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    Adventist University of Health Sciences
   
 
  Dec 13, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Admission Information


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Applying to Adventist University of Health Sciences for the Undergraduate Student

The Office of Enrollment Services assists prospective students and applicants with any needs relating to general admission to Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU). The office is located on the first floor of the Graduate Building and can be reached by calling 407-303-7742.

Important information for all incoming students:

  • Students are required to have a laptop that meets the University’s specifications. Please refer to the laptop policy within the Policies and Procedures  section of the Academic Catalog.
  • Students will be required to take a course entitled Philosophy of Healthcare. Please refer to the Academic Information  section in the Academic Catalog.
  • Students are required to complete a background check once admitted and before registration takes place. Specific instructions will be emailed to students with their admission letters.

  • Transfer students should pay close attention to transfer of credit time limits. Some older courses may be ineligible for transfer.
     
  • All students are required to complete a Proficiency Profile exam before or within their first trimester at Adventist University. This is a test of basic knowledge that will be repeated before graduation and will not affect a student’s GPA. A hold will be placed on all students that have not taken this exam after the drop/add period in their first term.

It is understood that timely information regarding an applicant’s admission status is very important. The following steps are used in processing the application paperwork once it has been received.

  1. Applicants are required to use the online application found at http://www.adu.edu/apply. Once an application is started, the applicant’s ADU ID number (also referred to as the username) will be emailed to him or her and he or she will create a password at the same time. These credentials should be used to log in to http://my.adu.edu.

  2. During the application process, prospective students are encouraged to contact their Campus Enrollment Counselor (407-303-7742) for information regarding processes and questions about becoming an Adventist University student. Email is the primary form of communication between applicants and Campus Enrollment Counselors during the application process. Applicants will not be considered for General Studies admission until all application materials have been received.

  3. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must provide proof of legal residency.

  4. Applicants will not be considered for General Studies admission until all application materials have been received. Completed files will be reviewed by the Undergraduate General Studies Admission Committee. Students will be notified of the Committee’s decision by email. Admission status is available at http://my.adu.edu.

  5. Admission to the University allows a student to take general education courses. Once students are admitted to General Studies, they will be eligible to apply to a program through their student page at http://my.adu.edu. Students should check their student page to ensure their file is complete and ready for consideration by the specific program(s) to which they are applying. A student must be admitted to a program before he or she can enroll in program-specific courses.
  6. Applicants to Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing, and Occupational Therapy Assistant may repeat only two cognate courses one time each to remain eligible to enroll in either program. This includes any courses taken at other institutions.

Applying to Adventist University of Health Sciences for the Graduate Student

Prospective graduate students, applicants, and current students who have questions regarding admission to Post-Baccalaureate, General Graduate Studies, or a specific program should contact the program department and speak with the Program Admission Coordinator.

It is understood that timely information regarding an applicant’s admission status is very important. The following steps are used in processing the application paperwork, once it has been received.

  1. Applicants to the Healthcare Administration and Nurse Anesthesia programs are required to use the online application found at http://apply.adu.edu. Occupational Therapy applicants must apply using OTCAS. Physical Therapy applicants will apply using PTCAS. Physician Assistant applicants must apply using CASPA.

  2. During the application process, students are encouraged to contact their Program Admission Coordinator for information regarding processes and questions about becoming an ADU student. Applicants will not be considered for admission until all application materials have been received.

  3. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must provide proof of legal residency.

  4. Completed files will be reviewed for the graduate program selected on the application. Students will be notified of the committee’s decision in writing after the admission deadline. Admission status is available at http://my.adu.edu.

  5. If applicants indicated an interest in Graduate Non-Degree on their application and were granted admission, it will allow them to take graduate general education courses only. To enroll in program-specific courses, a student must be admitted to that program. Once admitted to the University, students should stay in touch with the Program Admission Coordinator to ensure their file is complete and ready for consideration by the specific program.

ADU Discrimination and Education Equity Promise

ADU does not discriminate and complies with section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and provides language assistance to students when accessing services such as application to the university and applying for financial aid.  If you need assistance, please call 407-303-7742 x 1106074 or 407-303-5765.  You can find the ADU Education Equity Promise here.

Privacy Policy for Applicants to Adventist University

Adventist University of Health Sciences regards each applicant as an adult capable of transacting his or her own “business” relating to the application, enrollment, and progression processes at our University. Adventist University acknowledges the important role of family in the University decision. When applying, each applicant is given the opportunity to identify family members who have permission to discuss their admission file with our office. However, there are certain limitations to the information we can disclose to anyone but the applicant. 

Admission Deadline Information

All applicants must submit required admission materials by the admission deadline for the trimester in which they plan to enroll. Adventist University of Health Sciences does not accept late registration walk-ins. New applications received after the admission deadline will be considered for the following trimester.

General Admission and Program Admission

General admission to Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) does not guarantee admission to a program.

