Larry R. Faulkner, M.D., Dean
Faculty members participating in the biomedical science graduate programs are designated by an asterisk (*).
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Charles A. Blake, Chair of the Department
Charles A. Blake,* Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1972
James R. Augustine,* Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1973
Holly A. LaVoie,* Ph.D., Medical College of Virginia, 1994
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Affiliated Biochemistry Section
James M. Sodetz, Director
John W. Baynes,* Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1973
Developmental Biology and Anatomy
T.K. Borg, Chair of the Department
T.K. Borg,* Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1969
Wayne Carver,* Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1988
Richard Goodwin, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1998
Lance Paulman,* Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1998
Research Assistant Professors
Edie C. Goldsmith,* Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1996
Distinguished Professor Emerita
D. Louise Odor, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1950
Microbiology and Immunology
William E. Bowers, Chair of the Department
William E. Bowers,* Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, 1966
Abdul Ghaffar,* Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 1973
Clinical Research Associate Professors
Karen Fox,* Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1998
V. Al Pakalnis,* M.D., Ohio State University, 1976
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Stephen Cruikshank, M.D., Chair of the Department
S. Robert Young,** Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1972
Robert G. Best,** Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 1986
Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science
James H. Scully Jr., M.D., Chair of the Department
Robert A. Chubon,*** Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1979
Robert J. Froehlich, Ed.D., George Washington University, 2000
Carole Pillinger, Chair of the Department
Stanley D. Fowler,* Ph.D., Rockefeller University, 1969
Kim E. Creek,* Ph.D., Purdue University, 1980
Pharmacology and Physiology
Steven P. Wilson, Chair of the Department
Donald O. Allen,*+ Ph.D., Marquette University, 1967
James Buggy,*+ Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1974
Janet Fisher,*+ Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1994
Distingushed Professors Emeritus
Francis L. Abel,* M.D., Harvard University, 1957; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1960
A national leader in primary care medical education, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine also sponsors research and professional training focused on health care needs. In addition to the degree of Doctor of Medicine, the School of Medicine offers the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Science, Master of Biomedical Science, Master of Science in Genetic Counseling, Master of Nurse Anesthesia, and Master of Rehabilitation Counseling. An M.D./Ph.D. plan is available to students interested in careers in academic medicine or medical research. Correspondence concerning admission to the M.D. program and requests for the School of Medicine Bulletin should be addressed to the School of Medicine, Office of Admissions, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, or phone 803-733-1531. Extensive information about the School of Medicine may be accessed via our Web site at www.med.sc.edu.
The schools administrative offices and basic science departments, which adjoin the Dorn VA Medical Center, have the advantages both of a beautiful, historic campus and wellequipped, modern laboratories and classrooms. Clinical departments are located on the rapidly expanding USC School of Medicine campus at Richland Medical Park in Columbia. Affiliated hospitals are the Byrnes Center for Geriatric Medicine, Education, and Research; the Dorn VA Medical Center; the Greenville Hospital System; the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute; Moncrief Army Hospital; and Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital. The school also collaborates closely with state agencies involved in health service delivery.
The University of South Carolina School of Medicine emphasizes research partnerships with affiliated hospitals and agencies to direct investigations to areas of greatest potential health benefit. The Centers of Research Excellence, a joint interdisciplinary venture with Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, includes research centers focused on cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke, biomedical ethics, and primary health care. The Rural Primary Care Education Project in Winnsboro, S.C., serves as a center for research on rural health care delivery, including telemedicine.
Innovative research on geriatric health care and child and community mental health issues is under way in cooperation with the Byrnes Center for Geriatric Medicine, Education, and Research and the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute. Other areas of research strength include developmental disabilities, neuroscience, infectious diseases and immunology, vision research, and reproductive biology and endocrinology.
