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University of Pittsburgh    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 23, 2024
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

School of Health and Rehabilitation Science (SHRS) Overview

Contact Information

Admission Information

Financial Information

SHRS Academic Regulations

Allowable Credits

Clinical Education and Directed Practice

Dual Degree Option

Registration and Add/Drop Processes


Grading Policy and Records

Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy

Graduation Requirements

SHRS Student Organizations

Disability Resources and Services (SHRS Specific Regulations)

Veteran Benefits

SHRS Faculty

SHRS Programs and Course Offerings

Welcome to The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS)

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) offers educational programs leading to a baccalaureate degree in the following areas:

  • Athletic Training
  • Communication Science
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Health Information Management
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Rehabilitation Science

SHRS participates in the University Honors College. Students with high GPAs, and whose studies demonstrate breadth and depth, may apply to complete a research thesis and earn a Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) degree in their area of major study.

Through the undergraduate program in Rehabilitation Science, SHRS offers three undergraduate certificate programs in the following areas:

  • Assistive Technology in Rehabilitation
  • Pathokinesiology in Rehabilitation
  • Psycho-Social Issues in Rehabilitation and Personal Care

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and also shares a close affiliation with the world-class University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The medical center comprises a variety of hospitals and clinical facilities that affords students a wealth of opportunities for professional experience.

The mission of the school is to advance the theoretical base of knowledge underlying the practice of health and rehabilitation disciplines and professions through research, teaching, and professional service.

The SHRS faculty base their teaching upon research studies, clinical service, and participation in their respective professional associations.  Faculty research and service typically occurs through multi-disciplinary collaboration in diverse health care and research environments. Consequently, SHRS students are exposed to state-of-the art curricula, which are continually being reviewed.

Our students are educated and trained to question the basis of current practice, and to challenge prevailing models and assumptions. The entry-level curricula reflect the importance of effective team participation in an inter-disciplinary and rapidly changing environment. Emphasis is given to the student’s development of analytical problem solving skills and human relations skills required for effective clinical and supervisory practice. The student is confronted with the transition between a professional commitment to providing high quality care and service, while recognizing the effects of competitive pressures and cost constraints upon the health care organization.

The primary objective of our entry-level professional programs is to educate knowledgeable, skilled, and ethically responsible practitioners, committed to their respective professions and to the high standards of health care and rehabilitation services. 

The primary objective of our pre-professional programs is to provide students with an excellent preparation for entry-level professional health care educational programs that are offered at the graduate level, either at the University of Pittsburgh or other universities.

Contact Information

University of Pittsburgh
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Office of Admissions
4020 Forbes Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Admission Information

Admissions Policy

Admission to most SHRS undergraduate programs is on a competitive basis as class sizes are limited. Students are strongly encouraged to complete as many prerequisites as possible prior to applying and to apply by the application deadlines published by the individual departments. Applications will be evaluated and qualified applicants will be admitted until classes are filled. Visit SHRS Programs and Course Offerings for individual department and program admission policies.

Admission Requirements

General admission requirements for the SHRS baccalaureate degree programs include a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.500 (based on 4.000) and successful completion of a minimum of 60 college-level credits which includes specific prerequisite courses. If letter grading is available, all prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade, and a minimum grade of C- is required. (A minimum grade of C is required for all credits transferred from other institutions). SHRS also recommends prior study in a second (foreign) language and prior completion of a college-level computer science course. Visit admissions pages for each program’s specific admission and application requirements.

30 of the 60 credits required for admission must be from four basic content areas, with minimum credits in each of the four areas as listed in the table below. These 30 credits must consist of courses which are equivalent to those taken by students in the first two years of a four year liberal arts or science degree. Courses from two-year colleges are acceptable if they meet this standard.

Content Area Minimum Required Credits Examples of courses
Natural Sciences/Psychology (Introductory basic science or psychology courses) 6 Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience, etc.
Humanities/Social Sciences 6 Foreign language, English literature, Economics, History, Philosophy, etc.
Oral and Written Communication 6 Public Speaking, English Composition, Intensive Writing Course, etc.
Mathematics/Statistics / Computer Science 4 Algebra, Calculus, Introduction to Statistics, Computer Programming, etc.
Total from all four Content Areas must equal 30 credits

Students with questions about identifying specific courses that will satisfy the prerequisites for our undergraduate program should contact the SHRS Admissions Office at or 412-383-6558.

