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    Adventist University of Health Sciences
   
 
  Dec 13, 2017
 
 
    
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission Information



Applying to Adventist University of Health Sciences

The Office of Enrollment Services assists prospective students, applicants, and current students with any needs relating to general admission to Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) or to a specific program. The office is located on the first floor of the Campus Center 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 specifications. Please refer to the Computer Initiative section in 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 screening process (including a background check, drug screening, and proof of immunizations) once admitted and before registration takes place. Specific instructions will be mailed to students with their admission letters.
  • If an applicant discloses on his or her application that he or she may have been involved in a crime (whether convicted or not), he or she must submit the License Eligibility Form to the Office of Enrollment Services during the admission process.
  • 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 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 Specialist (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 Specialists during the application process. Applicants will not be considered for General Studies admission until all application materials have been received, including the application fee.
  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, including the application feel, and the file is completed. Completed files will be reviewed by the Undergraduate General Studies Admission Committee. Students will be notified of the Committee’s decision in writing. 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 ca enroll in program-specific courses.
  6. Applicants to 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.

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. Once an applicant is accepted, his or her information is subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

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. 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. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services with questions.

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 15 Summer
Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Cardiovascular Ultrasound December 15 Summer
Occupational Therapy Assistant May 1 Fall
Pre-Professional Studies Ongoing Summer
Fall
Spring
Radiography December 1 Summer
Bachelor Degrees
Biomedical Sciences Ongoing Summer
Fall
Spring
Health Sciences Ongoing Summer
Fall
Spring
Nuclear Medicine Technology May 15 Fall
Nursing April 15
August 15
December 15
Fall
Spring
Summer
Bachelor Completion Programs (Distance Education Online)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography July 18, 2014
November 19, 2014
March 27, 2015
Fall
Spring
Summer
Nursing (RN-BSN) July 18, 2014
November 19, 2014
March 27, 2015
Fall
Spring
Summer
Radiologic Sciences July 18, 2014
November 19, 2014
March 27, 2015
Fall
Spring
Summer
Master’s Degrees
Healthcare Administration April 1 Fall
Nurse Anesthesia March 1 Spring
Occupational Therapy March 1 Fall
Physical Therapy December 1 Fall
Physician Assistant October 1 Summer
Graduate General Studies
November 1 Spring
March 1 Summer

General Studies Admission - Undergraduate

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. Admission files will not be considered complete until the application fee is paid.
  2. Present evidence of graduation with the minimum of a standard diploma from a public high school or accredited private school1 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 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 directly to the Office of Enrollment Services from each institution attended. Hand-delivered or 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.
    1. Applicants with 12 or more college-level credits from a regionally accredited college are exempt form 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 graduated from a high school not recognized by their State Education Department or homeschooled students will need to provide their final official high school transcript with at least a 2.50 GPA and one of the following:
    1. ​Submit a 2.50 GPA on 12 hours of college-level academic work from a regionally accredited college, or
    2. Submit official passing scores on the GED test (see above), or
    3. Submit SAT results (Critical Reading and Math combined) with a minimum score of 910, or
    4. Submit ACT results with a minimum composite score of 19.
  5. Transcripts submitted from homeschool graduates in which the applicant’s parent was their instructor must have the transcript notarized before submission. If the applicant will be seeking financial aid, passing GED scores will also be required for packaging but are not required for admission.
  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 not be granted 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 not be granted 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.
  8. 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.

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. Admission files will not be considered complete until the application fee is paid.
  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 directly to the Office of Enrollment Services from each institution attended. Hand-delivered or 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.
    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 completing their senior 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. Admission files will not be reviewed until the application fee is paid.
  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 3.00 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 the Office of Enrollment Services from each institution attended. Hand-delivered or 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 of 19 composite on the ACT or 910 on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math combined).

Post-Baccalaureate

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. Admission files will not be considered complete until the application fee is paid.
  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 directly to the Office of Enrollment Services from each institution attended. Hand-delivered or 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.
  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.

