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Associate of Science in Allied Health Science

If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, this associate’s degree program can give you a solid foundation for achieving your professional goals. Our Associate of Science in Allied Health Sciences degree can be a springboard for a variety of higher degrees and health-focused professions where you can help members of your community get and stay healthy.

Every future healthcare professional needs a strong base of knowledge in the life and health sciences—no matter which allied health career path you plan to pursue. Our online allied health sciences associate’s degree program can provide you with exactly that: a background in general studies with an emphasis on life sciences and health.

Course Requirements

Associate of Science in Allied Health Science: 90 Credits
Area I General Education Requirements: 40 Credits
Professional Development
ITS1000 Computer and Internet Literacy, 4 Credit Hours
UVC1000 Strategies for Success, 4 Credit Hours
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1300 Composition III, 4 Credit Hours
SPC1026 Public Speaking, 4 Credit Hours
Mathematics and Statistics
MAT1005 College Algebra II, 4 Credit Hours

(MAT 1001 is the pre-req.)

Natural Sciences
CHM1010 General Chemistry, 4 Credit Hours
Arts and Humanities (choose one)
ENG2002 World Literature I: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2003 World Literature II: From Enlightenment to Modernity, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2011 Introduction to American Literature: 1865 to present, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1101 U.S. History I: Colonial to 1865, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1102 U.S. History II: 1865 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1001 History of Art through the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1002 History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times, 4 Credit Hours
HUM2101 World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 C.E., 4 Credit Hours
HUM2102 World Civilization II: 1500 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
REL1001 World Religions, 4 Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences (choose one)
ECO2071 Principles of Microeconomics, 4 Credit Hours
ECO2072 Principles of Macroeconomics, 4 Credit Hours
POL2076 American Government, 4 Credit Hours
SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology, 4 Credit Hours
SOC2010 Social Problems, 4 Credit Hours
Area II Foundation Requirements: 20 Credits
AHS1001 Medical Terminology, 4 Credit Hours
MAT2058 Statistics, 4 Credit Hours

Choose one additional Mathematics (MAT) course (4 credits) other than MAT1005 College Algebra II or MAT2058 Statistics.

PHI2301 Introduction to Philosophy, 4 Credit Hours
PSY1001 General Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
Area III Major Requirements: 30 Credits
BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab)

BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, 2 Credit Hours
BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab)

BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, 2 Credit Hours
BIO2015 Human Pathophysiology, 4 Credit Hours
BIO2070 Microbiology, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO2071 Microbiology Lab or BIO2073 Microbiology Laboratory)

BIO2071 Microbiology Lab, 2 Credit Hours

(required for BSN; RN to BSN students ONLY can take either)

(online)

OR

BIO2073 Microbiology Laboratory, 2 Credit Hours

(campuses)

NTR2050 Nutrition, 4 Credit Hours
PSY2022 Human Growth and Development, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

South University, Online Program Offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Admissions Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  • Utilize the principles and theories of the natural, social, behavioral, and health sciences to serve as competent and considerate healthcare professionals.
  • Demonstrate effective and culturally sensitive written, oral and interpersonal communication skills with individuals, groups and peers in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Apply exemplary ethical and professional behaviors in various healthcare positions and organizations
  • Apply creative and critical thinking skills to identify, explore, and develop alternative solutions for a range of healthcare delivery system issues and challenges.
  • Effectively search, analyze and report on healthcare related data through the application of information technology and health management information systems.

Career Outlook

As an allied health professional, you may take on clinical or administrative workplace duties while working in a hospital, clinic, physician’s office, or other health care setting. After graduating, you may consider entering a nursing, healthcare management, physical therapist assisting, or medical assisting degree program.

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

Success Stories

We're committed to helping our graduates make an impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our healthcare graduates have to say.

Laceye A. Parker 2010
Laceye Parker Grad Alumni
Class of '13
Doctor of Pharmacy

“I had always been interested in healthcare, and as a child thought about becoming a physician. But when both my grandfathers became seriously ill, I came to a new appreciation of the vital role that pharmacists play in achieving positive outcomes for patients. As soon as I completed my master's degree, I decided to enter South University's Doctor of Pharmacy program. I've learned through my work at SCDHEC, and in my MBA program and Pharmacy School at South University, is laying a firm foundation for my career as a pharmacist.”

Robyn Smith 2007
Robyn Smith Grad Alumni
Class of '07
Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant

“I had only heard good things about their PTA program and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I find it very rewarding and emotional when a patient of mine who hasn't walked in a while takes steps again. It makes going to work everyday worth it to know that i can help improve the quality of life for some of these people.”

Crystal May 2014
Crystal May Grad Alumni
Class of '14
Bachelor of Sceince in Healthcare Management

“The staff was the heart of my experience at South. The staff worked together to provide a positive learning environment and truly had passion in educating the students. The staff helped me identify my strength and interest in the financial avenue of healthcare, and helped me see the benefits of pursuing this career. South University gave me the tools I need to be successful and validated my capabilities to be a successful professional.”

Allyson Obluck 2017
Allyson Obluck Grad Alumni
Class of '17
Associate of Science in Occupational Therapist Assistant

“I wanted to make a difference and I knew occupational therapy was a hands-on way to improve quality of life for many people. My professors always made the effort to ensure that I understood the material and were constantly encouraging me to be better and do better. All of my experiences throughout my clinical rotations challenged me to think outside the box and to trust my instincts.”

Anna Langley 2014
Anna Langley Grad Alumni
Class of '14
Master of Science in Physician Assistant

“During my [admissions] interview, I really felt like South was a place that professors were encouraging, welcoming, and helpful. I also was drawn to the small groups that they present. I liked the idea of having a faculty member mentor to guide a smaller group of students throughout the entire program. The rigorous nature of the coursework prepared me well for the boards and the ability to be successful in my career. During clinical rotations, I was able to apply what I had learned and gain valuable patient experience that has helped me today”

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