Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College has an OPEN DOOR admission policy. High school graduation or equivalence is normally required for admission to any curriculum; however, there are a few programs for non-graduates 18 years of age or older. The College accepts applications continuously throughout the school year. Early application is advised for many programs.
Individually selected classes may be taken by Unclassified Students providing the prerequisites have been met. After accumulating 20 hours, Unclassified Students must see a counselor/advisor in Student Services in order to confirm further educational plans.
Placement into a specific course of study is based upon standards that will help to assure the applicant's success in that course of study. Those who do not yet possess the background required by the course of study of their choice may be enrolled in developmental courses designed to provide this background.
Persons wishing to enroll in a curriculum program at the College must complete the entire application process and meet the following requirements:
1. Submit an application form.
2. Obtain transcripts of credits from all secondary and post-secondary schools attended. Records should show that the student is a high school graduate or has a state approved equivalent education.
3. Complete the battery of placement tests administered by the College. (Students who have math and English transferred in will not have to take the placement test if they are not applying for a competitive allied health program). In the case of competitive Allied Health programs, the placement tests are used to earn admission through a point system. Provisional or unconditional admission to individual programs will be determined by scores on the tests requirements. (See programs for details.) Requests for reasonable accommodations or test exemption by transfer credit will be reviewed individually. Alternate testing formats will be made available to individuals with disabilities upon request to the Coordinator of Students with Special Needs.
4. A complete physical examination may be required by some programs, but only after the student is admitted.
Upon completion of this procedure, the student will be accepted unconditionally or provisionally into the program. Provisional acceptance indicates that developmental classes are necessary; this status changes to unconditional acceptance once the developmental classes are completed.
5. Certain skills programs have required Technical Standards that relate to program descriptions and program activities. These standards must be met in order to be eligible to complete these programs successfully.