General Admissions Requirements for Career and Technical Education Programs

Career and Technical Education Programs provide integrated pathways to high-skill/high-wage earning careers that are family sustainable and strengthen the area's economic health. The region's major employers are actively vested and engaged with our faculty and programs and Seminole State graduates reflect their expertise and commitment.

Seminole State's vision is to be the region's most influential educational institution for career and professional studies education, with employees seeking our graduates before all others.

Limited-Access Programs Placement Eligibility

All candidates for admission to the College are accepted for enrollment as announced in this procedure. However, some programs are regularly identified by Seminole State as limited-access programs.

  1. Limited-access programs have specific enrollment eligibility limitation requirements that are imposed because of:
    1. Physical facility limitations;
    2. Faculty and clinical or internship resources;
    3. State licensure rules and regulations established and implemented by outside agencies, boards and entities; or
    4. Related criteria established and implemented pursuant to laws, rules and regulations over which the College has no discretionary authority.
  2. Limited-access program students shall be selected for admission to these programs based on:
    1. Equal Access/Equal Opportunity standards;
    2. Past student performance;
    3. Academic performance and continuing academic potential.
  3. Students seeking placement in such programs receive specific eligibility requirements for admission from the department. The final selection decision for placement in each limited-access program is determined by a department committee. The department provides notification of placement to each limited-access program candidate.
  4. Admission decisions related to limited-access programs cannot be appealed except for specific cause.
  5. Students who are not selected for admission to a specific limited-access program are encouraged to continue their studies in other programs and courses at the College. Advising services are provided by career program advisors who work with students in each program area. These career program advisors can assist unsuccessful candidates with strengthening their application and/or the selection of alternative educational programs and courses. All students who apply to limited-access programs should contact the appropriate career program advisor early for guidance.

Please Note: Seminole State College does not require health immunizations for admission to Healthcare Programs. However, Healthcare Program students will be required to obtain immunizations prior to participating in clinical experiences and maintain specific immunizations during the specific program. Please contact the department for more information.

Apprenticeship Programs

Florida Automatic Sprinkler Training (FAST) and Florida Electrical Apprenticeship Training (FEAT) Plumbing Industry Professional Education (PIPE) apprenticeship programs

Candidates must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  2. Be at least 18 years of age;
  3. Be physically capable of performing the work of the respective trade;
  4. Be able to read and write English;
  5. Be employed by a sponsoring company;
  6. Schedule an appointment with respective Apprenticeship Coordinator to enroll in program.

Automotive Programs

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Automotive Engineering Technology (Ford, GM, General Domestic and Imports)

Candidates must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  2. If non-exempt, complete the Post-secondary Education Readiness Test (PERT);
  3. Provide an official transcript(s) (in a sealed envelope) indicating the successful completion of high school or GED®;
  4. Possess a valid Florida driver's license and provide a 36-month driving record history;
  5. Return completed and signed Automotive Program Application form;
  6. Schedule an interview with the career program advisor or the program manager;
  7. Be able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds.
Automotive Service Technology Program (Career Certificate)

Candidates must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  2. If non-exempt, complete the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). TABE scores must be at or above 566 for Language, 580 for Reading and 583 for Math to exit the program and receive the completion diploma;
  3. Be able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds.

Healthcare Programs

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree in Nursing (RN) 

Candidates must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  2. If non-exempt, complete the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) or SAT;
  3. Visit the Nursing Website for program details;
  4. Submit the following documentation:
    • Nursing Application: This form must be submitted and is valid for the current admission class. Students who are not admitted must submit a new Nursing Application for the next admission class. The Nursing Application is part of the application packet and is located on the Nursing Website.
    • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) grade report. See the Nursing Website for required scores.
    • Seminole State College transcript. A GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for general education and support courses is required. See the Nursing Website for a list of prerequisites.
    • Transcripts from other colleges must be submitted to the College Records Office.

      If there are more applicants meeting the criteria than available seats, the Seminole State Nursing Admissions Committee will use a selection process. More information about the selection process is available on the Nursing Website.

  5. Be aware of physical limitations. Bedside nursing can be physically demanding. Student nurses provide care that includes activities such as turning, lifting and transferring patients. Hospital protocol requires all healthcare workers to be physically stable in order to provide care. Hospitals have the ability to deny the use of their facilities to students when the safety of care provided to patients could be compromised. Any student absent due to medical reasons must have a medical release prior to returning to a clinical experience.
Nursing-Concurrent A.S.-B.S.N. Option with the University of Central Florida

This program is a partnership between Seminole State College and the University of Central Florida. It integrates current enrollment in associate and baccalaureate nursing programs simultaneously.

