Applying for a Health Career Program? Act Fast

March 1 is right around the corner, so if you are interested in applying to one of Parkland’s Health Professions programs, now is the time!

To enter most of our programs, students must go through a “Selective Admissions” process.  What does this mean?  Here are the main points:

  • Each program has specific admission criteria and minimum requirements.
  • A student must specifically “apply” to one particular program.
  • Program-specific classes can only be taken by students admitted to the program.
  • Application deadlines are specific.
  • Admissions are competitive; even though you meet minimum requirements, you may not be accepted.

The best way to learn more about our Selective Admissions process is to visit our website and watch our “Get the Facts” presentation at

While you’re at the website, take a look around and check out our different Health Professions programs. When you click on a program, it will take you to that program’s website for more information.

So, are there any programs that are not Selective Admissions?  Yes; the Nurse Assistant and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic are one-semester courses that will only be available to sign up for during our normal registration periods. However, both of these classes have requirements, so please take the time to visit those websites. The Nurse Assistant program has state requirements that need to be completed before registering.

These are the programs with March 1 deadlines:

Dental Hygiene
Dietary Manager
Emergency Medical Services: Paramedic
Massage Therapy
Medical Assisting
Nursing: ADN – Registered Nursing
Nursing: LPN – Practical Nursing
Nursing: LPN to ADN Bridge
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Radiologic Technology
Respiratory Care
Surgical Technology
Veterinary Technology

Please visit our website for more information and handy  “Are you ready to apply?” checklists for each program:

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at See you around campus!

Michele Spading
Vice Chair Health Professions Student Affairs









4 thoughts on “Applying for a Health Career Program? Act Fast”

  1. Parkland’s Health Professions programs are known for their outstanding clinical faculty, and very high student pass rates on license and national certifying exams. Contact a student or faculty at Parkland and find out why our programs are so highly sought after!

  2. Just a plug for the Parkland College Nursing Program. Last year 93% of our 83 graduates passed the licensure exam on the first try!! The national and state averages are 82% and 84% respectively. We are very proud of this!!! It points to the fact that if you graduate from the Parkland Nursing Program, you should be quite confident that you will pass the licensure exam and become a Registered Nurse.

  3. Please consider Surgical Technology!!
    Pass rate for the National Certification Exam for 2012, 2013 and 2014 was 100%!! National average for the same years was 56%-71%! We will prepare you as well as help secure full time employment. Our placement rate for the last 5 years is 100% for those seeking employment! Surgery is exciting and always changing! Incredible teamwork and technology!
    Join our Parkland team!!

  4. If you are applying for the Parkland ADN Nursing Program you will need to complete the TEAS test by March 1. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Call or email the Assessment Center:
    to set up an appointment before available testing times are gone!!

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