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2013-14 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Allied Health Sciences



Application Deadlines and Admission Dates for Allied Health

Name of Program Max # of Students Application Deadline
Admissions Credentials Deadline
Notification Term Newly Accepted Class Begins

Dietetic Technician (A.A.S.) 16 *November 1 November 30 December Spring

Laboratory Phlebotomy
Technician (Technical Certificate)
15
15
*July 1
*November 1
July 15
December 1
August
December
Fall
Spring

Medical Laboratory
Technician (A.A.S.)
16
16
*July 1
*November 1  
July 15
December 1
August
December
Fall
Spring

Paramedic (Technical Certificate) Space Avail. *July 1 July 1 August Fall

Pharmacy Technician
(Technical Certificate)
15
15
*July 1
*November 1
July 15
December 1
August
December
Fall
Spring

Physical Therapist Assistant (A.A.S.) 20 *April 1 April 1 May Summer II

Radiologic Technologist (A.A.S.) 25 *April 15 May 15 June Summer II

*Students applying before this deadline will be considered for the class. Specific admissions requirements for each Allied Health and Nursing program are listed on their corresponding pages.

Allied Health Programs Admission and Retention Procedures

Minimum Terms of Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration for admission to an Allied Health program, the applicant must, except as may be provided for by a specific program, meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Be granted degree admission status at Southwest.
  2. Submit an application for admission and all required credentials by the published deadline.
  3. Complete all prerequisite courses specified for the program to which one is applying prior to the beginning of the term for which admission is being sought.
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of no less than 2.0 on any attempted college-level courses.
  5. Complete all prerequisite testing required for the program to which one is applying.
  6. Provide evidence of physical and/or emotional ability to carry out the essential requirements of the program and evidence of freedom from communicable diseases and from drug and alcohol addiction.

Procedures and Criteria of Admission

  1. Admission to Allied Health programs is granted based on criteria established by each specific program.
  2. Students must complete and file an Application for Special Admission to each program for which they wish to be considered.
  3. Application deadlines listed are enforced. Applications received after these dates will be considered only if space is available in the class.
  4. A specific program may have established certain minimum prerequisite requirements that the student must meet in order to be considered for admission.
  5. The Southwest Office of Admissions and Records receives and processes each Special Application for Admission.
  6. The Southwest Office of Admissions and Records calculates the earned Admission Index of each eligible applicant and ranks all applicants accordingly.
  7. The Admission Index is derived by multiplying the earned score on each of the applicable variables by the assigned weight, and then summing the results. The particular variables applicable to each program are listed under each program heading in the following section.
  8. The Admissions Committee of each program reviews and certifies the eligibility of all applicants.
  9. The Admissions Committee of each program shall consider the highest-ranking students up to the maximum number admissible as admitted to the next official class. All other students shall remain as alternates until the published last date to enroll for the term in which the class is scheduled to begin.
  10. The Southwest Office of Admissions and Records shall notify in writing each applicant of his or her admission status.
  11. Each admitted applicant must formally accept admission in writing by the specified date.
  12. If an admitted applicant declines admission or fails to notify the program of acceptance by the designated date, the student’s position in the class will become vacant and offered to the highest ranking alternate.

Eligible applicants who fail to gain admission to a given class may reapply for admission to the next official class. Those who do so will be evaluated and ranked in accordance with the above procedures and without consideration to previous evaluation and ranking. Rank in one admissions process does not establish the right to the same or similar rank in another admissions process.

Appeal of Admission Index and Ranking

If an applicant does not agree with the Admissions Committee’s calculation of his/her admission index or assigned rank, the applicant may request a review by the department head and, subsequently, by the division dean. Such appeals must be made in writing within 15 working days of the date on which the notice of the appellant’s admission status was mailed.

Dismissal Policy

A student dismissed from an Allied Health program for academic reasons may be considered for readmission under the specific program’s readmission policy on a space available basis. Any student receiving a second academic dismissal may not be considered for readmission into the program for two years. Violation of classroom procedures, clinical procedures or personal misconduct will result in disciplinary action and can result in immediate dismissal from the program and the College. Disciplinary actions can result from, but are not limited to, such examples as conduct dangerous to others, disorderly conduct, misuse of or damage to property, misuse of documents or identification cards, or violations of state or federal laws. Procedures for disciplinary action and/or dismissal from Allied Health Sciences programs, and related appeal procedures, are listed in the Student Handbook under the section entitled Student Conduct and Disciplinary Policies. Handbooks are available in the Counseling and Advising Center.

Readmission to Allied Health Program

A student who has incurred academic dismissal from an Allied Health program may be eligible to be considered for readmission. Such students are evaluated and ranked in accordance with the procedure set forth by each specific program and readmission granted on a space available basis. To be eligible for consideration, the student must:

  1. Have been separated from the program at least one (1) full academic year, exclusive of summer term.
  2. Comply with the procedures for regular admission described previously.
  3. Submit an essay demonstrating that the conditions that led to the academic dismissal no longer exist and that he/she is prepared to and capable of making satisfactory progress in the program.

