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 Getting Started: Program and Certificate Application Checklist

Use NWTC's Passport to Success or follow the below steps to get started!

1. Choose your degree, diploma, or certificate

We offer over 100 associate degree and technical diploma programs and many more certificates. Visit Academics to learn more about your program or certificate choice.

Can't decide? Visit Career Services or a Counselor/Advisor.  

2. Attend a Getting Started Session

These sessions are for prospective students who are interested in getting started in a technical diploma or associate degree program. Information about the admissions process, pre-program requirements, program requirements and financial aid will be discussed. Admission Specialists are ready to help you apply when you attend!

Click here for more information including dates and times of Getting Started Sessions

3. Learn your program requirements

Most programs only require a transcript and testing for acceptance; however, some programs also require courses to be completed too.  Click here to view the admission requirements by program.  

4. Apply to a program or certificate

Apply online now! New students will be required to create a new account to apply. Existing students can log in and click the Apply to Program or Certificate button under their Student Center.

Students who have, at least, entered their senior year of high school or beyond may apply.

Start applying a year in advance:

  • Monday after Labor Day for upcoming summer and fall semesters
  • January 1 for next year's spring semester
  • A one-time nonrefundable $30 application fee is required from all first time program applicants.
  • A one-time nonrefundable $10 application fee is required from all first time certificate applicants.
  • A $10 application processing fee will be required for all paper applications.


What programs are accepting applications now?

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (residency requirements, 5-day application window, etc.)

Need application assistance? Visit any Campus or Regional Learning Center and a staff member will help you apply! Bring a credit card or check if this is your first time applying.

5. Transcript and Assessment

    High School Transcript

Have your high school send your official transcript to NWTC: Admissions. If you are currently in high school, send an in-progress copy now a final copy after graduation.  If you are home-schooled, please submit a transcript with course titles and grades.

 High School equivalents: We also accept HSED, GED®, or college transcripts. Click here for acceptable High School Transcript equivalents. 

  • Accuplacer Assessment 

    NWTC gives the Accuplacer for program entry. We also accept ACT, TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education), Compass or Asset scores. If you took your test through NWTC or a district high school, we will have your scores. Send scores from other colleges to NWTC: Admissions.

Test scores are valid for five years from the date of application.