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Program Requirements

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for admission into the non-degreed or degreed programs, you must meet the general College admissions requirements, in addition to the requirements for your specific program. The enrollment process is considered complete when all requirements, as identified in the general and program specific admissions criteria have been met.  

Vocational Nurse Program Admissions Requirements:

Students must also meet the following program criteria below to be considered for admission to the vocational nurse program. Please note that meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission. Admissions selection is based on 30 seats with 3 alternate positions.
  1. Be at least 17 years of age.
  2. Proof of graduation from an accredited high school in the United States by official transcript of original diploma; or have received their GED from an accredited testing organization or have had foreign transcripts evaluated and state on the evaluation that “United States High School requirements have been met.”
  3. Earn a passing score on the admissions test.
    1. Candidates must meet the minimum required reading, math and language scores: 

      Test No.

      Reading Score

      Math Comp Score

      Math Applied Score

      Language Score

      Total Score

      1

      617

      610

      576

      602

      604

      2

      628

      599

      588

      604

      609


       

  4. Interview with Program Director or assigned designee.
  5. Attend the mandatory two week Pre-Nursing Requisite Course. The Pre-Nursing course will provide academic and personal success strategies through structured course work, workshops and presentations, as well as study skills, test taking strategies, and use of electronic library. Applicants will build their knowledge base and strengthen their academic foundation in math, medical terminology, critical thinking skills, and anatomy and physiology. The Pre-Nursing Requisite course is a mandated requirement of the program. Applicants must pass the course with a 75% to be eligible to start the vocational nurse program. 
  6. Clearances on criminal background check and drug screen, completed after the start of the program. Students are required to have background screening for felonies, misdemeanors, fraud and abuse, sexual crimes and social security number verification. All students must have a valid social security number.  If an applicant does not pass the background check or drug screen, they may not be eligible to continue in the program. Successful completion of a background check does not guarantee licensure or employment after graduation. Details regarding these clearances will be provided during program orientation. Students who have questions or concerns about the background check and/or drug screening are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss these concerns with the program director.
  7. A basic physical exam and immunizations is required (PPD Skin Test, MMR, T-dap, Influenza, Varicella, and Hepatitis B). As part of the tuition costs, students are provided an on campus  lab draw/analysis and physical by the College’s appointed physician.
  8. If any student has been diagnosed and documented with a disability, notification must be given during the admissions process. The department is willing to meet any reasonable request for accommodation. However, the responsibility remains with the student to provide relevant and recent written documentation from a licensed physician, that such a disability exists, as well as all recommendations by the physician for helping the student.
  9. Students may be given transfer credit for related previous education completed in the five years prior to enrollment. Such education includes nursing courses, psychiatric technician courses, and certified nurse assistant courses. Refer to the section “Credit for Previous Education and Training” in the College Catalog.
  10. In compliance with the American Disability Act, students admitted to the nursing programs must be, with reasonable accommodations, physically and mentally capable of performing the essential functions of the program in the classroom, skills lab, and clinical setting. The essential functions listed below are not intended as a complete listing, but a sample of the types of abilities needed by the nursing student, in order to meet the program objectives and requirements.
    • Reasonable accommodation will be provided to the student, unless the accommodation still limits the student’s ability to meet the objectives or the competencies of the program, and is not consistent with employment standards or meets the minimum competencies outlined by the Board of Vocational Nursing. The nursing department grants accommodations in the classroom setting, but these same accommodations cannot be given in the clinical performance setting. Every nursing course is comprised of both a theory and a clinical portion. Each student must meet the objectives/competencies of both these facets of the required courses in the program.

Vocational Nurse Essential Functions

Physical Demands:

·         Possess the ability for extremely heavy effort

·         (Lift/carry 50 lbs. or more).

·         Perform prolonged, extensive, or considerable

·         Standing/walking, lifting, positioning, pushing, and/or transferring patients.

·         Perform considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, and crouching.

·         Possess the ability to perform fine motor movements with hands and fingers.

 

Sensory Demands:

·         Distance vision: ability to see clearly 20 feet or

·         more*

·         Near vision: ability to see clearly 20 inches or less*

·         Depth perception: ability to judge distance and

·         space relationships*

·         Color vision: ability to distinguish and identify colors.

·         Hearing: able to recognize a full range of tones*

·         *may be corrected with adaptive devices

 

Cognitive Demands:

·         Transfer knowledge from one situation to another.

·         Process information.

·         Problem solve.

·         Prioritize tasks.

·         Utilize long and short-term memory.

