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2012-2013 Official General Catalog 
2012-2013 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Admissions Information

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Admissions Procedures


The following pages outline the procedures to follow to prepare and file your application.  If you have any questions or need help working through the process please feel free to call Admissions at 607 778-5001 or email  We look forward to welcoming you to Broome Community College (BCC)!

"Matriculated" vs. "Non-Matriculated"

You may attend BCC as either a matriculated or non-matriculated student.  How do you know which is which?

  • a matriculated student is one who meets all admission requirements, has been formally accepted by the Office of Admissions, and is enrolled in an associate degree or credit certificate program.  Matriculated students are eligible to apply for financial aid.
  • a non-matriculated student is one who has not made out a formal application for matriculation or has not been accepted into a credit degree/certificate program, but has enrolled in a class or classes.  Non-matriculated students may enroll in day or evening courses, on-campus, online, or at off-campus centers.  Non-matriculated students are NOT eligible to receive financial aid.

Campus Visit/Pre-admission Counseling

All students are encouraged to visit Broome Community College.  We welcome the opportunity to meet with interested students and their families to discuss options for attendance.  Some students know they would like to attend college, but are unsure about what they would like to study.  Your are invited to meet with an admissions counselor to discuss options most suited to your needs.  Interest tests, counseling, and career information are also available via the Counseling Office.  To arrange an appointment with an admissions counselor, please call the Office of Admissions, 607 778-5001.

Admissions Requirements

Students for most majors are selected as they apply, complete the admissions process, and are found suitably qualified for a particular program.  Matriculation/admission into the following Health Science programs at Broome Community College will be based on a competitive admissions process: Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Medical Assistant, Clinical Laboratory Technician, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Phlebotomy: Certificate and Radiologic Technology.  More details are listed below on the Competitive Admissions process.

The following items are required by the Admissions Office before a decision can be made on a student's application.

  1. Completed Application for Admission.
  2. Official high school transcripts and/or all college transcripts.  Applicants must arrange to have transcripts mailed from the high school or college attended directly to the BCC Admissions Office.  A bachelors degree from another college (BA or BS) or higher is acceptable as proof of high school equivalency.
  3. If applicable, General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

Here are a few items to note concerning the application process:

  • Students who wish to matriculate (required for Federal Financial Aid Grants) full or part-time in any curriculum must apply through the Admissions Office.
  • American College Testing (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score reports are not required, but if either or both are available, they should be forwarded to the Admissions Office.
  • The postmark date of an application and the date an application folder is complete are important parts of the admissions process and help the College implement its first-come, first-served equal opportunity policy.
  • Most programs require that prerequisite courses be successfully completed by June 30 of the summer preceding fall enrollment.

Applicants should recognize that it is their responsibility to complete the necessary forms for admission and to see that all required transcripts and/or other information are received and recognized by the Admissions Office.  Completing the application process is the first step toward matriculation, which also includes being accepted into a curriculum and enrolling in coursework.

Acceptance into Broome Community College applies only to the particular semester designated in the acceptance letter.  Students who do not attend BCC in the semester for which they were accepted and who wish to enroll in a future semester must reapply.  Records are kept on file for one year.  The reapplication process usually involves completing another application, unless additional college coursework has been completed.

International students and BCC Study Abroad Programs have separate admissions criteria.

For more information and answers to questions contact:

Admissions Office
Broome Community College
P.O. Box 1017, Binghamton, N.Y. 13902
Phone: 607 778-5001
Fax: 607 778-5442

Placement Testing

The Admissions Office administers placement tests in reading, writing, and mathematics to entering students.

The information gained from these tests is used along with other records to help place students in appropriate courses.  Every effort is made to place students in courses in which they can succeed.  In some cases, students will be required to enroll in non-credit developmental courses.

Early Admissions

Early Admissions is a program for high achieving high school students who can benefit from taking college courses, full or part-time, before graduating from high school.  While high school seniors are usually enrolled in this program, qualified juniors may also be eligible.

Anyone interested in part-time Early Admissions should contact the BCC Admissions Office at 607 778-5001 or his/her high school counselor for the special application form.  Full-time applicants should use the regular Application for Admission.

Applicants Without A High School Diploma

Students who lack a high school or a general equivalency diploma (GED) may apply for admission if their high school class has already graduated or they are at least 19 years of age.  These students must take and meet the institution's standards on an Ability to Benefit test approved by the Department of Education.

