Admission to a Health Sciences program is on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Applicants who complete the admission process, but who are not admitted to the current class due to lack of available space, will be admitted to the next available class.
Once admitted to a Health Sciences program, students can change their date of admission only once. Any exception to this policy must be approved by the dean of Health Sciences.
Further information about these requirements may be obtained from the Admissions office (Bldg. 410) or by calling 843.574.6460. To receive an information packet, click here.
Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screening
All students applying to programs in the Health Sciences division are required to have completed a criminal background check and drug screening. Results of the criminal background check and/or drug screening could affect the student's ability to complete required clinical rotations and/or become credentialed. Conviction of a felony could make a student ineligible to take the licensing exam(s) required by the profession upon graduation. Early notification to the appropriate board is required. Faculty advisors will provide information about this procedure.
Only criminal background checks and drug screenings conducted through the college-approved agency will be accepted. Faculty advisors will provide information about the criminal background check and drug screening procedure at the program open advisement session. Criminal background checks must be completed prior to the first day of the entering semester. Drug screenings will be conducted randomly but prior to a clinical rotation.
Readmission to a Program
A student who receives a W, D or F in a required, prerequisite, corequisite or program professional course will not be allowed to continue in a program. The student may request to be considered for readmission; however, readmission is not automatic. Students not continued due to unacceptable academic performance or unprofessional behavior, or who withdraw voluntarily, may be considered for readmission to the same program one time only under the following conditions.
- Space in the class is available.
- Student must meet the admission requirements effective for the semester for which they are readmitted.
- Student must meet the specific conditions for readmission set by the Health Sciences Readmission Committee.
Note: If more than three years have elapsed since withdrawal from the program, you must reapply for admission as a new student, and repeat all professional coursework. Required laboratory science courses must have been completed within five years of the admission date with a minimum grade of C.
Information concerning readmission may be obtained from the program coordinator of the program of interest.
Note: A recent change has been made to the Physical Therapist Assistant program admission criteria. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA and not be on academic or disciplinary suspension at the time of admission and date of entry into the program. In order to achieve the 2.75 GPA, no more than four of the nine courses required as prerequisites may be repeated to meet this admission criterion. No course may be repeated more than once. This change in course repetition is effective for all new applicants immediately and effective Fall 2015 for current applicants.