*The Therapeutic Massage program is currently suspended. Information will be made
available at the CCRI Health and Rehabilitative Sciences website as this program is
updated and revised.
**The Health Care Interpreter certificate is currently under review and not accepting new students. Information will be made available at the CCRI Health and Rehabilitative Sciences website as this program is updated and revised.
The following general policies apply to ALL Health Sciences programs. Requirements specific to a particular program are listed on the program page.
Each program has developed technical standards to assist interested applicants and continuing students to understand the tasks that a person working in that job would typically be expected to perform. These standards provide a sense of the physical requirements, psychomotor skills and affective behaviors associated with a particular occupation. Standards are listed with each individual program. These are available on the department websites.
For most programs, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA while in the program. Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Therapeutic Massage students must achieve a grade of 75 percent in each course required by the program. Dental Hygiene students must achieve a grade of 75 percent in each didactic course required by the program. Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant and Opticianry students must maintain a 75 percent passing grade in each major course and maintain a 2.5 GPA to progress. Students who do not maintain the expected level of academic progress will be dismissed from the program.
Program faculty reserve the right to require withdrawal of any student from the program or to refuse reinstatement based on the student’s academic, clinical, or professional performance.
Students in the health programs with a documented need for reasonable accommodation are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services for Students as early as possible. This will help ensure that reasonable accommodations are provided in a timely manner. An accommodation letter is required each semester.
Official high school or GED® transcript is a component of the Health Sciences application process. Anyone with a degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution may have this requirement waived following submission of the official college transcript. See individual programs.
Health Sciences programs have a competitive application process and many have limited application windows. Students who want to earn Health Sciences degrees or certificates must first declare a General Studies major and take required classes. Once all admissions requirements are met, students can start the performance-based Health Sciences application process. Emergency Management/Homeland Security and Fire Science/Emergency Medical Technician are the only programs exempt from this performance-based application. Please visit the CCRI Health Sciences website for admission guidelines.
Applicants with previous education or experience who wish to discuss advanced standing or challenge specific courses should contact the department chair or program director for information.
Students are required to have a criminal background check in compliance with requirements of clinical agencies. Persons convicted of a crime, as defined by applicable state or federal law, cannot be offered admission to Health Sciences programs until they have served their sentence, and their criminal background check shows no evidence of criminal activity for at least seven years following the completion of their sentence, probation and/or parole. For more information, program department chair contacts can be found at the CCRI Health Sciences website.
All CCRI Health Sciences students must have current CPR certification, American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS), obtained through an AHA-recognized community training center. This course is also available at CCRI (HEAL 0200). Students must provide proof of AHA CPR certification to the department as part of health record documentation per program policies.
Students are required to obtain health insurance. Health insurance is not provided by the college or clinical agencies. Students are responsible for their own health care expenses.
Students accepted into Health Sciences programs must submit complete health records to begin the clinical/technical courses. The health record requires a physical exam and specific documentation showing vaccination and immunity. See program policies for more detail on when health records are due. Students without complete health records, including titers, will not be allowed to start clinical rotations/field placements.
All students enrolled in CCRI Health Sciences programs are required to take the Hepatitis B series of three vaccinations, unless there are medical or religious reasons against it. Contact the department chair of your program for more information. Applicants are encouraged to begin the Hepatitis B series as soon as possible, and provide documentation of vaccinations as they are given, and show follow-up titers prior to entrance into one of the Health Sciences programs.
Individuals who disclose the presence of blood-borne infectious disease will be shown the same consideration as non-infected individuals and will be offered reasonable accommodations. Information regarding the health status of an individual is considered confidential and protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
For more information about occupational titles, refer to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles at the Dictionary Of Occupational Titles website.
Selected Health Sciences programs may have advanced placement options for eligible applicants. Additional documents may be required for verification and eligibility. Applicants deemed eligible enter a program with a specific cohort. If you are eligible for an advanced level course you will be notified to register. Space availability is not automatic because of clinical/class space constraints.
Reinstatement in CCRI Health Sciences programs is not automatic. Priority is given to students in good academic standing at the time of withdrawal. Students wishing to be readmitted must meet the following criteria.
Students are responsible for transportation to all clinical/technical experiences both on and off campus.
Students are responsible for purchasing necessary equipment and/or uniforms, if applicable.
Students are responsible for completion of ALL program requirements to be eligible for graduation. This includes general education and specialty course requirements.
*Emergency Management/Homeland Security students are exempt from CPR certification and health-record requirements.