Special Program Requirements

Please see below for a list of programs that have special admissions requirements:

Practical Nursing

Nursing is one of today’s top careers – and there is high demand for professionals who can combine a mind for science with a passion for patient care. Our Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program provides academic and occupational courses with a variety of clinical experiences so that graduates are prepared to enter the fast-paced world of medicine and healthcare immediately upon graduation. The program is designed to prepare graduates to successfully complete the NCLEX-PN for licensure as a Practical Nurse.  The LPN program is highly competitive.  Students are admitted to the program based on the criteria below.

The Practical Nursing program has five prerequisite courses that must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each course before the student can go through the selection process.  These courses include:

General Education Course Requirements

Course #                            Course Name                                                         Credit Hours

ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English 3
MATH 1012 Foundations of  Math 3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
ALHS 1011 Structure and Function of Human Body 5
ALHS 1060 Diet and Nutrition 2

Practical Nursing

The following university level courses with comparable credit hours may be used as a substitution on a weighted 25% grade scale:
ENGL 1101 – Composition and Rhetoric (*ENGL 1010)
MATH 1013 – Basic Algebra or
MATH 11XX -any college-level math beginning with the numbers 11 (*MATH 1012)
PSYC 1101 – Psychology (*PSYC 1010)
Both BIOL 2113 and BIOL 2114 (*ALHS 1011)

The required Anatomy class, ALHS 1011, Structure & Function of the Human Body, is eligible for one year from the semester of acceptance.  If it is from one to three years old, the student may take an exemption test (which will be the final for that class) and must make an 80 on that test to exempt from retaking the class.  If the student does not make an 80, he or she will be required to retake ALHS 1011.

 Students who have completed the Practical Nursing prerequisites are eligible to take the entrance examination for possible entry in to the Practical Nursing program.  Selection is held twice per year on the Americus Campus: in June to select the students for Fall Semester, and in September to select the students for Spring Semester.  Selection is held once per year on the Crisp County campus: in June to select the students for Fall Semester A total of twenty students are chosen for each class.  Students testing in June must have completed the prerequisites by the end of Spring Semester.  Students testing in September must have completed the prerequisites by the end of Summer Semester.  Students must be admitted to SGTC in the Health Care Assisting TCC program for the semester in which they test in order to make sure all transcripts have been evaluated and are available in Banner for verification of grades at the time of testing.

The entrance exam for the program is the Assessment Technologies Institute Test of Essential Academic Skills version 6. (ATI TEAS version 6).   Students must take the ATI TEAS on approved testing dates only. Scores from tests taken at other testing centers will be accepted within a five-year period.

The ATI TEAS is not health care based and is designed to assess essential academic knowledge.  The LPN faculty strongly recommend that students purchase the ATI TEAS Study Guide.  This guide may be purchased from ATI’s website, www.atitesting.com, or from any website that sells text books.  Historically, students who utilized the study guide performed at a higher level on the test than those who chose not to do so.

The June TEAS will be administered the first and second weeks of the month.  After passing the test, the deadline for submission of required documents is the third Thursday in June by 1:00 p.m. The September TEAS will be administered the first and second weeks of the month. Deadline for submission of required documents is the third Thursday of September by 1:00 p.m.  Students missing the deadline will not be eligible for a seat in the program at that time.

The selection process consists of the following:

1) Verification of completion of all prerequisites with a minimum grade of “C” in all courses

2) Taking and meeting/exceeding the required score of 50 on the entrance exam, the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

3) Submission of required documents:

The required documents must be submitted to the Admissions Department.  In order to comply with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), the student must provide a valid SGTC student email address.  Private email addresses will not be used for communication.

GPA calculations are done according to the following guidelines:

After the deadline for submission of paperwork, Admissions will calculate GPAs for each student using only the five prerequisite courses.  That GPA will be multiplied by the TEAS score for a Composite Score.  The 20 students with the highest composite scores will be accepted.  Those students will receive notification via their SGTC student email addresses approximately one week after the deadline for submission of required documents.  These students will also receive information regarding a mandatory orientation meeting that will be held approximately two months prior to the start of classes.  The student’s presence and punctuality at the meeting signifies his or her desire to accept and maintain a seat in the Nursing Program.  Students not in attendance or who are tardy for the meeting may forfeit their seat in the program.

Students not selected will receive email notification during the same time period.   Those students are encouraged to contact their respective advisors to discuss ways to improve performance for possible admission in the next selection. A student with a passing TEAS score who is not selected may choose to keep the current score for the next selection.

Heavy Equipment Dealer Service Technology (CAT) Program

In order to be accepted into the Think Big Program, students must first find a dealer sponsor in their geographic location.  Once accepted by a dealer, the student will then follow the regular admission procedures as listed below:

* *The placement exam is designed to determine the applicant’s reading, writing and math skills in order to guide the student in educational and career decisions. It is not designed to be a hindrance or barrier to enrollment in a program. Exceptions in lieu of the placement exam are:

Degree Program Diploma Program
SAT scores of 25 critical reading, 26 writing/language and 24 math (post March 2016) SAT scores of 24 critical reading, 25 writing/language and 22 math (post March 2016)
ACT scores of 17 reading, 16 English, 19 math ACT scores of 13 reading, 12 English, and 17 math
Accuplacer scores of 70 Sentence Skills, 64 Reading Comp, 57 Elem. Algebra Accuplacer scores of 60 Sentence Skills, 55 Reading Comp,      34 Arithmetic
PSAT scores of 23 reading , 24 writing, 22 math PSAT scores of 22 reading, 23 writing, and 20 math
HOPE GPA 2.6 or higher HOPE GPA 2.6 or higher
GED scores of 165 English and 165 math GED scores of 165 English and 165 math

For additional information, visit the CAT Program, or contact Donald Rountree, by phone 299-931-2451 or Keith McCorkle, by phone 229-931-2586  .

Agricultural Technology (John Deere) Program

In order to be accepted into the John Deere Program, students must first find a dealer sponsor in their geographic location.  Once accepted by a dealer, the student will then follow the regular admission procedures as listed below:

* *The placement exam is designed to determine the applicant’s reading, writing and math skills in order to guide the student in educational and career decisions. It is not designed to be a hindrance or barrier to enrollment in a program. Exceptions in lieu of the placement exam are:John Deere Agricultural Technology

Degree Program Diploma Program
SAT scores of 25 critical reading, 26 writing/language and 24 math (post March 2016) SAT scores of 24 critical reading, 25 writing/language and 22 math (post March 2016)
ACT scores of 17 reading, 16 English, 19 math ACT scores of 13 reading, 12 English, and 17 math
Accuplacer scores of 70 Sentence Skills, 64 Reading Comp, 57 Elem. Algebra Accuplacer scores of 60 Sentence Skills, 55 Reading Comp,      34 Arithmetic
PSAT scores of 23 reading , 24 writing, 22 math PSAT scores of 22 reading, 23 writing, and 20 math
HOPE GPA 2.6 or higher HOPE GPA 2.6 or higher
GED scores of 165 English and 165 math GED scores of 165 English and 165 math

For additional information, visit the John Deere Power Up Website, contact Matt Burks, by phone at 229-931-2401 or Wayne Peck, by phone at 229-931-2005.