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    1. Associate of Science in Allied Health Science

      Associate of Science in Allied Health Science Overview

      For those considering a career in healthcare, our Health Science programs may be an option. Our Associate of Science in Allied Health Science program online can enable you to get started in the right direction. Focusing on the important role of professionalism in healthcare, curriculum blends the teaching of theory with industry-related technical information.

      Our Health Science courses are 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. The Associate of Science in Allied Health Science degree program online offers students interested in healthcare careers a knowledge base from which they may pursue their professional goals. After successful completion of the Health Science classes and all other graduation requirements, you would receive an Associate of Science in Allied Health Science.

      Graduates are prepared to pursue a number of entry-level careers within the broad field of allied health.

      Employment Opportunities

      According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics "Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians.”

      Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm#tab-6
      *The average growth rate for all occupations is 14 percent.

       

      Academic Requirements

      To be admitted to any South University online program, 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 a minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. The prospective student must also complete the university-administered placement test during the first session of attendance. South University accepts the International Baccalaureate Program diploma as meeting the requirement for high school graduation.

      Associate of Science in Allied Health Science - 90 Total Credits

      Students pursuing the Associate of Science in Allied Health Science are required to take a total of 90 credits as follows:

      • Area I: General Education Requirements - 40 credits
      • Area II: Foundation Requirements - 20 credits
      • Area III: Major Requirements - 30 credits

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      Area I: General Education Requirements - 40 Credits



      Professional Development
      Students are required to take 8 credits as follows:

      ITS1000 - Computer and Internet Literacy

      This course is for students to obtain basic knowledge and skills in using computer office production software and internet features. A broad range of software applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and internet usage concepts will be covered. Students will also use computer and communications technology to develop information literacy skills.

       

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      UVC1000 - Strategies for Success

      Designed to help entering students develop a more effective approach to college success, this course emphasizes positive self-evaluation, goal-setting, and motivation; practical skills of successful students; effective use of the library and the many sources of information available; and the concepts and tools of critical thinking, and their applications.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4


      Basic Communications
      Students are required to take 16 credits as follows:

      ENG1100 - Composition I

      Students will be introduced to college-level writing processes, particularly planning, researching and writing essays. Emphasis will be placed on refining individual skills, writing styles and voices, types of essay and on effective writing procedures. Selected readings supplement the course and provide topics for discussion and writing assignments. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s):
      ENG0099 or exemption thereof
      Credits: 4
      ENG1200 - Composition II

      Focusing on the construction of effective, researched written arguments, this course refines composition techniques, develops abstract thinking processes, and promotes critical thinking. By locating and evaluating sources and incorporating appropriately vetted academic sources into their work, students will create well-supported arguments within appropriately documented academic essays. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1100
      Credits: 4
      ENG1300 - Composition III/Literature

      In this course students write analytical and critical essays about fiction, drama, and poetry. Emphasis is placed on literal and figurative interpretations, structural analysis, and variations in thematic and critical reading approaches. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1100 ENG1200
      Credits: 4
      SPC1026 - Public Speaking

      This course is designed to prepare the student to develop and improve the ability to communicate. Self-expression, preparation of effective speeches, and development of speaking and listening skills will be emphasized.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4


      Mathematics and Statistics
      Students are required to take 4 credits as follows:

      MAT1005 - College Algebra II

      College Algebra provides students with lecture and extensive practice in the concepts required as background for Pre-Calculus and Calculus.  The course emphasizes the graphs and properties of functions in general, with emphasis on linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

      Prerequisite(s):
      MAT1001 with a C or better
      Credits: 4


      Natural Sciences
      Students are required to take 4 credits as follows:

      CHM1010_S - Chemistry

      CHM1010 is a survey course of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. Fundamental concepts and principles will be presented including atomic theory, bonding, nomenclature, solutions, acids and bases, and an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the application of these topics in various health fields. This overview provides the healthcare worker the ability to appreciate physiological and therapeutic processes at the molecular level. The course will also explore the role of chemistry in society today by applying a problem solving approach to understanding chemistry.

      Prerequisite(s):
      MAT0099 and math elective
      Credits: 4


      Arts and Humanities
      Students are required to take 4 credits from the courses listed below:

      ENG2002 - World Literature I

      Organized by period, genre and heme, this course explores global viewpoints as expressed in novels, poems, plays, short fiction, and philosophical and theological works from the period of the very first written texts up until the Middle Ages. Parallels and contrasts will be drawn between cultures and across time.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1002
      Credits: 4
      ENG2003 - World Literature II

      Organized by period, genre and theme, this course explores global viewpoints expressed in novels, poems, plays, short fiction, and philosophical and theological works from the late 17th century through to the present day.  Parallels and contrasts will be drawn between cultures and across time.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1002
      Credits: 4
      HUM1001 - Art History: Prehistory to the Middle Ages

      This course surveys the history of art beginning with the Prehistoric/Tribal period and continuing through the Middle Ages. The concepts, artists, motifs, works, and styles of the periods will be studied. The course introduces students to elements of art and design, and fosters an appreciation for the world of art.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      HUM1002 - History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times

      This course surveys the history of art from the Middle Ages to the present. The concepts, artists, motifs, works, and styles of the periods will be studied. The course introduces students to elements of art and design, and fosters an appreciation for the world of art.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4