Malpractice Insurance Requirement

All students admitted to an Allied Health program are required to purchase and maintain malpractice insurance while enrolled in the program.

Associate of Applied Science Degree Curricula

Students are required to complete both general education and career-specific courses to qualify for the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Each A.A.S. degree program requires approximately 15 credit hours related to the arts and sciences. Additionally, each degree program requires the completion of designated courses and clinical or practical experiences. See General Education section of this catalog. Please refer to each program’s listing for information related to general education and prerequisite course requirements. Some programs require specific courses from the general education groupings:

General Education Courses for A.A., A.S. Degrees
General Education Courses for A.A.S. Degrees
A.A./A.S. and A.A.S. Degree Requirements for Graduation

Career-Related Course Requirements

Specific career-related course requirements are described for each degree program under the department that sponsors the program. Please refer to those pages for more detailed information.

Background Checks

Affiliates that provide clinical rotation sites may require students to have a criminal background check. Students will be responsible for the costs of such checks and making any arrangements for the background check.

Dietetic Technician

Megan Murphy • (901) 333-5055

This program prepares the student for a clinical or management position as a Dietetic Technician who works as a member of a food service team. The program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation/Dietetic Education (CADE). Program graduates are eligible to take the National Examination to become a Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR). Graduates are employed at mid-management levels in health care and educational facilities, industrial food services, day care centers, community agencies, nursing homes, hospitals, restaurants, school lunch programs, college food services, and other institutional settings.

Admissions Requirements

The five courses listed below must be successfully completed before acceptance into the program. To be eligible for admission to the Dietetic Technician program, an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be granted degree admission status
  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete each of the following required prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C”:
  • Submit the special Application for Admission to Allied Health Sciences to the Admissions Office by November 1.
  • Submit the following information to the Admissions Office by November 30: official transcript(s) of all college work attempted and/or completed at college(s)/university(ies) other than Southwest. All transcripts must be mailed directly to the Admissions Office from the institution releasing the document.
  • Submit the following information to the department prior to November 30: evidence of physical and/or emotional ability to carry out the essentials of the program and evidence of freedom from communicable diseases and drug and alcohol addiction (obtain medical record/physical examination form from the Admissions Office).
  • A background check may be required.

Selection Criteria

The following Admission Index variables are used by the Director of Admissions in ranking applicants so that each will be treated fairly and equally:

College-level GPA x 2
Required prerequisite course GPA x 2

Dismissal Policy

Refer to the policy applicable to all Allied Health Sciences and Nursing programs.

Malpractice Insurance Requirement

All Dietetic Technician students admitted to the program will be required to purchase and maintain malpractice insurance while enrolled in the program.

Background Checks

Students completing clinical rotations in the Dietetic Technician program may be required to have a criminal background check. Students will be responsible for the costs of such checks and making any arrangements for the background check.

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and lab fees, students may have additional costs ranging from $400 to $800 to include uniforms, duty shoes, physical examinations, laboratory tests, immunizations, graduation, certification and licensure fees.

Medical Laboratory Technician
Associate of Applied Science Degree

Amy Cox • (901) 333-5390

The Medical Laboratory Technician is an essential member of the health care team, providing laboratory tests used in the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of disease, and the maintenance of health.

This program is designed to give students both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in a variety of laboratory procedures. Students in the program spend the final six months of the second year rotating through clinical laboratories of area hospitals. During this period, the program calendar will differ from the academic calendar. Students accepted into the program must remain in sequence and complete all courses on schedule.

This Medical Laboratory Technician program is licensed by the State of Tennessee Department of Health Medical Laboratory Board-Facilities Health Related Boards and is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018, (773) 714-8880. Program graduates are eligible to take national certification examinations and make application for Tennessee licensure as medical laboratory technicians. Historically, the MLT graduates of this program pass the examination at a rate of greater than 70%.

The Medical Lab Technician clinical sites: Methodist University Hospital, American Esoteric Hospital, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, Baptist Memorial Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Baptist Women’s Hospital, Methodist Health Care System, and Lifeblood.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, the applicant must have:

  1. Degree admission status at Southwest
  2. Completed the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C”:
    1. A college-level English course
    2. BIOL 1010 , BIOL 1110  or BIOL 2010 
    3. MLT 1110 
  3. Be eligible to enroll in a college-level mathematics course
  4. Successfully completed any science course attempted and required for the degree
  5. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  6. Submitted the following materials to the Admissions Office by the established deadline: July 1 (fall semester admission); or November 1 (spring semester admission):
    1. Application for Special Admission Programs
    2. Official transcript(s) of all college work attempted and/or completed at college(s) or university(ies) other than Southwest (mailed directly from releasing institution)

Advanced Standing Admission

Students who have completed all of the prescribed first year courses except MLT 1110  and/or MLT 1500  may be considered for admission to the program, with advanced standing, depending upon availability of space. Advanced standing applicants must fulfill the regular program admission requirements. Admission is competitive, with preference given to students who exceed the minimum requirements.

