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Incomplete applications or applications with missing materials will NOT be considered. 

of Allied Health Professions
Admissions Process
All students making a career choice to enter an Allied Health Career Program are encouraged to take OCC’s Health Occupation Course (Allied Health 010) FIRST.  For some programs, the Allied Health 010 class is a mandatory prerequisite, and application to those programs is done ONLY in this course.  To enroll in Al H 010, complete an application to Orange Coast College and request an enrollment for the next offering of the Allied Health 010 course.  Register for the course per directions provided by the Records Office.  Please consult the list below for program clarification:
Programs requiring Al H 010 Prerequisite   Programs with optional Al H 010
Cardiovascular Technology 
Dental Assisting                                         
Diagnostic Medical Sonography                                 Emergency Medical Technology
Medical Assisting - CMA
Neurodiagnostic Technology                                        
Polysomnography Technology
Respiratory Care                                                         
Radiologic Technology                                     
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Nutrition Care/Dietetic Technology
Application Process:
For programs having Allied Health 010 as a prerequisite:
l         Step 1 – Applications to the School of Allied Health Professions are made in the Al H 010 course. Applications will be reviewed for prior course work including math and English competencies.  New applications will be reviewed following each semester’s Al H 010 course.
l         Step 2 – Applicants select a program major as part of the application process.  The applicant’s minimum requirements and prerequisites are validated by official transcripts of all college work provided by the applicant. These courses must indicate a grade of “C” or better. Students indicate a requested start date.  Actual start dates vary based on the number of applicants and the number of applicants who have met all requirements and are ready to start.
l         Step 3 – Every February the database is run to determine all students who have met all requirements for eligibility to start the program.  Based on date of application, eligible students are then selected for admission to their respective program.
l            Step 4 – Students not accepted in the most current year start date must 
      complete a re-application. Annual “re-applications” will be sent late
      every summer with specific deadlines for return to verify the student’s active
      status, provide updates on the Student Educational Plan, and any changes
      in address, phone or email.
For programs having Allied Health 010 as optional:
l         Emergency Medical Technology – Complete the prerequisite EMT 100 or provide evidence of  “First Responder” certification and health care provider level active CPR at the first class session.  Students then enroll as first come/first serve in EMT 150/151/180, which is offered in both fall and spring semesters.
Changing Programs:
Students may request a change in program selection by providing a written request for the change. A “Program Change Request” form is available in the Consumer and Health Sciences Division Office.  The student will have their application folder moved to the new program based on the date of the new application.  An applicant relinquishes their position in a specific program when requesting transfer to a different program.
Second program/cross-training:
Students who wish to pursue a second program or cross-train in multiple programs after completing an initial program may do so by completing a “Cross-training” application with appropriate documentation.  Students will be entered on the program list for a cross-training program based on the date of submission of the cross-training application.   Students may not be on two waiting lists simultaneously.
Waiting lists:
Certain programs are experiencing a very high level of applicants forcing the creation of waiting lists for these programs.  Upon completion of Allied Health 010, a student is placed on the requested program waiting list.  Prioritization is based on the date of completion of Allied Health 010, successful completion of math and English, successful completion of prerequisite classes, and completion of A.S. degree general education requirements.
School of Allied Health Clinical Requirements
Students entering the clinical phase of their education are required to meet the following requirements. Students are notified by their program faculty of the timing of the following items once they are accepted to a program.
  • Clinicals are scheduled courses with specific days and times. Students are to adhere to these and adjust any outside work or activities accordingly.
  • Physical examination. Students must complete a physical within six months prior to the start of the clinical phase. The program director or clinical director will notify students in the program when this will be required. Blood work, urinalysis, and T.B. tests are required as well as immunizations. Hepatitis B vaccine is not required but highly recommended. This physical may be completed at the college health center, your private physician, or group health care facility. The completed information must be returned to the clinical director or director of your program.
  • Students must complete a Criminal Background Check and drug screen prior to entry into a specific program.
  • Upon entry into the clinical phase students will be required to purchase liability insurance at a nominal fee.    
  • All students must have a currently active Health Care Provider Level 1 CPR card. All students taking Allied Health 115 are required to recertify CPR. If your card expires during the clinical phase, the student is responsible to be recertified. You may be removed from clinical if you do not have an active card.
  • Students must adhere to appropriate dress code and grooming for the clinical facility. This may include a laboratory coat or uniform. Enclosed soft soled shoes are required. A nametag must be worn at all times in clinical. See your program director or clinical director for specific requirements for your program.
  • Specific clinical sites may have certain health related requirements. These may include drug testing or other blood work. Students are expected to meet the requirements of the site when scheduled at that facility.
  • There may be exposure to hazardous materials and pathogens in the clinical setting. Students must adhere to all safety and precautionary measures.
  • Within the clinical setting, students have access to confidential information concerning patients, their conditions, and history. Students must maintain the confidentiality and rights of patients in all circumstances. This is expected as a health care professional.
  • Students must have adequate reliable transportation to the clinical site and will be responsible for parking.