Wake Technical Community College is subject to the Open Door Admission Policy established by the State Board of Community Colleges. This policy provides for admission of any legal resident of the United States who is a high school graduate or at least 18 years old, or an emancipated minor.

This policy is based on the belief that the college has something to offer at all educational levels and that through effective guidance any person can find his or her place in the proper educational program.

Wake Technical Community College reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant who has been suspended or expelled for disciplinary reasons from another educational institution. Additionally, the College reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant who poses an articulable, imminent, and significant threat to others. Such applicants will be evaluated on a case by case basis.


Suspension or Expulsion from Another Educational Institution
An applicant who has been suspended or expelled for disciplinary reasons from another educational institution or who poses an articulable, imminent, and significant threat to others shall be evaluated as follows:

An evaluation committee composed of WTCC Police staff, Associate VP for Enrollment Services, curriculum representative and two Enrollment & Student Services representatives, shall review information presented by the Associate Dean of Admissions. The Associate VP for Enrollment Services serves as the chair and recorder of the committee. At their discretion, the committee may request an interview with the applicant. The committee will make a recommendation to the President through the Senior Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services within seven (7) business days of their convening and review of the information presented. The President or his designee will make the final admission decision. Upon receiving the President's decision, the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services will notify the applicant.

State Authorization for Distance Education

Online education is an integral part of Wake Technical Community College’s program offerings.  Wake Tech is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC SARA) which allows students in participating states and territories to enroll in online distance education classes.  For more information, visit

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Wake Technical Community College offers equal employment and educational opportunities to all employees, prospective employees, students, and prospective students. Equal educational opportunity, Affirmative Action and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act are viewed by the Board of Trustees as an integral part of the mission and purpose of Wake Technical Community College.

Questions concerning this policy should be addressed to:

Student Matters
Office of Student Conduct  
   Southern Wake Campus: 919-866-6169
   Scott Northern Wake Campus: 919-532-5663
Employee Matters
Director of Employee Relations & Talent Management: 919-866-5934

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  1. Complete the North Carolina Residency Determination at
  2. Apply online at
  3. Activate your student account at
  4. Submit an official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript for review and placement into a particular program of study/coursework. Subsequent registration will be blocked if transcripts are not received within 30 days of the start of the first semester.
  5. Submit official college transcripts for placement or consideration of transfer of credits in your chosen program of study. 
  6. Apply for financial aid, if needed.  Official transcripts are required before awarding of financial aid. If your high school transcript is not from a valid institution, it may affect your ability to receive financial aid.
  7. Attend orientation.
  8. Meet with an advisor for course selection.
  9. Complete the E-Learning Module if enrolling in online courses.
  10. Register and pay for classes.

Anyone wishing to attend Wake Tech must complete the online Application for Admission at The application should indicate whether the applicant is a curriculum student applicant or a visiting student applicant, as follows:

  • A curriculum student applicant is any applicant pursuing admission into a degree, diploma, or certificate program. Curriculum student applicants must complete the standard online Residency, Application for Admission and submit official high school transcripts if required for placement into a program of study. Awarding of financial aid will be blocked if official transcripts are not on file. Subsequent registration will be blocked on the 30th day of the semester if official transcripts are not received by the college.
  • A visiting student applicant is any applicant planning to enroll in one or more curriculum courses but not pursuing admission into a degree, diploma, or certificate program. Visiting student applicants must complete the standard online Residency, Application for Admission and meet all course prerequisites. To verify completion of prerequisite courses, applicants must complete the Visiting  Student Prerequisite Approval Form and provide official or unofficial transcripts before registering.

    Note: Generally, the visiting student status is limited to 16 semester hours. Visiting students are not eligible for financial aid or veterans' benefits, nor are they permitted to earn any degree, diploma, or certificate awarded by the college. Students wishing to change from visiting student to curriculum status must complete the enrollment steps as outlined above for a curriculum student applicant.
  • High School Programs/Career and College Promise: The Career and College Promise program provides dual enrollment educational opportunities for eligible North Carolina high school students. Visit for more information about eligibility, admissions, and enrollment.

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Curriculum student applicants must have official transcripts of high school and college work (if applicable) submitted directly to Wake Tech. Acceptance by Wake Tech is conditional, based on receipt of a final, official high school transcript.

Awarding of financial aid may be blocked if an official high school transcript is not on file. Subsequent registration will be blocked on the 30th day of the semester if official transcripts are not received by the college. Transcripts submitted become the property of the college upon receipt and may not be copied for student use.

