Getting Started

Steve Ferreira in wheelchair

Every individual situation is unique; regardless of what medical documentation you may or may not have, please come by our office to have a discussion about how we may be able to support your academic goals!

Welcome! This page gives an overview of the steps to take to get started with DRC services. You may apply for services at any time. However, timely application (4 to 6 weeks before the start of the quarter) will help facilitate timely approval and setup of your accommodation(s). We also recommend you complete the Bellevue College admissions application before applying for DRC services. If you have questions about this process or need assistance please contact our office at any time.

If you are coming from high school, please see our page on Accommodation Differences from Secondary School to Higher Education.  It can help you understand what changes you should prepare for, and will give you some background on topics that will be discussed in your Initial Access Appointment.

We are happy to have you as part of our campus community!

Step 1: Submit Bellevue College Admissions Application

If you are new to the college or have not taken classes for two consecutive quarters, complete and submit a Bellevue College admissions application first. You can submit an application or request additional information on the Enrollment website. (Note: If you are exclusively taking Continuing Education classes, you do not need to apply for admission.)

Step 2: Take the COMPASS Assessment

All entering Bellevue College students must complete a COMPASS Assessment for math and English to identify appropriate course placement. The Assessment website provides information on preparing for the assessment tests and an assessment calendar for available dates and times for drop-in English and Math assessments. If you would normally receive alternative testing accommodations, please contact the DRC before signing up to take the COMPASS Assessment. The COMPASS test is untimed for all students so there is no need for extended time accommodations. (Note: If you are exclusively taking Continuing Education classes, you do not need to complete a COMPASS assessment.)

Step 3: Submit DRC Initial Access Form

We are still in the process of fine-tuning some of the features and content of MyDRC, but we have posted tutorials on how to complete the MyDRC Initial Access Form for future students, please visit MyDRC User Guide.

Current students should fill out our original version of the Initial Access Form, which may be submitted online, electronically filled out and emailed, printed and submitted on paper, or completed in person at the DRC office.

Step 4: Submit Documentation

Students need to provide documentation that is a clear, objective medical/clinical evaluation of the disability reflecting the student’s functional limitations in an educational setting. You can find out more about what types/kind of documentation is required on our Policies and Guidelines page. While the DRC does not offer testing or assessment of disability, we can refer you to professionals in the community who can provide these services. (Note: There are a number of ways to submit documentation detailed on the DRC contact page.)

Step 5: Participate in an Initial Access Appointment

Once you have submitted an Initial Access Form and your documentation has been reviewed by the DRC Staff, you will be contacted to schedule an Initial Access Appointment. Your one-on-one meeting will give you an opportunity to identify your needs, understand DRC policies, discuss academic goals, and determine accommodations that will ensure access. During the Initial Access Appointment, you may request specific accommodations and a DRC staff member will guide you in developing an accommodations plan.

Step 6: Meet with an Academic Advisor

All students are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor who will work closely with us to provide you with general academic advising in your intended major and/or degree; create a detailed educational plan to map out your future quarters; connect you with a faculty advisor once ready for ongoing major specific information; and provide continuing advising assistance throughout your major study. More information is available on the Academic Advising website.

If you are enrolling in a Professional/technical program, plan to meet with the faculty advisor from that program. A program guide to Bellevue College’s Professional/technical programs is available in the online catalog.

Step 7: Register for Classes

The college will provide a registration appointment date and time to students who are currently enrolled and to new students who turn in their applications by the application due date.

Step 8: Submit a Request for Accommodations

Use the DRC’s new database, MyDRC, to request accommodations each quarter.  A request for accommodations lets us know that you are registered for the quarter and we can then coordinate and plan your accommodations. Request accommodations as soon as possible after you register for classes; for tutorials on how to use MyDRC, check out the MyDRC User Guide page.  If you do not submit this request, accommodations will not be set up for you.

Step 9: Complete Additional Forms

Some accommodations, like Accessible Media, require additional information about the specifics of your classes or your textbooks. The DRC Forms are also available through this website or in the DRC Office.

Last Updated April 13, 2016