Admissions Information

Admissions Policy

Southern Regional Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era, spouse of military member or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). This nondiscrimination policy encompasses the operation of all educational programs and activities including admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, and other Department and Technical College administered programs. It also encompasses the employment of personnel and contracting for goods and services.

Southern Regional Technical College promotes the realization of equal opportunity through a positive continuing program of specific practices designed to ensure the full realization of equal opportunity.

*Before admission to regular or competitive admissions programs, transcripts must be provided.


Admissions Information

Admission to Southern Regional Techical College (SRTC) is not a guarantee to admission to a degree, diploma, or certificate program. The admissions process encourages students to enter programs in which they have a reasonable expectation of success.

In addition, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 16-10-20, it is a felony to make a false statement on any document. Applicants who furnish false, incomplete, or misleading information will be subjects to rejection or dismissal without a refund.

Credentials submitted become and remain the property of SRTC and will not be returned to the applicant, duplicated, nor transferred to another institution.


Admissions Process

Admission to Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) is a multi-step process that consists of evaluation of prior academic experience and assessment for postsecondary readiness of eligible applicants. The admissions requirements and procedures established at SRTC are designed to assist the applicant in making a career decision based on such factors as aptitude, ability, interest, background, assessment results, and other appropriate evaluations. Admissions requirements follow the guidelines developed by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia and reflect concern for the applicant’s health, safety, well-being, and ability to benefit from the educational opportunities available. SRTC assures implementation of this procedure to include consistent interpretation and administration of the following activities:

  • recruitment
  • orientation to admission procedures, as needed
  • assessment of students
  • career counseling and job placement assistance
  • financial aid counseling
  • procedures to assist persons with disabilities
  • program placement
  • placement into degree, diploma, certificate on a regular or provisional basis
  • learning support programs

Eligible Applicants

  1. Applicants for admission must be at least sixteen (16) years of age. Education requirements vary according to the particular program of study. Program standards set the requirements for a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED®) diploma for admission into a program of study.

  1. The President of SRTC has the authority to waive the 16 years of age requirement for secondary students who are participating in High School/Dual Joint Enrollment programs.

Required Academic Criteria for Admissions

  1. A high school diploma (verified by an official transcript including graduation date and diploma type) or General Educational Development (GED®) diploma will be required for admission to SRTC, unless otherwise specified by the program’s standards. Home school students may follow an alternative path for admissions, described below. High school diplomas from unaccredited institutions, certificates of attendance, or special education diplomas are not recognized for admission purposes. Students with diplomas from secondary schools located outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency by an approved outside evaluation organization. Applicants who have successfully completed (C or better) a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at the degree level may submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges accredited by an accepted accrediting agency in lieu of a high school diploma or GED® diploma.
  1. The President of SRTC has the authority to grant a waiver to the admissions requirement as it relates to possessing a high school diploma or GED® diploma for those secondary students or those pursuing a GED® diploma who are otherwise eligible to enroll in a specific program of study that is agreed upon by the secondary school or the Adult Education Department and SRTC. However, prior to graduation from SRTC, students in degree, diploma, and specified certificate programs must receive a high school diploma or GED® diploma.
  1. In order for the high school diploma to be accepted by SRTC, the high school must be accredited by a regional accrediting agency such as:
  • A public school regulated by a school system and state department of education
  • Accrediting Commission for Independent Study
  • Alabama Independent School Association
  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • Distance Education Training Council
  • Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
  • Florida Council of Independent Schools
  • Florida Council of Private Schools
  • Florida Coalition of Christian Private Schools Accreditation
  • Georgia Accrediting Commission
  • Georgia Association of Christian Schools
  • Georgia Private School Accreditation Council
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • National Council for Private School Accreditation
  • New England Association of Schools and College
  • North American Christian School Accrediting Agency
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission
  • South Carolina Independent School Association
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools
  • Tennessee Association of Christian Schools
  • Texas Private School Accreditation Commission
  • Western Accreditation Commission