Application Procedures

Freshman application is made through the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. SHRS is an upper-division school and does not admit students to its undergraduate programs at the freshman level. Therefore, students must first be admitted to another school at the University of Pittsburgh or to another institution. (See Pittsburgh campus Freshman Admissions section of this bulletin for more information.)

Transfer students who have previously enrolled at a college or university other than the University of Pittsburgh, including former University of Pittsburgh students who have since earned college credits at another institution and now wish to return to the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences must complete a University of Pittsburgh transfer application, submit an application fee of $45 to the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid and complete the supplemental information required for SHRS. (See Transfer Student Admissions section of this bulletin for more information.)

International applicants must complete the International Undergraduate Student application and the supplemental information required for SHRS. (See International Undergraduate Student Admissions section of this bulletin for more information.)

University of Pittsburgh students applying to the Athletic Training, Communication Science, Emergency Medicine, Health Information Management, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Rehabilitation Science programs must complete the SHRS Apply Yourself application. An application fee is not required of current Pitt students applying to the SHRS undergraduate programs.

The following information is required as part of the application process:

  1. Essay: See individual program admission pages on SHRS website, for specific essay requirements. This essay should be no longer than two pages.
  2. One letter of recommendation: This letter should be from a college level instructor, employer, or a clinical supervisor. These individuals should be able to comment on a student’s academic, professional, and interpersonal abilities. This recommendation can be submitted electronically through the online application system by the applicant’s reference,  or by mailing a hard copy letter to the SHRS admissions office accompanied by the appropriate recommendation form as provided in the downloadable forms and recommendation section of the application. A letter of recommendation is not required for the Communication Science program.
  3. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges attended are required. Transfer applicants must also submit their high school transcripts to the Office of Admission and Financial Aid. Credits shown on a transcript as transfer credits from another institution cannot substitute for the official transcript of the college or university at which the credits were earned.
  4. While not required, a resume is highly encouraged.

University of Pittsburgh students applying from the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown and Titusville should follow the same guidelines as stated above for students at the Oakland campus. A Relocation Form should only be submitted to the regional campuses if a student is admitted to a program at SHRS to facilitate the transfer of student records.

Advanced Standing on Admission

Students enter SHRS as juniors with 60 advanced standing credits. (Exception is the Emergency Medicine Senior Transfer option for paramedics and currenlty serving military applicants. These students are granted 90 advanced standing credits and admitted as seniors.)

Students are expected to take all core courses required by their program at SHRS; however, students with more than 60 credits of undergraduate coursework completed at a four year academic institution may be granted up to 30 additional credits pending approval of the Program Director. The Program Director must:

  • review and approve these additional credits
  • indicate additional classes/credits on the student’s Plan of Study, and
  • submit to the Director of Student Services, Registrar a request to accept additional credits
  • all required academic work for a degree in SHRS, including courses for which advanced- standing credit has been granted, must be completed within ten (10) consecutive calendar years. Departments have the discretion to lessen this number for specific coursework deemed integral to the course of study in a particular discipline

See Allowable Credits section of this catalog for additional information about advanced standing.

Admission Status

Students are admitted to SHRS on one of the following statuses: full, conditional or non-degree.

  • Full status is granted to those who have met all admission criteria and have been admitted either as full-time or part-time students for study toward the baccalaureate degree
  • Conditional status is granted to those who are in the process of completing prerequisite courses. These students must complete all requirements successfully prior to matriculation. At the discretion of the Department Chair students may to be admitted to an SHRS undergraduate program with a maximum of two courses of prerequisite work remaining to be taken in their designated program. Any outstanding prerequisite work taken while enrolled in an SHRS undergraduate program must be completed by the end of the fall term of the senior year.
  • Non-degree status is granted to those who enroll at SHRS to take courses for credit without reference to a degree


Reinstatement is not guaranteed. Students who have been dismissed from SHRS for academic reasons or who have not enrolled at SHRS for three consecutive terms may apply for reinstatement. To request reinstatement a student must initiate the request via a letter to the department chair. This letter must be submitted at least three months prior to the beginning of the term for which the student is requesting reinstatement. The faculty within the student’s academic program will review the request for reinstatement. The review will be conducted with consideration given to the following criteria:

  • A period of one year must have elapsed from the time the student is dismissed to the time in which he/she is reinstated
  • Demonstration of academic success since leaving the program
  • Demonstration of personal and/or professional development since leaving the program
  • Space available within the program of study

Financial Information

Tuition and Fee Rates

Tuition and fee rates are availiable on the Financial Information  page.

