Competitive and Noncompetitive Admissions Information

Competitive Admissions

To select applicants for programs with limited clinical spaces, Wake Tech uses a competitive admissions procedure with a point system – NOT a waiting list. When there are more applicants meeting admission requirements than available clinical spaces, those applicants with the highest number of points will be selected. 

The Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, LPN-to-Nursing Advanced Placement, Nursing, and Radiography programs use a point system based on academic performance in specific postsecondary coursework to determine who will be selected for clinical spaces. 

Applicants who are eligible to be ranked will be assigned points based on the grades earned in the general education classes required for their program – general education classes such as ENG 111, PSY 150, BIO 163, or BIO 168. The better the grade, the more points a student will be awarded.  Please note that grades of "C" or better are required in all program-related curriculum classes.  Clinical courses are the DEN, NUR, and RAD classes that make up the curriculum.  Students cannot take the clinical courses unless they are accepted into the program via the competitive process. 

To be eligible to be ranked for clinical classes:

  • Dental Assisting applicants MUST complete ALL of the minimum admissions requirements for that program and submit a "Satisfaction of Minimum Admissions Requirements" checklist by May 15th for the fall semester. The checklist can be received only after attending a Mandatory Information Session.

  • Dental Hygiene applicants MUST complete ALL of the minimum admissions requirements and submit a clinical application for the program by January 31st for the fall semester. (The clinical application is NOT the Wake Tech Community College application.) The clinical application can be obtained only after attending a Mandatory Information Session.   

  • Nursing applicants MUST complete ALL of the minimum admissions requirements and submit a clinical application for the program by January 31st for the fall semester or by July 31st for the spring semester. (The clinical application is NOT the Wake Tech Community College application.) The clinical application can be obtained only after attending a Mandatory Information Session.

  • Radiography applicants MUST complete ALL of the minimum admissions requirements and submit a clinical application for the program by January 31st for the fall semester or by July 31st for the spring semester. (The clinical application is NOT the Wake Tech Community College application.) The clinical application can be obtained only after attending a Mandatory Information Session.

  • LPN-to-Nursing Advanced Placement applicants MUST complete ALL of the minimum admissions requirements and submit a clinical application for the program. The clinical application is NOT the Wake Tech Community College application.

Note: Wake Tech Community College is continuously evaluating admissions procedures and reserves the right to make changes as necessary.

Noncompetitive Admissions

Noncompetitive programs are programs that have limited enrollment, but do not utilize a point system to rank students for possible clinical entry.

The Emergency Medical Science, Pharmacy Technology, Phlebotomy, and Therapeutic Massage programs admit students on a first-come, first-served basis until the cap is reached. Once clinical classes are filled, additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list and offered seats if and when they become available.

The Medical Assisting and Medical Laboratory Technology utilize a two-step admission process.  Those applicants with the most general education courses classes completed with a “C” or better and with the earliest clinical application submission date will be selected for the available clinical slots.   

To be considered for entry into these programs, students must (1) meet all minimum admission requirements and (2) submit a clinical application no later than the application deadline.  Clinical applications can be found on-line under each specific program’s admission page or else you can pick one up at the Health Science Student Services Center located at 2901 Holston Ln, Raleigh, NC. 

Application deadlines:

  • Emergency Medical Science (Fall entry) – May 15th
  • Emergency Medical Science (Spring entry) – September 15th
  • Medical Assisting (Fall entry) – May 15th
  • Medical Assisting (Spring entry) – September 15th
  • Medical Lab Technology (Fall entry only) – May 15th
  • Pharmacy Technology (Fall entry only) – May 15th
  • Phlebotomy (Fall entry) – May 15th
  • Phlebotomy (Spring entry) – September 15th
  • Therapeutic Massage (Fall entry only) – May 15th