Some programs have specific non-academic admission requirements in addition to the general and academic admission requirements. Non-academic admissions requirements include Criminal Record Checks, CPR, TB screening, immunizations, auditions, and portfolios.
Applicants should be aware of any non-academic requirements prior to entering a program. Be sure to review the requirements specific to your program.
Criminal Record Checks
How to complete and submit your Criminal Record Check to VCC:
Important information about Criminal Record Checks:
In accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act, a Criminal Record Check (CRC) must be completed for all individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children. CRC’s are completed through the Ministry of Justice, and applicants are responsible for any costs incurred to complete the CRC. The Ministry of Justice sends completed Criminal Record Check results directly to the Registrar’s Office.
Applicants should be aware that some programs have practicum placements that require completion of a Criminal Record Check. If you are found to present a risk to vulnerable populations by the Ministry of Justice, you will not be permitted to enter the practicum. If the practicum is required for your program, this means that you will not be able to complete the program and will not graduate. Therefore, you should consider this requirement carefully before applying to, or continuing in, the program.
Any student who is charged with or convicted of a criminal offence subsequent to a Criminal Record Check must immediately inform the Department Leader and the Registrar’s Office.
Within six (6) months of the start of the program, students must submit a negative TB skin test. If the TB skin test is positive, a negative TB chest x-ray is required.
Students should be aware that clinical facilities may decline a practicum placement if proof of negative TB screening is not completed.
Completed TB tests are submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
CPR and Standard First Aid
The requirements for CPR certification and/or Standard First Aid training are specific to each program. To ensure that you meet this requirement, please review your program page.
Students should be aware that current CPR and/or Standard First Aid status is required for all clinical and practicum placements.
Some programs require the completion of an Immunization Record. The completed form must be submitted to the department on the first day of classes.
Applicants should be aware that some programs have practicum placements that require specific immunizations. If the practicum is required for your program, failure to meet the immunization requirements could mean that you will not be able to complete the program and will not graduate. Therefore, you should consider this requirement carefully before applying to, or continuing in, the program.
Students should be aware that clinical facilities may decline a practicum placement if a student is unable to provide proof of immunizations or satisfactory serum titers.
Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended and in some cases may be required for practicum placement:
- Poliomyelitis (Polio)
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Influenza (required on an annual basis)
- Hepatitis B series
N95 Respiratory Mask
Regulations stipulate that a properly fitted respiratory mask must be used when providing care to patients with suspected, known, or probable cases of acute respiratory infections.
The respiratory mask must be an N95 respirator that is individually fitted by a trained provider, following CSA guidelines. This individual mask fitting should be done just prior to beginning your program. Mask fitting must be done annually. Students are responsible for the cost of the mask fitting.
An original certificate must be presented to the department on the first day of classes.
Other Non-academic Admission Requirements
There may be other non-academic admission requirements for your program. These may include auditions, portfolios, letters of intent, work or volunteer history, or others. Check the requirements specific to your program.