Additional Fees

Lab Fees: Lab courses may incur an additional fee to cover laboratory expenses. These fees will be charged to the student directly and will appear on the invoice generated by Student Accounts in addition to tuition and other fees each semester.

Liability Insurance: Students enrolled in a clinical education or practicum must carry liability insurance. Liability insurance is required for SHRS students and will automatically be included on the tuition bill.

Scholarships, Grants and Financial Aid

If you are interested in applying for loans, scholarships, grants, or work study, you should call, write or visit the University of Pittsburgh, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Alumni Hall, Pittsburgh, PA  15260, 412-624-PITT,  See also the SHRS website financial information page.

Financial Obliation of Students

The University of Pittsburgh has the right to withold services if a student defaults on any financial obligation until repayment arrangements have been made that are satisfactory to the office or department to which the debt is owed.

SHRS Academic Regulations

Academic Integrity Policy

Students have the responsibility to be honest and to conduct themselves in an ethical manner while pursuing academic studies. Students have the right to be treated by faculty in a fair and conscientious manner in accordance with the ethical standards generally recognized within the academic community (as well as those recognized within the profession). Should a student be accused of a breach of academic integrity or have questions regarding faculty responsibilities, procedural safeguards including provisions of due process have been designed to protect student rights. These may be found in SHRS Guidelines on Academic Integrity: Student and Faculty Obligations and Hearing Procedures.

Student Roles and Responsibilities

University of Pittsburgh Nondiscrimination Policy Statement

The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability. Further, the University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the mission of the University. This policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in University programs and activities. This is a commitment made by the University and is in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

University and SHRS Rules and Regulations

Students should understand and know how to access University, SHRS and individual program rules and regulations. Students should complete the SHRS new student orientation, and review the most updated online version of the University Undergraduate Catalog, handbook and their program’s policy information. Students should be aware of and meet important academic deadlines, e.g. registration, add/drop and monitored withdrawal. See the Academic Calendar  .

Communicate with SHRS Faculty and Staff

Students should stay in regular communication with their academic advisor and faculty members. To facilitate this, the student should: 

  • check Pitt email regularly
  • inform academic advisor, faculty or department chair of difficulties that may impact academic standing
  • seek help as needed
  • make and keep regular advising/registration appointments with academic/faculty advisor

Name and Social Security Number Changes

Students are required to notify the University Registrar (G-3 Thackeray) to process changes in name and social security number. Please visit for more information. Students should also notify the SHRS Dean’s Office and their academic department of any changes to their contact information.

Plan of Study

Every student in SHRS must have a Plan of Study, signed by academic/faculty advisor, on file with Student Services by the end of the first semester in SHRS and as revised. Any changes to the Plan of Study must be approved by the academic/faculty advisor or Department Chair. To be certified for graduation, students must have successfully completed all courses outlined in their final Plan of Study as well as any other requirements for the degree. A final Plan of Study must be on file in Student Services 4019 Forbes Tower.

Minimum Academic Standard

All required and prerequisite coursework must be taken for a grade, when letter grade option is available. Students must receive a C- or better in each required course and SHRS elective course to earn credit.  For non-SHRS, non-required coursework, students must earn a grade of D or better (C required for transfer credits). All Pitt grades will still appear on the transcript and be calculated into the GPA unless the student repeats the course. However, credits from courses in which student has earned unacceptable grades will not be counted toward graduation.

Students who receive a grade below a C- in a required course must repeat that course and attain a grade of C- or better. Students will not be permitted to register for a course until they attain a C- or better in its prerequisite. Failure to receive an acceptable grade after the second repeat of a required course may result in the student being dismissed from the program and SHRS. 


