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Associate of Science in Allied Health Science

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Pursue a career in healthcare with South University's Allied Health Science associates

South University’s Richmond campus offers an Associate of Science in Allied Health Science for healthcare professionals. The Associate’s in Allied Health Science program offers a general studies background with an emphasis on life sciences and health. No matter what entry-level career path you pursue, the Allied Health Science degree can give a foundation of skills to help your career*.

While you may be able to take some general education courses at this campus, all other courses, including specialized courses, will be taken online.

*South University does not promise or guarantee employment.

South University, Richmond, and South University, Virginia Beach, are certified to operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia pursuant to Title 23, Chapter 21.1, §23-276.4 of the Code of Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (James Monroe Building, 101 North 14th St; Richmond, VA 23219; 804-225-2600; www.schev.edu).

 

Admissions Requirements

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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

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 weeks from the 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 week period will not be responsible for any tuition and related fees.

South University may grant exceptions to the 5 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

Admission of Transfer Students

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

To be eligible for admission, transfer students must complete the application procedures and satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Submit a completed application for admission.
  2. Have earned 24 or more credit hours, or the equivalent (e.g. 16 semester hours), with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 from an acceptable accredited collegiate institution.
  3. Submit official transcripts (including verifiable faxed transcripts) from all colleges and universities attended.
  4. Submit self-certification of high school graduation or GED completion.

For transfer of credit practices refer to the applicable section under the Academic Affairs section of this catalog.

Transfer students accepted into South University who have earned 24 or more quarter credit hours or the equivalent (e.g. 16 semester hours), with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 from an acceptable accredited collegiate institution, and who are not required to take ENG0099 and/or MAT0099, will be exempt from taking the UVC1000 Strategies for Success. Students will select another 4 credit course in consultation with their Academic Advisor or Academic Counselor to fulfill the degree requirements.

Transfer students will be exempted from developmental courses on the basis of grades earned in credit bearing English or mathematics courses transferred to South University, if applicable, or SAT or ACT, or scores on the University administered entrance exam only if the exam was taken at South University.

Students with 24 or more quarter credits with less than a 2.0 GPA may be admitted provisionally for two quarters. Failure to achieve a 1.5 GPA 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.

Students who are citizens of countries other than the United States should refer to the section entitled International Student Admissions Policy.

Students who are transferring from or to a school within the University of North Carolina or the North Carolina Community College System should be aware of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement approved by both governing Boards on March 1, 1996 and revised in September of 2008. This agreement may be found in its entirety at the following website.

For additional admissions information please see the admissions section here.

Course Requirements

Associate of Science in Allied Health Science: 90 Credits

For students enrolled prior to January 2024.

Area I General Education Requirements: 40 Credits
Professional Development
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I 4.0 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II 4.0 Credit Hours
ENG1300 Composition III 4.0 Credit Hours

Choose one additional course from the list below:

Mathematics and Statistics
MAT1005 College Algebra II 4.0 Credit Hours
Natural Sciences
CHM1010 General Chemistry 4.0 Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences (choose one)
Area II Foundation Requirements: 20 Credits
Area III Major Requirements: 30 Credits

(must be taken concurrently)

BIO2015 4.0 Credits
NTR2050 4.0 Credits
PSY2022 4.0 Credits

(must be taken concurrently)

BIO2015 4.0 Credits
NTR2050 4.0 Credits
PSY2022 4.0 Credits

(BIO2070 and BIO2071 must be taken concurrently)

BIO2015 4.0 Credits
NTR2050 4.0 Credits
PSY2022 4.0 Credits
NTR2050 Nutrition 4.0 Credit Hours
Associate of Science in Allied Health Science: 90 Credits

For students enrolled on or after January 2024.

Area I General Education Requirements: 44 Credits
Professional Development
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I 4.0 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II 4.0 Credit Hours

Choose one additional course from the list below:

Mathematics and Statistics
MAT1001 College Algebra I 4.0 Credit Hours
Natural Sciences
CHM1010 General Chemistry 4.0 Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Area II Foundation Requirements: 16 Credits
AHS1001 Medical Terminology 4.0 Credit Hours
MAT1005 College Algebra II 4.0 Credit Hours
MAT2058 Statistics 4.0 Credit Hours
PSY1001 General Psychology 4.0 Credit Hours
Area III Major Requirements: 30 Credits

(must be taken concurrently)

BIO2015 4.0 Credits
NTR2050 4.0 Credits
PSY2022 4.0 Credits

(must be taken concurrently)

BIO2015 4.0 Credits
NTR2050 4.0 Credits
PSY2022 4.0 Credits

(BIO2070 and BIO2071 must be taken concurrently)

BIO2015 4.0 Credits
NTR2050 4.0 Credits
PSY2022 4.0 Credits
NTR2050 Nutrition 4.0 Credit Hours

Outcomes

Offered at Austin, High Point, Montgomery, Online Programs, Orlando, Richmond, Savannah, Tampa, Virginia Beach, 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 Science 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 Sciences 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.
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