General College Admissions
Norwalk Community College maintains an open admission policy. An applicant should have such maturity and other qualities which indicate an ability to profit from a program offered by the College. Admission to the College, however, does not necessarily mean immediate admission to all courses and programs.
Students may be required to satisfy course and program eligibility requirements. Admission to the Associate Degree programs in Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Respiratory Care, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Management, Honors, Legal Assistant and Veterinary Technology is governed by special criteria.
Students taking courses in the credit division who have not completed high school can attend NCC through programs such as the High School Partnership program or College Pathway program.
Students planning to enroll in degree or certificate programs must show evidence of high school graduation, or a passing grade on the General Educational Development (GED) examination, and proof of immunization (see NCC Immunization Requirements). Home schooled students must provide a certificate of completion of the State Certified Home School Curriculum.
High School Students
Current high school students wishing to enroll at NCC must have completed their sophomore year and present a letter of recommendation from their counselor or principal as part of the Admission application.
Students who have not completed the 10th grade must meet with the NCC Dean of Students prior to applying to the College.
Experience shows placing students in courses appropriate to their background and ability is the best way to ensure success. The College has adopted a mandatory placement test program. Placement tests are given in English writing skills, reading skills and mathematics. All new students must complete placement tests.
Applicants are advised to allow themselves enough time to complete the placement test, so that they can achieve their highest score.
Applicants with documented disabilities who wish to take the placement test under modified conditions should contact the Coordinator of Student Access/Ability Services at (203) 857-7192.
The Testing Center is located on the East Campus, room E211. If you have questions or need help with scheduling, please contact the Testing Center at (203) 857-7070.
ESL Placement Testing
In most cases, students whose first language is not English will be required to take the ESL placement test. Students may take other college courses depending on their ESL placement level. ESL testing information is available on the NCC website under Admissions. Contact the ESL Department at (203)857-6854 or (203) 857-7176 for information about ESL classes.
If you were born after December 31, 1956, Connecticut State Law requires that all full-time and degree seeking students enrolled in postsecondary schools be adequately protected against measles, mumps and rubella. In addition, all full-time and matriculating students except those born in the continental United States prior to January 1, 1980, must provide proof of immunization against varicella (chicken pox). Students must have two doses of each vaccine administered at least one month apart to ensure adequate immunization.
For a copy of the NCC State Immunization Policy form, including information on options and religious and medical exemptions, log on to: http://www.norwalk.edu/dept/admissions/pdf/proofofimmunization.pdf.
All new students must:
- Submit a completed admissions or online application and a $20 nonrefundable application fee to the NCC Admissions Office, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854-1655.
- The applicant must take the college placement test, unless waived. Information about test dates and times is available on the NCC website under Admissions.
- Submit proof of immunization to the Admissions Office, if applicable. Once you have submitted a copy of your immunizations, it becomes the property of the College.
The Admissions Office is located on the East Campus, room E106.
New and transfer students can apply to Norwalk Community College by visiting www.norwalk.edu. Students can find the Application on the homepage by clicking on “Apply Online.” Payment is by credit card only. Once a student’s payment is received, their application is processed and they are sent further instructions. The web application is available up to one day prior to the start of each semester.
New Degree and Certificate Students
Persons applying to a degree or certificate program, and/or for financial aid, should submit proof of high school completion or copy of a GED certificate to the Admissions Office. Once an applicant has submitted official transcripts from another school, these records become the property of the College.
Undecided Students are those who are interested in pursuing a degree or certificate, but are currently undecided about choice of major. This category will exclude students from financial aid eligibility.
Non-degree students are those who are taking credit courses but not working toward a degree or certificate at NCC. Non-degree students are not eligible to receive financial aid or veteran’s benefits. Proof of high school completion is not required.
Students must submit official transcripts from previous college(s) attended if transferring credit towards a degree or certificate program or to have the placement test waived. Once an applicant has submitted official transcripts from another school, these records become the property of the College. Students must make a request in writing to have their courses evaluated for transfer credit. Transcript evaluation forms are available in the Counseling Center, East Campus, room E104. Consult the Academic Information section of this catalog for detailed information on transfer of credit.