Ph.D. in Biomedical Science and Masters in Biomedical Science
Designed to train students for careers in teaching and research, the doctoral program in biomedical science is an interdisciplinary program with participation of the basic medical science Departments of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Developmental Biology and Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Experimental Pathology. The curriculum includes required and elective courses and seminars as well as supervised laboratory research. The programs size of approximately 40 students provides extensive studentfaculty interaction. The purpose of the masters program is to provide broadly based interdisciplinary training in biomedical science to individuals who wish to expand or change their educational background and training to fulfill personal, preprofessional, or other career advancement goals.
Master of Science in Genetic Counseling
The masters program in genetic counseling prepares genetic counselors to work with families at risk for genetic disease or birth defects. Graduates are also involved in teaching, research, and administrative aspects of this growing field. The curriculum includes course work and internship opportunities at the University of South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina, the Medical College of Georgia, the Greenwood Genetic Center, the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute, the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, Savannah Perinatology Associates, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University Medical Center. The first of its kind in the Southeast and one of only 27 in the United States, the genetic counseling masters program is accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program
The masters program in nurse anesthesia trains registered nurses to develop, implement, and evaluate the anesthetic care of patients. Cosponsored with Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, the program includes both course work and clinical experience. The masters program in nurse anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Graduates are eligible for certification by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.
Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program
The masters program in rehabilitation counseling provides professional training that prepares counselors to aid in the rehabilitation of disabled and disadvantaged persons. The curriculum includes both classroom and field-based experiences. Most graduates pursue careers with the S.C. Departments of Vocational Rehabilitation, Mental Health, and Disabilities and Special Needs, as well as various substance abuse programs. The program is accredited by the Commission on Rehabilitation Education.
Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation
This cross-disciplinary program provides focused training in the area of psychiatric rehabilitation to meet a need for trained professionals with specialized knowledge and skills in assisting individuals with severe, long-term mental illnesses in securing and maintaining employment. Individuals with training in vocational rehabilitation have not typically been trained in working with mental illness, and individuals with expertise in mental health issues are not typically trained in vocational rehabilitation. This program presents a unique opportunity to address this need for professionals who are cross-trained to work with both mental health issues and vocational concerns. Key content areas of study in the certificate program include the characteristics of severe long-term mental illnesses, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation methods, and the recovery process. All course work is available on campus or online in distance education format.
Ph.D. in Biomedical Science and Masters in Biomedical Science
Departmental and research focus directors of the biomedical science graduate committee include the following:
James Buggy, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
The biomedical science graduate program offers a course of graduate study and significant research opportunities leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree and the Masters in Biomedical Science. Biomedical science is a multidisciplinary field of study encompassing biological and physicochemical disciplines in a medical setting. Scientists working in this area have diverse interests ranging from the study of molecular subcellular events to the study of organ systems and whole organism functions. This interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers in biomedical research and education, providing broad emphases on the basic medical sciences with special concentration on the disciplines emphasized in the dissertation research.
The curriculum presents multiple training components designed to prepare students for their dissertation research: 1) a selected core of basic medical science courses; 2) multidisciplinary laboratory courses on research methods, facilities, and major equipment; and 3) research oriented, advanced graduate course work in areas of specialization and in program theme areas, such as neuroscience, immunology, molecular biology and cancer, vision science, reproductive biology, and cardiovascular sciences. Collaborative research between clinical faculty and the biomedical science program provides a unique opportunity to apply basic research techniques to clinically relevant problems, such as cancer, mental and behavioral disorders, vision disturbances, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, and reproductive and endocrine disorders.
An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Undergraduate courses should include two semesters each of biology, physics, inorganic chemistry, and organic chemistry as well as some math (preferably through calculus).
Admission is determined by the dean of The Graduate School after recommendation by the academic director of the biomedical science program and the Biomedical Science Graduate Committee. Criteria examined include an appraisal of courses taken, grades achieved (GPA of 3.00 or better is preferred), letters of recommendation, and scores on the GRE (minimum preferred score: 50th percentile). Applicants may designate a preferred academic specialization, but, because of the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical research, applications are reviewed by all departmental and research focus directors.
