Admissions Information

Admissions inquiries may be directed to a Dorsey Schools campus convenient to you. Applications for admission may be accessed under the ADMISSIONS tab by selecting APPLY TO DORSEY SCHOOLS, or by contacting Dorsey Schools at 888-422-1188 to arrange a convenient appointment with an admissions representative. A career planning session will be scheduled to review Dorsey Schools’ career programs and the applicant’s attitude, motivation, and commitment to training. Additional admissions information is included below:


Requirements for admission to Dorsey Schools are:

  • High school diploma or its equivalent (for example, a General Education Development “GED” High School Equivalency Certificate), as evidenced by an attestation signed by the student,
  • A career planning session with a Dorsey Schools Admissions Representative, and…
  • The desire, interest and motivation to succeed



The following 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.

  • Patient care technician
  • Practical nurse
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Dialysis patient care technician

A criminal background investigation and/or drug testing may be required by an externship site or prospective employer. A history of a criminal background and/or drug abuse may be cause to deny a student entrance into any program.


For patient safety during the clinical assignment, patient care technician, practical nurse, and dialysis patient care technician students must be free of any lifting or activity restrictions.


Good moral character is required for licensure by the Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing, and therefore gainful employment, in the State of Michigan. Documentation of high school diploma or its equivalent must be submitted to the campus prior to posting attendance in the third week (a week is defined as seven consecutive calendar days starting on the date a term of instruction begins) of the program.  Dorsey Schools programs that require licensure upon graduation are listed below:

  • Pharmacy technician
  • Cosmetology
  • Massage therapy
  • Practical nurse


The State of Michigan Board of Cosmetology requires cosmetology license applicants to be at least 17 years of age; therefore, Dorsey Schools requires an applicant to be at least 17 years of age by their contracted graduation date.


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 practical nurse 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. Prospective students must provide official documentation that they have achieved a minimum score of 42 on the ATI 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 of the interview.
  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 the student believes should be considered in the admissions process.
  5. Meet with the nursing admissions panel for a personal interview. Students passing the ATI TEAS VI 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 admission’s 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 an enrollment fee of $200, of which $100 is non-refundable.
  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.
  10. Documentation that all health requirements have been met. These requirements include updated immunizations, a recent and negative TB test as indicated by a negative skin test or a physician confirmed negative chest x-ray, and a statement of good health from a qualified physician. Please see Dorsey Schools PN Program Health Requirements form.
  11. Documentation of current American Heart Association/BLS certification.
  12. Status as high school graduate or its equivalent (GED). Official transcripts will be requested to verify this information.
  13. 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.



A student requesting to transfer between campuses and/or programs is required to withdraw and subsequently readmit in the new program and/or campus. Further information regarding the readmit process is located in the “Re-Admissions for Withdrawn Students” section below. Changing campuses and/or programs must be planned proactively to confirm course availability and can only occur during the periods illustrated in the below table.

Program or Program TypeAllowable Transfer Point
All Credit Hour ProgramsBetween Academic Quarters (12 weeks)
Cosmetology ProgramBetween Academic Courses
Massage Therapy ProgramBetween Payment Periods (450 hours)

Currently enrolled Dorsey School of Beauty students may transfer between campuses with no assessment exam, and are subject to a $15 State of Michigan Board of Cosmetology fee to transfer academic records.

It is important to note that anytime a student changes campuses or programs, financial arrangements must be recalculated and funding availability may change. This includes Title IV financial aid, cash payments, scholarships, etc. Additionally, any change in enrollment can affect scheduling. A student changing campuses and/or programs may not be able to attend a full schedule of classes each term due to availability and pre-requisite requirements.


