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Selective programs are those programs that have a competitive selection process and require additional admissions steps. If you are a student who wishes to apply to a selective program, and have already completed the initial general application to the college, please find the program of interest and make sure you complete the additional requirements.

Selective Admissions Program

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Welding

Program Information

Before program admission

  • Attend the Welding program orientation
  • Review the Selective Admission Point System for information about specific admissions criteria
  • Submit previous welding experience documentation including letter of recommendation and/or office high school/postsecondary transcripts
  • Visit an Okaloosa Career Source Center (must retain letterhead with date/time of visit)
  • Submit drug and alcohol screening results

After program admission

  • Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (unless you have a two-year degree or higher, if you completed four years of high school in Florida, or if you score high enough on the ACT, SAT or PERT)

Current application Deadline: June (day classes) and December (night classes)

Welding Technology Selective Admissions Information

Training Programs - Mary Lou O'Connor Child Development and Education Center

Teacher Education

Program Information

There are three Teacher Education degree programs: Bachelor of Science Elementary Education (K-6), Bachelor of Science Middle Grade Mathematics (5-9), and Bachelor of Science Middle Grades General Science. Each is a two year program of study, which results in students fulfilling requirements to become a certified teacher.

The Teacher Education degree programs admit students in the fall and spring semesters. Applicants must complete a program application in addition to the college application, meet a 2.5 GPA requirement for the general education coursework, pass the General Knowledge (GK) portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE), and complete a successful fingerprint and background screening by both the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

How to Apply

Apply for admission to the Teacher Education program by applying online.

Before program admission

After program admission

  • Attend the mandatory new student orientation
  • Complete fingerprinting and background screening

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Radiography

Program Information

The Associate in Science in Radiography is a two-year selective admissions program. New students are accepted annually for enrollment in the Summer Term. Students admitted to this program must meet specific admissions criteria outlined in the Selective Admission Point System.

Additionally, after acceptance into the Radiography program a background check, drug screen and other training will be required. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Contact the Radiography Department at (850) 729-6444 for additional application requirements and information.

Information Sessions

In an effort to provide you with the most current and comprehensive information about the program, prospective students are encouraged to attend an information session for the year of application. These sessions will provide valuable information about the application process, program requirements and forms required prior to entering the program.

Information Sessions are scheduled at the Niceville Campus, building 420, room 310. Please contact the Radiography Program Department at (850) 729-6444 for details about upcoming information sessions.

Upcoming Information Session Dates

December 7, 2018 at 5pm
January 7, 2019 at 5pm

Before program admission

  • Apply to the college and program
  • Review the 2019 Selective Admission Point System for information about specific admissions criteria
  • Attend an information session for points toward the radiography application
  • See program page for complete information

Current Application Period: August 31, 2018 – January 11, 2019

Career Programs - Paramedic

Paramedic

Program Information

Paramedics are the highest trained and educated pre-hospital provider of emergency medicine. In the Paramedic program, students are provided the highest quality education to prepare to become competent leaders in the high pace work of Emergency Medical Services. The Paramedic program at NWF State College is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).

The Paramedic program is three semesters beyond the Emergency Medical Technician Basic level and prepares students to apply for the Florida or National Registry Paramedic board examination. The Paramedic Certificate program is a Limited Admission College Credit Certificate. Students admitted to this program must have a high school diploma or GED and meet other applicable admission criteria (including documentation of current Florida Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification).

If the number of qualified applicants to the program exceeds the number of openings, students will be accepted using a Selective Admission Point System. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to availability.The curriculum for this program forms the core of the Emergency Medical Services Associate in Science degree program. Contact the EMS Office at (850) 729-4924 for additional information.

After program admission

  • Certified background check
  • Attend mandatory orientation (Failure to attend results in removal from program)

B.S. Nursing Program

RN to BSN Nursing

Program Information

The RN to BSN Degree Program is designed for licensed Registered Nurses who are seeking a bachelor’s degree in nursing. This program, which is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), is offered online with guided practice experiences (clinical) that can be completed where you reside (see the Accreditation information page for more details about CCNE). Part-time or full-time study plans are available to complete the program in three to five semesters.

The RN to BSN program accepts applications year-round to begin courses in any semester. Applicants must complete a program application in addition to the college application, must submit proof of RN licensure, must meet or exceed the minimum cumulative GPA requirement, and must meet pre-enrollment clinical requirements. Contact the BSN Department at (850) 729-6444 for additional information.

Before program admission

As part of your application process, please ensure you complete the tasks below.