Former NCC students who have not registered for four or more consecutive semesters, excluding summer sessions, must apply for readmission to the College. Readmit students do not pay an application fee. In some cases, a readmit student may be encouraged to take the placement test. Information about placement test dates, times, sign up procedures and waivers is available online under Admissions. Proof of immunization is required. The catalog in effect at the time of readmission, or any subsequent catalog, governs their academic status and graduation requirements.
Readmit Students - Fresh Start Option
The Fresh Start Option (FSO) gives the readmitting student an opportunity to start again without the burden of a poor academic history.
International students may attend and pursue a degree at the College. Students whose first language is not English must take the ESL placement test prior to registering for classes to determine their English level. Students who do not place into ENG 101 must take the appropriate ESL courses first. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is not required for admission. Services include registration advisement, visa processing, and college, career and personal counseling.
Applicants should contact the International Student Office at (203) 857-6875 (room E202) in advance of the semester in which attendance at the College is intended in order to complete visa and admissions requirements. Required forms include admissions application, detailed high school transcripts accompanied by a certified English translation, letters of residency and support in addition to appropriate visa paperwork. Admissions can be for the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Tuition and fees are based on the out-of-state rates, which can be found on the NCC website. Completion of visa and registration requirements cannot be guaranteed. Students must have an approved visa or visa status prior to attending classes.
High School Partnership Students
High school juniors and seniors with a “B” average attending participating schools may be eligible for the free program. Students must be recommended by their high school principal or designee to take college-level credit courses. Students so recommended must take the Accuplacer placement test or present SAT scores to meet eligibility for college-level courses.
Extended Studies and Workforce Education
Non-credit students are those taking Extended Studies and Workforce Education courses, which carry no credit and are not applicable to a degree or certificate program (some exceptions may apply. See Extended Studies course catalog for details). An application for admission to the College is not required for non-credit students.
For information about non-credit courses, call Extended Studies at (203)857-7080. All non-English speaking students who are interested in learning English must complete and submit an application for admission and take the English as a Second Language placement test. For information about non-credit English as a Second Language courses, please call (203)857-6881.
The Connecticut College of Technology Pathway Program
The College of Technology (COT) is a statewide initiative that provides career pathways for students to earn certificates, Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering and Technology disciplines. In order to facilitate this statewide initiative, the COT is an umbrella for Connecticut’s twelve community colleges and six public and private partner universities. The COT reduces barriers to education by providing a seamless articulation between the community colleges and the four-year partner universities. In addition, the COT uniquely integrates all of the aforementioned college and universities systems through offering multiple points of entry for completion of degrees. Students also have the option to select from two pathways at the community college that provide seamless transition to the four-year partner universities; Technology Studies and Engineering Science.
The Engineering Pathway program consists primarily of course work in engineering, mathematics, and the sciences. This program prepares the student for entry into the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering, Central Connecticut State University’s School of Engineering and Technology, Fairfield University’s School of Engineering, University of Hartford College of Engineering, University of New Haven School of Engineering, and Charter Oak State College.
The Technological Studies Pathway program consists of three Pathway options: Industrial Technology, Technology Education, or Engineering Technology. All three options provide for a bachelor of science degree from Central Connecticut State University or Charter Oak State College.
Veterans and Reservists
Veterans and students eligible for VA educational benefits must complete NCC’s application procedures for degree or certificate students. In addition, they must contact the Veterans Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office at (203) 857-7006 to apply for educational and/or tuition waiver benefits. See additional Veteran/Reservist information under Records/Registration on the web or under Financial Aid and Academic Information in this catalog. The Veterans Lounge is located in W120. For more information, contact Chris DeCew, Veterans Certifying Official, at (203)857-7006.
New England Regional Student Program
Each New England state has agreed to admit a quota of out-of-state New England residents for study at its public, degree-granting, two-year colleges and institutions. The plan provides an opportunity to study at an out-of-state institution.