High School: Applicants who are high school seniors can have their school submit a transcript showing work through the first semester of the junior year for admission, as soon as possible after the semester has ended, and a final transcript showing graduation at the close of school. 

GED/High School Equivalency: Applicants who have a high school equivalency certificate should request that an official copy be sent directly to Wake Tech. Applicants can obtain documentation from the High School Equivalency Office in the state where the certificate was issued.

College: Applicants who wish to transfer credits to Wake Tech must submit official transcripts for an evaluation to be completed.

Applicants presenting transcripts of completed associate degrees or higher will not need to submit high school transcripts.

Applicants should submit transcripts by mail to

Wake Tech Community College
Admissions Office
9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh NC 27603

or send electronically to [email protected]

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Placement Testing 

The RISE test is customized for NC by NROC - EDREADY. The test is used to determine readiness and skill level in English, reading, writing, and math. It is administered to applicants pursuing a degree, a diploma, and certain certificates who did graduate from a U.S. high school who have no other admission criteria for placement. Test results are used to place students in the appropriate class level and to determine if transition instruction is needed.

Students are exempt from taking the RISE test or portions thereof and are placed based on the following criteria.  The criteria is verified through official transcript or score report:

1. Graduation from any U.S. high school with an unweighted GPA.

2. SAT scores prior to 1/1/2012 of 510 reading or writing and 510 math. SAT scores prior to 3/1/2016 of 500 or higher in critical reading or writing and 500 or higher in math; or SAT scores after 3/1/2016 of 480 or higher in evidence based reading and writing and 530 or higher in math. Scores must be less than ten (10) years old at the time of application to Wake Tech; or 

3. ACT scores earned after 3/1/2014 of 22 or higher in reading or 18 or higher in English, and 22 or higher in math will allow college level placement. ACT scores of 16-17 in English, 20-21 in reading, and a 20-21 in math will allow placement with an addition of a 1 hour transition support course.  ACT scores must be less than ten (10) years old at the time of application to Wake Tech; or 

4. An Associate’s degree or higher earned from a regional or nationally accredited institution;

5. A grade of “C” or better in college-level English and math courses earned from a regional or nationally accredited institution. 

6. Placement may be based on High School Equivalency (HSE) for applicants who have HSE scores taken January 2014 or later with scores shown below:
*GED: 145 or higher on all subject areas
*HISET: 15 or higher on all subject areas with a 4 on essay

If no placement measure exists an applicant may request to take the RISE placement test or begin in transition courses.

Students who are non-native speakers of English will take the ACCUPLACER-EFL test and may be required to enroll in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) courses. Additional information about EFL is available in the Student Services section of this catalog under Academic Support and Opportunities. 

Applicants who have been notified that they need placement testing may schedule an appointment by emailing [email protected]

To prepare for computerized placement testing, applicants can review test preparation materials at

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Associate Degree and Diploma Programs

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Placement inventories, when eligible, to aid in course placement and academic guidance
  • Medical examination for certain Health Sciences programs
  • Additional minimum requirements in some programs (contact admissions at 1-800-WakeTech for more information)

Certificate Programs

  • High school diploma or equivalent for some certificate programs (contact admissions advisor at 919-866-5000 for more information)
  • Placement inventories to aid in course placement, and academic guidance
  • Medical examination for certain Health Sciences programs.
  • Additional minimum requirements in some programs (contact admissions at 1-800-WakeTech for more information).

Upon admission, students must meet current program requirements. In some instances, licensing or employment in certain fields may be limited by an individual's prior criminal record. Prospective students should check with an academic advisor or appropriate academic department head to determine if such sanctions apply.

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Students who have been admitted to and have enrolled in a curriculum degree, diploma, or certificate program will receive information about course planning and registration from an assigned advisor, based on the student's program of study.

Visiting students (those who have not declared a program of study) are not assigned an advisor but may seek assistance with course planning or registration from the Advising Office as needed. 

Registration is conducted online via Self Service: 

  • After logging in, Click on the "Academics" icon (4th icon down) in the left navigation
  • Click on "Student Planning"
  • Select "Plan & Schedule"

More detailed information is available in by clicking on "Registration Guide/Self Service Steps". 

Access to the registration system may be blocked if a financial or academic hold has been placed on a student’s records. Some classes may require special permission to register from the curriculum dean. Visit Wake Tech's Registration and Student Records Services website 

Registration will be canceled if payment is not received by the deadline listed for the period for which the student has registered. Students are responsible for paying for all scheduled classes by published deadlines. Wake Tech no longer mails invoices. Payment amounts and deadlines are available online: Students are strongly encouraged to pay tuition and fees by credit or debit card at the time of registration to avoid waiting in line for the cashier. 

