Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission an applicant must:

Be at least 18 years of age at the time the practicum or externship portion of the program begins.

Be a high school graduate or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) holder as evidenced by an official communication from either the educational institution, Department of Education, State Board of Education or Department of Defense. Foreign diplomas must be translated into English, if necessary, and affirmed as equivalent to a U.S. diploma by a recognized credentialing organization.

  • Be a U. S. citizen, an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States or a foreign national eligible for a student visa.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and interest in, the selected program of study through an admissions interview and written responses to an admissions survey/personal statement. The applicant must also demonstrate maturity, self-awareness, integrity, good judgment and professionalism.
  • Be in good health and physically able to carry out any techniques or procedures that are essential to the selected program of study and career.
  • Meet New York State requirements for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), and Meningococcal Meningitis immunizations (see below)
  • Score at an acceptable level on any required pre-admission test.
  • Undergo a criminal background check if required by the program of study (Nursing, Surgical Technologist).
  • Be proficient in the English language as determined by the Director of Education or designee.
  • Provide a completed reference form if required by the program of study.

Note: Students entering with advanced standing and who will take a clinical course in the first term of study must complete prerequisite requirements for clinical placement. This includes proof of physical examination, medical history, tuberculin testing (PPD), urine toxicology screening, Hepatitis B & Tdap vaccination, titers or waiver and any other documentation as specified by clinical placement facilities. Students with incomplete medical documentation required for clinical placement may have enrollment deferred to the following term.

Admission Procedures

Individuals interested in pursuing admission to Swedish Institute will:

  • Be interviewed and be provided with a tour of the college by an admissions representative.
  • Take any required pre-admission test.
  • Be interviewed by the program dean or a designee upon successful completion of pre-admission testing, if required by the program.
  • Complete an Application for Admission and pay any required application fee.
  • Complete written responses to an admissions survey/personal statement.
  • Provide an acceptable proof of high school graduation, GED certificate or equivalent.
  • Complete any required criminal background check.
  • Apply for financial aid, if applicable.
  • Attest to the completion of the MMR*, meningitis and hepatitis B immunization requirements (see below). The meningitis and hepatitis B requirements may be declined in writing.

Following completion of these steps, an enrollment agreement is signed and a student may register for classes. A parent or guardian must co-sign the enrollment agreement if the applicant is under 18 years of age.

*Students have until the end of the two-week Drop-Add period of the first term to provide the MMR immunization documentation. Failure to provide it by that time will result in withdrawal and deferral of the class start to a later term.

Immunization Requirements

MMR immunization: New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Immunization law section 2165 requires that all students born after January 1, 1957 be immunized against measles, mumps and rubella. Applicants must show proof of immunity. Proof of immunity consists of documentation of either two doses of live measles vaccine and one dose each of live mumps and live rubella, or documentation of a combined MMR vaccine, or a blood test showing immunity. Note: An honorable discharge from the armed services within 10 years of the application date qualifies as proof of immunization requirements, pending receipt of records from the armed services.

  • Meningococcal Meningitis immunization: New York State Public Health Law 2167 requires that all colleges maintain for each student either a record of meningococcal meningitis immunization within the last ten years or an acknowledgement of meningococcal disease risks and refusal of immunization signed by the student.
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination: Nursing, Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant and Surgical Technologist students are expected to:
    have completed hepatitis B vaccinations before starting any course with exposure to blood-borne pathogens, OR
    • provide a copy of hepatitis B blood titres OR
    • complete and sign a refusal of further immunization statement.

Criminal Background Check

The Nursing and Surgical Technologist programs require applicants to undergo a criminal background check prior to starting classes. Applicants whose background involves crimes that may make a student ineligible for state licensure may not be admitted to the program. For other programs, students must acknowledge in writing that they are aware that employers may conduct background checks and may refuse employment or externship/clinical placement based upon an applicant’s criminal history. Applicants are urged to discuss any prior convictions with the Program Dean or Director of Education.

Requirements for Externships, Clinical Placements and Employment

Healthcare employers may restrict access to externships, clinical placements and graduate employment based on the health status of the student or graduate as well as prior criminal history. Applicants are required to sign an acknowledgment to this effect upon enrollment.

There are a number of requirements that are common for externships and clinical placements in hospitals (Nursing, Surgical Technologist, Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant, Massage Therapy). These requirements should be completed well in advance of the term in which the clinical portion of the curriculum begins and typically include:

  • Medical clearance form from a physician.
  • PPD screening and chest x-ray, if needed.
  • Tdap (Tetanus) booster.
  • Urine toxicology screening.
  • Criminal background check (if applicable).

In addition, Swedish Institute cannot guarantee that externship and clinical sites will be convenient for all students in terms of time and location. While every effort will be made to find sites that are convenient, students are expected to take any site within a 60-mile radius of the Swedish Institute, provided the student can get there within a 90-minute commute at a reasonable expense.