except foreign language. Foreign languages courses taken at Columbia State will remove any foreign language deficiencies.

English   4 units
Mathematics    
       Algebra I and II   2 units
       Geometry or other advanced math course with Geometry as a major component   1 unit
or    
       Integrated Math Sequence (I, II, III)   3 units
Natural/Physical Science   2 units
       One unit must be a laboratory course in biology, chemistry or physics.    
Social Studies   1 unit
U.S. History   1 unit
Foreign Language   2 units
in the same language    
Visual/Performing Arts   1 unit

Programs with Special Admission Requirements

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Health Science Programs

The following health science programs require admission to the program after being admitted to the College:

  1. Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic
  2. Nursing
  3. Radiologic Technology
  4. Respiratory Care
  5. Veterinary Technology

There is a deadline by which applicants must submit their applications to the appropriate health science program director. The deadline dates for each program are listed in the catalog section describing that program.

Students interested in gaining admission to a health science program should follow the procedures listed below:

  1. Apply for admission to the College (see “Admission” link).
  2. Apply for admission to the specific program as outlined by the specific program admission procedures in the catalog section describing that program.

After the student has completed all college and program admission requirements, the student’s application will be reviewed by the program’s admissions committee. The program director will notify all students in writing concerning the disposition of their application. Class size is limited by space availability. Acceptance is not automatic and continuation after admission is not guaranteed. Student progress is continually evaluated. (See the continuation policy in the catalog description of each health science program.)

Students enrolled in these programs are required to participate in clinical experiences at various hospitals, clinics, laboratories, professional offices and/or other types of facilities. Transportation to and from these clinical experiences is the sole responsibility of the student. Columbia State does not assume liability for personal injury or property damage incurred while en route to and from these facilities.

Students in Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Care programs must have malpractice insurance. Students will be assessed malpractice insurance fees at the time of registration. The program director will provide information about such coverage.

Students may also be required to carry personal health insurance while enrolled in health science programs.

Criminal background checks and routine drug screens are required by several clinical training sites as condition of participation in clinical education. Based on the results of the criminal background check, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This could result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of a specific course and the program. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment. More information is available from your program director.

Health science programs may entail specific physical demands as required by the program’s accrediting agency. For more information regarding these, please contact the appropriate program director.

Commercial Entertainment Program

Commercial Entertainment students must exhibit proficiency in at least one of three areas: dance, drama, or singing. Students must be physically able to participate in all three areas. Admissions requirements are listed with the Commercial Entertainment Certificate Programs.

 

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