Registration & Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The university has a clear set of admissions policies for its Doctor of Chiropractic degree program, the Bachelor of Science degree programs, the undergraduate science and math prerequisite courses, and the massage therapy certificate program. Following are the admission policies.


Consistent with its goal to be a renowned and selective Doctor of Chiropractic degree program, Parker University College of Chiropractic seeks to admit those students whose prerequisite coursework, co-curricular and service activities, as well as life and professional experience, have prepared them to successfully complete the program and contribute meaningfully to the well-being of the public and the profession.

While completion of a bachelor’s degree is not a requirement for admission, some states require a bachelor’s degree as a condition of licensure. Parker University offers a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness which eligible students can complete concurrently with the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Prospective students should familiarize themselves with the licensure requirements of the states in which they intend to practice by visiting www.fclb.org.

In accordance with the requirements of the Council on Chiropractic Education, the minimum standards for admission to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program include the following.

  1. 90 hours of undergraduate level coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an institution accredited by the US Department of Education or an equivalent foreign agency.
  2. 24 semester hours of life and physical sciences (within the 90 hours), at least half of these courses with a substantive laboratory component.
    1. Parker requires at least one course in each of the following as part of this 24 hours.
      1. General Biology (Parker will also accept courses in the following subject areas to fulfill this requirement –  Anatomy, Physiology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Human Biology, Zoology)
      2. General Chemistry
    2. The remainder of the 24 hour requirement may be satisfied by a combination of courses in the life and physical sciences.  Courses in the following subject areas may be helpful in preparing students to succeed in the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program.
      1. Biomechanics
      2. Kinesiology
      3. Organic Chemistry
      4. Physics
  3. Courses in the humanities and social sciences (within the 90 hours) that provide a well-rounded general education background.
    1. Parker recommends courses in one or more of the following subjects be among those used to satisfy this prerequisite.
      1. English 101 or 102
      2. Psychology
      3. Communications
      4. Social Sciences
      5. Business
  4. Applicants may, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, be required to appear for an interview or pre-admittance examination.

Alternative Admissions Track Plan
Students who do not meet the minimum standards for admission to the College of Chiropractic, but have at least a 2.75 GPA for 90 hours of acceptable undergraduate coursework, may be eligible for an Alternative Admissions Track Plan (AATP). Such applicants should contact the Office of Admissions for further information. Students admitted as AATP will be provided with individualized academic plans that may include, but are not limited to, any one or more of the following: reduced course loads, required tutoring, assigned mentors, and regular progress monitoring. AATP students take the Chiropractic College Aptitude Test (CCAT).

Admission Requirements

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management has two tracks:

  1. 36 credit hour program:

Applicants may be admitted into this program with a four-year baccalaureate degree in business (or equivalent) from an accredited institution*

  1. 42 credit hour program including 6 credit hours MBA prerequisite courses:

Applicants may be admitted with a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution*.

  1. Prerequisite Courses:
  2. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a “B” or above.
    • BUSI 5000 Survey of Management, Marketing and Statistics (3 credits)
    • ACCT 5000 Survey of Accounting, Economics and Finance (3 credits)

*Applicants who choose either track must have a minimum GMAT score of 450, GRE composite score of 1350, or MAT score at the 40th percentile.

 

The GMAT, GRE, or MAT may be waived if the applicant meets one criterion of the following requirements:

  • Graduate degree from an accredited institution;
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a grade-point average of 3.0 or above;
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a grade-point average of 2.7 or above with a minimum of two years of administrative, managerial, or professional work experience documented on applicant’s resume;
  • Provisional Admission: At the discretion of the Dean or Vice President, a candidate demonstrating academic potential may be admitted. The student must maintain a “B” or above for the first six hours to gain full admission into the MBA program.

 

Incomplete Admission
Should a student not be able to provide all the required documentation for entrance into the program, at the discretion of the Dean of Business or Vice President of the program, the student may be allowed to register for one semester. Should the student not provide the remaining documentation for admission during the semester, the student may not register for additional classes. Failure to provide documentation or test scores or to achieve the GPA required by the end of the first semester may lead to suspension or dismissal from the university.