Selection Criteria

The MLT Admissions Committee ranks applicants according to the following criteria:

  1. College-level GPA X 2
  2. Required prerequisite course GPA X 2
  3. Admission/Readmission essay X 1

Retention Policy

In order to retain a position in the program, the student must:

  1. Meet the Technical Standards for the Medical Laboratory Technician Program.
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  3. Earn a minimum grade of “C” in all MLT courses required for the degree. Any student who fails to meet this requirement in any of the above courses will be dismissed from the program.
  4. Complete the following courses prior to enrollment in the second year MLT courses:
    1. College-level chemistry: 4 hours prior to enrollment in Medical Biochemistry
    2. Microbiology: 4 hours prior to enrollment in Medical Microbiology
  5. Remain in sequence and on schedule for enrollment in Clinical Assignments I and II and Clinical Seminar.
  6. Submit a medical record/physical examination showing freedom from any communicable disease, drug or alcohol addiction, and evidence of emotional and physical fitness for performing professional duties prior to clinical assignment.
  7. Criminal background checks may be a requirement at some affiliated clinical rotation sites at the student’s expense. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This could result in your inability to successfully complete the program requirements. A criminal background check may preclude licensure, certification, and/or employment. Other licensure and/or certification agencies may require that background checks be submitted using one of their designated vendors, which may differ from the vendor recommended by Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Malpractice Insurance

Students are required to purchase malpractice insurance when registering for initial Clinical Assignment.

Readmission Policy

Students withdrawing from the program or dismissed for academic reasons may be considered for readmission under current admission policy, based on space availability. The Admission Committee will review the student’s transcript to identify courses to be retaken. Due to the rapid change of technology in the field of laboratory medicine, no more than two years may elapse between completion of any MLT second year didactic course and the beginning of the clinical assignment courses. Students desiring readmission must submit a written request to the MLT Program director 30 days prior to the first day of registration for that term.

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and lab fees, students may have additional costs ranging from $400 to $800 to include uniforms, duty shoes, physical examinations, laboratory tests, immunizations, graduation, certification and licensure fees.

Technical Standards for Medical Laboratory Technician and Laboratory Phlebotomy Technician Programs

Technical standards are the essential nonacademic requirements of the program that a student must be able to master to participate successfully in the MLT or LPT programs and become employable. Applicants for these programs must possess the following list of technical abilities and skills. If you are not sure that you will be able to meet these technical standards, please consult with the Program Coordinator of Medical Laboratory Technology for further information and to discuss individual situations.

Any student with special needs who is requesting reasonable accommodations or assistive technology may do so through the Office of Student Disability Services.

  1. Speech: Ability to verbally communicate understandably in English.
  2. Hearing: Ability to understand English when spoken in person or via the telephone.
  3. Vision: Natural or corrected to 20/20, ability to distinguish red, yellow, and blue colors, distinguish clear from cloudy, and distinguish objects in the range of 1 micron through the microscope.
  4. Mobility: Ability to maneuver in the laboratory, around instruments, in confined spaces, and in patient rooms. Movement includes utilizing shoulders, arms, and neck; bending; twisting the body; standing; reaching and grasping overhead, in front of the body, and down.
  5. Fine Motor Control: Ability to manipulate small objects with fingertips or control adaptive devices.
  6. Coordination: Eye/hand and eye/hand/foot coordination.
  7. Reasoning: Ability to deal with abstract and concrete variables, define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret instructions furnished in oral, written, diagrammatic, or schedule form. Ability to deal with problems from standard situations. Ability to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to carry out one- or two-step instructions.
  8. Mathematics: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers and fractions, calculate time, use metric system for measurements, calculate percentages, solve for one variable, set up and solve ratio and proportion problems, interpret simple statistical data.
  9. Reading: Ability to comprehend simple instructions or notations from a log book, ability to comprehend newspapers, manuals, journals, instructions in use and maintenance of equipment, safety rules and procedures and drawings.
  10. Writing: Ability to compose English sentences containing subject, verb, and object; complete notations in a log book, complete job applications, prepare business letters, write reports using prescribed format and conforming to rules of punctuation, spelling, grammar, diction and style.
  11. Perception: Ability to perceive pertinent detail in objects or in pictorial or graphic material; to make visual comparisons and discriminations and see slight differences in shapes and shadings of figures, and widths and lengths of line; to comprehend forms in space and understand relationships of plane and solid objects; the ability to visualize objects of two or three dimensions.
  12. Clerical: Ability to perceive pertinent detail in verbal or tabular material; to observe differences in copy; to proofread words and numbers; and to avoid perceptual errors in arithmetic computation.
  13. Data: Ability to synthesize, coordinate, analyze, compile, compute, copy, and compare data standards for Medical Lab/Phlebotomy Technicians.
  14. Personal Traits: Ability to comprehend and follow instruction; perform simple and repetitive tasks; maintain a work pace appropriate to a given work load; relate to other people beyond giving and receiving instructions; perform complex or varied tasks; make generalizations, evaluations or decisions without immediate supervision; accept and carry out responsibility for directions, control and planning.
  15. Environmental: Ability to work indoors, be around moving machinery; factors: fumes, gases, odors, irritating particles, possible exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, blood and body fluids, noise, radiation or electrical energy, vibration; work in confined spaces, use a computer monitor; work alone, with others, or around others.
  16. Safety Equipment Required to Wear: Safety glasses, face mask/shield, protective clothing, protective gloves.