  1. Applicants of homeschools located in Georgia who did not attend a recognized accredited program must adhere to the following alternative path for admission:
  • Submit a Certificate of Attendance form from the local superintendent’s office or a Declaration of Intent to Utilize a Home Study Program from the Georgia Department of Education verifying that the parent or legal guardian complied with the requirements of home study programs as referenced in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.
  • Submit annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the homeschooled student’s junior and senior years. The final progress report or transcript should include the graduation date.
  1. Applicants of homeschools located outside the State of Georgia who did not attend a recognized accredited program must adhere to the following alternative path for admission:
  • Submit annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the homeschooled student’s junior and senior years. The final progress report or transcript should include the graduation date.
  • Submit SAT or ACT scores as required by SRTC.
  1. Service members of the U.S> Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, or Navy may submit an official copy of the DD Form 14 indicating high school graduate or equivalent.

Exception: Presidents of technical colleges may waive the high school diploma/high school equivalency requirement for those pursing a high school equivalency who are otherwise eligible to enroll in a specific program of study.

International Students

Submit a completed admission application and nonrefundable application fee in US currency by credit card, money order, or check drawn on a U.S. bank payable to the College by the appropriate admission deadline.

Submit official transcripts from high school (or GED®) and all colleges attended by the application deadline. All transcripts must be received in envelopes sealed by the sending institution. Applications with a college degree are not required to submit a high school or (GED®) transcript. All international transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluation service and sent directly to the college. Visit the Southern Regional Technical College website at www.southernregional.edu for a list of Approved Transcript Evaluation Agencies.

High school transcripts or diplomas should be evaluated by the document evaluation method. Students with college credit or a degree from a college or university outside the United States must submit a course by course evaluation of the transcript.

It is the policy of the state that VISA status is not a condition for admission to technical colleges; however, prospective students must meet the state approved admission requirements as outlined for all students. While VISA status is not a condition for admission, it is critical information that may be collected for effective student advisement and tuition purposes. SRTC does not issue I-20 VISAs.

Senior Citizens

Residents of Georgia who are 62 years of age or older may attend credit classes without payment of tuition. Proof of age must be presented at registration to receive the tuition waiver. All fees will be assessed. Admission under this provision is granted on a space available basis and does not apply to continuing education classes. Students who qualify for this waiver must pay all applicable fees and purchase all books/supplies.

Assessment

The ability of a student to succeed in a program at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) is greatly determined by the math and language skills possessed by the student. SRTC is committed to assist each student to achieve at his/her maximum potential. It is the philosophy of the College that a student is not helped by admitting him/her to a program in which he/she does not possess the basic educational skills needed to succeed. Therefore, all students applying for diploma, degree, and certificate programs must be assessed prior to acceptance to a program of study at the College. Students will then be admitted in accordance with the academic standards applicable to the program.

SRTC utilizes the state-approved assessment instruments (ACCUPLACER or COMPANION) to assess program readiness. Minimum scores for entry into programs are established to meet state requirements. Official scores on a validated assessment instrument such as ACT and SAT can also be used to assess program readiness.

Assessment scores will be considered valid for placement purposes for a period of five years (60 months) and are transferable to any Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) college.

I. Assessment/Placement Exams

The ACCUPLACER exam is the primary placement exam used by SRTC. The ACCUPLACER is an untimed computerized assessment tool. Each test produces a placement recommendation based on the correct responses to items presented.

The COMPANION exam is an approved admission placement exam in a convenient pencil/paper format. The student’s raw score is automatically converted to a scale score, which is used in determining the student's admission status.

II. Administration of the Placement Exam

Placement testing is administered through the Office of Student Affairs by the designee assigned by the Vice President for Student Affairs. Persons administering the ACCUPLACER or COMPANION receive in-service training on administering the exam.

