Guaranteed Admission Programs

The Honors College offers a variety of Guaranteed Admission Programs focused on health sciences. Guaranteed Admission Programs allow highly qualified students to enter their professional program without competing via general admission at a later date, provided all requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program are met. In order to be accepted into a Guaranteed Admission Program, you must be accepted by the university, by the Honors College and by the selection committee of the Guaranteed Admission Program you wish to enter.  

Applications open after Labor Day. Applications for entering freshmen are due November 15th prior to the year of entry to VCU. Additionally, current Honors College students may apply for Guaranteed Admission at the end of their second year via the Preferred Applicant Track Program. Please note there is no Preferred Applicant Track Program for our baccalaureate Guaranteed Admission Programs.

For application procedures and program requirements, consult the program listings below. 

Clinical Laboratory Sciences +

VCU’s professional health science programs train students to meet the health needs of the community. 

Students apply for admission to the Guaranteed Admission Program in high school and begin their association with their professional program at the beginning of their college studies. Through personal and careful advising, they plan a course of study that both meets the course requirements of the program they will enter and allows for the development of their personal educational objectives.

Clinical Radiation Sciences +

VCU’s professional health science programs train students to meet the health needs of the community. 

Students apply for admission to the Guaranteed Admission Program in high school and begin their association with their professional program at the beginning of their college studies. Through personal and careful advising, they plan a course of study that both meets the course requirements of the program they will enter and allows for the development of their personal educational objectives.

Dental Hygiene +

Virginia’s only School of Dentistry offers outstanding programs of preparation in the fields of dentistry (D.D.S.) and dental hygiene. Challenging educational and experiential programs prepare individuals to be efficient providers of quality oral healthcare, lifetime learners who are responsive to future changes in the profession, and practitioners focused on advancing knowledge in the field. Guaranteed Admission students who successfully meet all the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program for Dental Hygiene may enter the School of Dentistry for the B.S. in Dental Hygiene without further competition.  

Only current high school seniors are eligible to apply. Students interested in applying to the Guaranteed Admission Program for Dental Hygiene should review the application and admissions process details. Current VCU students and transfer students are not eligible for the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program for Dental Hygiene.

If you have never visited VCU, we encourage you to attend a VCU Open House. For the 2017-18 academic year, VCU Open Houses for the fall semester will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, and Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. A session about the Honors College held during VCU Open House will also focus on the Guaranteed Admission Programs. For more information, call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638. In addition, the VCU Dental Hygiene Program holds informational sessions throughout the academic year. 

Dentistry +

Virginia’s only School of Dentistry offers outstanding programs of preparation in the fields of dentistry (D.D.S.) and dental hygiene. Challenging educational and experiential programs prepare individuals to be efficient providers of quality oral healthcare, lifetime learners who are responsive to future changes in the profession, and practitioners focused on advancing knowledge in the field. Guaranteed Admission students who successfully meet all the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program for Dentistry may enter the VCU School of Dentistry for the D.D.S. without further competition.  

The Guaranteed Admission Program for Dentistry is an eight-year program. Students wishing to complete their baccalaureate degrees in fewer than four years will not achieve earlier guaranteed admission into the VCU School of Dentistry. Students interested in applying to the Guaranteed Admission Program for Dentistry should review the application and admissions process details.  

Only current high school seniors are eligible to apply. College transfer students are not eligible for the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program for Dentistry. However, VCU Honors College pre-dental students may elect to follow the Preferred Applicant Track for Dentistry, which offers an opportunity to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program for Dentistry at the end of your sophomore year.

If you have never visited VCU, we encourage you to attend a VCU Open House. For the 2017-18 academic year, VCU Open Houses for the fall semester will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, and Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. A session about the Honors College held during VCU Open House will also focus on the Guaranteed Admission Programs. For more information, call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638.

Medicine +

VCU’s best-known Guaranteed Admission Program is for medicine. The M.D. degree through the VCU School of Medicine offers a strong, innovative medical curriculum that emphasizes both academic study and compassionate patient care, preparing students for the challenges and complexities of medical practice.  Guaranteed Admission students who successfully meet all of the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program may enter the School of Medicine without further competition. The Guaranteed Admission Program for Medicine is an eight-year program. Students wishing to complete their baccalaureate degrees in fewer than four years will not achieve earlier guaranteed admission into the VCU School of Medicine. Students interested in applying to the Guaranteed Admission Program for Medicine should review the application and admissions process details.

Only current high school seniors are eligible to apply. College transfer students are not eligible for the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program for Medicine. However, VCU Honors College premedical students may elect to follow the Preferred Applicant Track for Medicine, which offers an opportunity to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program for Medicine at the end of your sophomore year.

If you have never visited VCU, we encourage you to attend a VCU Open House. For the 2017-18 academic year, VCU Open Houses for the fall semester will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 28. A session about the Honors College during VCU Open House will also focus on our Guaranteed Admission Programs. For more information, call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638.  

Nursing +

VCU’s professional health science programs train students to meet the health needs of the community. 

Students apply for admission to the Guaranteed Admission Program in high school and begin their association with their professional program at the beginning of their college studies. Through personal and careful advising, they plan a course of study that both meets the course requirements of the program they will enter and allows for the development of their personal educational objectives.

 
Occupational Therapy +

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (O.T.D.) program prepares students for entry-level practice while also providing advanced training in evidence-based practice, interprofessional and collaborative care and program and career development. The Guaranteed Admission Program for Occupational Therapy offers a unique seven-year program (four years of undergraduate studies, three years of professional school). Students who are accepted into the Guaranteed Admission Program for Occupational Therapy and successfully complete the program requirements during the four years of undergraduate study will not compete via general admission for the VCU OTD entry-level program.

