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The Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (BS-RHSC) major is administered by the College of Health Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. The Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (BS-RHSC) major is designed to prepare undergraduate students for a career in the rehabilitation professions.  Most rehabilitation professions require post-baccalaureate education as the entry level degree.  This major provides students with the requisite course knowledge, attitudes, values and skills to meet the challenges of graduate or professional education at The University of Texas at El Paso in:

  1. Physical Therapy (PT)
  2. Occupational Therapy (OT)
  3. Rehabilitation Counseling (RC)
  4. Speech Language Pathology (SPLP)
  5. Undeclared Option 

Prerequisites for programs at other universities might differ.

The major degree curriculum is designed to introduce pre-rehabilitation professions students to five core overlapping competencies recommended by the Institute of Medicine for the future of health care, including (1) providing patient-centered care, (2) working in interdisciplinary teams, (3) employing evidence-based practice to optimize care, (4) applying quality improvement and (5) utilizing informatics and information technology to manage knowledge, mitigate error and support complex decision-making. 

The required degree courses and prescribed electives cover the socio-cultural context of health and wellness; the roles and responsibilities of different rehabilitation professionals; the U.S. health care system; the role of health care informatics and information management technologies within the health care environment; quantitative and qualitative research designs and methods applied in the health sciences; principles of continuous quality improvement within health care; concepts and models of interdisciplinary collaboration; cultural diversity; a holistic approach to wellness; interdisciplinary collaboration; lifelong learning; creativity and innovation; principles of best practice; tenets of evidence based care; and ethics within the field of health care. Students will develop proficiency in written and verbal communication skills, effective interpersonal and team based skills, and beginning scientific literacy and information competency.  The curriculum focuses on critical reasoning and the application of knowledge and skills to solve complex problems.  In addition, students will develop self-evaluation and self-management strategies and career planning skills.

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 would meet both core and degree plan requirements.

2) 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.

3) 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. 

4) Free electives (semester credit hours will vary from 0 – 8 hrs. depending on option selected).

Admission Requirements

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.   

Academic Requirements

 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.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 120 

Professional Preparation Options:

Physical Therapy (PP-PT)

Physical Therapy (PP-PT)
Core Curriculum42
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements
Required Courses 27
DRSC 1301Intro to Rehab Sciences3
DRSC 3302Health & Wellness in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 3311Mental Health in Rehab Science3
DRSC 3312Hlth Care Policy for Rehab Sci3
DRSC 3313Health Info & Informat Systems3
DRSC 4301Scientific Inquiry in Rehab Sc3
DRSC 4302Verbal & Writ Comm in Rehab SC3
DRSC 4311The Sci of Collab in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 4312Prof Ethics in Rehab Sciences3
Professional Preparation 41
MATH 1508Precalculus (C)5
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)1
BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)1
BIOL 2311Human Anat/Physiology I (C)3
BIOL 2313Human Anat/Physiology II (C)3
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
PHYS 1403General Physics I (C)4
PHYS 1404General Physics II (C)4
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods3
PSYC 2310Life Cycle Development3
CLSC 3150Medical Terminology1
Introduction to Psychology (C) Met in core
Prescribed Electives 9-14
Select 9-14 credit hours depending on MATH 1508. At least 12 credit hours should be upper division.
PSYC 2302Social Psychology3
PSYC 3101Lab for Gen Exper Psyc1
PSYC 3201Gen Experimental Psychology2
PSYC 3331Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSYC 3347Behavior Modification3
DRSC 3331Evidence-based Pract in Rehab3
DRSC 3332Global Health Iss in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 4330Clinical Research for Rehab Sc3
DRSC 3330History of Disability & Rehab3
HSCI 2303Wellness Dynamics3
KIN 4312Exercise Physiology3
KIN 4334Coronary Intervention Programs3
KIN 1303Foundations of Kinesiology3
ZOOL 4380Vertebrate Physiology3
or BIOL 4388 Mammalian Physiology
ZOOL 4181Vertebrate Physiology Methods1
BIOL 3320Genetics3
MICR 2141Gen Microbiology Laboratory1
MICR 2340General Microbiology3
Free Electives6
Select six hours with advisor approval
Total Hours120

Occupational Therapy (PP-OT)

Occupational Therapy (PP-OT)
Core Curriculum42
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements
Required Courses 27
DRSC 1301Intro to Rehab Sciences3
DRSC 3302Health & Wellness in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 3311Mental Health in Rehab Science3
DRSC 3312Hlth Care Policy for Rehab Sci3
DRSC 3313Health Info & Informat Systems3
DRSC 4301Scientific Inquiry in Rehab Sc3
DRSC 4302Verbal & Writ Comm in Rehab SC3
DRSC 4311The Sci of Collab in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 4312Prof Ethics in Rehab Sciences3
Professional Preparation 19
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)1
BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)1
BIOL 2313Human Anat/Physiology II (C)3
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods3
PSYC 2310Life Cycle Development3
PSYC 2312Intro to Abnormal Psychology3
CLSC 3150Medical Terminology1
Introduction to Psychology (C) Met in core
Prescribed Electives 26
PSYC 2302Social Psychology3
PSYC 3101Lab for Gen Exper Psyc1
PSYC 3201Gen Experimental Psychology2
PSYC 3331Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSYC 3347Behavior Modification3
PSYC 3350Health Psychology3
DRSC 3330History of Disability & Rehab3
DRSC 3331Evidence-based Pract in Rehab3
DRSC 3332Global Health Iss in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 4330Clinical Research for Rehab Sc3
DRSC 4331Assistive Tech in Rehab Scienc3
HSCI 2303Wellness Dynamics3
HSCI 3304Health Perspectives in Aging3
HSCI 3307Death, Dying and Bereavement3
HSCI 3312Theories & Meth of Hlth Behav3
SOCI 3362Medical Sociology3
BIOL 3320Genetics3
Free Electives6
Select six hours with advisor approval
Total Hours120