  1. Each student shall be assessed prior to being accepted as an award seeking student into any credit program.
  2. Each student will receive an interpretation of his/her assessment scores prior to beginning his/her educational experience.
  3. Provisions will be made for the assessment of students with disabilities who need special assistance and consideration upon request and documentation.

III. Candidates for Placement Exam Testing

Any applicant for admittance to a credit associate degree, diploma, or certificate program is required to undergo placement testing unless he/she can provide documentation of the following:

  1. Official scores on validated assessment instruments (such as ACT or SAT) General Education Diploma scores of 165+ in English or Math provided that tge scores are not more than 5 years old and meet the minimum score as listed below.
  2. Passing grades of C or better in college-level English and college-level math courses from a regionally or nationally accredited college, university, or other postsecondary institution recognized by the U. S. Department of Education at the time the coursework was completed. These courses must be the equivalent to the entry-level English and math courses required in the applicant’s chosen program of study.

*View a complete listing of scores visit www.southernregional.edu/scores.

IV. Test Registration

Applicants must register for the assessment exam with the Office of Student Affairs.

V. Retest

Students or applicants may be reassessed. Applicants who fail to meet the minimum scores for regular admissions are given one opportunity to retest. Students must wait 30 days prior to retesting.

Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institution recognized by the United States Department of Education documenting equivalent program-level English and/or math coursework successfully completed (C or better) may be used in lieu of completing the corresponding portion of SRTC’s assessment instrument.

Admission to specific programs requires that applicants have adequate educational preparation, as measured by satisfactory placement assessment scores and prerequisite assessment. If evaluation of admission information indicates that an applicant is not prepared to enter a particular program, the applicant will be offered the appropriate course(s) to provide the needed preparation. Information on entrance standards required for programs and other requirements unique to each program may be obtained in the Admissions Office or contacting the program advisor.

Several of the College’s programs in the School of Health Sciences have competitive admissions criteria including but not limited to admissions scores and weighted scoring combinations whereby top ranked students may be admitted. Applicants for admission into these programs should be aware of the time limit policy and the exemption test policy.

No student will be allowed to transfer into occupational courses of programs that have a competitive process. The transfer student must go through the same process that is required of Southern Regional Technical College students.

Immunization Requirements

While SRTC does not require vaccinations or record of immunization for admissions, proof or certain vaccines and immunization records are required after admission for some programs, such as professional services or health science programs, where students would be performing clinical or externships. All students are strongly encouraged to seek immunizations for preventable diseases.


Admissions Categories

Minimum admissions requirements shall be established for each program. Minimum admissions requirements are implemented for each standard degree, diploma, or certificate program. Students shall be admitted to SRTC in one of the following categories:

  1. Regular Status
  2. Provisional Status
  3. Special Admit Status
  4. Transient Status
  5. Audit Status
  6. Transfer Status

A. Regular Admission Requirements

Students who attain placement scores that meet the program specific admission standards and who have properly completed the admission procedure will be admitted into a program as regular admission.

B. Provisional Admission Requirements

Students who not meet all requirements for regular admission into a selected program are granted provisional admission status. Provisionally admitted students may take Learning Support classes and certain specific occupational courses as long as class pre-and co-requisites are satisfied. All associate degree, diploma, and certificate program students initially admitted on a provisional basis must have satisfactorily completed the necessary prerequisite and Learning Support course work in order to progress through the State Standard Curriculum.

Note: Dually/Jointly enrolled students are not eligible for Provisional Admission Status.

C. Special Admit Admission Requirements (Non-Credential Seeking)

The special admission category is designed to be an admissions method for non-award seeking students. The following specifics define the parameters of this classification:

  1. Be classified as non-award seeking at the time of entry by the admissions office.
  2. Be granted special student status upon recommendation of the Director of Student Affairs/Admissions.
  3. Receive credit for regular program coursework, which is satisfactorily completed.
  4. Receive credit for a non-limited number of courses, but have the ability to transfer only 17 credit hours into a specific program for award seeking purposes.
  5. Have the option of applying for regular student status but must go through the regular student admissions process. This includes taking the state approved placement assessment. The number of hours taken as a special student in no way waives the requirement of the regular admission process.
  6. Adhere to the specific institutional prerequisite requirements when selecting courses.
  7. Will not be eligible for any financial aid.
  8. May enroll in classes on a space-available basis.