Only current high school students are eligible to apply. Students interested in applying to the Guaranteed Admission Program for Occupational Therapy should review the application and admissions process details. The Guaranteed Admission Program for Occupational Therapy is a seven-year program. Students wishing to complete their baccalaureate degrees in fewer than four years will not achieve earlier guaranteed admission into the OTD entry-level program.

Honors College pre-occupational therapy students who do not enter the Guaranteed Admission Program for Occupational Therapy from high school may elect to follow the Preferred Applicant Track, which offers the opportunity to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program for Occupational Therapy at the end of your sophomore year. Upon successful completion of the Guaranteed Admission Program, students will be eligible to enter the School of Allied Health Entry-Level OTD Program without further competition.

 

If you have never visited VCU, we encourage you to attend a VCU Open House. For the 2017-18 academic year, VCU Open House for the fall semester will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 28. A session about the Honors College during VCU Open House will also focus on the Guaranteed Admission Programs. For more information, call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638.

Pharmacy +

The Guaranteed Admission Program to VCU’s School of Pharmacy prepares highly qualified individuals in the doctoral program to engage in the responsible provision of drug therapy for the purpose of improving a patient’s quality of life. The educational program is designed to provide a sound scientific and professional background for those who will enter the practice of pharmacy and those who wish to continue graduate education in the pharmaceutical sciences.

Guaranteed Admission students who successfully meet all the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program for Pharmacy may enter the VCU School of Pharmacy for the Pharm.D. without further competition.  

The Guaranteed Admission Program for Pharmacy is an eight-year program. Students wishing to complete their baccalaureate degrees in fewer than four years will not achieve earlier guaranteed admission into the VCU School of Pharmacy. Students interested in applying to the Guaranteed Admission Program for Pharmacy should review the application and admissions process details.  

Only current high school seniors are eligible to apply. College transfer students are not eligible for the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program for Pharmacy. However, VCU Honors College pre-pharmacy students may elect to follow the Preferred Applicant Track for Pharmacy, which offers an opportunity to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program for Pharmacy at the end of your sophomore year.

 

If you have never visited VCU, we encourage you to attend a VCU Open House. For the 2017-18 academic year, VCU Open Houses for the fall semester will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 28. A session about the Honors College during VCU Open House will also focus on the Guaranteed Admission Programs. For more information, call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638.

Physical Therapy +

VCU’s DPT Program prepares students for entry into the physical therapy profession by teaching them to evaluate and manage patients effectively and in accordance with ethical principles. The Guaranteed Admission Program for Physical Therapy offers a unique seven-year program (4 years of undergraduate studies, 3 years of professional school). Students who are accepted into the program and successfully complete the requirements during the four years of undergraduate study will not compete via general admission for the VCU DPT Program.

Honors pre-physical therapy students may elect to follow the Preferred Applicant Track, which offers the opportunity to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program (Physical Therapy) at the end of the sophomore year. Upon successful completion of the Guaranteed Admission Program, students will be eligible to enter the School of Allied Health DPT Program without further competition.

All guaranteed admission students must meet the following eligibility requirements prior to enrolling in the pharmacy program.

  • Graduate with University Honors
  • Submit the honors dossier by the stated deadline (Oct. 1 for May graduation, April 1 for August graduation and Aug. 1 for December graduation).
  • Complete all prerequisites for admission to the physical therapy professional program.
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA at VCU. Transfer, AP/IB and repeat course grades are not used in the GPA calculation.
  • Complete BIOL 218 (Honors section only of Cell Biology) and BIOL 308 (Histology) at VCU with a grade no lower than a B. 
  • Complete 50 hours per year of clinical work in physical therapy (volunteer or paid employment). Although health care research is highly valued, the only health care-related experience that is approved for this requirement must involve patient contact. Students may not earn health care-related hours under the supervision of professionals in their family. Keep track of your health care-related experiences. [PDF]
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours each semester in community service, non-health care related.
  • Meet with the physical therapy advisor, Dr. Emma Wheeler, at least once an academic year.
  • If you wish to take required course work from either an institution other than VCU or in summer session at VCU, then you must obtain advance permission from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs. This includes the summer session between high school and college.
  • Meet with the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs every semester for academic advising. Students who fail to receive advising from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs prior to the beginning of honors registration will be placed on hold for registration until they secure such advising.
  • Attend all meetings of Guaranteed Admission students as directed by the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs and meet with the director upon request.
  • Complete the GRE with an earned score of 150 in Quantitative Reasoning and a score of 150 in Verbal Reasoning. This must be completed by Oct. 1 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin the physical therapy program.
  • Complete a physical therapy application through Physical Therapy Central Application Services including, in part, three references, an essay and payment of a nonrefundable application fee to PTCAS by Oct. 1 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin the physical therapy program.
  • Engage in professional behavior at all times. Any institutional or legal sanction will result in dismissal from the Guaranteed Admission Program.
  • Monitor your vcu.edu email daily during your entire undergraduate program, including summer sessions and breaks. If you will be (or anticipate being) without email access for more than seven consecutive days, you must notify the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs of alternative ways of communication and provide the date when you will again have email access.
  • Student records will be reviewed every semester to determine compliance with the requirements. If a student fails to complete the requirements, this will result in dismissal from The Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Physical Therapy).