Admissions Regulations

It is the policy of the College to maintain an “open admission policy”. Learners will be admitted into a program on a first-come first-served basis as assessed by the date of receipt of their application and on the proviso that the candidate learners meet the minimum qualifications prescribed.

Below is a list of Admissions Regulations. Click the links to expand the different topics and find more information:

    Candidates applying for full-time status must satisfy the following requirements:
    1. Meet the educational and other requirements for entry into the particular program or meet the mature student requirements.
    2. Have reached the legal school-leaving age on the date of commencement of the course/program.
    3. Apply on-line or in writing on the approved application form and submit the non-refundable application processing fee.
    4. Show evidence of physical qualification in accordance with the requirements of the program selected, where applicable.
    5. In the case of high school students, provide a copy of marks obtained. In the case of ABE students, provide a Record of Achievement or other equivalent official transcript.
    6. Provide further documentation or report for an interview or for testing when required.

    Senior high school graduation means the successful completion of required credit courses as specified by the Department of Education.

    High School students who complete modified programs and courses with the third digit "6" may require further assessment before eligibility is determined. The completion of a modified program or course may prevent the applicant from being accepted into regular college programs. Applications will be referred to the Campus Committee on Special Admissions for assessment.

    The following High School Equivalency Certificates will be considered for acceptance into college programs:
    1. Basic Training for Skill Development (BTSD) Level 4.
    2. Adult Basic Education Certificate (ABE) Level 3 (Level 4 prior to 1991).
    3. General Educational Development (GED).
    4. The Grade XI Certificate (Department of Education, Public Exams).
    Persons holding certificates as listed in 1, 2, or 3:
    • will be accepted into certificate programs without further evaluation.
    • may be required to report for further evaluation before acceptance into diploma programs is established; and upon being accepted, those applicants may be required to complete additional courses before entering the diploma program of their choice.
    Applicants who do not meet the educational prerequisites for the program they wish to enter may be considered for admission on an individual basis provided the following conditions are met:
    1. Applicants are at least 19 years of age at the time of application.
    2. Applicants have been out of high school for at least one year.
    3. Applicants present a certified copy of grades for the highest educational level attained.
    4. Applicants complete the standardized assessment instrument at a level approved by the College.

    Special circumstances may exist whereby applicants who fail to meet all of the criteria for admission may be recommended for acceptance. In such cases, the application will be referred to the Committee on Special Admissions.

    Applicants who are high school students who do not meet the academic requirements (including having reached the legal school leaving age on the date of commencement of the program) must provide a letter of recommendation from the High School Principal or Guidance Counsellor.

    Applicants with disabilities will undergo an assessment to determine admission. The assessment will include:
    1. Reviewing the applicant's qualifications.
    2. Reviewing the recommendation of the sponsoring or supporting group (if applicable).
    3. Summarizing the applicant's strengths and abilities.
    4. Determining the need for support staff required to facilitate the integration of the applicant.
    5. Identifying necessary resources/equipment required to facilitate the training.

    Home schooled applicants will be reviewed for general admission by the College's Special Admissions Committee. The applicant will be asked to provide proof of standardized assessment results and/or complete the standardized assessment instrument used by the College.


    A portfolio is a compilation of materials such as drawings, photographs, paintings, film or videos, writings, prints, collages, ceramics, crafts, textile patterns, audio tapes, musical scores, computer imaging, design or other areas of creativity that reflect the prospective student's interests, abilities and experience.

    The purpose of the portfolio is to establish applicant suitability for the program of study.

    General Guidelines:
    1. All work in the portfolio should be clearly labeled with the prospective applicant's name, title of the work, number of pieces, date completed and materials used;
    2. The College will only accept portfolios in a proper portfolio folder or case;
    3. Portfolios should include a printed listing of the contents of the portfolio;
    4. All works should fit into a standard size portfolio case and may be presented in their original form;
    5. Large scale, fragile or 3-dimensional work should be submitted in 35 mm. colour slide form, as digital images at a resolution of 150 ppi or as colour photographic or digital prints;
    6. All visual-related work should be original. An affidavit is required stating that the work is original. All musicrelated work should be performed by the applicant and reference should be made as to whether or not the work is: a. a “cover” of another’s work b. public domain;
    7. Applicants are advised that they are responsible for the return of submitted materials after they have been reviewed by the Assessment Committee. Applications must include pre-stamped and self-addressed mailing envelopes, prepaid courier invoices, or cheques or money orders to cover postage costs if they wish their work to be returned after review. Portfolios will be destroyed if they are not claimed within one month of the date of notice of the decision of the Assessment Committee. The College assumes no responsibility for loss of or damage to portfolios submitted.
    Portfolio Screening:
    All portfolios will be reviewed by an Assessment Committee that includes faculty representatives. The Assessment Committee will be looking for the following in a portfolio:
    1. originality of ideas or concepts;
    2. technical skills;
    3. observation and interpretive skills;
    4. a variety of media;
    5. presentation and organization of material.

