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Health Sciences Institute FAQs

Registration FAQs and Other Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I register for Workforce Development & Continuing Education (WD&CE) Health Sciences Institute Classes?

A. Students can register for most Health Sciences Institute classes in a variety of ways:

a). At Customer Service Desks or at any of the Admissions Offices, by web, fax or mail. See our WD&CE FAQs page for Customer Service locations or call Customer Service at 240-567-5188.
b). Web Registration instructions may be found at http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/registerops.html. Some exceptions apply such as if you have a tuition waiver. See our WD&CE FAQ's page for specific information about tuition waivers.
c). Fax Registration: Fax completed registration form with payment information to 240- 567-8977
d). Mail Registration: Mail completed form with payment to Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, Maryland 20850

Q. Do I have to register in person?

A. You do not have to register in person unless you are taking the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Certified Geriatric Assistant (GNA). This program has a mandatory orientation session and skills testing prior to registration. See web page for more information about this CNA / GNA program.

Q. What payment methods are available to students?

A. Montgomery College accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, personal checks, and Money Orders.
***Please note that Cash payments are only accepted at a Cashier's Office on the Germantown, Rockville, or Takoma Park/ Silver Spring campus cashiers offices between 8:30am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.
Note: Tuition Installment Plan (TIP) is available for Health Science Programs costing more than $900. Qualified programs are designated by a ▲ in the schedule. .

Q. What is Health Science's Tuition Installment Plan (TIP)?

A. Tuition Installment Plan allows students to pay in three installments for certain Health Science Programs. Pay one-third of class total as a down payment, then pay the balance in two payments before the class ends. Students may sign up for the Tuition Installment Plan online or inperson at the time of registration. There is a nonrefundable $35.00 fee to participate in the program. Questions about the program, contact WD&CE Health Sciences Customer Service at 240-567-5508 / 5507.

Q. What programs accept the Tuition Installment Plan (TIP)?

A. Tuition Installment Plan (TIP)is available for the following programs:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant / Certified Geriatric Assistant: Classroom and Clinical (must sign up for both to qualify for TIP)
  • Nurse Refresher: Classroom and Clinical (must sign up for both to qualify for TIP)
  • Dialysis Technician Program
  • EKG Technician: Course
  • Healthcare Access and Registration Professional Program
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Clinical Medical Assistant Program
  • Clinical Medical Assistant Labs and Clinical Externship
  • Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Aide Training

Q. When is the first payment due if you have signed up for the Tuition Installment Plan (TIP)?

A. Students must pay one third of the total tuition and fees at the time of registration, then pay the balance in two payments before class ends.

Q. Are textbooks included in the WD&CE Health Sciences tuition?

A. Textbooks are usually included in the tuition and will be handed out in class. Refer to the course description for textbook procurement details.

Q. Are scholarships or financial aid available?

A. Workforce Development & Continuing Education programs are non-credit courses and do not qualify for federal student loans.

  • However, assistance may be available from the following agency: Montgomery Works - for displaced workers (301) 929-6880
  • Pending available funding, WD&CE may have a limited number of career related scholarship opportunities avaliable. See WD&CE Scholarships for more information about the scholarships and the deadline for applying.

Q. What are the prerequisites for WD&CE Health Science classes?

A. Some classes require a student to pass the Math and Reading tests, and fulfill other qualifications. The classes listed below have specific prerequisies. For additional information call 240-567-5508.

  • CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)   Prerequisites: Pass Mandatory Math and Reading tests, be at least 18 years old, and have a Social Security number or Federal Tax ID number.
  • Medicine Aide    Prerequisite: Pass Mandatory Math and Reading tests, and the student must bring a letter of recommendation from their employer.
  • Medicine Aide Update  Prerequisite: Must have GNA (Geriatric Nursing Assistant) and CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) current certifications, have a letter of recommendation from their employer, and bring a letter of employment (at least one full year) from the Director of the Nursing from your current employment at a long-term care facility (not a group home, assisted living or agency)..
  • Nurse Refresher  Prerequisite: No Math or Reading test required, but must have possessed a U.S. nursing license at one time in order to attend clinical. Must have graduated from a RN or LPN Program. Must have passed NCLEX Exam. Must have an active, inactive, or a temporary license number.

Q. Are there any other special requirements that students must meet to participate in WD&CE Health Science classes or clinical practice?

A. Yes. Some courses may have additional requirements, see below. For more information you may call 240-567-5508 / 5507.

Students must understand and meet all requirements and/or standards imposed by recognized professional societies and all contract requirements imposed on College students by the institution or agency where the clinical practice is to occur.

  • Must understand and be prepared to meet all requirements for participation in certain clinical courses involving hospital or clinical practice. These requirements may include the passing of an appropriate health examination and tests per CDC guidelines, e.g.: (1) complete blood count; (2) urinalysis; (3) a complete hepatitis B vaccination series (series of three or waiver); (4) annual TB screening; (5) MMR vaccinations(s) or positive titer(s); and (6) Varicella vaccination or a Varicella titer.
  • Must understand that drug testing and criminal background checking of nursing and health science students may be required by the facilities which are the sites for the clinical learning experience of nursing and health science students. These are conducted by an outside agency at the student's expense and must occur before a nursing and health science student can be placed at a facility for his or her clinical experience. The results of drug tests and criminal background checks will be available for review by designated personnel in each clinical facility and the clinical facility has the right to refuse admission for students based on such review.
  • See Nursing Refresher Clinical Prerequisites for a complete list of prerequisites students must meet prior to participating in Nurse Refresher Clinical.

Q. What campus sites offer the Math and Reading tests?

A. The Math and Reading tests will be taken at the MANDATORY orientation location before the class begins. Dates and times are listed in the brochure.

Q. Where will students apply for the state GNA (Geriatric Nursing Assistant) exam?

A. Classroom instructors give students the geriatric assistant licensing exam application after successful completion of the class. Students should fill out applications, and a money order for $105.00.to the Red Cross. Instructor will collect these and send the completed applications to the Red Cross.

Q. How long are the WD&CE Health Science classes?

A. Most WD&CE Health Science classes are 10 to 15 weeks long.

Q. Do WD&CE Health Science programs offer weekend classes?

A. Yes, there are some Saturday and Sunday classes. Check the schedule for class dates and times.

Q. Do WD&CE Health Science classes provide job placement or job opportunities?

A. Workforce Development & Continuing Education programs have no formal job placement programs; however, faculty and staff assist students when informed about job openings. Students may find Montgomery College Career Services or Career Coach to be helpful. In addition, in-class courses include résumé assistance, speakers, some interviewing techniques, etc. Some classes have Human Resources Department speakers come to class.

Q. What is the starting salary for students graduating from WD&CE Health Sciences programs?

A. The starting salary for WD&CE Health Science graduates varies by program and employment qualifications. Graduating students can get, but are not limited to, $24,000 to $40,000 per year for entry-level positions. For CNA (Certified Nursing Assistants) the salary ranges from $12 to $15 per hour.

Q. What is the employment rate for graduates of WD&CE Health Sciences Institute programs?

A. Typically 60% to 80% of our graduates get jobs.

Q. Is there a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) Program?

A. Not at this time.

These programs and courses are offered in a variety of healthcare fields and are designed to lead to entry-level employment in the designated field. Specially designed curricula offer practical, real world training to build professional skills in a variety of healthcare and human services fields. Course offerings may change from session to session, depending on community need or availability of resources.

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