Graduate studies in biomedical science are planned to provide broad interdisciplinary training as well as specialization in an area of research. The Ph.D. degree requirements include an admission-to-candidacy examination, a comprehensive examination, and a dissertation. A thesis is required for the masters program.
The curriculum includes required core courses in the basic medical sciences and elective graduate courses appropriate to the area of specialization. Ongoing seminar programs expose students to presentations of current research progress by scientists in the program, other departments of the University, and from around the nation and world. Interdisciplinary laboratory courses introduce students to distinctive research facilities and methods in the biomedical sciences, preparing them for supervised research in their area of specialization. This research training culminates ultimately in the students own thesis or dissertation project which makes an original and creative contribution to the body of current knowledge in biomedical science.
The Masters in Biomedical Science requires at least 32 graduate credit hours, not more than six of which may be taken in thesis research. Of these, at least 50 percent must be in courses numbered 700 or above, exclusive of thesis credit. Not more than six hours of independent study, special topics, or directed research other than thesis research are permitted, unless justified by the program of study and approved by the graduate dean. The remainder of the requirements may include courses numbered from 500 to 699 taken for graduate credit. As many as 12 hours of study may be taken in USC schools and colleges other than the School of Medicine; this option provides great flexibility to individually tailor programs and draw on the wider resources of a comprehensive university. At least 10 credit hours of graduate study must be taken from basic medical science graduate courses.
Biomedical science graduate students may elect to do research in such current areas of interest as immunology, cell and molecular biology, neurobiology, oncology, microbiology, vision science, cell culture, microcirculation, and receptor systems. Additional opportunities are available in cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, endocrine, and reproductive research. A detailed description of research activities of the biomedical science program may be found in the School of Medicine booklet Medical Research. Entries in the booklet are arranged by research area rather than departmental affiliation to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical research programs.
Specific requirements for the Ph.D. degree are in the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Ph.D. in Biomedical Science student manual. This manual, the Medical Research booklet, and additional information on the biomedical science graduate programs may be accessed from our Web site at www.med.sc.edu.
Inquiries concerning admission and requests for the brochure Biomedical Science Graduate Program should be directed to the School of Medicine Office of Graduate Studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, telephone 803-733-3100, or visit our Web site at www.med.sc.edu.
M.S. in Genetic Counseling
Genetic counselors are specialized health professionals who counsel individuals and families about genetic disease and birth defects. The counselor has initial contact with families and acts as case manager and liaison to the health care team throughout the evaluation process. Genetic counselors work with patients from varied sociocultural and educational backgrounds to obtain family history, assess psychosocial status, explain the ramifications of disorders, and provide support to assist in adjustment to the physical and emotional burdens of genetic diagnosis. Additionally, genetic counselors provide education to practicing professionals, health care students, and lay groups. Program administration, the development of new services, teaching, and research activities are often encompassed within the career.
The USC genetic counseling program began in 1985. One of 27 programs in the United States, it was the first program in the southeastern region. In 1991 the program received a rare Commendation for Excellence during the South Carolina Commission of Higher Educations review, citing program strengths that include: an enthusiastic faculty, Master of Science thesis research, and students who have proven to be professionally active after graduation. In the 1998 state review of graduate health degrees, the site visit team recommended another commendation for excellence.
Six to eight students are accepted each year from an applicant pool of approximately 100. Since 1985, 93 genetic counselors have graduated from the program. Over half of the practicing graduates are serving in the Southeast.
This is a two-year program that includes course work, clinical rotations, and a researchbased thesis. Housed in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the program is one of several health professional degrees offered by the School of Medicine. The curriculum includes 53 credit hours. Of these, 39 hours are devoted to classroom study, the majority of which are designed specifically for the genetic counseling program. The program is interdisciplinary in that students take courses with other graduate students in biomedical science, biology, and educational psychology. Clinical rotations in regional genetic centers provide eight credit hours, while six hours of credit are awarded for Master of Science thesis research.
