2015-2017 Catalog

Admission and Registration

Moraine Valley is committed to an “open door” admission policy. It shall admit all high school graduates or the equivalent who demonstrate an ability to benefit from one of its programs, subject only to space limitations. Admission may be denied to an applicant when it is not in the best interest of the college or the applicant to grant admission.

No person will be denied admission to the college or any of its programs on the basis of sex, race, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, disability, or other legally protected characteristics or conduct as stated by federal and state law(s).

Once admitted, students may select courses or programs according to their interests and abilities. These are determined by evaluating the individual student’s high school experiences, previous test scores, and college assessment results. Moraine Valley provides advising and counseling services to help each student choose an appropriate field of study according to individual abilities and interests. With some programs, particularly the Health Science programs, space may not be available for all applicants. See Admission to Health Science Career Programs in this section for more information.

Residency A resident must live in the Moraine Valley Community College district at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester and meet at least one of these criteria:

  • Under 18 whose parents or legal guardians reside in the college district;
  • Under 18 who is married and who is established in a permanent family residence in the district;
  • Under 18 who resides in the district in a dwelling he or she has purchased; and/or
  • 18 or older who resides in the district, providing residence was not for the sole purpose of attending college.

Refer to the Moraine Valley at a Glance section of this catalog for a map of the Moraine Valley district. To verify your residency status, call (708) 974-2110.

Tuition rates are determined by the legal residence of the student. These rates are lower for residents of the Moraine Valley Community College district than they are for out-of-district residents who attend Moraine Valley. A student who temporarily moves into the district for the purpose of attending the college at a reduced tuition rate will not be considered as having established a bona fide residence within the district.

It is the student’s responsibility to demonstrate residency status. A student may be asked to display verification of residence before class registration can be completed. The following documents may be presented to verify residency: property tax statement, driver’s license, Illinois state ID card, vehicle registration, copy of lease or purchase agreement, utility bill, or voter’s registration card. Documents or bills that are used to verify residence are required to be in the student’s name.

Residency status is determined at the time of registration. It will not be changed after the refund period for that semester.

The dean of Enrollment Services or a chosen representative will determine whether an applicant meets the residency criterion.

International Students For international student admission procedures, see the International Student Affairs section.

Admission A regularly admitted student is one who completes the college’s admission process. The admission process is not completed until the following has been submitted:

  • a completed enrollment form (available at morainevalley.edu ) with all required information.
  • a final high school transcript, indicating the date on which the student graduated, or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or an official report of qualifying GED scores. Although not required for admission, it is strongly advised to turn in high school transcript or GED certificate. These documents are required for financial aid, special admission programs and athletes.
  • all college transcripts, if applicable.
  • the final admission steps will include the delivery of a new student welcome letter with instructions on academic placement testing, and Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) programming.
  • completion of the standardized academic placement tests will support enrollment through a Student Orientation and Registration program.
  • American College Testing (ACT) generally is not required, but may be used to assist in academic advising and counseling placement of students, and for admission to designated programs.

Admission to Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Transfer Degree Programs Students enrolling in Associate in Arts or Associate in Science transfer degree programs must have completed the minimum high school course requirements as outlined in the following section, in accordance with Illinois Public Act 86-0954. Students who do not meet these requirements will be considered provisionally admitted until such time that all academic deficiencies have been removed as outlined by the college. These requirements will be exempted for (a) students who submit college transcripts showing successful completion, with a grade of “C” or better, of 24 semester hours of transfer college credit at the 100 level or above; and (b) students who successfully complete the GED exam.

