Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Determination FAQ

Are there other health related programs at MCC?

Answer: Yes, there are. We offer associate's degrees in Biotechnology, Health Studies, Pre-Chiropractice Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy and a certificate in Office Technology: Medical Office Assistant. For admissions information on these other health programs listed, please view our catalog.

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How do students get into the program?

Answer: All applicants who meet the listed prerequisite courses can be considered for admission to their desired program. We rank these applicants by the number of priority points they have (please see priority point courses for each program under Admissions Requirements & Procedures). The applicants are ranked from greatest number of points to least number of points. Each program takes students starting at the top of this list until all the available seats in the program are filled. High school applicants (those in their senior year of high school at the deadline date) are not expected to have priority point courses, rather their admission is based on their exam grades in the listed prerequisite courses.

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Can I get points for experience/other qualifications? Will references or essays factor into determination of who gets in?

Answer: For adult students, we use only the items listed under the Priority Placement section of the Admissions Requirements & Procedures. For each program, you get one additional point if you are a veteran. For Nursing only, you get four additional points if you have a bachelor's degree.

For high school students (those in their senior year of high school at the deadline date), we use only the criteria listed under Admissions Requirements & Procedures.

No additional points are awarded for other experiences or certifications (ex. volunteer experiences, EMT certification, New Visions programs, master's degree, etc). We do not look at references or essays when determining who will be admitted.

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If I didn't get in this semester, do I need to reapply?

Answer: If you enroll for the semester in which you applied for the high-demand program in a degree or certificate program and want to be considered for the next semester, you must submit a program change application through Graduation Services by the deadline. (Example: You do not get in to Nursing for the Spring 2012 semester, so you matriculated into Liberal Arts for the Spring 2012 semester and take classes, you need to do a program change by the deadline.)

If you did not enroll in a program (or are non-matriculated) for the semester in which you applied for the high-demand program, you do need to reapply through the Admissions Office.

High school students who are not admitted right out of their senior year will be in the regular applicant pool when they apply again in the future.

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I have all of the priority placement courses, but I didn't get in, what do I do now?

Answer: There are two different options. You can retake courses either at MCC or at another accredited college to get a higher grade to reapply or put in a program change application into the program at a later date. Alternatively, you can also look into other programs at other colleges as admission is never guaranteed into any of these programs at MCC.

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How many students are admitted into each program?

Answer: For Nursing, we admit 70 students each Fall and Spring semester (for Fall only, about 10-15 of accepted students are high school students). On average, there are 500 applicants for Nursing (an additional 200 high school applicants in the Fall only). Please note that for students admitted into Nursing directly out of high school, the program is spaced over three years; during the first year you will take courses as described in Admissions Requirements & Procedures and you must get a C or higher in both BIO 142 and BIO 143 during your first year to continue into clinical coursework the second year.

For Radiologic Technology, we admit 32 students each Fall semester (of which 3 are high school students). On average there are 275 applications (of which 75 are high school applicants).

For Dental Hygiene, we admit 42 students each Fall semester (of which 4 are high school students). On average there are 275 applications (of which 75 are high school applicants).

For Dental Assisting, we generally admit 16 students each Fall semester (of which 2 are high school students). On average there are 115 applications (of which 15 are high school applicants).

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How are points calculated? Is there anything that I can do to get more points? Can someone calculate my points for me? How many points do I need to have?

Answer: You can utilize the information under Admissions Requirements & Procedures to calculate your points (point calculation is different for high school applicants - please see requirements). For each priority placement course, we multiply the grade you got in the course by the credit hours of the course to get your quality points. See the requirements for both Nursing and Radiologic Technology for special rules applying to Anatomy and Physiology. We give you the sheets on how we calculate points so that you are able to calculate your own points. We will not calculate your points for you.

For adults interested in Dental Hygiene, Nursing or Radiologic Technology: Typically students that get in have a minimum of 50 points by the deadline.

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Do I need all "A"s in the courses?

