Admissions inquiries may be directed to a Dorsey College campus convenient to you. Applications for admission may be accessed under the ADMISSIONS tab by selecting APPLY TO DORSEY COLLEGE, or by contacting Dorsey College at 888-422-1188 to arrange a convenient appointment with an admissions representative. A career planning session will be scheduled to review Dorsey College’s career programs and the applicant’s attitude, motivation, and commitment to training. Successful applicants will be provided with a copy of their fully executed enrollment agreement.  Current government issued photo identification or passport is required when completing the enrollment agreement.  Additional admissions information is included below:


ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for admission to Dorsey College 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 College Admissions Representative, and…
  • The desire, interest and motivation to succeed

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMATIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Additional Programmatic Admissions Requirements

 

HYBRID PROGRAM DELIVERY

Students enrolled in programs utilizing hybrid delivery are responsible to ensure reliable internet access is consistently available during designated distance education courses.

 

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENCY 

Documentation of high school diploma or its equivalent must be submitted to the campus by the program applicant.  If Dorsey College or an outside agency has a concern about the validity of a high school diploma or GED, the student has 30 days to obtain an official high school transcript or GED document, which will be used to determine eligibility.  Students determined ineligible will be dismissed from school.

 

FOREIGN HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA POLICY

Students enrolling into Dorsey College with a foreign diploma or transcript must have their diploma evaluated prior to enrollment. The purpose of this evaluation is to provide proof that the diploma or transcript is equivalent to a United States high school diploma.

  • Student must provide a copy of their diploma.
  • If the diploma is in a foreign language, the student must also provide a copy of the diploma’s translation. The translation must be completed by a professional agency.
  • Dorsey College will assist students in the evaluation process. Each diploma or transcript and translation must be sent out to be evaluated by an authorized and approved evaluator.  The student is responsible for the cost of each evaluation.
  • Once Dorsey College has received the evaluation results that the diploma is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma the student is able to enroll.
  • If the student’s evaluation results show that the diploma is not equivalent to a U.S. high school, the student is not eligible to attend Dorsey College.

 

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK, DRUG SCREEN

Program applicants of select programs are required to submit to a criminal background check at enrollment.  Continued enrollment in these programs is contingent upon the results of the background check.  Criminal background investigation and/or drug testing may also be required by a clinical site, an externship site, or a prospective employer consistent with the requirements of Michigan Public Acts 27, 28, and 29 of 2006.  A history of criminal background and/or drug abuse may be cause to deny a student entrance into any program.

 

PROGRAMS WITH CLINICAL ASSIGNMENT 

For patient safety during the clinical assignment, students enrolled in select programs must be free of any lifting or activity restrictions.

 

IMMUNIZATIONS

Students cannot participate in clinical, externship or field internship training until documentation of all required immunizations are provided, consistent with the requirements of each clinical or externship site.

For EMS programs, documentation of updated immunizations, including MMR, varicella vaccination (or titer), hepatitis B vaccination series (or the start of the series), a recent and negative TB test as indicated by a negative skin test or a physician confirmed negative chest x-ray (must be updated annually). TDAP is recommended, but not required. Lack of COVID-19 and/or influenza vaccination may limit the clinical sites available for student participation.

 

EXTERNSHIP SITES

Externship sites will require any or all of the following:  health physical, negative TB skin test, proof of immunity against communicable diseases (including COVID-19 vaccination), and/or a series of hepatitis vaccinations or declination.

 

PROGRAMS WITH LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS

Good moral character is required for licensure by the Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing, and therefore gainful employment, in the State of Michigan. Each licensure applicant must affirm they have the ability and will service the public in a fair, honest, and open manner. If applicant has had a judgement of guilt in a criminal proceeding or a civil action, they must affirm they are rehabilitated, or the substance of their former offense is not reasonably related to the cosmetology occupation. Further, Dorsey College reserves the right to deny acceptance to an applicant with any felony convictions.

 

COSMETOLOGY CAREER PROGRAMS AT DORSEY COLLEGE

Good moral character is required for licensure by the Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing, and therefore gainful employment, in the State of Michigan. Each licensure applicant must affirm they have the ability and will service the public in a fair, honest, and open manner. If applicant has had a judgement of guilt in a criminal proceeding or a civil action, they must affirm they are rehabilitated, or the substance of their former offense is not reasonably related to the cosmetology occupation.

 

NURSING PROGRAMS

Documentation of updated immunizations, including COVID-19 vaccination, a recent, current, 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.  See below for Additional Admissions information for the Dorsey College Practical Nurse and Associate of Applied Science in Nursing programs.