D. Transient Admission Requirements

A student in good standing at another accredited college may be permitted to enroll as a transient student on a space-available basis at SRTC in order to complete course studies to be transferred back to the home college. A transient student should be advised in writing by the home college concerning recommended courses.

Students wishing to enroll at SRTC as a transient student must:

  1. Submit an application for admission to SRTC with a $25 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Present a transient agreement letter from the home college stating that the student is in good standing and eligible to return to that college and list the courses the student is eligible to take. A current transient agreement letter is required for each term of enrollment.
  3. Pay scheduled fees.
  4. SRTC students wishing to be a transient student elsewhere must be in good standing at SRTC and all prerequisite requirements for the course or courses are met. Good standing is defined as having a 2.0 cumulative GPA and being eligible to continue the program. Credit hours earned as a transient student cannot exceed seventy-five percent (75%) of the course work needed for graduation from any certificate, diploma, or degree at SRTC.

E. Pending Admit Status (High School Seniors only)

Appicants who are in their final year of high school and are applying for a college term immediately after they gh graduate are granted Pending Admit Status. The following specifics define the paramenters of this status:

  1. Applicants must submit a transcript showing the applicant is on track for completing all required high school courses before the semester they wish to enroll.
    1. A letter from the high school confirming the pending completion is encouraged to be sent with the transcript.
  2. Will be allowed to register for courses after course placement requirements have been met.
  3. These applicants are not eligible for federal funding aid until a final high school transcript has been received.

F. Audit Status

Applicants admitted under any of the admissions categories may request to audit a course with advisor approval. Applicants wishing to audit a course must submit an application and pay the application fee and all regular fees. Credit is not awarded for courses taken on an audit basis. Financial aid services are not available for courses being audited. Applicants requesting to audit a course(s) are not required to take the admissions placement exam or submit transcripts. Admission will granted based on available space.

G. Transfer Admission Requirements

Applicants to SRTC who have been previously enrolled at a postsecondary college may be considered for admission once an application is submitted with a $25 non-refundable application fee. Applicants who are in good standing at their previous college may be accepted in good standing. Applicants who are on academic warning or academic probation at their previous college may be accepted only on academic probation. A student admitted on academic probation must earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 during the first semester enrolled to continue the next semester. Transfer students who are on academic suspension from their former institution are considered for admission to the College on the same basis as suspended students from SRTC who apply on academic probation. A student admitted on academic probation must earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 during the first semester enrolled to continue the next semester.

Applicants for transfer admission must submit an application for admission and $25 non-refundable application fee and meet all admission requirements to include official transcripts from secondary and post-secondary schools. Applicants who have not taken an entrance assessment within the last five (5) years may be required to do so under the assessment guidelines for testing. Each Technical College will develop its own retesting policy and charges may apply.

Admission Apeal

Applicants have the right to appeal an admission decision to SRTC. Appeals should be made in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs within (3) three working days of receiving notification of the admission status. The written document must include specific details supporting the appeal.

Dual Enrollment

Georgia’s dual enrollment program allows high school students to earn college credit while working on their high school diploma. All college coursework taken through dual enrollment is fully covered through dual enrollment program funding, and students are not required to pay out of pocket for tuition, college fees, or textbooks.

Dual Enrollment aims to expand dual enrollment opportunities by increasing the number of courses students can take for college credit and removing financial barriers to student participation. The goal of dual enrollment is to increase college access and completion, and prepare students to enter the workforce with the skills they need to succeed.

