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2009-2010 Catalog 
2009-2010 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Health Professions and Studies (SHPS)

2205 William S. White Building
(810) 237-6503
Fax: (810) 237-6532

Dean: Barbara L. Kornblau, J.D., OTR/L
   Executive Secretary: Peggy Suess
   Secretary Senior: Kendra Atwell
   Recruiter/Pre-Nursing Advisor: Stacy Salim-Tijerina
   Development Officer: Stacey Doyle
Urban Health and Wellness Center (UHWC):
   Director of Operations:  Ann Kuhl-Roy
   Director of Clinical Services:  Diane Towers
   Nurse Practitioners:  Diane Towers, Ree Ann Slagor, Connie Creech, Marilyn McFarland
   Director Physical Therapy Clinic: Edgar Torres
   Physical Therapists: Jason Hamilton, Tomika Wiley
   Grants and Contract Administrator Intermediate (UHWC): Amalie Helms

The School of Health Professions and Studies prepares students for careers in health related fields by offering degrees that blend liberal education and professional preparation leading to the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, Health Education, Health Sciences, Clinical Laboratory Science/ Medical Technology, Nursing, Radiation Therapy, Master of Science in Anesthesia, Master of Science in Health Education, Master of Science in Nursing (Note:  the Masters of Science in Nursing program will no longer admit new students beginning Fall 2009), Doctor of Nurse Practice ,Doctor of Physical Therapy and transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy.  Professional preparation in the disciplines comprising the School of Health Professions and Studies is provided, with attention to societal issues, health care delivery models, and factors influencing the relationships among health care professionals and clients. The school strives to provide the highest quality education in collaboration with all campus instructional units and health care professionals in the community who provide clinical experiences for students. A director oversees each of the departments in the school. The Office of the Dean for the School of Health Professions and Studies provides required administrative services.

Mission of the School

The mission of the School of Health Professions and Studies is to educate students to the highest standard in the health professions. We are dedicated to excellence and creativity in teaching, scholarship, practice, and service. Our commitment to community and professional service is enabled through campus-community partnerships, outreach initiatives, and interdisciplinary collaboration. We strive to provide the highest quality services while contributing to the knowledge base of professional practice.


Because of the varied nature of the programs offered through the School of Health Professions and Studies, admission procedures, as well as many other policies and procedures, are established by the individual departments/programs. Admission to the School of Health Professions and Studies is accomplished by successful application to a specific program within the School of Health Professions and Studies.

Academic Regulations and Procedures

Undergraduate Grading System

The following grading system is used in the School of Health Professions and Studies: A, excellent; B, good; C, fair; D, poor; E, failure; I, incomplete; Y, work in progress; W, officially withdrawn (without penalty). The following scale is used in computing grade-point averages:

  Letter Grade Honor Points
    A+ 4.0
    A 4.0
    A- 3.7
    B+ 3.3
    B 3.0
    B- 2.7
    C+ 2.3
    C 2.0
    C- 1.7
    D+ 1.3
    D 1.0
    D- .7
    E .0

Grade point averages are computed by dividing total honor points by total credits. The computation is limited to points and credits earned at the University of Michigan-Flint and to credits transferred from other schools and colleges of the University of Michigan.

The report of I (incomplete) may be made by the instructor if the student is unable to meet the course requirements within the specified time. An (I) incomplete may be made up while a student is not enrolled and must be made up by the end of the fifth week of the next semester (fall or winter) in which a student is enrolled. If, for sufficient reason, a student cannot remove the incomplete within the five-week period, an extension request form must be approved by both the course instructor and the Department Director and forwarded to the Office of the Registrar. Failure to either make up the grade within the allotted time or to have an extension approved will result in the I being automatically changed to a grade of E.

The grade Y indicates “Work in Progress” and is therefore used only for courses designated to extend beyond a single semester. After completion of the work, the Y grade will be removed and replaced by an appropriate grade, or it may also be replaced by an (I) Incomplete.

A grade once reported (with the exception of I and Y) may be changed only to correct a demonstrable error.

Credit Without Grade (Pass/Fail)

The pass/fail option applies only to specific courses so designated in the course schedule by individual SHPS departments. Courses elected for credit without grade are not included in the calculation of the grade point average.

Changes in Course Elections (Drop/Add)

Prior to the first official day of the semester the student may drop/add on the SIS Web site until the 10th day of class. Once classes begin, the student must obtain a Drop/Add form, have it signed by the instructor, and submit the form to the Office of the Registrar.

New courses may be elected before the end of the second week of the semester with the consent of the instructor; a course may not be dropped without a final grade after the Friday of the seventh full week of classes. Any student who seeks an exception to these deadlines must do so by a petition to the Academic Standards Committee of the School of Health Professions and Studies. A request to drop a course without a final grade after the deadline is considered only on medical grounds or for other compelling reasons.

Permission to drop a course after the deadline is not granted merely because the student is doing unsatisfactory work. If a student drops a course without official approval, the grade of E is recorded.

Granting withdrawal from a SHPS program (with intention to return) is a prerogative of the individual SHPS departmental faculty.

Recognition of Superior Scholarship

For those students with 45 graded hours or more completed at UM-Flint, graduating seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher are recommended for the degree “with honors,” and students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher are recommended for the degree “with high honors.” For students in the Physical Therapy Program, the grade point average is computed on the basis of all courses taken after admission to the professional preparation program.

Students who have completed less than 45 graded credit hours, but have met the requirements for graduation and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, will receive the Academic Distinction Award.

See “Undergraduate Honors” in the “Academic Policies of the University” section of this Catalog for information regarding campus- and system-wide honors recognition.

Distinguished scholarship is also recognized by awards offered by the faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint and by other organizations.

Academic Standing

A student in the School of Health Professions and Studies who maintains a grade point average of at least 2.0 for courses elected while enrolled in the University is generally considered to be in good academic standing. However, individual program standards may be higher. Grade point average requirements for graduation also vary.

The academic records of all students whose grade point average falls below C (2.0) are reviewed at the end of each semester by the Academic Standards Committee of the School of Health Professions and Studies. According to individual circumstances, students with deficient academic records may be placed on warning or required to withdraw. Students of individual programs which have established policies and procedures to determine academic discipline do not normally come before the Academic Standards Committee unless the grade point falls below C (2.0).

Appeals Procedure

Students in the School of Health Professions and Studies who believe they have been unfairly treated may appeal to the School of Health Professions and Studies Student Appeals Committee. For problems involving a faculty member, the appeal procedure should be initiated after consultation with the faculty member whenever possible.

Students in programs with written policies and procedures related to academic performance, clinical competency, and ethical standards should follow procedures established by the program prior to contacting the School of Health Professions and Studies Student Appeals Committee.