General admission to Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) does not guarantee admission to a program. Students wishing to enter a specific program should consult the individual program requirements.

Once a student is admitted to the University, he or she is then eligible to apply to an on-campus or Denver degree program. Program applications are accessible at http://my.adu.edu.

Admission Deadlines

Both General Studies and program admission have an established date by which completed admission files must be received for admission or readmission. The following table details the admission deadlines.

Degree Programs Admission Material Submission Deadline-Admission Review Begins Program Begins
Note: Admission dates are subject to change. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services or visit www.adu.edu for additional information.
General Studies / Post-Baccalaureate / Non-Degree Seeking 
July 1 Fall
November 1 Spring
March 1 Summer
Early Acceptance Priority
February 1 Fall
Associate Degrees
Diagnostic Medical Sonography - General Ultrasound December 31 Summer
Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Cardiovascular Ultrasound December 31 Summer
Occupational Therapy Assistant May 1 Fall
Pre-Professional Studies Ongoing Fall, Spring, Summer
Radiography December 1 Summer
Bachelor Degrees
Biomedical Sciences Ongoing Fall, Spring, Summer
Conductive Education Ongoing Fall
Health Sciences Ongoing Fall, Spring, Summer
Healthcare Administration Ongoing Fall, Spring, Summer
Nuclear Medicine Technology May 15 Fall
Nursing April 15
August 15
Fall, Spring, Summer
Bachelor Completion Programs (Online Education)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography   Fall
Spring
Summer
Nursing (RN-BSN)   Fall
Spring
Summer
Radiologic Sciences   Fall
Spring
Summer
Master’s Degrees
Healthcare Administration April 1 Fall
Occupational Therapy March 1 Fall
Nurse Anesthesia July 1 Summer
Physical Therapy December 1 Summer
Physician Assistant November 1 Summer
Graduate Non-Degree
November 1 Spring
March 1 Summer

General Studies Admission for the Undergraduate Student

Students seeking admission to Adventist University of Health Sciences must complete their admission file and meet the following general requirements.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Applicants will be considered for General Studies admission when they:

  1. Submit an application online and a nonrefundable $20 application fee. Paperwork received without an application on file will not be processed.
  2. Present evidence of graduation with the minimum of a standard diploma from a public high school or accredited private school with a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.50 or passing GED scores (see below) on an official transcript.
    1. Passing GED scores are identified as:​
      1. 1988 Series: a minimum score of 50 on each section of the test with a minimum total score of 250 to be considered for Regular admission status. Applicants with total scores of 225-249 will be considered for Probationary admission status.
      2. 2002 Series: Applicants must present a minimum score of 410 on each section of the test with a minimum total score of 2500 to be considered for Regular admission status. Applicants with total scores of 2250-2499 will be considered for Probationary admission status.
      3. 2014 Series: Applicants must present a minimum score of 150 on each section of the test with a minimum total score of 600 to be considered for Regular admission status. Applicants with total scores of 540-599 will be considered for Probationary admission status.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Admission GPAs will be calculated based on credits and grades from regionally accredited institutions only. Transcripts must be mailed or delivered electronically to ADU from each institution, or the applicant may deliver a transcript in a sealed envelope directly to the Office of Enrollment Services. Faxed copies will not be considered official. Unofficial transcripts1 may be used for preliminary admission calculations. Failure to disclose all colleges previously attended could result in denial or dismissal. ADU uses third-party companies to verify past attendance. Additionally, transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., and Academic Evaluation Services, Inc.
    1. Applicants with 12 or more college-level credits from a regionally accredited college are exempt from the minimum high school GPA requirement. Only the cumulative college GPA will be used for admission purposes. This includes high school students with 12 or more college-level credits.​
  4. Students who have graduated from a home education program in full compliance with state law1, must submit a notarized Home School Affidavit2, and a home high school transcript. The high school transcript must contain a list of all coursework (both completed and in progress), showing final grades and units earned for each course completed. If homeschooled applicants previously attended another school, or completed courses through the Florida Virtual School or dual enrollment at a local college or university, official transcripts are required, and those courses should also be reflected on the homeschooled transcript.
    1. Florida Statue 1002.41. Please refer to the Department of Education in your state to confirm state law.  2. The original Home School Affidavit must be submitted to Adventist University of Health Sciences, no faxes accepted.

  5. Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended if the applicant received dual-enrollment credit while in high school. Admission GPAs will be calculated based on credits and grades from regionally accredited institutions only. Transcripts must be mailed or delivered electronically to ADU from each institution, or the applicant may deliver a transcript in a sealed envelope directly to the Office of Enrollment Services. Faxed copies will not be considered official. Unofficial transcripts1 may be used for preliminary admission calculations. Failure to disclose all colleges previously attended could result in denial or dismissal. Additionally, transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services. This is the only company from which we will accept transcript evaluations.

    a. Applicants with 12 or more college-level credits from a regionally accredited college are exempt from the minimum high school GPA requirement. Only the cumulative college GPA will be used for admission purposes. This includes high school students with 12 or more college-level credits.​

  6. Submit official transcripts for College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework, only if the applicant would like them to be considered for transfer of credit.