High School Course Requirements for Admission to Transfer Degree Programs

Subject Yrs. Description
English 4 Emphasizing written and oral communication and literature
Social Studies 2 At least one year of United States history or a combination of U.S. history and American government; other acceptable subjects are anthropology, economics, geography, psychology, and sociology
Mathematics 2 Introductory through advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry or fundamentals of computer programming
Science 2 Selected from biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics (laboratory science)
Electives 2 Foreign language, music, art, and/or vocational education
Flexible Academic Units 3
Additional English, social studies, mathematics, science, foreign language, music, art, and/or vocational education

Transfer from Other Colleges A transfer student must complete the college admission process. Students intending to obtain transfer credit must submit an official college transcript from each college attended to the Records Office. Transfer credit earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with Moraine Valley admissions policies. All materials submitted during the application process are property of Moraine Valley and will not be returned or reproduced.

Unofficial Evaluations Prior to registration, previous college transcripts can be reviewed by academic advisors to help support the development of an education plan to meet the student’s education goals. An unopened official transcript may be brought to the Academic Advising Center, S201, to support the advising session prior to registration.

Transcript Evaluations Before an official evaluation can be done, an evaluation request form must be submitted to the Records Office, and the student must be enrolled in credit classes at Moraine Valley. Evaluation request forms are available in S101 and S103, as well as on the college website. Click on Admission and Registration. Official transcripts may be sent to Moraine Valley directly from the transferring institution. Sealed transcripts may be brought in and hand delivered. Evaluations take six weeks after receipt of all official documents.

Catalog Expiration Starting with students entering spring 2016 and forward, students have six years from their first semester of enrollment in a program to complete that program of study. If the program is not completed within this time frame, the student must complete their studies under a newer, non-expired catalog. Students who have a break in enrollment of six or more semesters must follow the Readmission Policy. Specific programs may have shorter time limits for completion, and this information will be listed in the catalog.

Readmission Any student who has not been enrolled at Moraine Valley for one or more semesters must be readmitted to the college. The student must visit the Registration Office to update current address and program of study. If the student has attended one or more colleges during this interim period, official transcripts for all academic work taken since last attending Moraine Valley must be submitted. If enrollment has been interrupted by six or more consecutive semesters (including summer semesters), students may resume their studies, but will be required to visit the Registration Office in S103 to update their catalog year and program of study to the current semester. Students are encouraged to visit Academic Advising in S201 to discuss degree or certificate requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment. Students who resume studies after a break of six or more semesters must follow the requirements in effect at the time of their readmission.

High School Students Students under 16 are not admitted to college classes. Exceptions to this rule may occur with approved programs of study within specialized Dual Credit Programs. Dual Credit enrolled students must complete an online enrollment form upon the approval of high school faculty and/or counselor. Students over the age of 16 who would like to pursue college courses must complete a High School Authorization Form, which can be obtained from and signed by the appropriate high school official.

Admission to Honors Program After you apply for admission to the college, complete the Honors Program application available in U208 or online at morainevalley.edu/honorsprogram. You’ll need to meet two of the following prerequisites to enroll in the Honors Program:

  • a 3.2 GPA from your high school
  • an ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 1050 (composite)
  • completion of at least one AP course with an A or B (AP score 4)
  • graduation in the top 10 percent of your high school class

Students need to present verification that they meet admission requirements. After that, students are eligible to register for honors courses. (708) 608-4191, morainevalley.edu/honorsprogram.

Admission to Health Science Career Programs Health Information Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy Technology, Sleep Technology, and Nursing are health career programs leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. Mammography Technology is a health science certificate program. All of these programs have special admission requirements and limited enrollment. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all admission requirements are met, and all documents and scores are submitted on time. Only complete application files will be reviewed for admission.

As part of the admission process, most health science programs require that students submit a health history and physical evaluation. Students may also be required to complete a criminal background check. Students also may be required to have current medical insurance.

General information and program requirements may be found in the Career Programs section of this catalog, online at morainevalley.edu or from the Academic Advising Center.

Admission Requirements

Documents Required for a Complete File for All Associates Degree Health Science Programs

  • A completed program admission application by specified deadline (an application to the specific health program of your choice is available and must be returned in the Admissions Office).
  • A complete high school transcript showing date of graduation or a GED certificate.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended.
  • Academic placement results documenting required level of placement as defined by each program.
  • Proof of permanent residency or U.S. citizenship must be submitted at the time of application.