Clinical Rotation Facilities
The clinical rotation portion of the genetic counseling program provides a range of prenatal, pediatric, adult, and specialty clinical experiences required for the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) certification examination. The student begins the transition from theory to practice during a summer clinical placement. During the senior year, each student has the opportunity to rotate through four of the following sites and gains experience in cancer genetics and Huntingtons Disease clinics:
USC School of Medicine, Columbia, S.C.: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.: Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and Child Development, and the Prenatal Wellness Center
Greenwood Genetic Center, Greenwood, Greenville, and Columbia, S.C.
William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute, Columbia, S.C.
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Ga.: Department of Pediatrics
Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.
Savannah Perinatology, Savannah, Ga.
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C.: Department of OB/GYN.
The field of genetic counseling has developed into a professional discipline of its own. As such, the capabilities of genetic counselors should include scientific evaluation of the tenets of genetic counseling and professional reporting of these studies. The student in genetic counseling is required to write a thesis based on original research. The resulting work is of publishable quality and is often presented at a national genetics society meeting.
Applicants for the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program must have earned a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution. Prerequisite course work includes: one year of general biology, one year of general chemistry, one semester of biochemistry, one semester of genetics, and one semester of statistics. Scores from the general aptitude test of the GRE are required. Subtest scores are invited but optional. Supporting material must include: undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement reflecting the students interest and experience in the field. A personal interview with the admissions committee is required.
The application deadline is February 1. To obtain application information, please contact: Genetic Counseling Program, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, University of South Carolina, Two Medical Park, Suite 208, Columbia, S.C. 29203. Allow three to four weeks for delivery. Phone 803-779-4928, Extension 228. Extensive information for applicants is on the School of Medicine Web page, www.med.sc.edu/geneticcounseling.
Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program
The nurse anesthetist is a highly trained medical care specialist who, under the supervision of a physician, is responsible for the anesthesia requirements of patients in all areas of surgery. The nurse anesthetist develops, implements, and evaluates the anesthetic plan of care for individual patients and is a vital part of the health care team. The nurse anesthesia program at the University of South Carolina is a cooperative program between the School of Medicine and the Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia. The PRMH School has been training nurse anesthetists since 1969 with involvement of the School of Medicine faculty since 1986. A program leading to a Master of Nurse Anesthesia was approved in 1993. The course of study includes both didactic course work and clinical instruction. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination given by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs.
The curriculum consists of 58 credit hours of work over a 27-month course of study. These credits include didactic courses and clinical experience. Courses include physiology, medical pharmacology, principles of anesthesia, and others. Students must also participate in a minimum of 800 hours of clinical practice. Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital is considered the primary clinical training site for the USC/PRMH graduate program in nurse anesthesia. Clinical affiliations currently exist at several additional sites: Providence Hospital, Lexington Medical Center, Moncrief Army Hospital, Fairfield Memorial Hospital, Dorn Veterans Administration Hospital, Greenville Hospital System, St. Francis Hospital, Urological Surgical Hospital, Providence Northeast Hospital, Carolina Pain Specialist, and Kershaw County Hospital. Students in the program will be involved in over 1,000 cases in all areas of surgical specialties and subspecialties.
While meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission, prerequisites for admission include:
1. A preferred GPA of 3.00 in undergraduate course work in completion of a B.S.N. and/or B.S. degree in a related science field (official transcripts from each school or college previously attended with degrees posted). Courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics are encouraged, but not required.
2. Current licensure as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states. South Carolina licensure is required for matriculation.
3. A satisfactory score on the GRE, taken within five years of applying.
4. A minimum of one year fulltime critical care nursing experience. Direct patient contact is required. Clinical experience will be evaluated upon request.
5. Satisfactory completion of Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
6. Letters of recommendation from two health care professionals who have supervised clinical experience.
7. Current resume.
Prerequisites must be met prior to an offer for interview. Admission is competitive and students are chosen on the basis of their academic record, employment history and performance, character, and general fitness for the study of nurse anesthesia. To be accepted, the applicant must submit evidence of good physical health, emotional stability, and personality considered necessary for successful performance as a nurse anesthetist. Students admitted to the Master of Nurse Anesthesia program are selected by an admissions committee composed of faculty from the USC School of Medicine, clinical coordinators, and nurse anesthesia students.