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 only, 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. For all programs except Practical Nurse, the student must have earned at least a grade of “C” (70%, 2.0) for each course accepted for transfer credits and/or hours. For Practical Nurse students, the student must have earned at least a grade of “B” (83%, 3.0) for each course accepted for transfer credits and/or hours.
  3. The transfer of credit process must be completed prior to the student starting his/her program of study at Dorsey Schools.
  4. The course must have had course content and units of measurement similar to those in Dorsey Schools’ program.
  5. The student may transfer up to 50% (60% for cosmetology program) of program credits/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 credits is determined on a case-by-case basis by the Managing Director and as approved by campus support center 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.

Cosmetology Only

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. Credit for hours previously earned and per hour charges must be determined by the managing director prior to the student enrolling at Dorsey School of Beauty.


Programs at Dorsey Schools are designed to prepare graduates for the best possible career opportunities in each student’s field of choice, without determination of transferability of credit earned. Transfer, recognition, or acceptance of academic credits or hours between institutions is always at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Therefore, Dorsey Schools does not promise or guarantee the transfer, recognition, or acceptance of any academic credits or hours earned at Dorsey Schools to other educational institutions. It is the responsibility of the student to contact any other postsecondary institution where the student may be considering enrolling upon graduation from Dorsey Schools.


Re-admission of Withdrawn Students

After withdrawal, a student may apply for re-admittance by contacting the campus. Students applying for re-admittance to Dorsey Schools will be subject to a review of the circumstances surrounding the original withdrawal and an evaluation of the student’s satisfactory academic progress (SAP) status. Students permitted to readmit are required to complete their program in accordance with MAXIMUM TIME FRAME SAP REQUIREMENT detailed in the school catalog.

All students re-admitting must be approved by a campus re-admittance committee. Students are encouraged to apply for re-admittance a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to the start of the module in which they wish to return.

Credit Hour Programs and Massage Therapy

Students who are re-admitted to Dorsey School’s credit hour programs or the massage therapy program may receive credit for previously passed courses when required to complete the student’s program of study. Re-admitted students may be required to retake a course that was previously taken with a passing grade to assist in the student’s success at Dorsey Schools and in their future careers, as determined by the managing director. All failed courses, and all courses with earned grades of WF or WP, must be repeated.

Dorsey School of Beauty Programs

Students who are re-admitted to Dorsey School of Beauty’s cosmetology program after an interruption of 180 days or more 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 to determine how many hours of credit they will receive from prior enrollments. Credit for hours previously earned and per hour charges must be determined by the managing director prior to the student readmitting at Dorsey School of Beauty.

Re-Admission for Military Service Members

A re-admitting student who was required to withdraw because of active military status will be promptly re-entered with no advance notice required by the student if re-admitting within five (5) years of completion of service, unless unusual circumstances require the institution to admit the student at a later date. Re-admitting students will be processed into his/her same program of study at the same enrollment status and with the same number of hours previously completed. If that program is no longer offered, the student will be re-admitted to the program that is most similar in terms of content and credit hours unless the student requests admission to a different program. If the school assesses that additional academic preparation is required before resuming active enrollment, this will be provided by the school at no charge to the student. In all cases, the student will be charged the same tuition and fees that would have been assessed at the time the student left the school for active military service. Students may contact the managing director for more information about this policy and eligibility, or when ready to re-admit.


An exception to the Admissions Requirements may be made when Dorsey Schools accommodates students associated with a “Teach-Out Agreement” between Dorsey Schools and the closing school.


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:


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.


Dorsey Schools reserves the right to revise its published admissions requirements at any time. All revisions will be published and made available to prospective students prior to enrollment.


Requirements for admission to Dorsey School of Beauty in Taylor are: (1) documentation of a high school diploma or its equivalent (for example, a General Education Development “GED” High School Equivalency Certificate or evidence of completion of home schooling), (2) a career planning session with a Dorsey School of Beauty admissions representative, and (3) the desire, interest and motivation to succeed.  The State of Michigan Board of Cosmetology, and therefore Dorsey School of Beauty’s admissions policy, requires cosmetology and manicuring license applicants to be at least 17 years of age; additional requirements for cosmetology instructor license applicants includes current licensure as a cosmetologist.