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Quarter System

The University’s four quarter, year round operation system provides an essential flexibility for adult working students. AUHS’ credits are expressed in quarter units; one quarter unit normally represents no less than one hour of class work and two or more hours of outside study per week for one quarter. One and one-half (1½) quarter units are equivalent to one (1) semester units, and one quarter unit is equivalent to 2/3 semester unit of credit.

Definition of Quarter Credit Unit

One quarter credit hour equals 10 hours lecture, 20 hours of laboratory work, or 30 hours of externship/field instruction.

Course Numbering System

“Upper-division” is a status given to students who have completed all lower-division (100- and 200-level) courses, including any stated pre-requisites for the program, and who are currently enrolled in 300- and 400-level courses. Upper-division courses are advanced, specialized, in-depth, and emphasize problem-solving, analytical thinking, and theoretical applications beyond the introductory level. These courses often build on the foundation provided by the skills and knowledge of lower-division courses. Upper-division courses may require the student to synthesize topics from a variety of sources and also may require greater responsibility or independence on the part of the student.


The procedures include the following steps:

  • Perspective students are encouraged to contact Admissions at the university to make an appointment for a program-specific Info Session and Admissions consultation (except doctorate level programs) as well as  attend a program-specific Open House;
    • Phone number to Admissions is 562-988-2278
    • Contact Admissions by email at:
  • Applicants must submit completed application packets to a specific program with required documents to Admissions Office, either in person or by mail, by a designated deadline;
  • Admissions Coordinator will contact only qualified applicants for an interview;
  • Applicants will take the university entrance test (Wonderlic Scholastic test) on the date of the interview;
  • University Senior Administrator will interview the applicants who passed the entrance test;
  • Applicants will be scheduled an appointment to meet with Financial Aid Administrator with appropriate financial aid documents;
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee;
  • Decisions will be sent to applicants, by email and physical mail, to be responded by a deadline;
  • Accepted students must attend the New Student Orientation.


In order to be eligible for review, applicants must:

    • Earned at least a bachelor’s degree from a U.S accredited school or a degree equivalent to an U.S. bachelor’s degree;[Notes] If the student has graduated from a foreign college or university he/she must have the transcripts evaluated and certified by an outside agency, such as World Education Services (WES), before acceptance.
    • Achieved a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA on a four-point (4.0) scale;
    • Submitted a typed 500-word personal statement which explains the applicant’s professional goals in the target field and why the applicant will be an asset to AUHS and the community;
    • Submitted two (2) sealed recommendations on the AUHS letter of recommendation forms, preferably from a science teacher or a health care provider that knows you well;
    • Submitted an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result to demonstrate English competency (for foreign applicants only). The minimum TOEFL score is 213 on the CBT (Computer Based Test) or 80 on the IBT (Internet Based Test), with 24 on speaking section. For TOEFL information, please visit The AUHS code is 4262;
    • Submitted an official score of General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) from ETS; information on test dates for nationally administered tests is available at AUHS code for the GRE is 4262;  [Notes] To ensure that students have reached baseline levels in basic skills before entering graduate programs, and consistent with the mission of the University, students must demonstrate current proficiency in the areas of written communication, mathematical reasoning, and critical thinking. This is satisfied in the transcripts showing success in passing a College-Level English & Math subjects within nine (9) years by enrollment
    • Complete formal interview


A student admitted to the university for a given semester, but who does not register in the specified semester, will have the admission canceled. The student must file a new application form when again seeking admission and must follow the complete application procedure and meet the current admission requirements.


University Entrance Test: Wonderlic Scholastic Test

The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) is a short-form computer-based test of general cognitive ability. Often referred to as general intelligence, or cognitive ability is a term that is used to describe the level at which an individual learns, understands instructions, and solves problems. It provides quantitative insight into how easily individuals can be trained, how well they can adjust to, and solve, problems, and how well satisfied they are likely to be with the demands of the curriculum.  Students achieve a score of 19 on a computer-based test (CBT) or 21 on a paper-based test to continue the application process at AUHS.  The information is available at

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE is required for the granting admission. Applications and information on test dates for nationally administered tests are available at AUHS code for the GRE is 4262.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

A proficiency in English will be critical to success. AUHS requires foreign/international applicants, regardless of citizenship, who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three (3) years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction, to take and present a TOEFL score.  The TOEFL scores submitted must not have been earned more than two (2) years prior to the desired enrollment date.  As circumstances warrant, minimum TOEFL scores may be changed. Because the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is offered on a limited number of dates, it is important that prospective international applicants sign up to take the examination as soon as possible. Advising centers in the home country can provide information about dates, locations, and procedures for taking the test.  When the applicants take the test, scores should be forwarded by the testing service to AUHS Admissions Department.  AUHS School Code is 4262.

Foreign/International applicants who do not obtain the minimal score required on TOEFL must take an English as a Second Language Course (ESL) offered by other institution and submit the required documentation that ESL has been taken and satisfied prior to beginning a program within the University. The University does offer an I-20 Student Visa, but does not offer ESL classes at this time.