Physical Therapist Assistant
Associate of Applied Science Degree

Eddy Zeno • (901) 333-5394
Jennifer Stevens • (901) 333-5395

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a health-care professional who works under the supervision of a physical therapist. The PTA works with a variety of patients who have been disabled by illness, accident, or congenital handicap. The duties of a PTA include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs that may involve exercise, manual therapy and hydrotherapy; the use of heat, cold, electricity, or sound; and reporting to the physical therapist on the patient’s responses. As clinicians, PTAs work in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation centers, and for physical therapists in outpatient independent practice settings.

Following graduation, graduates are eligible to sit for the state licensing examination. A criminal background check is required. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Recommendation: Schedule an advising session with a PTA faculty member to learn more about the program.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission to the PTA program, an applicant must meet the minimum requirements listed below. (Note: Meeting requirements does not assure admission to the PTA program.)

  1. Be granted degree admission status at Southwest.
  2. Present an overall GPA of at least 2.5.
  3. Complete each of the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C” prior to the summer term for which the student is seeking admission:

*Applicants must have completed within the previous 5 years, both Anatomy and Physiology I and II. PHYS 2010 Non- Calculus-Based Physics I  may be taken instead of PHYS 1210 Physics for Health Sciences  if the student plans to eventually earn a four-year degree or higher. Transferring Medical Terminology classes from other colleges and universities will be evaluated on an individual basis, based on course descriptions and class outlines.

NOTE: Transferring Medical classes from other colleges and universities will be evaluated on an individual basis, based on course descriptions and class outlines.  If you are requesting a Medical Terminology class be transferred into Southwest for the PTA program, contact the PTA program by November prior to applying for Admission to the program.

  1. Submit the following materials to the Admissions Office by April 1:
    1. The Special Application for Admission to Allied Health Sciences
    2. Admission essay describing reasons for desiring admission to the PTA program and any related experience
    3. Official transcript(s) of all college work attempted and/or completed at college(s) and university(ies) other than Southwest (mailed from releasing institution). Final transcripts of courses in progress during spring semester must be submitted to the Southwest Admissions Office prior to the May meeting of the PTA Admissions Committee.
    4. Clinical Experience Verification forms documenting work or volunteer experience in two physical therapy clinics for at least eight hours at each clinic (16 hours total). Forms are available in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) faculty office.

Selection Criteria

The PTA Admissions Committee meets at the end of the spring semester and ranks each applicant according to his or her Admissions Index, which is derived from the variables listed below. Each variable is multiplied by the assigned weight, and an index obtained by summing the results:

  1. College-level GPA x2
  2. Required prerequisite course GPA x2
  3. Experience in the field of Physical Therapy x1
  4. Admission/readmission essay x1

The first 20 applicants with the highest Admission Indices are selected for admission to the program. Refer to the Admissions and Retention Procedures for Allied Health Sciences and Nursing Programs for more information related to the selection process and calculation of an Admissions Index.

Retention Policy

Students must maintain a minimum grade of “C” in all PTA courses. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program. Students dismissed for academic reasons may be considered for readmission the following year under current policy, based on space availability. The Admission Committee will review the student’s transcript to identify substantially revised courses to be retaken. Students desiring readmission must submit a written application to the Admissions Committee 30 days prior to registration for that term.

Criminal Background Checks

Criminal background checks are required at the student’s expense. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This could result in your inability to successfully complete the program requirements. A criminal background check may preclude licensure, certification, and/or employment. A separate criminal background check is required, at the student’s expense, to apply for initial licensure in Tennessee; applicants will have their fingerprints scanned.

Technical Standards for Students in Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Physical Therapist Assistant students are required to\ accumulate a variety of information. The students are expected to comprehend, apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate the information given. The program must ensure that students are capable of practicing the new accumulation of information. The program must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions.

Students in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Southwest Tennessee Community College must meet the following technical standards. The students also understand that some courses will have additional lab requirements that will be outlined in course syllabi.

Motor Skills

PTA students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other treatment specific procedures. Additionally, PTA students must be able to perform motor movements reasonably required to provide general physical therapy, including the physical strength to stand and ambulate with a walker, cane, or crutches and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. PTA students must also have the physical strength to lift and transfer an adult patient. In addition, in the course PTA 2620 PTA Clinical Arts III , students must be able to: offer heavy manual resistance to classmates during an exercise session; bend, squat and kneel and include a variety of developmental sequence positions, including prone, prone on elbows, quadruped, etc.; engage in a variety of functional activities including rolling from supine<->prone; creeping on hands and knees, lifting oneself into a wheelchair from the floor; rolling out of a wheelchair onto a therapy mat, etc.; lift completely dependent classmates from one place to another using an airlift, NDT, 3 man and 2 man technique; and perform various wheelchair maneuvers including lateral shifts, wheelies and falling backward while sitting in a wheelchair.

