Rehabilitative Sciences Admissions

Students who plan a program of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative Sciences must first be accepted for admission to the University. Applicants then apply to the Rehabilitative Sciences major during the semester in which all prerequisites will be completed. 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 be considered.The Rehabilitative Sciences program admits in the fall semester only. Applications to the program are due to the program director by October 1 for fall admission.

All applications and materials should be submitted to the program director by the specified deadlines. Deliver to Nursing Building 141 or email/mail to:
          Rehabilitative Sciences Admissions
          Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions
          University of the Incarnate Word
          4301 Broadway, CPO 300
          San Antonio, TX 78209

Applicants work with an assigned admissions coordinator to complete the application and are required to submit:

To provide the student with the most current academic curriculum and to meet accreditation standards, the program uses the degree plan and catalog requirements on the date in which the student is admitted to the program and/or major, not the university matriculation date. Students who leave the program and/or major and are re-admitted must follow the degree plan and catalog requirements at the time of re-admission.

Selection Criteria for Admission

To be considered for admission the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed application with all support components present.
  • 30 hours of college-level credit with a minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA at admission and throughout the entirety of enrollment in the program.

Essential Functions

Essential Functions form must be 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 Rehabilitative Sciences 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.

Criminal Background Screening

Criminal background screening is completed on all candidates for the rehabilitative sciences 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 Immunization Requirements

The program requires 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 and requires the form be updated if the health status has changed.


In compliance with the Health Care Provider terms of TAC 97.64, applicants and students enrolled in the rehabilitative sciences program are required to complete the following immunizations prior to admission to the first clinical experience course(s) where observations are required:

  • Hepatitis B (3 dose series) - Hepatitis B titer is now a requirement after completion of Hep B 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 healthcare 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 sites.

Healthcare Provider CPR Certification

Students must show evidence of having completed the Healthcare Provider CPR course from either the American Heart Association (BLS for Healthcare Professionals), 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).

Other Requirements after Acceptance

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:

  1. The student must be in good standing with the university.
  2. The student must maintain health and immunization requirements.
  3. The student must maintain a minimum of 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Ocupational Therapy and Pre-Medical/Physician Assistant tracks. The student must maintain a minimum of 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the Pre-Athletic Training track.
  4. 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 who fail to meet the above may be placed on either 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

Required Costs During Matriculation

Along with university tuition, rehabilitative sciences students are required to pay course fees each semester to cover the cost of liability insurance and materials for the program. It is the student's responsibility to maintain current certifications, pay for visits related to physical examinations, annual immunizations and testing. Students are also responsible for travel to and from observation and/or internship sites.