Our programs allow students to learn all aspects of professional practice, including theory, hands-on practice and research, in an innovative and comprehensive curriculum focusing on their contributions as part of a health care team. And HRS offers unmatched clinical experience within world-class health care facilities – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and other top-rated health care facilities in and around central Ohio.

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We value diversity in people and ideas!

HRS promotes an inclusive and supportive learning environment where anyone can comfortably join in or confidently stand out. Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty bring real-world experience, research experience and practical resources to our students. Many of our faculty are practitioners – it’s not unusual for a faculty member to see patients in the clinic and then instruct students in the classroom, all in the same day. Additionally, our faculty author the most important textbooks in their field; utilized not only in HRS classrooms but in others across the nation.
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We're your training ground for the future!

With distinctive in-class and out-of-class opportunities, HRS assists students with molding their education into a meaningful and rewarding career. As a result, our graduates are leaders in their fields, using their knowledge of advanced techniques and technology to deliver quality health care across the globe.

HRS students experience nearly 100% job placement within three months of graduation. Our students who choose to continue their education in graduate or professional programs have multiple program admission offers. 

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We offer a personal approach to learning!

Our intimate learning environment allows faculty to know your name. Class sizes, averaging between 15-40 students, allow for individualized attention. HRS students learn, experience and conduct research alongside faculty who are industry and corporate experts in the newly renovated spaces within Atwell Hall.

We offer holistic admissions!

Keeping with the mission of HRS, we practice holistic admissions. To ensure the development of transformative leaders in health and rehabilitation sciences, each HRS program uses this process. Each piece of an HRS application is part of an integrated and comprehensive whole that tells the student’s story.

One piece explains a student’s background and life experiences, another about a student’s academic achievement. We learn about your character and contributions. Most importantly, we discover ideas and interests, and what is meaningful to an applicant.

During a holistic review, each program looks to understand how an applicant would grow, contribute and thrive in the program as well as a health care professional. The variables below are not listed in order of importance in the HRS program evaluation and selection process. HRS programs review applications holistically. No portion of the application is considered without the rest of the application.  

Just as no two HRS students are the same, each applicant to an HRS program is unique. This means that when HRS programs review each application, careful attention is applied to unique circumstances. HRS programs take into account an applicant’s background, educational path, and work and family responsibilities. By focusing on an applicant’s achievements in context, HRS programs evaluate how an applicant has excelled in their school environment and how they’ve taken advantage of what’s available to them.

Academic Excellence

An important criterion for admission into an HRS program is academic excellence. We look at the applicant’s preparation and potential to succeed. We expect you to challenge yourself academically and to do very well. The most important credential for evaluating your academic record is your marks in prerequisite coursework. Our evaluation goes beyond any numerical formula. Although each program has a minimum GPA requirement, academic performance is merely one part of the whole.

Extracurricular Activities

Learning about an applicant’s extracurricular activities and nonacademic interests helps HRS programs understand the potential contributions to both the Ohio State and health care communities. Applicants often assume the primary concern is the number of activities in which an applicant participates. In fact, an exceptional depth of experience in one or two activities may demonstrate an applicant’s passion more than minimal participation in five or six activities. 

Applicants may also be employed or have family responsibilities. These are as important as any other extracurricular activity. In general, HRS programs want to understand the impact an applicant has had at a job, in their family, in a club, in school, or in the larger community, and we want to learn of the impact that experience has had on the applicant.

To learn about the admission process for a specific HRS program, please visit the HRS program’s webpage.

Intellectual Vitality

HRS programs want to see an applicant’s commitment, dedication and genuine interest in healthcare and others; both in what you write about yourself and in what others write on your behalf, if required. We want to see the energy and depth of commitment applicants will bring to their endeavors, whether that means in a research lab, as part of a community organization, during a performance or on an athletic field. We want to see the initiative with which applicants seek out opportunities and expand their perspective.