To be eligible to participate in the dual enrollment program, students must be in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade at a participating eligible high school or in a home study program operated in pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-690, and meet SRTC admission requirements. Students may participate in dual enrollment for all terms: fall, spring, and summer.

For more detailed information, students should contact the Office of the SRTC High School Coordinator or local high school guidance counselor.

Joint Enrollment (Diploma and Certification Programs only)

The purpose of Joint Enrollment is to offer additional educational opportunities for Georgia high school students. High school students participating in Joint Enrollment must be enrolled in a diploma or technical certificate program. Course credit is awarded at SRTC. A joint enrolled student is eligible to receive HOPE provided he/she meets other eligibility requirements. Hours paid by HIOPE will be included in the paid hours limits for HOPE Scholarship programs. For more detailed information, contact the Office of the SRTC High School Coordinator or local high school guidance counselor.

High School students who enroll as Joint Enrollment must be 16 years of age and have met all College admission requirements for their selected program of study. Joint enrollment students may enroll in general academic courses as well as technical courses.

Time Limits

There is a 7-year time limit on all non-Health Science courses. For Health Science programs there is a 5-year time limit on math and science courses. Time limits vary for Health Science occupational courses but are good for a maximum of 5 years. Students should check with the advisor of the Health Science program to confirm Health Science occupational time limits. The student may choose to take an exemption examination on expired coursework.

Health: Applicants must be physically able to attend school regularly and must meet the physical demands for the course in which they plan to enroll. Physical examinations for most applicants to the School of Health Sciences are required after official acceptance to the program. Physical forms will be issued at the proper time.

Criminal background checks: Required by most programs in the School of Health Sciences, Criminal Justice Technology, and Early Childhood Care and Education.

Competitive Admissions: Several programs in the School of Health Sciences are based on competitive admissions criteria. Completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee program admission. Advisors will discuss these requirements with the applicants.

Online

SRTC offers online courses. Students interested in enrolling in online classes should log on to www.southernregional.edu/online to review the computer needs for online learning. Students who have completed admissions requirements may register for an online course through their program advisor after verifying the hardware and software requirements. For more information regarding online courses, contact the Director of Distance Education.

Double Majors

Students are allowed to enroll in a maximum of two majors with common core curriculum at one time.

Change of Major

Students have the privilege of changing their major from one program to another while enrolled in Southern Regional Technical College, provided they have the necessary qualifications and room is available. Students desiring to change majors must complete an application/reapplication and meet all requirements to make the change by the published deadline. Students are encouraged to contact the financial aid office prior to changing their major to determine how their financial aid will be affected.

Admission Appeal

Applicants who feel that they have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era, or citizenship status are encouraged to make use of the appeal process. Those who are dissatisfied with an admissions decision or have a complaint are also encouraged to discuss with the Director of Admissions any concern relative to denial of admission based on the discrimination factors listed.

  1. The applicant may appeal in writing within 30 days of admissions decision to the Admissions Appeal Committee, which shall consist of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Program Instructor. The written complaint should contain a complete description of the alleged discrimination and should be submitted to the Director of Admissions to be forwarded to the Admissions Appeal Committee.
  2. Within 5 working days of the receipt of the complete appeals package, notification of the date, time, and location of the Admissions Appeals Committee meeting will be sent to the applicant. If the applicant wishes to appear before the Committee, but is unable to make the scheduled meeting, he/she should contact the Vice President for Student Affairs before the scheduled meeting.
  3. When the Committee has reviewed all the information it deems necessary and made its decision, the Committee will send a written report to the applicant within 5 working days of the receipt of the complete appeals package.
  4. The decision of the Admissions Appeals Committee may be appealed in writing to the President of SRTC. An appointment will be set for the applicant to appear to state his/her case. The President’s decision of the appeal is final.

Advanced Standing

Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) acknowledges that learning occurs in a variety of settings. Advanced placement allows a student to receive course credit based on previous experience and learning, formal or informal, and results in advanced standing within an associate degree, diploma, or technical certificate of credit program.