  7. Submit official ACT or SAT scores. Applicants with 24 or more college-level credits from a regionally accredited institution may be exempt from this requirement. ACT and SAT scores will be used to determine placement and advising.

    • ACT: Applicants scoring less than a 14 on any section of the ACT will be denied admission. Applicants scoring less than a 19 composite on the ACT or an individual score of less than 19 on the English or math portions will be placed into introductory classes for English, math, and/or anatomy. Once admitted, students are able to take a placement test to try to place into a higher course.
    • SAT: The minimum SAT is the combination of the Critical Reading and Math sections. Applicants scoring less than a 690 on the SAT will be denied admission. Applicants scoring less than a 910 combined SAT score or an individual score of less than 470 on the Critical Reading or math portions will be placed into introductory classes for English, math, and/or anatomy. Once admitted, students are able to take a placement test to try to place into a higher course.

    • Restructured SAT:

  Total Math Section/ Math Test

Evidence Based Reading Writing
Section/Reading Test

rSAT; March 2016 990 (ERW+M) M = 510; MT = 25.5 ERW = 510; R = 26

 

  1. Provide evidence of English language proficiency for those applicants for whom English is not their primiary language or who have graduated from a non-English speaking school (see English Language Proficiency section).

1 The Office of Enrollment Services accepts unofficial transcripts during the admission process and will use them in part to consider granting Provisional admission status. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted from the student or by fax from the institution, but must be as similar to an official transcript as possible. Key elements must include courses taken, grades earned, credit hours, quality points, term GPAs, and the cumulative GPA. Degree audits and class schedules will not be accepted as unofficial transcripts. Courses will not be transferred at any time based on unofficial transcripts.

Transfer Admission Requirements

Applicants will be considered for General Studies admission when they:

  1. Submit an application online and a nonrefundable $20 application fee. Paperwork received without an application on file will not be processed.

  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Admission GPAs will be calculated based on credits and grades from regionally accredited institutions only. Transcripts must be mailed or delivered electronically to ADU from each institution, or the applicant may deliver a transcript in a sealed envelope directly to the Office of Enrollment Services. Faxed copies will not be considered official. Unofficial transcripts1 may be used for preliminary admission calculations. Failure to disclose all colleges previously attended could result in denial or dismissal. ADU uses third-party companies to verify past attendance. Additionally, transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services. This is the only company from which we will accept transcript evaluations.

    1. ​Applicants with fewer than 24 college-level credits from a regionally accredited college must submit official high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Please see Freshman Admission Requirements for the score requirements.
    2. Applicants with more than 24 college-level credits from a regionally accredited college are not required to submit official high school transcripts for admission purposes but may be required to submit them for financial aid purposes. Applicants will be notified if this is required
  3. Present a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) on all previous college-level academic work from the above institutions.
  4. Submit official transcripts for College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework, only if the applicant would like them to be considered for transfer of credit.
  5. Provide evidence of English language proficiency for those applicants for whom English is not their primary language or who have graduated from a non-English speaking school (see English Language Proficiency section).

1 The Office of Enrollment Services accepts unofficial transcripts during the admission process and will use them in part to consider granting Provisional admission status. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted from the student or by fax from the institution, but must be as similar to an official transcript as possible. Key elements must include courses taken, grades earned, credit hours, quality points, term GPAs, and the cumulative GPA. Degree audits and class schedules will not be accepted as unofficial transcripts. Courses will not be transferred at any time based on unofficial transcripts.

Early Acceptance

Applicants who have completed at least their junior year of high school will be considered for Early Acceptance when they:

  1. Submit an application online and a nonrefundable $20 application fee. Paperwork received without an application on file will not be processed.
  2. Present evidence of completion of at least the junior year from a high school recognized by that state’s Department of Education with a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.50 on an official transcript. Homeschooled students whose parent is their instructor must have their transcript notarized before submission.

  3. Submit official transcripts from any college in which the applicant is dual-enrolled. If the applicant has completed more than 12 college-level credits with no grade below a “C”, a minimum GPA of 2.75 will be acceptable for Early Acceptance status. If all courses are in progress and there are no official grades, an unofficial transcript is acceptable for Early Acceptance status only. Transcripts must be mailed or delivered electronically to ADU from each institution, or the applicant may deliver a transcript in a sealed envelope directly to the Office of Enrollment Services. Faxed copies will not be considered official. Unofficial transcripts may be used for preliminary admission calculations. Failure to disclose all colleges previously attended could result in denial or dismissal.

  4. Submit official transcripts for College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework only if the applicant would like them to be considered for transfer of credit.