 

International Student Admission

International students must meet the standard admissions requirements for the MBA program and provide the following documentation:

  1. Submission of an unofficial transcript or copy of a foreign evaluation such as Education Credential Evaluators, Inc., or World Education Services, Inc., showing successful completion of a bachelor’s degree with a completed Graduate School Application.
  2. Submission of official transcripts or original foreign evaluations showing successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university must be received within the first semester of enrollment. Transcripts that accompany the student’s application form will be considered official if sealed by the institution, unopened by the student and not stamped issued to the student on the transcript.

 

Veteran Student Admission

Veterans must meet the standard admissions requirements for the MBA program and provide the following documentation:

  • Veterans receiving education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may submit all postsecondary education transcripts for Parker University to evaluate if transfer credit should be granted.
  • Veterans of the United States Armed Forces should provide the university with a copy of their DD 214 and a letter of eligibility from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

Non-Matriculated Student Transfer of Credit Admission

Students attending another university, who are in good standing, may take up to six (6) hours as a transient student to transfer back to the primary university. Student must do the following: provide a current official transcript from the primary university, complete an application for Admissions to Parker University, pay all appropriate fees, and receive approval from the appropriate Dean or Vice President.

Students may apply for the Bachelor of Science with a major in Health Information Management degree once all required courses for the degree have been completed.

  1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of admission.
  2. Complete an online or print application and submit application fee of $50
  3. Complete transcript authorization form
  4. Students also have the option to fill out a transcript authorization/release form available from the Admissions/Registrar’s Office to allow Parker to request transcripts on the student’s behalf.
  5. Submit completed documents to the Office of Enrollment and Registrar’s Office
  6. Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED or an official transcript with at least 60 hours of undergraduate level study.
  7. Registrar’s Office will evaluate transcripts and send an evaluation letter reflecting degree compliance and/or deficiencies.
  8. Acceptance and Reservation Deposit is required.
Students may apply for the Bachelor of Science degree once all required courses for the degree have been completed.

  1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of admission
  2. Complete an online or print application and submit application fee of $50
  3. Complete transcript authorization form
  4. Students also have the option to fill out a transcript authorization/release form available from the Admissions/Registrar’s Office to allow Parker to request transcripts on the student’s behalf
  5. Submit completed documents to the Office of Enrollment and Registrar’s Office
  6. Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED or an official transcript with at least 60 hours of undergraduate level study
  7. Registrar’s Office will evaluate transcripts and send an evaluation letter reflecting degree compliance and/or deficiencies
  8. Acceptance and Reservation Deposit is required
Associate of Applied Science with a major in Health Information Technology
As the United States moves toward a more technologically advanced health care system, health care providers require additional highly skilled health information technicians and administrators. The health information technicians support health care providers with the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. Health information technology makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information.
Two Year Program Objectives

  • Provide students with the technical and administrative skills to manage health information systems consistent with professional standards (medical, administrative, ethical and legal) in health care delivery systems.
  • Prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to plan and develop health information systems which meet the standards of accrediting and regulating agencies.

Program Outcomes
At the time of graduation, graduates of the Health Information Technology program are expected to:

  • Successfully pass certification and/or licensure exams
  • Verify, analyze and validate the accuracy and completeness of health care data
  • Abstract, calculate, interpret and present health care data maintained in paper-based and computer-based resources
  • Develop, implement and manage health information policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and accreditation agency requirements
  • Evaluate, implement and manage both paper-based and computer-based health information systems as well as the health information personnel and services
Associate of Applied Science with a major in Diagnostic Sonography
The Diagnostic Sonography (DS) Program considers for admission those applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic and professional potential essential for successful completion of the program. Completion of general education courses does not guarantee admittance, the DS program Admissions Committee reviews all completed application packets. Admission into this program is competitive, therefore all requirements must be met. Interested individuals are advised to complete their application as early as possible to ensure timely consideration.

Application Due Date Professional Phase Semester
November 1 Winter – January
March 1 Summer – May
July1 Fall – September
Associate of Applied Science with a major in Occupational Therapy Assistant
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program considers for admission those applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic and professional potential essential for successful completion of the program. Completion of general education courses does not guarantee admittance, the OTA program Admissions Committee reviews all completed application packets. Admission into this program is competitive, therefore all requirements must be met. Interested individuals are advised to complete their application as early as possible to ensure timely consideration.

