Rehabilitative Science

Admissions and Program Requirements

NOTE: This information is updated based on current practice of agency requirements

This site provides information about the specific admission and program requirements applying for the program and/or students admitted into the program. Specific questions can be discussed with the program director or academic advisor.

Admission and Program Requirements

Applications

Applicants will apply to the major during the semester in which the prerequisites will be completed. The program admits in the fall and spring semesters. Applications to the program are due to the program director by March 1st (Fall Admission) and October 1st (Spring Admission). Applicants work with an assigned advisor and are required to submit a completed application form. Applications and all support materials must be completed and turned in by deadline to considered. The student must complete the following application after the pre-requisites and requirements are in the process of being completed:

Essential Functions 

Essential Functions form must signed by the student and the medical professional going over health history, immunizations, and completing the physical examination. Students must complete for the following form.

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Rehabilitiative Science program at the University of the Incarnate Word is committed to providing a supportive, challenging, diverse and integrated environment for all students. In accordance with these federal directives, the University and the Program ensure accessibility to their programs, services and activities for students with documented disabilities. Technical Standards Form

Criminal Background Screening - Link to Precheck for Online Submission of Criminal Background Check

Criminal background screening is completed on all candidates for the rehabilitative science program.   The school will designate a company to do the background screening and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the school (UIW uses Precheck).  Students pay expenses related to all screening. 

Health and Immunizations Requirements - Documents/Forms

The program requires that the student is able to meet the physical and mental requirements – with or without reasonable accommodation for the major. The essential functions document, health history record, immunization record, and the physical examination will guide compliance. 

Health History and Physical Examination

The program requires students complete a health history and physical examination prior to admission to the first course where observations, service learning, or internship experiences are required.  The program recommends an annual updated medical history and physical examination, but requires the form be updated if the health status has changed.

Immunizations

In compliance with the Health Care Provider terms of TAC 97.64, applicants and students enrolled into the athletic training program are required to complete the following immunizations prior to admission to the first clinical experience course or courses where observations are required:

  • Hepatitis B (3 dose series)
  • Measles - Mumps - Rubella (2 dose series)
  • Tetanus - Diphtheria - Pertussis (1 dose Tdap within the last 10 years)
  • Varicella (2 dose series or titer)
  • Tuberculosis skin test or chest x-ray (required annually while in the program)
  • Influenza vaccine (required annually while in the program)

For the protection of students and clients, the program follows the recommended immunization for health care professionals from the CDC. If, for any reason, the student is unable to receive any immunizations a physician's statement will be required.

NOTE: Additional health requirements may be required by some clinical affiliations. 

Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid Certifications

Students must show evidence of having completed the Health Care Provider course in CPR and a general First Aid course from either the American Heart Association (BLS for Health care Professionals with Heartsaver First Aid), or American Red Cross (Emergency Response with CPR for the Professional Rescuer). This requirement is necessary for all students prior to entering the program and then annually thereafter (according to certification requirements). 

Liability, Health Insurance and Needle Stick Insurance

Students in the program are required to be covered by liability, health, and occupational exposure "needle stick" insurance since they are placed in field observation, service learning, and internship situations.  The liability insurance is covered by the program through course fees.  Students must also show proof of current health insurance or enroll in the health insurance plan offered by the University. NOTE: The student health insurance plan is limited in scope and services. Students must also show proof of occupational exposure 'needle stick" coverage by their health insurance provider or take out the insurance plan offered through the university.

Drug Screening

Drug Screening may be required by some clinical agencies.  The school will designate a company to do the drug screen and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the school.  The student will pay the cost of the screening at the time of the testing. 

A student who has a positive drug screen will not be allowed to participate in clinical courses.  The student will be required to complete, at the student’s expense, chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, if recommended by a drug assessment.  Any student with a positive drug screen will be suspended for a minimum of one calendar year and will be required to provide documentation of successful treatment prior to being readmitted to clinical courses.  If readmitted, the student must be retested by the School approved laboratory and have a negative drug screen.  This testing is at the student’s expense.

HIPAA/FERPA Confidentiality Training

Students must show evidence of having completed a university and/or program offered session prior to being involved in patient care settings. This requirement is necessary for all students completing observations, as part of the admission process into the program, and annually while the student is involved in patient care settings. Contact the program director for training dates. 

Blood-borne Pathogen, OSHA, and/or Universal Precautions Training

Students must show evidence of having completed a university and/or program offered session or attaining a recognized certification prior to being involved in patient care settings. This requirement is necessary for all students completing observations, as part of the admission process into the program, and annually while the student is involved in patient care settings. Contact the program director for training dates. 


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