SRTC grants credit for previous education, training, or experience in the following areas:

Transfer Credit

Course credit may be awarded for courses completed with a “C” or better earned at a previously attended college, university or postsecondary institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transfer of credit earned at a Foreign Institution that have standing considered equivalent to regional accreditation in the U.S. may be accepted. Transfer credit will be recorded on the student’s SRTC transcript with a grade designation of “TR”, “TRA”, “TRB”, or “TRC”. The third letter indicates the grade earned in the course and will not be calculated in the student’s Academic GPA. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide official transcript documentation to the Registrar’s office.

For transfer credit to be awarded:

  1. The applicant must furnish, as part of the application process, a certified sealed (original) or certified electronic copy of his/her transcript from the former institution.
  2. Coursework and learning outcomes must be at the collegiate level, have the same content and quality, and are comparable to SRTC’s own degree, diploma, or certificate program.
  3. The final grade must be a “C” or better.
  4. The applicant must successfully undergo a skills examination provided by the departmental instructor(s) at SRTC when applicable.
  5. No more than 75% of the course credit from a program of study may be transferred from other institutions.
  6. Transfer of all non-Health Science occupational courses is limited to seven (7) years. For Health Science programs, there is a five (5) year time limit on math and science courses. Time limits vary for Health Science occupational courses but are good for a maximum of 5 years. All other areas of Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences/Mathematics and other General Education courses have no time limits, unless specifically noted for the program.
  7. Learning Support credit from another college will not be accepted.

Secondary Articulation

Secondary Articulation credit earned under the Secondary Articulation Agreements may be awarded to recent high school graduates subject to validation of credit and enrollment at SRTC within 2 years of high school graduation. A final examination/exemption examination for the course will be administered and the student must score a 70 or above on the exam to receive articulated credit. The credit will be recorded by the letters “AC” on the official SRTC transcript and will not be calculated in the Academic GPA.

Standardized Exam Credit

SRTC awards credit for standardized examinations including but not limited to, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit. Students must meet the minimum scores of 3 or higher, have the official test scores mailed directly from the issuing agency, and time limits that apply to transfer credit will apply to credit by exam. The credit will be recorded by the letters “TR” on the official SRTC transcript and will not be calculated in the Academic GPA.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

SRTC evaluates and awards credit for prior learning assessment through previous training (experiential learning) or military training. The work experience, corporate training, professional training, military service or other training must be consistent with the SRTC mission and course work and learning outcomes comparable to SRTC’s degree programs. Experiential Learning credit will be recorded by the letters “EXP” on the official SRTC transcript and will not be calculated in the Academic GPA. Military training credit may be awarded for training received in the Armed Forces. The training should be certified by the Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experience in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education. Military credit will be recorded by the letters “TRM” on the official SRTC transcript and will not be calculated in the student’s Academic GPA.

Credit by Examination (Exemption)

SRTC offers institutional exemption exam credit for students accepted or enrolled at SRTC. Exemption credit will be recorded by the letters “EXP” or “EXE” on the official SRTC transcript and will not be calculated in the student’s Academic GPA. Students may request permission for an exemption exam through the Registrar’s office and will receive an Exemption Examination form if applicable.

  1. A student may not request exemption examination for courses previously enrolled unless the course exceeds the time limits, nor may the student take an exemption exam for a course more than once.
  2. The student must pay an exemption fee of 25% of the tuition cost of the course prior to the exemption exam and present the receipt to the administering faculty when scheduling the exam.
  3. If the student earns a minimum score of 70 or higher, the administrating faculty will report the course number, course title, credit hours and score on the Exemption Examination form and return it to the Registrar’s office.

Coursework Requirements

SRTC requires that a minimum of twenty-five percent (25%) of the coursework of a particular program of study be completed at SRTC.