  5. Submit official ACT or SAT scores. Applicants must have scored a minimum ACT score of 14 in each section; the minimum SAT score is 780 (combined Critical Reading and Math).

Post-Baccalaureate

Post-Baccalaureate courses are available to applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree but need to complete prerequisite courses in order to apply to a graduate program. Once admitted, the student will be allowed to enroll in a minimum of 6 credits per trimester for up to one year in general education courses at ADU. Financial aid is available for up to one year.

Applicants will be considered for Post-Baccalaureate admission when they:

  1. Submit an undergraduate application online and a nonrefundable $20 application fee. Paperwork received without an application on file will not be processed.

  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Admission GPAs will be calculated, based on credits and grades from regionally accredited institutions only. Transcripts must be mailed or delivered electronically to ADU from each institution, or the applicant may deliver a transcript in a sealed envelope directly to the Office of Enrollment Services. Faxed copies will not be considered official. Unofficial transcripts1 may be used for preliminary admission calculations. Failure to disclose all colleges previously attended could result in denial or dismissal. Additionally, transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc, Academic Evaluation Services, Inc.

  3. Present evidence of graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants in the final term of their Bachelor’s degree will be considered for admission once a letter is received from their institution confirming that they are on track to graduate.

  4. Present a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85 (on a 4.00 scale) on all previous college-level academic work from the above institutions.

  5. Submit official transcripts for any College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework only if the applicant would like them to be considered for fulfillment of prerequisite requirements. CLEP scores reported on an official college transcript are also acceptable for this requirement.

  6. Provide evidence of English language proficiency for those applicants for whom English is not their primary language or who have graduated from a non-English speaking school (see English Language Proficiency section).

1 The Office of Enrollment Services accepts unofficial transcripts during the admission process and will use them in part to consider granting Provisional admission status. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted from the student or by fax from the institution, but must be as similar to an official transcript as possible. Key elements must include courses taken, grades earned, credit hours, quality points, term GPAs, and the cumulative GPA. Degree audits and class schedules will not be accepted as unofficial transcripts. Courses will not be transferred at any time based on unofficial transcripts.

Graduate Non-Degree Admissions Requirements

Those who wish to enroll for graduate-level course work (as opposed to the undergraduate courses as specified in the Post-Baccalaureate section) before being admitted to a graduate program should apply for Graduate Non-Degree admission. This type of admission does not include admission to any other graduate or undergraduate program, nor is it required to apply to a graduate program at Adventist University. Students will be considered for Graduate Non-Degree admission when they:

  1. Submit an application online and a nonrefundable $50 application fee.
  2. Present evidence of a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate major from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. Present current official transcripts from all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions attended. Admission GPAs will be calculated based on credits and grades from regionally accredited institutions only. Failure to disclose all colleges previously attended could result in denial or dismissal. Additionally, transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). This is the only company from which we will accept transcript evaluations.
  4. Present a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.85 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
  5. Provide evidence of English language proficiency for those applicants for whom English is not their primary language or who have graduated from a non-English speaking school (see English Language Proficiency section).

Due to the type and quality of resources needed for graduate coursework, course enrollment may be limited. Students accepted to a program of study will be given preference for course enrollment.

A transcript is considered official when stamped with the official school seal/security paper, signed by the appropriate school official, and received in a sealed envelope. An official transcript may be either mailed directly from the issuing institution or hand-delivered by the student. Faxed transcripts are not considered official. Recommendation forms, official transcripts, and career essays received with an Adventist University application will be retained for one year. Applications received without an official transcript(s), career essay, and/or Recommendation Forms will be retained for six months.

Applicants needing to complete undergraduate prerequisite requirements should refer to the Post-Baccalaureate section.

The Adventist University graduate programs have additional admission requirements; please refer to the appropriate section of the Academic Catalog.

Alumni Pursuing a New Course of Study

Graduates of Adventist University of Health Sciences who choose to pursue an additional degree program on campus or online must submit a new application through http://apply.adu.edu or through one of the central application services (OTCAS or CASPA). If a recent graduate would like to enroll for additional classes but will not be pursuing a new degree, he or she should go to Enrollment Services to complete an application for Non-Degree studies by the deadline for the trimester he or she would like to enroll.

Undergraduate alumni seeking admission to a graduate program must complete a new application online. All published admission requirements must be submitted by the deadline for the undergraduate or graduate program to which the alumni are applying.

Transcripts collected during the first admission cycle will not need to be resubmitted if applying to a campus undergraduate program as long as they are still in the possession of the University, are stored legibly in the University’s archive system, and have not been subject to purging according to the Document Retention Policy. Course time limits may apply to courses previously taken at Adventist University.

