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Early College

Career Academy

Begin your college career as early as 9th or 10th grade and finish high school with an Associate of Science or an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Tuition free.

Two NEW Career Academies for 2022.

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MUSC and Health Professions:

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Contact Information:

Deborah Cooper-Davis (803) 535-1409
davisdl@octech.edu

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Free to apply and pay no tuition.

Students taking six or more credit hours each semester can attend tuition-free while working towards a college degree in high school.

Start as early as 9th or 10th grade.

Students who begin in 9th or 10th grade can finish high school with an Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degree. Students beginning in grades 11 and 12 can earn one or more certificates and make progress toward completing a degree.

Health Science
Health Science Career Academy

OCtech's Career Academy has two health science pathway options.

Medical University of South Carolina Transfer

This pathway is for students who want to transfer to the Bachelor's of Healthcare Sciences program at the Medical University of South Carolina to pursue a specialized degree.

Health Professions and Clinical Studies

This pathway is for students who want to be well prepared to enter one of OCtech's Nursing/Health Science Programs.

MUSC
MUSC Transfer

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Specialized Transfer Associate of Science Degree is designed to transfer to MUSC’s Healthcare Studies program. Course work includes pre-requisites for specialized clinical degrees including Pharmacy, Medicine, Physical Therapy, etc. These courses will also transfer to all other public and most private colleges and universities in South Carolina. (65-66 semester credit hours)

Students should also plan to earn at least one of the following certificates to give them the clinical hours needed for competitive application to MUSC. Certification will result in the 72 total hours needed to transfer to MUSC.

Students have the option to pick one of the 5 clinical certifications: Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technican, Electrocardiography or Phlebotomy.

Health Professions
Health Professions and Clinical Studies

The Health Professions and Clinical Studies General Technology Degree is designed to better prepare students for competitive admissions for OCtech's professional programs, such as Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, or Medical Assisting. (Associate of Applied Science – 64 semester credit hours)

Transfer course selections are also available to encourage students who want to pursue a Bachelor's of Science degree.

Students will earn one or more of the following workforce certificates to prepare for a Competitive Admission program, such as Nursing:

  1. Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate and NACES Certification
  2. Phlebotomy Certificate and NCCT Certification (must be 18 to complete required labs)
  3. Electrocardiography Certificate and NCCT Certification
  4. Emergency Medical Technician Certificate and State and National Certifications (must be 18 to complete required labs and sit for certification exam)
  5. Patient Care Technician
Adv MFG/Engineering
Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Academy

This Academy is designed for students with an interest in Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, or Engineering Technology Pathways.

Transfer course selections are available to encourage students who want to pursue a Bachelor's of Science degree.

Electronics Instrumentation Technology

Associate in Applied Science - General Technology (62 semester credit hours)

Students will also earn an Introductory Engineering Technology Certificate.

Engineering Design Technology

Associate in Applied Science - General Technology (62 semester credit hours)

Students will also earn an Introductory Computer Aided Design (CAD) Certificate.

Mechatronics and Industrial Maintenance

Associate in Applied Science - General Technology (62 semester credit hours)

Students will also earn certificates in Mechatronics: Basic Industrial Maintenance, Mechatronics I and II, and an NCCER Core Industry Certification.

Apply
Ready to apply?

Meeting with your school counselor is the first step. Your counselor will ensure you have everything necessary to complete your application.

Here's what you need to begin:

Download or print the correct Acceptance Rubric by grade:

Early College Application:

Career Academies will begin in Fall of 2022. Admission is competitive.

Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the summer if seats available.

Tuition is funded by SC Lottery Tuition Assistance and SCWINS funds if a student takes six or more credit hours in a semester. Additional funding for the Career Academy is provided through grants from the US Department of Education: ESSER, PBI, and FIPSE.