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).

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 6.11.19 AY 19-20 Pre-Admission Time Frame Grid Image

You can find a downloadable PDF version of this grid here