Special Admissions

Admission to Health Science Programs

In addition to admission requirements for most of the programs at IRSC, the Health Sciences Division requires applicants to meet additional “Selective Admission” conditions. These include submission of a Health Science program application, payment of a $30 nonrefundable/non transferable application fee for each program, appropriate academic preparation, and acceptable scores on various aptitude tests. Students who need refresher or remedial help before being accepted into the Health Science programs are referred to the Academic Support Center (ASC), where individualized instruction is available. Program information outlining the selective admission criteria is available from the IRSC website.

High School Transcripts

The College accepts high school credentials in accordance with Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules. In alignment with F.S. 1003.428, a valid high school credential will be validated by submission of an official transcript from the awarding school that documents that the student successfully completed a variety of secondary courses over a specified period of dated enrollment such as semester periods, grade levels, or other defined dates that demonstrates student longitudinal engagement and course participation, and for which grades were assigned, successful completion or graduation is noted, and an official seal or signature is attested.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment is defined as a student simultaneously earning high school credit toward a high school diploma along with college credit toward an Associate Degree or occupational credit toward a technical certificate. For information on additional requirements and opportunities, go to www.irsc.edu and click on Programs & Careers, High School/Dual Enrollment. Types of Dual Enrollment include:

  1. Academic - Students in grades 9-12 may simultaneously earn high school credit toward a high school diploma and college credit toward an Associate or Baccalaureate Degree. Students may be part time or full time. To enroll in academic coursework, students must successfully complete an entry level examination as required by Section 1008.30, Florida Statutes. For the purpose of this agreement, ACT, SAT, and/or P.E.R.T. scores are acceptable.
  2. Career/Technical - Students in grades 9-12 may simultaneously earn elective high school credit toward a high school diploma and career/technical credit toward an Associate Degree or Technical Certificate. Students may be part time or full time in career/technical Dual Enrollment.
  3. Early Admission - Highly qualified high school students may enroll full time in college, and simultaneously earn high school credits toward a high school diploma and college credit toward an Associate or Baccalaureate Degree. Students must have completed, prior to Early Admission, a minimum of six semesters of full time secondary enrollment (grades 9-11). Eligibility criteria, as stated in paragraphs #1 and #2 above, also apply to Early Admission.

The following are ineligible to be counted as Dual Enrollment.

  1. Vocational preparatory instruction
  2. College preparatory instruction
  3. Other forms of pre-college instruction
  4. Physical education and recreational studies that focus on physical execution of skills rather than the intellectual attributes of an activity
  5. Private music lessons

Transient Students

Students attending other colleges or universities who wish to earn credits for transfer to those institutions may be admitted to IRSC as transient students. These students must present an official statement from the institution they have been attending which certifies the credits they earn at IRSC will be accepted as part of their academic program. Transient students are not required to file transcripts of their previous college credits. Upon completion of a class, transient students may submit a transcript request online at www.irsc.edu to have their transcript sent to their home institution. In order for an IRSC transcript to be sent to another institution, a written request must be received by Admissions and Records. An electronic version of the Transient Student form can be found at www.flvc.org. Check this site to determine if your school participates in the electronic transcript process.

Transfer Coursework

Degree-seeking students must submit official transcripts from all previous postsecondary educational institutions to Admissions and Records during the first six weeks of the term of enrollment. The collegiate coursework must be relevant to the programs offered at IRSC, with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies equivalent to those of students enrolled in comparable IRSC courses. Coursework earned from non-regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Upon evaluation, a degree audit will be mailed to the student reflecting courses accepted toward an IRSC degree.

IRSC accepts eligible credits of a grade of “D” or higher in all undergraduate courses. However, a grade of “C” is required for Gordon Rule courses and some prerequisite courses. Please consult an advisor for further clarification.

All credits attempted at IRSC, along with transfer credits from all other institutions attended, will be used to compute the student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA). Students must complete at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the program requirements for their certificate or degree at IRSC. Only courses with grades of A, B, C, D and S that are part of the degree will satisfy the residency requirement. College preparatory courses may not be used to fulfill the residency requirement. Courses that can be taken multiple times for credit can be used multiple times toward the residency requirement up to the number of times that they can be taken for credit. CLEP, AP, IB, PEP, and competency-validated credit will not be counted toward the residency requirement. Students should consult with their assigned advisor if they have any questions regarding transfer.

Transfer students with a last term below a 1.5 GPA will be admitted on an academic warning status. Students in this category should refer to the Academic Warning/Deficiency/Suspension section of this catalog.

International Students (F1 Student Visa)

Foreign students desiring to attend IRSC should request the Foreign Student information packet, which includes the Foreign Student information brochure and Foreign Student application for admission. The student must then submit:

  1. Completed Foreign Student application along with the $30.00 application fee.
  2. Official transcripts of completed high school and postsecondary work, including the dates of attendance, courses taken, and grades received. A notarized English translation must accompany the transcript. Both should be submitted with the application.
  3. Official copy of scores attained on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum total paper-based score of 500 or a computer-based total of 173 is required of foreign students whose native language is not English.
  4. Documentation of medical insurance covering the periods of enrollment.

Foreign students will receive Form I20 (Immigration Certificate of Acceptance) upon approval of the application.

International Transfer Coursework

Students who have attended a postsecondary educational institution outside the United States must have their foreign academic credentials evaluated by World Education Services, Inc., P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10011, or Josef Silney & Associates, Inc., 7101 S.W. 102 Avenue, Miami, FL 33173, or any current NACES member (www.naces.org/members.htm) and provide IRSC Admissions and Records with a course by course evaluation of the official translated transcripts from each institution attended. The student is responsible for evaluation fees and there is no guarantee that any coursework will transfer to IRSC.