Academic Requirements for Specific Health Science Career Programs

Health Information Technology

  • One year of high school biology with lab, or one semester of college biology with lab, with a grade of “C” or above.
  • One year of high school algebra. Moraine Valley course MTH-095 or above, or an equivalent course at another college, with a grade of “C” or above.
  • Keyboarding proficiency of 30 words per minute.
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 based on a four-point system.


For complete information about the Nursing Program application and selection processes, please refer to the Nursing Program website.

Application process

  • Submit the Moraine Valley college enrollment form
  • Attend an information session
  • Submit HS transcripts or GED certificate
  • Complete all prerequisites
  • Submit a Nursing Application
  • Submit Transcripts to the Registrar’s Office (Records Department)

Ranking and Selection

Your rank score will be determined by:

  1. Points for cumulative GPA
  2. TEAS scores in Math and Science (combined raw score)
  3. If you have completed BIO-180 Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO-181 Anatomy and Physiology II, or Microbiology prior to application, point(s) will be awarded for each course based on the final grade:

    “C” = 1 point, “B” = 2 points, “A” = 3 points.

  4. Certification/License points

    LPN 6

    CNA 5

    Paramedic/Military Medic 4

    MOA /EMT 2

Radiologic Technology

  • One year of high school biology with lab, or one semester of college biology with lab, with a grade of “C” or above.
  • One year of high school algebra, Moraine Valley course MTH-095 or above, or an equivalent course at another college, with a grade of “C” or above.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.0 based on a four-point system.

Respiratory Therapy Technology

  • One year of high school general biology with lab, or one semester of college biology with lab, with a grade of “C” or above.
  • One year of high school algebra with a grade of “C” or above, must qualify to take Moraine Valley course MTH-109 or above, or an equivalent course at another college.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.5 based on a four-point system.

Selection Criteria

  • Selection of qualified applicants is completed by employing a system using GPA, number of college hours completed and grades in program-specific course work. The high school grade point average will be used for the applicant who has attempted less than 12 semester hours of college-level credit. More information about the ranking system can be found on the career program worksheet available online under each program of study or by meeting with an Academic Advisor.
  • Qualified residents of the district will be given priority.
  • The specific program admission application must be submitted by March 1 for programs beginning in fall (August) with the exception of Sleep Technology (for new students) which is June 1, or Oct. 1 for the spring (January) Nursing Program. Files need to be completed and proof of program academic requirements must be received within 15 days of original deadline to maintain priority consideration.
  • Qualified nonresidents who submit the specific program admission application by March 1 for programs beginning in fall (August) or Oct. 1 for the spring (January) nursing program, who have complete files and proof of program academic requirements within 15 days of original deadline may be selected on a space-available basis.
  • On a space-available basis, applicants who did not meet all admission requirements by the deadline may be considered after March 15 or Oct. 15.

Sleep Technology

  • One year of high school biology with lab, or one semester of college biology with lab, with a grade of “C” or above.
  • One year of high school algebra, Moraine Valley course MTH-095 or above, or an equivalent course at another college, with a grade of “C” or above.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.5 based on a four-point system.
  • The Sleep Technology Program offers advanced placement for students who have previously completed Moraine Valley’s Polysomnography Technologist Certificate. The graduate also must possess the RPSGT credential. The application deadline for advanced placement into the Sleep Technology Program is April 1.

Transfer Students

  • Placement is considered on an individual basis.
  • Obtain and complete a transfer evaluation request available from the Records Office.
  • See Academic Advising Center for general education information.
  • See coordinator of specific associate degree health career program for evaluation of career course work.


Applicants not admitted to the special admissions programs during the initial application process are responsible for submitting a new application during the upcoming admission cycle. Readmit program applicants must complete a readmission form and submit it to the Records Office during the applicable time period.


See specific program in the Career Programs section of this catalog.