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Frequently Asked Questions


  • How do I apply for  admission?
  • What is Placement Testing?
    • Placement Testing is an untimed, computerized test that helps Salina Tech evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses.


  • Are there academic advising services available to students?
    • Yes. New students should meet with an advisor prior to their first day of class to make certain all admission, financial, and other obligations have been met.
  • Will classes from other colleges transfer to SATC?
    • SATC reserves the right to evaluate any potential transfer courses based upon the syllabi and competencies of similar courses instructed at SATC.  See Academic Advisor for further information.
  • Whats the difference between getting a certificate and an associate degree?
    • Certificate and Associate degree are different in that they serve different needs. Technical certificates are issued to persons who have completed a specialized program of study that is related to specific vocational skills. An associate degree is typically a two-year degree awarded by community colleges, technical colleges, and universities in the US. Someone who earns an associate degree has usually completed about 60 college credits, the equivalent of two years of coursework. 
  • Does SATC offer any bachelor's degrees?
    • No.

Class Assistance/Tutoring 

  • How do I get help if I’m struggling/having problems in class?
    • Contact your Academic Advisor or anyone in Student Services or Learning Resources to discuss available options.
  • Is tutoring available?
    • Yes, tutoring is available in the Learning Resource Center.  Hours of operation are Monday – Friday.
  • What is the average class size?
    • The average class size at Salina Tech is 18 students.


Job Placement

  •  How do students find jobs?
    • Students may receive assistance with career exploration and job placement in the computer lab or by contacting the advisor.
  • What companies hire SATC students? And what is the job placement rate for graduates?
    • A variety of companies, large and small, from Salina and the surrounding areas hire SATC graduates.  Job placement rate varies from program to program but is between 90% - 95%.
  •  Will I get an industry recognized credential?
    • Industry recognizes our Technical Certificates.
  • What are the current salary levels for my program?
    • The average wage for our graduates is $13.38.
  • What resources are available for job placement?
    • SATC offers help to graduates by providing them with employer networking, internship information, resume assistance, mock interviews and the Jobs listing under Students.


  •  How long does it take to receive the diploma or certificate after graduation?
    • It takes approximately 4-6 weeks after graduation to receive your diploma/certificate.
  • How do students apply to graduate?
    • Students that are graduating must fill out a Graduation Application form and turn it in to Student Services.
  • Are graduates required to pass a state certification?
    • No, however, if graduates want to become certified they must take, and pass, certification exams (i.e. Dental Assistant & Medical Assistant).


  • Where can I find resources for students with disabilities?
    • Contact Student Services for more information.
  • Are there any student organizations on campus? How do I become involved?
    • Student Government Association is on campus.  All students may participate in monthly meetings.
  • Can I choose where I do my clinical rotation?
    • Dental Assistants may choose the dental office where they would like to intern.  Medical Assistants are given the clinic where rotation will occur.
  • Do you accept ACT/SAT?
    • Salina Tech will accept ACT scores but not SAT.
  • Do you accept IEP’s?
    • Salina Area Technical College operates under the mandate of Section 504 and 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of handicap against any "otherwise qualified individual." Individuals seeking accommodations must give reasonable notice (2 weeks or more) and provide documentation to support their request. Reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis in order to ensure educational accessibility. Be aware that high school and college have different expectations and requirements and different laws regarding accommodations.
  • Why can’t you share my child’s information with me?
    • FERPA is a Federal law that is administered by the Family Policy Compliance Office (Office) in the U.S. Department of Education (Department). 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99. FERPA applies to all educational agencies and institutions (e.g., schools) that receive funding under any program administered by the Department.
  • Is it easy to get involved on campus?
    • Salina Tech offers Student Government Association and various clubs and organizations across campus. Contact Student Services for more information to join club.
  • I do not see my question here. What are my options?
    • Contact Student Services at 785-309-3100.

Salina Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, or any other non-merit based factor in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, ADA, Title IX, Section 504, Title II, GINA, is directed to contact the Human Resources Specialist, 2562 Centennial Rd, Salina, KS 67401, 785-309-3100.


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