Answer: Having all "A"s in the priority placement courses will definitely help in getting into the program. However, each semester it depends upon the applicant pool in regards to if you need to have all "A"s to get into the program. We rank students and take those with the most number of points to fill the available seats.

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Acceptance Letter FAQ

I was accepted into Liberal Arts: Health Related (LA05)/Health Related-2nd degree (HS05) what does that mean?

Answer: Any student who was not admitted into their desired program, or was not placed on the temporary waitlist, will be admitted to LA05/HS05. This allows students to be enrolled in a degree program at MCC so they can work towards completing prerequisites and/or priority point courses.

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My admissions letter says that I am lacking prerequisites and/or need to build my math or science skills, what does this mean?

Answer: If your letter says you are lacking prerequisites that means you do not have one or more of the listed prerequisite courses for your desired program. For example, if you applied for Dental Hygiene and your letter says you are lacking prerequisites and need to build your science skills, that means you do not have the biology and/or chemistry prerequisite requirement met.

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My admissions letter says that I need more points, what does that mean?

Answer: The program is competitive with a limited number of spots. We look at the applicant pool for the program, and rank each applicant according to how many priority points s/he has. Those with the most points are admitted. If your admissions letter says you do not have enough points, that means that for the semester and program which you applied, all of the students getting in had more priority points than you did. There is no set amount of points you need to have, it varies each semester based on how many points each student in that applicant pool had. High school applicants (those in their senior year of high school at the deadline date) are not expected to have priority point courses, rather their admission is based on the prerequisite course exam grades as described in Admissions Requirements & Procedures.

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What is the difference between the prerequisites and the priority placement courses?

Answer: The prerequisite courses are requirements that you must meet in order to be eligible to apply to the program. The priority point courses do not all need to be completed prior to applying, but are the main way you can earn points towards competing to get into the program of choice. The more priority point courses you have taken, and the higher your grades are in the courses, the more overall points you will have. All applicants are ranked based on their overall point value, and those with the highest points get into the program.

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Transfer Credit FAQ

How do I know if my transcript has been evaluated?

Answer: We will review each transcript that we receive from the colleges you attended. You will be sent an email for each college letting you know what transferred to MCC and which course at MCC it was equivalent to. These courses will also appear on your MCC transcript.

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Can I take credits at another school to try to get into my intended program again?

Answer: Yes, we will accept transfer credit from regionally accredited colleges. We do not regard transfer credit any differently than credits taken at MCC. Below you will find an equivalency chart for many colleges in the area to determine if the courses you took or would like to take at another institution are equivalent to the courses you need at MCC. If you are looking at taking a course or have taken a course that isn't listed, we would advise that you make sure to check in with the admissions office so that you know the course will transfer in as what you are intending it to transfer in as. Courses need to be taken with a "C" or higher to transfer in. All official college transcripts need to be on file with the admissions office by the application deadline.

-For those interested in Dental Hygiene and/or Dental Assisting, we have BIO 142 Human Anatomy and BIO 143 Human Physiology listed, a student can also transfer in the equivalent of BIO 134 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 135 Anatomy and Physiology II. Please note, that given the same grade, taking BIO 142 and 143 (or the equivalent) will give an applicant more points than BIO 134 and 135 (since BIO 134 and BIO 135 are each only 3 credit courses).

-For those interested in Radiologic Technology, there are several math courses that meet the requirement, please contact the admissions office if you have any questions about math transfer credit.


Nursing Priority Point Class @MCC

Finger Lakes CC

Genesee CC

Cayuga CC

Niagara CC

Erie CC

Onondaga CC

BIO 144

BIO 171 A&P I

BIO 152 A&P I

BIOL 203* A&P I

BIO 213/213L A&P I and lab

BI 150/151 A&P I and lab

BIO 171 A&P I

BIO 145

BIO 172 A&P II

BIO 153 A&P II

BIO 204* A&P II

BIO 214/214L A&P II and lab

BI 152/153 A&P II and lab

BIO 172 A&P II

BIO 202

BIO 230 Microbiology

BIO 201 Microbiology and Human Disease

BIOL 216* General Microbiology (BIOL 206 is NOT BIO 202)

