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Requesting Accommodations

Students with documented disabilities who wish to request accommodations must self-identify by registering with Accessibility and Accommodations and submitting documentation. We engage in an interactive process and reviews requests for accommodations on an individual basis. In determining eligibility for accommodations, we consider each individual’s condition, history, request and the essential functions (technical standards) of the academic program.

Once we’ve received a student’s application AND documentation, please allow ten business days for the process to be completed.  However, at certain times in the semester, such as at the beginning of each semester, the volume of students applying for accommodations is higher and the length of time to complete the process may take longer.

Below is the process that must be followed to request accommodations due to a disability:


Step 1: Student Handbook for Disability Services
  • Within the online application (found under Step 2) students must acknowledge they have reviewed this handbook.
Step 2: Submit an Online Application
  • Helpful hints for completing the application:
    • Use a computer (not a smart phone).
    • Application times out after 30 minutes, so it must be completed and submitted at once. 
    • Tip:  copy/paste your answers into a document/sticky note so that in the event the application times out you can easily resubmit the information.
  • Do not refresh the page or else you will need to resubmit information.
Step 3: Submit Supporting Documentation
  • Documentation is needed to help support your disability.  Please refer to our documentation guidelines to see what information is required based on your specific disability.
  • Upload your documentation.
If you are unable to upload your documentation, please have it emailed to
Step 4: Review Process
  • Upon receiving both the application and documentation, the information will be forwarded to the disability consultant to begin the review of information process.
Step 5: Intake Interview
  • After reviewing a student’s application and documentation, the disability consultant will reach out to the student to schedule the intake interview.
Step 6: Accommodation Approval and Notification
  • Once the review process and intake interview are completed, accommodations are determined and communicated to the student.
Request to Change/Add to Approved Accommodations
  • Once approved for accommodations, a student may request to make changes or request additional accommodations at any time.  To do so, send email to  Once submitted, this information will go through the same review process as before and the determination of the change/accommodation will be communicated to the student. Keep in mind that accommodations are not retroactive.

Reduced Distraction Environment

A reduced distraction environment is defined by the University of Tennessee as:

The student needs to take the exam in an area that is reasonably quiet with low stimuli when compared to the classroom. The environment doesn’t need to be a silent private setting. The environment may include taking the test with other students; however, the room chosen must allow for students to start and finish their exams with limited interruptions. Tools that may help further reduce distractions for students may include noise canceling headsets, ear plugs, study carrels, etc.

Private Testing Space

A space for a student to complete an exam in a reasonably quiet space with low stimuli, and no additional testers. A proctor may be present in the space, however, will work to minimize disturbing the student. Reasonable locations may include a reserved conference room, office, closable cubicle, classroom, or lounge with a door.

Extended Time

A time extension during a quiz or exam to provide necessary breaks, to utilize assistive technology, and provide equitable access.

Applying and Requesting Accommodations for Boards

We are available to assist any student applying for testing accommodations on a board exam. Please contact Keri Snyder for an appointment at 901.448.7745.

Important Information About Applying for Services

  • Accommodations are not retroactive. If you are not sure if you'’ll need accommodations, it is better to have them in place should the need occur.
  • Accommodations can be requested at any point during the semester. However, it does take time to process the request and review documentation to determine the provision of accommodations. Don’'t wait until your test is days away. 
  • A prior history of accommodations in a previous academic environment is not a guarantee that accommodations would be granted. A prior history of accommodations without a demonstration of a current need does not in itself warrant the provision of similar accommodations.
  • For students that have a disability but do not wish to seek accommodations, we still encourage you to register with our office.
  • Self-disclosure of a disability is completely voluntary; however, students wishing to request accommodations must self-disclose their disability and make a direct request for accommodations.
  • All information is confidential. Written consent by the student would be needed for information to be released.
  • Students must be officially approved for accommodations in order to receive them.
  • An approved accommodation(s) for a test is not a guarantee that an accommodation would be approved on clinicals/rotations.
  • An approved accommodation at UTHSC is not a guarantee that an accommodation(s) would be granted on board exams.
Apr 11, 2024