Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to speak with an advisor in the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS). How do I make an appointment?

Current HRS students can schedule an appointment with their advisor in two ways:

  • Call the School’s appointment hotline at 614-292-1706
  • Schedule online using OnCourse

I don’t see an option to schedule an advising appointment using OnCourse.

The following appointments can’t be scheduled using OnCourse:

  • Current Ohio State student, not currently enrolled in HRS but is interested in one (1) of the five (5) undergraduate programs in HRS, you are required to complete an online Major Information Session and complete an online quiz through Carmen before meeting with an advisor. Click to access the online Major Information Session.
  • Newly admitted students who haven’t registered for classes. New students will schedule classes during Orientation; that is also when they are assigned an advisor. Click to contact Orientation.
  • Not yet admitted?
  • HRS undergraduate professional student in HIMS, Medical Laboratory Science, Radiological Sciences and Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, and certificate programs? Call the School’s appointment hotline at 614-292-1706.
  • HRS Graduate student? Graduate students typically have faculty advisors assigned by their program whom they can contact directly. Click for HRS faculty contact information.
  • Returning student? Returning students who haven’t taken a class at Ohio State in more than one semester are placed on a Leave of Absence. They should contact their advising office directly to be returned from a leave. Click for information about returning to Ohio State.

How do I add myself to the waitlist for a class that is already full?

Click for instructions on how to add yourself to the waitlist.

I am interested in multiple majors within the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. Can I apply to more than one major?

Yes, as long as you schedule to take the appropriate pre-requisites, you may apply to more than one program. In fact, it is highly encouraged to have a concurrent plan.

What is the “best” major for Med School or any graduate school program?

We get this question A LOT and we always have the same response. “there is no best major for graduate school!” Grad schools do not care what your undergraduate major is. What they do care about is students having a high GPA, completing their grad school prerequisites, and completing the appropriate Graduate & Professional School Exams (GRE, MCAT, LSAT etc.).

While HRS majors have a lot of overlap with many grad school program prerequisites, they may not be the “best” major for a particular student; because graduate admissions are so competitive, students should select a major based on their interests and abilities.

Where do I go to order an official OSU transcript?

All transcript orders are placed online through the University Registrar. Click on your appropriate status and proceed through the ordering process.

Where should I send my transcripts from other colleges or universities?

If you are an HRS pre-major, when ordering a transcript from your prior school, request that your transcripts be sent electronically to The Ohio State University. If your school does not offer secured electronic delivery, please have your transcript(s) mail to:  The Ohio State University, Undergraduate Admissions, 281 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

  • If you are an HRS major or graduate student, when ordering a transcript from your prior school, request that your transcripts be sent electronically to The Ohio State University, Graduate and Professional Admissions at  If your school does not offer secured electronic delivery, please have your transcript(s) mailed to: Graduate and Professional Admissions P.O. Box 182004 Columbus, Ohio.

If your prior school uses Parchment, please create an account and order a transcript.  Please see the helpful information below:

How to Create a Parchment Account:

How to Order a Transcript with Parchment:

Parchment Learner Support:

Some helpful tips:

The best first step is to log into your Parchment account, then visit the Parchment Help Center, where you can find answers to frequently asked questions and articles to support your needs. You may go to Parchment Transcript Services to:

  • Check the status of your order
  • Cancel uncompleted orders
  • Obtain an authorization form
  • Upload a scanned authorization form
  • Request a copy of your order receipt
  • Review the recipient(s) on your order
  • Review our community history with you
  • Update a bad email address
  • Update a credit card that has failed our request for reauthorization
  • Review Frequently Asked Questions

You can also engage with ParchieBot, the chat function designed to answer questions and provide order information.  From the Parchment Help Center, you can submit a web case for support or contact a Learner Support Representative for assistance. The Support Team is available Monday-Friday, 8am – 8pm ET.

NOTE:  Transcripts must come directly to us from the issuing institution; they can not come from the applicant, advisor or program, even if they’re in a sealed envelope or sent electronically.  

What do I do if I took courses from another college or university, but the credits didn’t directly transfer (e.g., general, special, or technical credit) to Ohio State?

To understand how your credits transfer and if they apply to your degree, click the transfer credit policies. You will need to consult with the specific department about each course. For example: If you took a Chemistry course, but it transferred over as “General Credit” you will want to contact the Chemistry department. Click the transfer credit coordinators’ contact information to determine who to contact and what appropriate documents must be provided for them to make the determination if the course you took will transfer as a direct equivalent.

What do I do if I took courses from another college or university, but the credits didn’t transfer?

Please speak with your HRS advisor as soon as possible.

How do I find out which prerequisites are required for my intended major?

Click here to refer to our website to view the most up to date curriculum guides. The curriculum guide will also list admission and application procedures, the deadline to apply to the intended major, the degree requirements, pre-requisites, and contact information.

You may also run a degree audit for your proposed major.

Do HRS majors look at Grade Forgiveness?

HRS majors follow all of OSU’s policies in regards to grade forgiveness, fresh start, etc.  Students who have concerns about their competitiveness as applicants to their intended major are encouraged to make an appointment with an advisor.

Do HRS’s program require a minor? When should I declare a minor?

Only the Health Sciences program requires a minor – this can be a minor in anything! OSU has over 100 minors to choose from – click here to view the list of potential minors.

We advise students to declare a minor once they are accepted into their major. Students can always take minor classes (as long as they meet the pre-requisite to take the specific class) without declaring the minor.

Click here for a list of popular minors for students with specific career plans.

I am interested in picking up a second session course, how do I search to see what courses are available?

There are always second-session courses that students can enroll in. These courses can be used if students must be full-time for a particular semester and want to drop one of their current classes. Just be sure to check and see that the prerequisites are met to take the course and that it doesn’t conflict with any other classes. Click for step-by-step instructions on how to search for a second-session course.

I am thinking of switching my major to something outside of the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. How do I officially change my major?

Students will need to meet with an advisor within the unit that houses that major. During that meeting (depending on requirements for the major), the advisor should be able to change the students major and listed advisors in Buckeyelink. Some colleges, schools, or departments require a major information session prior to meeting with an advisor in the unit of the new major, and others may require you to take a certain number of courses and/or meet certain grades or GPA requirements before being admitted to the major. It is important to find out what the major requires in order to begin and remain on your timeline for completing your degree. Find out what would be required to declare a new major.