Pre-Professional Health Programs

PHP COVID Responses and Links

PHP STAFFING AND FURLOUGH INFORMATION (Updated 5.29.2020)

On May 21, Cleveland State University announced that there would be 4-week furloughs/unpaid leave for all CSU staff, among other measures being taken. As summer is when students are in the midst of applications to professional health programs (April-September) and new undergraduate, transfer, and post baccalaureate students will be starting Fall 2020, Pre-Professional Health Programs staff is taking swift action to move through the four weeks of leave as quickly as possible so we can get back to work for you. As a general point of contact, the College of Sciences and Health Professions Advising Center is open during business hours and you can contact 216-687-9321 for more information. You may also email the main office in our three-week overlapped absence. 

Brittany Wampler, Director of Pre-Professional Health Programs, will be out on unpaid leave from June 2-29. Megan Carbone, Coordinator of Pre-Professional Health Programs, will be out on unpaid leave from June 8-July 3. From June 8-29, Pre-Professional Health Programs will suspend traditional services to students, but there are points of contact listed below. Please see below for an FAQ and also feel free to schedule future appointments by calling the office.

Student FAQ
For new first year students: You should be able to reach out to your advisor for course sequencing and then schedule an appointment by calling 216-687-9321 to learn about services, application planning, and resume building with Megan Carbone upon her return. We will be hosting a Freshman Student Orientation Program for pre-professional health students the first week of classes as well; stay tuned for information on that! 

For new post baccalaureate students: If you have been admitted to the post baccalaureate program, you can call the office at 216-687-9321 to schedule an appointment upon my return. Please refer to prerequisite courses for your program on the PHP Website and register for Fall/Spring courses as soon as possible; we can make adjustments upon my return if necessary. If you cannot register for a particular course, please email Brian Zinsmeister for assistance or reach out to the department of the course for assistance.

For new transfer students: You should be able to reach out to your advisor for course sequencing and then schedule an appointment by calling 216-687-9321 to learn about services, application planning, and resume building for early fall semester. We will be hosting a Transfer Student Orientation Program the first week of classes as well; stay tuned for information on that! 

For current students: Please contact the main office at 216-687-9321 during business hours, or email the main office.  The office remains open in ourabsence, and an alternate advisor should be able to assist you with academic questions. Pre-Professional questions can be directed to us upon our return.

For current applicants: Please refer to the email sent to all applicants on 5/27/20 with information on how furlough should impact your application timeline. Megan Carbone, Coordinator for Pre-Professional Health Programs, will be available for questions and editing from 6/2-5. Pre-Professional services will be suspended from 6/8-29. For editing, you can reach out to the Writing Center (see online form).


PHP STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 RESPONSE

PRE-PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT: SPRING/SUMMER SEMESTER 2020

Meetings: We ARE seeing students and we ARE here for you! ALL appointments will be through Zoom Cloud Meetings, where you can elect for a phone or video appointment. Sign up for appointments as you normally would through Starfish and you will be forwarded instructions the day before your appointment. We are here to support you personally and professionally. You are welcome to schedule time or email us at any time.

Workshops: All pre-professional workshops are recorded and available online along with all supporting documents. Find them at  https://sciences.csuohio.edu/preprof/pre-professional-health-programs and select “Workshops” on the left-hand side of the screen.

Pass/Fail or S/U Policy Statement


Update to Pass/Fail: Re-opening 5/18-22As approved by the Faculty Senate at its meeting on Wednesday, April 29, students will now have an additional opportunity, from May 18 - May 22 (11:59pm), to choose the pass/fail option for Spring 2020 courses. Also during this time, students who chose pass/fail for courses can change back to a letter grade, if desired.

Starting May 18, to request either of these actions, students must complete the Spring 2020 COVID-19 Request to Reconsider Pass/Fail Grading Basis Option form. The form will be accessible on CampusNet from the Student Tab by selecting the Grades link and then Spring 20. Students should complete all requested information on the form, including course details, by no later than May 22, 2020 at 11:59pm.


On Tuesday, March 31, students received a message to their CSU email account from Provost Zhu with details of the new Pass/Fail grading option for all undergraduate and graduate classes, except those requiring a letter grade for licensure or regulatory reasons. Students can choose Pass/Fail or work toward a traditional letter grade. The provost’s message to students can be read here, and the full procedure document related to Pass/Fail is available here

In order to change a graded course to pass/fail or S/U, go to your CampusNet and click on the Student Tab and Grades. 

The academic updates have been rolling out very quickly, and it is important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for students as they navigate the semester. That in mind, for pre-professional health students, you are planning to apply to extremely competitive programs and our job is to help you get in. If there is a strategic way to take non-prerequisite courses as S/U or Pass/Fail OR if you are taking a prerequisite course and not doing well and plan to retake for a grade in the future, this might be a benefit to you.

 

Every professional health school (anesthesia assisting, dental, medical, optometry, OT, PA, PT, pharmacy, speech, and veterinary) will have to decide on their individual policy for students. Universal standards for all tracks have yet to be decided upon, if at all. Your best bet for a prerequisite course required for any program you are considering in the future is to get a grade. We do not know the widespread impact of this or if schools will accept a pass/fail if you otherwise could have taken it for a grade.

