General Admission Policies
- Admission to the various departments of the School is by competitive application.
- Preference is given to Louisiana residents.
- Attainment of an acceptable grade point average will be stressed. Please refer to the appropriate department for the required entering grade point average. Grade point averages are calculated on the basis of all courses taken, including those repeated.
- Applicants must also meet requirements and technical standards established by the faculties of the respective departments. See Departmental sections for these special requirements.
- Accepted applicants must furnish a completed Student Health Service Medical History and Physical Examination Form not more than 90 days prior to, but before, registration. Blank forms are available from the Office of Student Affairs.
- If an applicant is not accepted for a particular program, the applicant must submit a new application and related fees and materials each year in which the applicant desires to be reconsidered for admission.
- Should transcripts/records be in a language other than English, an official English translation must also be included. Hand-written documents are NOT ACCEPTABLE. No one other than a school official can verify/certify an academic record and/or a translation from the same institution.
- International students who qualify as residents of Louisiana should send all credentials to the department to which they are applying several months prior to the date they intend to apply.
- All applicants who are non-native speakers of English, regardless of previous language of instruction, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 500 must be attained on the TOEFL. TOEFL is not offered at this institution thus, arrangements should be made to take the test at another college or university. Results of TOEFL should be sent directly to the School of Allied Health Professions by the testing officials prior to the application deadline.
- A resident alien or international student (F-1) must take a minimum of 6 hours in the basic sciences (at least one course must include a related laboratory experience) and 6 hours in English composition in an accredited United States college or university.
Policy on Academic Amnesty
The School of Allied Health Professions adheres to a policy of academic amnesty. The intent of this policy is to allow those individuals who have interrupted their academic careers for three consecutive years to resume their academic careers.
The following conditions apply to this policy.
- Applicants must request and be granted academic amnesty from the department to which they are applying.
- The applicant must not have attended a college/university for at least three years prior to reapplying for admission.
- All college/university credit earned prior to the three-year period will be forfeited, and therefore not considered in calculating the applicant’s grade point average nor used to meet prerequisite courses.
Method of Application
An application may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs of the School in New Orleans or downloaded from our website at http://alliedhealth.lsuhsc.edu/ under each respective department - Department of Cardiopulmonary Science, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and the Department of Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling. Each application must be accompanied by the required application fee. For those programs that require students to apply through the Centralized Application System information can be found in their sections of the catalog (Doctorate of Audiology, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Physician Assistant Studies, and Master of Speech-Language Pathology).
Two copies of each applicant’s official transcripts shall be included in the self-managed application packet in a sealed and signed envelope from the Registrar’s Office of each college/university attended or sent directly by the Registrar’s Office to the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Professions, Office of Student Affairs. Additional transcripts may be required by the department to which the applicant is applying.
The nature of the various educational programs in the School requires that certain admission policies and regulations differ for each department. Specific application procedures are given in the sections devoted to each of the departments of the School.
Upon notification of acceptance, a non-refundable acceptance deposit is required. This acceptance fee will be credited toward the first semester’s tuition.