  • Meet all college general admission requirements
  • Complete the online application for BSN
  • Submit proof of Clear/Active RN licensure. It is possible for recent graduates of an A.S. in Nursing program to take limited courses in the BSN program prior to passing the licensure exam.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in college credit coursework and a minimum grade of “C” in all Florida Common Course prerequisites. Students with a lower GPA may be accepted on a provisional basis.
  • Submit proof of immunizations and CPR verification (information will be sent to you after you apply)
  • Complete a background check and drug screen (information will be sent to you after you apply)

Applications Accepted Year-Round

B.S. Nursing

A.S. Nursing

Program Information

This two-year Nursing program, which is nationally accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), leads to an Associate in Science (A.S.) in Nursing degree (see Accreditation for more details about ACEN. Current Florida Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Paramedics may complete the program in three semesters, not including summer. Graduates of the Nursing program are eligible to apply for licensure by examination to become Registered Nurses (RNs). They are also prepared to continue their education, and can smoothly transition into the RN to BSN program offered at NWF State College.

Admissions Requirements

The Associate in Science in Nursing has a twice-a-year application/admissions process (Fall and Spring). Applicants must complete a program application in addition to the college application, must meet or exceed the minimum cumulative GPA requirement, and must pass the Nursing Admission Examination in order to be considered for selection into the program.

Students selected for this program must meet matriculation criteria, including a criminal background check, drug screen, and CPR Certification, as required by clinical facilities.

For more details about the selection process, please choose your track below to access all application materials and selection criteria. Contact the Nursing Department at (850) 729-6400 for additional information.

Choose Your Track

Before program admission

As part of your application process, please ensure you complete the tasks below.

The deadline to apply for Fall 2019 admission is March 1, 2019.

  • Complete the online information session and submit the post-test confirmation form, which is found in the application packet
  • Complete the Fall 2019 A.S. Nursing Program Application
  • Take the HESI Admission Exam required for the track for which you are applying. The HESI exams for Fall 2019 is available to students now through March 1, 2019. Instructions for registration can be found here.

After program admission

Information will be sent to you upon selection into the program for more information about how to complete the items below.

  • Attend mandatory orientation (Failure to attend results in removal from program)
  • Physical examination
  • Proof of immunization
  • Drug screen
  • Criminal background check/fingerprinting
  • BLS/CPR

Fall 2019 Application Period: January 7, 2019 – March 1, 2019

Law Enforcement Academy

Law Enforcement Academy

Program Information

This course of study is designed to provide initial training for individuals wishing to enter the law enforcement career field. It also serves as a prerequisite for the Florida State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE).  Courses include Law, Vehicle Operations, Communications, First Aid, Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Patrol, Investigations, Traffic Stops, Crash Investigations, Tactical Applications, Dart-Firing Stun Gun and State Exam Review.

Practical skills and field exercises include courtroom demeanor and testifying, report writing, identification, collection and preservation of evidence, interviewing and interrogation techniques, radio communications, patrol techniques, traffic direction, traffic crash investigations, police vehicle operation, defensive tactics, arrest techniques, firearms training, chemical agent application, CPR and first aid, fingerprinting and sobriety testing.

The Criminal Justice Training Center at Northwest Florida State College is certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Division of Criminal Justice Standards and Training.

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Requirements

We cannot accept applicants who have been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement, domestic violence related offenses, or moral character violations as defined by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC). 

Under Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) rules and Florida Statutes, in order to qualify for certification as a law enforcement/corrections officer, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 19 years of age
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
  • No convictions of any felony or a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement
  • Never received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces
  • Have good moral character
  • Complete an application to Northwest Florida State College
  • Pass Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT)
  • Must attend academy orientation
  • Pass the Medical Exam required to be accepted into Academy
  • Agree to be fingerprinted by the training center school
  • Successful completion of background investigation

These are the minimum qualifications set by the State of Florida for taking the State Certification Exam and receiving certification. A candidate who has a number of felony arrests without a conviction and/or an extensive record of traffic violations showing a disregard for the law, may be eligible to take the State Exam, but will have little or no chance of being employed by any law enforcement or corrections agency.

In addition, Federal Law prohibits any individual who has been convicted of a domestic violence charge (felony or misdemeanor) from carrying a firearm. This law prohibits an individual with such a conviction from becoming a law enforcement/ corrections officer. Criminal Justice agencies in Florida are free to set their own additional requirements on candidates for employment such as physical requirements, drug use, and criminal history. Applicants must meet the standards of that particular agency they apply for. Passing the Basic Recruit Training Program does not guarantee employment with a Criminal Justice agency.