Sensory/Observational Skills

PTA students must be able to observe demonstrations and participate in laboratory experiments as required in the curriculum. Such observation necessitates the functional use of vision, hearing and other sensory modalities. Candidates must have visual perception which includes depth and acuity.

Communication Skills

PTA students must be able to communicate English effectively both orally and in written form with faculty, peers, patients, and other allied health personnel. Students must have the ability to complete reading assignments and search and evaluate the literature. Students must be able to complete written assignments and maintain written records. PTA students must also have the ability to use therapeutic communication, such as attending, clarifying, coaching, facilitating, and touching. These skills must be performed in clinical settings, as well as in the classroom and in laboratory environments.

Behavioral/Social Skills and Professionalism

PTA students must possess the emotional well-being required for use of intellectual abilities, exercise of sound judgment, prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the evaluation and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients. Students must be able to adapt to ever-changing environments, display flexibility, and learn to function in stressful situations in the classroom and clinical setting.

Program Costs

In addition to tuition fees and the purchase of books, students may have additional costs ranging from $400 to $800 to include uniforms, physical examinations, laboratory tests, immunizations, and graduation. After graduating, the cost to take the PTA licensure exam will range from $600 to $700.

Radiologic Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree

Thomas Wolfe • (901) 333-5417

The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is to prepare competent, certified radiographers to help meet entry-level needs of employers of the health care community in Southwest’s service area. This program offers an opportunity to develop skills necessary to assure comprehension, application, and evaluation of clinical information; competent clinical proficiency; and acceptable professional behavior in their roles as medical radiographers. Upon completing degree requirements, students may sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite, 900, Chicago, IL 60606-2901, Phone (312) 704-5300.

In support of its mission statement, the program has established the following goals:

  1. Students will be qualified, competent, entry-level radiographers.
  2. Students will apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  3. Students will communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  4. Students will be provided with a learning environment that promotes professional growth and development.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Radiologic Technology Program, candidates must:

  1. Be granted degree admission status at Southwest.
  2. Have achieved an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on all college-level courses completed.
  3. Be at least 18 years of age.
  4. Have completed the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C”:
    1. ENGL 1010 English Composition I 
    2. College-level math course to satisfy General Education degree requirements (MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics , MATH 1630 Finite Mathematics , MATH 1830 Calculus , or MATH 1910 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  are the only acceptable math classes. No substitutions are permitted.)
    3. College-level natural science course to satisfy General Education degree requirements (Refer to the college catalog for the classes that fulfill the requirements in the natural sciences.)
    4. RADT 1010 Introduction to Radiologic Technology 
  5. Submit a score on the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam administered by the Southwest Testing Center.
  6. Submit the Special Application for Admission to Allied Health Sciences programs by April 15.
  7. Submit official transcript(s) of all college work attempted and/or completed at colleges other than Southwest prior to April 15 (mailed from releasing institution).
  8. Applicants must complete all prerequisite requirements and testing by the end of the spring semester prior to the summer semester for which they are applying.

Selection Criteria

The Radiologic Technology Admissions Committee ranks the applicants using the following criteria:

  1. College-level GPA x 2
  2. Prerequisite course GPA x 2
  3. Score on the Health Occupations Aptitude Test divided by 100

Criminal Background Checks

Criminal background checks, to be paid for by the student, are required of all students participating in the Radiologic Technology Program. Estimated cost is $50. Based on the results of these checks affiliated clinical sites may not allow a students’ presence at their facility. The program does not guarantee placement in the clinical setting, therefore this could result in the student’s inability to successfully complete the requirements of this program. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude certification,  licensure or employment.

Retention Policy

Students must attain a minimum grade of “C” in all RADT courses. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.

Readmission Policy

Students withdrawing from the program or dismissed for any reason may be considered for readmission the following year by the program coordinator of Radiologic Technology 30 days prior to the first day of registration for that term.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students from other accredited college-based Radiologic Technology programs will be considered for advanced standing only after evaluation of courses completed at that institution. Space must also be available in the clinical sites.

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and lab fees, students may have additional costs ranging from $400 to $800 to include uniforms, duty shoes, physical examinations, laboratory tests, immunizations,  parking at clinical sites, malpractice insurance, graduation, certification and licensure fees, background checks and basic life support certification.

Technical Standards for Radiologic Technology Program

Students must be able to meet the physical and technical requirements necessary for the course of study in radiologic technology.  An applicant who is considered, in the judgment of the program faculty, to be unable to meet the physical or technical standards of the program must show verification of compliance with the standards in order to be considered for admittance and/or continuation in the program.

The Radiologic Technologist must have sufficient strength, motor coordination, visual acuity and manual dexterity to:

  • Transport, move, lift and transfer patients from a wheelchair or gurney to an x-ray table
  • Move, adjust and manipulate a variety of radiographic equipment, including the movement of mobile radiographic machines throughout the facility
  • Differentiate the color spectrum for color coding of patient files, and assess radiographic images
  • Lift up to fifty pounds
  • Stand and/or walk 6 to 8 hours per day.

