School of Health Professions


Kristofer J. Hagglund, Dean
Stephanie A. Reid-Arndt, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Janet E. Farmer, Associate Dean, Research
510 Lewis Hall
(573) 884-6705

Advising and Scholarship Contact
SHP Student Services Office
101 Lewis Hall
(573) 882-8011

The School of Health Professions is Missouri’s only state-supported health professions school on a campus with an academic health center. It is uniquely positioned to educate highly qualified health care professionals committed to fulfilling the mission of improving society through education, service and discovery in diagnostic, medical imaging, and rehabilitation sciences. The school is credited with establishing the nation’s first baccalaureate degree program in respiratory therapy and the first master’s degree program in diagnostic medical ultrasound. Its six departments and eight accredited academic programs have long and distinguished histories. Graduates of the School of Health Professions are nationally recognized leaders in their fields.

The school offers undergraduate degrees with majors in Athletic Training, Communication Science and Disorders, Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Respiratory Therapy, Radiologic Sciences with emphasis in Radiography or Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Clinical Laboratory Sciences with an emphasis in Medical Technology. The school offers graduate degrees in Communication Science and Disorders with an emphasis of Speech-Language Pathology, Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Students gain valuable experience by participating in nationally recognized service centers including PhysZou, Tiger OT, The Adult Day Connection, The Health Connection, the Speech and Hearing Clinic, Robert G. Comb’s Language Preschool, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and more than eight hundred fieldwork sites.


Undergraduate students are enrolled in the School of Health Professions for academic advisement in order to complete University general education and prerequisite courses. Students will be advised by faculty of the department in which they have declared a major, or by an advisor in the Student Services Office. Students should contact the SHP Advising Office to ensure satisfactory progress toward completion of the prerequisites.

Admission to the University and to the School of Health Professions as a pre-professional student does not constitute admission as a candidate for most Bachelor of Health Science degree programs. Pre-professional students are admitted to candidacy for the BHS only when they have been selected to participate in the professional component of a program. Application deadlines and requirements vary for each program (an application is not required for the health sciences programs). Students are strongly encouraged to seek advising to ensure they are making satisfactory progress towards pre-requisites, MU General Education, and program requirements.

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Exploratory Courses

The School of Health Professions offers introductory courses and experiences to provide information about career opportunities in these areas. These courses are listed below:

HLTH_SCI 1000Introduction to the Health Professions3
NUCMED 1000Orientation to Nuclear Medicine1
OC_THR 1000Introduction to Occupational Therapy1
PH_THR 1000Introduction to Physical Therapy1
RS_THR 1000Introduction to Respiratory Therapy1
DMU 1000Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound1
C_S_D 1000Introduction to Communication Science and Disorders1
CL_L_S 1000Orientation to Clinical Laboratory Science1

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Required Entry-level Courses

To be admitted into or continue in the School of Health Professions, all students must complete College Algebra (MATH 1100 or equivalent) and Exposition and Argumentation (ENGLSH 1000) upon completing 60 university-level credit hours, including transfer and MU credit. In addition, the School of Health Professions requires students who are declaring a "pre-Health Professions" or "Undeclared" major to meet the minimum GPA requirement for that program of interest. All undergraduate students are required to declare a plan upon completion of 60 university-level credit hours.

While completing prerequisite requirements, students must make formal application for admission to the professional component of the program of their choice. Enrollment is limited and is governed by program admission committees. Application to the professional component is also required for transfer students.

In addition to academic record, attributes such as interpersonal skills, motivation, attitude, interest, commitment and knowledge of the field are considered in selecting students to participate in the professional phase of any program. Applicants may also be evaluated on school and college aptitude tests, pattern of academic achievement, verbal expression, extracurricular activities and motivation demonstrated by employment and volunteer activities.

The application deadlines for the professional component of each program are shown below.

