Competitive Admission Programs
Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree
Practical Nursing diploma
Radiologic Technology degree
Acceptance into the college does not guarantee selection into a desired competitive admissions program. For more information on the college admission requirements, click here. All competitive admissions requirements must be met by posted deadlines.
Competitive Admissions Minimum Requirements
(all programs listed above)
- Applicant must be 18 years of age prior to the start of program classes.
- Applicant must submit the appropriate program-specific online letter of interest.
- Applicant must complete and have a grade point average (GPA) of a 2.5 or higher in all required prerequisite courses (listed below) and be in good standing with the college. All courses must be completed with a “C” or better.
- Applicants for Practical Nursing and Radiologic Technology must attend a Competitive Admissions Workshop. The required workshop session dates are listed below. Students will select the link on the day and time of the event for virtual sessions. No registration is required.
- Wednesday, February 15 - 12:00 p.m. - Student Success Lab
- Tuesday, February 28 - 4:00 p.m. - Student Success Lab
- Monday, March 13 - 2:00 p.m. - Virtual
- Wednesday, March 22 - 4:00 p.m. - Student Success Lab
- Tuesday, April 4 - 9:00 a.m. - Student Success Lab
- Monday, April 17 - 2:00 p.m. - Virtual
- Tuesday, May 2 - 4:00 p.m. - Student Success Lab
- Thursday, May 4 - 9:00 a.m. - Student Success Lab
- Applicants for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Echocardiography must attend a Sonography Information Session within one year prior to the term of interest. The required information session dates are listed below. Students will select the link on the day and time of the event for virtual sessions. No registration is required.
- Monday, October 10 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 943
- Monday, November 14 | 4:00 p.m. | Room 943
- Monday, January 23 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 943
- Monday, February 13 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 943
- Monday, March 20 | 4:00 p.m. | Room 943
- Monday, April 3 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 943
- Monday, April 24 | 4:00 p.m. | Room 943
- Applicants must complete the required aptitude exam and achieve the required minimum scores. More information on the required aptitude exam and helpful study information can be found on the Assessment Center webpage.
- Applicants for the Practical Nursing program must complete the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam and achieve a composite score of 59% or higher. Applicants must have taken the TEAS exam within the last 5 years.
- Applicants for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Echocardiography, and Radiologic Technology must complete the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam and achieve a composite score of 60% or higher. Applicants must have taken the TEAS exam within the last 5 years.
Ogeechee Tech sets a specific number of admission slots for each competitive admissions program. All students who meet the minimum requirements for competitive admissions programs by the posted deadlines are entered into the selection process. Students are selected for available slots using the following criteria:
For all competitive admissions programs:
- A total score is calculated based on TEAS scores and GPA for required prerequisite coursework only. Students are selected based on total score ranking.
- The GPA for prerequisite courses only will be weighted at 40% of the total score.
- The TEAS exam score will be weighted at 60% of the total score.
- If a tie exists, the highest score on the TEAS exam will determine ranking.
- If a tie continues to exist, the highest GPA on prerequisite coursework will determine ranking.
Note: Students who are interested in applying for both Echocardiography and Diagnostic Medical Sonography must select a first-choice program; second-choice program is optional. Students will be given priority in the selection process for their first-choice program.
Required Prerequisite Coursework:
For ranking purposes, a GPA is calculated based only on required prerequisite courses listed below taken within the last 5 years. A student may sign the waiver section included on the online letter of interest to have all coursework older than 5 years to be included in the calculations for the competitive admissions selection process. A student will not be able to choose specific coursework to include and exclude if a waiver is submitted. Coursework may be obtained by enrolling in the Health Care Assistant Certificate for Practical Nursing program or in the Interdisciplinary Degree for the Radiologic Technology, Echocardiography, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography Degree programs. The program specific required coursework includes:
Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Echocardiography
- ENGL 1101
- PSYC 1101
- Humanities/Fine Arts elective (only the highest grade achieved will be calculated into the cumulative GPA)
- MATH 1111 or MATH 1103
- PHYS 1110
- PHYS 1110L
- BIOL 2113
- BIOL 2113L
- BIOL 2114
- BIOL 2114L
- ENGL 1101
- ALHS 1090 (Echocardiography)
- ALHS 1040 (Diagnostic Medical Sonography)
- ALHS 1011
- ALHS 1040
- ALHS 1090
- COLL 1010
- ENGL 1010
- MATH 1012
- PSYC 1010 or PSYC 1101
- NAST 1100
- ALHS 1060
NOTE: Grades from prerequisite course transfer credits will be included in the calculation of the GPA for competitive admissions. A student will not be able to choose specific coursework to include and exclude if credits are transferred from a previous college.
The TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam is a standardized test used by Ogeechee Tech to evaluate candidates for potential admission into a competitive admission program. The TEAS exam is intended to gauge a student's achievement in a medical setting. The TEAS test covers reading, math, science and English and language usage skills.
TEAS exam scores will expire five years after the exam date.
A student’s first attempt is $40, and a $65 re-test fee is required for each subsequent attempt. Students will be administered the entire exam during each exam attempt. All testing fees are non-refundable.
A student may schedule, find out when the test is administered, and find helpful study resources by visiting the Assessment Center website. Study guides are also available in the Library.
For the Radiologic Technology, Echocardiography, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs:
- Applicants for the Radiologic Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Echocardiography programs must have taken the TEAS aptitude exam within the last 5 years and achieved a cumulative score of 60% or higher.
- A student will be allowed three (3) testing attempts on the TEAS. The exams are given several times each semester and attempts can be scheduled 30 calendar days apart.
- TEAS scores from other schools will not be accepted.
For the Practical Nursing program:
- Applicants for the Practical Nursing program must have taken the TEAS aptitude exam within the last 5 years and achieved a cumulative score of 59% or higher.
A student will be allowed four (4) testing attempts on the TEAS; the exams are given several times each semester. A student is required to wait a minimum of 30 calendar days between the first and second attempts. If a student chooses to take the exam more than two times, he/she will be required to wait a minimum of six months between each additional attempt.
The required steps above must be completed before the competitive admission selection deadlines:
Fall 2023: May 2, 2023
Fall 2023: May 2, 2023
Fall 2022: August 1, 2022
Spring 2023: December 13, 2022
Fall 2023: August 1, 2023
Spring 2024: August 1, 2023
Selections will be made within seven days from the deadline. All applicants will be notified by text and email of their acceptance or denial for admission into a competitive program.
Students applying to the Practical Nursing program who are currently employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant should speak to their advisor regarding the NAST course exemption process.
For information about the competitive selection process, please contact Molly Bickerton, Director for Admissions, at email@example.com. If you have specific questions about courses and/or advisement, please contact Rose Williams, Academic Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.