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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.

Admissions Requirements

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

To be admitted to any of the undergraduate programs at South University, the prospective student must provide proof of high school graduation as recognized by the state of residence on the date the degree was earned, or the equivalent (e.g. GED with no single test score below 145 or numeric score equivalent to 2.0 on old version or state-issued certificate designated as the equivalent of a High School Diploma) with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. The prospective student must also complete the university administered placement tests prior to the start of the first quarter for campus students and during the first session of attendance for online students. South University accepts the International Baccalaureate Program diploma as meeting the requirement for high school graduation. Credentials earned outside the United States must be evaluated by a NACES or AICE-member credential evaluation service.  Please speak with an admissions representative for more information.

Students with less than the minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may meet admissions requirements by submitting a minimum combined SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math) score of 700 or 900 on the old SAT, a combined ACT score of 18, or a satisfactory score on the university-administered admissions examination (see the Admissions Office) or meet the criteria established for acceptance as a transfer student.

Students with less than the minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted provisionally for two quarters. Failure to achieve a 1.5 CGPA in the first two quarters of attendance will result in dismissal.  Students may appeal the dismissal by following the Procedures for Appealing Academic/Financial Aid Dismissal Policy.

To facilitate the admissions process, unofficial documentation, such as copies of transcripts or grade reports, may be used to determine admission status. Transfer status cannot be designated, however, without some verifying documentation. Admissions test scores on university administered entrance exams will not be accepted from other universities. Prospective students must take a University administered admission exam, like the Accuplacer, at South University.

A student's failure to provide acceptable verification of proof of high school graduation within 5*/10 weeks of his or her start date will result in the following:

  • Removal from class
  • Cancellation of enrollment
  • No final course grades
  • No transcript

NOTES: Students who do not provide proof of high school graduation within the 5*/10-week period will not be responsible for any tuition and related fees.

South University may grant exceptions to the 5*/10-week period for unusual situations or circumstances.  All exceptions must be submitted to the office of the University Registrar for approval.

Please see the policy on GPA Calculation for Admission for additional information

*Effective March 22, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Montgomery campus or High Point Off Campus Instructional Site will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation. ​*Effective April 1, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Richmond and West Palm Beach campuses will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation.  *Effective May 31, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Tampa and Orlando campuses will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation. *Effective July 12, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Austin and Columbia campuses will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation. *Effective August 16, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Savannah and Virginia Beach campuses will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation.

Course Requirements

Associate of Science in Allied Health Science: 90 Credits
Area I General Education Requirements: 40 Credits
Professional Development
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I 4 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II 4 Credit Hours
Choose one additional course from the list below:
Mathematics and Statistics

(MAT 1001 is the pre-req.)

Natural Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences (choose one)
Area II Foundation Requirements: 20 Credits
MAT2058 Statistics 4 Credit Hours

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

Area III Major Requirements: 30 Credits

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

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

BIO2070 Microbiology 4 Credit Hours

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

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

(online)

OR

(campuses)

NTR2050 Nutrition 4 Credit Hours

Outcomes

Offered at Austin, High Point, Montgomery, Online Programs, Orlando, Savannah, Tampa, and West Palm Beach. 

Note: Not all Online Program offerings are available to residents of all U.S. states. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

The Associate of Science in Allied Health Sciences degree program is designed to expose students to a broad education in general studies combined with an emphasis on life science subjects such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry, nutrition, and pathophysiology. It offers students interested in health careers a knowledge base from which they may achieve their professional goals. Students within this program may consider entry into the Bachelor of Science in Health Science or other professional programs upon graduation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  1. Utilize principles of the natural, social, behavioral, and health sciences to serve as competent, ethical, and compassionate healthcare professionals.
  2. Demonstrate effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills in healthcare environments.
  3. Apply critical thinking skills to develop solutions for healthcare system issues and challenges.
  4. Effectively research, analyze, and report on a wide range of healthcare related topics.

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. 

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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.

Jason Miller 2017
Jason Miller Grad Alumni
Class of '17
Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant

“South University pushed me hard - to the limits of my mental capacity - and that brought out the best in me.”

Anna Langley 2014
Anna Langley Grad Alumni
Class of '14
Master of Science in Physician Assistant-South University, Savannah

“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”

Laceye A. Parker 2010
Laceye Parker Grad Alumni
Class of '13
Doctor of Pharmacy-South University, Columbia

“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.”

Crystal May 2014
Crystal May Grad Alumni
Class of '14
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management-South University, Richmond

“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.”

Cassandra E Rhodes 2007
Cassandra Rhodes Grad Alumni
Class of '08
Master of Healthcare Administration-South University, Columbia

“By furthering my education, I was given several opportunities for promotion and life-long learning and skill application. South University successfully prepared me for my current career by allowing me to learn more about the healthcare management systems.”