Designation of Credit

  1. Exemption credit awarded will be indicated by use of the letters “EXP” or “EXE” on transcript/permanent records.
  2. Transfer/Transient credit awarded will be indicated on transcript/permanent records by the use of the letters “TR,” “TRA,” “TRB,” or “TRC.”
  3. Articulated credit awarded will be indicated on transcript/permanent records by use of the letters “AC.”
  4. Military Training credit awarded will be indicated on transcript/permanent records by use of the letters “TRM.”

Student Status

The normal rate of progress through a program is established by the program length in the program specific standard and program guide.

Full-time student status is obtained by registering for twelve (12) or more credits for a program per semester. In some programs, more credits must be taken per semester to graduate on time according to the established program length. Further, taking fewer than the recommended number of credits per semester may enhance scheduling difficulties and further delay graduation.

Georgia Residency Requirements

To be classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes, a student must meet the Georgia Residency Requirements of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the school term for which the student is seeking in-state tuition. Determining a student’s residency status is based on objective circumstances that indicate a student’s intent to maintain a permanent presence or Domicile, in the State of Georgia. No single factor is conclusive. There is no set number of factors required to be met to document residency.

In order to qualify for certain types of financial aid, additional residency requirements may apply.

Due to a reciprocal agreement, Alabama students are not subject to out-of-state tuition. Students residing in Florida counties contiguous to the Southern Regional Technical College service area (Jefferson, Leon, Gadsden) are not subject to out-of-state tuition.

Dependent Students: A dependent student is an individual under the age of 24 who receives financial support from a parent or court-appointed Legal Guardian whose federal or state income tax return lists the individual as “dependent”.

  • A dependent student meets the Georgia Residency Requirements if his or her parent or court-appointed Legal Guardian has established and maintained Domicile in Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the school term for which in-state tuition is sought; and
  • The student graduated from an Eligible High School located in the State of Georgia; or
  • The parent claimed the student as a dependent on the parent’s most recent federal income tax return.

Independent Students: An independent student is an individual who is not claimed as a dependent on the federal or state income tax returns of a parent or court-appointed Legal Guardian who has ceased to provide support and right to that individual’s care, custody and earnings.

  • An independent student meets the Georgia Residency Requirements if he or she has established and maintained Domicile in Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the school term for which in-state tuition is sought.

Out-Of-State Applicants

Out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply for admission to Southern Regional Technical College. Every effort is made to accommodate as many students as possible.

Health Science Academic Requirements

Any students preparing to enter (taking courses) for a diploma or associate degree program in the School of Health Sciences must:

  • Successfully complete with a minimum grade of “C” all core required in the major within two attempts. Grades of “D, F, and W” are considered unsuccessful attempts. All academic history within the last two (2) years, whether on campus or as a transfer student, will be considered when evaluating the number of attempts.
  • Any student failing to attain a minimum grade of “C” in all core in the major within two attempts, will be withdrawn from the program and not be allowed to re-apply to that program in the School of Health Sciences for a period of two (2) years. Student will also be advised of program options that do not require the failed core course(s).
  • All ALHS, science, and math courses required in the major must have been taken with five (5) years.

Any student accepted into a competitive portion of a program in the School of Health Sciences who:

  • Fails to attain a minimum grade of “C” in an occupationally or technically specific course required in the major within two attempts, will be withdrawn from the program and not be allowed to re-apply to that program in the School of Health Sciences for a period of five (5) years.
  • Fails to attain a minimum grade of “C” in an occupationally or technically specific course required in the major in two separate courses, will be withdrawn from the program and will not be allowed to re-apply to that program in the School of Health Sciences for a period of five (5) years. (Due to the format of Practical Nursing courses, two block failures instead of two separate course failures will result in withdrawal from the program. One Block Failure equals failure in both a PNSG course and its matching PNSG clinical course.)
  • This policy is inclusive of all transfer students also attempting readmission after a clinical failure at any other College. However, the student may apply to another program in the School of Health Sciences that does not require the failed courses.
  • A student returning for a second attempt in a program in the School of Health Sciences will be admitted based on seat availability and meeting competitive admissions requirements.

