English Proficiency Requirement

The College of Allied Health Professions wants all students to be successful in their coursework and be active participants in the educational experience. Therefore, all students whose native language (or language of nurture) is not English need to show proof of English proficiency for admission to UNMC. All students must possess the ability to read English with ease, understand English as used in health professions educational and clinical settings, and express thoughts quickly and efficiently in spoken as well as written English.

English proficiency for institutional entrance into our programs can be demonstrated by any one of the following two ways:

  1. Successful completion* of 45 semester hours (or equivalent) of coursework at a college or community college in the United States (excluding English as a Second Language or remedial courses). No more than 15 of the 45 hours can be completed in an online or correspondence course.
    * Successful completion requires the student to earn a grade of C or better for the course.
  2. English Proficiency examination: Applicants must provide one of the following examination results to certify their proficiency using an examination. All scores must be no more than two years old. (Expand button for your program of choice to see scores.)
Cardiovascular Interventional Technology  
  • Paper-based TOEFL** exam, minimum score of 577
  • Internet-based TOEFL** exam, minimum overall score of 95, minimum of 20 in each individual section
  • Internet-based IELTS*** exam, minimum overall score of 7.0, minimum of 7.0 for each sub-test

Minimum scores are based on language skills needed to successfully complete the curriculum and clinical education requirements and to sit for the licensure exam.

**    Test of English as a Foreign Language (The UNMC institution code for reporting TOEFL scores is 6896.)

***  International English Language Testing System

Clinical Laboratory Science  
  • Paper-based TOEFL** exam, minimum score of 577
  • Internet-based TOEFL** exam, minimum overall score of 90, minimum of 20 in each individual section
  • Internet-based IELTS*** exam, minimum overall score of 6.5, minimum of 6.5 for each sub-test

Minimum scores are based on language skills needed to successfully complete the curriculum and clinical education requirements and to sit for the licensure exam.

**     Test of English as a Foreign Language (The UNMC institution code for reporting TOEFL scores is 6896.)

***    International English Language Testing System

Clinical Perfusion Education  
  • Paper-based TOEFL** exam, minimum score of 577
  • Internet-based TOEFL** exam, minimum overall score of 90, minimum of 20 in each individual section
  • Internet-based IELTS*** exam, minimum overall score of 6.5, minimum of 6.5 for each sub-test

Minimum scores are based on language skills needed to successfully complete the curriculum and clinical education requirements and to sit for the licensure exam.

**    Test of English as a Foreign Language (The UNMC institution code for reporting TOEFL scores is 6896.)

***  International English Language Testing System

Cytotechnology  
  • Paper-based TOEFL** exam, minimum score of 577
  • Internet-based TOEFL** exam, minimum overall score of 90, minimum of 20 in each individual section
  • Internet-based IELTS*** exam, minimum overall score of 6.5, minimum of 6.5 for each sub-test

Minimum scores are based on language skills needed to successfully complete the curriculum and clinical education requirements and to sit for the licensure exam.

**    Test of English as a Foreign Language (The UNMC institution code for reporting TOEFL scores is 6896.)

***  International English Language Testing System

Diagnostic Medical Sonography  
  • Paper-based TOEFL** exam, minimum score of 577
  • Internet-based TOEFL** exam, minimum overall score of 95, minimum of 20 in each individual section
  • Internet-based IELTS*** exam, minimum overall score of 7.0, minimum of 7.0 for each sub-test

Minimum scores are based on language skills needed to successfully complete the curriculum and clinical education requirements and to sit for the licensure exam.

**    Test of English as a Foreign Language (The UNMC institution code for reporting TOEFL scores is 6896.)

***  International English Language Testing System

Magnetic Resonance Imaging  
  • Paper-based TOEFL** exam, minimum score of 577
  • Internet-based TOEFL** exam, minimum overall score of 95, minimum of 20 in each individual section
  • Internet-based IELTS*** exam, minimum overall score of 7.0, minimum of 7.0 for each sub-test

Minimum scores are based on language skills needed to successfully complete the curriculum and clinical education requirements and to sit for the licensure exam.

**    Test of English as a Foreign Language (The UNMC institution code for reporting TOEFL scores is 6896.)

***  International English Language Testing System

Medical Nutrition Education  
  • Paper-based TOEFL** exam, minimum score of 600
  • Internet-based TOEFL** exam, minimum overall score of 100, minimum of 20 in each individual section
  • Internet-based IELTS*** exam, minimum overall score of 7.5, minimum of 7.5 for each sub-test

Minimum scores are based on language skills needed to successfully complete the curriculum and clinical education requirements and to sit for the licensure exam.

**    Test of English as a Foreign Language (The UNMC institution code for reporting TOEFL scores is 6896.)

***  International English Language Testing System

Nuclear Medicine Technology  
  • Paper-based TOEFL** exam, minimum score of 577
  • Internet-based TOEFL** exam, minimum overall score of 95, minimum of 20 in each individual section
  • Internet-based IELTS*** exam, minimum overall score of 7.0, minimum of 7.0 for each sub-test

Minimum scores are based on language skills needed to successfully complete the curriculum and clinical education requirements and to sit for the licensure exam.

**    Test of English as a Foreign Language (The UNMC institution code for reporting TOEFL scores is 6896.)

***  International English Language Testing System

Physical Therapy  
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam

Minimum scores are based on language skills needed to successfully complete the curriculum and clinical education requirements and to sit for the licensure exam.

Minimum acceptable overall scores are as follows:

Track

TOEFL  

IELTS  

General track   95 7.0
BS/DPT Tongji University track    95 7.0
MS/DPT SSHUSI track 90 6.5
Physician Assistant  
  • Paper-based TOEFL** exam, minimum score of 600
  • Internet-based TOEFL** exam, minimum overall score of 100, minimum of 20 in each individual section
  • Internet-based IELTS*** exam, minimum overall score of 7.5, minimum of 7.5 for each sub-test

Minimum scores are based on language skills needed to successfully complete the curriculum and clinical education requirements and to sit for the licensure exam.

**    Test of English as a Foreign Language (The UNMC institution code for reporting TOEFL scores is 6896.)

***  International English Language Testing System

Radiation Therapy  
  • Paper-based TOEFL** exam, minimum score of 577
  • Internet-based TOEFL** exam, minimum overall score of 95, minimum of 20 in each individual section
  • Internet-based IELTS*** exam, minimum overall score of 7.0, minimum of 7.0 for each sub-test

Minimum scores are based on language skills needed to successfully complete the curriculum and clinical education requirements and to sit for the licensure exam.

**    Test of English as a Foreign Language (The UNMC institution code for reporting TOEFL scores is 6896.)

***  International English Language Testing System

Radiography  
  • Paper-based TOEFL** exam, minimum score of 577
  • Internet-based TOEFL** exam, minimum overall score of 95, minimum of 20 in each individual section
  • Internet-based IELTS*** exam, minimum overall score of 7.0, minimum of 7.0 for each sub-test

Minimum scores are based on language skills needed to successfully complete the curriculum and clinical education requirements and to sit for the licensure exam.

**    Test of English as a Foreign Language (The UNMC institution code for reporting TOEFL scores is 6896.)

***  International English Language Testing System