·         Identify cause and effect relationships.

·         Sequence information.

Mental Demands:

·         Ability to function in a busy environment with shifting and evolving priorities.

·         Subject to varying and unpredictable situations.

·         Occasional pressure, due to multiple calls and inquiries.

·         Subject to many interruptions.

·         Handles emergency or crisis situation(s).

·         Ability to continuously communicate verbally and mentally.

·         Stable emotional makeup required in fast-paced environments with frequent interruptions.

 

Working Conditions:

·         May be exposed to infectious and contagious diseases, without prior notification.

·         Regularly exposed to the risk of blood borne diseases.

·         Exposed to hazardous agents, body fluids, and wastes.

·         Exposed to odorous chemicals and specimens.

·         Subject to hazards of flammable, explosive gases.

·         Subject to burns and cuts.

·         Contact with patients having different religious,

culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation,

·         psychological, and physical disabilities, and under a

wide variety of circumstances.

·         Handle emergency or crisis situations.

·         Subject to many interruptions.

·         Requires judgment/action sufficient to prevent harm, injury, or death of a patient.

·         Exposed to products containing latex.

The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, allows vocational nursing programs to accept alternate students into the program (10% over the allowed enrollment). Students chosen for alternate status will be informed of their standing by the first day of class (excluding orientation). Permanent status is determined from a compilation of the student’s admissions test scores, personal interview, previous education or work experience, and written assessment. Those students not initially qualifying for permanent status and assigned alternate status may remain in the program until the beginning of clinical rotation. If a permanent status student is terminated or falls below the required SAP prior to the beginning of the clinical rotation, the alternate student, based on alternate number, will be assigned permanent status.

Magnetic Resonance (MR)

  1. Successfully complete an online orientation which assesses the students’ abilities and prepares the student for successful learning and navigation in online education.

  2. Write and submit admissions essay prior to residential orientation. Questions provided by admissions department.

  3. Sign a statement that the candidate can meet the Standards and Functions of the MRI Technologist, which is necessary to function within the MRI environment.
  4. Panel interview with Program Director and other assigned Imaging personnel.
  5. Clearance on consumer background report –completed after the start of the program; however, if the criminal background report required for clinical placement discloses violations, even if expunged, the finding may prevent the student from being placed in a clinical externship and the student may be terminated from the program.
  6. Meet the essential functions of a MRI Technologist student and MRI Technologist –completed after the start of the program; however if a student is or becomes unable to meet the functions during the program and prevents that student from being placed in a clinical externship, the student may be terminated from the program. Successfully complete an online orientation which assesses the students’ abilities and prepares the student for successful learning and navigation in online education. 
     
The MRI Program requires the commitment of an enthusiastic and dedicated student.  It also takes a student willing and dedicated to study and learning, and one who comes into the program with either a background in the health care field and/or one with a good understanding of what the health care field and this program of consists of. Because of the programs need to obtain the student that meets all of our criteria and demonstrates the commitment, we will over enroll by 20% and will choose the final student roster by the end of the first week of class. The final student roster will be determined by the Program Director and will be based on the entire admissions criteria and the student’s commitment shown during the first week of class.
Students not chosen for the final roster are eligible to enroll in the next class without paying an additional application fee. The waiver of the application fee is good only for the next enrolling class. 
 

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound) 

Programmatic requirements are: 
  1. Successfully complete Introduction to Learning (IOL) which assesses the students’ abilities and prepares the student for successful learning and navigation in online education.
  2. Write and submit admissions entrance essay - format and questions provided by your admissions representative.
  3. Field Research: Two options are available to meet this criteria –
    • Method 1:  Visit a DMS site and interview a technologist.  State the site you visit.  Questions asked should allow you to obtain the following information at minimum. 
      • Registry held (ARDMS/ARRT) held by technologist
      • Professional experience and specialty (Abdomen/ OBGYN, etc.)
      • What are their technical duties in imaging and reporting
      • Most satisfying part of their job.
      • Biggest challenge they felt  in achieving their goal of becoming a technologist (schooling/ registry exams)
      • Anything else, you would like to learn about the career.
      • Submit a summary of the questions asked and what you have learned about your future career.  Also include, what you feel you will be able to offer the imaging community professionally?
         