Candidates must:

  1. Be admitted into Seminole State College's Generic Associate Degree in Nursing Program;
  2. Be admitted to UCF and the UCF Nursing Concurrent Program;
  3. Meet all Seminole State and UCF Nursing prerequisites;
  4. Possess a minimum overall GPA as stated on the Seminole State Nursing Website.

If there are more applicants meeting the criteria than available seats, the Seminole State Nursing Admissions Committee will use a selection process. More information about the selection process is available on the Nursing Website.

Nursing, NUR-BS

Students may begin the BSN program three times each year in August (Term I), in January (Term II), or in May (Term III). Interested persons must first be admitted to Seminole State before registering for BSN coursework. The dates for application may vary.

The nursing program has specific requirements for admission. Candidates must:

  • Graduate from a regionally-accredited Associate in Science Degree Nursing or Diploma in Nursing program and be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEXRN) or hold an active RN license;
  • Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Attain a grade of "C" or higher in all General Education course requirements;
  • Eight weeks prior to enrolling in a clinical course (NUR 4945C), the student must submit a completed physical examination form and upload proof of required immunizations/healthrequirements, CPR certification, unencumbered current Florida RN license, and FIT testing to the designated website;
  • Eight weeks prior to enrolling in a clinical course (NUR 4945C), the student must pass the Level II Criminal Background Check and drug and alcohol screening per the organization's requirements.

All nursing courses are taught in a distance format with the exception of courses with a clinical component. Students must have access to a computer with internet capabilities while enrolled in the program.

Associate in Science (A.S.) Physical Therapist Assistant

Candidates must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  2. If non-exempt, complete the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT);
  3. Complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation, volunteer service or work experience in two or more Physical Therapy Departments (observation hours in excess of 100 hours will not be considered);
  4. Meet with assigned advisor to discuss General Education courses required for the PTA program. General Education courses may be taken at any accredited college or university (official transcripts must be sent to Seminole State's Office of Registration and Records). It is the pre-PTA student's responsibility to request from other colleges and universities that official transcripts be sent to Seminole State as soon as possible.

    Prerequisite courses may be taken at any accredited college or university (official transcripts must be sent to Seminole State's Office of Registration and Records). It is the pre-PTA student's responsibility to request from other colleges and universities that official transcripts be sent to Seminole State as soon as possible.

  5. Submit the completed PTA application packet available on the PTA Website.
Associate in Science (A.S.) Respiratory Care

Candidates must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  2. If non-exempt, complete the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT);
  3. Provide an official transcript(s) indicating successful completion of high school or GED®; transcripts from other colleges must be submitted to the College Records Office.
  4. Complete the following prerequisite courses:
    • BSC 2093C: Anatomy and Physiology I (must earn a grade of "C" or higher). Note: At Seminole State, General Biology (BSC 2010C) is a prerequisite for this course. General Biology can be used to satisfy the four-credit support course elective requirements.
    • ENC 1101: English I. Note: At Seminole State, English I is a corequisite for BSC 2010C. A grade of "C" or higher is required for graduation.
  5. Possess intermediate algebra skill level satisfied by completion of MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra, or test scores which place the student into College Algebra. See the Respiratory Care Website for a list of all prerequisite courses.
  6. Submit completed Respiratory Care Application available on the Respiratory Care Website.

Dates for information sessions are available on the Respiratory Care Website or by calling the career program advisor for health programs at 407.404.6004.

If there are more candidates meeting the criteria than available seats, the Respiratory Care Admission Committee will use a selection process. More information about the selection process is available on the Respiratory Care Website.