Applicants who are admitted through this method may apply to New York State for an equivalency diploma after completion of 24 hours of college credits in these subject areas:

  • Six (6) credits in English language arts including writing, speaking and reading (literature)
  • Three (3) credits in mathematics
  • Three (3) credits in natural science
  • Three (3) credits in social science
  • Three (3) credits in humanities
  • Six (6) credits or the equivalent in any other courses within the registered degree or certificate program

Students admitted under the provisions of an Ability to Benefit must earn 24 credits, shown above, prior to receiving a certificate or degree from the College.

Applicants With An Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) Diploma

The New York State Education Department has ruled that an IEP diploma is different from a high school diploma in that it is not an indication of successful completion of high school study.  Therefore, students who hold an IEP diploma may apply for admission to BCC and will be evaluated on the same criteria used for students who lack a high school diploma or GED.

Home-Schooled Applicants

Home-schooled students will be eligible for admission to BCC if they can provide either 1) a letter from the superintendent of the school district in which the student resides, attesting to the student's completion of a program of home instruction meeting the requirements of Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, or 2) a passing score on the general comprehensive examination for the state high school equivalency diploma (GED) (and the diploma itself when available), or 3) students may be admitted under the provisions of Applicants Without a High School Diploma and the "ability to benefit.

Health Science Competitive Admissions

Entry into the following Health Science programs at Broome Community College will be based on a competitive admissions process: Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Medical Assistant, Clinical Laboratory Technician, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Radiologic Technology.

The Competitive Admissions process compares the academic strength of applicants to the academic preparation required for a specific Health Science program.

An Admissions Committee assesses each applicant's academic background in either high school and/or college level math and science courses required for the Health Science program to which they have applied.  Offers of admission are made based on an applicant's academic strength compared to other applicants and number of seats available in a particular program.  Meeting the minimum math and science course background does not necessarily guarantee admission.  Additional consideration will be given to Broome County residents and Veterans with honorable discharge from a military branch.

For entry into the fall semester, the Admissions Office will begin making offers of admission to the most qualified candidates in late January.  The Admissions Committee will continue to evaluate applicants through the close of applications, March 1.  Applications for admission will still be considered after March 1 should seats still be available in a particular Health Science program.

Students lacking the necessary academic preparation for their chosen program may take preparatory courses through an Individual Studies program at BCC to strengthen their academic background and then reapply for a future semester.  Advisement is available to assist students in selecting appropriate preparatory coursework.


Matriculated students who have withdrawn from the College, have not been in attendance for one semester or longer, or have graduated from BCC, must apply for readmission to return as a matriculated student.  They do not need to resubmit high school records unless they have not attended BCC for six or more years.

Admission of Ex-Offenders

Applicants to BCC who have been convicted of a felony must participate in an admissions review process.  Additional information will be requested per State University of New York Ex-Offender Policy.  Failure to disclose a felony conviction on the Application for Admission may result in expulsion from the College.  Specific deadlines exist for applicants.  For more information, contact the Admissions Office.

MMR Immunization Regulations


It is the intent of the administration of Broome Community College to comply and enforce the provisions of Public Health Law Article 21, Title IV, Section 2165-Immunization.

All students registering for 6 or more credits and attending New York State colleges and universities are required to show proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella, prior to attending classes. Individuals born before January 1, 1957, are exempt from this requirement.

Proof of immunity to measles means two doses of measles vaccine on or after one's first birthday and at least 30 days apart, physician documented history of disease, or serological evidence of immunity. Proof of rubella immunity means one dose of rubella vaccine on or after the first birthday, or serologic evidence of immunity. Proof of mumps immunity means one dose of mumps vaccine on or after one's first birthday, a physician documented history of disease, or serologic evidence of immunity.

NOTE: If you have graduated from a high school in the United States after June 1980, your diploma or high school transcript is acceptable proof of having had one measles vaccination. YOU STILL MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF THE measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination within the past year of application to the College.

Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Response Form

New York State Public Health Law #2167 requires that all college and university students enrolled for at least six semester hours be informed of information regarding meningococcal meningitis disease, including the risks of NOT receiving the vaccine. Vaccination is optional. Student MUST return response form prior to being enrolled for classes to the Office of Student Health Services, Science Building, Room 102.

International Students


General Information

Broome Community College welcomes students from other countries. The College is authorized by the U.S. Justice Department to issue the required Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status (Form I-20) to international students planning to enter the U.S. and attend BCC on an F-1 Student Visa.