Currently-enrolled degree, diploma, and certificate students are notified of upcoming registration periods through the academic calendar, on the Student Portal, by notices around campus, by faculty advisors, and online through the Registration and Records website: dates. The student is responsible for scheduling an appointment with an advisor.

Course Load 
The maximum course load is 20 credit hours per term. To carry more than the maximum load, students pursuing a degree, diploma, or certificate must obtain an electronic override permission from the dean or the dean's designee.

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Some Wake Tech programs have more applicants than available space, as follows:

  • Agricultural Systems
  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Computed Tomography 
  • Construction Equipment Systems
  • Cosmetology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Diesel & Heavy Equipment
  • Emergency Medical Science
  • Esthetics
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Healthcare Simulation Technology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology
  • Mammography
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Sonography
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Radiography
  • Therapeutic Massage

These “limited enrollment” programs may have unique admission requirements and may use additional criteria, such as postsecondary coursework, related work experience, or professional certification, for selecting applicants. Limited enrollment programs may also have their own policies, procedures, schedules, and deadlines, which are subject to change.

Interested applicants should begin by contacting the Admissions Office and talking to an admissions advisor, who will answer initial questions and guide them through the next steps in the process. 

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The English as a Foreign Language (EFL) department offers academic English courses for individuals whose native language is not English and who wish to study at the college and university level in the United States. These courses comprise an intensive English language program that focuses on language for academic purposes; courses are offered on four proficiency levels in grammar, composition, reading, and listening/speaking with an additional fifth level in composition. See the course descriptions listed as EFL in the course descriptions sections of this catalog for specific course information. This program meets the requirements for those students who have a student visa. Prospective students who wish to obtain a student visa should go to the International Student website at Tuition rates are the same as those for other curriculum classes offered at Wake Tech. 

Prospective students can call 919-866-6700, email: [email protected] or visit the EFL website for more information about the EFL program.

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The International Student Office assists international student applicants who wish to apply for a student (F-1) visa. The office assists F-1 status students in employment authorizations, reinstatements, extensions of I-20 expiration date, transferring I-20’s to a SEVP certified institution, travel abroad, and re-entry procedures and with documentation of F-1 status. In addition, international students may seek advice and referral information on all aspects of living and studying in the United States. All international (F-1) students and other (non-immigrant) visa holders who want to convert to F-1 status are required by USCIS regulations to have a current record of local and foreign addresses on file with the college.

Information about the application process for international students can be found at

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A student who withdraws from the college for reasons other than academic or administrative may apply for readmission for any subsequent semester. An applicant for readmission who has not attended for one year or more must submit a new application, and upon readmission, must meet current program requirements.

A student who has been dismissed for academic or administrative reasons may re-enroll with the approval of the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services and the division dean. The student must request re-enrollment in writing from the Office of Student Conduct.

Readmission, re-enrollment, and any attendance conditions or restrictions are at the discretion of the college.

Health Sciences programs may have additional readmission requirements and policies; they can be found in the Student Policy Handbook for each Health Sciences program.

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Students at Wake Technical Community College are not required to provide documentation of immunizations for admission to the college; however, documentation is required in specific programs, as follows:

All students enrolled in curriculum health sciences and Workforce Continuing Education healthcare courses in which clinical procedures are performed must provide documentation of required immunizations, titers, and screening for tuberculosis. 

All students in Basic Law Enforcement Training must provide documentation of current tetanus vaccination and undergo tuberculosis screening prior to admission, if required by a physician.

All F-1 students must complete the International Student Medical Form documenting tuberculosis screening within the last 12 months. Any students with a positive screening must also provide a report of a complete chest x-ray within the last 12 months.

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Southern Wake Campus, 9101 Fayetteville Rd. (401 South), Raleigh, NC 27603 
Northern Wake Campus, 6600 Louisburg Rd., Raleigh, NC 27616
Health Sciences Campus, 2901 Holston Ln., Raleigh, NC 27610
Western Wake Campus, 3434 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary, NC 27518
Public Safety Education Campus, 321 Chapanoke Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603
RTP Campus, 10908 Chapel Hill Rd., Morrisville, NC 27560

Curriculum Admissions
Should assistance be needed, please feel free to contact an Admissions Information Specialist at 919-866-5420 or find information online at

Registration and Student Records Services
Location: Southern Wake Campus, Student Services Building, Room 243
Phone: 919-866-5700

Phone: 919-866-5474 or [email protected].

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