Student Consumer Information

Student Consumer Information

CBC makes the following information available to the general public as well as faculty, staff, administration, and current and prospective students. State and federal laws, as well as College policy, under the Higher Education Act of 1965, dictates the criteria for this information. Please follow the links for more information. You also may view all CBC policies and procedures online.

 

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Columbia Basin College (CBC) is authorized by the Washington student achievement council (the council) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes CBC to offer specific degree programs. The council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the council by:

Mail:  WSAC, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430, or

email: degreeauthorization@wsac.wa.gov

Columbia Basin College is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than Washington. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in Washington may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.

Licensure Disclosures
Columbia Basin College offers several programs leading to a professional licensure within the state of Washington. Each state, the District of Columbia, and the US protectorates vary in what professions they require to be licensed and the educational requirements for those licenses. It’s important to understand whether the degree or certificate you obtain from CBC will meet the educational eligibility requirements for a license in the state in which you plan to practice.

State licensure requirements are subject to change and relocating to another state during the course of the program could impact whether the degree you obtain from CBC will meet the educational requirements for licensure. If you do move to another state, please let the contact person for your program know so they can help determine the state’s requirements.

Please see the program of interest below to find out whether that program meets, does not meet, or has not been confirmed to meet the educational requirements for state licensure in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education requirements and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.

Professional Program Licensures

Dental Hygiene

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene meets the educational requirements to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. Students who pass the exam and meet the additional requirements are eligible to apply for Dental Hygienist credentials in the state of Washington.

Columbia Basin College has not yet made a determination whether the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in other U.S. States or territories. Once a determination is made this page will be updated.

If you have a questions about whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in a particular states please contact the Dental Hygiene program at 509-542-4571 or DHYGFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN prior to enrolling.

Early Childhood Education
The Associates of Applied Science in Teacher Education meets the educational requirements as a Washington approved teacher preparation program. Students who complete the program and become certified are eligible to provide childcare and teach early childhood education (for children ages 0-6) in the state of Washington. In addition the stackable certificates leading up to the AAS degree also qualify students to work in a variety of positions in early childhood programs. These stackable certificates build upon one another: Initial Certificate (12 credits), Short Certificate (8 credits), and State Certificate (27-32 credits). All certificate courses are aligned with the Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals.

The Bachelor%20of%20Applied%20Science%20in%20Teacher%20Education meets the educational requirements as a Washington approved teacher preparation program. Students who complete the program and become certified are eligible to teach Preschool through Third grade in the state of Washington. Teacher certification information for Washington State is available through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Columbia Basin College has not yet made a determination whether the curriculum for the early childhood education programs meets the educational requirements for licensure in other U.S. States or territories. Once a determination is made this page will be updated.

If you have questions about whether these programs meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification in a particular states please contact the Early Childhood Education program at 509-542-5600 or mschoolofedFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN prior to enrolling.

Emergency Medical Technician
Students who successfully complete the EMT-Basic course and meet the additional requirements are eligible to apply for an Emergency Medical Technician Certification in the state of Washington.

The program also meets the educational requirements for the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certification. Applicant must be a licensed or certified EMT for one year and meet additional requirements.

Columbia Basin College has not yet made a determination whether the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in other U.S. States or territories. Once a determination is made this page will be updated.

If you have a questions about whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in a particular states please contact the Emergency Medical Technician program at 509-544-8300 or hscFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN prior to enrolling.

Healthcare Central Service Technician
The Healthcare Central Services Technology Certificate prepares students to earn the Certified Registered Central Service Technician certification through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). This certification is not required in Washington but may be needed to practice in other states.

Columbia Basin College has not yet made a determination whether the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in other U.S. States or territories. Once a determination is made this page will be updated.

If you have a questions about whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in a particular states please contact the Healthcare Central Service Technology program at 509-544-8300 or hscFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN%20prior to enrolling.

Medical Assistant
Students who successfully complete the Medical Assistant Associate in Applied Science and meet the additional requirements are eligible for a Medical Assistant – Certified or Interim Certification in the state of Washington.

Columbia Basin College has not yet made a determination whether the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in other U.S. States or territories. Once a determination is made this page will be updated.

If you have a questions about whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in a particular states please contact the Medical Assistant program at 509-544-8300 or hscFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN prior to enrolling.

Nursing
Columbia Basin College’s Associate in Applied Science-Transfer in Nursing meets the educational requirements to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. Students who pass the NCLEX and meet the additional requirements may apply for a Registered Nurse license in the state of Washington.

Columbia Basin College has not yet made a determination whether the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in other U.S. States or territories. Once a determination is made this page will be updated.

If you have a questions about whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in a particular states please contact the Nursing program at 509-544-8300 or hscFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN prior to enrolling.

