Health Care Career Prerequisites

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HEALTH CARE CAREER
ACADEMIC PLANNING GUIDELINES
RVC academic advisors and the RVC College Catalog should be consulted for more specific program
requirements. Students with credits from other institutions are strongly encouraged to consult with an
academic advisor. (August 2013)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) NAD 101 (Certificate)
Academic Testing: Please contact the RVC Testing Center at 815-921-2380 for Placement Testing
information.
It is required for students who are interested in either the LPN or RN Programs to attend an
“Information Session”. Please call 815-921-3261 for meeting dates and times.
Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.)
Application Deadline: April 1st
(Certificate)
Students who take MTH 096A can
take MTH 093/094 and go into any of
these health areas.
The following are general requirements for the LPN Program:
 MTH 096S or MTH 094 (MTH 095)
 CHM 110 General, Organic & Biochemistry [CHM 099-optional, MTH 096S or MTH 094 is the
prerequisite] (CHM 100 or 101)
 BIO 100 or BIO 103
Prerequisite Courses (these courses must be completed prior to applying for the program)
 C.N.A. [NAD 101 or proof of current C.N.A. certification]
 BIO 185 [College Chemistry and College Biology are prerequisites]
Supporting Courses (these courses can be taken during the LPN Program)
 FWS 237
 ENG 101
 PSY 170
Registered Nurse (R.N.) (Associate of Applied Science Degree)
Application Deadlines: March 15th and October 1st
The following are general requirements for the R.N. Program:
 MTH 096S or MTH 094 Intermediate Algebra or ACT Math score of 18 or above w/ one year HS
Algebra w/ grade of C or higher (within last 5 years) (MTH 095)
 CHM 110 General, Organic & Biochemistry [CHM 099-optional, MTH 096S or 094 is the
prerequisite] (CHM 100 or 101)
 BIO 100 or BIO 103
Prerequisite Courses (these courses must be completed prior to applying to the program)
 C.N.A.
 BIO 185 [College Chemistry and College Biology are prerequisites]
 BIO 274 [College Chemistry and College Biology are prerequisites]
 PSY 170
Supporting Courses (these courses can be taken during the R.N. Program)
 FWS 237
 ENG 101
 6 credit hours of elective credit, choose between PSY 270, SOC 190, SPH 131 or MTH 220
Dental Hygiene (Associate of Applied Science Degree)
Application Deadline: February 15th
It is essential for students who are interested in the Dental Hygiene Program to attend an
Information Session. Please call 815-921- 3235 for meeting dates and times.
The following are general requirements for the Dental Hygiene Program:
 MTH 096S or MTH 094
 High School Chemistry or CHM 099 – recommended, but optional (CHM 100)
 BIO 100 or BIO 103
Prerequisite Courses (these courses must be completed before applying to the program)
 CHM 120 (MTH 120 prerequisite) or CHM 110 & 210 (MTH 096S or 094 is the prerequisite)
 BIO 281 and BIO 282 [CHM 120 or 210 and College Biology are prerequisites]
 BIO 274 [College Chemistry and College Biology are prerequisites]
 ENG 101
Supporting Courses (these courses can be taken as part of the Dental Hygiene Program)
 ENG 103
PSY 170 SOC 190 SPH 131 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (IAI)
Respiratory Care (Associate in Applied Science Degree)
Application Deadline: January 20th
Students who take MTH 096A
can take MTH 093/094 and go
into any of these health areas.
The following are general requirements for the Respiratory Care Program:
 MTH 096S or MTH 094 or higher (MTH 095)
 CHM 110 [CHM 099–optional, MTH 096S or 094 is the prerequisite] (CHM 100 or CHM 101)
 BIO 100 or BIO 103
Prerequisite Courses (these courses must be completed before beginning the program)
 BIO 185 [College Chemistry and College Biology are prerequisites]
 HLT 110 (HLT 102&104)
Supporting Courses (these courses can be taken as part of the Respiratory Care Program)
 BIO 274 [College Chemistry and College Biology are prerequisites]
 ENG 101
 SPH 201 or SPH 131
 Choose one elective: HLT 105, FWS 237, BIO 171, PSY 170, PHL153, PHL 256, MGT 270
Surgical Technology (Certificate)
Application Deadline: April 15th
The following are general requirements for the Surgical Technology Program:
 MTH 096S or MTH 094 (MTH 095)
 CHM 110 [MTH 096S or MTH 094 is the prerequisite] (CHM 100 or CHM 101)
 BIO 100 or BIO 103
Prerequisite Courses (these courses must be completed before beginning the program).
 BIO 185 [College Chemistry and College Biology are prerequisites]
 HLT 110 (HLT 102&104)
 BIO 274 [College Chemistry and College Biology are prerequisites]
 ENG 101
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