Admissions Policies

Admissions to SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is based on the qualifications of the applicant. SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion, marital status or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. Responses on this application to questions of race, sex, and date of birth are voluntary and are used for statistical purposes only.

The Admissions Committee considers the qualifications of each applicant. Decisions regarding admission are based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to the following:

  • prior academic performance
  • completion of prerequisite courses and the grades received in those courses
  • the results of standardized tests, when required
  • letters of recommendation, communication skills, and motivation to pursue the profession
  • volunteer or observational experience in the career field

Entrance requirements vary by individual program. Please note: Competitive applicants have completed all prerequisite courses at the time of application. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or better (a grade of "C-" is not acceptable). In some programs, higher grades may be required to be competitive for admission. See specific instructions for your program.

We recommend that you have volunteer or observational experience in a setting appropriate to your career choice, preferably before you apply. In some programs, direct patient care or specific health care experience, and/or volunteer hours are required for admissions.

Transfer Credit Policy

SUNY Downstate is an upper-division transfer and graduate institution. Students in our bachelor programs complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of pre-requisite courses prior to enrolling. Students in our graduate degree programs complete pre-requisite courses and a bachelor degree prior to enrolling. The pre-requisite courses are not taught at SUNY Downstate and must be taken at another institution of higher education. Pre-requisites for each program are listed on the Admissions website for each program. Completing the pre-requisites does not guarantee admissions to SUNY Downstate or our programs.

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Acceptance Deposit Policy

If accepted, the deposit for undergraduate programs  and the graduate programs is $150. The admissions deposit will be credited toward your first semester tuition bill. The policy on refunds can be found here.

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Criminal Background Check Policy

Please note that all students who will be enrooled to any SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University programs will be required to complete a background check prior to enrollment, at their expense. Background Checks will be conducted post-admissions and are not used by the Admissions Committee to determine admissions. If you are accepted, instructions for completing this requirement will be emailed to you. Once you receive these instructions, you must successfully complete the background check no later than one month prior to your enrollment at SUNY Downstate. If you have questions about this requirement, contact the Office of Student Admissions.

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Student Health Policy

Accepted students are also required to submit completed health forms to the Student Health Office prior to the deadline listed in your acceptance letter.

Applicants who are placed on the Alternate list should also submit completed health forms to the Student Health Office, in the event that they are offered a place in the entering class.

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