Bedford County Technical Center
Bedford Area School District (PA)
Everett Area School District (PA)
Allegany College of Maryland
It is the intent of all parties noted above to establish an articulation agreement to guarantee admission, under specified conditions, to students from the Bedford County Technical Center (BCTC) who have completed the BCTC Tech Prep Health Care Assistant program. This guaranteed admission applies to the following ACM health programs:
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Laboratory Technology
- Nursing - Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Radiologic Technology
- Respiratory Therapist
It is further the intent of all parties that students who complete the BCTC Tech Prep Health Care Assistant program should make the transition to one of the above noted ACM health programs with the best possible opportunity to succeed in their chosen field of study.
Based on years of experience with the skills and characteristics needed to succeed in these health fields, ACM believes the following will facilitate the students' movement from the secondary program to the postsecondary program, and at the same time maximize students' chances for success. Toward this end the faculty and staff of all institutions have agreed to the following conditions.
ELEMENT #1 (high school course requirements)
- BCTC students must complete with a cumulative average of "B" or better
- either one (1) unit of chemistry and one (1) unit of biology or two (2) units of applied biochemistry I and II;
- one half unit of microbiology and one half unit of anatomy and physiology.
- If BCTC students have less than a cumulative average of "B" in the required science courses noted above, an ACT score of 21 (minimum) in science and 21 (minimum) in mathematics may be substituted for the grades. January is the last time to take the ACT and still make the deadline noted below.
ELEMENT #2 (application procedures)
In addition to the requirements noted in Element #1 above, students must complete the following. (a) Students must complete the BCTC Tech Prep Health Care Assistant program with a final average of "B" or better. (b) Students must have the written recommendation of the BCTC teacher in their respective health program. (c) High school senior students must successfully complete all components of the ACM placement evaluation. These components include English, reading, science, and mathematics. To allow students ample opportunity to improve in these basic skill areas, the placement evaluation can be given the junior year in high school and repeated if necessary in the senior year. (d) Students must notify the ACM Assistant to the Director of Nursing of their intent to pursue guaranteed admission in any of the above noted ACM health career programs by the first working day in January that the College is open. (e) Students must meet all admission criteria and have their application on file with the college by the first working day of March.
ELEMENT #3 (program selection)
When applying for guaranteed admission, students must list minimum of (3) health career programs of interest by ranking them in order of preference. The number of students admitted in this manner by ACM is limited to the following:
- Medical Assistant - 3 students
- Medical Laboratory Technology - 3 students
- Nursing (RN and LPN) -2 students
- Occupational Therapy Assistant - 3 students
- Physical Therapist Assistant - 3 students
- Radiologic Technology - 3 students
- Respiratory Therapist - 3 students
In the event there are more qualified applicants for any given program then available designated spaces, the following procedures will be implemented. Qualified applicants will be ranked using their GPA in the designated science courses. Should there be a tie with the science GPA, the earliest date of application will be used as the determining factor. Applicants will be admitted to their health program of choice on a space available basis with their first preference receiving the highest priority. Once a health program is filled, consideration will be given to student's second and third choices.
ELEMENT #4 (ACM program specific requirements)
- Students applying for admission to the ACM Medical Assistant (MA) program will be classified as "Pre-MA" students for their freshman year (first and second semesters) they are enrolled at the College. All MA students are so classified, as students are admitted to the program at the end of their freshman year. Students pursuing guaranteed admissions under the terms of this agreement must make a "C" or better in all Medical Assistant and Office Technologies courses required in the freshman year.
- Students applying for admission to the ACM Respiratory Therapist program will be classified as "Pre-Respiratory Therapist" students the first semester (fall) they are enrolled at the College. All Respiratory Therapist students are so classified the first semester, as students are admitted to the program in the second (spring) semester. Students pursuing guaranteed admission under the terms of this agreement must make a "C" or better in all science and Respiratory Therapist courses in the first (fall) semester.
- Students applying for admission to the ACM Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program will be classified as "Pre-PTA" students for their freshman year (first and second semesters) they are enrolled at the College. All PTA students are so classified, as students are admitted to the program at the end of their freshman year. Students pursuing guaranteed admissions under the terms of this agreement must make a "B" or better in all science courses required in the freshman year, make a "C" or better in all other required phase I coursework, hold a minimum of a 3.6 cumulative GPA in the required coursework, complete an application essay, and successfully complete both volunteer hours and an interview with a score of 70% or higher.
- Students applying for admission to the ACM Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program will be classified as "Pre-OTA" students for their freshman year (first and second semesters) they are enrolled at the College. All OTA students are so classified, as students are admitted to the program at the end of their freshman year. Students pursuing guaranteed admissions under the terms of this agreement must successfully complete all General Education courses (Phase I) with a grade of "C" or better; have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all Phase I courses; complete 32 hours of volunteer work with a licensed Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant; complete an admissions essay; and successfully complete a professional interview with a score of 70% or better.
- The Radiologic Technology programs begin in the summer immediately after high school graduation, and students must be prepared to begin their college studies at that time.
- Students selected to the Nursing Program must complete Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II with a grade of C before beginning the clinical nursing sequence.
- Students selecting the Nursing program should be aware that guaranteed admission applies to Cumberland campus only.