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Admissions Procedures
Entrance Requirements
Alternate Enrollment
Ability to Benefit
Transfer/Transient Students
Practical Nursing/Rad Tech Admissions
GVTC Admissions
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GENERAL POLICY

The admissions policy and procedures of the State Board of Technical and Adult Education and Southeastern Technical College assure the citizens of Georgia equal access to the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for them to secure personally satisfying and socially productive employment.  By design and implementation, the policy and procedures governing admission to Southeastern Tech are nondiscriminatory to any eligible applicant regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, academic or economic disadvantage, or disability.

Southeastern Tech is committed to an “open door” admissions policy.  The “open door’ policy means that any qualified applicant able to benefit from our curriculum will be served by the college on a first-applied, first-qualified basis.

Entrance requirements are flexible enough to allow a student opportunity for admission into a specific program.  This can be accomplished when the student demonstrates aptitude and ability for these programs as determined by satisfactory academic performance, placement tests, and other appropriate evaluations, when deemed necessary, to determine general fitness for admission. 

ADMISSION PROCEDURES

1.   Submit a completed application and the $15.00 application fee;

2.   Submit an official copy of your high school *transcript or GED scores to the Admissions Office.  (Transcript request forms are available in the Admissions Office.);

*Transcripts must be from an institution accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission, a regional accreditation agency (SACS, etc.), the Accreditation Commission for Independent Study (ACIS), or the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council (GAPSAC).

3.   Submit an official copy of all postsecondary transcripts to the Admissions Office.  (Transcript request forms are available in the Admissions Office.);

4.   Take the ASSET or Compass placement test.  In lieu of the placement test, official scores on the SAT may be substituted.  For diplomas, 430 verbal and 400 math or ACT scores of 18 English and 16 for math may be submitted.  You may also submit CPE scores of 75-Math,   75-Reading, and 75-English.  For degree programs, SAT scores of 480 verbal and 440 math; ACT scores of 25 verbal and 21 math; or CPE scores of 75-Reading, 75-English, and 79-Math may be used.  These scores may be accepted provided that they are no more than five years old.  Official transcripts from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution documenting successful completion (a grade of “C” or better) in equivalent, program-level English and Math courses may be submitted in lieu of taking the placement test.  Reasonable accommodations are made during testing for those who need them.  (Please notify the Special Needs Specialist to schedule a test date.);

5.   Applicants are processed and the names of applicants are placed on a list of programs on a first-come, first-served priority, except in competitive admission programs.  Because of the increasing demand for technical training, the chances of being accepted in the desired program are better if a student applies early.  Students are notified by mail of their acceptance into a program.

NOTE:  Certain certificate programs do not require a high school diploma, GED, or placement test scores.  Placement tests are not required for special admit (non-diploma/non-credit) students unless recommended by the Admissions Office.  This recommendation will be based on educational data listed on the Application for Admission.  Contact the Admission Office for details. 

 

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Students applying for admission to the college must be 16 years of age or older; the age requirement is higher for most Health Sciences Programs, Cosmetology, and Commercial Truck Driving.

A high school diploma or GED is required as a prerequisite for admission to the following degree, diploma, and certificate programs:

Associate of Applied Science

--Degrees--

       Accounting

       Administrative Office Technology

       C.I.S. Internet Specialist/Web Site Design

       C.I.S. Microcomputer Specialist

       C.I.S. Networking Specialist

       Criminal Justice Technology

       Early Childhood Care and Education

       Electronics Technology

       Management and Supervisory Development

       Marketing Management

       Medical Laboratory Technology

--Diplomas--

       Accounting

       Business Office Technology

       C.I.S. Internet Specialist/Web Site Design

       C.I.S. Microcomputer Specialist

       C.I.S. Networking Specialist

       Criminal Justice Technology

       Early Childhood Care and Education

       Electronics Fundamentals

       Electronics Technology

       Management and Supervisory Development

       Marketing Management

       Medical Assisting

       Paramedic Technology

       Pharmacy Technology

       Practical Nursing

       Radiologic Technology

       Surgical Technology

       Visual Communications

       Welding and Joining Technology

--Technical Certificates of Credit--

       A+ CompTIA Certification

       Air Conditioning Repair Specialist

       Air Conditioning Technician Assistant

       Application Software Specialist

       Basic Electrical Technician

       Basic Electronics

       Certified Customer Service Specialist

       Certified Desktop Support Technician

       Computer Applications Specialist

       Computer Repair Technician

       Computer Forensics and Investigation

       Computer Game Programmer

       Computer Graphic Design Specialist

       Criminal Justice Records Technician

       Emergency Medical Technician, Intermediate

       Fiber Optics/Copper Cabling Technician

       Health Care Assistant:

