Health Sciences Admission Requirements


The following programs within Bristol's Division of Health Sciences (Division IV) are competitive and have additional admissions requirements that are subject to change each academic year.  Please visit the current academic catalog for details specific to your program of interest and guidelines related to the admission application and review processes.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Nursing (including LPN to RN options)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Central Sterile Processing Technician
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist
  • Phlebotomy

Test of Essential Academic Skills® (TEAS®)

The TEAS® test is a computerized scholastic aptitude test required for admission to specific Health Science programs including Nursing (excluding LPN to RN options) and Dental Hygiene.

Please see the description of your intended program of study in the current academic catalog for more information about the TEAS® test requirements.

For more information on the Test of Essential Academic Skills® (TEAS®) please visit the Testing Center.

Using AP® and/or CLEP® Test Scores to Fulfill Pre-Admission Criteria

AP® ScoresApplicants to Bristol's competitive allied health programs who are seeking to use AP® Test results to fulfill pre-admission criteria must have earned a score of 3 or higher.  The Admissions Office utilizes the College Board's® AP Exam Score and College Course Grade Equivalent chart when reviewing applications.  Students seeking to utilize AP® Test scores to fulfill pre-admission criteria should confirm that the AP® Test is also eligible for transfer into Bristol per the Credit for Prior Learning equivalencies.  

CLEP® ScoresApplicants to Bristol's competitive allied health programs who are seeking to use CLEP® Test results to fulfill pre-admission criteria in which a grade of B- or better is required, should be aware that the Admissions Office utilizes the College Board's® CLEP® B-level Score Recommendations guidelines when reviewing applications.  While Bristol maintains a list of CLEP® Tests and scores for which transfer credit is available, a higher score is often necessary to fulfill pre-admission criteria (e.g. Bristol will accept a CLEP® score of 50 on the College Composition exam for transfer as ENG 101; however, an applicant to an allied health program in which a B- or higher grade is required in ENG 101 would need to achieve a score of 59 or higher).

Using Algebra and/or Intermediate Algebra Competencies to Fulfill Pre-Admission Criteria
 
Certain competitive programs have pre-admission criteria which state that a student may fulfill a mathematics pre-admission requirement through achievement of a math competency--algebra and/or intermediate algebra.  In instances where an applicant has fulfilled a pre-admission requirement through achievement of a competency as determined by their Accuplacer Elementary Algebra and/or Accuplacer Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Statistics (QAS) score, the Admissions Office will award a grade equivalent based upon the score achieved (see chart below) during the application review process.
 
Competencies are subject to the same time frame requirements as academic coursework that fulfills pre-admission criteria. Please refer to Pre-Admission Courses & Timeframes section of this page for specific details related to each competitive health program.

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Introductory Algebra Competency

Accuplacer Quantitative
Reasoning, Algebra &
Statistics (QAS)

Grade & Grade Point
Equivalent

Accuplacer Elementary Algebra

Min

Max

Grade

Points

Min

Max

262

262

B-

2.7

72

73

263

263

B

3

74

75

264

265

B+

3.3

76

78

266

267

A-

3.7

79

81

268

300

A

4

82

120

 

Intermediate Algebra Competency

Accuplacer Quantitative
Reasoning, Algebra &
Statistics (QAS)

Grade & Grade Point
Equivalent

Accuplacer Elementary
Algebra

Min

Max

Grade

Points

Min

Max

268

272

B-

2.7

82

86

273

277

B

3

88

94

278

282

B+

3.3

96

100

283

287

A-

3.7

102

106

288

300

A

4

108

120

 

Pre-Admission Courses & Timeframes

Applicants to Bristol’s competitive allied health programs must complete the mathematics and science pre-admission courses within a specific timeframe based on priority application deadline. 

Applicants should use the grid below to help them navigate whether the mathematics and science courses they have completed for pre-admission purposes are eligible in the review of their application or if they should prepare to adjust their course schedule to ensure fulfilling these pre-admission requirements.

REVISED 8.21.2019 AY 19-20 Pre-Admission Time Frame Grid Image