For additional information and for the necessary forms to apply to Broome Community College as an international student, contact the Admissions Office, 607 778-5001; FAX 607 778-5442; e-mail: or visit our International Admissions Website at

International Admission Requirements

International student applicants should submit the following to the Admissions Office:

  1. Application Form (online or International Admissions paper version)
  2. International Student Information Form
  3. Educational History Form

  4. Academic Records
    Send official secondary school (high school) and any post-secondary school records (transcripts).  Your academic records should include the grades/marks of all subjects  completed and the results of any external examinations.  Your records should also indicate any diplomas, degrees or certificates earned.  If your academic records are not in English, a word-for-word translation should be attached to an official copy of the academic document being translated.
  5. Demonstration of English Language Proficiency
    If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate an acceptable English language proficiency to be considered for admission.  This requirement can be met by (1) submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 32 iBT (97 computer-based), (400 paper-based)  OR  (2) submitting official academic records which show the successful completion of at least four years of English language study at the secondary or higher level.

    A placement test is given upon arrival at the College to determine the appropriate English course level to enroll.  Students who score at our lower or intermediate English proficiency level usually need to enroll in full time, intensive English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) study and continue ESL coursework each semester until an appropriate proficiency is met.  Students who score or progress to an advanced English proficiency level may take regular academic courses in their program of study along with continued ESL study.  Students who submit a TOEFL score of 70 iBT (197 computer-based), (527 paper-based) or better can generally begin the regular academic curriculum in their program of study if they have the appropriate academic background.  The College's placement test is used in conjunction with the TOEFL score will help determine appropriate course placement.
  6. Financial Documentation (Required for F-1 Student Applicants)
    If you plan to attend BCC on an F-1 Student Status, you must demonstrate that you have the financial means/support to cover your educational and living expenses while attending the College.  A Broome Community College Declaration of Financial Support Form should be completed and returned with the appropriate financial documentation requested.
  7. Copy of Biographical Page of Passport (if available)
  8. For F-1 Transfer Student only:
    If you are currently attending a college or university in the United States on an F-1 student status and wish to transfer to Broome Community College, you will need to obtain a new I-20 issued by our College and fulfill transfer eligibility requirements.  Please send a copy of your current I-20 with your application material.  After your admission to our College, your current International Student Counselor will need to complete a Transfer Eligibility Form.  This form will be sent to you upon acceptance to our College.

Our international Admissions website offers many resources for the Prospective Student includng a Checklist for International (F-1) Applicants to assist you with the admissions process including downloadable forms and checklists in a variety of languages.  Please visit the checklist at for more information.

Other General Information:

The International Student Services Office, located in the Admissions Office in the Wales Building, Room 201, provides counseling to international students throughout their enrollment at the College. This office conducts an international student orientation prior to the beginning of classes to help international students understand their immigration responsibilities as well as plan their academic curriculum and become accustomed to the American educational system. This office also assists international students in finding housing off-campus. The International Student Counselor is available to counsel and assist international students with academic, career and personal concerns.

International students who are seeking transfer credit to BCC, earned from an educational institution outside the United States, are required to submit an official evaluation of their educational documents (transcripts) from an approved foreign credential evaluation agency. Information on approved agencies is available from the Admissions Office.

Through special arrangement, the College can accommodate sponsored groups of 10 or more students who do not meet the English language proficiency requirements described above.

Academic Standards for Clinical Education


Academic Standards for Clinical Education in the Health Sciences programs require dismissal of students who fail to meet established academic objectives for the physical safety, psychological safety, and confidentiality of patients.

Students interested in Health Science curricula are advised to see the appropriate department chairperson upon admission to the program. Annual physical examination, including Mantoux and other testing, is required in most curricula.

OSHA standards

Although not required by either Broome Community College or the State University of New York, students enrolled in health science programs, where clinical experience or on-campus Dental Clinic is a curriculum requirement, should note that compliance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards is mandated.

The OSHA standards on Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens require employees to either be vaccinated for hepatitis or to sign the appropriate form declining the vaccination. The standards do not mention students. Nonetheless, many affiliate health agencies are requiring students to comply with the regulations, and hepatitis vaccinations are strongly recommended by most Health Science curricula.

Full Opportunity Program


Broome Community College has a Full Opportunity Program, which is designed to give every individual a chance to fulfill his/her own personal goals and potential.

All Broome County applicants who have graduated from high school within the prior year, or applicants who have been released from active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States within the prior year, are given priority for admission until March 1 and are guaranteed admission to the College, but not necessarily assured of space in the programs of their choice.  To be admitted to any program of study, all applicants must meet the academic requirements of that program.  Students without the required academic background for a particular curriculum will be accepted into a program or selection of courses for which they qualify. Some students may require more than two years to complete a program of study.

