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Penn Foster Admissions Requirements

Most schools have some requirements before you get started. Penn Foster’s flexible, online courses don’t have set start dates or application due dates, but there are a few things you should know before enrolling.

High School Admission Requirements


  • Must be 13 years old at the time of enrollment.
  • Must have finished the 8th grade.
  • Students of compulsory age must ensure the program satisfies the state and local education requirements in their school district to avoid truancy. Parents/Guardians should verify what is required by their school district before enrolling their student in Penn Foster High School.


  • Must have finished the 8th grade.

Career School Admission Requirements

  • General prerequisites – Keep in mind that some states have varying requirements and regulations regarding the age, education level, and more of students enrolling in career school programs. Check your state requirements for the program you’re interested in before enrolling.
  • Students enrolling in most career school programs must be at least 17 years of age at the time of enrollment. Students in some states are required to be at least 18 years of age at time of enrollment.
  • Must have completed at least an 8th grade education for most programs.
  • Some programs require completion of high school or GED credentials prior to enrollment. Verify your program requirements with an Admissions Specialist at 1.888.427.6500 before enrolling.

College Admission Requirements

  • Must be at least 17 years of age to enroll in a college program with Penn Foster.
  • Must have earned a high school diploma, GED, or similar High School Equivalency to enroll in a degree program.
  • SAT, ACT, or other standardized exam scores are NOT required for enrollment in Penn Foster College.

Course Specific Admission Requirements

Veterinary Technician Associate Degree

  • Students enrolling in the Veterinary Technician Associate’s Degree must be at least 17 years of age when initially beginning the program and must be 18 years old before beginning the first practicum in semester 2.
  • Must have completed a high school diploma or equivalent to enroll.
  • Must pass the reading and math assessments after enrollment before being able to progress in their studies.
  • Must have health insurance prior to beginning first externship in semester 2.

Veterinary Technology Bachelor's Degree
As a completion program, the online Veterinary Technology Bachelor’s of Applied Science requires that students:
  • Have an A.S. or A.A.S. degree of 60 hours in Veterinary Technology from an AVMA accredited program
  • Have a minimum of 15 semester hours of transferrable general education coursework
  • Be at least 18 years old 

Medical Assistant Associate Degree
  • Must be at least 17 years old.
  • Must have earned a high school diploma or an equivalent credential.
  • Must pass the basic reading and basic math skills assessments before moving on to the first lessons in semester 1.

State Restrictions

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in your chosen field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program.

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