Frequently Asked Questions
Admission requirements for the Center are as follows:
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older by the start of the program.
- Applicants must meet the “Technical Standards” of their program.
- Applicants must have a high school diploma (HSED/GED is acceptable).
Please note that only if High School is the highest level of education completed, a HSED/GED would need to be provided if the applicant previously attended an online high school, was homeschooled, or possesses specifically an IEP Diploma.
Specific programs may have additional admission requirements. Please refer to CAHE’s Admissions Page for specific requirements.
The first step in the application process is completing the online application, available on www.cahe.edu/apply. Once the initial application and non-refundable application fee have been submitted, applicants should forward all supplemental documents found on the Application Checklist to the Admissions Department.
Applicants, who possess an associate’s degree or greater from an accredited institution in the United States at the time of applying, are automatically exempt from taking the math and reading portions of the entrance exam.
Students who have completed the equivalent of an associate’s degree or greater from an accredited institution abroad are automatically exempt from the math portion of the exam, but may be subject to taking the reading portion.
Additionally, applicants who do not possess a degree and meet at least one of the criteria in each section below will be exempt from the respective entrance examination section(s):
EXEMPTION FROM READING SECTION FOR APPLICANTS WITHOUT A DEGREE:
- A minimum grade of a “C” on a college-level, credit bearing English Literature course of three or more credits.
- A minimum SAT score of 470 in Critical Reading or ACT score of 19 in English.
EXEMPTION FROM MATH SECTION FOR APPLICANTS WITHOUT A DEGREE:
- A minimum grade of a “C” on a college-level, credit bearing Math course of three or more credits.
- A minimum SAT score of 490 in Math or ACT score of 20 in Math.
*Paramedic Applicants Only: Applicants who have received an 80% or above on their most recent New York State Written Certification Examination will be exempt from the EMT Knowledge section of the Entrance Exam.
*Medical Applicants Only: No entrance exam is required for the Medical Assistant Program. Applicants should submit the online application, gather all available transcripts and proceed to schedule their interview.
Applicants scheduled to take the exam can CLICK HERE to prepare/study. Individuals who take and do not successfully pass the entrance exam will have the ability to re-take it one time. Those who successfully pass the exam will move forward to the final step of the Admissions Process (interview with Program Staff).
Transferability of Coursework
The Center for Allied Health Education offers curricula measured in clock hours, not credit hours. Certificates of completion are issued to students who meet clock hour requirements (as well as all other applicable graduation requirements). The granting of any college credit to students who participated in and/or completed a program at the Center is solely at the discretion of the institution of higher education that the student may opt to subsequently attend.
For the majority of its programs, The Center for Allied Health Education has affiliation agreements in place with colleges that guarantee the granting of credits to students who complete those programs. For information regarding the affiliation agreements pertaining to individual programs, please contact the Center’s administrative office.
Transfer Students Policy
Transfer students from a two-year or four-year educational institution accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or United States Department of Education can receive credit for courses taken at previous institutions, which allow for individualized progression through their program (Please refer to the Transfer Credit policy).
Transfer students may be accepted to the Center at the beginning of a term. Unless otherwise noted, the general admission procedures described applies to all students seeking to transfer from acceptable accredited educational institution. Transfer students seeking to transfer from an acceptable accredited certificate program can apply for advanced standing (Please refer to the Advanced Standing policy).
If an applicant is accepted into a program, they may request that their previous coursework be evaluated and transferred. If such a request is received, his or her records will be examined carefully to determine how much, if any, transfer credit will be granted. Transfer students follow the same course progression as incoming students. The following are the minimum grade requirements an applicant must have earned in a course in order for the course to be transferred and applied towards their graduation requirements:
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The maximum number of transfer credits granted to students transferring from a two-year institution may not exceed 30 credits. Transfer students from four-year institutions can receive approximately 90 credits. A tentative statement of transfer credit is provided to each student upon notification of admission to the program. The applicant will be notified on the tentative transfer statement whether additional transcripts are required. A final statement of transfer credit will be provided during the admissions process.
Multiple factors are taken into consideration when reviewing and evaluating previous coursework for the purpose of transfer credit. As a result, no transfer of coursework is guaranteed, even when coursework meets the requirements listed above.
Center for Allied Health Education has affiliation agreements in place with St. Francis College and Clarion University that stipulates that graduates of the Center may receive credits towards a degree from their institution after completing certain programs. We encourage all applicants to review the “Affiliates” tab listed in each program for a better understanding of affiliated colleges by program.
Besides for the institutions listed above, CAHE is unable to guarantee that its hours will transfer to other schools or colleges. Individuals should contact the institution of interest to learn about their transfer policies.
Clinical experiences are available for all enrolled students as they progress to that portion of the program. Clinical Education is an integral part of each program offered by Center for Allied Health Education. It allows the student to develop the concepts and skills taught in the classroom and apply them to patients in a clinical setting. Skills are learned in the classroom, demonstrated in the laboratory and are refined in the clinic. Working alongside qualified clinical staff with real patients provides students with the opportunity to develop confidence, become competent in their skills, and accustomed to the healthcare environment they will ultimately seek to work in. Center for Allied Health Education is proud of its strong clinical affiliates, which include major hospitals and clinical sites throughout the metropolitan area.
Center for Allied Health Education has a straight-forward THREE-STEP process for admission into its full-time programs. Visit the right-hand side of the “Admissions” page for a complete breakdown of the admissions process for your program of interest.