When a study program is not offered at an in-state institution, a qualified student may enroll at any participating out-of-state institution offering that study program.
When a study program is offered at both an in-state and out-of state institution, and the out-of-state institution is closer in traveling time to a qualified student’s legal residence, that student may enroll out-of-state.
Qualified students of the six New England states will pay the in-state tuition (some states impose a 25% surcharge) of the host institution, if accepted under either plan. Interested students should write to the Director of Admissions at the institutions concerned for admission applications, catalogs, and further information.
All students must register for courses during designated registration periods preceding each semester. Registration dates are listed on the NCC website and in the schedule of classes published before each registration period. Full payment of the semester’s tuition and fees is required at the time of registration unless otherwise specified or unless other arrangements have been made through the Business Office or the Financial Aid Office. Students should refer to the NCC website each semester for specific registration information.
Each year during the months of May, June and July, the College conducts a number of summer sessions. The exact dates of these sessions are announced in the spring on the NCC website and in the class schedule, which is posted online.
Admission to Competitive Programs
Legal Assistant Admission Requirements
Applicants to the Legal Assistant program must complete an application for admission to the College indicating Legal Assistant Degree or Legal Assistant Certificate as their major. Students are admitted to the program on a rolling basis once they have completed the necessary requirements.
Admission Requirements for Degree program:
- Eligibility to enroll in ENG 101 determined by placement test results or completion of prerequisites.
- Proof of high school completion with either a copy of a final high school transcript, diploma, or GED.
- Approval of Program Coordinator based on an individual interview.
Admission Requirements for Certificate program:
- Proof of high school completion with either a copy of a final high school transcript, diploma, or GED.
- Proof of college completion of either an Associate or Bachelor degree with a copy of said degree or a final transcript.
- Approval of Program Coordinator based on an individual interview.
Connecticut Community Colleges Nursing Program
Applicants to the CT-CCNP must complete their applications online. Paper applications will not be available.
Nursing Online Application Process:
After November 1st, please use the following steps to access the Online Application:
- Go to http://my.commnet.edu
- Login using your NetID & password (for example: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Click on the “Banner Self Service” link (upper right corner of the page)
- Select any of your Colleges
- Scroll right and click the “Selective Programs” tab
- Click the “Nursing Application” box
- Click “Nursing Program Application for (year of application cycle)”
You can now complete your application to the CT-CCNP. Please make sure to read the online instructions before submitting your application.
Once your online application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Please note, all emails will be sent to your community college email address. You will be able to look up your email address in myCommNet or using the NetID Lookup Utility.
If you have never submitted a general college application to your college of first choice, you must do so along with your nursing application.
Contact email@example.com if you have questions regarding the CT-CCNP application process.
The application period is November 1 through February 1. In addition to the on-line nursing application listed above, submit the following to the Admissions Office at the College of First Choice* by the February 1 deadline date:
- College application (separate from the nursing program application) with application fee of $20 for first-time applicant to any of the 12 Connecticut Community Colleges.
- Official high school transcript indicating date of graduation, General Educational Development (GED) diploma, or State High School Equivalency Diploma.
- Official college/university transcripts, if applicable, from ALL colleges/universities previously attended.
- Official ATI-TEAS results, if not taken at a CT Community College.
- Proof of compliance immunization if born after 12/31/56.
- Complete the required computerized Accuplacer Assessment Test. The assessment test may be waived for applicants who have prior college English and/or math credits OR who have submitted official SAT or ACT results with acceptable scores.
* “College of First Choice” is the college that the applicant would most like to attend. Applicants must meet admission and transfer requirements of the “College of First Choice.”
- High school graduate or equivalent.
- A score of 40 or higher on the College Level Math portion of the Accuplacer; OR SAT I Math score of 550 or higher (if taken before March, 2016) or 580 or higher (if taken after March, 2016); OR a score of 22 or higher on the ACT; OR Connecticut Community College MAT 136 or 137 (or equivalent or higher) with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1.
- One year of high school Chemistry with a lab or Connecticut Community College CHE 111 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher, completed within five years prior to application deadline of February 1.
