Admissions Policies

Our admissions team provides excellent service to prospective students—answering questions, providing information, and helping prepare you for your future. Admissions representatives will talk with you about your educational & career goals prior to enrolling to make sure you find the training program that best matches your goals. Once you decide to enroll, we will make any necessary arrangements for entrance exams and assist with enrollment agreements and paperwork.

Please Note: The requirements listed on this page are common requirements for most programs, but certain programs at Unitek College may have their own specific admissions requirements, which are detailed in the college catalog.

General Admissions Policies

All applicants shall be considered for admission without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin. All admitted students must be able to read, write, and understand English (all courses at the college are taught in English & no translation services are provided).

All applicants must complete an interview with an admissions representative. Parents and spouses are encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity to see the school’s equipment and facilities, meet the staff and faculty, and to ask questions relating to the campus, curriculum, and career objectives.

Once you completed and submitted the application packet and other required documentation, we review the information and will inform you if you are eligible for admission. If you are not accepted, all fees paid to the school are refunded. We follow an open enrollment systema and the following criteria must be met before your start date:

  • At least 17 years of age, and if 17 years of age at the time of enrollment, a parent or legal guardian must co-sign the enrollment agreement
  • Proof of completion of 12th grade level education (see Proof of High School Graduation below)
  • Valid ID (Military IDs are prohibited)
  • Must self-declare as a U.S. citizen, national or eligible permanent resident of the United States
  • Valid social security number or Federal Tax ID number (pre-licensure Nursing programs & Nursing pre-requisite courses).
  • Passing score on any required entrance exams

Applicants may be denied admission to the school if the school determines that:

  • Applicant has violated, or contributed to the violation of, any of the school’s policies

Proof of High School Graduation

All students must show proof of completion of 12th grade level education in order to complete the enrollment process and be approved to start the program. Acceptable forms of proof include:

  • US high school diploma or transcript from a state approved or US Department of Education approved school
  • E.D. certificate
  • Homeschooling completion certificate
  • Associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree obtained from an accredited school recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • A foreign transcript at the high school, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral levels evaluated by a recognized agency to be equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. Applicants wishing to submit documentation evaluated by an approved agency take full responsibility to acquire & provide such documentation. If satisfactory documentation is not provided at the time of application, admission may be forfeited, even if all other criteria was met. Unitek College does not pay any fees that may be incurred by an applicant in order to submit such proof.

All foreign documents submitted for proof of education, or transcripts for credit granting, must be evaluated by an acceptable service in order for the applicant submitting such foreign documents to complete the enrollment process. Unitek College only accepts evaluations completed by Academic & Credential Records, Evaluation & Verification Services, AACRAO’s International Education Standards Council, Validential, and members of either the Association of International Credential Evaluators or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. An evaluation completed by an agency not listed here will not be accepted.

Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE)
See website for list of approved evaluators
National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
See website for list of approved evaluators
Academic & Credential Records, Evaluation & Verification Services (ACREVS)
AACRAO’s International Education Standards Council (AACRAO IES)

For applicants to Nursing degree programs

Applicants wishing to submit their foreign associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree transcripts, or transcripts for prerequisite courses, must have them evaluated by the Commission on Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). All foreign transcripts evaluated by any other evaluation service will not be considered. Admissions documentation for students from foreign countries is to be translated and certified to be at least equivalent to the credential required by Unitek College’s admissions criteria.

How to contact CGFNS:

Commission on Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
(215) 222-8454

Satisfying Academic Requirements

Although our program directors and faculty assist students in planning their programs, you must assume complete responsibility for compliance with the instructions and regulations set forth in the Unitek College catalog and the syllabi for your program. In addition, you are responsible for selecting the courses required to meet your educational objectives, whether it be graduation from college, satisfaction of requirements for transfer to another college or university, or preparation for an occupation.

Physical Conditions

Some educational programs may be physically demanding. Students are expected to participate in all program components—including lecture, lab, clinical, and externship sessions—to earn grades in each course. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade for the course(s) and/or being dropped from the program.

If you have a physical condition that could reasonably prevent your participation in all program activities at time of enrollment or during the program, you can provide a note of release from a licensed physician, licensed physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner as a condition to enroll and participate in the program without restrictions. In the event such a physical condition causes an interruption in your attendance, a similar note of release to return to school is required.

A leave of absence (LOA) may be granted pursuant to a student’s written request and eligibility for a leave; however, the LOA must be approved by Unitek prior to the leave. Applicants concerned about the physical demands of a program are encouraged to speak with their admissions advisor or a program director.

