Admissions Overview

General Admission

A-B Tech is an open-door institution, which accepts all applicants who have graduated from high school, hold a GED or adult high school diploma, are at least 18 years of age or older, are an emancipated minor, or a dual enrollment student (still in high school). Some programs, such as in the Allied Health/Public Services and Emergency Services Division, are selective and typically require the high school or GED credential.  Admission to these programs is competitive and follows specific and separate application cycles.  High school graduation or the equivalent from an accredited, valid institution is required for Financial Aid purposes.  Please call 398-7900 or see an academic advisor in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Building for further information.

A-B Tech is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) which allows students to enroll in distance education classes from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. For more information go to A-B Tech Online.

Detailed information on the North Carolina Community College admissions policies may be found at

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Welcome to the Curriculum (for credit classes) admission process at A-B Tech.

If, at any time, you would like personal assistance, please email or call 828-398-7900.

The Steps to Enrollment

New Student Orientation

In order to make your A-B Tech student experience as meaningful as possible, all new curriculum students are required to complete New Student Orientation. The New Student Orientation is available in a classroom setting or online. The orientation must be completed in order to be eligible to register for classes. The program will include all the necessary tools and resources to help you navigate smoothly through your student career at A-B Tech!   You can schedule your New Student Orientation at

New students are defined as any first time A-B Tech curriculum student (new record in Colleague student information system) OR any student who attended A-B Tech only as part of their High School experience.

Competitive Allied Health and Public Service Programs

  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Practical Nursing (Not offered Fall 2015)
  • ADN Advanced Placement Option
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Radiography

  • Medical Sonography

  • Surgical Technology
  • Surgical Technology Info Session Form
  • Veterinary Medical Technology

These programs have a competitive selection process. The application period for Fall 2015 will begin February 2, 2015 - March 13, 2015. 

Coming Spring 2016 admission to Associate Degree Nursing. Details will be available Summer 2015.

Limited Seat Programs

Application period begins April 1, 2015.

  • Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation
  • Central Sterile Processing
  • Cosmetology
  • Emergency Medical Science
  • Esthetics
  • Manicuring
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Coding
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Therapeutic Massage

These programs have limited capacity due to clinical site, resource, and/or lab space availability. Students who are interested in one of these programs for Fall of 2015 can apply beginning April 2015. Students are accepted into these programs on a first come, first served basis once minimum program eligibility requirements are met.


 International Students

North Carolina Residency

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