- A passing score on the computer proficiency test (taken at your college of first choice) or completion of Connecticut Community College CSA 105 , CSA 106 or CSC 101 or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1.
- Connecticut Community College ENG 101 Composition , or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline of February 1.
- Connecticut Community College BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology I , or equivalent, with a grade of C+ or higher, completed within five years prior to application deadline of February 1.
- Connecticut Community College BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II , or equivalent, with a grade of C+ or higher, completed within five years prior to application deadline of February 1 or completed during, but no later, than the spring semester of application year.
- 2.7 GPA - Based on all college courses taken with grades that meet the nursing admission and/or curriculum requirements.
- TEAS score. Applicants must have an adjusted individual total score of 53.3% or higher. Test scores are valid for three years from the testing date, and must be submitted by February 1.
- There are a limited number of seats available in the Nursing Program each year. Therefore, meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
- Applicants are considered for admission using specific academic criteria including, but not limited to, GPA, grades in certain subjects and standardized test scores. The specific formula used to rank applicants is included with the Nursing application and is subject to change.
- All records, including high school and college transcripts, must be received by February 1.
- Incomplete applications and applications received after the February 1 deadline will not be considered.
- Courses completed in Adult Education and GED Programs are not acceptable as prerequisites.
- Anatomy and Physiology will not be accepted if taken more than five years prior to admission into the nursing program.
- Have official transcripts from all other colleges sent to NCC by February 1. If this is your first semester at NCC send transcripts to the Admissions Office. All other students send transcripts to the Records Office.
- Submit a transcript evaluation request form which can be obtained in the Counseling Center, room E104.
- In accordance with transfer of credit guidelines set forth by the Board of Regents, courses which meet nursing program requirements* are accepted at Norwalk Community College.
- Once a student earns credit at NCC, he/she may not transfer credit for the same course from another college.
- Anatomy and Physiology completed within the past five years.
- At least 25% of course work must be completed at NCC.
- Transfer credit must be applied and appear on the NCC transcript in order to count toward an NCC degree or certificate.
* See course descriptions in this catalog.
Licensed Practical Nurse
The Connecticut Community Colleges Nursing Program participates in the Connecticut Articulation Model for LPNs. Applicants must meet the CT-CCNP admission requirements found at www.ct.edu/academics/nursing. Applicants are encouraged to meet with a Nursing Advisor or email Carol Yoder at firstname.lastname@example.org OR Wendy Fitzgerald at email@example.com.
Medical Assistant Admissions
Applicants seeking admission into the Norwalk Community College Medical Assistant Program must file a Medical Assistant Application through the Medical Assistant Coordinator.
Submit the following by the April 1 priority acceptance deadline date (second priority acceptance deadline July 1, third acceptance deadline August 1):
- College application (separate from the Medical Assistant program application) with application fee of $20 for first-time applicant to any of the 12 Connecticut Community Colleges.
- Norwalk Community College-Medical Assistant Program application.
- Official high school transcripts indicating graduation or GED.
- Official college/university transcripts, if applicable.
- Proof of MMRV immunization.
- Complete the required Accuplacer placement test. The placement test maybe waived for applicants who have prior college English and/or mathematics credits or qualifying SAT or ACT scores.
Admission Requirements for Fall semester:
- High school graduate or equivalent
- Accuplacer score eligible for MAT 094 or higher completed prior to application deadline.
- Accuplacer score eligible for ENG 101 or higher completed prior to application deadline.
- GPA 2.3 - Based on a minimum nine college credits and all college credits taken within the past five years; and any college courses taken prior to five years that are transferred in to meet the Medical Assistant curriculum requirements. High school GPA of 2.3 or higher will be accepted if student has not completed college-level courses and meets all other requirements.
- High school Keyboarding within the last five years with a grade of C or pass, keyboarding experience that can be validated, Keyboarding in Extended Studies or an equivalent with advisor approval.
Where to Apply - Applicants must submit all application materials to the Medical Assistant Coordinator, room H112 by April 1 for first priority admission.