Broome Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era in the recruitment or education of students; the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff; or the operation of any of its programs or activities.  Where relevant, state and federal laws apply.

Credit Evaluation


Transfer and Articulated Credit

College-level course credits earned at regionally accredited* post-secondary institutions can be transferred to Broome Community College. Credits earned at non-regionally accredited institutions with which Broome Community College has a current articulation agreement may also be transferred to BCC.

*Regional Accrediting Bodies:  Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, and Western.

Transfer credit is subject to the approval of the Department Chairperson or the Dean's designee.  The following provisions apply:

Broome Community College must receive official transcripts of all college-level work completed at other regionally accredited colleges before formal transfer credit will be awarded.

Grades earned at other institutions will not be entered into the cumulative grade point average (GPA) at Broome Community College.

Grades of "C" or higher are transferable if coursework is relevant to the student's program of study at Broome Community College. "C-" and "D" grades may be transferable with the approval of the Department Chairperson or the Dean's designee.

Credits earned at foreign post-secondary institutions may also be transferred, subject to review by and approval of the Department Chairperson or the Dean's designee from the Division in which the student matriculates.  Students applying for foreign credit transfer must submit an official evaluation of foreign educational credentials from an accredited evaluation agency.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

The College recognizes the value of the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) examination process and may grant credit to students who have successfully completed these exams.  Students need to request that their examination scores be sent to the BCC Admissions Office and verify that their AP and/or IB scores have been applied to their academic record.  See the AP/IB Exam Course Equivalents chart for details.

AP Exam Equivalencies

AP Exam

BCC Course




Art History 3 History of Western Art II ART 103 3  



Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology I & II
BIO 117
BIO 117
BIO 118
Calculus AB (or AB subscore of Calculus BC)  3
Calculus I
MAT 181
Calculus BC
Calculus II
MAT 182
Check AB subscore for
Calculus I credit



General Chemistry I &
General Chemistry II
CHM 145
CHM 145
CHM 146
Computer Science 3 Introduction to Programming CST 113 3  
English Composition 3 College Writing I ENG 110 3  
English Language 3 College Writing I ENG 110 3  
English Literature 3 Introduction to Literature LIT 200 3  
Environmental Science 3 Environmental Science I CHM 123 4  
European History
Special Topics in History
Rise of the West: 1500-Present
HIS 280
HIS 100
French Language 4 Beginning French I FRE 101 4  
German Language 4 Beginning German I GER 101 4  
U.S. Government & Politics
Independent Study
Introduction to American Government
POS 299
POS 201
Human Geography
Independent Study
World Cultural Geography
GEO 299
GEO 120
Independent Study
ECO 299
ECO 110
Music Theory

        Credit determined by Music
dept. on a case-by-case basis
Physics B or C
Physics I: Mechanics and Heat
PHY 161
HS course must be
laboratory based
Psychology 3 General Psychology PSY 110 3  
Spanish Language 4 Beginning Spanish I SPA 101 4  
Statistics 3 Statistics I MAT 124 3  
Studio Art 5 Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design ART 105 3  
U.S. History
Special Topics in History
H.S. History I
HIS 279
HIS 130
World History
Special Topics in History
West and the World Since 1500
HIS 278
HIS 117

IB Exam Equivalencies

 IB Exam

BCC Course




Biology - HL 4 Principles of Biology I BIO 117 4  
Biology - HL
Principles of Biology I & II
BIO 117
BIO 118
Business & Management - HL 4 Business Elective   3  
Chemistry - HL 4 General Chemistry I CHM 145 4  
Chemistry - HL
General Chemistry I &
General Chemistry II
CHM 145
CHM 146
Computer Science - HL 4 Introduction to Programming CST 113 3  
Computer Science - HL
Introduction to Programming &
Structured Programming
CST 113
CST 133
English - HL 4 College Writing I ENG 110 3  
Environmental Science - HL 4 Environmental Science I CHM 123 4  
Environmental Science - HL
Environmental Science I
Environmental Science II
CHM 123
CHM 124
French B - HL         No credit granted
History - HL         No credit granted
Math - HL

        Will consider granting credit on case-by-case basis
Music - HL

        Credit determined by Music dept. on a case-by-case basis
Philosophy - SL         No credit granted
Psychology - SL 5 General Psychology PSY 110 3  
Psychology - HL 4 General Psychology PSY 110 3  
Physics - SL
Physics I: Mechanics and Heat
PHY 161
HS course must be lab based
Physics - HL
Physics I: Mechanics and Heat
PHY 161
HS course must be lab based
Spanish Ab Initio - SL         No credit granted
Spanish B - HL         No credit granted


College Proficiency (CP) Exams

The CP Exams of the State University of New York will be recognized for credit upon approval by the appropriate Department.  Credit awarded will be handled as transfer credit.

