Admission into the Major/Program
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 for the fall semester are due by March 1st. Applications for the spring semester are due by October 15th. Applications and all support materials must be completed and turned in by deadline to considered. As part of the application process, the student must submit the following:
- Download, complete and save the application form. The form must be emailed to email@example.com. After submitting, look for an email confirmation within three business days to confirm acceptance of your application. Applications are not finalized until all requirements are received.
- Current documentation of Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid (see below for detailed information)
- Completed criminal background screening (see below for detailed information)
- Immunization Record
- Essential Functions document (avaliable January 1, 2013)
- Official transcripts from all colleges universities attended
In addition, a candidate may be required to attend an interview with the selection committee.
After acceptance into the program, the student must submit the following
- Proof of Healthcare Professional Student Needle Stick Insurance Coverage (annually)
- Current documentation or attend a Bloodborne/Airborn Pathogen training session (annually)
- Attend annual HIPAA Confidentially training session (annually)
To be considered for admission, the student must meet the following criteria:
- Completion of application with all components
- 27 hours of college-level credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Other Requirements During Program
Required Costs During Matriculation
Along with university tuition, rehabilitative science students are required to pay course fees each semester to cover the cost of liability insurance and materials for the program. It is also the students responsibility to maintain certifications for bloodborne/airborne pathogen training, first aid, Healthcare Provider CPR with AED, and an annual TB test. Students are also required to cover the cost of the criminal background screening prior to entry to the program as well as purchasing healthcare professional student needle stick insurance prior to observations and/or internship. Students are also responsible for travel to and from observation and/or intern sites.
CPR and First Aid
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 Healthcare Professionals), American Red Cross (CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider) or the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Emergency Care and Safety Institute. (Healthcare Providre CPR Interactive along with First Aid, CPR, and AED Interactive). This requirement is necessary for all students prior to entering the rehabilitative science major, and then annually thereafter. Evidence of completion or re-certification must be give to the program director prior to observation and/or internship.
Liability, Health Insurance and Needle Stick Insurance
Since the Rehabilitative Science students are placed in observation and internship situations, they are required to be covered by liability insurance. The liability insurance fee will be included in particular course fees. Students must also show proof of current health insurance. The University offers limited health insurance coverage. Students must also show proof of occupational exposure coverage or take out the occuaptional needle stick insurance plan offered through the university.
Criminal Background Screening
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 Requirements / Immunizations
In compliance with the Health Care Provider terms of TAC 97.64, applicants to the rehabilitative science program are required to provide proof of immunizations prior to admission. Students must have the following immunizations:
- Hepatitis B (3 dose series)
- MMR (2 dose series)
- Tetanus / Diphtheria (Tdap within the last 10 years)
- Varicella (2 dose series, titer, or verified medical history of chickenpox)
- TB 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 healthcare professionals. If, for any reason, the student is unable to receive any immunizations a physician's statement will be required.
Additional health requirements may be required by some observation settings.