Foreign Transcript Evaluations

Applicants who attended high school or college outside the United States will be required to submit a foreign credential evaluation for that coursework. Adventist University of Health Sciences will accept evaluations from the following credential evaluation companies:

  1. World Education Services (WES).  www.wes.org
  2. Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). www.ece.org
  3. Academic Evaluation Services, Inc. www.aes-edu.org

Applicants are responsible for the cost of these reports and will need to follow the instructions provided by the individual credential evaluation company. Please note that documents in a foreign language must be translated into English by a separate translation company and submitted with official transcripts to the credential evaluation company. International transcripts must be evaluated course-by-course for college/university or document-by-document for High School. The evaluation must include a grade-point-average (GPA).

Evaluations received from any other transcript evaluation companies will not be considered to fulfill admission requirements and will not be retained in the applicant’s file.

English Language Proficiency

While applying to the University, all students for whom English is not their primary language must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

Course Options:

  • Successful completion of college-level English Composition I from an English-speaking regionally accredited college with a minimum grade of “C”, or
  • Graduation from an English-speaking high school and successful completion of two semesters of Senior high school English, English ESOL, or AP Language & Composition with a minimum grade of “C”; or
  • For Early Acceptance students, from an English-speaking high school, successful completion of two semesters of Junior year high school English, English ESOL, or AP Language & Composition with a minimum grade of “C”.

Testing Options:

  • Successful completion of the English I CLEP exam; or
  • A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL exam; or
  • A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL exam; or
  • A minimum score of 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam; or
  • A minimum score of 19 on the English portion of the ACT.

Note: Course grades or test scores must be posted by the General Studies admission deadline. Students who do not meet the above criterion should complete courses elsewhere to improve their English skills before enrolling at Adventist University of Health Sciences. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date of the test.

Applicants to Online Education programs requiring proof of licensure may be exempt from proving English language proficiency due to having met these requirements as part of the licensure process. Adventist University of Health Sciences reserves the right to request additional proof of English language skills.

Applicant Integrity

Applicants who have not exhibited integrity and appropriate behavior during the application process or whose admission materials provide sufficient evidence that their character is not in keeping with the mission of Adventist University of Health Sciences may be denied admission.

Admission Statuses

Students are assigned an admission status by the Undergraduate General Studies Admission Committee based on admission requirements in one of the following categories: Regular, Early Acceptance, Post-Baccalaureate, Probation, Provisional, or Non-degree Seeking. A student’s status may change, based on the satisfactory completion of initial admission requirements. Students granted one of the above admission statuses may register for courses (the only exception is for Early Acceptance which is explained in the Early Acceptance Status section). Students are assigned an academic advisor when accepted to Adventist University of Health Sciences.

Regular Status

Regular admission status is assigned to a student who has met the general admission requirements, has submitted all of the necessary official documents, and has a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher. This student will be allowed to enroll in general education courses offered by the Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences. Students with this status may be considered for acceptance to a degree program when they have fulfilled the admission requirements for that program.

Early Acceptance Status

Early Acceptance status is assigned to a high school student with a minimum GPA of 2.50 who has at least finished his or her junior year of high school and has submitted all of the necessary official documents except proof of high school graduation. Additionally, official ACT or SAT scores must be received. The minimum ACT score is 14 in each section and the minimum SAT score is 690 (combined Critical Reading and Math). Before registering for Adventist University courses, students must present evidence of graduation with the minimum of a standard high school diploma and submit official copies of all final high school transcripts showing a graduation date.

The final unweighted high school GPA will determine enrollment status:

  • Regular: GPA 2.50 or higher
  • Probationary: GPA 2.00 to 2.49

Students with an Early Acceptance status will be eligible to be considered for acceptance to a degree program only when they have fulfilled the admission requirements for that program and have submitted a final official high school transcript including the graduation date. Currently, Occupational Therapy Assistant is the only degree program that will consider Early Acceptance students for admission prior to successful high school graduation.

Post-Baccalaureate Status

Post-Baccalaureate status is assigned to a student who has previously earned a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, has met Post-Baccalaureate admission requirements, has submitted all of the necessary official documentation, and has a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher. This student will be allowed to enroll in a minimum of 6 credits per trimester for up to one year in general education courses for the purpose of completing prerequisites for a graduate degree program offered at Adventist University. See Federal Financial Aid Programs for loan information.

Probation Status

Probation status may be granted to applicants whose unweighted high school or college GPA is between 2.00 and 2.49.

The admission file is not complete for the applicant, until the Probation Committee confirms the completion of the following two additional checklist items:

  1. Writting Assessment.
  2. Meet with the Probation Committee. The Committee will determine if the applicant has the potential to succeed at ADU and verify that ADU matches his or her goals.

The published application deadlines apply to the completion of these two items for probation applicants.

Once an applicant has gone through this process and been confirmed by the Probation Committee, the Office of Enrollment Services will complete the admission process. Probation students will be assigned to the Probation Advisor in the Center for Academic Achievement. The student must meet for special advising appointments until he or she satisfies the requirements to be removed from Probation status.