Rehabilitation Counselling (PP-RC)

Rehabilitation Counselling (PP-RC)
Core Curriculum42
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements
Required Courses 27
DRSC 1301Intro to Rehab Sciences3
DRSC 3302Health & Wellness in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 3311Mental Health in Rehab Science3
DRSC 3312Hlth Care Policy for Rehab Sci3
DRSC 3313Health Info & Informat Systems3
DRSC 4301Scientific Inquiry in Rehab Sc3
DRSC 4302Verbal & Writ Comm in Rehab SC3
DRSC 4311The Sci of Collab in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 4312Prof Ethics in Rehab Sciences3
Professional Preparation 4
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods3
CLSC 3150Medical Terminology1
Prescribed Electives26
Select 26 credit hours from the following. At least 12 credit hours should be upper division.
PSYC 2302Social Psychology3
PSYC 3101Lab for Gen Exper Psyc1
PSYC 3201Gen Experimental Psychology2
PSYC 3331Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSYC 3347Behavior Modification3
PSYC 3350Health Psychology3
DRSC 3331Evidence-based Pract in Rehab3
DRSC 3332Global Health Iss in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 4330Clinical Research for Rehab Sc3
DRSC 3330History of Disability & Rehab3
DRSC 4331Assistive Tech in Rehab Scienc3
HSCI 2303Wellness Dynamics3
HSCI 3304Health Perspectives in Aging3
HSCI 3307Death, Dying and Bereavement3
HSCI 3312Theories & Meth of Hlth Behav3
SOCI 3362Medical Sociology3
BIOL 3320Genetics3
Free Electives21
Select 21 hours with advisor approval, at least 6 should be upper division
Total Hours120

 Speech Language Pathology (PP-SLP)

Speech Language Pathology (PP-SLP)
Core Curriculum42
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements
Required Courses 41
DRSC 1301Intro to Rehab Sciences3
DRSC 3302Health & Wellness in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 3311Mental Health in Rehab Science3
DRSC 3312Hlth Care Policy for Rehab Sci3
DRSC 3313Health Info & Informat Systems3
DRSC 4301Scientific Inquiry in Rehab Sc3
DRSC 4302Verbal & Writ Comm in Rehab SC3
DRSC 4311The Sci of Collab in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 4312Prof Ethics in Rehab Sciences3
Professional Preparation 15
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)1
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods3
PSYC 2310Life Cycle Development3
LING 3357Sociolinguistics3
or ANTH 3357 Sociolinguistics
or ENGL 3357 Computers and Writing
Introduction to Psychology (C) Met in core
Natural Science Elective select 4 credits from CHEM, PHYS, GEOL, ASTR, ESCI, GEOP, PSCI
Prescribed Electives36
SPLP 1312Survey of SH & L Disorders3
SPLP 2320Hearing Science3
SPLP 2313General Phonetics3
SPLP 3310Language Development3
SPLP 3312Anatomy/Physiol Speech Mech3
SPLP 3313Disorders Articulation/Phonol3
SPLP 3314Lang Disor/Pre-Sch Children3
SPLP 3318Prin of Clinical Management3
SPLP 4309Audiology3
SPLP 4310Aural Rehabilitation3
SPLP 4311Fundamentals of Speech Science3
SPLP 4312Neural Bases of Spch and Lang3
Total Hours120

Undeclared Option 

Undeclare Option
Core Curriculum42
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements
Required Courses 41
DRSC 1301Intro to Rehab Sciences3
DRSC 3302Health & Wellness in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 3311Mental Health in Rehab Science3
DRSC 3312Hlth Care Policy for Rehab Sci3
DRSC 3313Health Info & Informat Systems3
DRSC 4301Scientific Inquiry in Rehab Sc3
DRSC 4302Verbal & Writ Comm in Rehab SC3
DRSC 4311The Sci of Collab in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 4312Prof Ethics in Rehab Sciences3
Professional Preparation 4
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods3
CLSC 3150Medical Terminology1
Prescribed Electives26
Select 26 credit hours from the following. At least 12 credit hours should be upper division
PSYC 2302Social Psychology3
PSYC 3101Lab for Gen Exper Psyc1
PSYC 3201Gen Experimental Psychology2
PSYC 3331Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSYC 3347Behavior Modification3
PSYC 3350Health Psychology3
DRSC 3331Evidence-based Pract in Rehab3
DRSC 3332Global Health Iss in Rehab Sci3
DRSC 4330Clinical Research for Rehab Sc3
DRSC 3330History of Disability & Rehab3
DRSC 4331Assistive Tech in Rehab Scienc3
HSCI 2303Wellness Dynamics3
HSCI 3304Health Perspectives in Aging3
HSCI 3307Death, Dying and Bereavement3
HSCI 3312Theories & Meth of Hlth Behav3
SOCI 3362Medical Sociology3
BIOL 3320Genetics3
Free Electives21
Select 21 hours with advisor approval, at least 6 should be upper division
Total Hours120

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Differential Equations
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Laboratory for PHYS 2320
Laboratory for PHYS 2321
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6
1

Based on the major selected, options listed might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6