Academic and faculty advisors for SHRS undergraduate students are assigned by the Program Directors. Students are notified of the name of their advisor by their Department.

Change of Advisor

If either the student or his or her assigned advisor prefers, the student can choose another advisor. The student must obtain a Change of Academic Advisor form, located on the SHRS website under forms, complete the form and secure the required signatures, and return the form to the Office of Student Services. As a general rule, students who have more than 50% of the credits required for graduation should not initiate change of advisor procedures.

Initial Responsibilities of the Advisor

Meet with each student advisee as soon as possible after admission to review goals, policies and procedures of the program, to assist the student in clarifying his or her educational goals, and to design a preliminary Plan of Study. The preliminary Plan of Study must be on file in Student Services by the end of the first term and then as revised.

Assist the student in selecting courses for the first term registration, sign all completed enrollment forms.

Ongoing Responsibilities of the Advisor

The student’s advisor should continue to provide support by:

  • being available to the student on a regular basis
  • meeting with the student as needed prior to each registration and reviewing academic progress
  • signing all completed necessary forms in a timely manner
  • helping the student meet important deadlines, e.g. registration, application for graduation
  • meeting with the student upon his/her notification of probationary status
  • assisting the student to access resources as needed
  • assist the student in creating, reviewing, and updating his/her Plan of Study according to undergraduate program and intended graduate program or professional requirements
  • help ensure that that Plan of Study is submitted to Student Services and updated as necessary
  • assist the student in planning internships or research projects

Allowable Credits

Some SHRS programs may allow students to earn particular course credits by successful completion of the following:

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Credits

See for credits and course equivalencies currently granted by the University of Pittsburgh for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate examinations.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

SHRS does NOT accept CLEP general examination credits.

Credit by Course Examination

The following regulations govern this procedure:

  • The individual department shall determine specific courses open to examination
  • A student may not earn credit by examination if s/he has previously taken the course
  • Student may obtain the form, Credit by Course Examination, from the Office of Student Services (4019 Forbes Tower)
  • Enrolled students must apply for examination during the term preceding the term in which the course is scheduled
  • Newly admitted students may apply and take the examination early in the term in which the course is taught

The Credit by Course Examination form and a check or money order for the appropriate fee must be processed in the Cashier’s Office, G-7 Thackeray Hall, for validation prior to taking the examination. Upon passing the examination, the department will submit the Credit by Course Examination form to Student Services. Students will receive advanced standing credit for the course, which may be applied towards graduation. If a student fails the exam, neither a failing grade nor credits will be posted on the transcript. An exemption examination may be taken only once per course. The faculty of each Department will determine the number of courses that can be exempted by students enrolled in that academic program.

Online Courses

The acceptance of online coursework is at the discretion of the department to which the student is applying. All online coursework must be taken at a regionally accredited institution.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

A total of four (4) ROTC credits earned by students will be accepted for purposes of admission and graduation. Grades for ROTC courses will be included in calculating the student’s GPA.

Transfer Credit Policy

At the time of application coursework completed outside the University of Pittsburgh is evaluated by the SHRS Admissions Office to determine if it meets University and SHRS policy required for transfer.

  • A maximum of 60 credits can be transferred into the University of Pittsburgh from a two-year degree program; and a maximum of 90 from a four-year college/university
  • Courses must be passed with a grade of C or better and must be earned at an appropriately accredited institution
  • Courses must have reasonable equivalents at the University of Pittsburgh to be eligible for transfer. When requested, students are responsible for supplying descriptions for courses taken elsewhere
  • The number of credits granted for a given course cannot exceed the number awarded for the course on the transcript of the school where the course was taken or the number earned for the corresponding course at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Credits earned on the quarter system will be converted into semester credits. A quarter credit is equal to two-thirds of a semester credit (e.g., five quarter-system credits equal three semester credits, and three quarter-system credits equal two semester credits)
  • SHRS accepts credits, but not grades, for transfer. Consequently, any courses that are accepted for transfer will be used as credit toward graduation, but will not be calculated into the student’s GPA at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Contact the SHRS Admissions Office at 412-383-6557 for information about transfer credit evaluation
  • Please note: All transfer credits are subject to re-evaluation when a student transfers from one school to another within the University of Pittsburgh.