Students on Probation Status at the time of the program admission deadline will not be considered for admission to a degree program. Probation Status allows a student up to two trimesters to improve his or her GPA on 12 credits of college-level coursework while taking general education courses at Adventist University of Health Sciences.

Students must achieve the following within the first trimester:

  • Successfully complete at least six college-level credit hours,
  • Achieve a cumulative Adventist University GPA of 2.50.

Students have two trimesters (including the first trimester) to complete the following:

  • Successfully complete twelve college-level credit hours
  • Achieve a cumulative Adventist University GPA of 2.50.

The student must achieve all requirements within two trimesters to be granted Regular Status. If the student’s GPA has not improved by this time, he or she may be subject to dismissal.

While on Probation, a student may not take more than 12 credit hours per trimester without the permission of his or her advisor. The Academic Review Committee will consider the student’s academic progress at the end of each trimester.

Provisional Status

Provisional status may be granted to an applicant who provides complete documentation, but not all of the records are official. The Office of Enrollment Services accepts unofficial transcripts during the admission process and will use them in part to consider granting Provisional Status. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted from the student, or by fax from the institution, but they must be as similar to an official transcript as possible. Key elements must include school name, webstie address, student name, courses taken, grades earned, credit hours, quality points, term GPA, and overall GPA. Degree audits and class schedules will not be accepted as unofficial transcripts. Courses will not be transferred at any time based on unofficial transcripts. Please refer to the Transfer of Credit  section in the Academic Catalog.

A student may enroll in general education courses under Provisional status for only one trimester and must provide official copies of the unofficial documents prior to the end of that trimester. Once all official documents are received, the Provisional status will be changed.

While on Provisional status, a student is expected to meet the academic standards for Regular admission status as outlined in the Academic Catalog. A student not meeting academic requirements will be subject to the Probation or Dismissal policies as stated in the Admission Information section.

Provisional students will not be eligible for Federal Stafford or PLUS (Parent) Loans and will not be considered for admission to a degree program.

Non-Degree Status

Non-Degree status is assigned to any one of the following categories of students. At minimum a completed application and application fee will be required. If additional documents are required, they are listed below:

  • Transient students - Transient students are registered at another college or university, but wish to take courses at Adventist University of Health Sciences without being admitted to a specific degree program. Documentation of permission from the resident institution must be provided to the Office of Enrollment Services. An official transcript may also be required if the requested course has a prerequisite requirement. Please refer to the Transient Policy  for additional information.
  • Persons seeking credentialing -  Individuals taking specific courses which only apply toward attaining or maintaining professional credentials may do so without entering a specific degree program.
  • Enrichment students - Individuals 18 years of age and older may audit in courses at Adventist University without admission to a specific degree program for the purpose of personal enrichment. The student may participate in all aspects of the course, but will not receive a grade or trimester credit. A completed application and application fee are required.

Non-Degree students are limited to two courses per trimester. Transient students may enroll in additional hours if approved by their resident institution. Official academic transcripts may be required to demonstrate the successful completion of prerequisite courses. Financial aid is not available for Non-Degree students. These students must participate in new student orientation and complete a background check before they can register.

Denied Status

Applicants who have been denied admission to the University may reapply to Adventist University once they have successfully met the minimum admission requirements. These individuals must submit a new application and any additional official transcripts documenting the successful completion of coursework required to raise their admission GPA. In addition, applicants should contact the Office of Enrollment Services to determine if other documents will be necessary.

Applicants who would like to appeal the denied status are permitted to follow the Admission Appeal Process if they choose.

Admission Appeal Process

Applicants who have been denied admission to Adventist University of Health Sciences have the right to appeal that decision once it has been voted by the Undergraduate General Studies Admission Committee.

Applicants wishing to appeal this decision should:

  • Contact the Office of Academic Administration for an appointment. During this meeting, applicants will have a chance to meet with an Academic Dean to state their reasons for the appeal and why they feel they could be successful at Adventist University.
  • Understand that their admission file will be subject to admission deadlines and corresponding trimester start dates.
  • Understand that if granted admission, they may be ineligible for student loans during their first trimester.
  • Be prepared to consider Academic Forgiveness as an option, if considering applying to a degree program.

Once the applicant meets with an Academic Dean, he or she will receive written notification of the final decision.

Academic Forgiveness

The Academic Forgiveness Policy permits students to request before or during their first trimester of enrollment that Adventist University of Health Sciences disregard all of their previous college-level academic work. Academic Forgiveness is available for transfer credit only and is not an option for non-degree or transient students. A student who is granted Academic Forgiveness will have his or her General Studies Admission Status granted, based on his or her admission GPA. Academic Forgiveness may only be invoked once and is non-reversible. Academic Forgiveness only applies to undergraduate degree programs. To request Academic Forgiveness, the student must do the following:

  • Meet with the Director of Admissions to review the admission GPA.
  • Meet with his or her advisor to discuss Academic Forgiveness and to review the admission GPA.

