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Spring 2020 Catalog 
Spring 2020 Catalog FINAL VERSION - Closed for Revisions

Health Care Professions

Rebecca Sommer, Associate Dean
School of Health Care Professions
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI  54481
Office: Room D127, Science Building
Phone: 715-346-3766
Email: shcp@uwsp.edu
Web: www.uwsp.edu/shcp

This school is in the College of Professional Studies .

Academic Adviser: Tiffany Akins

Faculty: D Barten, R Brooks, S Frazier, A Hussain, S Johnson, B Kinslow, D McCarty, J Olmsted, H Schmies, M Shulfer, D Smith, H Wincentsen, K Zalewski, L Zoromski


AT = Athletic Training
CLS = Clinical Laboratory Science
HIMT - Health Information Management and Technology
HS = Health Science
MCCH = Marshfield Clinic Health System Champions Hall
MS-AT = Master of Science  - Athletic Training Program

Athletic Training

Holly Schmies, Program Director/Associate Professor
School of Health Care Professions
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Office: Room 123, MCCH
Phone: 715-346-2922
Email: hschmies@uwsp.edu

Medical Director: Laurel Rudolph-Kniech, MD

Faculty/Staff: B Kinslow, H Schmies, D Smith.

Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who provide physically active individuals services such as injury/illness prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT) degree is a professional athletic training program that prepares you for certification as an athletic trainer and is completed after earning a baccalaureate degree. The School of Health Care Professions offers both pre-athletic training as an option to the Health Science undergraduate major  and Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT)  graduate program.

Accreditation: UW-Stevens Point MS-AT program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CaATe).


AT = Athletic Training
ATP = Athletic Training Program
MCHH = Marshfield Clinic Health System Champions Hall (Phy Ed Building)
MS-AT = Master of Science - Athletic Training Program

Please note that due to the transition to a Master of Science in Athletic Training, entry of new students into this B.S. program has been suspended as of summer 2016. The School of Health Care Professions offers pre-athletic training as an option to the Health Science major. Please click here  for information on Health Science: Pre-Athletic Training Option, B.S.

Accreditation: The UW-Stevens Point athletic training education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. You may contact them at CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184; phone 1-844-462-2283; caate@sbcglobal.net.

Affiliation Agreements: UW-Stevens Point has affiliation agreements with various medical facilities, colleges/universities, high schools, and other settings employing ATs to provide clinical practicums. The clinical preceptors at all affiliated sites are certified/licensed professionals who teach and/or evaluate students within the clinical setting using and actual patient base.

Academic Standards for Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Admission requirements: Incoming freshmen and transfer students who declare athletic training are considered “premajors.” All “pre-majors” must apply for acceptance into the Athletic Training Program (ATP). The application process takes place each spring semester. The application process includes the following:

  1. Prerequisite coursework (must be completed or concurrently in progress with good standing): AT 181 , AT 182 ; BIOL 160 ; PHYS 101 or PHYS 203; PSYC 110; WLNS 123 – all with a grade of C- or better.
  2. Have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA in all credits attempted.
  3. Request and complete the ATEP application. Applications can be obtained in person from the Program Director.
    Along with the application, you must also:
    1. Submit four letters of recommendation and a statement of acceptance for the ATP technical standards, journals and timesheets from AT 182.
    2. Complete a formal interview with the ATP Admissions Committee.
  4. Submit your application to the Program Director by February 15.
Additional Notes about Applying to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program (ATP):
  1. Admission decisions are provided to you in writing by April 1st.
  2. Meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements for eligibility to apply does not guarantee acceptance into ATEP. The application process is competitive and acceptance is based on academic credentials, interviews, and available clinical sites/instructors.
  3. If your application is denied, you may reapply. You will continue to work on general education requirements or courses within your chosen major while waiting to reapply.
  4. Transfer students: If you are transferring from another institution, you may apply to the ATP after all prerequisite courses are complete and you meet the minimum requirements:
    1. AT prefixed courses must be completed at UW-Stevens Point.
    2. If transferring from an institution with a CAATE accredited ATP, athletic training courses may be accepted. However, you must realize that additional courses may be required to meet ATP competencies and proficiencies.
Upon Acceptance to the Bachelor of Science Athletic Training Program (ATP), you must:
  1. Provide verification of current physical examination by an approved health care provider (MD, DO, PA, CNP) confirming the physical and mental abilities required of an athletic trainer.
  2. Provide verification you are free of communicable disease. You must provide documentation of immunization history, current antibody titers for Hepatitis B and C, MMR, DPT, Varicella, and a current tuberculosis (TB) test.
  3. Complete a healthcare provider background check as required by regulations in Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter HFS 12.
  4. Supply verification of personal healthcare provider liability insurance.
  5. Provide documentation of a TB test for clinical rotations prior to each academic year.
  6. Submit all health-related documentations/verifications to the Program Director prior to the start of each fall semester.
Retention - Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

In order to maintain good standing within the ATEP, you must:

  1. Maintain 3.0 GPA in major and collateral coursework.
  2. Maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA in all credits attempted.
  3. Maintain 3.0 (5.0) clinical evaluation scores. (Athletic training student evaluation form is based on 5 point scale.)