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 program application from their student page for campus undergraduate programs or a Program Reactivation Form for distance programs. 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 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 only from World Education Services (WES). Evaluations received from any other transcript evaluation companies will not be considered to fulfill admission requirements.

Applicants are responsible for the cost of these reports and will need to follow the instructions provided by WES at www.wes.org related to submitting documentation. Please note that documents in a foreign language must be translated into English by a separate translation company and submitted with official transcripts to WES.

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:

  • Graduation from an English-speaking high school and successful completion of two semesters of high school English IV or English IV-ESOL with a minimum grade of “C”; or
  • Successful completion of college-level English Composition I from an English-speaking regionally accredited college 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 Distance 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 3.00 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 19 composite and the minimum SAT score is 910 (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. Write a short, proctored essay.
  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 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. 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 provide the required immunization information 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 Enrollment Services to review the admission GPA.
  • Meet with his or her advisor to discuss Academic Forgiveness and to review the admission GPA from Enrollment Services.

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 credits at Adventist University. Twelve of the 24 credits may be earned through CLEP or challenge exams. Only CLEP hours are transferable to another institution.
  • Be required to meet with their academic advisor before registering for courses.
  • Be required 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.

Screening Requirement

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

Students should refer to www.adu.edu/enrollment/admission/screeningprocess for information on how to complete this process. A separate registration hold will be placed for each of the three processes listed above for all students upon acceptance. 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. 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 aft er 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.

Health and Immunization Requirements

All Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) students must submit a completed ADU Immunization Form to register for courses. The form must be completed by a healthcare provider.

General education students must present the following:

  • Yearly verification of tuberculosis screening test. If test is positive, refer to the Communicable Disease Policy in the Student Handbook.
  • Updated immunization records including MMR and Tetanus-Diphtheria
  • Verification of varicella vaccination or immunity (titer).

Students who wish to reside in student housing must present the following:

  • Menomune/Menactra (Meningococcal Meningitis)

Students in a professional program must present the following:

  • Yearly verification of tuberculosis screening test. If test is positive, refer to the Communicable Disease Policy in the Student Handbook.
  • Updated immunization records including Hepatitis B, MMR, and Tetanus-Diphtheria
  • Verification of varicella vaccination or immunity titer
  • Evidence of physical examination within three months prior to beginning a professional program
  • Verification of current certification in professional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from the American Heart Association, including infant, child, and adult CPR
  • Evidence of a successfully completed “FIT” test prior to the professional program deadline must be completed on an annual basis.

In addition to the above criteria:

  • Students must meet the immunization requirements of their selected professional program. Requirements can be found in the Adventist University Academic Catalog.
  • All professional program students are to be in compliance with the requirements of the facility for which they practice and if they have patient contact, particularly as it relates to the flu vaccine.

Campus Undergraduate Enrollment Interruption

The following policy refers to reactivation or reapplication steps for General Studies campus or Denver undergraduate students who were accepted but did not enroll, students with an enrollment interruption of three trimesters or less, students with an enrollment interruption of more than three trimesters, and alumni pursuing a new program of study.

Accepted Students Who Do Not Enroll

Students who have been accepted to 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 aft er 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 documents 1. This new information will be re-evaluated by the Undergraduate General Studies Admissions Committee and a new admission decision given at that time. Students should contact Enrollment Services for more information regarding what is required of them to reapply. General Studies admission, registration, and financial aid deadlines will apply.

Enrolled Students with an Enrollment Interruption of Three Trimesters or Less

Students attending Adventist University of Health Sciences 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.

Enrolled Students with an Enrollment Interruption of More than Three Trimesters

Students with an enrollment interruption of more than three trimesters will need to reapply and will be re-evaluated by the Undergraduate General Studies Admissions Committee. Students should contact Enrollment Services for more information regarding what is required of them to reapply. General Studies admission, registration, and financial aid deadlines will apply.

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

1 Recommendation forms, official transcripts, and career essays received for applicants with an Adventist University 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.

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).

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.

New Undergraduate Student Orientation

An important piece of becoming a new student at Adventist University of Health Sciences is attending orientation. The ADU Experience is a two-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.