Students who have been granted Academic Forgiveness will:

  • Be able to apply for undergraduate program admission after they have completed 24 hours of college-level credit at ADU. Twelve of the 24 credits may be earned through CLEP or challenge exams1.
  • Be required to meet with their academic advisor before registering for courses.

  • Be require to achieve at least a 2.50 GPA in each term that Academic Forgiveness is in progress..
  • Have up to three trimesters in which to complete at least 24 college-level credits with a minimum term GPA of 2.50 or be subject to dismissal.

The academic progress of these students will be monitored each trimester by the Academic Review Committee.

Although no coursework from previous colleges will be transferred or considered for admission to a degree program, all transcripts must be submitted before the program admission deadline. Students who have completed 24 or more college-level hours at another regionally accredited college or university will not be required to take the ACT.

1. Challenge exam credits are not transferrable to another institution.

Screening Requirement

Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) requires all new students to complete a background check before registering for the first time. This information is needed for participation in Service Learning projects and in clinical settings. Once admitted to a program, an updated background check may be required in addition to the drug screening and immunization requirements. The student is responsible for all costs incurred during this process.

Registration holds will be placed for each of the three processes listed above for all students as they are required. Each hold will be removed as it is satisfied. Background check reports or drug screening results from other sources will not be accepted.

Only one background check is required per degree for students unless they are not admitted to a professional program within two years of completing the first background check or if the program requires a level II background check. If it has been more than two years, students will be required to complete a second background check. Adventist University alumni from one program will be required to complete a new background check if they pursue another degree.

Background Check Discrepancy Policy

The Office of Student Services, in conjunction with Adventist University Human Resources, will do a preliminary review of all background checks. Any report that includes a report of an incident not previously disclosed by the applicant in his/her application for admission will be referred to the Vice President for Student Services for further consideration.

The Vice President for Student Services will speak to the applicant and then review the background check report and any additional information provided by the applicant. Adventist University may independently seek additional information about the incident that is the subject of the report. If it does so, it will share any additional information obtained with the applicant.

Each case will be considered individually, and no information will automatically result in the revocation of acceptance. A decision regarding final acceptance will be made only after a careful review of factors including, but not limited to, the nature and seriousness of the offense, the circumstances under which the offense occurred, the relationship between the offense and the program to which the student is applying (including its clinical components), the age of the person when the offense was committed, whether the offense was isolated or part of a pattern of behavior, the length of time since the offense was committed, past employment and volunteer experience, past history of misconduct at prior institutions, evidence of successful rehabilitation, and forthrightness of the information about the incident in the opportunities for self-reporting.

After fully considering each referred applicant, the Vice President for Student Services will give his or her admission recommendation to the Office of Enrollment Services. If it is determined that the undisclosed incident is not the result of dishonesty or deception, the background check will be forwarded to the appropriate department chair for consideration relative to the professional accrediting body’s guidelines.

Enrollment Interruption

The following policy refers to reactivation or reapplication steps for General Studies (including Post-Baccalaureate Studies) or Graduate General Studies students who were accepted but did not enroll, students with an enrollment interruption of three trimesters or less, and students with an enrollment interruption of more than three trimesters.

Accepted Students Who Do Not Enroll

Students who have been accepted to General Studies or Graduate General Studies and choose not to enroll for the specific trimester for which they were admitted have two trimesters after the trimester of acceptance to enroll before all new documents will be required. For example, if a student is admitted for Fall trimester, he or she can postpone enrollment and attend during the subsequent Spring or Summer terms. However, if enrollment is postponed for a year (Fall trimester the year after he or she was initially admitted), the student will need to reapply. If it is within the one-year time frame, a student is required to submit updated transcript(s) for any additional college work completed since his or her initial application.

If it has been more than three trimesters, the student will be required to reapply to the University and must provide new admission documents1. This new information will be reevaluated by the appropriate admissions committee and a new admission decision given at that time. Admission, registration, and financial aid deadlines will apply.

1 Recommendation forms, official transcripts, and career essays received for applicants with an ADU application will be retained for one year, if the applicant does not become a student in that time. Applications received without an official transcript(s), career essay, and/or recommendation forms will be retained for six months.

Enrolled Students with an Enrollment Interruption of Three Trimesters or Less

Students attending Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) with an enrollment interruption of three trimesters or less are also required to submit any updated transcript(s) for additional college work completed during the enrollment interruption. A new GPA will be calculated for the student and a new admission status assigned, if necessary. Students have until the last day of the third trimester to reactivate their file but must still meet published admission deadlines to re-enroll. After the last day of the third trimester, students must reapply to the University. This applies to students accepted into General Studies or Graduate General Studies only.