Nursing Assistant
Columbia Basin College’s Nursing Assistant short term certificate meets the educational requirements to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination. Students who pass the NNAAP and meet additional requirements may apply for a Nursing Assistant License in the state of Washington.

Columbia Basin College has not yet made a determination whether the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in other U.S. States or territories. Once a determination is made this page will be updated.

If you have a questions about whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in a particular states please contact the Nursing Assistant program at 509-544-8300 or hscFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN prior to enrolling.

Paramedic
Students who successfully complete the Paramedic Certificate or the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Paramedicine meet the educational requirements to apply for a Paramedic Certification in the state of Washington.

Columbia Basin College has not yet made a determination whether the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in other U.S. States or territories. Once a determination is made this page will be updated.

If you have a questions about whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in a particular states please contact the Paramedic program at 509-544-8320 or hscFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN prior to enrolling.

Phlebotomy
Students who successfully complete the Phlebotomy Short Term Certificate meet the educational requirements to apply for a Medical Assistant – Phlebotomist Certification in the state of Washington.

Columbia Basin College has not yet made a determination whether the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in other U.S. States or territories. Once a determination is made this page will be updated.

If you have a questions about whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in a particular states please contact the Paramedic program at 509-544-8320 or hscFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN prior to enrolling.

Radiologic Technology
Students who have successfully completed one year of the Radiologic Technology Program and meet additional requirements are eligible for the X-Ray Technician - Limited Scope from the state of Washington.

Students who complete the Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national board exam. After passing that exam and meeting additional requirements students may apply for the Radiologic Technologist certification in Washington state.

Columbia Basin College has not yet made a determination whether the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in other U.S. States or territories. Once a determination is made this page will be updated.

If you have a questions about whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in a particular states please contact the Radiologic Technology program at 509-544-8309 or hscFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN prior to enrolling.

Spanish Medical Interpreter
Washington state accepts either a state or national certification exam and the coursework in the Spanish Medical Interpreting Short-Term certificate prepares students to take either. The Department of Health and Human Services administers the Washington state exam.

Students can also receive national certification through the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) or the Certification Commission for Health Care Interpreters (CCHI). Both of these certifying bodies require that applicants have successfully completed a minimum of a 40-hour training program. Any student who completes CBC’s program meets this requirement.

Columbia Basin College has not yet made a determination whether the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in other U.S. States or territories. Once a determination is made this page will be updated.

If you have a questions about whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in a particular states please contact the Spanish Medical Interpreter Program at 509-542-5531 or SMIPFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN prior to enrolling.

Surgical Technology
Students who successfully complete the Associate in Applied Science in Surgical Technology are eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). While this certification is not part of the requirements for a Surgical Technologist certification in the state of Washington, most employers do require it.

Columbia Basin College has not yet made a determination whether the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in other U.S. States or territories. Once a determination is made this page will be updated.

If you have a questions about whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in a particular states please contact the Surgical Technology program at 509-544-8300 or hscFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN prior to enrolling.

Student Complaint Process for All Students:

The purpose of the CBC student complaint process is to establish a process whereby a student may express dissatisfaction with the performance or action of a faculty or staff member that the student believes to be a violation of student rights under WAC 132S-90-010 and/or is inconsistent with College policy.

The student complaint process page has details about which issues are excluded from this process and the procedures to follow to file a complaint.

Students Located Out-of-State and Engaging in Online Learning:

Columbia Basin College is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than Washington. Per NC-SARA policy, complaints made by students located outside of Washington who are participating in distance education courses must first go through Columbia Basin College’s own student complaint process.

If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process, the complaint (except for complaints about grades or student conduct violations) may be appealed, within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to Washington State’s SARA Portal Entity, the Washington Student Achievement Council.

See the SARA Student Complaint Process for a flowchart of the full process.

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

In compliance with the Student Right-to-Know Act, Columbia Basin College provides information about graduation, completion, transfer out and retention rates, as well as placement rates and employment information to the National Center for Education Statistics. State and federal laws and College policy dictates the criteria for this information, which can be found through the NCES College Navigator.

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The transferability of credits earned at Columbia Basin College (CBC) is at the discretion of the receiving college, university or other educational institution. Students considering transferring to any institution should not assume that credits earned in any program of study at (CBC) will be accepted by the receiving institution. Similarly, the ability of a degree, certificate, diploma, or other academic credential earned at (CBC) to satisfy an admission requirement of another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Accreditation does not guarantee credentials or credits earned at (CBC) will be accepted by or transferred to another institution. To minimize the risk of having to repeat coursework, students should contact the receiving institution in advance for evaluation and determination of transferability of credits and/or acceptability of degrees, diplomas or certificates earned.

 

 

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