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The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Student Handbook 2020-2021

3.4.2 - English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to the success of students at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  Each applicant whose native language is not English is required to demonstrate English proficiency by achieving a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.  Minimum TOEFL scores vary by department and are viewable on the Admissions and Records website.

Official scores must be reported directly from the testing agency to OUHSC by using institution code 6902.  Applicants born abroad to parents with U.S. native citizenship are exempt from the English Proficiency requirement.  A copy of the U.S. birth certificate or passport will be required as verification.

OUHSC only accepts TOEFL to meet the English proficiency requirement.  IELTS cannot be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL examination.  The TOEFL examination must have been completed within two (2) years from the date of application.  The institutional TOEFL examination completed through the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus, is acceptable.  To learn about registration and to see a list of exam dates, visit or call (405) 325-1921.  Exams administered through institutions other than the University of Oklahoma will not be accepted.

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has high standards for English proficiency; therefore it does not waive the TOEFL requirement for transferring students with completion of 24 semester hours of coursework from the U.S.  An application is not complete until the University receives official scores from ETS, or the formal approval of a waiver request.

To register for an examination, visit, or contact:

            Educational Testing Services (ETS)
            PO Box 6151
            Princeton, NJ  08541-6151
            1-800-468-6335 (1-800-GO-TOEFL)


To order an official score report, visit, or contact:

            Educational Testing Services (ETS)
            PO Box 6151
            Princeton, NJ  08541-6151

Applicants who do not meet the minimum TOEFL requirement but have compelling evidence and documentation of having English proficiency may request a waiver.  Decisions will be determined by the major college and are not guaranteed.  Allow 1-2 weeks for decision notification.

The TOEFL Waiver Request Form is located on the Admissions and Records website.  Mail, fax, or scan TOEFL Waiver Request Form to:

            OUHSC Office of Admissions and Records
            Attn: Admission Officer
            PO Box 26901, LIB 121
            Oklahoma City, OK  73126-0901
            FAX:  (405) 271-2480

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