BIO 221/221L Microbiology and lab

BI 230/231 (formerly BI 130/131) Microbiology and lab (BI 212/213 is NOT BIO 202)

BIO 205 General Microbiology

ENG 101

ENG 101 Freshman English

ENG 101 English Communications I

ENGL 101 Freshman English I

ENG 101 Writing I

EN 110 College Composition

ENG 103 Freshman Comp/Lit I

PSY 101

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology

PSY 101 General Psychology

PSY 101 Introductory Psychology

PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology

PS 100 General Psychology

PSY 103 General Psychology

PSY 212

PSY 200 Developmental Psychology

PSY 203 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan

PSY 212 Developmental Psychology - Lifespan

PSY 210 Lifespan Developmental Psychology

PS 201 Developmental Psychology

PSY 206 Human Growth and Development


Nursing Priority Point Class @MCC

Broome CC

Jamestown CC

Corning CC

Alfred State

SUNY Brockport

Buffalo State

BIO 144

BIO 131 Human Biology I

BIO 2510 A&P I

BIOL 2020 A&P I

BIOL 1404 A&P I OR

BIOL 1114* A&P I

BIO 321 A&P I


BIO 145

BIO 132 Human Biology II

BIO 2520 A&P II

BIOL 2030 A&P II

BIOL 2504 A&P II OR BIOL 2214* A&P II

BIO 322 A&P II


BIO 202

BIO 150 General Microbiology

BIO 2530 Microbiology


BIOL 4254 General Microbiology OR BIOL 5254 Principles of Microbiology

BIO 323 Microbiology


ENG 101

ENG 110 College Writing I

ENG 1510 English Composition I OR ENG 1530 English Composition II

ENGL 1010 College Composition I

COMP 1503 Freshman Composition

ENL 112 College Composition

ENG 100 English Composition OR ENG 101 College Writing I

PSY 101

PSY 110 General Psychology

PSY 1510 General Psychology

PSYC 1101 General Psychology I

PSYC 1013 General Psychology

PSH 110 Principles of Psychology OR PSH 112 General Psychology with lab

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

PSY 212

PSY 210 Human Development

PSY 2510 Life Span Development


PSYC 1023 Human Development


PRO 204 Developmental Assessment

PSY 355 Lifespan Developmental Psychology


Nursing Priority Point Class @MCC

University at Buffalo

SUNY Cortland


SUNY Geneseo

SUNY Oswego

D’Youville College

Excelsior College

BIO 144

ANA 113 OR ES 113 Human Anatomy

BIO 324 Mammalian Anatomy

BIOL 207/208 Human Anatomy and lab

ZOO 305 Human A&P I

BIO 107/107L Human A&P I and lab

We do NOT give credit for BIO 144, BIO 145, or BIO 202 from Excelsior exams


BIO 145

PGY 300 Human Physiology

BIO 514 Mammalian Physiology

BIOL 264 Human Physiology

BIO 306 Human A&P II

BIO 108/108L Human A&P II and lab

BIO 202

MIC 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology

BIO 303 Microbiology and Human Disease (NOT BIO 304)

BIOL 230 Principles of Microbiology



ENG 101

ENG 101 Writing I

CPN 100 Academic Writing

INTD 105 Writing Seminar

ENG 101 OR 102 Composition I/ II

ENG 111 English Communication I

ENG 101* English Composition

PSY 101

PSY 101 Introductory Psychology

PSY 101 Introductory Psychology

PSYC 100 Introductory Psychology

PSY 100 Principles of Human Behavior

PSY 101 General Psychology

PSY 101* Introduction to Psychology I

PSY 212

NUR 250 Human Growth and Development

PSY 333 Developmental Psychology


PSY 200 Topics in Human Behavior: Lifespan Development

PSY 203 Developmental Psychology

PSY 235* Lifespan Developmental Psychology


Nursing Priority Point Class @MCC

Nazareth College


University of Rochester

RIT (Rochester Institute of Tech.)

