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Entrance and License Exams Overview

ACC's health science programs all have different requirements for admission. Some are open admissions, while others are competitive and have wait times. In addition, some have entrance exams that all students must take before entering the program. And upon exiting their programs, almost all health science students have to take some sort of licensing exam. The following table outlines entrance and license exams for ACC health science programs which you may get questions about. Links connect to relevant catalog items. Don't forget to also look in:

 

Department Entrance Exam License Exam
Dental Hygiene 

TEAS, Allied Health Version

(note, TEAS study guides and exams can be found in Learning Express Library Plus in the Career Center Plus area)

National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE)
Diagnostic Medical Imaging - Radiology No entrance exam American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
Emergency Medical Services Professions

Two tracks:

EMT - Basic (no entrance exam)

EMT - Advance & Paramedic

(no exam but must be a registered EMT or in the EMT program currently)

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)

EMT-Basic

EMT-Advanced

Paramedic

Health Information Technology No entrance exam

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) (most common)

Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) - advanced, but some of our students might consider it for the future

Medical Laboratory Technology (including Phlebotomy) No entrance exam America Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification
Medical Laboratory Technician
Phlebotomy
Nursing  (RN) -- both Association Degree and BSN

(See also Vocational Nursing below)

HESI Admission Assessment

(Practice tests in Learning Express Library Plus under the Career Center Plus area claim that they can help prepare for the HESI Admission Assessment)

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) National Council Licensure Examination:  NCLEX - RN
Occupational Therapy Assistant

TEAS, Allied Health Version

(note, TEAS study guides and exams can be found in Learning Express Library Plus in the Career Center Plus area)
 

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy - Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (NBCOT - COTA)
Pharmacy Technician No entrance exam

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)  Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) 

Physical Therapist Assistant

TEAS, Allied Health Version

(note, TEAS study guides and exams can be found in Learning Express Library Plus in the Career Center Plus area)

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE)
Radiology

TEAS, Allied Health Version

(note, TEAS study guides and exams can be found in Learning Express Library Plus in the Career Center Plus area)

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists  (ARRT) Exam
Sonography

TEAS, Allied Health Version

(note, TEAS study guides and exams can be found in Learning Express Library Plus in the Career Center Plus area)

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) awards the following credentials through examination:

Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)

Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)

Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)

Surgical Technologist

TEAS, Allied Health Version

(note, TEAS study guides and exams can be found in Learning Express Library Plus in the Career Center Plus area)

National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam
Veterinary Technician   American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)

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