Information for Transfer Students

Upon application, transfer students will receive a formal credit evaluation. Following admission, transfer students will receive formal notification from SHRS indicating which requirements have been satisfied and if any prerequisite coursework or credits are outstanding.

Information for Current SHRS Students

Current SHRS students in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of at least 2.00) may attend another accredited institution in order to complete their degree requirements, provided they receive prior approval from the SHRS Dean’s office. Students will be required to fill out an approval form and provide appropriate course descriptions. Students will not receive credit for courses taken without advance approval. SHRS students may not enroll in courses outside the University of Pittsburgh in the semester they are graduating from SHRS.

Independent Study

The independent study allows the student to pursue independent academic work for credit. The independent study must be supervised by an SHRS approved faculty member. To register for an independent study, the student must:

  • identify and develop an independent study project with independent study supervisor
  • complete the Independent Study form (Found on the SHRS website)
  • have Independent Study form approved and signed by the IS supervisor, academic/faculty advisor, and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • copy Independent Study form as necessary
  • submit an Independent Study form, Enrollment form, and have your advisor send Student Services an approval email to receive a permission number
  • enroll online for the independent study course

Clinical Education and Directed Practice

Clinical learning experience is an integral and essential part of SHRS undergraduate entry level professional programs. All students in these programs are required to participate in clinical education. Participation is optional but recommended for students in pre-professional programs. The following is required for all SHRS undergraduate clinical education:

  • all clinical education sites must have current contracts with the University of Pittsburgh
  • each program’s clinical education coordinator will assign students to their clinical education site
  • student must use an Enrollment Form to register for appropriate clinical education and submit other forms as directed by clinical education coordinator and listed below
  • student must provide proof of HIPAA certification with registration
  • student must provide proof of Blood Borne Pathogen certification with registration
  • students are required to carry personal health insurance
  • student must provide proof of having undergone a physical exam and blood work as well as proof of vaccinations 
  • list of exam and vaccination requirements and required form will be provided by the clinical education coordinator

Some SHRS programs require that students complete clinical education at facilities internal or external to the University and may require completion of:  1) Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance; 2) Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check; 3) FBI Criminal Record Check to determine whether the student is qualified to participate in clinical education.  If these are deemed to be required and the student has not already done so, he/she should immediately start the process of obtaining these three clearances and background checks. 

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has posted information on how to obtain these clearances and background checks here:

Additional requirements may also include a drug screen, CPR training, attending orientation sessions, compliance with dress code, and personal transportation.  Each program’s clinical education coordinator will advise students of additional program or site-specific requirements and instructions on how to submit required documentation to verify completion of all requirements. 

Students may be required to travel a distance or to relocate outside the city for their clinical education assignments.  All expenses for transportation, housing, food, etc. are the responsibility of the student. Any student who misses clinical education time for any reason must meet with his/her clinical education coordinator to discuss any needed make-up time.  See individual program for specific details regarding clinical education.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

All SHRS students participating in clinical education or field experience must complete HIPAA certification training prior to beginning at the clinical/field site. No clinical contact in a “covered entity” will be allowed before certification is completed. (Student should see individual department information regarding additional HIPAA certification requirements.) 

Procedure for completing HIPAA certification: Go to Look for UPMC HIPAA Security Awareness Training for Physicians (formerly RPF Module 15) and HIPAA Physicians Privacy Awareness Training by UPMC (formerly RPF Module 8). Complete the UPMC HIPAA Security Awareness Training for Physicians and HIPAA Physicians Privacy Awareness Training by UPMC. Complete the quizzes. Print certificates, complete all information, sign them, and turn them in to your department.

Blood Borne Pathogen Training and Certification

All SHRS students who will be going into a clinical setting must complete Blood Borne Pathogen (BBP) training and certification annually. This certification must be completed prior to the beginning of the term in which the clinical setting will begin. No clinical placement will be allowed before certification is completed.

Procedure for completing online BBP training and certification: Go to Look for Blood Borne Pathogen Training (formerly RPF Module 9). Complete Blood Borne Pathogens Training. Complete the quiz. Print certificate, complete all information, sign it, and turn it in to your department.

