ProRanger: Program Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements and Program Standards

Students accepted as ProRangers will be expected to meet the program's personal, academic, physical fitness and technical training requirements and to participate in associated activities.

Eligibility Requirements include:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen; males must be registered with the selective service

  • Must be a Temple student and maintain a cumulative and program GPA of 2.75. (Information for potential transfer students)

  • Must hold a valid driver's license (or agree to obtain a valid driver's license and driving experience prior to beginning first summer internship)

  • Provide proof of private health insurance

  • Meet NPS medical and physical fitness standards (see below) and provide proof of medical clearance to participate in physical fitness activities.

  • Adhere to all program performance and conduct standards, including

    • Federal background investigation

    • Criminal, driver's and credit history checks

    • Drug screening tests

Medical Standards

United States Park Rangers must comply with applicable medical standards throughout their career. Consequently, they periodically undergo medical examinations to determine if they are medically qualified to fulfill the duties of their position. The standards may be found in Appendix B of the National Park Service Reference Manual 57A, pages 36-55.

Physical Fitness Standards

United States Park Rangers regularly complete the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB), as will members of ProRanger Philadelphia. More information about the PEB can be found on the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's website.

Although applicants do not have to meet the physical fitness standards upon acceptance into the program they must be motivated to meet those standards prior to the completion of the program. Position announcements for NPS law enforcement positions state the following:

"The duties of this position require arduous physical exertion involving walking, running, lifting, standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. The Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) is a fitness test consisting of five different components: 1) agility run - measures the ability to get up from the ground and sprint while changing directions; 2) bench press - measures the upper body strength for one repetition; 3) 1.5 mile run - measures cardio/respiratory fitness; 4) sit and reach - measures the flexibility in the lower back, legs and shoulders; and 5) body composition - measures the body fat.

Prior to appointment, applicants will be tested in all five components, but only the agility run, bench press and 1.5 mile run will be measured for a passing score in the 25th percentile (age and gender adjusted) of these components. These procedures will ensure that law enforcement officers are capable of performing strenuous physical training and law enforcement duties.

Applicants shall be disqualified for appointment if they fail to meet any physical requirements. Probationary or seasonal employment is subject to termination for failure to meet the 25th percentile in each of the identified components being measured."

Transfer Students 

Transfer students are eligible for acceptance into the ProRanger Philadelphia program. Please contact Vicki McGarvey ( for information about entering the ProRanger Philadelphia program. Students must already be enrolled at Temple University to be eligible for the ProRanger Philadelphia program.

See the Office of Admissions for transfer student information and applications. Once accepted into the ProRanger Philadelphia program, transfer students will be required to enroll in the Certificate in National Park Service Management and complete the full complement of academic and training experiences within the NPS' age restrictions.