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Grover Center
Athens, OH 45701

Joann Benigno
Cooridinator of Undergraduate Education  
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Athens, OH 45710

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School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences  

The School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences (RCS), founded in 1937 as the School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences (HSLS), is one of the oldest and largest academic programs in communication sciences and disorders in the world. The new school is composed of the former Schools of Physical Therapy and Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences, though only graduate programs are offered in Physical Therapy, which can be found in the graduate catalog. The School offers both an undergraduate major  and minor  in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). The School is dedicated to excellence in research and education of undergraduate and graduate students who will be successful for future academic study and employment.


The School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences offers 6 student oraganziatons for students to get involved in.

• National Association of Future Doctors of Audiology (NAFDA)
To assist audiology doctorate students in enhancing their education while advancing and growing with new technology.

• National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
For students in or interested in majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Activities include speakers, volunteer activities and social activities.

• OHIO American Sign Language Club (Non-Registered Student Organization)

• Undergraduate Research Club (URC)
The HSLS Undergraduate Research Club is for Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about research in communication sciences and disorders.
Adviser: Sally Marinellie, Ph.D.

• Respite Volunteer Home Visitor Program (Non-Registered Student Organization)

• Pre-Physical Therapy Club
The pre-physical therapy club is designed for those students who are interested in learning more about physical therapy, and possibly pursuing a career in this broad and rewarding field. Students from any major are welcome to attend our events and meetings. The club meets every other Monday to discuss current issues within the field of physical therapy, as well as to watch demonstrations performed by experienced therapists. Information is also provided concerning pre-requisites, application processes, and interview techniques for entry into a physical therapy graduate program. The pre-physical therapy club also participates in various activities within the community such as Special Olympics, Relay for Life, Run on the Ridges and ATCO dances.

Pre-physical therapy club is a great place to meet other students who are also interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy. Whether you are a senior who is already accepted into a physical therapy program, or a freshman who is not sure what career path to take, pre-physical therapy club is a great way to get involved. We hope to see you at our next meeting.

College of Health Sciences and Professions

The youngest of Ohio University's academic units, the College of Health Sciences and Professions is home to about 100 staff and faculty members and 2,500 students. The College was launched in 1979 under the name Health and Human Services, and was renamed in 2010 during an academic realignment that migrated several of its programs to other campus units.

The College began with three schools in 1979 and had grown to include six by the time it was restructured in 2010. Today it includes four academic units: the School of Nursing; School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; and Department of Social and Public Health.

All four are housed in Grover Center, a state-of-the-art facility that underwent an extensive renovation, completed in 2001, that for the first time brought all of the College’s academic programs under one roof.

While the four academic units form its core, the College over the years has branched into outreach initiatives that serve the surrounding community while providing valuable practical experience for students. These include WellWorks nutrition and fitness center; Ohio University Therapy Associates’ Hearing, Speech, Language and Physical Therapy clinics; Atrium Café; and Kids on Campus afterschool and summer programs.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.