The Radiologic Technologist must be emotionally capable of:

  • Handling stressful situations related to technical and procedural standards and patient care situations
  • Providing physical and emotional support to the patient during radiographic procedures
  • Responding to situations requiring first aid and providing emergency care to the patient in the absence of or until the physician arrives
  • Communicating effectively with patients/clients and other members of the health care team using all types of communication methods including verbal, nonverbal, and written techniques
  • Adaption to changing environments and display flexibility when encountering new or unusual situations.

The Radiologic Technologist must have the mental and intellectual capacity to:

  • Read and apply notes, records, textbooks, patient charts and requisitions to perform daily radiologic procedures
  • Observe a patient accurately for patient assessment using the skills of listening, seeing, touching, and smelling
  • Calculate and select proper technical exposure factors according to the individual need of the patient and the requirements of the procedure’s standards of speed and accuracy
  • Review and evaluate the recorded images on the radiographs for the purpose of identifying proper patient positioning, accurate procedural sequencing, proper radiographic exposure and other appropriate and pertinent technical qualities.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
Technical Certificate

Glenn Faught • (901) 333-5414
Approved by the State of Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board

The following course of study is designed to provide the student with the foundation needed for competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). Persons interested in the field of Emergency Medical Services should begin and successfully complete a study of traumatic and medical emergencies in this program. The student will be educated toward the goal of becoming an integral part of the health care team in the overall health care system to reduce mortality and morbidity of the general population. Competency will be obtained by successfully passing in-class examinations, laboratory application, actual clinical experience as well as application and outcome assessment for the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. In order to become licensed in the State of Tennessee the student must successfully complete the Southwest Tennessee Community College Basic Emergency Medical Technology Program, pass an EMT program comprehensive exam, pass the National Registry Exam for EMT and apply for Tennessee Licensure as a Basic Emergency Medical Technician. Current Tennessee Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) licensure or eligibility for licensure is required before entry into the paramedic program. The program is approved by the Emergency Medical Services Board (EMS) Division, Tennessee Department of Health and Environment.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for this course of study are the same as the school’s requirement for entry into a technical certificate program. In addition the student must be able to speak English and have no felony convictions. Students must show eligibility for college level English by meeting college level placement requirements (ACT score, qualifying GPA or qualifying COMPASS score). Students not meeting college level placement requirements must successfully complete appropriate developmental courses, as well as take and pass the Academic Success class. Once these requirements are met, students will apply and be enrolled in the BASIC EMT course on a space available basis. Students will undergo criminal background checks, drug testing and testing for communicable diseases.

Retention Policy

Students must comply with the following retention policy established by the EMS Division, Tennessee Department of Health and Environment, Tennessee EMS. Board or Southwest Tennessee Community College Emergency Medical Technology Program.

  1. Complete and return all required forms and documents.
  2. Successfully complete all competencies as defined by the EMS program instructor and essential standards for Basic EMT and Clinicals.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency using skills acquired during training which verify capabilities in emergency care.
  4. Attend all classes, on time, and in compliance with all program rules and regulations.
  5. Meet all standards mandated by the instructor and the program essential standards for Basic EMT and Clinicals.
  6. Maintain a GPA of 2.0 in all EMT courses.
  7. A grade of “D” or lower is not acceptable for State Exam requirements.
  8. Have no felony convictions.
  9. Must have medical clearance by an M.D. to perform as an Emergency Medical Technician.
  10. Meet all standards as required by the Tennessee EMS Board.
  11. Must pass a program comprehensive exam before taking national registry written exam. Comprehensive exam times and dates are given at the discretion of the instructor.
  12. Due to the lack of clinical spaces, students may have to successfully perform procedures on each other including invasive techniques before being deemed competent in those skills.
  13. Students will be required to pay licensure fees and testing fees for their licensure exam. Students will have two years beyond their date of completion to become licensed in the State of Tennessee. Date of completion will be successful completion of their Basic EMT Program.
  14. Students are not allowed to transfer to other Instructors.
  15. Students will be required to wear a class uniform.
  16. Students must have a working Southwest email account and check it daily.

Laboratory Phlebotomy Technician
Technical Certificate

Amy Cox • (901) 333-5390

The Laboratory Phlebotomy Technician program is designed to train individuals to properly collect and handle blood specimens for laboratory testing and to interact with health care personnel, patients, and the general public. Students must apply for admission to second semester courses. This program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, (773) 714-8880.

Laboratory Phlebotomy clinical sites: Lifeblood East, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Methodist North, Methodist Germantown, Methodist University Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Health Loop.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, the applicant must:

  1. Have been granted either degree or non-degree admission at the College.
  2. Have completed MLT 1110 Orientation to Medical Laboratory  and MLT 1500 Phlebotomy  with a grade of “C” or higher.
  3. Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above.
  4. Have submitted the following materials to the Admissions Office by the established deadline: July 1, (fall semester); or November 1, (spring semester):
    1. Application for Special Admission Programs
    2. Official transcript(s) of all college work attempted and/or completed at college(s) and university(ies) other than Southwest (mailed by the releasing institution)

Selection Criteria

The Laboratory Phlebotomy Technician Admissions Committee ranks applicants according to the following criteria:

  1. College-level GPA x 2
  2. Required prerequisite course GPA. Prerequisite courses must be current (completed within a year of clinicals) x2
  3. Any student failing MLT 1110  or MLT 1500  twice will not be considered for admission. Any student failing both MLT 1110  and MLT 1500  will not be considered for admission.

