Allen College

Admission of International and ESL Students

Allen College is dedicated to preparing you to be a leader in your healthcare field. We are committed to providing an equal opportunity for all students capable of meeting the College's educational obligations; and grant without discrimination, all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  International and ESL students have additional admission requirements that must be met in order to enroll in any Allen College program.

Allen College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, age, national origin, veteran status, disability or handicap in administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarships and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

English Proficiency Requirement

Admission Requirements for Non-Native English Speaking Students

Acknowledging that non-native English speaking students may experience a language barrier, Allen College uses an American Classroom experience course to ensure that a language barrier does not prevent the student's success.  English proficiency can be proven as follows:

  • Complete your high school education, and associate degree in nursing or medical lab technician, or a bachelor's degree or higher at an American high school, college or university.
  • Enroll in and successfully complete English3 courses to prove English proficiency.   Students must successfully complete two courses; American Student Classroom and Medical Terminology BEFORE you are considered for admission.   These course requirements are at your own pace, but can take up to six weeks to complete.  Please allow yourself enough time to successfully complete the courses so you can meet the priority deadline of your desired program.

**Please note that students cannot be reviewed for admission until English Proficiency is proven.

Transfer Credit From Colleges or Universities Outside of the United States

  • If you have College transcripts from outside the United States; you are required to send them for evaluation to Educational Perspectives. You MUST request a Catalog Match,  If you do not use Catalog Match, your evaluation will NOT meet the requirement.

Additional Requirements for F-1 Students

Students who will study at Allen College on an F-1 visa should review all  International Student Admissions requirements. 

Please contact Joanna Ramsden-Meier, Dean, Student Services, with any of your concerns and questions at 1 (319) 226-2004 or email Joanna.Ramsden-Meier@AllenCollege.edu.