Admissions Procedures & Requirements

Programs of 450 or more clock hours or the credit hour equivalent shall administer a basic skills examination to each student who enrolls, unless the student has provided evidence of a high school graduation diploma, general equivalency diploma, or its equivalent. Students are asked to meet the following requirements and procedures.

1. The prospect must complete an application for admission and have an interview with an Admissions Representative to evaluate the applicant’s qualifications and aptitude to pursue a career in the field of study chosen.

2. Submit a completed Admission Application, a state issued photo ID or passport and required educational documentation (see High School Diploma Policy below). Persons interested in enrolling in the Home Health Aide program that cannot provide the educational documentation and intend to pay cash for the program, must be at least 16 years of age and demonstrate the ability to benefit from the training being offered (see Ability-To-Benefit Policy below).

The Admissions Office is open Monday through Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm. At the time of the interview, the prospective student will receive a tour of the facility, a complete explanation of the program, and the opportunity to meet the Distinct Health Educational Center staff. The prospective student may also attend a class for the day if he or she desires. A bound copy of the school catalog will be furnished prior to the student enrolling in classes. A copy of the school catalog can also be downloaded from the school website,

High School Diploma Policy

Persons seeking admittance to Distinct Health Educational Center must submit one of the following in order to satisfy the educational documentation requirement for admission:

1. A standard high school diploma from a U.S. high school.

2. A state-issued General Educational Development (GED) certificate.

3. A home-study certificate or transcript from a home-study program that is equivalent to high school level and is recognized by the student’s home state.

4. Educational documentation from a non-U.S. school certified by a third party evaluation service to be equivalent or greater to a standard high school diploma from a U.S. high school.

Prospective students for the Home Health Aide program, who cannot provide the educational documentation above must demonstrate the ability to benefit with passing scores on the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST).


As of July 1st, 2012 first time students no longer have the option to use the Ability to Benefit (ATB) alternative to be eligible for any Federal Student Aid (FSA).

For students who attended an eligible program at another Title IV institution or at Distinct Health Educational Center® prior to July 1st, 2012, or those students who are attending Non-Title IV approved program at DHEC, may establish eligibility at DHEC by using any of the ATB alternatives below:

1. Pass the Ability to Benefit Test (ATB)

2. Completing 225 hours to satisfy the academic qualifications for receiving FSA

The ATB test used by Distinct Health Educational Center is the Wonderlic, which is approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants must score a minimum of verbal 200 and quantitative 210. The minimum passing score for the Spanish test is 15. Distinct Health Educational Center ® will document that a student qualifies to use one of the ATB alternatives. Such documentation could include documentation from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) that a student previously received Title IV, HEA student assistance or a transcript or other documentation from a previous institution that demonstrates enrollment in a Title IV eligible program.