Admissions Information

   Requirements for Admission
Additional Program-Specific Admissions Policies

  • Selected Medical/Healthcare Programs
  • Practical Nurse Program
  • Dorsey School of Beauty

Transfer Students / Transfer of Credit and Clock Hours
Disabilities Accommodation
Enrollment Policy
Statement of Non-Discrimination


Requirements for Admission

Generally accepted requirements for admission to Dorsey Schools are:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • A career planning session with a Dorsey Schools Admissions Representative, and…
  • A desire, interest and motivation to succeed

We invite you to take advantage of the career training opportunities at Dorsey Schools. Contact us at any time to arrange a visit. Or, simply click here for our campus locations.

To arrange a visit, please call 888-422-1188, or contact us.

To fully understand the many options available to you, a visit to the school is recommended. A visit will enable you to explore:

  • Personal interests and goals
  • Training and employment objectives
  • Various training options and career opportunities
  • How Dorsey Schools can help YOU!

When you decide Dorsey Schools is the appropriate choice for you, we invite you to submit an application for admission.

Additional Program-Specific Admissions Policies

Selected Medical/Healthcare Programs

  • Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, and Dialysis Patient Care Technician program applicants are required to submit to a criminal background check. Continued enrollment in these programs is contingent upon the results of the background check.
  • For patient safety during the clinical assignment, Patient Care Technician students must be free of any lifting or activity restrictions.
  • Verification of high school diploma or its equivalent (a GED) is required for continued enrollment in the Massage Therapy and Pharmacy Technician programs, in accordance with State of Michigan licensure eligibility requirements.

Practical Nurse Program
Practical Nurse Enrollment Process

Dorsey Schools utilizes a progressive admissions process for the Practical Nurse program. Prospective students must successfully complete each step in the process before moving on to the next step. All individuals interested in enrolling into the Practical Nurse program must:

  1. Attend a Practical Nurse Program Informational Meeting. Individuals interested in enrolling in the PN program will be invited to attend an informational meeting to receive information about the steps in the admissions process and requirements for the program.
  2. Challenge the ATI TEAS V test. Prospective students will pay a $75 nonrefundable testing fee to register for and challenge the exam as scheduled by the campus. A minimum score of 42 must be achieved on the TEAS test.
  3. Submit a 500 word essay. The essay will be in APA format responding to five (5) questions. The completed essay must be submitted on the day that the prospective student challenges the TEAS test.
  4. References: Provide three (3) references. Two (2) must be healthcare-related and one (1) professional. Students may submit other documents that demonstrate related merit or experience that he or she believes should be considered in the admissions process.
  5. Meet with the Nursing Admissions Panel for a personal interview. Students who successfully pass the TEAS test with a minimum score of 42 and who have submitted required documentation for admission may be eligible for admission and will be contacted.
  6. Meet with Financial Aid to complete required paperwork. After successful completion of the interview with the Director of Nursing, students will be notified to schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Advisor to complete the required paperwork.
  7. Meet with an Admissions Representative. At this initial meeting, the prospective student will be given instructions for completion of the criminal background check and drug screen. The prospective student will be required to pay a nonrefundable enrollment fee of $200.
  8. Sign a criminal background check authorization form. Results must be negative.
  9. Submit to a drug screen conducted at an off-site location. Results must be negative.

Additional Requirements For Admission

  1. Documentation that all health requirements have been met. This includes: updated immunizations, a recent and negative TB test, and a statement of good health from a qualified physician. Please see the ‘Dorsey Schools PN Program Health Requirements’ form.
  2. Documentation of current CPR/BLS certification.
  3. Status as high school graduate or its equivalent (GED). Official transcripts will be requested to verify this information.

Practical Nurse Admissions – Final Step

As the final step for acceptance into the Practical Nurse Program at Dorsey Schools, the Nursing Admissions Panel will review all applicants and will select those students who will be admitted into the program. Letters of acceptance will be mailed to students approximately two weeks prior to the start of classes.

Dorsey School of Beauty

Continued enrollment in the Cosmetology and Cosmetology Instructor programs is contingent upon validation of high school diploma or G.E.D., in accordance with State of Michigan requirements.  The State of Michigan Board of Cosmetology requires Cosmetology students to be at least 17 years of age. Additional admission requirements for a student of the Cosmetology Instructor program include current licensure as a Cosmetologist.

Transfer Students / Transfer of Credit and Clock Hours

Students accepted for enrollment into Dorsey Schools will be allowed to transfer credits and/or hours earned from other accredited institutions recognized by the United States Department of Education (outside institutions) as outlined herein:

    1. The student is required to provide an official transcript outlining credits and/or clock hours earned and course descriptions from the outside institution.
    2. The student must have earned at least a grade of “C” (70%, 2.0) for each course accepted for transfer credits and/or hours.
    3. The course must have had course content and units of measurement similar to those in Dorsey Schools’ program.
    4. The student’s last date of attendance at the outside institution must be within two years of enrollment at Dorsey Schools.
    5. The student may transfer up to 50% of program courses/hours; exceptions may be made to this policy for students transferring from schools closing in the last twelve months as approved by the Vice President, Education and Career Services.
    6. Transfer of courses is determined on a case-by-case basis by the Managing Director and as approved by corporate educational management.

For students meeting this criteria, credits will be reflected in the student’s academic record as a transfer credit “TC” but will not count towards a student’s cumulative grade point average. Transfer credits will count as credits attempted and credits earned in the calculation of maximum time frame as part of satisfactory academic progress determination. Tuition will be adjusted by an amount equal to the cost of the course(s)/hours.

Students transferring from other institutions may receive credit for hours previously earned at the discretion of Dorsey School of Beauty, taking into consideration the results from a written and practical assessment exam administered by the school and hours earned as confirmed via affidavit from the State of Michigan Board of Cosmetology. Transfer hours granted and any tuition adjustment must be determined by the Managing Director prior to the student attending Dorsey School of Beauty.

Disabilities Accommodation

All campuses of Dorsey Schools are readily accessible to disabled students and comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Equal Employment Opportunity Act. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. The Michigan relay number for the Deaf and Deafened is 800-649-3777 V/TTY.

Information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act is available at:

Enrollment Policy

A history of a criminal background and/or drug abuse may be cause to deny a student entrance into any program and, in particular, into the Patient Care Technician, Dialysis Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Practical Nurse, Massage Therapy, Cosmetology, and Cosmetology Instructor programs. Good moral character is required for licensure by the Michigan Board of Cosmetology and the Bureau of Health Professions, and therefore gainful employment, in the State of Michigan. Drug testing and/or a personal background investigation may be required by an externship site or prospective employer. Dorsey Schools reserves the right to deny acceptance to an applicant with any criminal convictions.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

It is the policy of Dorsey Schools to provide a learning environment free from discrimination or harassment. In accordance with state and federal law, discrimination or harassment by members of the School community against members of the School community is strictly not allowed based on the following: race, color, creed, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sex or sexual identity, veteran status, or citizenship status. This non-discrimination and non-harassment policy encompasses the operation of the educational programs and activities of Dorsey Schools, including admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and all other school-related activities. Dorsey Schools is committed to ensuring that this non-discrimination and non-harassment policy is effectively observed in all of the Schools’ endeavors.