 

Feel free to reach out to Megan Carbone or Brittany Wampler for questions now, as we continue to seek best practice and guidance for our students. We still strongly recommend, either way, working with your Academic Advisors AND us as you are navigating these decisions!​​​​​​​

 

GRE for graduate programs at csu

Cleveland State University announced that they were waiving the GRE test for graduate program applicants applying for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 start dates. Please note that this DOES NOT include students applying now for a Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 (DPT) start date. All students applying in 2020 for a later start are still required to take the GRE.

Feel free to reach out to Megan Carbone or Brittany Wampler for questions!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 
Professional Program Links

 

Additional, general information and updates from Liaison: https://help.liaisonedu.com/COVID-19/1_Students

Health Profession

Association

CAS

COVID-19 Website

 

Allopathic Medicine

AAMC

AMCAS

https://www.aamc.org/coronavirus-covid-19-resource-hub#services/

 

Communication Sciences & Disorder

CAPCSD

CSDCAS

https://www.capcsd.org/csdcas-covid-19-response/

 

CWRU: Master of Science in Anesthesia

AAAA

CASAA

https://case.edu/medicine/msa-program/admissions/frequently-asked-questions

 

 

Dentistry

ADEA

ADEA AADSAS

https://www.adea.org/GoDental/AADSAS-Update/

 

Naturopathic Medicine

AANMC

NDCAS

https://aanmc.org/news/aanmc-covid-19-resource-page

 

Occupational Therapy

 

 

 

AOTA

OTCAS

https://www.aota.org/Publications-News/AOTANews/2020/Leadership-Statement-Coronavirus-COVID19.aspx

Optometry

ASCO

OptomCAS

https://optometriceducation.org/covid-19-statement-for-current-and-prospective-applicants/

Osteopathic Medicine

AACOM

AACOMAS

https://choosedo.org/coronavirus

 

Pharmacy

AACP

PharmCAS

http://www.pharmcas.org/covid-19/

 

Physical Therapy

APTA

PTCAS

www.ptcas.org/covid-19/

 

Physician Assistant

PAEA

CASPA

https://paeaonline.org/resources/coronavirus-resources/

 

 

Veterinary

AAVMC

VMCAS

https://www.aavmc.org/students-applicants-and-advisors/covid-19-student-and-applicant-information/

 

CSU OT/DPT/SLP PROGRAM POLICIES

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM

FOR INCOMING OTD STUDENTS (Fall 2020)

 While the CSU OTD Program ordinarily requires that students receive letter grades for prerequisite courses, we will accept P or S grades for courses taken Spring 2020 when the university offering such courses allowed these alternative grading options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS FOR FALL 2021 OR BEYOND: UPDATE DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

  • While the CSU OTD Program ordinarily requires that students receive letter grades for prerequisite courses, we will accept P or S grades for courses taken Spring 2020 when the university offering such courses allowed these alternative grading options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  
  • HOWEVER, students may only apply the P/F or S/U option to ONE of the required science prerequisites.
  • Students who are planning to apply to other OT Programs should check with those other programs to see if they will accept P/F or S/U before choosing these alternative grading options. 
  • We encourage students to contact the OTD Program Director, Dr. Beth Ekelman, at b.ekelman@csuohio.edu if they have any questions.

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY PROGRAM

FOR INCOMING MA STUDENTS IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY (Fall 2020)

While the CSU SPH Program ordinarily requires that students receive letter grades for prerequisite courses, we will accept P or S grades for courses taken Spring 2020 when the university offering such courses allowed these alternative grading options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS FOR FALL 2021 OR BEYOND: UPDATE DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

  • While the CSU Speech and Hearing Program ordinarily requires that students receive letter grades for prerequisite courses, we will accept P or S grades for courses taken Spring 2020 when the university offering such courses allowed these alternative grading options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  
  • HOWEVER, students may only apply the P/F or S/U option to ONE of the required Communication Sciences and Disorders prerequisites.
  • Students who are planning to apply to other graduate programs in speech-language pathology should check with those other programs to see if they will accept P/F or S/U before choosing these alternative grading options. 
  • We encourage students to contact the Director of the Speech and Hearing Program, Dr. Myrita Wilhite, at m.wilhite@csuohio.edu if they have any questions.

PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM

FOR INCOMING DPT STUDENTS (Spring 2021)

While the CSU DPT Program ordinarily requires that students receive letter grades for prerequisite courses, we will accept P or S grades for courses taken Spring 2020 when the university offering such courses allowed these alternative grading options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS FOR SPRING 2022 OR BEYOND: UPDATE DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

  • While the CSU DPT Program requires that students receive letter grades for courses, we will accept P/F or S/U grades for courses taken Spring 2020 when the university offering such courses allowed these alternative grading options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  
  • Students who are planning to apply to other PT Programs should check with those other programs to see if they will accept P/F or S/U before choosing these alternative grading options. Due to variations in PT programs we would advise that you opt for the letter grade if possible. 
  • If you have questions, please contact our Graduate Assistant Advisor at ptadvising@csuohio.edu