        HCA—Electrocardiography

        HCA—Medical Coding

        HCA—Medical Transcription

        HCA—Medical Unit Secretary

        HCA—Patient Care Technician

        HCA—Phlebotomy

       Imaging Science Services Assistant

       Internet and Computing Core Certification Prep

       M.C.S.A. Preparation

       M.C.S.E. Certification Preparation

       Management Specialist

       Office Management Assistant

       Pipe Welding Specialist

       Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology

       Residential Wiring Technician

       Small Business Entrepreneur

       Web Design Professional/Web Site Design

        Specialist

       Web Site Maintenance

A high school diploma or GED is not required as a prerequisite for entrance into the following diploma programs; however, prior to graduation from South-eastern Tech, all students must receive either a high school diploma or GED:

       Air Conditioning Technology

       Cosmetology

       Electrical Construction and Maintenance

       Industrial Electrical Technology

A high school diploma or GED is not required for the following certificate programs:

       Certified Nurse Aide

       Commercial Truck Driving

       Shielded Metal ARC Welding

       Wire Welding

HIGH SCHOOL/DUAL ENROLLMENT

The President of Southeastern Tech has the authority to grant a waiver to the admissions requirement as it relates only to possessing a GED or high school diploma for those secondary students who are otherwise eligible to enroll in a program of study that is agreed upon by the secondary school and STC.  Prior to graduation, however, students enrolled in diploma, degree, and specified programs must receive a high school diploma or GED.

NON-ACCREDITED HOME STUDY/CORRESPONDENCE COURSE PROGRAMS

Students completing a secondary program of study that is not accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by the Technical College System of Georgia (see Admission Procedures) may be admitted to a technical college by attaining a GED or through one of the following paths.

A.   Home Study—admission is approved once the following requirements are met:

      1.   Documentation of designated home study

            program activities:

                 A letter from local superintendent’s office showing that the parent’s con-formed to the requirements of Georgia’s Department of Education stating that (a) the parents notified the Superintendent of their intent to home school the child, and (b) the parents submitted the required attendance report to the Superintendent’s office on a monthly basis as required by the regulation;

           Final or exit exam scores from an accredited national testing program;

                 Annual progress reports from the equivalent of the home school student’s junior and senior years written by the student’s primary instructor at his/her home school;

2.       Appropriate placement test cut-off scores (e.g. ASSET, Compass);

3.       Minimum SAT score of 430 verbal/400 math, or ACT score of 18 verbal/16 math for diploma programs; or SAT score of 480 verbal/440 math, or ACT score of 25 verbal and 21 math for degrees.  Students accepted in this manner will not have to obtain a high school diploma/GED prior to graduation from STC.

B.   Students with diplomas from secondary schools located outside the United States may have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency by an approved evaluation agency (see the Admissions Office for details).

 

ABILITY TO BENEFIT PROCEDURE

To receive federal (Title IV) financial aid, a student must be qualified to study at the post-secondary level.  For federal financial aid purposes, a student with a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED) is considered qualified.  A student without a high school diploma/GED can obtain eligibility for federal financial aid by taking, and achieving, required scores on an “Ability-to-Benefit” (ATB) test.  The approved ATB exam administered by Southeastern Technical College is the Asset test, published by American College Testing.  The federal Department of Education guidelines specify the minimum passing scores for ATB exams.  If these scores are not met, and the student does not have a high school diploma/GED, the student is not eligible for the federal Pell grant.  However, if other conditions are met, the student may be eligible for the HOPE grant.  A student must meet the minimum scores in all areas of the exam in order to be considered for federal financial aid.

            Subtest              Asset Passing Scores

        Writing Skills                          35

        Reading Skills                         35

        Numerical Skills                      33

ATB students are not eligible to retake any section of the exam in which a minimum required score was not achieved.

