Program Requirements

If you are interested in a career or technical program, you have to be accepted into the program as well as into the college. These programs require certain scores on the placement tests and some programs have additional requirements.

There has to be space currently available before you can enroll in classes. Program size is managed to give our students the important benefits of small classes, individual attention and access to specialized equipment. Some popular programs fill up and new students have to wait for a semester or more. You can increase the chances a program will have space by applying early and you may take other classes while you wait.

Getting admitted to a career or technical program

On your college application, indicate the specific career, technical or healthcare program that interests you. Within a week of applying, you will receive an email and letter with the requirements you need to meet, including placement test levels. 

Separately, you will receive a letter about the status of your admission to the college (but not yet the program).

As soon as you apply to MCTC, study for and take the placement tests in reading, writing and mathematics. Immediately after taking the tests, you will receive your scores and placement levels and can compare them to the program’s requirements. If you are a transfer student, you may request an exemption from testing.

Admissions status

After you take the tests, you will receive a letter with your admissions status.

You have met the requirements and are accepted into the program

Sign up for orientation as soon as possible and enroll in your classes.

You've met the requirements and are on the waiting list

If the program is full but you have met the requirements, you can choose to take electives or general-education courses for a semester. Admissions notifies you when space is available so you can start the program. 

You have not met the requirements yet

If you have been enrolled into the college but not the program, you can take developmental (pre-college) courses at MCTC and improve your skill level so you meet the program’s requirements. The letter with your admissions status will tell you what level of classes you need to take before you meet program requirements. Credits earned from completed developmental courses do not earn credits toward your program or degree, nor do they transfer to other colleges. Financial aid does cover them.

If you are in this situation, know that many students have taken developmental courses for a semester or longer, then have been accepted into programs and completed them successfully. When you have met the program requirements, at the end of that semester you will be notified if you are admitted to the program, provided that space is available.

Programs with additional requirements

The following programs have additional requirements, such as previous professional certifications, grades or higher placement-test scores. These are high-demand programs, so it is important to apply early. Information about program requirements is in the college catalog.

Also, call the following person for specific information about requirements. 

  • Air Traffic Control: email Julie Nicholas or call 612-659-6205
  • Professional Licensing Program for Law Enforcement: call the Law Enforcement Education Center, 763-657-3700
  • Cinema: email Julie Nicholas or call 612-659-6205
  • Nursing (RN), Nursing Mobility for LPN, or Dental Assistant programs: email Donna Hernandez-Rosales or call 612-659-6202