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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Rehabilitation Sciences

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The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences’ mission is to serve the region by educating and preparing competent and responsible professionals so they can deliver the best quality care possible. The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences fosters professionalism, personal growth and development, self-actualization, and is committed to continuing professional development for practitioners in the tri-state area.

For General Information  

     Barbara Warnock, DHSc, OTR/L, Chairperson
     Kelley Frantz, B.A.,  Academic Administrative Assistant I
     Shawnee State University
     940 Second Street
     Portsmouth, OHio   45662-4344

     Phone: 740.351.3169
     Fax:     740.351.3354

     Email: bwarnock@shawnee.edu


Graduate Programs Representative:
     Bobbi Madden
     Phone: 740.351.3177
     Fax:    740.351.3501
     E-mail: bmadden@shawnee.edu


Programs in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Occupational Therapy Doctorate - Post-Professional

Master of Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Science

  Criminal Justice
  Occupational Therapy 3+2

Associate of Applied Science

  Occupational Therapy Assistant
  Physical Therapist Assistant



       Criminal Justice

Selective Admission Criteria

Fulfilling the criteria for admission into selective admission programs (OTD-PP, MOT, BSOT 3+2, OTA, PTA)  does not automatically guarantee entrance into the program. Since the number of candidates who meet the minimal criteria for admission generally far exceeds the number of vacancies, each program ranks the candidates using selected criteria in addition to the minimal admission requirements. For example, additional criteria may include, but is not limited to, high school and/or college grade point average; completion of additional coursework in college level Biology, Mathematics, and Chemistry; work experience; and autobiographies. Information about the criteria used for the ranking of applicants may be obtained by contacting the program leader or department chairperson.

Hospital Clinical Sites

Some programs utilize hospital clinical sites for the completion of their requirements for graduation. These affiliating hospitals have the exclusive right to accept or reject a student, which could result in a student being delayed in a program or unable to complete the requirements for graduation. A conviction record for certain classes of misdemeanors or any felony may result in ineligibility for licensure in specific health occupations. Also, the affiliating hospitals have the right to reject students due to a criminal record.

Health Sciences Class Scheduling

The majority of all classes are scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. However, it may be necessary to schedule your required classes in English, Humanitiies, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences during the evening hours as the required clinical and laboratory times in the health science courses involve many hours during the 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. daily schedules.

Pass/No-Credit Policy

Classes may only be taken for non-credit if prior permission has been obtained from the program leader or department chairperson. This applies to courses taken in preparation for admission to the Health Sciences programs as well as courses taken after admission to a program.

Guidelines for Appealing a Dismissal From a Program

Programs within the Rehabilitation Sciences Department have minimum academic and clinical performance standards that permit a student to continue in the program. Failure to meet these standards may result in dismissal from the program. Information concerning the performance standards is available in this catalog, the student handbook for the individual program, and from the department’s chairperson.

Dismissal from a program may be appealed by the following process.

  • Within three working days following a dismissal notification a request in writing to appeal the dismissal must be made to the department chairperson. The chairperson will notify the student of the result of this appeal within three working days following the meeting.
  • The chairperson’s decision may be appealed by submitting a written request to the chairperson to arrange for a review by the Dean (or designee), the chairperson (or designee), and the Provost (or designee). The student will be informed of the result of this review within two working days following that meeting.

Criteria to be used in ruling on a dismissal appeal include, but not limited to, past academic achievement, the student’s rationale for current grade status, and the prediction of future performance in the program.

Dismissal from a program is not the same as dismissal from the University. University dismissal policies are outlined in this catalog under the section titled ”Academic Policies.”

Deadline for Receipt of ALL Application Materials:

After the application deadlines listed below, students who have completed application materials may be considered for acceptance on the basis of space available in the program and the academic qualifications of the student.

April 1
           Occupational Therapy Assistant

April 1
           Physical Therapist Assistant

December 1  

           Master of Occupational Therapy 


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