The following programs do not require a high school diploma/GED as a prerequisite for entrance and are eligible for the Pell grant.  However, prior to graduation, a student must receive either a high school diploma or GED:

     Air Conditioning Technology

     Cosmetology

     Electrical Construction and Maintenance

The following program does not require a high school diploma or GED as a prerequisite for entrance and is eligible for the Pell grant.  A student may complete this entire program without receiving a high school diploma or GED:

     Shielded Metal ARC Welding

 

ADMISSION OF TRANSFER STUDENTS

Applicants to Southeastern Tech who have been previously enrolled at a postsecondary institution will be considered for admission under the following policies:

     Applicants who are in good standing at their previous institution may be accepted in good standing; and

     Applicants who are on academic probation at their previous institution will be accepted on academic probation.

Applicants who wish to transfer to Southeastern Tech must meet the entrance requirements and follow the guidelines listed in the “Admission Procedures/Entrance Requirements” section. Other regulations concerning transfer credit are found in “Advanced Placement” in this Admissions section of this Catalog and Handbook.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screenings are not transferable. A student transferring into a program at STC which requires these items must obtain new ones following STC guidelines.

Cosmetology and Practical Nursing

Transfer Students

Applicants to Southeastern Tech who have been previously enrolled at a postsecondary institution and desire entrance into the Cosmetology or Practical Nursing program must meet all admissions requirements of transfer students.  In addition, these applicants must submit a letter of reference from their instructor at the previous institution.  Applicants will then be admitted on a space available basis within the appropriate course sequence.

Radiologic Technology Transfer Students

Applicants to Southeastern Tech who have been previously enrolled at a postsecondary institution and desire entrance into Radiologic Technology/I.S.S.A. program must meet all admissions requirements of transfer students.  In addition, these applicants must submit a letter of reference from the Radiologic Technology program director at the previous institution.  Applicants will be admitted based on the competitive admissions criteria noted under the heading: “Admission of Radiologic Technology Students.”

 

ADMISSION OF TRANSIENT STUDENTS

A student in good standing at another accredited college may be permitted to enroll as a “Transient” student on a space-available basis in order to complete work to be transferred back to the home college.  A transient student’s enrollment in a host college is transacted in writing by the home college concerning recommended courses.

The transient student must:

     Submit an application and the $15.00 application fee to the host college;

     Present a statement from the transient advisor (Registrar, Academic Dean, or Director of Ad-missions) of the parent institution to the same at the host college advising that the student is in good standing and eligible to return to that institution (this is done within the technical college system on an approved form).  Enrollment is usually limited to one quarter; and

     Pay all scheduled fees of the host institution.

This procedure applies for currently enrolled South-eastern Tech students seeking transient status at another post secondary institution.

ADMISSION OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International applicants must meet the same requirements for admission as other students.  In addition, they must meet eligibility requirements for a student visa.  Once official acceptance is granted, a U.S. Department of Justice form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status—For Vocational Students, is presented to the student.

Applicants with high school diplomas from secondary schools located outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an independent evaluation service.  Information regarding this process is available from the Designated School Official (DSO) in the Admissions Office.

International students are required to attend full-time and make satisfactory progress each quarter toward their program objective.  International students may not work, in accordance with immigration regulations.  This provision permits full-time attention to study and successful completion of the student’s educational objective.  The institution is required to notify the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) when international students do not attend full-time, maintain good classroom attendance, make satisfactory progress, or terminate their enrollment.

Southeastern Tech does not provide, supervise, or recommend housing facilities for domestic or inter-national students.  Students must find housing on their own in the community.  All students admitted to Southeastern Tech are required to abide by the rules and regulations of the college, to make satisfactory progress toward their educational objectives, and to remain in good standing.  Guidance and advisement services are available to assist students in academic and related matters.

M-I/F-I visa students must start school in the quarter for which the visa is granted and remain in school during the duration of the visa’s awarded time frame.  Otherwise, the college must notify INS immediately that the student is not in school and therefore “out of status”.  Before withdrawing from any courses, the M-I/F-I student must have the approval of the DSO, since time parameters for program completion are part of the visa approval process.  The DSO will notify INS officials if the student does not show quarterly academic progress or is placed on academic probation, exclusion, or suspension.  According to INS policies, the M-I/F-I student’s visa and passport must remain updated while attending Southeastern Tech.  It is the responsibility of the M-I/F-I student to keep track of the expiration dates of his/her documents.  If the visa or passport is to expire before the completion of the student’s program, he/she must see the DSO in order to complete the appropriate forms for an extension.  The student must meet with the DSO no less than 45 days prior to the expiration date of the document(s) in order to have adequate time to have the document(s) renewed.  Failure to do so could result in the INS denying the request for the student extension, which would then result in the student having to leave the country prior to completion of his/her program.