Dual Degree Option

Students may pursue dual degrees within SHRS or between SHRS and another school at the University. SHRS follows the University policy concerning dual degrees.

  • the student must complete 150 credits accepted by the University
  • the student must complete all requirements necessary to complete each degree
  • the student must receive both degrees simultaneously
  • the student must be admitted and enrolled in SHRS as his/her primary academic center for half the terms necessary to complete both degrees, typically this is 4-5 semesters
  • students must contact SHRS Admissions Office, 4021 Forbes Tower, to be admitted prior to the midpoint of their studies

Registration and Add/Drop Processes

A student must be registered for at least one credit in a twelve (12) month period from the time of admission until the degree is granted in order to maintain active status. Those students who fail to observe this rule will be placed on inactive status and will have to seek formal readmission in order to continue in the program. If active status is not maintained, the student is not permitted to use University facilities or receive counseling or active supervision by a faculty member, advisor, or committee.

Student Enrollment Process

Appointment times are assigned to students by the University Registrar’s Office process (fall and spring terms only). To access your Enrollment Appointment go to the Pitt Portal and log in; go to the Academic Resources tab and log in to PeopleSoft at the Student Center Login, click the Self Services link, then the Student Center link. Once in your Student Center, your Enrollment Appointment will be listed in the box entitled Enrollment Dates on the right hand side of the page. 

Prior to your appointment date/time you must meet with your academic advisor within your department to determine your courses, complete enrollment form, if required by your department (signed by you & advisor).  The schedule of Classes can be found on the University Registrar’s website at

Be sure to pay attention to any Special Indicators noted for the course (@, R, etc.) and go to the Schedule of Classes Guide on p.4 to see what they mean. Most of these are here to inform you of courses that require special permission. If courses require permission please seek permission from the instructor of the course. You may do so via email with the instructor. If it is a course within SHRS see the Student Services Coordinator with proof of permission for a “permission number.” If it is a course outside of SHRS you will need to receive a “permission number” from the school in which the course is offered. You will need this “permission number” in order to register for a closed/restricted course in PeopleSoft.

Resolve any holds that you may have on your account with the respective departments that have placed the holds or they will prevent you from registering for your classes.

Demos/handouts on how to do your Self-Enrollment are available in PeopleSoft. Go to the Portal, University Services & Information tab, and then click on Self Service Enrollment. Handouts/demos are available on the following:

  • Preparation Steps
  • Adding a Class
  • Dropping a Class
  • Editing a Class
  • Swap a Class
  • Waitlist a Class

Add/Drop Process

Students are allowed to add or drop classes until the end of the second week of classes each fall and spring term. Add/drop during the summer sessions is dependent on the length of the class session. (See University Academic Calendar  for specific dates.)  The following is a typical add/drop process:

  • Students should make an appointment with their advisor to discuss adding/dropping courses
  • Once approved by the advisor, students will make the enrollment changes online

Problem with Enrollment After the Add/Drop Deadline

Should a student find an error in their enrollment after the add/drop period had ended, a formal memo is required from the student’s advisor to the SHRS, Director of Student Services, Registrar.  This memo will need to include the student name, PeopleSoft number, the course(s) to be added or dropped (subject, name & section), the number of credits, and the reason for the error.  If the error is the students fault, the student will be charged a late fee at the discretion of the main University of Pittsburgh Registrar.  If the fault is with the Department the student is enrolled, that department Chair can provide an account number in which the late charge is to be paid from.

Upon approval from the SHRS Director of Student Services, Registrar the memo will be submitted to the University of Pittsburgh Registrar to process the exception.

Monitored Withdrawal

After the add/drop deadline has passed, the student must process a Monitored Withdrawal Request form to drop a class. (See University Academic Calendar  for deadlines to process a Monitored Withdrawal.) Student should consult with academic/faculty advisor before withdrawal from course(s). The form must be signed by the instructor of the course and be returned to the Director of Student Services, Registrar, 4024 Forbes Tower within the first nine weeks of the term in the fall and spring. 