 

PRACTICAL NURSE PROGRAM

Dorsey College 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 within the last 12 months.  Applicants scoring less than a 42 on the ATI TEAS may re-take the exam up to three times within one year, with two weeks in between each attempt required for remediation.
  3. Prospective students must submit an original 500-word essay on the day of the interview. The content of the essay must provide responses to the questions assigned in typed, double-spaced “easy to follow” format.
  4. Prospective students must provide three (3) references on the day of the interview. Two (2) must be healthcare-related and one (1) professional. Students may submit other documents that demonstrate related merit or experience the student believes should be considered in the admissions process. Students with no healthcare experience may substitute 3 professional references including volunteer experience and any certifications earned.
  5. Meet with the nursing admissions panel for a personal interview. Students passing the ATI 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. A standard rubric is utilized to analyze each prospective student’s admissions readiness; remediation may be recommended for some students.
  6. Meet with financial aid to complete required paperwork. After successful completion of the interview, 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 application 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 College PN Program Health Requirements form.
  11. Documentation of current American Heart Association/BLS certification.
  12. Documentation of 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 College. 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.

 

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN NURSING (ADN) REGISTERED NURSE PROGRAM

Dorsey College utilizes a progressive admissions process for the associate of applied science in nursing 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 ADN program must:

  1. Attend a Registered Nurse Program Informational Meeting. Individuals interested in enrolling in the ADN registered 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 take the TEAS test at a Dorsey testing site and achieve a minimum overall score of 58.7, in addition to minimum sub-scores in the following categories:
      1. English: 54 minimum score
      2. Math: 55 minimum score
      3. Science: 50 minimum score
      4. Reading: 65 minimum score
      5. If a prospective student fails to meet any of the sub-score requirements but has an overall TEAS score of 58.7 or above, the applicant’s sub-score will be evaluated for approval or denial by the Campus Support Center.
      6. Applicants are allowed three attempts to achieve the required ATI TEAS test scores listed above within a 365-day period, with two weeks in between each attempt for remediation.
  3. Prospective students must meet one of the following requirements:
      1. 9 credits earned from a post-secondary accredited institution recognized by the United States Department of Education; or
      2. Current, unencumbered LPN license; or
      3. High School Graduate with a 2.5 GPA, with a B or better in one science course (biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy); or
      4. GED score of 660 or better, with a minimum score of 165 in each subcategory.
  4. Prospective students must submit an original 500-word essay on the day of the interview. The content of the essay must provide responses to the questions assigned in typed, double-spaced “easy to follow” format.
  5. Prospective students must provide three (3) references on the day of the interview. The references must be from a professional in the field of healthcare such as a:
      • Supervisor or Director
      • RN that has worked with you in some capacity
      • Physician that is able to speak to your abilities
      • Note:  References cannot be from a friend or co-worker on the same level as you. If prospective student has no health care experience, a reference from the prospective student’s current supervisor, professor from a college or university attended, or a counselor or teacher (for recent high school graduates) may also be submitted. Late references will not be accepted and will result in denial into the program.
  6. Meet with the nursing admissions panel for a personal interview.
  7. Meet with financial aid to complete required paperwork. After successful completion of the interview, students will be notified to schedule an appointment with the financial aid advisor to complete required paperwork.
  8. 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.
  9. Sign a criminal background check authorization form. Results must be negative.
  10. Submit to a drug screen conducted at an off-site location. Results must be negative.
  11. 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 College RN Program Health Requirements form.
  12. Documentation of current American Heart Association/BLS certification.
  13. Documentation of status as high school graduate or its equivalent (GED). Official transcripts will be requested to verify this information.

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.

 

EMS PROGRAMS

EMS work is physically strenuous requiring considerable kneeling, bending, and lifting while caring for and moving patients. All EMS training programs are skill based and physically demanding. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration / US Department of Transportation (NHTSA/DOT) and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) have identified and established essential skills for the emergency medical technician and paramedic, including minimum reading, writing, and mathematics proficiencies.

EMS STUDENTS must meet the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification requirements and State of Michigan licensure requirements which includes being at least 17 years old, not having voluntarily surrendered a healthcare license or the legal right to work, and not having a healthcare license in any state or from any agency been subject to limitation, suspension, or termination of applicant’s right to practice in a healthcare occupation or the legal right to work.

 

PARAMEDIC PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Paramedic enrollment also requires AHA/BLS certification, and documentation that the STUDENT has successfully achieved completion of a MDHHS approved emergency medical technician (basic) program or possess a current State of Michigan EMS license. Dorsey College will accept an emergency medical technician (basic) certificate of completion from other MDHHS-approved schools while the STUDENT tests for their NREMT certification. Note that State of Michigan EMT licensure is required prior to graduation. If a paramedic student fails to obtain EMT-Basic certification (due to failing the NREMT certification exam or other accepted Michigan exam) the student may withdraw and apply for readmittance per policies as stated in the school catalog under RE-ADMISSION OF WITHDRAWN STUDENTS, EMS CLOCK HOUR PROGRAMS.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (EMS Programs)

Prior to EMS program enrollment, Dorsey College may grant students credit for advanced placement hours. Dorsey College will accept Registered Nurse, Physician, and AEMT licensure for advanced placement into select courses. Total tuition and fees charged varies depending on credit granted for advanced placement hours as determined by the Programs Director prior to the student attending Dorsey College.