Roberts Wesleyan

Trocaire College

St. John Fisher College

BIO 144

BIO 150 A&P I

BIO 203 Mammalian Anatomy (NOT NSG 312) OR BIO 258 Human Anatomy

MEDS 250 Human A&P I

BIO 201 A&P I with lab

BIO 130/130L A&P I

BIOL 105C Human Anatomy

BIO 145

BIO 151 A&P II

BIO 204 Mammalian Physiology (NOT NSG 313)

MEDS 251 Human A&P II

BIO 202 A&P II with lab

BIO 131/131 L A&P II

BIOL 106C Human Physiology

BIO 202

BIO 318 Clinical Microbiology


BIOL 204 Microbiology

BIO 301 Microbiology with lab

BIO 223/223L Microbiology (formerly SC 203)

BIOL 107C Microbes and Disease OR BIOL 214 Microbiology

ENG 101

ENG 101 College Writing I

WRT 105/CAS 105 Reasoning and Writing in College

0504 225 Writing & Literature

CMP 101 Principles of Writing

EN 101 English Composition

ENG 101 College Writing

PSY 101

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

PSY 101 Intro to Psychology

0514 210 Introduction to Psychology

PSY 101 General Psychology

PSY 101 General Psychology

PSYC 100 Intro to Psychology

PSY 212


NSG 305* Growth and Development-Lifespan


PSY 201 Developmental Psychology

PSY 102 Developmental Psychology

PSYC 231 Development Across Lifespan




Nursing Priority Point Class @MCC

SUNY Fredonia


SUNY Canton

BIO 144

BIOL 245 Human A&P I

BIOL 217 Human A&P I

BIO 145

BIOL 246 Human A&P II

BIOL 218 Human A&P II

BIO 202


BIOL 209 Microbiology

ENG 101

ENGL 100 English Composition

ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word or ENGL 102

PSY 101

PSY 129 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology

PSY 212

PSY 289 Lifespan Human Development

PSYC 225 Human Development


*Course available online
Equivalencies subject to change and pertain only to course transfer to MCC

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Wait List FAQ

Is there a waitlist?

Answer: Yes, there is a waitlist. The waitlist consists of those students who were close to the amount of points needed to get into the program and if students who have been accepted into the program, don't take their spot, that is when we go into the waitlist. The waitlist doesn't carry over into other semesters and/or other years. It is only good for the semester for which you applied. You will be notified if you are on the waitlist and what number you are on the waitlist. If/as spots in the program open up, we will admit students, starting with number 1 on the waitlist.

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How do I know if I got in off of the waitlist?

Answer: You will receive an admissions certificate/notification if you are taken off of the waitlist and are accepted into the program.

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Next Steps

What do I do now?

Answer: If you decide to take or retake courses here, you can register as long as registration has opened up for you. Here is a link on when registration will be open:

Here is a link on how to register:

We highly encourage all students that are particularly interested in our high-demand, health-related programs to register as soon as possible, as many priority point courses fill quickly.

If you have decided to take courses at another school, contact the Admissions Office at MCC if you want to make sure any credits from another school will transfer into your intended program in case you decide to apply again. Please check the equivalency chart first to see if the course you are interested in is listed.

How can I get more information?

You can register to attend a health-related admissions Information session by searching for Health Information Session here, choosing the event you'd like, then clicking "Register" and creating an account or by calling the Admissions Office at 585-292-2200. Due to the high demand, we are unable to offer individual appointment regarding these programs.

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What options do I have as an LPN?

Answer: LPNs may be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing. There are both a three semester and a two semester option that have additional requirements in order to be eligible to apply. Please see Admissions Requirements & Procedures for these requirements. An LPN is still eligible to apply for the regular, 4 semester Nursing program. An LPN applicant will have to choose which option they want to apply for as s/he can only be considered for one program (ex. have to select if s/he wants to be in the applicant pool for the full 4-semester program, or the 3 or 2 semester option). We do not take a set number of applicants to the advanced standing option programs as those are filled on a space available basis. (We wait until after the semester is over to see how many spots are available for new starts in semester 2 and 3 of the program.)

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