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Additional School of Health Professions Coronavirus Updates

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In coordination with leadership of the University of Kansas Medical Center, the KU School of Health Professions continues to monitor the trend of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus. The school has implemented actions intended to reduce the risk of disease transmission in the interest of protecting the health of visitors, patients, students, and employees.

As a unique blend of eight departments spread across various areas of campus, the School of Health Professions faces a unique challenge in developing contingency plans that will effectively address each department's concerns. Each department prepared a department-specific plan and provided that to the Office of the Dean for review. Upon approval, these plans were communicated to faculty, staff, and students.

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Fall 2020 Update

For the latest updates, please refer to the department-level coronavirus update pages linked below.

New updates regarding the 2020 Summer Semester for each department have been uploaded to department-specific webpages. Please check your department webpage for the latest update.

The School of Health Professions is aware of the anxiety regarding evaluation of student applicants who are awarded non-letter grades for prerequisite courses. Each department in the School of Health Professions has posted specific policies regarding how pre-requisite courses will be handled for admission purposes on their respective webpages. Please follow specific departmental links below.

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The current trend has necessitated that effective Monday, March 23, 2020, all didactic and laboratory courses and, when possible, clinical rotations, will be delivered online for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester.

Graduating Class of 2020

With the planned online activities for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester, a good number of students in the Class of 2020 will be eligible for graduation at the end of the semester. However, some students still have to complete minimum clinical practice hours (hospital, clinics and community) and other eligibility requirements to be eligible for graduation by the end of 2020 spring semester. The department of each student will be in contact with its students to inform them of their remaining graduation requirements.

All other School of Health Professions students

The school is aware that not all academic activities required for the completion of the 2020 spring semester courses can be completed online. In such instances, the school will provide maximum flexibility that will allow for progress in each student's academic program.

For department-specific information in addition to the above, please check the links to the department updates below.

The School of Health Professions wishes to reiterate that although employees will continue to work remotely as much as possible during this period of campus depopulation, all units of the school remain open.

All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via university broadcast email messages.

Faculty, staff, and students that may have come into contact with a person suspected of having coronavirus are strongly encouraged to remain at home. Individuals with symptoms should isolate themselves for at least 14 days and contact their health care provider.

Please know the school is monitoring this situation closely. As the information received is changing rapidly, changes to these plans will be made as deemed necessary with updates posted to this page as they become available.

The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions.

Please send any questions or concerns to the school at

Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, FASAHP
Dean, School of Health Professions
University of Kansas Medical Center

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The School of Health Professions is excited to announce a new master's degree program in athletic training. Applications are open now and the first class begins study May 2021.

Five faculty in the School of Health Professions were approved for promotion by Chancellor Girod effective July 1.

The KU nurse anesthesia doctoral degree program received notification of its successful re-accreditation. The program's accreditation is for the maximum, ten-year time period.

Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, was appointed chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education, effective September 1, 2020.

David Burnett, Ph.D., RRT, was appointed associate dean for faculty practice and community partnership, effective August 1, 2020.

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