Foreign students pay four times the tuition required for Georgia residents; this applies to non-immigrant aliens, students with M-I/F-I foreign student visa and foreign residents to include diplomatic, consular, missions, and other non-immigrant personnel.  Foreign immigrants who are permanent residents shall pay the same tuition as citizens of Georgia. 

ADMISSION OF PRACTICAL NURSING STUDENTS

New applicants to the Practical Nursing program at Southeastern Tech enroll in core classes and must meet additional requirements prior to enrollment in the Practical Nursing program-specific courses of the Practical Nursing program as outlined in the following procedure:

1.   Enroll in and complete the following courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher:

           ENG 101     English

           MAT 101    General Math

           PSY 101      Psychology

           SCT 100     Introduction to Computers

           AHS 101     Anatomy and Physiology

           AHS 104     Introduction to Health Care

           AHS 109     Medical Terminology for the Allied Health Sciences;

Note:  GPA of classes transferred in is calculated into GPA for competitive admission purposes only.

2.   Take the required PSB Aptitude for Practical Nursing test. Students must complete at least 3 of the 7 classes listed above prior to taking the PSB. Students are not required but are strongly encouraged to take AHS 101 and AHS 104 prior to scheduling the exam. Students must score at or above the 25th percentile on each of the subtests that make up the exam. If students fail to meet the required scores they may retake it only once;

3.   Once students complete the courses listed in item 1 with the required GPA, and have “passed” the PSB, they are eligible to advance into the clinical portion of the Practical Nursing program. Students are accepted in the fall and spring quarters, and seating is limited. Students are accepted on a first-eligible, first-accepted basis. In the event of more students attaining eligibility during the same quarter than seats available, students with the highest GPA are accepted first. If two or more students have identical GPAs, the PSB test scores will determine who is accepted.

ADMISSION OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS

New applicants to the Radiologic Technology program at Southeastern Tech must complete the Imaging Science Services Assistant certificate program by the end of spring quarter of any year, prior to acceptance into the Radiologic Technology diploma sequence which begins each fall quarter..

At the completion of the certificate, students who have completed all classes in the certificate with a grade of “C” or better, passed the PSB exam with scores at or above the 30th percentile on all sections, and maintained a cumulative 3.0 grade point average are eligible to compete for acceptance into the next available Radiologic Technology class. Students will be ranked by GPA and the slots will be filled working down from the highest GPA. GPA of classes transferred in is calculated into GPA for competitive admission purposes only.  If there is a tie for GPA and more students have a particular GPA than seats available in the class, the next criteria for selection is the Total Academic Aptitude score of the PSB test: the highest scores accepted first. In the event the PSB Total Academic Score fails to break a tie for program placement, the program faculty will conduct interviews with the students.  Program faculty will then decide which student(s) will be placed in the program.  Their decision will be final.

Students who complete the ISSA certificate program and do not enroll in the Radiologic Technology diploma program within two consecutive Fall quarters, must pass both a comprehensive and a clinical skills competency exam with a minimum score of 80% on each exam before being eligible to compete for admission.

ADMISSION OF GVTC STUDENTS

The Georgia Virtual Technical College (GVTC) is a consortium of independent technical colleges providing occupational courses and programs, using a standardized curriculum delivered over the Internet and through local centers.  Its mission is to provide students with a central point of reference for programs offered electronically through its state system of technical colleges.  GVTC provides the central point of contact for the student applying online by providing an online course catalog, an online orientation, answers to questions concerning the online process and facilitation of the online application to the requested college.  GVTC acts as a facilitator rather than a full functioning admissions department; application files, assessment testing, advisement and registration, financial aid, textbook orders, and awarding credentials are managed at the local colleges.  GVTC’s function is to assist the student in locating the course(s) needed and direct the application to the requested college.  The same policies and procedures that apply to the traditional student services apply to the Georgia Virtual Technical College (GVTC) process.  Each application is processed in a nondiscriminatory way for admission to any technical college with the Technical College System of Georgia.  GVTC acts as a facilitator in assisting the colleges’ Student Affairs divisions in processing the online student.

