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Competitive Entry Enrollment

Most KCC health career programs use a selective admission process called competitive entry. To enroll in a competitive entry program, follow these steps:

  1. Complete all steps for admission to KCC. Visit the KCC admissions page for information.
  2. Meet minimum records and academic eligibility requirements for the health program you are applying to. Enrollment checksheets for specific programs on the Health Careers home page detail these requirements..
  3. Meet with a health careers advisor to complete an application to the health career program on or before the application deadline.
  4. Take the A2 Entrance Exam for health career students. 

The curriculum of record for students applying to, but not yet accepted into, competitive entry health careers programs is the Associate in General Studies.

Seats per program

Massage Therapy – 20
Medical Laboratory Technology – 12-15
Paramedic – 20-30
Physical Therapist Assistant – 20
Practical Nursing – 20
Radiography – 20
Registered Nursing, fall entry – 40
Registered Nursing, spring entry – 40
Respiratory Therapist – 20

A2 entrance exam

To take the A2 exam you must meet the minimum eligibility requirements. After testing, you will be ranked for program acceptance based on your A2 test score. In order to be ranked, you must receive a minimum score as set by the Health Careers department. 

Eligible students who are not offered a seat will be alternates. Tie breaking rules are detailed in the A2 Entrance Exam page.

Residency priority

To qualify as an in-district applicant at the initial deadline, a person must meet residence requirements as outlined in the KCC catalog prior to the program's deadline. The applicant may be required to prove district residency by providing a driver's license, a voter's registration card and other requested documentation.

Qualified in-district applicants and out-of-district applicants who are utilizing a cooperative agreement that KCC offers for a particular program will be given priority over other out-of-district or out-of-state applicants. In cases where an insufficient number of qualified in-district residents or cooperative agreement students apply, qualified out-of-district applicants will be considered.

Additional information

Some health career programs are transferable, so you can complete the first two years of your bachelor's degree at KCC. All health career programs at KCC will prepare you to enter the workforce immediately after completing the necessary coursework.

For more information, go to the Health Careers Division page and/or contact a Health Careers advisor: Novalla Coleman, 815-802-8512,; Kathryn Wachtor, 815-802-8636,; or Terri Eakins, 815-802-8584,​