Retention Policy

  1. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to continue in the program.
  2. Students must meet the technical standards for the Medical Laboratory and Laboratory Phlebotomy Technician Programs.
  3. Students must submit a medical record/physical examination showing freedom from any communicable disease, drug or alcohol addiction, and evidence of emotional and physical fitness for performing professional duties prior to clinical assignment.

Readmission

Students dismissed for academic failure may be considered for readmission the following year under the current policy, based on space availability.

Paramedic
Technical Certificate

Glenn Faught • (901) 333-5414
Accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the State of Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board

The following course of study is for Emergency Medical Services personnel who have current licensure as Tennessee Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and wish to obtain paramedic licensure as a competent entry-level Paramedic. The course of study is one year. Classes will meet two days per week. Students are responsible for scheduling their clinical times; however, ALL COMPETENCIES MUST BE MET. The student will be educated from the New U.S. D.O.T. National Standard 1999-2000 Paramedic Curriculum. After being accepted into the program, the student will achieve competencies in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains from didactic instruction, classroom lab skills, actual clinical application with patient contacts under the supervision of a trained pre-hospital and hospital preceptor. Affective or behavior evaluations will occur in the classroom as well as the clinical setting. The student will move from observer to participation in the clinical phase and completing as a team leader in the field internship phase. The student will be reviewed during the various phases of the program in order to be able to progress to the next level. After successfully passing the program, a summative review for terminal competency will be performed. The summative review will be performed by faculty, preceptors, program director and medical director for recommendation of the competency exam. The program is approved by the Emergency Medical Services Division Board (EMS), Tennessee Department of Health and Environment and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs.

Admission Requirements

The Admission Criteria for the Paramedic program are established by the Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Tennessee Department of Health, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and Southwest Tennessee Community College Emergency Medical Technology Communities of Interest Committee. These criteria are subject to change. In admitting students, the Admissions Committee will apply the latest admission criteria. To be eligible for consideration for admission, the applicant must:

  1. Be currently licensed, certified or registered as a Tennessee Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or be eligible. Eligible means the applicant meets all requirements but needs to apply or have applied and awaiting approval for such licensure. Proof of licensure must be made by the official beginning of the first semester of enrollment or the student will not be eligible for the program.
  2. Have a minimum 2.5 ranking on the EMS prescribed evaluations, which include successful completion of written Basic EMT knowledge assessment examination, a psychological evaluation, and a personal interview. In addition, the student must pass an Anatomy and Physiology competency Exam as well as successfully complete a Paramedic Student Success and Critical Thinking Class. Class is chosen from applicants with the highest ranking from the above and successful completion of the aforementioned criteria tests.
  3. Submit special admissions application by the advertised deadline date.
  4. Total cost of this program ranges from $5,000 to $6,000.
  5. Applicants will be selected on a space available basis. The applicant will meet two phases of admission.

The Admissions Office will collect and determine if the applicant has met the criteria for college admission into a technical certificate program. The Paramedic program will collect and rank the following information for admission to the program:

  • Test scores from the written examinations
  • MMPI scores from the psychological profiles
  • Oral interview scores from the oral interview
  • Copy of the current Tennessee EMT license or proof of eligibility
  • Competency in math, writing and reading. Students can show competency in these areas by meeting college level placement requirements (ACT score, qualifying GPA or qualifying COMPASS score). Any student not meeting college level placement requirements must successfully complete appropriate developmental courses.
  • Competency in Anatomy and Physiology.

When all information has been compiled, an EMT program representative and an Admissions Office representative will meet and certify the paramedic applicant pool. Certification will be determined by clearance from the Admissions Office and the Paramedic program director. Clearance will be defined as having met the criteria from both Admissions and the Paramedic program director.

Retention Policy

Students must comply with the following retention policies established by the Division of EMS, Tennessee Department of Health and Environment, Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Programs, State of Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board and Southwest Tennessee Community College Emergency Medical Technology Communities of Interest Committee.

  1. Complete and return all required forms and documents.
  2. Successfully complete all competencies as defined by the Paramedic program essentials standards.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency using skills acquired during training which verify knowledge and technical capabilities in emergency care.
  4. Attend all classes, on time, and in compliance with all clinical and departmental rules and regulations.
  5. Meet all standards from all agencies associated with the Southwest Paramedic program.
  6. Maintain a GPA of 2 in all EMT courses.
  7. Successfully pass the Paramedic Program competencies before taking the National Registry Exam.
  8. Pass the program comprehensive written and practical before taking the National Registry Exam.
  9. Successfully move from observer to team leader.
  10. Students must take the National Registry Exam within 30 days of successful completion of the Program Comprehensive Exam or repeat the Comprehensive Exam.
  11. Students who are unsuccessful on the National Registry Exam must return to the Southwest Tennessee Community College Paramedic Program for Remediation after each attempt. Failure to do so will result in non-compliance and a high probability of failure of the licensure examination.
  12. Students must have a current Southwest Email account and check it daily.