GVTC Admission Procedures

     Complete and submit the online application form to GVTC—www.gvtc.org;

     Print the application, sign it, and mail to STC with a non-refundable $15.00 application fee;

     Submit high school transcript;

     Submit technical school and/or college transcript;

     Submit assessment test scores within the last five (5) years.  These may be ASSET, SAT, ACT or COMPASS.  More information concerning the ASSET placement test can be found at http://www.act.org/asset/, as well as a sample exam;

     For transient students only, present the appropriate transient correspondence to the host school;

     Sixteen (16) years of age or older.

Student’s Responsibilities

     If the student is a transient, it is the student’s responsibility to contact his/her advisor for permission to be a transient student before applying to GVTC;

     It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they have access to a computer that meets the minimum hardware/software requirements to participate in an online course.  Those requirements are listed on the GVTC web site at http://www.gvtc.org/tech.asp;

     It is the student’s responsibility to purchase his/her textbooks or needed supplies.  The course instructor can assist the student;

     A transient student must request that his/her grades be transferred back at the end of the quarter to the home college.

ADMISSION CATEGORIES

Regular Admission

Regular Admission of students to a program is contingent upon their meeting statewide and institutional admissions requirements established for that specific program and upon proper completion of all admissions procedures. 

Provisional Admission

Provisional Admission of students to a program is based on an evaluation of test scores and other admissions data by the Admissions Office and program faculty and upon proper completion of all admissions procedures.

Provisionally admitted students must satisfy development studies requirements and may take certain general and occupational courses as designated in the program specific standards.

Provisional admission of transfer students to a program is contingent upon their meeting applicable licensure and accreditation requirements.

Developmental Studies/Learning Support Admission

Developmental Studies/Learning Support Admission is granted to students who do not meet the regular or provisional admission requirements.  Students classified in this category are eligible to enroll in developmental courses only.

Learning support classes are offered to enable students to meet recommended standards.  Instruction is offered in reading, math, and English thus improving the student’s chances of success upon enrolling in a regular program of study.

NOTE:  Cosmetology students must complete all learning support coursework in order to enroll in any class with a COS prefix.

Special Student Admission

An applicant who desires to take credit courses for personal or professional benefit, but who does not plan to earn a credential, is classified as a Special Student.  The following parameters apply to this classification:

     Classified as non-award seeking when granted special student status by the Admissions Office;

     Must adhere to the specific institutional pre-requisite requirements when selecting courses;

     Credit is received for regular program course-work which is satisfactorily completed;

     Credit may be received for an unlimited number of courses, but only 25 credit hours may be transferred into a specific program for credential-seeking purposes;

     May apply for regular student status but must meet the requirements of the regular student admission process.  This includes the College’s assessment process.  The number of hours taken as a special student in no way waives the requirements of the regular admission process.

NOTE:  A Special Student must achieve regular admission status prior to graduation.

ACCEL

      The ACCEL Program is a program of study allowing public high school students to receive Carnegie unit credit from a public high school and postsecondary credit from Southeastern Tech for the same course.

      Any student enrolled in a Georgia public high school and classified as a junior or senior or who is at least 16 years of age and meets the Joint Enrollment and Southeastern Tech admission requirements, may participate in the ACCEL program.

      The following guidelines govern this program:

     Students must submit an application for admission;

     A student may be accepted under this plan when it has been formally certified to Southeastern Tech by the high school principal or counselor that the student has been approved for the pro-gram;

     For each quarter’s work that the student successfully completes at Southeastern Tech, credits are earned towards high school graduation.  Credit is also earned at Southeastern Tech.  (Five credit hours = 2/3 of a Carnegie unit.);

     Students must meet any prerequisites for any courses in which they wish to enroll.

Students interested in the ACCEL program should consult their high school counselors to determine eligibility.

TECH PREP

Tech Prep is a nationwide career development system which provides a student with an individualized program of study showing the sequential order of academic and career-related course work articulated between the high school and college.  Tech Prep combines the high school course work with a postsecondary degree, diploma, or certificate at the technical college to prepare the student with high level academic knowledge and technical expertise for a technical, professional, or management career.

To attempt to articulate a high school course to the college, students must make a minimum grade of 85 in the secondary course, and must apply and attend the technical college within 18 months of high school graduation.  For more information, see the Tech Prep section of Advanced Placement.

JOINT ENROLLMENT

Students who have met all requirements for high school senior status and for entry into Southeastern Tech may, with the appropriate permissions, pursue a program as full-time students in lieu of attending high school during their senior year.  Senior year students must enroll directly in a regular diploma or certificate program.  With satisfactory progress, these students graduate with their regular high school senior class.  Following graduation from high school, students are expected to continue their program at Southeastern Tech until completion.