    Submission Deadline:
    Applicants are strongly urged to apply early as programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Portfolios should be submitted with the application.

    Academically Dismissed Students
    1. Applications from academically dismissed students will be received at any time but students will not be accepted to return on a full-time basis until a sixmonth period from the date of dismissal has elapsed. Students who have been academically dismissed will be permitted to register for one course for credit in a certificate or diploma program or for any number of courses in the Adult Basic Education Program.
    2. Students who have been academically dismissed from a program on two or more occasions will not be eligible for readmission to that program for a period of two years from the date of dismissal.
    3. Students who are required to withdraw from the College under numbers 1 and 2 (above) must apply for readmission and their names will be placed at the end of the existing eligibility list.

    Students who are in good standing and who voluntarily withdraw due to extenuating circumstances (confirmed by the counsellor or campus administrator) will be required to reapply to return to the program; these students will be admitted into the first available seat.


    Eligibility lists will be maintained for each program on a first-come, first-served basis. Candidates will be placed on the eligibility list by the original date of application, provided all entrance requirements are satisfied and all necessary documentation is received.

    Original Application:
    1. Applications will be processed on a "first-come, firstserved" basis. Each application will be dated on the date of receipt provided that:
      a. The application is correctly completed with all documentation, and
      b. All educational and other requirements are met, and
      c. All required fees are paid.
    2. Applicants will be notified immediately upon receipt of their application.
    3. Applicants enrolled in their final year of high school will be accepted conditionally pending receipt of final exam results.
    4. When accepted, applicants will be asked to confirm in writing their intent to register and will be required to pay a registration fee in advance. If applicants fail to confirm within the time specified their places will go to the applicant next on the eligibility list.
    5. Applicants for First Year Engineering Technology: The College offers a common first year in the Engineering Technology programs. This allows students to attend the first two semesters of an engineering technology program at the campus nearest their hometown. After completing the first two semesters, students then enter the campus which offers the program of their choice, to complete the Spring Technical Intersession and the subsequent years of their program.

    Individuals must submit their application to the campus where they intend to complete the first two semesters of their program. This begins a first-come, first-served provincial process which reserves a seat at the designated campus for the appropriate Technical Intersession, and subsequent years of program study. After successful completion of the first two semesters, students progress to the Technical Intersession in the program for which a seat has already been reserved. Students who, after registration, wish to change their program choice MUST apply using the Program Transfer process.

    1. A student number will be assigned to every student who enters a regular College program either on a fulltime or part-time basis.
    2. Students will use the number assigned to them regardless of the number of times they register at the College or the campus at which they register.
    3. Student numbers must appear on all documents to be added to the student's academic or financial files.

    The only entrance requirement for applicants wishing to apply for a credit course through General Studies is the course prerequisite, if applicable.

    Acceptance to any of the courses under General Studies does not constitute a commitment to or admission into any college program.


    Students who apply for part-time status in any program must meet all the requirements outlined for full-time status and will be considered only if a vacancy exists after full-time students have been accommodated.

    Students in or about to enter their final year of high school will be admitted into College level credit courses in accordance with the following:
    1. Students must hold an academic record with a minimum overall average of 80% based on the marks for all courses completed in high school.
    2. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis on the provision that space is available.
    3. Access will normally be limited to one credit course in a given semester. Eligibility to enroll is restricted to one semester and will be reviewed for a second semester upon successful completion of the first semester course.
    4. All fees and deadlines for regularly admitted students will apply.
    5. Students applying for admission under this policy will be required to submit:
      a. a completed application form,
      b. an official high school transcript,
      c. a letter from the high school principal or guidance counsellor clearly recommending admission to "Concurrent Studies", and
      d. a letter from the applicant requesting enrollment in a specific course.
    Applicants must submit:
    1. a completed Application for Admission;
    2. an official transcript of academic record;
    3. an application fee of CN $100 (non-refundable);
    4. proof of proficiency in English

    Students pay the provincial rates, as outlined in this calendar; however, if the student's first language is not English, the College reserves the right to test the English proficiency of these students before admission.


    All international students must meet the college’s English proficiency requirements for acceptance into regular programs. The college will accept most internationally recognized tests of English proficiency (e.g. TOEFL paper based 550, TOEFL Internet based 79, TOEFL computer based 213 or equivalent, IELTS (academic) overall band score of 6.5 and 6.0 for reading and writing, MELAB minimum 85, etc.).


    Applicants must meet the College's entrance requirements for the program as set out in the particular program. For most college programs, the entrance requirement is graduation from a secondary school with certain programs requiring achievement in specific subject areas such as Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry or Biology.

    Applicants from British-oriented educational systems should present the general certificate in Secondary Education.

