Special Application Procedures

Some programs or circumstances require a special process for admissions. Check below to see if you need to submit additional materials or follow a unique procedure for admission.

High School Students

Dual Enrollment

Today, entrance into college is more competitive than ever. Earning college credit while you’re still in high school will help make your application stand out. It not only shows that you are a dedicated, committed student, but it also proves that you are ready to succeed at the college level.

What is the process for enrolling?

Step 1. Gather all necessary paperwork
Complete and gather all necessary paperwork:

Step 2. Get approval from your high school
Make sure your high school counselor reviews and approves the courses listed on your Dual Enrollment agreement form. 

Step 3. Send all materials to:
Delaware County Community College
Attention: Admissions Office – Dual Enrollment
901 South Media Line Road
Media, PA  19063

The deadline to apply is August 1 for Fall, December 1 for Spring, May 1 for the Summer I, and June 1 for the Summer II.

Step  4. Await decision from Dual Enrollment Committee
Your application will be reviewed by the Dual Enrollment Admissions Committee. You will be notified by mail whether you’re application was approved or not. If you are not approved, we encourage you to keep working hard in your high school courses and reapply for a future term.

Step  5. Schedule your placement test
Accepted students will receive instructions on scheduling their placement test. You must complete the College’s entire placement test, covering reading comprehension, math and a writing sample. The “green ticket” (included with your acceptance letter) and a photo ID are required to take the test. Visit www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/preparation-sample.html to see sample questions.

Step 6. Schedule follow-up appointment
One to two weeks after testing, contact Enrollment Management at 610-359-5141 to schedule your follow-up appointment. This appointment may take place by phone or in person. A Dual Enrollment Advisor will review your placement test scores and register for the course(s) requested, if appropriate.* Course availability cannot be guaranteed.

*Registration will be limited to the courses listed on the agreement form that was approved by your high school counselorand for courses which you have satisfied all of the prerequisites or other College requirements for, unless permission for substitution is given. If you are not eligible for the courses listed and a substitution is made, it is your responsibility to communicate that substitution to your school for approval, unless the chosen courses are separate from and not required for high school credit.

Step  7. Access delaGATE
At the follow-up appointment, you will learn how to access delaGATE, the College’s online portal. From delaGATE, you can access your bill for the term, information on student services and new student orientation, and your college email account.

Step 8. Pay your bill
Payment in full is expected by the due date; this due date may be immediate if you register close to the beginning of the semester. The College accepts cash, check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover. Payment by credit card and electronic check is accepted online via delaGATE.  Failure to make payment arrangements by the due date will result in the cancellation of the course. We cannot guarantee that, if canceled for non-payment, you can be reinstated into the same course. High school students are not eligible for financial aid. They are also not eligible for the College’s payment plan due to the significantly reduced tuition.

Early Admission

If you are mature and have strong academic credentials, you may be considered for early admission to Delaware County Community College after completion of your junior year of high school. To be considered, you must:

  • Schedule an interview with a member of our Admission staff by calling 610-359-5050; select option 3
  • Submit the Application for Admission along with an official high school transcript
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from your high school counselor, explaining how you will benefit from this opportunity and indicating the courses needed to satisfy your high school graduation requirements
  • Provide a letter from your principal confirming that the high school will issue your diploma upon satisfactory completion of Delaware County Community College courses

Partnership Programs

The College maintains a number of established agreements with area high schools that provide opportunities for students to engage in early college and career awareness experiences. Check with your school counselor to see if your school has such an arrangement with us. If so, contact our Enrollment Services Office (Founders Hall, Room 3555, 610-325-2812) for more information.

Non-High School Graduates over age19

If you do not have a high school diploma or GED and are 19 years of age or older, we can consider you for enrollment on a part-time basis. To pursue this opportunity, you must:

It is important to note that students without a high school diploma or GED are not eligible for Federal financial aid, even if admitted to the College.

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To apply for admission to the Nursing Program (RN), you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or resident alien
  • Priority is given to residents of Delaware County and Chester County
  • Attend an information session. To find out about upcoming sessions, see the Events calendar
  • Follow the instructions as outlined in the Nursing Admission Procedures:

       Nursing Admission Procedures Packet - Fall 2016

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The College has instituted the following admissions criteria for individuals seeking enrollment in the Paramedic-Advanced Life Support program:

  • Either be a current Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification (Pennsylvania or National Registry) OR enroll in EMT class prior to or during the first semester in the program.
  • Current Healthcare Provider Level Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) through the American Red Cross or American Heart Association
  • Criminal background check
  • Clear child abuse background check
  • Take a medical physical examination and drug testing
  • Delaware County Community College placement test
  • Submit verification of current medical insurance
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

Individuals are admitted to this program by the College’s Director of Emergency Services Education. For more information, contact Elaine Karr by email or phone: 610-723-4012.

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Plumbing Apprenticeship

Students interested in the plumbing apprenticeship should call 610-356-4800 for admission procedures.

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Police Academy

The minimum age for admission into the Municipal Police Academy is 18. You must be a U.S. citizen. Admission to the program is on a first-come, first-served basis, and class size is limited. In order to ensure the safety of students, the College and the general public, we have instituted entrance requirements for students seeking admission to the Academy, as described under PA Legislative Act 120:

  • Physical Fitness Test
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Delaware County Community College placement test
  • Health examination
  • Criminal background check
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Valid automobile driver’s license
  • Certified Driver's Check
  • United States Citizenship

Application procedure

  • Complete the Municipal Police Academy registration form: Download the form
      ~  Call 610-359-7386 to obtain the form
      ~  Send an email and provide your name and address to receive an information packet and registration form
  • Applicants will be advised of dates for pre-admission testing
  • Results of the testing will be mailed to applicants and will include the start date of classes; dress code requirements; and billing information

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Respiratory Therapy

To apply for admission to the respiratory therapy program, you should:

  • Attend an information session. To find out about upcoming sessions, see the Events calendar
  • The packet for Fall 2016 will be posted soon. 

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Surgical Technology

If you would like to apply for admission to the Surgical Technology program, you should:

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Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student wishing to receive credit for previous course work you have completed, submit official transcripts from all of the post-secondary schools you have attended. Acceptance of transfer credit will depend on:

  • Appropriateness of courses to selected College curriculum
  • Similarity of transfer credit to courses offered at the College
  • When the credits were earned
  • Grades received for courses

To obtain transfer credit, mark the appropriate space on the general application form and submit a Petition for Transfer of Credit to the Assessment Center.

Only 36 transfer credits may be used toward degree requirements. Former Delaware County Community College students who have completed 24 or more credits at the College may transfer a maximum of 12 credits from other institutions to satisfy degree requirements. For information contact the Assessment Services Office at the Marple Campus.

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