Requirements and/or Recommendations - Academic Preparation for Admissions

Curricula   Requirement   Recommendation

Accounting       Mathematics Level 1
  (General Emphasis)        
  (Office Administration        
Financial Services        
Hotel/Restaurant Management        

Computer Technology (Network and WEB tracks)1       Mathematics Level 2

Business Information Management       Mathematics Level 1

Business Administration       Mathematics Level 3
Business Administration        
  International Business Emphasis        

Chemical Dependency Counseling       The Mathematics Level of preparation will vary according to degree and program.
Communications and Media Arts      
Criminal Justice - Corrections        
Criminal Justice - Police        
Early Childhood        
Fire Protection Technology        
General Studies:        
  Teacher Education        
Human Services        
Individual Studies        
Liberal Arts        

Civil Engineering Technology1       Mathematics Level 3
Computer Information Systems1       Regents Physics or A.S. III, IV
Computer Technology (Technical Track)1        
Industrial Technology        
Mechanical Engineering Technology        

Electrical Engineering Technology1       Mathematics Level 3

Computer Science1       Mathematics Level 4
Advanced Algebra or Pre-Calculus
Regents Physics, Regents Chemistry or A.S. I, II, III, IV

Engineering Science1       Mathematics Level 4
Regents Chemistry, Regents Biology,
Regents Physics or A.S. I, II, III, IV

*Dental Hygiene1,2   Mathematics Level 2
Chemistry, Regents Biology OR A.S. I, II (minimum grade 74 in all mathematics and science courses)

*Health Information Technology1,2   Mathematics Level 1 Regents Biology4 OR A.S. I, II (minimum grade 74 in all mathematics and science courses)    

*Medical Assistant1,2  

Mathematics Level 1
Regents Biology4 OR A.S. I, II (minimum grade 74 in all mathematics and science courses)


*Clinical Laboratory Technician1,2  

Mathematics Level 3
Regents Biology4, Regents Chemistry4 OR A.S. I, II, III, IV (minimum grade 74 for all mathematics and science courses)


*Nursing1,2   Mathematics Level 3
Regents Biology4, Regents Chemistry4 OR A.S. I, II, III, IV (minimum grade 74 in all mathematics and science courses)

*Physical Therapist Assistant1,2   Mathematics Level 3 Regents Biology4, Chemistry5 OR A.S. I, II (minimum grade 74 in all mathematics and science courses)    

*Phlebotomy       Mathematics Level 1,
Regents Biology OR A.S. I, II

*Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic       Mathematics Level 1
Regents Biology, Regents Chemistry
OR A.S. I, II (minimum grade 74 in
all science courses)

*Radiology Technology1,2   Mathematics Level 3
Regents Biology4, Regents Physics OR A.S. I, II, III, IV (minimum grade 74 in all mathematics and science courses)

NOTE: See "Mathematics Equivalencies for Use in Admissions Decisions"


1BCC has a developmental program that enables students lacking the proper academic preparation for professional level courses to enroll in appropriate credit or non-credit courses that will qualify them.  They can take these courses at BCC or elsewhere preceding their admission.  Applicants who elect to take these courses during the spring and fall semesters would need more than two years to complete the curriculum.

2If prerequisite courses are taken at BCC, a grade of 2.0 or better is required.

3AM is Applied Math and AS is Applied Science as defined by Tech Prep.  PT is Principles of Technology.  ABC is Applied Biology & Chemistry.

4Equivalent course substitutions may be determined by the Department Chairperson or Dean.

5Students not completing the recommended high school courses may take longer than 2 years to complete the degree requirements.

Mathematics Equivalencies For Use In Admissions Decisions


For each column below, it is assumed the student successfully completed the requirement listed.

Level of Mathematics Proficiency   Regents Course   Math A/B Exam Score   Applied Math Course   Other High School Course

Level 1   Regents Course I   Math A   Applied Math I and II   Algebra I

Level 2   Regents Course I and II   Math A with minimum score of 85   Applied Math I, II and III   Algebra I and Geometry

Level 3   Regents Course I, II, and III   Math B   Applied Math I through IV   Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II with Trigonometry

Level 4   Regents Course I, II, and III plus Math 12   Math B plus Math 12 (Pre-Calculus)   N/A   Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II with Trigonometry plus Advanced Algebra or Pre-Calculus