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Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Undecided

Campus: Columbus

School: Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

The term health and rehabilitation sciences, or allied medical professions, describes a group of disciplines that assists and complements the work of physicians and other health care specialists. Such professionals work together to provide safe, timely and effective patient care and related services. Many of these professions have developed or expanded in the past 15 to 20 years in response to the rapid advancements in health care technologies.

Students intending to major in one of the competitive admission major programs in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) may declare their intention on their Ohio State freshman application, or they may select health and rehabilitation sciences, undecided. Students are admitted to the university as pre-majors and are enrolled in SHRS for their pre-professional course work. They may apply to be considered for admission to the individual program of their choosing during either their freshman or sophomore year (depending on the requirements of the program they select). 

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences offers seven undergraduate professional programs:

Athletic Training 
Athletic trainers work with physicians to provide sports medicine care to athletes and the physically active. They focus on injury prevention and acute injury care as well as comprehensive rehabilitation and reconditioning.

Health Information Management and Systems (HIMS) 
Health information administrators work with health care professionals and information (computer) systems to interpret and utilize health care data. HIMS professionals can be found in a variety of health care settings. They manage the people and information systems that support the appropriate use of health care data. Their work is vital to providing quality health care.

Health Sciences Program 
Students majoring in the health sciences program are prepared for continuing their education in a graduate field in health care (such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, medicine, public health, hospital/health services administration, dentistry, optometry, nursing, veterinary medicine or medical dietetics) or in pursuing an entry-level job in health care (such as risk management coordinator, case manager, pharmaceutical sales territory manager or clinical research program coordinator). 

Medical Dietetics
Registered dietitians assess nutritional needs, provide nutritional intervention and help individuals prevent disease through good dietary practices. They also manage food service in health care or commercial settings.

Medical Laboratory Science
Medical laboratory scientists are part of the medical team of specialists who work together to diagnose and monitor diseases. They perform a full range of laboratory tests–from simple premarital blood tests to more complex tests used to detect cancer, AIDS/HIV and diabetes.

Radiologic Sciences and Therapy 
Radiologic sciences and therapy professionals use radiation for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Radiographers, radiation therapists and diagnostic medical sonographers are skilled in utilizing ionizing and nonionizing radiation to create images of the body’s internal structures as well as provide clinically recommended treatments. Often these professionals interact closely with a variety of patients to provide them with associated primary health care.

Respiratory Therapy
Respiratory therapists are cardiopulmonary specialists who provide care to patients of all ages who have disorders such as asthma, emphysema and trauma. Therapists work in home care, intensive care units, emergency departments, diagnostic laboratories, community hospitals and clinics. They perform cardiopulmonary diagnostic tests, administer airway medications and medical gases, assure lung inflation and airway hygiene, monitor cardiopulmonary status, perform CPR, and apply ventilatory life-support technology.

As pre-major students, students in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) generally focus on completing General Education courses, prerequisites for admission into specific majors and any pre-professional phase courses for their major of choice. Commonly, a strong base in math and science—particularly biology and chemistry—is recommended; however, specific curriculum requirements vary from major to major. 

Many SHRS students are part of small cohorts of students within their major who take courses together and receive individualized attention from faculty.

Students in the health and rehabilitation sciences are encouraged to contact the Office of International Affairs to find study abroad experiences related to health care that can strengthen their applications to majors and graduate study programs.

Many programs offered by the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences encourage internship and/or clinical experiences. Specific requirements for these experiences varies by program. Clinical placement programs provide extensive supervised practice in facilities both on and off campus.

Health and rehabilitation sciences students may apply to any of the Ohio State Scholars programs. Students in the Ohio State Scholars programs live together, attend classes together and have the opportunity to be a part of a close-knit community. The Health Sciences Scholars Program and the Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars Program may be of particular interest to students in the health and rehabilitation sciences program because they bring together students with interests in the many health programs offered at Ohio State.

Learn more about the Honors and Scholars Programs at honors-scholars.osu.edu.

Students in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences participate in a variety of research endeavors either independently or as part of the requirements for their program of study. Some students may find paid research assistant positions posted within The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Learn more about research opportunities at hrs.osu.edu.

Students considering a major in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) can live in the Future Health Professionals Learning Community or join the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Student Council. Students may also be nominated by their faculty to participate in the SHRS Student Ambassadors program.

Additional co-curricular opportunities may be available in more specific areas, depending on the student's chosen major. These may include field trips, clubs, professional organizations, and access to special facilities and laboratories. 

Employment in health care and social assistance is projected to be the highest of all industries in the United States, and there is an expected increase of 22 percent through 2018. A college education in a health profession can lead to a career in a clinical setting, research, teaching, business, management and other options. It is also excellent preparation for graduate and/or professional school.

Salary will vary depending on the area a student chooses. Some non-certification entry-level positions may have an average salary of $21,000 annually while other careers that require a professional certification may average $80,000 annually.

Student Services Office
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
206 Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-1706
hrs.osu.edu

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.