Application deadline is June 15. Selected candidates for admission will be scheduled for a personal interview with the admissions committee to be held in July and/or August of the year prior to the January orientation and start of the program in spring semester. Letters of appointment will be sent to applicants in August; these notified applicants are required to send a reply with their intentions concerning matriculation within two weeks of the letter of appointment. A $250 nonrefundable deposit must accompany the letter of acceptance. This deposit will be applied to the first-year clinical fees when the student matriculates. For further questions pertaining to a career in nurse anesthesia, please contact the clinical director of the USC/PRMH Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia at 803-434-6344.
For application materials, direct inquiries to the School of Medicine Graduate Office, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; call 803-733-3100; or visit our Web site at www.med.sc.edu.
Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program
Graduates are specialized professionals who assist persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and addictionsbased disabilities, as well as other forms of disadvantagement. They help these individuals deal with personal, interpersonal, and societal problems; plan careers; and find and maintain appropriate employment. The counseling process involves communication, goal setting, and facilitating personal growth or beneficial change through advocacy, psychological, vocational, social, and behavioral interventions. The counselors work with individuals, organizations, and advocacy groups that address environmental and social barriers that create obstacles for persons with disabilities. In effect, they build bridges between persons with disabilities, their families, communities, and work places. They also collaborate with physicians, psychologists, therapists, and others in assisting rehabilitants in pursuing their vocational and independent-living goals. Because employment is a major problem for persons with disabilities, rehabilitation counselors work closely with employers and representatives of the business community to identify job opportunities and to make work environments more accommodating.
In South Carolina, the Departments of Vocational Rehabilitation and Mental Health and the array of addictions treatment programs are among the major employers of rehabilitation counselors. Rehabilitation counselors also serve as consultants to insurance companies, industry, and educational institutions. Recently, rehabilitation counselors have begun to coordinate and arrange for rehabilitation and transition services for children with disabilities who are in school. Also, geriatric services are now being provided to older persons who are experiencing changing lifestyles and health problems. Increasingly, industrially disabled workers are receiving rehabilitation counseling services through private rehabilitation companies and employers inhouse disability management and employee assistance programs. Persons who have severe disabilities that limit opportunities for fulltime competitive employment may also be assisted through independent-living service programs and supported employment arrangements developed and provided by rehabilitation counselors.
The rehabilitation counseling program is based in the School of Medicines Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science. The program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education. Program graduates are eligible to take state professional counselor licensure exams and a national certification exam administered by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.
The curriculum comprises 48 credit hours of course work which includes classroom study, clinical skills development activities, and field experience. Major content areas include individual and group counseling theory and practice, medical and psychological aspects of disabilities, assessment techniques, vocational and career issues, case management, and cultural competency. Interdisciplinary team functioning is emphasized, as well as a holistic view of rehabilitants. Counseling activities are learned within a social-systems framework that considers individuals in the context of their families and communities. Thirty-six of the hours consist of classroom-based course work directed at knowledge and skill development. Six of these credit hours of study consist of elective courses selected on the basis of student interest and relevance to career objectives.
Rehabilitation Scholars Program
Specialized course work is available in psychiatric rehabilitation. The rehabilitation counseling program has been awarded a five-year grant to prepare rehabilitation counselors to work with persons having severe, longterm mental illness. The grant provides money to support up to five students per year admitted for fulltime study in the masters degree program. The Rehabilitation Scholars Program covers tuition and includes a $400 per month stipend for living expenses. Recipients are obligated to obtain postgraduate employment in agencies or programs serving persons with mental illnesses for a specified time period. Interested persons should apply for admission to the masters program and indicate in their cover letter that they wish to be considered for the scholarship program. The program also has grant funded scholarships for persons who are willing to commit to serving persons with all types of disabilities who reside in rural areas of the state. The scholarship benefits and the application procedure are the same as those for the psychiatric rehab specialization.