Enrolled Students with an Enrollment Interruption of More than Three Trimesters

Students who interrupted their enrollment for more than three trimesters will need to reapply and will be re-evaluated by the appropriate admissions committee. Students should contact Enrollment Services for more information regarding what is required of them to reapply. Admission and registration deadlines will apply.

A hold will be placed on the student’s record to prevent registration until these requirements are met.

Program Deposit

Each applicant accepted to a degree program is expected to pay a non-refundable deposit of $200 for undergraduate programs or $500 for graduate programs to reserve his or her place in the program. The applicant’s acceptance letter will contain a deposit deadline indicating when the deposit must be received by the University. Once the student enrolls in the program, this deposit will be applied toward the student’s account. Applicants who have paid the deposit, but decide not to enroll in the program, will forfeit the deposit. If that student is admitted to the same program at a later date, he or she will be required to pay the full deposit amount again. If an applicant is admitted to a program with prerequisites in progress and becomes ineligible for admission due to his or her grades, a full refund will be provided. A program deposit is not transferable to another professional program.

Health and Immunization Requirements

A. Students in a professional program requiring clinical practice must submit the following to Immunitrax*:

  • Up to date immunizations verifying the following:  Hepatitis B, MMR, Tetanus-Diphtheria, Varicella vaccine or proof of immunity (titer).  
  • Completion of the ADU Health Assessment Form.
  • Annual verification of tuberculosis (PPD) screening test.  If test is positive, refer to the Communicable Disease Policy.
  • Annual verification of the Influenza Vaccine for the current flu season (defined as October through March 31).
  • Annual verification of a successfully completed “FIT” test prior to the professional program deadline.
  • Verification of current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support for the Health Care Professional by the American Heart Association.
  • Evidence of personal health insurance.   

B. Students involved in a Health and Biomedical program track or course requiring patient interactions must submit the following to Immunitrax*:

  • Up to date immunizations verifying the following:  Hepatitis B, MMR, Tetanus-Diphtheria, Varicella vaccine or proof of immunity (titer).  
  • Annual verification of tuberculosis (PPD) screening test.  If test is positive, refer to the Communicable Disease Policy.
  • Annual verification of the Influenza Vaccine for the current flu season (defined as October through March 31).

Students who wish to reside in student (University) housing must also present the following:

  • Menomune/Menactra (Meningococcal Meningitis) OR.
  • Sign a declination statement.

In addition to the above criteria, individual programs may have specific requirements, which are listed in the individual program sections of the Academic Catalog.

*Immunitrax is ADU’s immunization and compliance partner.  Students receive detailed instructions upon acceptance.

Mental and Physical Requirements for Applicants to Professional Programs

Applicants seeking admission to one of the Adventist University of Health Sciences professional programs must be able, with or without reasonable accommodation, to do the following:

  • Visually observe and assess a patient, discriminate color and depth, read and accurately complete reports, and visualize diagnostic/monitoring equipment in dimmed light.
  • Auditorily monitor and assess patient health needs, monitor various equipment and background sounds, and communicate by telephone.
  • Verbally communicate in a clear and concise manner.
  • Communicate sufficiently to interact with others in appropriate professional verbal and written form. Must also be able to read and interpret relevant medical data from patients’ charts, reports, and orders.
  • Safely lift and transfer patients to accomplish bed/chair/stretcher transfer with assistance or assistive devices.
  • Safely push a gurney or wheelchair.
  • Stand or sit for an extended period of time.
  • Possess sufficient manual dexterity necessary to perform activities specific to each professional program.
  • Display critical thinking skills sufficient to think clearly and act professionally, safely, and accurately in stressful situations.
  • Interact professionally with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.

In addition to these criteria, individual programs may have requirements specific to their program which are listed in the individual program sections.

Readmission after Unsuccessful Progression in a Degree Program

Students who have not successfully progressed in a degree program will be withdrawn from that program, but not necessarily from the University. They must notify the program chair of their desire to be readmitted. Readmission is not automatic and is contingent upon available space. Students will be readmitted under current program policies (see individual program section in the current Academic Catalog for additional requirements and details).

Reapplication to a Degree Program

Applicants who are not admitted to a degree program during a specific admission cycle may reapply to Adventist University of Health Sciences for the next admission cycle as long as they have successfully met the minimum admission requirements. Requirements for reapplication are available in the specific section that relates to each academic program. Reapplicants are expected to meet the published admission deadlines.

New Undergraduate Student Orientation

An important piece of becoming a new student at Adventist University of Health Sciences is attending orientation. The new student orientation is a three-hour event on campus that is offered several times prior to each new trimester. Attendance for undergraduate Main Campus and Denver students is mandatory. Because of the frequency of the events, students will have many opportunities for attendance. If a student does not attend orientation, he or she will be dropped from classes.

To view the available event dates and times, and to RSVP, please log in to http://www.my.adu.edu and click on the ADU Experience icon.