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Pre-Health Students with Disabilities

Students with a variety of disabilities including sensory, learning, physical and psychological apply to and get accepted into health professional programs. Students with disabilities make up approximately 3% of medical school students. Keep in mind this number may be higher as students may not disclose their disability.

Students with disabilities may want to review the technical standards of the schools to which they want to apply as prospective students must meet minimum technical standards that are essential to the program. Unfortunately, schools can be vague about these standards. You may want to look for contact information for prospective students with disabilities which will typically lead you to a designated person who is not affiliated with admissions decisions or the school’s disability resource center (often under different names). It may be helpful to consult your disability coordinator or the Disability Resource Center on campus in this process.

Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The following websites provide information on requesting accommodations for a number of entrance exams for each health professions program. Be sure to start the process for accommodations early, at least 60-90 days before you register for the exam, to ensure you have ample time to gather documentation to support your request. Documentation such as transcripts, previous evaluations and a current evaluation may be required or recommended. The documentation needs to demonstrate your disability substantially influences your ability to take the exam and accommodations requested directly relate to your disability. Remember, medical schools and other professional schools will not know if you received accommodations on exams and your test will not be flagged. Additionally, health care professionals are eligible for accommodations during training, on board exams and in the workplace, provided they meet certain criteria under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

For accommodations on interviews, look for contact information for prospective students with disabilities which will typically lead you to a designated person who is not affiliated with admissions decisions or the center that supports students with disabilities at the school.

MCAT Accommodations

CASPer Accommodations

DAT Accommodations

GRE Accommodations

Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) Accommodations

HESI Exam Accommodations

Students taking their test at a Prometric testing center will need to go through Evolve/Elsevier, Inc. to request testing accommodations. In contrast, students taking the test at their school's testing center will request accommodations through their school. Schools typically have an office for disability services to assist students with the process.

TEAS Accommodations

Many colleges host TEAS tests, and they follow their own guidelines for approving accommodations. The steps involved in this process can vary from college to college. Check with your prospective site to to arrange accommodations.

 

Resource Links

Disability Resource Center

Disability Resource Center professional staff work directly with students to assess their individual disability-related needs and to develop appropriate plans for academic accommodations and services.

Regents Center for Learning Disorders

RCLD provides evaluation for students. It is important to note you will need to contact RCLD or another evaluator earlier rather than later as it may take a several months for a spot to open. Financial assistance is available, please contact the RCLD for more information.

Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education

The Coalition is a collaboration among peer institutions that aims to improve the student experience with disability accommodations in graduate health science and medical education programs. It offers opportunities for networking and collaboration through its listserv, web-based resources, training, speakers' bureau, and annual symposia. Resources includes suggested articles, books, webinars, organizations, research projects, as well as resources for faculty and student support.

The Society of Physicians with Disabilities

The mission of the Society is to foster an online supportive community and to freely provide disability-related resources and tools that are relevant for healthcare professionals, students, family members, and friends.

Medical Students with Disabilities Facebook

Exceptional Nurse

Exceptional Nurse is a resource for nursing students and nurses with disabilities.

The Society of Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities

The mission of the Society is to foster an online supportive community and to freely provide disability-related resources and tools that are relevant for healthcare professionals, students, family members, and friends.

Entry Point!

Entry Point! identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for internship and co-op opportunities.