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Requirements

Discover what you’ll need to apply to Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, when to submit your application and what to expect next.

Students applying for admission must meet the following general requirements. (These do not apply to the EMT, BSHS or BSN programs.)

  • Graduation from an approved secondary school; a diploma from an accredited home school association; or a GED.
    • High school courses must include a minimum of 16 units: four in English, one in biology, one in science with lab and two in algebra. Post-secondary college-level equivalents will be considered to fulfill these high school requirements.
    • Preferred applicants will have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater.
  • Satisfactory scores on the SAT or ACT exam.
    • Use SAT code #2374 or ACT code #3609 to send scores directly to us.
    • Preferred applicants will have a combined reading and math score of 1000 or greater.
    • These exams are not required if more than two years have elapsed since either graduation or the earning of the GED.

Additional factors for consideration include

  • Class rank
  • Academic performance in secondary- and college-level math and science courses
  • Community service
  • Health care related service

Some programs have additional admission requirements, which can be found on individual program pages within Academics.

Required Documents

  • A high school transcript or official GED transcript. Your high school transcript must have an official school stamp and include both work completed through the junior year and courses in progress during senior year.
  • Official transcripts of all educational institutions attended.
  • SAT or ACT scores.
  • Two recommendations. These can come from guidance counselors, teachers, professors, advisors, employers or community leaders and should be submitted electronically.
  • An essay.
    • Undergraduate programs: Describe the top three reasons PA College is the school for you, and three reasons why you are the student for PA College. This essay should not exceed 500 words, and should be in Word, .JPG or .PDF format.
    • Graduate programs: Submit a professional goal statement.

Application Deadline

  • For bachelor’s and master’s degrees, we accept applications throughout the year as space allows.
  • For associate degree and certificates, applications are due February 1 for programs beginning in August and August 1 for programs beginning in January.

International Student Requirements

If you’re not a United States citizen, you must show proof of permanent resident visa status. Students educated in another country may be admitted if they:

  • Satisfy general admission requirements
  • Earn a minimum of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey

Students from English-speaking countries may choose to take the SAT or ACT as an option to the TOEFL exam. An evaluation of foreign transcripts by the World Education Service or other approved agency is required.