Senior year students may participate in sports, clubs, and other high school activities not conflicting with their programs of study at Southeastern Tech.

Students must observe applicable regulations of their high school and all rules and regulations of Southeastern Tech.

SERVICEMEMBERS OPPORTUNITY COLLEGES (SOC)

Because of its efforts to serve the educational needs of servicemembers and their family members,  Southeastern Technical College has been designated a Servicemembers Opportunity College.  As a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, Southeastern Technical College has committed itself fully to support and comply with SOC principles and criteria.  Through this commitment, Southeastern Technical College ensures that:

     Servicemembers and their family members share in the postsecondary educational opportunities available to other citizens;

     Servicemembers and their family members are provided with appropriately accredited educational programs, courses, and services;

     Flexibility of programs and procedures, particularly in admissions, counseling, credit transfer, course articulations, recognition of nontraditional learning experiences, scheduling, course format and residency requirements are provided to enhance access of servicemembers and their family members to undergraduate technical education programs.

ADMISSION OF DISADVANTAGED/DISABLED/LIMITED ENGLISH

PROFICIENCY STUDENTS

Within a framework of personal guidance and evaluation, special services are provided for disadvantaged and/or disabled students and students with limited English proficiency.  These special services include aiding students in setting realistic goals, making reasonable accommodations, providing job orientation and placement, providing assistance in determining the degree and nature of the disability and/or disadvantage, and suggesting community service agencies for additional assistance.  For further information, contact the Special Needs Specialist in the Student Affairs division.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

Students may be eligible for advanced placement through two methods—transfer credit and exemption credit.

Transfer Credit

Southeastern Tech recognizes previous postsecondary course work by accepting credits earned from other regionally or nationally accredited institutions that are applicable to the student’s program of study.  A student who presents credit for evaluation and transfer must be aware that the awarding of credit does not guarantee that institutions subsequently attended by the student will accept those credits.

Credit for courses at an institution accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and TCSG and whose entrance requirements and curriculum are equivalent to or greater than those of STC will be considered for award of transfer credit.  Southeastern Technical College is also a member college of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC).  Credits from colleges and universities are transferred within the SOC network.  Credit may be granted for formal military schools, training and correspondence courses in accordance with the American Council on Education.  SOC credit will not be reflected on the transcript until the applicant is admitted into the program of study.

Due to the rapid changes in technology and technical information, program specific technical courses will be considered for transfer credit in a program only if the course work has been completed within the past five years.  Technical courses that were taken five years prior to admissions to STC will be evaluated for technical currency for course content by the program faculty.  A student desiring consideration of credit for technical courses or experiences that are more than five years old can request transfer by exemption testing.

Transfer credit will be considered without restriction of completion dates for those courses in academic disciplines.  Examples of these courses include, but are not limited to, English, psychology, mathematics, physical sciences, natural sciences, and social sciences.  Likewise, students transferring from another college or university are not required to retake developmental courses they successfully completed, unless they undergo placement testing here which dictates they take developmental courses.

A student may receive credit for courses taken at another postsecondary institution if:

     The course taken is essentially the same equivalent course content as the course taken at South-eastern Tech;

     An official transcript is on file in the student’s admission file from all postsecondary institutions attended; and

     A grade of “C” or higher has been earned for the course to be transferred.

A grade of “TR” will be entered on the permanent record if credit is awarded.  The hours will not be computed in the grade point average or appear on the quarterly grade report.

A student who has attended a previous college and is eligible for transfer of credit for English and math is not required to take the placement exam.  However, if the student for any reason takes the exam and scores a Learning Support class, the student forfeits evaluation of their transcript and the scores on the exam will determine placement.

For competitive admissions programs, grades for credit earned as transfer credit will be evaluated for GPA and calculated into the GPA under consideration for program admission.

Armed Services Credit

Credit may be awarded for education/training experiences in the Armed Services.  Such experiences must be certified by the American Council on Education (identified in the Council’s publication: Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services).  Credit will be given on the basis of individual evaluation.  Credible military experience must closely correspond to course(s) in the Southeastern Tech curriculum in content and competencies.

Foreign Earned Credit

Credit may be awarded based upon an evaluation performed by an independent evaluation service.  Applications are available in the Admissions Office.  The Registrar will make the final decision regarding the award of transfer credit.  Grade points will not be assigned to transfer credit.