    • Method 2:  Perform online research of what it means to be a DMS Technologist including their daily job requirements and duties.  Please include the following information in your submittal.
      • Education requirements needed to become a technologist.
      • How do you become registered as a professional technologist?
      • What different registry/specialty can one obtain?  Which do you see yourself doing?
      • Research an abdominal sonographic study of an organ of your choice (liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, or gallbladder).  Only need one organ. www.sonoworld.com may be a great resource.
      • Provide an image
      • Give brief outcome/summary of the study
      • Submit a summary of your research and what you have learned about your future career.  Also include, what you feel you will be able to offer the imaging community professionally?
  4. Sign a statement that the candidate can meet the Standards and Functions of the DMS Technologist, which is necessary to function within the Sonography environment.
  5. Panel interview with Program Director and other assigned Imaging personnel.
  6. Clearance on consumer background report –completed after the start of the program; however, if the criminal background report required discloses violations, even if expunged, the finding may prevent the student from being placed in a clinical externship and the student may be terminated from the program.
  7. Meet the essential functions of a DMS Technologist student and DMS Technologist –completed after the start of the program; however if a student is or becomes unable to meet the functions during the program and prevents that student from being placed in a clinical externship, the student may be terminated from the program. 

The DMS Program requires the commitment of an enthusiastic and dedicated student.  It also takes a student willing and dedicated to study and learning, and one who comes into the program with either a background in the health care field and/or one with a good understanding of what the health care field and this program of consists of. Because of the programs need to obtain the student that meets all of our criteria and demonstrates the commitment, we will over enroll by 20% and will choose the final student roster by the end of the first week of class. The final student roster will be determined by the Program Director and will be based on the entire admissions criteria and the student’s commitment shown during the first week of class.

Students not chosen for the final roster are eligible to enroll in the next class without paying an additional application fee. The waiver of the application fee is good only for the next enrolling class. 

Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA)

The PTA Program is selective and candidates for admission are ranked according to an objective admission formula that ensures fairness and equitability.  The demand for a seat in the physical therapist assistant program is highly competitive.
The students ranking the highest at the completion of the admissions process are admitted to each cohort.  The number of admitted students varies according to accreditation rules in place at the time of admission. Two qualified alternates may be identified and offered a seat if it becomes available in the first week.   If a seat does not become available, the first and second alternates will be guaranteed a seat in the next cohort if they wish to enter the Program at that time.  In the case of a tie score, the applicant with the earliest date of submission of a completed portfolio will be offered the seat.  
Procedure

 

TOEFL Section

Minimum Score

Reading

Listening

Writing

Speaking

21

18

24

26

  1. Prospective candidates for the PTA Program meet a College Admissions Representative to learn about and tour the College.  All PTA Program applicants must first meet all of the requirements for admission to Casa Loma College, including successfully passing the College entrance examination and the English Proficiency requirement for applicants who are not native English speakers (A native language is a language that is acquired naturally during childhood and is usually spoken at home, as opposed to a language that is learned later in life, such as part of a person’s formal education) is not English must submit an acceptable score on the TOEFL-iBT. The current minimum TOEFL-iBT score requirement is: 
  2. PTA Program applicants must then submit a portfolio to the Admissions Representative by a specified date.  The contents of the portfolio must include:
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons unrelated to the applicant.
    • Two (2) signed and sealed Prospective Student Observation Forms which together demonstrate forty-eight (48) hours of observation.  The student must demonstrate having observed two different types of clinical settings (e.g., one acute care hospital and one outpatient clinic, or one neurologic rehab center and one children's health center, etc.). 
    • Signed Essential Functions form.
    • Copies of transcripts from high school and any post-secondary educational experiences
    • Personal statement, an essay that tells the college about the prospective student, no more than three (3) typed double-spaced pages
  3. Applicants will then meet with a Financial Aid Advisor to discuss and get an estimate of their financial obligations and available financial assistance resources.  
  4. PTA Program candidates who have submitted a completed portfolio are then scheduled by the Program Director for a personal interview with the Program Admissions Panel.  An interview will not be scheduled without a completed portfolio having been submitted.   Interviews will be held on a date to be announced.
  5. Final selection of the Program class and alternates is made following the interviews. 
  6. Selected candidates return to the College to sign an agreement enrolling them in the College and admitting them to the PTA Program. 
  7. Admitted students are then enrolled in a 2 week online class to introduce them to the College and the skills and competencies the will need to succeed in online classes
Mandatory orientation meetings are held on campus for all accepted PTA Program students (including alternates) on Monday and Tuesday approximately 1-2 weeks before the scheduled start of the Program.  At this time, students will receive and review the PTA Student Handbook, sign New Student Forms in preparation for the first day of class, and receive CPR and other training.  Any admitted student who does not attend the entire orientation will lose his or her seat to the next alternate.