International Applicants to Health Sciences Majors
International health credentials/licensure will not be accepted. Students seeking admission into Health Science programs in Applied Health Studies, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Radiography, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Surgical Technology, and Emergency Medical Services who possess a health credential awarded from an educational institution outside the United States should contact the appropriate program director (see list below) to discuss possible options to have a health credential reviewed by an appropriate foreign health credential evaluation agency in order to determine eligibility to take the U.S. health credentialing exam.
Although international health care credentials may not meet the admissions requirements of your desired Health Sciences major, the opportunity to attend Penn College may still be available. The Admissions Office may offer admission into one of our pre-health degrees. This option requires a student to choose a health care degree offered at Penn College and complete at least an associate’s degree in that field. Please be aware that acceptance into a specific health major will include Special Admission Requirements. For instance, if you choose to pursue the associate’s degree in Nursing, you would first be considered a pre-nursing student. By completing the required sciences, math, and other pre-program courses, you work toward selection into the program phase of the degree. Program candidates are chosen on the strength of their pre-program course grades. There is no guarantee of acceptance into the program phase of the degree.
In addition to restrictions on international health credentials, we do not accept for transfer any international sciences or math courses to satisfy pre-program or program requirements in any Health Sciences major. However, once registered, a student may pursue credit-by-examination for one of the required math or science courses. The credit-by-exam process for these courses is directed by the School of Science, Humanities & Visual Communications.
|Program Area||Primary Contact|
|Applied Health Studies||Dr. Tina Evans|
|Dental Hygiene||Mr. Shawn Kiser|
|Fitness and Lifetime Sports||Ms. Emily Miller or Ms. Erin McMurray|
|Health Information||Mr. Dan Christopher|
|Nursing||Dr. Sandra Richmond or Ms. Diane Smith|
|Occupational Therapy Assistant||Ms. Barbara Natell|
|Paramedic/Emergency Medical||Mr. Mark Trueman|
|Physician Assistant||Ms. Whit Worman|
|Radiography||Mr. Robert Slothus|
|Surgical Technology||Mr. Scott Geist|