Because summer sessions vary in length, students should check the summer Schedule of Classes for those deadlines.  The grade W will appear on the student’s grade report and transcript. There is no tuition adjustment associated with a course withdrawal. Please note, withdrawing from a course may jeopardize satisfactory academic progress, financial aid, and assistantships or fellowships.

Resignation from All Courses and SHRS

If you are considering resigning for the term (academic withdrawal from all of your classes), please discuss your situation with your academic advisor, a Financial Aid counselor, or a staff member in the Office of Student Appeals to be certain you understand all of your options and obligations.

The effective date of your resignation determines if you are eligible for an adjustment in the tuition and fees you were charged for the term.  The effective date of your resignation will normally be the date you notify the University by one of the methods listed on the Student Payment Website under Resignation.  You are responsible for satisfying all financial obligations accumulated until the time you officially resign.  The timing of your resignation also has an impact on how grades are recorded on your transcript.  The last day to resign from a term is when sixty percent of the term has passed. 

Please visit the Student Payment center resignation page on the University of Pittsburgh website for more information.

Grading Policy and Records

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The GPA is a numerical indication of a student’s academic achievement based on a 4.000 grade point scale. The University letter grade system identified below will be followed without exception:


Quality Points




























Course Grading

The method of evaluation and grading is the prerogative of the course instructor and is based on the course objectives and expectations. SHRS faculty have the option of issuing “+” or “-” grades. SHRS faculty have the option of assigning letter grades or HSU evaluations, as printed in the course catalog and determined at student’s enrollment. Students will be apprised of the evaluation procedure by the instructor at the beginning of each course. It is the student’s responsibility to request clarification of any evaluation or grading policy.

Dean’s List for SHRS

The SHRS Dean’s List is compiled upon completion of each fall and spring term. The criteria used to determine eligibility for the Dean’s List is as follows:

  • full-time student status for the term
  • minimum GPA of 3.500 for the term
  • minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 (total Pitt)

SHRS Policy and Procedure for G and I Grades

G Grade Policy

Student’s assigned G (incomplete) grades due to course work unfinished because of extenuating personal circumstances, are required to complete course requirements no later than one year after the term in which the course was taken. Once the deadline has passed, the G grade will remain on the record, and the student will be required to re-register for the course if it is needed to fulfill requirements for graduation. Students will not be permitted to register for courses in which a prerequisite course resulted in a ‘G’ grade, unless approval has been obtained by the Department/Program Chair, or their designee.

I Grade Policy

The I grade indicates that the work of the course for which it is awarded has not been completed due to the nature of the course, clinical work, or incomplete research work in individual guidance courses or seminars. It is to be awarded only to students who have been doing the regular work of the course but who need more time than the term allows to complete the course work. That is, the extenuating circumstances ought to arise from the nature of the course work rather than from the student’s personal difficulties (in which case a G grade is appropriate; see above).

Starting the fall of 2016, all incomplete grades are expected to be completed by no later than the end of the next consecutive semester.  It is the responsibility of the faculty member to clearly state to the student the expected due date. 

  • If the incomplete grade is given in the spring, it is expected to be completed by the end of the summer term in August.

Action required by the student and faculty member for a “G” or “I” grade:

  • The student, faculty and advisor are to fill out a Completion Agreement of Incomplete Credits Form (Form can be found on the SHRS website) 
  • A copy of this agreement will need to be submitted to Student Services, no later than the end of the add/drop period for the current semester. Failure to submit this form before the end of the add/drop period will result in an automatic change to a failing grade.

Student Services, will be following up on any Incompletes or G grades that are not changed within the expected timeframe at the end of every term.

Satisfactory/No Credit (S/NC) grading option

Prerequisite and required courses must be taken for a letter grade when available, and a student must earn a C- or better (C for transfer credits).  Students planning to apply to SHRS are strongly encouraged to consult their advisor whenever considering the S/NC grading option to make certain the course is not required for the degree being sought in SHRS.