 

TRANSFER POLICIES

TRANSFER BETWEEN DORSEY COLLEGE CAMPUSES AND/OR PROGRAMS

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 students in Beauty programs at Dorsey College 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.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT AND CLOCK HOURS FROM AN OUTSIDE INSTITUTION

Students accepted for enrollment into Dorsey College 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 their program of study at Dorsey College.
  4. The course must have had course content and units of measurement similar to those in Dorsey College’s 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 Transfer Committee.

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.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMATIC TRANSFER POLICIES
Registered Nurse Program Only
Students accepted for enrollment into Dorsey College’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program may request transfer credits for BIO, ENG, MTH, PSY, and SOC courses. Transferability will be evaluated and approved on a case-by-case basis by the Campus Support Center Transfer Committee.

Cosmetology Career Programs Only
Students transferring from other institutions may receive credit for hours previously earned at the discretion of Dorsey College, 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 College.


TRANSFER OF CREDITS/HOURS TO OTHER INSTITUTIONS

Programs at Dorsey College 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 College does not promise or guarantee the transfer, recognition, or acceptance of any academic credits or hours earned at Dorsey College 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 College.

RE-ADMISSION POLICIES

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 College 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 and an evaluation of the
student’s satisfactory academic progress (SAP) status as outlined the Dorsey College catalog’s SAP Policy. Students permitted to readmit are required to complete their program in accordance with the MAXIMUM TIME FRAME SAP REQUIREMENT as detailed in the 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 College’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 College 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.

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program

Students may re-admit into the RN program only twice. Additional readmission attempts may be granted on a case-by-case basis through an appeal to the Vice President, Education and Career Services and the Executive Director of Nursing.

Dorsey College Cosmetology program

Students who are re-admitted to Dorsey College’s cosmetology program after an interruption of 180 days or more may receive credit for hours previously earned at the discretion of Dorsey College, 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 College.

EMS Clock Hour Programs

A student may readmit into another EMS class of the same level once they meet all the following requirements:

  • Student must be in good standing, i.e., has paid all applicable tuition/textbooks/fees, has no record of misconduct during previous enrollments, and had been absent less than 20% of scheduled practical hours from the class they withdrew from.
  • Readmission is limited to a maximum of two attempts, no third readmission will be granted.
  • Readmission will not be approved if more than 12 months has passed since student withdrew from course.
  • All clinical hours/skills from previous enrollments will carry over on a rolling 12-month schedule.
  • All costs associated with readmission are the responsibility of the student, including new textbook, background check, testing fees, clinical tracker and uniforms.
  • Payment of readmission fees per the following schedule:
EMS Readmission Fees
LevelCourseClinicalAdaptive Testing
EMT $ 400.00 $ 200.00$200.00
Paramedic $ 1,100.00 $ 800.00$400.00

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 their 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.

TEACH OUT AGREEMENTS

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

DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATION

All campuses of Dorsey College 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: www.ada.gov.

STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

It is the policy of Dorsey College to provide a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment and sexual violence. All members of Dorsey College, regardless of their sexual orientation or their gender or gender expression, or gender identity, have the right to engage in their College education, work, and other activities free from all forms of sex or gender-based discrimination or harassment, including sexual misconduct. In accordance with state and federal law, sexual harassment, or sexual violence by members of the school community against members of the school community are considered unlawful sex discrimination and are strictly not allowed. Sexual harassment or sexual violence by others against members of the school community should be reported immediately for suitable action.

This policy broadly encompasses the operation of the College’s educational programs and activities occurring on campus, at the campus support center, and during events and situations over which the school exercises substantial control such as externship sites, graduation/pinning ceremonies, during culinary or other school-related events, and on public property immediately adjacent to Dorsey College including parking lots, sidewalks, and streets. This also encompasses the work environment of all Dorsey College personnel. Dorsey College is committed to ensuring that this zero-tolerance policy is effectively observed in all of the College’s endeavors, and that every complainant receives appropriate support, respondents are treated as responsible only after receiving due process and fundamental fairness, and school official serve impartially without bias for or against any party.

Title IX of the 1972 Higher Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1092) applies to schools, colleges and universities that receive any amount of federal funding. Title IX allows the U.S. Department of Education to investigate complaints, order remedies, and withhold funding from educational institutions in violation of sexual harassment under the Act. Enforcement of Title IX is administered by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 amended the Clery Act (34 CFR §688.46) to further hold schools responsible for providing awareness and prevention campaigns and reporting crimes related to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Enforcement of the Clery Act is administered by the Department of Justice through local and state law enforcement agencies.

Any student who feels that he/she is being discriminated against for ANY reason, may contact the managing director or may call the Dorsey Hotline and remain anonymous by contacting 866-526-1053. Additionally, any student experiencing discrimination or harassment should follow the Student Grievance Policy outlined in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the school catalog.

Students are also advised that recourse can be sought through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the State Division of Human Rights, or the Courts or other remedies allowable by law.

CHANGES TO ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Dorsey College 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.