Public Safety Programs

Correctional Officer: Criminal Justice Academy

Candidates must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  2. Be at least 19 years of age;
  3. Be a U.S. citizen;
  4. Provide an official transcript(s) (in a sealed envelope) indicating successful completion of high school or GED®;
  5. Possess a valid Florida driver's license;
  6. Have no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statements or moral turpitude;
  7. Make an appointment with Testing and Assessment, pay fee and complete the CJBAT battery;
  8. Complete the Law Enforcement/Corrections/Crossover application process and physical fitness assessment.
  9. Attend the mandatory information session to receive an academy application.
Law Enforcement: Basic Recruit Criminal Justice Academy

Candidates must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  2. Provide an official transcript(s) (in a sealed envelope) indicating successful completion of high school or GED®;
  3. Be at least 19 years of age;
  4. Be a U.S. citizen;
  5. Possess a valid Florida driver's license;
  6. Have no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statements or moral turpitude;
  7. Make an appointment with Testing and Assessment, pay fee and complete the CJBAT battery;
  8. Complete the Criminal Justice Institute application process.
  9. Attend the mandatory information session to receive an academy application.
Crossover Corrections to Law Enforcement: Criminal Justice Academy

Candidates must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  2. Provide an official transcript(s) (in a sealed envelope) indicating successful completion of high school or GED® and transcript indicating completion of Corrections Academy;
  3. Be at least 19 years of age;
  4. Be a U.S. citizen;
  5. Possess a valid Florida driver's license;
  6. Have no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statements or moral turpitude;
  7. Make an appointment with Testing and Assessment, pay fee and complete the CJBAT battery;
  8. Complete the Criminal Justice Institute application process.
  9. Attend the mandatory information session to receive an academy application.
Crossover Corrections to Law Enforcement: Corrections Academy

Candidates must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  2. Attend the mandatory information session to receive an academy application;
  3. Provide an official transcript(s) (in a sealed envelope) indicating successful completion of high school or GED®;
  4. Be at least 19 years of age;
  5. Be a U.S. citizen;
  6. Possess a valid Florida driver's license;
  7. Have no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statements or moral turpitude;
  8. Make an appointment with Testing and Assessment, pay fee and complete the CJBAT battery;
  9. Complete the Criminal Justice Institute application process.
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) Certificate Program

Candidates must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  2. Attend mandatory information session to receive EMT Program application.
  3. Submit EMS application to the Fire Science/EMS Department;
  4. Submit proof of age (at least 18 years of age);
  5. Provide an official transcript(s) (in a sealed envelope) indicating the successful completion of high school or GED®;
  6. Submit for and successfully pass an FDLE/FBI criminal background check as identified by the State of Florida Department of Health;
  7. Submit proof of current certifications and CPR at the Health Care Provider or Professional Rescuer Level or equivalent;
  8. Attend mandatory program orientation. The EMT orientation date will be provided at the EMT information session.
Firefighting Career Certificate - Minimum Standards

Candidates must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  2. Complete EMT-B course;
  3. Attend mandatory Firefighting Information Session held by the Fire Science Department;
  4. Submit Firefighting Academy application to the Center for Public Safety;
  5. Submit proof of age (at least 18 years of age);
  6. If non-exempt, complete the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) or obtain an exemption;
  7. Provide an official transcript(s) (in a sealed envelope) indicating the successful completion of high school program or GED®;
  8. Attend mandatory Firefighting Orientation Session held by Fire Science Department.
  9. Meet the Bureau of Fire Standards background, medical, and physical requirements as established by F.A.C.;
  10. Complete a non-tobacco use affidavit;
  11. *Physical agility exam may be required (Scheduling will be completed during information session).

Please note: Priority is given to applicants who are recommended by a Fire Chief, have completed a Paramedic program and earned an A.S. or A.A. degree or higher.

Paramedic Certificate

Candidates must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  2. Submit a completed EMS Paramedic application;
  3. Submit proof of age (at least 18 years of age);
  4. Provide an official transcript(s) (in a sealed envelope) indicating the successful completion of high school program or GED®;
  5. If non-exempt, complete the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT);
  6. Have earned a 2.0 GPA or higher;
  7. Attend an information session;
  8. Submit and successfully pass an FDLE/FBI criminal background check as identified by the State of Florida Department of Health and drug and alcohol test;
  9. Have successfully completed EMT and take the NREMT exam before the end of the first semester of paramedic.

Please note: Applicants who are currently employed by a Seminole County fire department will be allowed the first opportunity to enroll in the Paramedic Program. All other applicants will fill the remaining positions in the class based on their application date and college eligibility.

The Paramedic Certificate and degree have corequisite requirements. Failure to successfully complete any of the corequisite courses will require the student to re-apply to the program. Upon acceptance and return into the Paramedic Program, the student must retake the course(s) they failed and all of the corresponding corequisite courses. A minimum grade of "C" (80%) must be achieved in all Paramedic courses to meet program and graduation requirements.

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