Application Due Date Professional Phase Semester
November 1 Winter – January
March 1 Summer – May
July1 Fall – September
All students applying for admission to the Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in Radiologic Technology program will be required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the General Education courses.  Pre-RT students must receive a 75 or better HESI test score and must apply to the RT major two months prior to the Major start.

Students will still be required to meet the other requirements listed below:

  1. Immunizations. Students enrolling in radiologic sciences program must have completed the immunization series listed below. Students without proof of completed immunizations will not be allowed to continue into the program. Hospitals/Clinics have the right to refuse students who have asked for exemptions from immunizations for personal or religious reasons. These cases will be handled individually.
    • Meningitis (MV). Texas Legislature approved Senate Bill 1107 requiring all entering university students, under the age of 30, to submit evidence of being immunized against meningococcal meningitis.
    • Hepatitis B Series. The Texas Department of State Health Services requires that all students enrolled in health profession programs that are exposed to blood and body fluid must have completed the Hepatitis B series prior to direct patient care. The Hepatitis B series includes three injections. The Hepatitis B is a 3 stage series that will take at least 6 months to administer.
    • Mumps, Measles, Rubella (MMR)
    • Varicella
    • Tetanus and Diphtheria
    • Tuberculosis test, within the last 12 months. If the TB test comes back positive, then results from a current annual chest x-ray will need to be provided.
    • Flu shot may be required
  1. Current CPR for BLS Healthcare Provider Card. The student’s card must not expire while participating in the RT program, approximately 16 months of class time. If your CPR for BLS Healthcare Provider Card expires during your time in the RT program, you will be dismissed from the program.
  2. Criminal background checks/drug screens. Students will need to sign a waiver acknowledging that they may be dismissed from the program if they fail to meet the requirements to be placed in a clinical setting.
Following are the requirements for admission to the Massage Therapy Certificate program. Parker University seeks the most qualified candidates.

  1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of admission.
  2. Complete an online or print application and submit application fee of $25
  3. Students also have the option to fill out a transcript authorization/release form available from the Admissions/Registrar’s Office to allow Parker to request transcripts on the student’s behalf.
  4. Transcripts will be requested from high school, if less than 12 hours of college credit has been earned, and all higher education institutions where credits were earned. Students with less than 12 hours of earned college credit who completed the GED for high school credit should fill out the transcript authorization/release form and the Office of the Registrar will verify credit.
  5. Registrar’s Office will evaluate transcripts and send an evaluation letter reflecting final determinations of degree compliance and/or deficiencies.
  6. Acceptance and Reservation Deposit is required.

Students transferring into Massage Therapy Certificate program (Advanced Standing Students; Continuing Education Students):

  1. Students must be licensed massage therapists.
  2. Students are limited to taking a maximum of three classes.
  3. Students will have completed the prerequisites listed for the intended course(s).
  4. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of admission.
  5. Complete an online or print application and submit application fee of $50
  6. Students also have the option to fill out a transcript authorization/release form available from the Admissions/Registrar’s Office to allow Parker to request transcripts on the student’s behalf.
  7. Transcripts will be requested from high school, if less than 12 hours of college credit has been earned, and all higher education institutions where credits were earned. Students with less than 12 hours of earned college credit who completed the GED for high school credit should fill out the transcript authorization/release form and the Office of the Registrar will verify credit.
  8. Registrar’s Office will evaluate transcripts and send an evaluation letter reflecting final determinations of degree compliance and/or deficiencies.
  9. Acceptance and Reservation Deposit is required.

 

Physical Qualifications for Admission to Massage Therapy Certificate program

Parker University School of Massage Therapy has established physical qualifications for admission to the massage program. These minimum qualifications are essential to prepare and practice as a massage therapist. Students at the university must be able to perform at a high level of competency in all phases of the classroom, clinic and laboratory activities because they will ultimately use this knowledge as massage therapists.