Please be aware that programs in the School of Health Sciences may have additional requirements or constraints placed upon them by accrediting or licensing agencies. Students will be made aware of any additional requirements or constraints by program faculty.

Health Sciences Competitive Admissions Process

Southern Regional Technical College’s competitive admission programs are the following:

  • Associate of Science in Nursing Bridge
  • Associate of Science in Nursing Generic
  • Radiologic Technology, Degree
  • Respiratory Care, Degree
  • Surgical Technology, Diploma
  • Surgical Technology, Degree
  • Veterinary Technology, Degree

All students are subject to the competitive admissions selection process for these programs. The number of students selected for any given semester is based on the number of available clinical slots in the program as a whole and may vary by campus and semester. However, slots are filled from the highest grade point averages downward until the maximum enrollments are reached. There is no guarantee that a higher GPA will progress within a particular semester as all slots are competitive.

International Students

SRTC accepts international students who are not U.S. residents but have provided documentation that they have received a Georgia High School Diploma, Georgia G.E.D., or other documentation establishing they are legally in the country, such as a green card.

SRTC is not approved by the INS as an I-20 school. We do not accept students with F & M visas.

Eligible Non-Citizens: An eligible non-citizen is a person who, in accordance with the Federal Title IV definition, is a United States permanent resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551); or a conditional permanent resident (I-551C); or a holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations: Refugee, Asylum Granted, Parolee, or Cuban-Haitian Entrant. Persons with an F1 or F2 student visa, a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa, or a G series visa do not meet the definition of an Eligible Non-Citizen.

  • An eligible non-citizen must meet the Georgia Residency Requirements listed above to receive the in-state tuition rate.
  • Ineligible non-citizens cannot qualify for in-state tuition.
  • Ineligible non-citizens will be charged four (4) times the rate of Georgia residents.

Special Programs/Opportunities

Articulation Agreements

Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) has an articulation agreement with Albany State University for those students wanting to complete a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Care and Education, or Social Work. Students earning an Associate degree in Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Care and Education, or Social Work will qualify to transfer over 90% of their earned credit.

SRTC has an articulation agreement with Thomas University for those students wanting to complete a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration, Medical Laboratory Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Social Work, or Nursing. Students earning an Associate degree in Business Management, Clinical Laboratory Technology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Social Work, and Nursing will qualify to transfer over 80% of their earned credit.

SRTC has an articulation agreement with Mercer University for those students wishing to earn their baccalaureate of nursing degree. SRTC also has agreements with Valdosta State University for those students wanting to complete a baccalaureate degree in Human Capital Performance or Organizational Leadership. Students earning an Associate degree in Accounting; Nursing; Business Management; Clinical Laboratory Technology; Crime Scene Investigations; Criminal Justice Technology; Early Childhood Care and Education; Paralegal Studies; Social Work Assistant; and Veterinary Technology will qualify to transfer over 90% of their earned credit.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has articulation agreements with certain institutions for select programs and courses. Further information regarding these agreements can be found on the Transfer Agreements page of the SRTC website.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

The information in this College Catalog and Student Handbook accurately reflects current policies and procedures at the time of publication. Students are admitted to the College under and are subject to the provisions of the SRTC Catalog and Student Handbooks for the term they initially enroll. Students in all programs are admitted under and are subject to the provisions of the College Catalog and Student Handbook and applicable addendums for the term they are admitted to the program at Southern Regional Technical College. If for any reason, a break in enrollment occurs, students must reapply and satisfy the College Catalog and Student Handbook requirements for the term of their re-entry to any program. The provisions of this catalog are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between Southern Regional Technical College and the student. The College reserves the right to change any provision or requirement at any time.

Southern Regional Technical College. (2017). 2017-2018 College Catalog and Student Handbook

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