Tech Prep

Tech Prep is an option that allows high school students to receive advanced placement or exempt courses by taking articulated classes in high school.  Before the student can gain advanced placement at Southeastern Tech, he/she must take the high school course or courses for which he is seeking advanced placement and obtain an 85 or better average. The student must submit a high school transcript showing the completed courses the student wants to receive credit for. Then the student must take the advanced placement/exemption test or tests at Southeastern Tech.  The student must score 70 or above to receive credit.  Students can receive advanced credit for up to 50% of the program hours of an articulated diploma program.  The local school systems of Montgomery, Tattnall, Toombs, Vidalia and Robert Toombs Christian Academy participate in the Tech Prep program with Southeastern Tech. Contact your high school counselor or our Admissions Office for a list of approved courses that can be taken in high school that are available for exemption at Southeastern Tech under the Tech Prep program.

Institutional Exemption Exam

A student may receive credit for courses by passing an exemption examination only if the student has never attempted the course or made a grade of D or F in an equivalent course at Southeastern Tech or another postsecondary institution.  Students wishing to pursue credit by examination must:

     Be admitted to Southeastern Tech;

     Be able to present evidence which would indicate that the student has the education, training, or work experience similar to that given in a course being challenged;

     Obtain approval from the student’s academic advisor and the instructor responsible for administering the exam;

     Complete the Application for Credit by Exemption Examination form that is available in the Registrar’s Office;

     Pay a fee of $5.00 per credit hour for each course prior to taking the test; and

     Earn a score of at least a “C”.

A grade of “EX” will be entered on the permanent record if the exemption exam is successfully completed.  The hours for the exempted grades will not be computed in the grade point average.  The loss of hours may affect financial aid status and/or eligibility for the President’s List.

Exemption exams may NOT be taken more than once.  If a student takes an exemption exam and does not make the required score, the student is required to take the course.

Students wishing to exempt BUS 101 (Keyboarding) must sign up for the class.  All students in this class are tested and will be moved to the next Keyboarding level (if appropriate).

NOTE:  Academic Affairs determines what courses are available for course exemption. 

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

Should a student receive advance standing through transfer credit or exemption examination, the student must still complete at least 25% of the credit hours of the required curriculum for graduation “in residence” at Southeastern Tech.

DOUBLE MAJORS

Southeastern Tech does not allow a student to enroll in two different programs at the same time.  Our procedure is that a student must complete all degree requirements for one program before applying and being accepted into another program.

CHANGE OF PROGRAM

Students desiring to change programs must complete the appropriate forms by the sixth week of the quarter prior to which the program change is desired and meet all the admissions standards for their new program of study.  If the program to which the student is attempting to transfer has a waiting list, the student will be placed on the list in accordance with the date of application for transfer.  The student will be notified by the Director of Admissions of his/her admission status into the new program.

READMISSION

A student who leaves the College in good standing may apply for readmission as early as the next academic quarter.  This should be done through the Admissions Office.  Students who have been dismissed because of unsatisfactory academic progress may be readmitted after one quarter of absence from the College.

A student suspended for disciplinary reasons may be considered for readmission at the end of the suspension by making an appointment with the Vice President for Student Affairs.

A student must seek readmission to the college, and fulfill all admission and current program of study requirements, in any instance where the student has withdrawn or been withdrawn from the college, or if the student fails to register for classes for a period of two consecutive academic quarters from the date of the last application.

Readmission to a program will be granted on a space-available basis within the appropriate course sequence.  A student will be required to complete the curriculum requirements in place at the time of re-enrollment.

Due to the rapid change in technology, certain courses previously taken at STC may fall under a five-year limitation. 

Readmission to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program

Students dropped from any Medical Laboratory Technology Program course for attendance (i.e., maternity, health related, family illness, personal difficulties), academic reasons or students who have made less than a “C” in a Medical Laboratory Technology course will be allowed to repeat a course(s) one time only. Also, a student may repeat only one quarter within the Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum in which the minimum grade of “C” was not earned.  This policy applies to transfer students the same as for students fully in residence.

Readmission to the program will be granted on a competitive and space-available basis, whereas all criteria apply as described in the section “Admission of Medical Laboratory Technology Students”.  Students will be required to pass both a comprehensive written and a clinical skills competency exam with a minimum score of 75% or better on each exam to be eligible to compete for readmission. Students granted readmission to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program in order to repeat a course(s) must be readmitted to the program within 12 months from the date of their last completed quarter.

