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General Information

Academic Advising & Student Success

Academic advisors assist students with developing academic plans based on their degree evaluations. Their goal is to plan the right pathway to graduation by maximizing students' potential and ensuring success based on the student's previous academic experience, career path, and responsibilities outside of being a student. Student success specialists assist students in overcoming barriers that many students encounter over their academic career. Their goal is to help students become academically successful by assisting with goal setting, interpersonal issues, success plans, and community-based referrals. More information can be found on Commons (Student Services & Support).

Technology Requirements

Students should have access to a computer/device with reliable Wi-Fi at home/off-campus.

Academic Support

Free academic help including drop-in tutoring, test preparation, and technology support available online and face-to-face. More information is available on Commons (Student Services & Support).

Financial Aid Consideration

Courses must be part of the student�s program to be eligible although some specific courses may not be eligible for financial aid. Students must follow their program requirements to be eligible for financial aid. To be eligible for financial aid, students must maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress of a 2.0 Term GPA, 2.0 Cumulative GPA, complete 67% of attempted credits each semester, and complete their program by the time 150% of the published credits have been attempted. 

Students with Disabilities

CVTC welcomes individuals with disabilities. We will provide and coordinate reasonable accommodations for all individuals with documented disabilities. Students that might benefit from accommodations during their college experience at CVTC can contact Diversity Resources at 715-833-6234 or to determine what accommodations they may be eligible for and what documentation may be required.

Title IX Pregnancy and Postpartum

CVTC does not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions and will fully comply with Title IX regulations. Absences due to medical conditions relating to pregnancy and maternity leave will be excused for as long as deemed medically necessary by a student's medical provider, and students will be given the opportunity to make up missed work. Students are encouraged to contact Diversity Resources at 715-833-6234 or to set up an appointment as soon as the pregnancy is known.

Pre-Program Information

Students who have pre-program status have been accepted into the college but not into the program. Pre-program status may be granted because the program is filled to capacity, admissions requirements need to be satisfied, or the program start date is in the future. For more detailed information, visit the Pre-Program Health Advisement page.

Criminal Background Check

This is an admission requirement. Students will be provided direction on how to request a criminal background check from a third party vendor. Upon receipt of the criminal background check results, if a student has a criminal history, they will be advised of the possibility of being denied clinical placement. This denial will result in not being able to attend clinical(s) or graduate from the program. Additional background checks may be required during the student's enrollment in the program based on clinical site requirements. Students will be informed by CVTC if they need a criminal background check renewal.

Courses Available to Pre-Program Students

By completing these courses ahead of time, students can decrease their credit load when they reach the highly demanding core program courses and increase their success rate in the program. Students must complete General Anatomy & Physiology before starting the program. It is strongly recommended that pre-program students also complete Microbiology, Biochemistry and all other general education courses while waiting to enroll in the core program. Students who complete these courses as pre-program students will NOT be able to finish the program early; program core courses must be taken sequentially.

The courses listed below are available to pre-program students:

  • 834-110 Elementary Algebra w/ Applications *
  • 836-113 Prep for Basic Biology *
  • 836-133 Prep for Basic Chemistry *
  • 806-177 General Anatomy & Physiology (HS or college level chemistry with a "C" or higher required) *
  • 806-186 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • 806-197 Microbiology (806-177 General Anatomy & Physiology is a prerequisite for this course)
  • 801-136 English Composition 1 or 801-219 English Composition 1
  • 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication or 801-198 Speech
  • 809-198 Introduction to Psychology (809-199 Psychology of Human Relations cannot be substituted for 809-198 Introduction to Psychology)
  • 809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies or 809-196 Introduction to Sociology
  • 809-188 Developmental Psychology (taking Intro to Psychology first is recommended)

*These courses are admission requirements. If these courses are not met, students may take those courses at CVTC.

Transfer Credit

Students planning to transfer to a university have the option to take 200-level courses that will count toward general education requirements in the four-year degree being pursued. While some of the 100-level general education courses listed on the program sheet may meet approval for transfer, the 200-level courses are more widely accepted for transfer. To determine what courses may transfer, utilize Students should also contact the college or university they are pursuing to determine exactly what the school will accept and when to seek admission. Students should maintain contact with the other institution, given that program requirements are subject to change.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

CPL offers CVTC students an opportunity to earn college credit toward an associate degree or technical diploma for previous knowledge and mastered skills directly related to program curriculum. Previous knowledge and skills may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military experience, and courses completed at other institutions. If a student wishes to attempt CPL for a course in progress, it is imperative that CPL is attempted within the first week of the class to be eligible for tuition refund. More information can be found at

Program Information

Healthcare Prep Seminar

This program requires attendance at a two-day in-person Healthcare Prep Seminar the week before the fall semester begins. Students will be sent invitations to these sessions via email and/or postal mail. Student will get to meet their cohort and faculty, complete CPR training, learn more about the program and resources, and how to be successful in the program.

Mandatory Meeting

New core program students will be invited to an informational meeting prior to starting the core program. Invitations will be sent through email and/or postal mail. Please make sure we have a current email address and mailing address on file.

508-101 Dental Health Safety

This course begins approximately four weeks prior to the start of the traditional fall and spring semesters. It is a hybrid course with both online and classroom components. Students are required to come on campus for four, eight hour sessions to complete all skill competencies. This course is a prerequisite for core courses. Therefore, students must stay on schedule with course assignments to ensure successful completion of this course with a grade of "C+" or higher in order to progress into the core program. Computer skills are strongly recommended. Access to a computer is required.

Pre-Entrance Health History and Physical Exam, Dental Exam, and Dental Office Interview

The Admissions Office will email specific information at the appropriate time. The completed forms must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. A copy of the physical and dental exam forms must be in the student's clinical file, as they will be checked before the student will be authorized to go to each clinical site. All health program students are required to meet the CDC guidelines for current vaccinations/immunizations.

Clinical Compliance

To be in compliance with CVTC's partnering clinical agencies and the agencies' regulating bodies, for example the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), students must be prepared to abide by vaccination mandates and health and safety guidelines as directed by those bodies. 


Students are required to attend a mandatory CPR training course. This training course is the American Heart Association- BLS Provider level and is administered through CVTC. Students must sign up and pay for this course along with their other core dental classes. More detailed information will be provided prior to the start of the semester.

Dental Labs

Please note that most of the dental labs are during the day and early evening. Labs require flexibility due to some off campus clinical participation. Students who have completed the Dental Assistant program may test out of Dental Materials and Radiography labs. See the program director for details.

Last Updated: May 22, 2024 @ 9:05 a.m.

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