Plan of completion:

  1. Meet all pre-admission testing criteria
    • Complete college admission application before published deadline date.
    • Complete special admission application before published deadline date along with three letters of reference from any healthcare professionals and a letter of the reason for your desire to come to the Southwest Paramedic Program.
    • Meet with the program director for initial layout of the completion plan and set a tracking of your progress towards acceptance.
    • COMPASS or ACT test
    • Successful completion of college level Anatomy and Physiology
    • EMT knowledge assessment exam - must pass within two attempts or be automatically disqualified
    • MMPI-psychological profile
    • Sit for an oral interview - must complete any pre-admission assignments
    • Final overall score from all tests must meet the minimum of 2.5
  2. Must successfully complete program orientation prior to acceptance.
  3. Must sign an acceptance form for the paramedic student position and agree to all rules and regulations.
  4. Must register for each semester.
  5. Must be able to meet any travel requirements.
  6. Must have a medical clearance.
  7. Must undergo a background check, drug screening or communicable disease testing at anytime before or during the program.
  8. Must purchase all equipment and supplies as agreed upon in the orientation.
  9. Must undergo education in HIPAA and blood-borne pathogens.
  10. Must obtain malpractice insurance with the current required coverage.
  11. Must obtain a clinical uniform and class room uniforms.
  12. Must successfully complete all cognitive competencies with a minimum grade of 80 percent from each instructor.
  13. Must successfully pass all psychomotor and clinical competencies.
  14. Must meet a minimum score of 2 on all affective competencies.
  15. Must attend the program-approved human cadaver lab.
  16. Must submit research and implement an injury prevention project.
  17. Must keep and submit periodically a clinical and personal journal.
  18. Must present actual patient case contacts at the end of each semester.
  19. Must complete a 10-page paper.
  20. Meet all requirements as given in the program essential standards and class rules and regulations..
  21. Must complete items 1-20 before being considered and recommended for team leader.
  22. Must complete 75 patient contacts as team leader.
  23. Must pass program comprehensive exam after Medical Director review.
  24. Must undergo a successful summative review.
  25. Must be deemed as a competent entry level paramedic by the faculty, preceptors, program director or medical director.
  26. Must attend a program-sponsored graduation.
  27. Must complete paperwork for licensure examination.

Pharmacy Technician
Technical Certificate

Dr. Osborne Burks • (901) 333-5769

A pharmacy technician works under the supervision of a pharmacist to assist in the performance of activities of the pharmacy department not requiring the professional judgment of the pharmacist. Such duties include but need not be limited to: maintaining patient records, setting up packaging, labeling medication dose, filling and dispensing routine orders for stock supplies of patients-care areas, and maintaining inventories of drug supplies and mixing drugs with parenteral fluids. This program is designed to give students both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in a pharmacy setting. Students in the program will rotate in assigned pharmacy settings. During this period, the program calendar will differ from the academic calendar. The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Admissions Requirements

In addition to general College admissions requirements, admission to the Pharmacy Technician Program requires the following:

  1. Submit a Special Admissions Application by July 1 for Fall enrollment or by November 1 for Spring enrollment.
  2. Student must be 18 years of age or older and must have high school diploma or GED equivalency. Student must submit a score on the Span III in reading and mathematics on the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Students are ranked using a TABE score (high school equivalency). The TABE exam is provided by the Southwest Testing Center. Students must pay a fee.
  3. Health: Proof of mumps, measles and rubella immunization or immunity; proof of negative TB skin test and negative drug screen; physical examination and physician’s statement of suitability for matriculating in the program and job function. Documentation submitted prior to clinical rotations.
  4. A criminal background check and drug screens may be required at the student’s expense. Criminal convictions of a drug-related nature will disqualify an applicant for admission to the Pharmacy Technician Program. Criminal background checks may be a requirement at some affiliated clinical rotation sites. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This could result in your inability to successfully complete the program requirements. A criminal background check may preclude licensure certification, and/or employment. Other licensure and/or certification agencies may require that background checks be submitted using one of their designated vendors, which may differ from the vendor recommended by Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Enrollment will be limited to 25 students in the Fall and 25 students in the Spring. Admission is competitive and preference will be given to students who meet the minimum requirements listed above.

Retention Policy

Students in the Pharmacy Technician Program must pass all units of instruction with a minimum grade of “C.” Failure to do so will result in the student being dropped from the program. Since these units of instruction are offered in a lock-step sequence, the student will not have the opportunity to retake the course until the following year. If the student desires to be considered for readmission into the program, the student must make written application to the Admissions Committee 30 days prior to the beginning of the registration period of the semester in which the student wishes to be admitted.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all units of instruction and maintain a cumulative average of “C” or above over the 12-month period. The clinical rotation must be completed with a “B” average or above in each clinical setting.