If you fail to meet all retention criteria listed above, you will be placed on probation in the ATP for one semester. This is warning that you need to raise your cumulative and/or your major GPA in your next semester to be in good standing in the ATP. If you do not attain all criteria for active status during the probation semester, you may not continue in the major. You may apply for readmission to the ATP one academic year after you are first suspended, but realize that readmission is not automatically granted. To repeat a course, follow UW-Stevens Point policy. The last grade for a repeated course will be calculated into your GPA. Credit for AT 199, AT 299, AT 399 does NOT count in the cumulative GPA required for admission.

Notes for Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Majors
  1. Refer to the Athletic Training Educational Handbook for program technical standards that relate to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  2. All requirements for the major must be complete, or in the process of being completed, before the program director will endorse your application for the Board of Certification examination.
  3. If you are accepted in the ATP, you will be responsible for arranging travel to off-site clinical rotations. You will also be responsible for the cost of travel. There will also be some additional expenses incurred for uniforms and the personal athletic training kits. Updated information will be provided in the Athletic Training Educational Handbook.
  4. If you are denied acceptance into the program, you may not enroll in Athletic Training courses. You may contact the chair of the School of Health Care Professions for appeal procedures. Appeals are handled by the School of Health Care Professions Appeals Committee.

Clinical Laboratory Science

Dawn Barten, CLS Program Director
School of Healthcare Professions
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI  54481
Office: Room D147 Science Building
Phone: 715-346-2509
Email: dbarten@uwsp.edu

Definition: Clinical laboratory science consists of (1) medical technology for performing lab tests used in preventing, diagnosing, and monitoring diseases; (2) cytotechnology for examining tissues and fluids microscopically to distinguish cancerous from normal cells; and (3) histotechnology for preparing slides for microscopic examination using complex processing and staining techniques. Professionals in these fields study microbiology, hematology, clinical chemistry, immunology, blood bank and more.

Accreditation: UW-Stevens Point CLS-Medical Technology program is accredited through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Affiliation agreements

This university has affiliation agreements with medical facilities to provide clinical practicum education for seniors. The director and the educational coordinators of the affiliated clinical laboratories are given courtesy appointments as university honorary associate faculty.

(Also see listings here)

Six-month Clinical

Ascension Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff
Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital, Rhinelander
Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital, Stevens Point
Aspirus Langlade Hospital, Antigo
Aspirus Riverview Hospital, Wisconsin Rapids
Aurora Health Care/ACL Laboratories, West Allis {includes Grafton, Green Bay, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Sheboygan and Summit)
Bellin Memorial Hospital, Green Bay
Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls
Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus
Consultants Laboratory of WI, LLC, Fond du Lac
Divine Savior Healthcare, Portage
Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire
HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay
HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay
Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire
Mercy Health System, Janesville
Monroe Clinic, Monroe
Osceola Medical Center, Osceola
Richland Hospital, Richland Center
St. Croix Regional Medical Center, St. Croix Falls
St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison
Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Prairie du Sac
Southwest Health Center, Platteville
ThedaCare Regional Medical Center, Neenah (includes Appleton/Neenah, Berlin, New London, Waupaca and Wild Rose)
Upland Hills Health, Dodgeville
UW Health, University. Hospital, Madison

Nine-month Clinical
Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton *
Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau
Marshfield Laboratories, Marshfield*

*Additional clinical fee is required for these sites

Twelve-month Clinical
Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, MA
Edward Hines. Jr VA Hines Hospital, Hines, IL

Health Science

Jodi Olmsted, Professor
School of Health Care Professions
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI  54481
Office: Room 144D, Science Building
Phone: 715-3462510
Email: Jodi.Olmsted@uwsp.edu

Definition: The health science major will prepare you with an interdisciplinary and liberal arts foundation for a variety of professional careers within the health care system. Core courses emphasize the human, behavioral, and physical sciences, and foster an appreciation of the complexities of the health care system. You select one of four options of study: pre-athletic training, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, or health care administration. You are encouraged to talk to your adviser about graduate and professional school opportunities. The School of Health Care Professions offers a Master of Science in Athletic Training , and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration .

Academic Standards for Clinical Laboratory Science or Health Science Major

For acceptance and continued registration as a candidate for the clinical lab science or health science major you must have a grade point average of 2.75 overall and in the sciences, including biology, chemistry, mathematics, health science, and clinical lab science. You are screened for acceptability to apply for clinical practicum or internship positions.

Grades in required courses taken prior to declaring academic bankruptcy or in repeating courses will be used in calculating your grade point average. No more than two courses with grades of less than C- will be accepted in the major. If you do not meet these standards, you may petition the director for consideration. The minimum GPA for graduation is 2.50.

Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT)

Daniel J. McCarty, Associate Professor
School of Health Care Professions
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Office: Room D143 Science Building
Phone: 715-346-2508
Email: dmccarty@uwsp.edu

UW-Stevens Point Faculty: J Davis, R Dollinger, D Gibbs, W He, A Hussain, D McCarty. For a complete list of HIMT faculty, please visit www.himt.wisconsin.edu/faculty-1.

Definition: The online University of Wisconsin Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) is a degree completion program designed to equip you with the skills to work and lead in the health data management field. Health information professionals maintain, collect, and analyze the data that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information, administering computer information systems, and coding diagnoses and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients.

HIMT is a collaborative, on-line degree. The curriculum for HIMT was developed by faculty at the four partner campuses, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside, and UW-La Crosse, to ensure curricular consistency and quality, and to utilize the academic strengths of the partner institutions.

Accreditation: UW-Stevens Point HIMT program is currently in candidacy status, seeking accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

HIMT = Health Information Management and Technology
HIM = Health Information Management (track)
HIT =Health Information Technology (track)

Program Description of Health Information Management and Technology

The curriculum consists of 20 classes (60 total credits). Courses cover such topics as health and medical terminology, medical ethics, information technology in healthcare, health benefit plans and providers, and leadership and change management in healthcare. The HIMT curriculum offers two tracks: Health Information Technology (HIT) and Health Information Management (HIM). The HIT track prepares students for information technology roles in the healthcare, health insurance, and governmental fields. It’s the foundation for positions from health data analyst to insurance claims coordinator. The HIM track prepares students to be leaders in providing better patient care, administering computer information systems and cost, and managing patient information relied upon by health professionals. You will take 16 core courses and then, depending on which track you choose, you will take four additional courses in a given track to complete the degree.

Academic Standards for Health Information Management and Technology

To be admitted:

  1. You must complete at least 60 undergraduate credits, be computer literate, and have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  2. If you wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science in HIMT, you must have completed all general education requirements.
  3. Application: You must apply to the home campus of your choice who is offering the degree (i.e. UW-Stevens Point, UW-Parkside, and UW-Green Bay). For complete information on how to apply visit www.himt.wisconsin.edu.
  4. The UW-Stevens Point School of Health Care Professions and the Department of Computing and New Media Technologies will work in conjunction with UW-Extension advising to help you complete your degree. Application materials, procedures, dates, etc. are available at www.himt.wisconsin.edu.
  5. Transfer students: you must have a 2.0 GPA from your prior institution and have completed all required general education requirements at the campus with whom you are choosing to affiliate.
  6. If you are not officially accepted into the program, you will not be allowed to take upper level HIMT courses.


Tiffany Akins, Academic and Career Adviser
School of Health Care Professions
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI  54481
Office: Room D127 Science Building
Phone: 715-346-2603
Email: takins@uwsp.edu
Web: www.uwsp.edu/shcp/Pages/advising.aspx

You may complete a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree by initially completing pre-nursing courses through UWSP and applying to nursing programs in the area that have cooperative agreements with UWSP. These programs include:

  • UW-Eau Claire through courses offered on site at Marshfield Clinic Health System, Marshfield, WI.
  • Mid-State Technical College, Nicolet College, or Northcentral Technical College. All have collaborative partnership agreements with UWSP that allows pre-nursing students a smooth transition to their nursing programs.
  • If you complete an Associate Degree in nursing in any of the Technical College programs, you are eligible to complete your Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing at UWSP.


Lorraine Zoromski, Nursing Director
School of Health Care Professions
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI  54481
Office: Room D141 Science Building
Phone: 715-346- 2803
Email: lzoromski@uwsp.edu

Accreditation: UW-Stevens Point RN to BSN Nursing completion program is accredited through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (CCNE).

Definition: Nursing (BSN) is a degree completion program that enables licensed registered nurses (RNs) holding either a Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Coursework will prepare registered nurses for leadership roles and broaden theoretical understanding and clinical skills for caring for patients in various acute, community, and ambulatory health settings. Students will increase skills in technology and communication while gaining a greater appreciation for the interdisciplinary aspect of nursing practice. UWSP offers courses in the Nursing Program in face-to-face, hybrid, and/or internet format. Online courses may be taught by UWSP faculty or by faculty from the six partner campuses: UW-Stevens Point, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Madison, and UW-Milwaukee through the BSN@Home program: www.bsnathome.com. Students holding an Associate Degree in Nursing may be eligible for up to 60 transferable credits (30 general education and 30 nursing) based on articulation agreements. Students identifying UW-Stevens Point as their home campus when enrolling in BSN@Home courses receive student services from the University.

Program application requirements

Formal application to the BSN Completion Program must be completed during the semester prior to enrolling in nursing courses.

  • Associate or Diploma Degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
  • Current Wisconsin nursing license
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 (0-4.0)

Academic Standards for Nursing

For acceptance and continued registration In the Nursing major, you must earn a grade point average of 2.5 or better overall. No grade below a C in any nursing course will be accepted for graduation. No more than two courses with grades of less than C- will be accepted in the major and/or may be repeated for credit.