It is the policy of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) that qualified individuals be given equal educational opportunities regardless of disability. The Department of Occupational Therapy is equally committed to enabling all admitted students to be successful, including those with disabilities. Occupational therapy education, however, requires the applicant to possess certain specific capabilities in order to complete all academic, laboratory, and clinical aspects of the program.
Because the Department of Occupational Therapy also has a commitment to the welfare of all clients treated or otherwise affected by students enrolled in the program, the students must have the minimum skills and knowledge to function effectively in a broad variety of clinical settings, with a diverse client population, while rendering a wide spectrum of occupational therapy services. To this end, the Department has established minimum standards for participation and progression in the program. All students must possess the general attributes described in the technical standards below. It is the responsibility of students to disclose disability and request accommodations if needed to meet these standards.
Students must be able to:
Interpersonal and intrapersonal skills
UMMC is committed to ensuring equal access to a quality education for qualified students through the provision of reasonable academic accommodations which support UMMC standards and academic integrity. UMMC policy provides for reasonable academic accommodations to be made for students with verified disabilities on an individualized and flexible basis as specified under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
UMMC provides reasonable academic accommodations to students on campus who request them and who meet eligibility criteria. For more information or to request academic accommodations, individuals should go to the Office of Academic Support webpage and complete the Request Academic Accommodations online form.
Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to advocate for themselves and utilize the support services offered; however, students are not required to disclose a disability unless they desire accommodations. All disability-related information is confidential. UMMC follows the specific guidelines set forth by the ADA related to access to this information in the post-secondary education setting.