When to Apply - The application period for the Medical Assistant program is November 15 through August 1. Students only must apply for the clinical course as spaces are limited. They start in the fall semester.
Notification of Admission Status - Students will be notified by letter of the admission decision within a month after application deadline.
Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant Program
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in high school or college (college GPA based on more than 15 credits).
- ATI-TEAS test score. Applicants must achieve a composite score of 50% or higher. Test scores are valid for three years from testing date.
- Eligibility for MAT 172 , either by completion of the appropriate Math courses, placement test results recommending MAT 172 or higher, or previous college credits accepted as transfer credits by the Counseling Center.
- Eligibility for ENG 101 , either by completion of Developmental English courses, placement testing results recommending ENG 101 or higher, or previous college credits accepted as transfer credits by the Counseling Center.
- Successful completion of college-level Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (BIO 211 or equivalent) with a grade of C+ or better within five years of application for program entry. For admission to the program during the fall 2014 through fall 2019 semesters, a grade of C in BIO 211 will be accepted if BIO 211 was taken prior to the fall 2013 semester.
- Complete a minimum of 40 hours of documented volunteer or paid experience in a physical therapy setting.
- Applications are available February 1 and due June 1 of each year. All students accepted to the program start in the fall semester.
- Students must receive a C or better for all general education courses required by the program (ENG 101 , CSA 105 , ENG 102 , MAT 172 or MAT 201 , PSY 111 , IDS 210 or IDS 230 and COM 173 ).
- Students must earn a C+ or better in BIO 211 and BIO 212 .
- Students must earn a C or better in all technical education/PTA courses. If the student earns a C- or below in a PTA course, that course must be repeated.
- Space is limited. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
- You may declare pre-Physical Therapist Assistant as your major in the Records Office. Fill out a Change of Major form and indicate General Studies/Pre-PTA cohort. Only students accepted into the PTA program may change their major to Physical Therapist Assistant.
- Graduation from NCC with an Associate in Science (major in PTA) does not guarantee licensure to practice as a PTA. You must meet all requirements of the state you plan to practice in prior to licensure. The state of Connecticut requires successful completion of the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (www.fsbpt.org) prior to application for licensure.
- Student membership with the American Physical Therapy Association (www.apta.org) is required during the first year of the program. Currently, annual dues are $90.
- Certain clinical rotations may require background checks, drug testing, physical examinations, uniforms, and or other related equipment. This must be provided at the expense of the student and is not the responsibility of the College.
- All PTA students are required to be covered by Professional Liability Insurance. This insurance must be in force for the duration of any and all internships and proof must be on file with the program coordinator. NCC will provide liability insurance for all students.
- The College requires that students show proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella and varicella to comply with state law. Health care facilities where PTA students have clinical education experiences may require a physical and/or proof of additional vaccines (such as Hepatitis B) or tests (such as tuberculosis). Costs associated with these tests and medical examinations are the responsibility of the student.
- The clinical internship schedule is at the discretion of the supervising PT/PTA at the clinical education site and may include evenings and weekends.
- In addition to college tuition, lab fees, and textbooks, students must arrange and pay for parking at and transportation to clinical internships and required uniforms/attire. Every attempt will be made to place students in an area that is within a reasonable driving distance from Norwalk, or the student’s home, however students may be required to attend clinical internships or learning experiences outside those areas.
- In order to progress to the second semester of the PTA program (PTA 235 and PTA 253 ), you must complete BIO 212 with a C+ or better. Therefore, it is highly recommended that if you have not yet completed BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II prior to applying to the program that you attempt to register for this course for the summer semester prior to joining the program, or the first semester of the program in the fall. For admission to the program during the fall 2012 through fall 2019 semesters, a grade of C in BIO 211 or BIO 212 will be accepted if the course was taken prior to fall 2013.
- Once you enroll in the first PTA program semester, you have three years to complete the two-year program.
