Disability Services - Student Services
Information for Prospective Students
MBKU welcomes applicants with disabilities to apply to our health profession programs. As part of University Student Affairs, Disability Services strives to provide accommodations, awareness and advocacy with the goal of ensuring equal access for all qualified students with disabilities. We individually review each student’s request and consider the functional impact of the disability and program standards in order to establish appropriate and meaningful accommodations.
There are unique aspects of MBKU educational programs that are different from the typical undergraduate experience student should consider when planning their transition to this new environment or determining what types of accommodations they may need to request.
Whether you are still considering applying to MBKU or you have already been accepted, Disability Services would like to provide you with some information to help you with your decision and transition to professional study at MBKU.
Process for Registering
Once you have been accepted and decide to attend MBKU, we encourage you to register with Disability Services to request accommodations prior to the start of your program. Contact us using the above e-mail address or phone number. If you are a current student, accommodation request forms and additional information are located under the Students tab on the MBKU portal.
There is no deadline to request accommodations. You may register and request new accommodations at any time – both prospective and current students. We will, however, need a reasonable time frame to review and coordinate your request.
If you choose not to register or choose not to access approved accommodations, you will be held to your performance in your program even if you feel as though you would have done better with accommodations. Accommodations cannot be provided retroactively..
Preparing for Successful Study
Review the Curriculum
You should familiarize yourself with the structure of the curriculum and review the tentative schedule of your program of interest. Since program curricula have set schedules, unlike an undergraduate program, students usually do not have the opportunity to arrange coursework so they only have afternoon classes or have multiple breaks during the day. Due to the sequential nature of most of our curriculum, part-time schedules may not be reasonable or practical.
Review the Technical Standards
You should carefully review any technical standards which outline the requirements for students beyond academic performance. Prospective students should consider whether they will be able to meet these requirements with or without accommodation. If accommodations are necessary, carefully consider which ones you will need to request. Make sure to review the clinical requirements, schedules and patient encounters, as well as the lab/research aspects of your program. All of this information can be obtained through the program’s admissions office.
Disclosing Your Disability Information
All students with disabilities must decide if and when they want to disclose their disability and request accommodations. It is not a requirement to disclose your disability but accommodations will not be provided until you register with Disability Services. Once you request accommodations and submit the appropriate forms, your eligibility will be determined and, if approved, given an educational accommodations plan.
Prior to requesting accommodations, you are encouraged to meet with Disability Services to discuss your circumstances and possible options that may be available to you. This meeting is confidential and no information will be shared with anyone at MBKU until you formally register with Disability Services and decide to utilize accommodations.
For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit The Office of Civil Rights Contact Page for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.
MBKU ADA Coordinator
Julie A. Schornack, OD, MEd
Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff