Admissions

Selective Admissions Programs

Admission to Northeast Community College does not guarantee admission to all courses or programs of study. The programs below have additional requirements to fulfill before you can begin taking classes. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office.

Drafting-Architectural

Admission to the Drafting-Architectural program is contingent upon the applicant meeting the College mandatory placement test scores for reading, writing, and mathematics as required for the program. Any student that does not meet minimum placement scores for all test areas will be admitted to the College, but must successfully complete required transitional skills courses or attain required placement test scores to be admitted to the program. Minimum Entrance Scores: COMPASS: Math Pre-Algebra Test 34, Reading 64, Writing 39; or Asset - Math Numerical Skills Test 35, Reading 36, Writing 38; or ACT - Math 16, Reading 14, English 14; or ACCUPLACER – Arithmetic 53, Elementary Algebra 25, Reading 43, Sentence Skills 64.


Drafting-Industrial Facility

In addition to regular admission and application procedures, applicants for the Drafting-Industrial Facility program must meet the following requirements: Before admission to the program, students will need to attain the following minimum entrance scores: COMPASS—Math Pre-Algebra Test 34, Reading 64, Writing 39; or ASSET—Math Numerical Skills Test 35, Reading 36, Writing 38; or ACT—Math 16, Reading 14, English 14; or ACCUPLACER – Arithmetic 53, Elementary Algebra 25, Reading 43, Sentence Skills 64.

 


Drafting-Structural

In addition to regular admission and application procedures, applicants for the Drafting-Industrial Facility program must meet the following requirements: Before admission to the program, students will need to attain the following minimum entrance scores: COMPASS—Math Pre-Algebra Test 34, Reading 64, Writing 39; or ASSET—Math Numerical Skills Test 35, Reading 36, Writing 38; or ACT—Math 16, Reading 14, English 14; or ACCUPLACER – Arithmetic 53, Elementary Algebra 25, Reading 43, Sentence Skills 64.


Electromechanical Technology

In addition to regular admission and application procedures, applicants for the Electromechanical Technology program must meet the following requirements: Before admission to the program, students will need to attain the following minimum entrance scores: COMPASS—Math Pre-Algebra Test 34, Reading 64, Writing 39; or ASSET—Math Numerical Skills Test 35, Reading 36, Writing 38; or ACT—Math 16, Reading 14, English 14; or ACCUPLACER – Arithmetic 53, Elementary Algebra 25, Reading 43, Sentence Skills 64.


Nursing

The Nursing Program has a selective admission policy. All applicants must initially apply to Northeast as a Pre-Nursing (PRN) major. As a condition of admission to the college, students are subject to placement testing (Compass, Asset, or ACT) and mandatory placement for general education courses. Required general education courses may be taken prior to acceptance in the nursing program, or concurrently once accepted into the program. All general education course work is required to have a grade of "C" or better to meet the nursing program’s standards for admission or progression. Students wishing to transfer in required courses should see a nursing program advisor for transcript evaluation. The Division Dean makes all final decisions in collaboration with the Registrar on acceptance or equivalency of transfer courses.

All nursing program applicants are required to take the nursing program entrance exams, provide official transcripts, and provide letters of reference per the program application packet. The GPA in required coursework and entrance scores factor into an "Admission Score", by which students are selected annually for program admission.

Both PN and ADN programs have a limited number of seats available for fall admissions. It is possible that not all applicants will be admitted for a given term. Completed application packets must be received by February 1st to be considered for the fall class of that year.

Northeast sets program admission numbers annually, taking the top admission scores for nursing program admission. Students are notified of conditional program admission in the spring semester prior to the August program start. Conditional program admission is contingent on successful completion of spring/summer coursework ("C" or better in required courses) and satisfactory back-ground check and drug testing.

Minimum admission requirements
  • Evidence of a GED or high school diploma
  • Acceptable entrance exam score (see nursing program packet)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 in required courses, including a 2.7 science GPA
  • Direct high school to program admits must have a cumulative High School GPA of 3.5 with successful completion of the highest level English, Math and Science courses
  • Successfully complete a nurse aide course and be listed on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry.
  • LPN to ADN students are required to hold an unencumbered LPN license from Nebraska or another compact state.

Nursing Program Grade & Graduation Requirements

Students enrolled in either Practical Nursing or Associate Degree Nursing coursework are held to program specific grading standards. The Nursing Program specifies that a student must obtain the following grades in order to complete either the PN Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing. Also, a student is eligible to take the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN exam upon satisfactory completion of the following graduation requirements:

  • "C" or better in all general education coursework
  • "B" or better in all nursing (NURS) coursework
  • "P" or pass grade in select NURS coursework; the "P/F" grade is reserved for laboratory or clinical coursework only; a pass grade is determined by the instructor’s evaluation of the student meeting specific course competencies and is equivalent to a "B" grade in a theory or classroom course.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Admission Requirements

In addition to the Northeast Community College application and admission process, students must also apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program.

Applicants to the PTA program must:

  • Apply to Northeast Community College with a declared major of Physical Therapy: Preprofessional-Associate of Science (AS).
  • Begin the prerequisite coursework detailed in the required PTA Program of Study. A minimum of a "C" must be achieved in each of those courses, and the required science classes must have been completed within the past five years.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 in the prerequisite coursework detailed in the required PTA Program of Study. The mid-term grade of courses in progress will be used to calculate the GPA at the time of the selection procedure.
  • Submit the required material from the PTA Application Packet by October 1. The PTA Application Packet can be accessed beginning April 1 on the Admission – Physical Therapist Assistant Application webpage and a completed application consists of the following:
    • PTA Program Application for Admission Form
    • Observation Forms
    • Professional Resume and Cover Letter

Based on the scoring system and rubrics for the GPA, Observation Forms, resume, and cover letter in the application packet, up to 35 students with the highest cumulative scores will be invited by the PTA Admissions Committee for an interview.

Students are accepted into the program based on total points earned on GPA, Observation Forms, resume, cover letter, and interviews.

During the second year of the PTA program, the student will be required to complete and submit the following in order to participate in the clinical education component of the curriculum:

  • Physical examination
  • Required vaccinations
  • Tuberculosis test
  • Criminal background check
  • Drug screen

Northeast Community College mailing address:

Northeast Community College
Attention:  PTA Program
801 East Benjamin Ave. P.O. Box 469
Norfolk, NE  68702-0469


Utility Line

In addition to regular admission and application procedures, applicants for the Utility Line program must meet the following requirements:

Before admission to the program, students will need to attain the following minimum entrance scores: COMPASS—Math Pre-Algebra Test 34, Reading 64, Writing 39; or ASSET—Math Numerical Skills Test 35, Reading 36, Writing 38; or ACT—Math 16, Reading 14, English 14; or ACCUPLACER – Arithmetic 53, Elementary Algebra 25, Reading 43, Sentence Skills 64.


Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology Applicants

In addition to Northeast Community College application and admission, students must also apply to the Veterinary Technology Program. Applicants to the Veterinary Technology Program must:

  1. Submit completed required application materials to the program by October 1st. Materials include the following:

    • Professional resume.
    • *Veterinary Technician observations (See Veterinary Technology Program of Study).
    • Personal statement.
    • *Disclosure statement.

    *Specific forms and guidelines are provided by the program. Applicants need to obtain and complete the specified forms.

  2. Complete the coursework detailed in the required Program of Study with a minimum of a "C+" in all VTEC courses. (See Veterinary Technology Program of Study). Your grades as of November 1st of the year in which you are applying will be used to tabulate your GPA in the VTEC courses for your application.


Based on an evaluation score of the above criteria, the student may be invited in by the Veterinary Technology Admissions Committee for an interview.

Those students selected to continue in the Veterinary Technology Program must complete the following:

  • Physical examination.
  • Rabies vaccination (or sign waiver).
  • Proof of Health Insurance.
  • Criminal background check and drug screen.
  • Complete all veterinary technology courses with a minimum grade of C+.

Veterinary Technology Program Grade Requirements

  • Students must earn a C+ or above in all VTEC coursework.
  • In the event of course failure or withdrawal, a student will be allowed to repeat the course to earn a qualifying grade.
  • A total of two course failures or withdrawals are allowed. Upon failure or withdrawal from the third course, students are dismissed from the program.

Incoming Transfer Students

For those students wanting to transfer into the program from another institution:

  1. Must be transferring from an AVMA-accredited program and submit the following:
    • An official transcript of veterinary technology coursework.
    • Completed Northeast Community College Veterinary Technology Program Disclosure Statement.
    • A signed letter of good standing from the director of an AVMA-accredited program. Students who cannot provide a letter of good standing from the program's director or who were dismissed from the program for academic or behavioral issues will not be accepted.
  2. Transfer students must complete the same selection process as all areas of Northeast's students. To determine their GPA, the program director will use course grades that are C+ or higher in an equivalent course. If there is no equivalent coursework, the transferring student must take the Northeast Community College Veterinary Technology Program's required course.
  3. Transferring students with a 2.5 GPA in the four veterinary technology courses may be invited to interview for the program.
  4. If admitted into the program, the veterinary technology coursework that the student wishes to transfer will be at the discretion of the Northeast Community College Veterinary Technology program director. All other college coursework will be evaluated by the college registrar for acceptance. Only grades of C+ or higher in veterinary technology courses will be accepted.
  5. All transferring students must agree to follow the Northeast Community College Veterinary Technology Program requirements.
  6. All transfer students who have been admitted into the program must take the following courses through Northeast Community College: VTEC2612, VTEC2611, VTEC2622, VTEC2621, VTEC1410, VTEC1411, VTEC1211, VTEC2562, VTEC2561, VTEC1220, VTEC2520, VTEC2521, VTEC2680, and VTEC2660. No equivalency course will be accepted for these courses.