The physical qualifications are:

  1. The student must possess sufficient coordination and use of both upper limbs to perform proper massage therapy.
  2. The student must possess manual dexterity to perform in the various clinical and classroom requirements without posing a threat to themselves, clients, or fellow students.
  3. The student must have the ability to stand to perform therapies.
  4. The student must hear and see – appropriately assisted if needed – well enough to record client histories, to provide routine safety instructions, and conduct a massage session without constant supervision.

Persons with disabilities are eligible for admission, as long as they can carry out classroom, laboratory and clinical assignments. Including client intake, assessment and techniques, or the equivalent; pass written, oral and practical examinations; and meet all of the requirements of the school. Parker University will make reasonable accommodations for disabilities. Applicants and students are welcome to discuss any disabilities that they believe will hinder completion of the curriculum. In considering a prospective or actual applicant who discloses a disability, Parker University may require an interview to determine if the individual meets the physical qualifications to complete the program. The Coordinator of Student Assistance can provide more information regarding accommodations that Parker University might be able to provide.

International Students Requirements for Massage Therapy Certificate program

  1. Submit an online application: admissions application
  2. It is the student’s responsibility to contact one of the following organizations to request that a foreign transcript review be prepared and mailed directly to Parker University, Registrar’s Office, 2540 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX 75229. (This does not apply to Canadian students.) Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., P.O. Box 92970, Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970. Phone: 414-289-3400. Web: www.ece.orgor World Education Services, Inc., P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113-0745. Web: www.wes.org.
  3. Submit an original letter of support from a financial sponsor: Pledging to provide funding to pursue educational goals in the United States; No photocopies or facsimiles accepted; Written on the financial sponsor’s personal or business stationary; Signed by the sponsor; You may sponsor yourself.
  4. Submit an original letter of financial ability: Documenting sponsor’s capability to financially support you (this is often called the “bank letter”); Written and signed by an officer or official of your sponsor’s financial institution on the institution’s letterhead and bearing a current date; No photocopies or facsimiles accepted; Stating the financial sponsor has at least $38,630 available for the student’s financial support (this amount is subject to change – check with your international advisor before submitting).
  5. Submit the completed educational experience form. List all colleges and universities that you have attended.
  6. Submit a completed financial information form. List all expected financial aid that you are planning to use from your country or any other sources to finance your education at Parker. If dependents are accompanying the student, list them on the financial information form, otherwise, they will not be able to enter the United States.
  7. Submit all official transcripts: Submit to Parker University, Registrar’s Office, 2540 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX, 75229. It is the student’s responsibility to request that official transcripts be sent from all prior institutions where credits were earned. Official transcripts must be mailed directly to the Registrar’s Office at Parker University. A transcript stamped “Issued to Student” or hand-carried into the Registrar’s Office is not considered to be an official transcript.
  8. Provide course descriptions for all science prerequisite courses that were completed at a college or university outside the United States. Descriptions must detail lecture and lab contact hours. This is not applicable to Canadian students.
  9. Submit official ETS/TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for students whose primary language is not English. Contact ETS/TOEFL at PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA; Phone: 800-257-9547. Students must obtain these minimum scores: Paper-Based Test (PBT) – 550; Computer-Based Test (CBT) – 213; Internet-Based Test (IBT) – Total score of 79 or above comprised of the following minimums: Reading: 21; Writing: 18; Speaking: 19; Listening: 21. The scores must be submitted directly to Parker University from the ETS/TOEFL office to be considered official. International students holding a bachelor’s degree wholly obtained in the United States can be waived from the TOEFL requirement at the discretion of the international student advisor.
  10. Provide proof of health insurance.

*Policies applicable to foreign students only and do not apply to green card holders. 

Cost of living expenses for Parker University students per trimester are estimated at $8,233, which includes off-campus housing, transportation, and expenses. A large selection of apartment complexes and condominiums surround the college, many of which offer special discounts to Parker students. The Parker University Board of Trustees reserves the right to increase tuition and fees whenever deemed necessary without prior notice. All charges including tuition and fees are due and payable on or before the first day of class.

Parker University affords you many options for funding your education, and nearly all of our students receive some sort of financial assistance, including numerous scholarships and grants. These resources not only cover tuition, but also living expenses so students are better able to concentrate on their education.

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