    Applicants are required to submit the latest official transcript of marks which will be assessed on an individual basis.


    Students must provide proof of status in Canada at the time of registration.

    1. To provide education in the Allied Health Sciences as considered necessary by the Government, the college, registering associations and the community.
    2. To graduate well trained personnel who can serve their employers and the community with the highest degree of competence.
    3. To develop in students the ability to freely communicate with their fellow workers in the allied health professions.
    4. To promote professionalism and a high level of responsibility in the student.
    5. To impress on students the vital importance of maintaining at all times a high level of competence in the performance of their duties.
    6. To foster in students the importance of maintaining up to date knowledge in their profession.
    7. To provide continuing education programs for graduates.

    Prospective students should NOTE CAREFULLY that while the college may admit students to a program of studies in Health Sciences, the right to practice is granted only through the appropriate authority of the Province in conjunction with national registration/certification bodies.

    Examinations and Promotions
    1. The general rules and regulations of the college shall govern, except in instances specifically covered by the following regulations.
      1. The faculty constitutes the examining body for all examinations. The standing of every student will be assessed at the end of each semester and will be communicated to individual students by the Registrar.
      2. Students have the right to appeal a decision made with respect to their promotions.
      3. To be promoted a student must, in addition to obtaining the requisite academic standard, complete and deliver all laboratories, assignments, and work reports as required.
    2. Medical Laboratory Sciences, Medical Radiography, Respiratory Therapy
      1. The college regulations govern promotion from semester 1 to semester 2.
      2. Students must pass all first and second semester courses (minimum 50%) and have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.00 to be promoted from the second to the third semester. Students who do not meet this standard and have not been academically dismissed under the college regulations may be readmitted to the first year of the program and repeat all deficiencies.
    3. Course Pass Mark
      1. Semester 1 and 2 for Medical Laboratory Sciences, Medical Radiography, Respiratory Therapy – 50%
      2. Rehabilitation Assistant, Diagnostic Ultrasonography, Medical Laboratory Assistant, X-Ray Skills for Medical Laboratory Technologists and semester 3 onwards for Medical Laboratory Sciences , Medical Radiography , Respiratory Therapy  – 60%.
      3. Primary Care Paramedicine – 70% for paramedic-specific courses; 60% for all other courses.
      4. Practical Nursing and Home Support Worker / Personal Care Attendant - 65%.
      5. Promotion from semester 5 to semester 6 for Medical Radiography, and from semester 6 to semester 7 for Medical Laboratory Sciences and Respiratory Therapy. Students must have passed all courses in the previous semesters and have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.00 to be promoted to the start of the clinical training block.
      6. Promotion to the Clinical and Field Practicum training block in semester 4 and 6 for Primary Care Paramedicine. Students must pass all courses in the previous semesters to be promoted to the practicum training block.
    4. Students may be required to withdraw from the program at any time if, in the opinion of the Campus Administrator, they are unlikely to profit from continued attendance.
    5. Students enrolled in accredited Health Sciences programs will be permitted a maximum of one additional year to complete their program of studies. Students will be required to withdraw from the program at the point where completion of the program within the allowable time frame is not possible. Students will be required to reapply for admission under re-admission guidelines as outlined in the current College Calendar.

    Academic entrance requirements are listed separately for each program..   Before final acceptance into a Health Sciences program is granted, the applicant must also complete the School of Health Sciences Student Information and Program Awareness Form, and submit the requested documentation, including:
    1. Current Certificate of Conduct obtained from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or local provincial/municipal forces, including the “Vulnerable Sector Check”.  Applicants with a criminal offence listed on their Certificate of Conduct may be denied admission to the School of Health Sciences.
    2. Student Immunization Record, providing evidence that the applicant has recieved the required vaccinations / screening tests. Completion of the immunization record will require physician’s visits, blood tests, and a TB screening test; detailed instructions are included on the School of Health Sciences Student Information and Program Aawareness Form. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all medical  requirements are fulfilled, and the immunization record complete, before submission. Certain vaccinations require a series of immunizations over a period of time; it is therefore important to start the process as early as possible. The applicant is also responsible for all associated costs (vaccinations, laboratory testing, physician fees, certificate of conduct fees, etc.).

    All Health Sciences programs include mandatory clinical training components (practicums). Students will be assigned to affiliated hospital / clinical sites, and will be responsible for meeting the site’s pre-employment requirements. Detailed instructions will be provided by program faculty prior to the start of each practicum. Failure to meet the requirements may result in the student being denied access to the clinical site, which could, in turn, affect graduation from the program. 

    Students may request to complete a clinical training practicum at a site that is not currently offered as an affiliated site. In these cases the College will make every effort to accommodate the request but it is important to note that it will not always be possible to do so. A legal agreement with the requested institution must first be established, and this lengthy process cannot always be accomplished in the requested time frame. The earlier a request is made, the greater the likelihood of success.