Allied Health Programs - "Pre" Category
Selective admission programs (see below in parentheses) have clinical phases of coursework that must be completed to earn a degree or certificate. The courses in the clinical phases are open only to those students who have completed the selective admission process and are admitted to the clinical phase.
In some cases, where class sizes permit, eligible students are admitted directly to the clinical phase upon completion of requirements for admission to the College.
The majority of students interested in allied health programs, however, spend one or more semesters or terms taking preparatory courses to become eligible for admission to the clinical phase of the program of their choice.
All Respiratory Therapy students must spend at least one semester taking preparatory courses. Physical Therapist Assistant students must complete all 28 general education credits before attempting the clinical phase of the program.
Students interested in a selective admission program who are not admitted to the clinical phase are enrolled in a "pre" phase of the designated program such as "Pre-Dental Hygiene" or "Pre-Nursing." This permits the student to take general education courses (such as English 101), developmental courses, and other courses recommended to prepare for the clinical phase of the program of their choice.
Students in a "pre" phase who meet the minimum requirements for admission to the clinical phase of the program of their choice are admitted as space is available, often competing for limited spaces on the basis of grades or test scores.
(Selective admissions programs are Culinary Arts, Dental Hygiene, Human Service Associate, Massage Therapist, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology and Respiratory Therapist.)
Some programs at Allegany College of Maryland are open admission programs and are non-competitive. Others require certain prerequisites and are competitive. Please consult the College catalog curriculum description of the department.