Health Sciences Admission Ranking Requirements

Selective Admission Documentation

Health Sciences Requirements

Students are required to remediate all developmental course work prior to their eligibility for admission into a Health Sciences major.

  1. Admissions to any Health Sciences major is competitive. Completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the majors.

    The College reserves the right to accept the most qualified applicants. In some instances, early or conditional acceptances might be made; in these circumstances, applicants will not enter the major if stated conditions are not successfully met.

    The School of Health Sciences, in conjunction with Admissions, has developed an admissions ranking system that is used to help determine acceptances into majors. Numerical value is attached to categories and influencing factors as included, but not necessarily limited to, items stated below.
    • High school and/or college grade-point average
    • SAT/ACT scores for students applying within two years of high school graduation.
    • High school rank
    • Grades on selected course work
    • Completed developmental course work
    • Interview process (Physician Assistant major)
    * Consult the documentation at the top and bottom of this page or contact Admissions or the office housing the major regarding specific questions about the selection process or criteria.

A note about selection decisions:

A student has the right to appeal a selection decision. The student will be responsible for submitting a written summary of circumstances.

Appeals must be received by the Dean of the School of Health Sciences no later than 10 business days following the student’s receipt of written notification of non-selection into the major. To be considered, appeals must be typed, signed, dated and include a current mailing address.

A committee consisting of the Dean of Health Sciences, the Associate Dean of Admissions, and appropriate faculty/staff will be convened to review the appeal. The student will receive a written notification of the decision within 10 business days following the dean’s receipt of the formal appeal. Decisions by the Appeal Committee are final with no further appeal.

  1. Part-time options are available for some majors. Contact the director of the specific major for details.
  2. Completion of related courses does not guarantee acceptance into Health Sciences majors.
  3. Prior to beginning the clinical/pre-clinical/laboratory portions of the major, requisite School of Health Sciences students must have completed medical, dental, and eye examinations by the physician and dentist of the student’s choice. Periodic re-evaluations are required in some majors. Contact the specific program director for information relative to this requirement. Costs associated with the medical, dental and eye examinations are the responsibility of the individual student. The student’s examinations must indicate care and treatment in progress, if needed, with an anticipated completion date. Students are required to have the recommended series of hepatitis B vaccines, and other vaccines required by programs and clinical sites, and are encouraged to begin the series early.

    Drug testing is required as part of the health history. Students should be aware that positive results can be reason to deny access to clinical/rotation sites, as specified in site contracts.

    Findings of the medical and dental examinations must indicate that the student’s health condition will allow for the performance of all required clinical/pre-clinical/laboratory skills, and the student can meet competencies and program goals of the major. The College reserves the right to require health clearances and drug testing at any time within the parameters of the individual being able to meet objectives. Individual circumstances will be considered with allowances for reasonable accommodations; however, accommodations will not negate the need for course objectives, objectives of the major, and outcomes to be met by the student.
  4. Additional costs may include, but are not necessarily limited to, uniforms, instruments, malpractice/liability insurance, CPR certification, inoculations, state and national examination fees, ACT 34 clearance investigations, finger printing, health insurance, drug testing, and travel. Students in some majors might find it necessary to relocate living quarters on a periodic basis when doing field work/clinical rotations/projects in locales away from campus. Expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the student. Students should contact program directors for more specific information.
  5. When instruction takes place off campus, the student is responsible for his or her own transportation to and from the facility and the campus. When instruction takes places off campus for an extended period of time, the student is responsible for his or her own lodging and meals.
  6. All Health Sciences students in the major area of study must have health insurance. With the exception of Physical Fitness Specialist (FS) students, all Health Sciences students in their majors will have to have malpractice/liability insurance and must produce proof of such, as requested and before classes begin. FS students will need malpractice/liability insurance under special circumstances. The FS Department Head will need to be contacted about these circumstances.
  7. With the exception of Physical Fitness Specialist (FS), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OC), and Paramedic Technology (PE/ER), all students accepted into any Health Sciences major prior to the start of Fall classes must become certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the professional rescuer or health care provider level. The certification can be from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. FS, OC, and PE/ER students will become certified during the program.
  8. Some Health Sciences majors require students to review policies and procedures/clinical manuals prior to the start of classes. Contact the appropriate program director for details.
  9. Health Sciences students are required to maintain a grade of at least “C” in major specific courses.
  10. Child-abuse clearance, drug screening, and criminal background checks are required. Students desiring entrance into Health Science majors should be aware that clinical institutions and intern sites can bar them from their sites as a student if a criminal record exists or if a positive drug test is noted. (By virtue of contract for Penn College students to be at clinical sites, agencies have the right to ask for drug testing and background checks.)
  11. Inability to gain clinical or fieldwork or intern education experiences (due to failed drug or background tests, for example) results in an inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. Inability to meet objectives and outcomes will result in failure from the program.
  12. Students desiring entrance into a health-care profession or occupation should be aware that presence of a criminal record can result in licensing/certification/registration agencies refusing to issue the credential that will allow the graduate/practitioner to practice.

For more information on the specific majors and acceptance criteria, consult the Selective Admission documents below:

External courses with grades below a “C” will not transfer to Penn College for credit; however, if applicable, these grades (W's, D’s and F’s) will be calculated into the Math/Science and Other reduction areas during the admission ranking process.

Students will be limited to 24 attempted credits (taken at Penn College, excluding all developmental courses) in the pre-health major. Following the December and June selections, students not selected for the professional phase of the major after attempting 24 credits (as of Fall 2006) will be required to meet with their respective program director to discuss viable education options.

The provisions within the admission ranking process are not considered an irrevocable contract between the student and the College. The College reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations at any time within the student’s term of enrollment.

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