Special Admission for Rehabilitative Sciences at the University of the Incarnate Word
The Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitative Science is designed to be the pathway for students seeking to go into professional graduate programs in athletic training, physical therapy, medical school and physician assistant areas. The curriculum structure and content gives the graduate a strong foundation and credentials to embark on other careers in advanced healthcare settings or to enter the workforce as entry-level technicians in healthcare settings.
The degree plan includes a choice of four concentrations: Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physician Assistant and Pre-Occupational Therapy. Depending on concentration, coursework will include the university core, 32-35 credit hours in rehabilitative science, and science and psychology courses tailored to most common pre-requisites for the respective professional school. Students interested in pursuing a professional degree in other allied health fields may select a concentration they feel is the most appropriate to their professional goals, and an individualized advising plan may be necessary. This degree plan was designed to meet the needs of most post-baccalaureate advanced allied health programs in the state of Texas. In some instances, the individual may need to take additional course work to meet the academic prerequisites for entry into a specific program. The Pre-Athletic Training and Pre-Physical Therapy concentration coursework meet the requirements for a minor in psychology.
Admission to the Major:
Applicants will apply to the major concentration. Applications to the major are due by September 15th. Applicants work with an assigned advisor and are required to submit a completed application form. External applicants or students not working with an advisor should send application materials to the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, ATTN: Rehabilitative Sciences, 4301 Broadway, CPO 300, San Antonio, TX 78209.
As part of the application process, the student must submit the following to be considered for entry into the major:
- A completed application form (found online)
- Current Health Care Provider CPR
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended filed with the registrar
- Completion of a favorable criminal background screening
- Health and Immunization Packet (Health History, Physical, and Immunizations)
- Acknowledgement of program Essential Functions
- A candidate may be required to attend an interview with the selection committee and complete a general knowledge exam.
- HIPAA/Confidentiality Agreement
To be considered for admission the student must meet the following criteria:
- Completion of the application with all components
- Minimum college-level credit and GPA:
- Pre-Athletic Training: 30 hours of college-level credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
- Pre-Medicine: 30 hours of college-level credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
- Pre-Physical Therapy: 30 hours of college-level credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
- Pre-Physician Assistant: 30 hours of college-level credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
If a first-time incoming freshman is entering UIW with 20 dual credit hours at a 3.5 cumulative including 8 hours of dual credit science at a 3.0 or better, the student may be eligible for immediate admission to the major coursework. Or if an incoming student is a direct admit student to a UIW professional school, the student may also be eligible for immediate admission to the major coursework. The student will be given 30 days to complete administrative admission requirements listed above to maintain status in the major.
Transfer students should have all pre-requisite coursework completed (8 hrs of Anatomy and Physiology and 8 or more hours of additional science), 45 or more transfer credits that count toward the degree, and a cumulative GPA which meets their concentration requirements. Students should meet with the Program Director to determine the length of time to complete the program. The student will be given 30 days to complete administrative admission requirements listed above to maintain status in the major.
Once accepted into the Rehabilitative Sciences major, students will be evaluated each semester to ensure they are meeting the expectations set by the program. These expectations include:
- The student must be in good standing with the university
- The student must maintain health and immunization requirements.
- The student must maintain a minimum of 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Medicine, and Pre-Physician Assistant tracks. The student must maintain a minimum of 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the Pre-Athletic Training track.
- The student must pass all major and support coursework with a “C” or better. All students must achieve a final test average of 75% or better in REHS coursework. Failure to do so will result in failure of the course.
Students that fail to meet the above may be placed on either an academic or administrative probationary contract with the program director with a list of dates and expectations or suspended from the program. Failure to fulfill the probationary contract may result in the student’s dismissal from the program.
If a student wishes to change concentrations to one with a lower GPA requirement due to not meeting the GPA requirement of their current concentration, the student will be asked to reapply to the new concentration with a new letter of intent, 30 hours of observation in the intended concentration area, and a letter of recommendation from a licensed professional in that concentration. The readmission semester must include concentration courses in the degree progression.
Using this Transfer Advising Guide with the University of the Incarnate Word
This Transfer Advising Guide represents the University of the Incarnate Word degree plan and is subject to change at the university’s discretion. It is intended for advising purposes only so students know exactly which courses they can take at any of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District and have the courses count towards degree requirements when they transfer to the University of the Incarnate Word. It is highly recommended that students meet with their assigned advisor to review all graduation and transfer requirements listed in the Transfer Advising Guide.
The ultimate goal is to provide students with accurate information for transfer pathways while minimizing loss of credits in transfer. Students are encouraged to review the University of the Incarnate Word’s requirements frequently.
Course numbers in italics are the University of the Incarnate Word’s course numbers.
This Transfer Advising Guide is based upon the University of the Incarnate Word’s 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog and is subject to change.
The Alamo Colleges District Advising
Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor about courses and other educational concerns if they plan to pursue a two-year degree program, transfer to another college or university, or simply take a few selected courses. In addition to course and degree requirements, policies and procedures are subject to change; stay informed by meeting with an academic advisor regularly.
Many students who plan to transfer to a university are advised to fulfill the lower-division requirements for the university. With appropriate planning, your Alamo Colleges District team can help make the transfer experience a seamless process. It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that they take courses at the Alamo Colleges District that will be accepted by the senior institutions they wish to attend.
For more information contact your Alamo Colleges District team.