Under Florida Statutes Chapter 943, the certification process begins with a candidate successfully completing a Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) Basic Recruit Training Program. The candidate receives a Certificate of Completion upon graduation and applies to sit for the State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE). Upon successful completion of the SOCE, the candidate must become employed with a law enforcement or corrections agency. The candidate can then apply to CJSTC for certification. The candidate has four years from the beginning of the Basic Recruit Training Program to fulfill these requirements and become certified.

How to Apply

Before Program Admission

Please note that a printout of your FBAT score and your DD214 (if applicable) must be attached to your application packet. Your application should be typed or in legible print using black ink. Please do not leave any blank spaces. Write “N/A” if a question does not apply to you.

After Program Admission
  • Attend the law enforcement academy’s mandatory orientation
  • Agree to be fingerprinted by the training center school
  • Work on your physical fitness to ensure readiness for the program

Applications are accepted year-round and are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Fire Fighter Programs at NWF State College

Fire Academy

Program Information

Firefighters are trained to extinguish and control fires in response to situations where property, life, or the environment is in danger. At the scene of an emergency, firefighters perform tasks assigned by their commanding officer. Depending on the situation, they may need to provide medical attention, break through debris, operate fire hoses, or enter a burning building. Firefighters are often first responders to car accidents, heart attack scenes, and other medical emergencies that do not involve fire.

The Firefighting Certificate program is one semester program for students who already hold a First Responder, EMT or paramedic certification. For students that don’t hold these certifications, the Firefighter/EMT certificate is a two semester program consisting of one semester of Fire Academy and one semester of EMT. Students who don’t already hold a certification must apply to this program.

Applicants to this program must have a high school diploma or GED and meet other applicable admission criteria. If the number of qualified applicants to the program exceeds the number of openings, students will be accepted using a Selective Admission Point System. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to availability. Contact the Firefighting Office at (850) 729-4924 for additional information.

How to Apply

Apply for admission to the Fire Academy by applying online. Select “VC-Firefighter Basic” or “VC-Firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician” from the dropdown box under “Intended Program of Study.”

Before program admission

  • Must currently hold First Responder, EMT or paramedic certification if applying for Firefighter Basic, otherwise applicants should apply for the two-semester FF/EMT program.
  • Must never have been convicted of a felony (must be in compliance with S 112.011(2)(b))

After program admission

  • Medical Examination
  • Take the TABE test (if applicable)
  • Submit sworn nonuser of tobacco/tobacco products affidavit

Spring 2019 Application Deadline:

November 1, 2018

EMT

Program Information

Emergency Medical Technicians are part of the Emergency Medical Services team. EMTs are trained to provide basic life support and transportation of the sick and injured. The EMT program prepares students to apply for the examination to become a Florida licensed and National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Basic.

The Emergency Medical Technician program is 12 credit hours long and is conducted over one (1) semester. Applicants to this program must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and meet other applicable admission criteria. If the number of qualified applicants to the program exceeds the number of openings, students will be accepted using a Selective Admission Point System. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to availability. Contact the EMS Office at (850) 729-4924 for additional information.

How to Apply

Apply online for admission to the EMT program. Select “CC-Emergency Medical Technician” from the dropdown box under “Intended Program of Study.”

Background Checks

Affiliated clinical agencies may have a policy that will not allow students convicted of a felony to perform clinical duties at their agency. If this is the case, the student will not be allowed to enter the program as clinical experiences would not be made available to him/her. The Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services should be contacted for questions regarding certification in the State of Florida.

Drug Screen

Substance abuse is inconsistent with the ethics of the practice of emergency medicine. Students may be asked by the EMS Clinical Coordinator, Program Director or the affiliating clinical agency to submit to individual, group, and/or random drug screen at any time. The college reserves the right to determine the agency to conduct the drug screening. Refusal to comply with requested screening within the timeframe directed will result in dismissal from the EMT program.

Performance Standards

Without compromising patient care, the student must be able to show ability to:

  • Communicate verbally by telephone & radio equipment
  • Lift, carry & balance up to 125-pounds (250-pounds with assistance)
  • Interpret written, oral & diagnostic form instructions
  • Use good judgment & remain calm in high-stress situations
  • Work effectively in an environment with loud noises & flashing lights
  • Function efficiently throughout an entire work shift
  • Calculate weight & volume ratios & read small print, both under life-threatening time constraints
  • Read & understand English language manuals & road maps
  • Accurately comprehend street signs & address numbers
  • Interview patient, family members & bystanders
  • Document (in writing) all relevant information in prescribed format, considering the legal ramification of such
  • Converse in English with coworkers & hospital staff concerning the patient’s health status
  • Perform all tasks, with good manual dexterity, related to highest quality patient care
  • Bend, stoop & crawl on uneven terrain
  • Withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold & moisture
  • Work in low light, confined spaces & other dangerous environments.