Examples of possible physical demands are:

  • One (1) to four (4) hours of intermittent sitting
  • Four (4) hours of intermittent standing
  • Three (3) hours of intermittent walking in an average eight (8) hour day
  • Squatting, bending, kneeling, reaching, and twisting are frequently required fifty percent (50%) of the time; occasional need for ladder climbing; exposure to changes in temperature and/or humidity; exposure to dust, fumes, and/or gasses
  • Frequent lifting/carrying of twenty-five (25) to fifty (50) pounds
  • Pushing/pulling up to one hundred (100) pounds

Learners with Special Needs

Unitek College is committed to Equality of Opportunity, and positively values the participation of learners with special needs. We are committed to the admission of all qualified students without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or disability if they are able to meet the physical and academic requirements of the programs. We further commit to make reasonable accommodations and provide information in order to render the academic programs and support services of the school accessible to all persons. Every effort is made to individually and appropriately serve students and to enable them to attain success and reach their educational goals.

To request accommodations, please obtain & provide a formal physical or cognitive evaluation by a professional in the field that outlines areas in which you would need reasonable assistance or accommodations to complete classroom, clinical rotations, or externship training. Learners with special needs are encouraged to meet with our on-site ADA coordinator.


Courses taught in-person (i.e., not online) use an electronic attendance tracking system which requires students to use a smartphone to log class attendance. All applicants to programs containing in-person courses must agree to maintain possession of a personal smartphone while enrolled.

Chromebooks – Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration Programs

To participate in online education programs, an appropriate desktop computer, laptop, or tablet is needed (see the “Online Readiness” section in this catalog). In the event you do not have access to one of the above, a Chromebook may be purchase from the school.

Chromebooks that have been removed from their original packaging cannot be returned for a refund and/or adjustment, regardless of condition.

Visa Assistance

Unitek college is authorized to issue I-20s to international students meeting the required criteria. Upon receipt of an I-20, eligible international students can apply for an M1 visa at their local embassy. International students must complete the following steps prior to requesting an I-20:

  • Complete an application to the college
  • Achieve a passing score on the relevant admission exam
  • Provide proof of:
    • High school education via official evaluation documentation
    • Ability to pay for tuition & living
  • For loans, prospective student may go to In order to qualify for this loan, a co-signer with a permanent resident card/citizenship & good credit is required
  • Once an I-20 is received from the college, the International student must pay SEVIS I-901 fees by:
    • A receipt printed when paying at with a credit card
    • A receipt from Western Union when using the Western Union Quick Pay option
    • A Form I-797 receipt mailed
  • Apply to student’s local S. consulate for M-1 visa, and bring the following items to the visa interview:
    • The signed Form I-20 form from the college
    • Proof of payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee
    • Signed passport that is valid for at least six months after date of entry into the United States
    • Form DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application with photo
    • Form DS-157A, Contact Information & Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant
    • Transcripts & diplomas from previous institutions
    • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition & living expenses for at least the 1st year of study

Non-immigrant applicants from visa-exempt countries must bring their documentation to the Point of Entry (POE) and apply for entry as an M-1 non-immigrant student. All courses at the college are taught in English & all students must be able to read, write, and understand English.

Update: COVID-19 Restrictions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the approval of relevant regulatory agencies, some programs have temporarily changed to include more online instruction.  As a result, some students may experience a full course of instruction that is 100% online until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Due to these circumstances, the school has suspended its acceptance of students with M1 visas.

Course Enrollment

The college allows enrollment in stand-alone courses, without Federal Financial Aid. A common scenario for such enrollments is when students need some General Education courses as pre-requisites to qualify for enrollment into a degree program. Applicants must meet the school’s general admissions requirements prior to enrolling in stand-alone courses, and once enrolled all of the school’s policies apply to such students as they would to students enrolled in any program.

Entrance Exam Retakes & Timelines

Unless otherwise stated in the Program-Specific Admissions Policies section, programs requiring an entrance exam for admission follow the following process:

  • First failed attempt—retake the exam on the same day (within 24 hours)
  • Second failed attempt—exam may be retaken beginning seven (7) calendar days from the second failed attempt
  • Third failed attempt—must wait twenty-one (21) calendar days before exam may be retaken
  • After four (4) unsuccessful attempts—re-apply to the college after one full year from the fourth failed attempt
  • An entrance exam attempted after one full year from the previous attempt will be treated as a new “first attempt” and the retake policy will apply as outlined above