Overview of the Program
The Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences requires:
(1) General University Core (42 semester credit hours): Please refer to University Core Curriculum section of the catalog. All courses used to satisfy the core curriculum must be completed with a ‘C’ or better, per College of Health Sciences’ policy. In order to complete this degree plan in the most efficient manner, students should meet with their academic advisor when selecting courses which meet both core and degree plan requirements.
(2) Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Core requirements (27 semester credit hours):
DRSC 1301 Introduction to Rehabilitation Sciences
DRSC 3302 Health and Wellness in Rehabilitation Sciences
DRSC 3311 Mental Health in Rehabilitation Sciences
DRSC 3312 Health Care Policy for Rehabilitation Sciences
DRSC 3313 Health Informatics and Information Systems
DRSC 4301 Scientific Inquiry in Rehabilitation Sciences
DRSC 4302 Verbal and Written Communication in Rehabilitation Sciences
DRSC 4311 The Science of Collaboration in Rehabilitation Sciences
DRSC 4312 Professional Ethics in Rehabilitation Sciences
(3) Pre-professional preparation requirements (semester credit hours vary depending on option selected): Students are required to meet with BS-RHSC faculty and/or academic advisor when selecting their option.
Professional Preparation- Physical Therapy (PP-PT)
Professional Preparation- Occupational Therapy (PP-OT)
Professional Preparation- Rehabilitation Counseling (PP-RC)
Professional Preparation- Speech Language Pathology (PP-SPLP)
(4) Minor(s) and/or prescribed electives (semester credit hours vary depending on option selected): Selection of approved minor(s) and/or prescribed electives must be approved by BS-RHSC faculty and/or academic advisor.
Minor(s): Approved minor(s) may include (list not inclusive):
Biology, Chemistry, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Math, Psychology, Sociology, Speech Language Pathology, Statistics
Prescribed Electives (semester credit hours vary depending on option selected): Selection of prescribed electives must be approved by BS-DRSC faculty and/or academic advisor.
Prescribed electives may include (list not inclusive):
DRSC 3330, DRSC 3331, DRSC 3332, DRSC 4330, DRSC 4331, DRSC 4332, BIOL 2311, BIOL 2313, HSCI 2302, HSCI 3304, HSCI 3307, HSCI 3312, SOC 3362, PSYC 2302, PSYC 3201/3101, , PSYC 3331, PSYC 3347, PSYC 3350, WS 3394, ANTH 4346 or SOC 4346, CHSC 3180, CHSC 3280, CHSC 3380, CHSC 3115, CHSC 3215, CHSC 3315, CHSC 3415, CHSC 3515, CHSC 3615
(5) Free electives (semester credit hours will vary from 0 – 8 hrs. depending on option selected).
Students can declare their interest in a degree in Rehabilitation Sciences if they meet admission requirements to enroll at UTEP. Each semester, students are required to meet with a faculty advisor and/or academic advisor to review their academic standing, degree requirements and career interest.
It is important to note that this is a pre-professional program that leads to graduate education in the health professions. The minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) required for graduate school admission at The University of Texas at El Paso is 3.0. Success in competitive graduate school admission in many of the health and rehabilitation professions requires a GPA as high as 3.5 or 3.6.
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a minimum major Rehabilitation Sciences GPA of 3.00 to remain in good academic standing.
Failure to meet the minimum cumulative GPA and BS-RHSC GPA will result in academic probation. If placed on probation, the cumulative GPA and/or BS-RHSC GPA must be raised to a 3.00 by the conclusion of the next 12 required semester hours on the degree plan.
Students who receive a ‘D’, ‘F’, or more than two ‘C’ grades in their DRSC major courses will be directed to meet with the College of Health Sciences Academic Advisors to select another degree option.