Before program admission

After program admission

  • Submit to a background check
  • Submit to a drug screening
  • Submit to an EMT health evaluation

Spring 2019 Application Deadline:

November 1, 2018

Summer 2019 Application Deadline:

March 1, 2019

Early Childhood Education

Program Information

There are two Early Childhood Education degree programs: Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. Each is a two year program of study and prepares students to work with children ages birth to four years old. Students completing the A.S. in Early Childhood Education degree program can easily transition into the college’s B.S. Early Childhood Education degree program.

Both the A.S. and B.S. Early Childhood Education degree programs admit year-round in all terms. A.S Early Childhood Education applicants complete the college application only and appropriate background screening required by Early Childhood facilities. B.S. Early Childhood Education applicants must complete a program application in addition to the college application, meet a 2.0 cumulative GPA requirement, and complete a successful fingerprint and background screening required by Early Childhood facilities.

How to Apply

Apply for admission to the Teacher Education program by applying online. Select your specialty from the dropdown box under “Intended Program of Study.”

Before program admission

  • Complete the B.S. Early Childhood Education online application

After program admission

  • Attend the mandatory online new student orientation (B.S. students, only)
  • Complete fingerprinting and background screening (B.S. and A.S. students)

Dental Assisting Student Practices on Artificial Patient

Dental Assisting

Program Information

The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program is a three-semester Limited Admission Career and Technical or Vocational program. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, as well as satisfy all other NWF State College admission criteria. Program graduates are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board examination to receive the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) credential. Contact Carrie Griffith at (850) 729-6444 for additional information.

Selection Process

After June 1, all eligible applicants will be accepted unless the number of students applying exceeds 24. If there are more than 24, the students will be assessed according to the “Selective Admission Point System.” The first 24 ranked applicants will be sent an “Invitation for Acceptance” to the program. 12 students beyond the first 24 will be offered the opportunity to be an alternate list in case an accepted student decides to decline their invitation to the program.

Selective Admission Point System

The applicants with the highest point totals are admitted first. If there is a tie among point totals, students will be ranked based on their GPA (high school or college; whichever is higher).

Information Sessions

In an effort to provide you with the most current and comprehensive information about the program, prospective students must attend an information session for the year of application. These sessions will provide valuable information about the application process, program requirements and forms required prior to entering the program.

Information Sessions are scheduled at the Niceville Campus, Bldg 420, Room 408 Dental Assisting lab. Please contact the Dental Assisting Program Department at (850) 729-6444for details about upcoming information sessions and to verify attendance.

Upcoming Information Session Dates

All sessions take place at Niceville’s campus, Thursdays at 6 p.m. in building 420, room 408.

May 24th

Before program admission

After program admission

  • Physical, Immunizations and titers (blood tests for immunity)
  • Certified background check
  • Attend mandatory orientation (Failure to attend results in removal from program)
  • Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (unless you have a two-year degree or higher, if you completed four years of high school in Florida, or if you score high enough on the ACT, SAT or PERT). Call the Testing Center at (850) 729-6016 to schedule your test.

Please note: All documentation must be submitted to the Castle Branch website.

Current application Deadline: June 1, 2018

Law Academy Grads July 2018

Corrections Academy

Program Information

This course of study is designed to provide initial training for individuals wishing to enter the Florida Department of Corrections career field. It also serves as a prerequisite for the Florida State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE). Practical skills and field exercises including officer safety, intake and release of inmates, supervising special populations, defensive tactics, and first aid techniques.

The Criminal Justice Training Center at Northwest Florida State College is certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Division of Criminal Justice Standards and Training.

Learn More

Requirements

We cannot accept applicants who have been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement, domestic violence related offenses, or moral character violations as defined by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC). 

Under Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) rules and Florida Statutes, in order to qualify for certification as a law enforcement/corrections officer, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 19 years of age
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
  • No convictions of any felony or a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement
  • Never received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces
  • Have good moral character
  • Complete an application to Northwest Florida State College
  • Pass Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT)
  • Pass the Medical Exam required to be accepted into Academy

How to Apply

Before Program Admission

Please note that a printout of your FBAT score and your DD214 (if applicable) must be attached to your application packet. Your application should be typed or in legible print using black ink. Please do not leave any blank spaces. Write “N/A” if a question does not apply to you.

 After Program Admission
  • Must attend the Corrections Academy orientation
  • Agree to be fingerprinted by the training center school
  • Successful completion of background investigation
  • Work on your physical fitness to ensure readiness for the program

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