We’re excited you’ve chosen Black Hawk College! For college-credit courses and programs, apply at least one week before taking a placement test or registering for classes. Look for your welcome letter in one to two business days at the email address you provided on the application. You will also receive our checklist for enrolling as a student at BHC. If you ever have a question, contact us anytime. We're here to help you take the next step.

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 New students applying to Black Hawk College should select the AAS/General Occupational and Technical Studies (GOTS) if they plan to later apply to these programs, which have selective admission requirements:

  • Practical Nursing Certificate
  • AAS/Associate Degree Nursing
  • AAS/Physical Therapy Assistant
  • AAS/Surgical Technology
  • AAS/Veterinary Technology

Returning Students

If you’ve been away from Black Hawk College more than two years, you must reapply.

Guest Students

If you’re enrolled at another college and plan to take summer, online or minimester credit classes, choose NDS-TRANSFER for Program of Study on the application.

High School Students

If you are in high school and plan to take dual credit classes, or if you will be dual enrolled in both high school and college, you must apply to be a BHC student before you can register. Learn more about Dual Credit »

Learn more about Placement Testing »

International Students

There is a separate application process for international students ».

Open Door

Black Hawk College has an open door admission policy for anyone who is:

  • A high school graduate, has a GED® certificate OR demonstrates college readiness
  • At least 18 years old
  • A transfer student from another college or university

For professional development training, GED® classes, bus trips, youth programs and more, take advantage of our non-credit programs and classes for all ages.  Continuing Education »