The last semester of training consists of a full-time internship. Internships can be served in a variety of state agencies, community programs, and private organizations. In some instances, out-of-state internships can be arranged. These activities are intended to facilitate the development and enhancement of the spectrum of counseling activities within the context of real practice settings, assuring adequate competency to fulfill appropriate professional roles upon graduation.
Applicants to the program must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. GRE scores, references, academic background and performance, work and volunteer experience, and personal interview findings are all considered in the admissions process. Applicants are also required to submit a letter of intent. The letter should address the reason for pursuing a career in rehabilitation counseling, relevant experience, and plans for completing the program requirements, if accepted. Relevant experience refers to both volunteer and paid work experience involving the provision of services to persons with disabilities or other forms of disadvantage.
Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric ??Rehabilitation
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation is a 24-credit hour graduate specialty program designed to equip human service professionals for work with individuals with severe mental illnesses. This cross-disciplinary program introduces students to the characteristics of severe long-term mental illnesses, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation methods, and the recovery process.
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation is designed to meet the needs of students seeking a rehabilitation counseling or other related graduate degree, individuals seeking a specialty certificate (pre- or post-masters), and non-degree seeking students needing courses in psychiatric or mental health areas for continuing education credit. Courses within the certificate program are appropriate for rehabilitation counselors; counselors; social workers; educational psychologists; marriage and family counselors; majors in psychology, public health, sociology, nursing, or education; or individuals pursuing vocational or personal interests in the area of psychiatric rehabilitation or mental health.
All course work is available on campus or online in distance education format. Students electing a distance education option must have a computer with internet access and be willing to schedule one two-day meeting on campus per semester.
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation requires 24 graduate credit hours. The following core courses, totaling 12 credit hours, taught by the rehabilitation counseling faculty are required:
NPSY 755, Fundamentals of Psychiatric Rehabilitation (3 hours)
NPSY 756, Vocational Implications of Psychiatric Disability (3 hours)
NPSY 757, Psychopathology for Counselors (3 hours)
NPSY 758, Classification and Assessment of Mental Disorders (3 hours)
In addition, students must complete a field placement: the rehabilitation counseling practicum (RHAB 880: Rehabilitation Counseling Practicum, 3 hours) or its equivalent will be accepted for the certificate.
Electives totaling at least nine credit hours are also required. Students may choose from the following list of electives:
NPSY 760, Addictions Rehabilitation (3 hours)
NPSY 761, Dual Diagnosis (3 hours)
RHAB 714, Rehabilitation Assessment (2 hours)
Other graduate-level courses from the University of South Carolina or other accredited colleges or universities may also serve as electives as approved by faculty.
Applicants to the Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Admissions decisions are made on the basis of an overall evaluation of the applicants preparation and ability to complete advanced study. Particular attention is paid to the applicants work experience, practice interests, leadership ability, and motivation. Appropriate supporting documentation for admissions include: GRE scores, transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work, written statement of goals for graduate study, work and volunteer experience, and references.
For additional information or application materials, contact Dr. Linda Leech at: Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina, Clinical Education Building/Medical Park 15, Suite B20, 355 Harden Street Extension, Columbia, SC 29203. Phone: 803-434-617-; fax: 803-434-4231; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, contact Dr. Manuela Kress at: Rehabilitation Counseling Program, School of Medicine, Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina, Clinical Education Building/Medical Park 15, Suite B20, 3555 Harden Street Extension, Columbia, SC 29203. Phone: 803-434-4296, fax: 803-434-4231. Extensive information about the Rehabilitation Counseling Masters Program and the Rehabilitation Scholars Program is available from the School of Medicine Web site at www.med.sc.edu. Please note that completed applications for fall admission to the rehabilitation counseling program will be processed beginning March 1 each year. The process will continue until the available slots are filled or until July 1, whichever occurs first. Thus, there is no guarantee that applications received after March 1 will be considered. Because of the sequential curriculum structure, students are only admitted for the fall semester.
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