Repeating Courses

  • A sequence course may not be repeated for credit if the student passes a higher sequence course with a C or better grade.
  • A student may not enroll in the same course at another institution and have that grade replace the original grade earned at the University.
  • The original course and grade remain on the transcript; however, the grade and credits originally earned are not counted in the calculation of the GPA.
  • The grade earned by repeating a course is used instead of the grade originally earned. Withdrawal (W), Repeat (R), and Audit/Non-Credit (N) grades reported for the repeated course will not be identified as a course repeat, and therefore the original grade earned will continue to be counted in the GPA.
  • Incomplete grades (G and I) are not identified as repeated courses until the coursework is completed.
  • Students are only permitted to repeat a course twice. Any grade earned in the repeated course will be recorded on the academic transcript, even if it is lower than the original grade.
  • Students seeking to repeat other non-SHRS (prerequisites, electives, etc.) courses will be permitted to do so at the discretion of the program director.

Statute of Limitations on Allowable Coursework

All required academic work for a degree in SHRS, including courses for which advanced- standing credit has been granted, must be completed within ten (10) consecutive calendar years. Departments have the discretion to lessen this number for specific coursework deemed integral to the course of study in a particular discipline.

Leave of Absence

Under special conditions, undergraduate students may be granted one leave of absence.  All request should be put in writing to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Academic Probation and Dismissial Policy

Students who have completed at least 12 credits and whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.000 will be placed on academic probation and will receive written notification of this status. At this point it is the student’s responsibility to meet with his or her advisor.

To be removed from academic probation, the student will need to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.000 within his or her next two terms of study.  Failure to do so may subject the student to recommendation for immediate dismissal from the program by the Department Chair, in collaboration with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Students who fail to demonstate progress toward meeting graduation requirements in a timely manner may be placed on academic probation or recommended for dismissal fro the program by the Department Chair in collaboration with that Assoicate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.  SHRS reserves the right to terminate a student at any time for academic or other reasons.

Dismissal from the program is at the discretion of the SHRS Dean. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event it is not mathematically possible for a student to remediate their cumulative program GPA within their next two terms of study the student may be immediately dismissed.

A student may appeal their dismissal with the University of Pittsburgh Provost office. 

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences are as follows:

  • satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 approved credits (including advanced standing)
  • minimum of 30 SHRS credits taken once admitted and enrolled in SHRS department or program
  • minimum cumulative GPA 2.000
  • the GPA will be calculated as a composite of all courses taken at the University of Pittsburgh and counting toward completion of the degree
  • completion of all requirements for the program in which student has enrolled
  • no outstanding D, F, G or I grades in a required course
  • updated and approved Plan of Study on file in Student Services, 4019 Forbes Tower
  • An application for graduation must be filed in the SHRS Office of Student Services, based on the deadlines determined for that term.  Email notification of theses deadlines will be sent to students in the prior term. The graduation application is available on the SHRS website under forms.
  • no unresolved financial obligations to the University
  • student must be considered an “active student” at time of graduation; s/he must have been registered for at least one credit at the University of Pittsburgh within the last three terms or sessions
  • students may not enroll in courses outside the University of Pittsburgh in the semester they are graduating

Graduation with Honors

A baccalaureate degree student attaining an outstanding scholastic record will be graduated with University honors if a minimum of 60 letter-graded credits have been earned at the University of Pittsburgh. The GPA used for the awarding of honors at graduation will be calculated as a composite of courses taken at the University of Pittsburgh and counting toward completion of the degree. The following recognition of academic standing with honors applies:

  • Cum Laude                  3.250 - 3.490
  • Magna Cum Laude      3.500 - 3.740
  • Summa Cum Laude     3.750 - 4.000

SHRS Student Organizations

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences has student organizations for undergraduate students.  Visit for more information.

Disability Resources and Services (SHRS specific Regulations)

Students with disabilities who require special testing, accommodations or other classroom modifications should notify no later than the 4th week of the term:

  • their Department Chair
  • their instructor(s)
  • the Office of Disability Resources and Services (DRS)

    Students will be asked to provide documentation of any necessary accommodations as prescribed by DRS. For more information, go to:

Veteran Benefits

Veterans and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans may be eligible for benefits according to federal administration guidelines.  The University has an Office of Veterans Services located on the fourth floor of the Cathedral of Learning (  For additional information on Veterans Education Benefits, visit

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        Emergency Medicine Program

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          Department of Health Information Management

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