Health Profession Students

Apply to a Health Professions Program


Applying to a rewarding career in a health professions program takes just a few extra steps. Some programs may have limited enrollment or special deadlines. Be sure to follow all application steps, whether you’re applying for a degree or certificate program.

Step 1: Apply for Admission to Elgin Community College

The first step is to apply for admission to the college. ECC has an open admission policy, so no one is turned away. You will receive a detailed welcome letter by email and postal mail once your application has been processed, outlining your next steps for completing your enrollment, including transcripts and other required documents.

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Step 2: Apply for Admission to a Health Professions Program

After you apply to the college, you must complete the health professions application as a second step. Many health professions programs have specific deadlines for their applicants. You can view the application deadlines for your program here.

Please note that many health professions programs are considered special admissions programs and require you to complete additional steps as part of the application and screening process. Many programs are competitive. You can view the health professions academic programs here.

Health Profession Application

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Get help paying for college by applying for financial aid or scholarships the Foundation offers! ECC offers comprehensive financial aid options, including federal and state grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. You should apply for financial aid, even if you think you are not eligible. Financial aid and scholarships are available for adults, and the Alternative Application for State Aid is available for qualifying undocumented and transgender students.

Priority Processing Dates

  • Fall enrollment - July 1
  • Spring enrollment - November 1
  • Summer enrollment - April 1

You can still apply after these dates. If you apply after the priority deadline, set up a payment plan to hold your classes.

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Step 4: Submit Transcripts and Test Scores

You will receive a letter with information about how to satisfy placement test requirements for your program of study. There are many ways you can demonstrate college readiness. Send your high school, college, and/or military transcripts to admissions@elgin.edu. Returning students must only submit transcripts if they attended another institution before returning to ECC.

If you transfer to ECC from another college, your past coursework may meet college readiness requirements. We’re committed to crediting you for as much of your prior coursework as possible. Here’s what you need to do to ensure your past credits are considered for your ECC path:

  1. Submit your official high school and transcripts from each institution you’ve attended to admissions@elgin.edu
  2. Complete the Transcript Evaluation Request Form.

If you’re transferring credit from an institution in another country, see Evaluation of College Credit Earned Outside the U.S.

Step 5: Complete New Student Orientation Online

Once you have submitted the required placement tests for your health professions program of study, you will receive an invitation to complete our online New Student Orientation.

What’s next? Students wanting to transfer credit into ECC should complete the Request for Evaluation before meeting with an advisor.

Step 6: Meet with an Academic Advisor

Once you successfully finish the online orientation, the next step in your academic journey awaits! Following completion, you will promptly receive a link that opens the door to schedule a personalized appointment with one of our dedicated academic advisors. These advisors are here to guide you through the exciting process of selecting your classes and providing step-by-step assistance in navigating the registration process.

During your appointment, the advisor will take the time to understand your academic goals, answer any questions, and offer valuable insights into your various courses. This one-on-one interaction ensures you have the support to make informed decisions about your academic path.

Step 7: Register for Classes

In anticipation of high demand, we recommend taking the proactive step of signing up for classes early to secure your spot.

Registration Opens

  • Fall enrollment
  • Spring enrollment
  • Summer enrollment

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Step 8: Make Payment Arrangements

Payment is the final step to keeping your spot in class! Your statement is only available on the student portal and will not be mailed to you. Arrange payment by the due date. The earlier you sign up for a payment plan, the more options you have. If you register after the payment due date, payment is due the following day by 7 pm.

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