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Opticianry - Admission Criteria

The Opticianry program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the fall of each year. Applications and supporting documents must be complete and submitted by June 15 of the year in which the student wishes to enroll in the program. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions office about the status of the program. 

PHASE I - To be completed by June 15. The applicant must: 
1. Complete an application (if not currently enrolled). Designate Opticianry as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to the program. 
2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED). 
3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all necessary records are sent to the College Admissions Office. 
4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the most recent academic transcript with ten semester hours completed excluding developmental courses.  
5. Meet the Southwestern Community College placement requirements. This may be met by one of the following: 

a. High school GPA of 2.8 or higher within the past 10 years
b. High school GPA of 2.2-2.79 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after successful completion of ENG 111 and the corresponding corequisite. This is a required corequisite for the program. 
c. High school GPA of below 2.2 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after completion of required transition English and math courses. 
d. High school graduation prior to the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after successful completion of the RISE placement test or the required transition English and math courses. 

6. All students admitted into a health sciences program may be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing each academic year. The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program. 

Applicants who have successfully completed Phase 1 by the appropriate deadlines will be notified by mail if they were accepted into the program. Please ensure that the college has your current address on file. 

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