Admission to the Respiratory Care Program:
Applications for admission to the Respiratory Care Program are available in the Admissions Office. After completion of the Respiratory Care Program, graduates are eligible to take the national exam for the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
New students must complete an application for admission to the College indicating Respiratory Care as their major and follow the Admissions Procedures as described in the catalog. New, continuing and readmit students must fulfill the Respiratory Care Program admission requirements prior to applying for admission to the Respiratory Care Program. Admission to the Respiratory Care Program is selective. Students are admitted to the Program each fall semester.
Applicants seeking admission into the Norwalk Community College Respiratory Care Program must file a Respiratory Care application through the Admissions Office. The application period for fall is November 1 through August 1. Submit the following by the March 1, July 1, OR August 1 deadline dates:
- College application (separate from the Respiratory Care program application) with application fee of $20 for first-time applicant to any of the 12 Connecticut Community Colleges.
- Norwalk Community College - Respiratory Care Program application.
- Official high school transcripts indicating graduation or GED.
- Official college/university transcripts, if applicable.
- Proof of Measles and Rubella immunization.
- Complete the required Accuplacer computerized placement test. The placement test may be waived for applicants who have prior college English and/or mathematics credits.
- High school graduate or equivalent
- SAT I Math Score of 550 or higher (if taken before March, 2016) or 580 or higher (if taken after March, 2016); OR a score of 22 or higher on the ACT; OR Accuplacer score above MAT 136 ; or completion of MAT 136 or higher, with a grade of C or higher completed prior to application deadline.
- GPA 2.5 - Based on all college credits taken within the past five years; and any college courses taken prior to five years that are transferred in to meet the Respiratory Care curriculum requirements.
- ATI-TEAS test score. Applicants must achieve a composite score of 48% or higher. TEAS must have been completed within the last three years.
- Computer literacy - A passing score on the computer proficiency test OR completion of Connecticut Community College CSA 105 or CSC 101, or equivalent, with grade of C or higher, completed prior to application deadline.
- College Chemistry: CHE 111 OR high school chemistry with a lab. Students must have a grade of C or higher and have completed the course within seven years of the application deadline prior to admission.
- Completion of ENG 101 Composition , or equivalent, by the end of the spring semester prior to admission. Must receive a grade of C or higher.
- Completion of BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology I or equivalent. Students must have a grade of C+ or higher and have completed the course within five years of the application deadline.
- Completion of BIO 235 Microbiology or equivalent. Students must have a grade of C or higher and have completed the course prior to the application deadline.
- Students entering the Respiratory Care curriculum must start the program in the fall semester.
- Priority acceptance will be based upon academic achievement.
- All records, including high school and college transcripts from each college attended, must be received and college transcripts evaluated by the application deadline date.
- To evaluate transfer in credits from other colleges, fill out the Transcript Evaluation Request Form in the Counseling Center (room E104).
- The evaluation of international transcripts may require use of the World Education Services (WES). Application also available in the Counseling Center (room E104)
- College science courses will not be considered acceptable for transfer if taken more than ten years prior to admission.
Admission to the Veterinary Technology Program:
Admission to the Veterinary Technology Program is contingent on satisfactory completion of prerequisites and available space in course offerings. Program admission also requires:
Admission to Norwalk Community College.
Applicants must be in overall good health and be capable of lifting a minimum of 55 lbs (25 kgs) and submit medical authorization to participate in the program.
Rabies immunization is strongly recommended for Veterinary Technology students for courses VET 151
and above. Students not in compliance may not be able to participate fully in the Program’s animal coursework required for accreditation standards.
Before any coursework in clinical facilities, students may be required to undergo background checks.
Veterinary Technology Program Pre-Requisites:
NOTE: Once enrolled in the program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of “C” (2.0) or higher to progress. Additionally, all VET* and BIO* designated courses must be completed within five years.
* There may be a pre-requisite that must be completed prior to taking these courses
Readmission Policies for Allied Health Programs:
- Complete Admission Requirements (must meet current admission standards).
- Reapply by letter to the Director of the Respiratory Care program stating reasons for seeking readmission.
- Readmission eligibility will be determined by faculty.
- Readmission for Respiratory Care students who received a clinical failure will be on a case-by-case basis.