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Professional Program Application Deadline Classes Begin
Athletic Training February 1, freshman Fall
Communication Science and Disorders Feb. 1, sophomore Fall
Occupational Therapy Applications Not Accepted in 2017 Summer
Radiography Feb. 1, sophomore Summer
Physical Therapy Jan. 24, senior Summer
Nuclear Medicine Dec. 1, junior Fall
Respiratory Therapy Feb. 1, sophomore Summer
Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Feb. 1, sophomore Summer
Clinical Laboratory Science Nov. 1, junior Summer
Health Sciences N/A, freshman Fall/Spring

School of Health Professions Scholars Guaranteed Admission Program (SHarP Scholars)

International Admissions

Students whose native language is not English should contact the School of Health Professions for requirements.

Prerequisite Curriculum Requirements

See the degree requirements in the following pages for specific course requirements in the various programs. The student is responsible for meeting graduation requirements for the program and the University. Academic advisors in the School of Health Professions can assist students with understanding degree requirements and progress towards degree completion.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to degree and major requirements, students must complete university graduation requirements, which include university general education requirements.

Degree Core Requirements

The Bachelor of Health Science degree is granted to candidates who have successfully fulfilled all didactic and clinical requirements of the program as described for each area, in addition to all University requirements, including University general education requirements.

In addition to the academic and clinical education requirements of a program, students must possess and exhibit those personal qualities and characteristics that are associated with patient welfare and professional trust. These elements are a part of the overall evaluation process for the professional phase of each program. Should it be determined that these qualities are not present in sufficient degree or that a student does not demonstrate satisfactory growth and progress in these areas, the student is subject to dismissal from the program.

Degree with Honors Requirements

To earn Latin Honors in the School of Health Professions, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • 50 graded MU undergraduate credits
  • At least a 3.0 MU cumulative GPA
  • MU cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 3.5 or
  • last 50 graded credits at MU equal to or greater than 3.5
  • GPA for each level
Latin Honor GPA
Cum laude 3.5
Magna cum laude 3.7
Summa cum laude 3.9

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Academic Regulations

Time Limits on Credits Earned

Contact each department for information on time limits.

Credits by Examination

Students with previous training or experience may be allowed to earn advanced-standing credit through challenge or equivalency evaluation in certain programs. Contact the Health Professions Student Affairs Office for information pertaining to the awarding of credit for these exams.

Maximum Credits Enrolled

A student may not enroll for more than 18 credits in a term without permission from the associate dean.

Independent Study

Students must receive prior approval before enrolling in independent study courses.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grades

A student wishing to enroll in a course on an S/U basis must receive permission from the faculty advisor in his or her department and from the SHP Advising Center.

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Enrolling in Other Institutions Simultaneously

Students must receive approval from the SHP Advising Center before enrolling simultaneously at another institution.

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Students who are pre-Health Professions, Health Science majors or undeclared Health Professions students will be assigned an advisor in the SHP Advising office. Students who are in a professional program may be advised by a faculty member.

Students should select an area of interest prior to completing the first two years of college. To assist with career decisions, the School of Health Professions offers introductory courses and experiences to provide information and career opportunities in these areas.

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Career Placement

Graduates of programs in the School of Health Professions are highly recruited and frequently hired prior to receiving degrees. The Career Services office in the School of Health Professions offers résumé, cover letter and personal statement review, mock interviews, and workshops to enhance students' career development. All Health Science majors are required to take Health Science 2100, a career and professional development seminar course. Students are encouraged to seek out and use the Career Services office early in their undergraduate career.

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The School of Health Professions offers a wide variety of programs of study for students interested in careers in healthcare. At the graduate level, we offer degrees in

  • Communication Science and Disorders
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

The Graduate School confers an interdisciplinary Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree. The MPH is available in two emphasis areas: Health Promotion and Policy or Veterinary Public Health. This public health coursework reflects the University of Missouri’s strength in the health professions, social work, nursing, medicine, veterinary medicine, and arts and sciences.

Note: Prospective graduate students must apply to both the degree program of interest and to the MU Graduate School. In most cases, the entire application process may be completed online. Find admission and application details by selecting the degree program of interest in the left navigation column.