Pre reqs and Co reqs

OK, so you want to apply to POCA Tech?  Let’s walk through this together. You'll need: 

 

60 Semester Credits or 90 Quarter Credits from an accredited school1 to meet the admissions requirement. We do not require a degree for admission. 

 

This just gets you in the door. Before you graduate, you'll need to complete what are called Co-requisite classes 2. These are taken outside of POCA Tech. Should you take them before you start your journey at POCA Tech? Probably [blog coming soon]. 

POCA Tech requires 28 semester or 42 quarter credits of science co-requisites3,4

  • Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 must be taken. C’mon, you’ll be putting needles in people!

  • Biology, Microbiology, Public Health, Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology - all would qualify. There are many options and a few states have some picky licensing requirements; for example Washington state requires microbiology [blog coming soon].

  • Social Science classes also count towards your science co-requisites!5. For example - sociology, psychology, gender studies, anthropology, etc
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The NCCAOM exam includes a Biomedicine test, so basic health science is an important part of a POCA Tech student’s educational journey.

 

Lastly, what if you apply with more than 60 semester or 90 quarter credits on your transcript (i.e. you have a Bachelor's degree in Medical Anthropology or a PhD in Astrophysics)? If you have some classes that weren’t used for the admission requirement, they potentially could be counted toward our co-requisite requirement. We will consider all qualifying science classes you’ve already taken and try to apply them towards the requirement. Please contact the registrar with questions. 


References:

1. Recognized by the US Dept. of Education

2. Co-requisites are classes taken outside of POCA Tech - i.e. community college or online provider with accreditation. 

3. Learn how to do credit math: https://www.wwcc.edu/advisor-training/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2016/07/convert-credits.pdf

4. Or 420 credit hours, see above.

5. Read Liberation Acupuncture for context: http://liberationacupuncture.org/