Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Health and Fitness Science (HFS) program MUST meet all Gaston College admission requirements for GENERAL ADMISSION to the college. Admission to the general college does not guarantee admission to the Health and Fitness Science Program.
To be eligible to submit an application to the associate degree health and fitness science program applicants must:
- Be a high school graduate- Must have an overall grade point average of 2.8 or higher in high school courses or ACT score of 16 or higher or SAT score of 900 or higher or
- Be a current college student- Must have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better in required college courses
- Have completed coursework up through, or place out of, Developmental Math 050 and DRE 098 prior to entering the Health and Fitness Science Program.
- Have grades of "C" or better in all related courses.
- Have completed the required Biology courses within 10 years from the date of application to the program.
Competitive Admission Criteria
The following is used by the Health and Fitness Science Program Admissions Committee in the selection process of qualified applicants:
- ACT/SAT Score
- Completion of all developmental courses.
- Number of required general education courses completed (with a minimum grade of "C") by the end of the fall semester in which application is made.
- Interview with the Health and Fitness Science faculty admissions committee.
Admission points are calculated based on the above criteria. The final selection of the applicants into the program is made by the program coordinator in consultation with the Health and Fitness Science Program Admissions Committee.
Students Admitted to Health and Fitness Science Program
In addition to maintaining a 2.0 GPA and earning a minimum grade of "C" in all Health and Fitness Science curriculum courses, applicants accepted into the HFS program must meet the following requirements in order to enroll and continue HFS courses:
- Orientation session for HFS Program.
- Immunizations required by the N.C. Community College System and clinical agencies.
- Satisfactory physical and emotional health examination documented on a N.C. Community College Student Medical Form provided by the Health and Fitness Science Program.
- Criminal background check.
- Drug screen.
Clinical Externship facilities reserve the right to deny a student access to the facility based on failure to meet the above requirements. If a student is denied access to any Clinical Externship facility, the student will not be allowed to continue in the Health and Fitness Science Program. Detailed information regarding these agency requirements will be provided upon conditional acceptance into the Health and Fitness Science Program. Applicants should be aware that travel in "out-of-service" areas may be required for clinical externship work experiences.
In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include the following: uniforms, a physical examination, immunizations, criminal background check, drug screening at a time designated by the Health and Fitness Science faculty, and the fees for the required Certified Personal Trainer Examination.