Readmission to the Practical Nursing Program

Students dropped from the Practical Nursing program for attendance (i.e. maternity, health related, family illness, personal difficulties), academic reasons or students who have made less than a “C” in a Fundamental or Specific Occupational nursing course will be allowed to repeat a course(s) one time only. Also, a student may repeat only one quarter within the Practical Nursing curriculum in which the minimum grade of “C” was not earned. Readmission to the program will be granted on a space available basis within the appropriate course sequence and will be based on the following criteria:

     Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater in the seven nursing core classes to be placed on the readmission list.

    In the event that there are two or more students who meet the GPA requirement, the students will be asked to submit an essay and/or arrange an interview with nursing faculty.  One or both may be required in order to make a fair and final determination.

For Students to be granted readmission into the Practical Nursing program, the completion time frame from first admission date to completion date will be 24 months, beginning with students readmitted Summer Quarter 2006.

Readmission to the Radiologic Technology Program

Students dropped from any Radiologic Technology program for attendance (i.e., maternity, health related, family illness, personal difficulties), academic reasons or students who have made less than a “C” in a Radiologic Technology course will be allowed to repeat a course(s) one time only. Also, a student may repeat only one quarter within the Radiologic Technology curriculum in which the minimum grade of “C” was not earned.  This policy applies to transfer students the same as for students fully in residence.

Readmission to the program will be granted on a competitive and space-available basis, whereas all criteria apply as described in the section “Admission of Radiologic Technology Students”.  Students will be required to pass both a comprehensive and a clinical skills competency exam with a minimum score of 80% on each exam to be eligible to compete for readmission. Students granted readmission to the Radiologic Technology program in order to repeat a course(s) must be readmitted to the program within 12 months from the date of their last completed quarter.

RULES GOVERNING LEGAL RESIDENCY OF STUDENTS
FOR TUITION PURPOSES

Legal residency in the State of Georgia requires not only recent physical presence in Georgia, but also the element of intent to remain indefinitely.   To be classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes, an individual who is 18 years of age or older must show that he/she has been a legal resident of Georgia for a period of at least 12 months preceding the date of registration.  In the absence of documentation that the individual has established legal residence in Georgia, no emancipated minor or other person 18 years of age or older shall gain in-state status while attending any educational institution in this state.

If a person is less than 18 years of age, he/she may register as an in-state student only upon showing that his/her supporting parent or guardian has been a legal resident of Georgia for a period of at least 12 months immediately preceding the date of registration.  If a parent or legal guardian of a minor changes his/her legal residence in Georgia, a minor student may continue to take courses for a period of 12 consecutive months as an in-state student.  After the 12 month period, the student may continue his/her registration only upon the payment of fees at the out-of-state rate.  In the event that a legal resident of Georgia is appointed as guardian of a non-resident minor, such minor will not be permitted to register as an in-state student until the expiration of one year from the date of court appointment, and then only upon proper showing that such appointment was not made to avoid payment of out-of-state fees.

Aliens shall be classified as non-resident students; however, an alien who is living in this country under an immigration document permitting indefinite or permanent residence shall have the same privilege of qualifying for in-state tuition as a citizen of the United States.

Exceptions

Out-of-state tuition may be waived for exceptions as defined in this policy.  These exceptions may qualify for the HOPE program.  Exceptions include:

     Employees and their children who move to Georgia for employment with a new or expanding industry as defined in Georgia Code 20-4-40;

     Non-resident students who are financially de-pendent upon a parent, parents, or spouse who has been a legal resident of Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of registration; provided, however, that such financial dependence shall have existed for at least 12 consecutive months immediately pre-ceding the date of registration;

     Full-time employees of Georgia’s technical colleges, their spouses, and their dependent children;

     Full-time teachers in the public schools of Georgia or in the University System and their dependent children.  Teachers employed full-time on military bases in Georgia qualify for this waiver;

     Military personnel and their dependents station-ed in Georgia and on active duty;

     Military personnel and their dependents who are legal residents of Georgia, but are stationed outside the state.

These exceptions do not qualify for the HOPE program:

     International students selected by the president or authorized representative, provided, however, that the number of the international students exempted does not exceed 1% of the total enrollment of full-time students;

     Career consular officers and their dependents who are citizens of the foreign nation that their consular office represents, and who are stationed living in Georgia under orders of their respective governments.

This waiver shall apply only to those consular officers whose nations operate on the principle educational reciprocity with the United States.