      Social and Behavioral Sciences
      Students are required to take 4 credits from the courses listed below:

      ECO2071 - Principles of Microeconomics

      Microeconomics is the study of how individuals, households and firms make decisions about consumption and production which affect the supply and demand of goods and services.  Other topics include the costs of production, behavior of firms, organization of industries, economics of labor markets, and theories of consumer choice.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      ECO2072 - Principles of Macroeconomics

      The study of macroeconomics includes the basic aspects of economic analysis of the business world. Students will develop an understanding of the monetary system, recession, inflation, and the main cycles of business activity.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      POL2076 - American Government

      This course introduces students to the American Government. By examining the struggle for power - the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutional arenas - this course introduces the students to the political strategies that drive democracy.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or prerequisite: ENG1002 or ENG2001
      Credits: 4
      SOC1001 - Introduction to Sociology

      This course introduces the study of human social development, social organizations and social institutions. Students will apply sociological perspectives to examine topics such as the development of self-concept, group dynamics, culture, social deviance, gender equality, social class, racial and ethnic relations, demography and population, the family, religion, and education.

      Prerequisite(s):
      ENG1001 (recommended)
      Credits: 4
      SOC2010 - Social Problems

      This course exposes the student to social problems in the United States and globally. The student will learn the structural causes of social problems, the role that race or ethnicity, gender, and class play in social inequalities and the position the United States holds with respect to global social problems. Topics may include economic problems, environmental issues, problems of social inequality, deviance, and institutional problems. The student will also learn how to develop solutions to social problems.

      Prerequisite(s): SOC1001
      Credits: 4


      Area II: Foundation Requirements - 20 Credits
      Students are required to take 16 credits as follows:

      AHS1001 - Medical Terminology

      This course presents a study of basic medical terminology, based on the human body system approach. Prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, plural forms, abbreviations, and symbols are included in the content. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation. This course is designed for health profession students who require study in the fundamentals of medical terminology as part of their professional curriculum.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG0099
      Credits: 4
      MAT2058 - Statistics

      Statistics introduces the student to the terminology and techniques of Statistics including  levels of measurement, measures of central tendency and variance, random variables, linear correlation and regression, normal probability distributions, sampling distributions, the Central Limit Theorem, and hypothesis testing.

      Prerequisite(s):
      MAT1005, or MAT1001 and MAT1500
      Credits: 4
      PHI2301 - Introduction to Philosophy

      This course introduces students to critical philosophical thinking. Students will confront fundamental questions of self and identity, of freedom and determinism, of belief and truth, and of ethics and morality. Critical thinking activities will challenge students to incorporate philosophy into their daily lives by applying the questions of philosophy to themselves and their world.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or prerequisite: ENG1002 or ENG2001
      Credits: 4
      PSY1001 - General Psychology

      An introduction and overview of the major principles in the field of Psychology including: mental disorders, personality, social understanding, stress and coping, learning, memory, neuroscience, and consciousness. Students will also gain a broad understanding of how these areas are interconnected from a theoretical and practical worldview in addition to scientific modes of thought about behavior.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4


      Students are required to take 4 credits from the courses listed below:

      MAT1001 - College Algebra I

      The course is designed to develop the concepts needed for College Algebra II using graphs and applications to motivate students and provide real-world examples. The course covers the solution of systems of linear equations, exponents and polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, functions, and quadratic equations. MyMathLab or a comparable resource may be used for lecture, homework and assessment assignment delivery.

      Prerequisite(s): MAT0099 or Exemption
      Credits: 4
      MAT1500 - College Mathematics

      College Mathematics covers the fundamentals of several areas of mathematics, including set theory, logic, geometry, graph theory, probability, and statistics.

      Prerequisite(s): MAT0099
      Credits: 4


      Area III: Major Requirements - 30 Credits
      Students are required to take 30 credits as follows:

      BIO1011 - Anatomy and Physiology I

      This course is an introduction to the structures and functions of the human body, including the characteristics of life, homeostasis, organizational levels, basic metabolism, the cell, tissues, organs, organ systems, the organism, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, and special senses.

      Prerequisite(s): AHS1001 ENG0099 MAT0099
      Credits: 4
      BIO1012 - Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

      In this course students perform laboratory exercises, demonstrations, experiments, and tests that correlate with the lecture material of BIO1011.  BIO1012 must be taken concurrently with BIO1011.

      Prerequisite(s): AHS1001
      Credits: 2
      BIO1013 - Anatomy and Physiology II

      Anatomy and Physiology II is a continuation of BIO1011. It includes the endocrine system, digestive system, respiratory system, blood, cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune systems, urinary system, fluids and electrolytes, reproductive systems, pregnancy, and growth and development.

      Prerequisite(s):
      AHS1001, BIO1011, and BIO1012 with a C or better.
      Credits: 4
      BIO1014 - Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

      In this course students perform laboratory exercises, demonstrations, dissections, and tests that correlate with the lecture material of BIO1013.  BIO1014 must be taken concerrently with BIO1013.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Concurrent enrollment in BIO1013. BIO1011 and BIO1012 with grades of C or better
      Credits: 2
      BIO2015 - Human Pathophysiology

      Human Pathophysiology is an introductory study of disease processes in humans. Etiology, clinical manifestations, complications, common treatments, and diagnostic findings are examined based on a body systems approach. This course emphasizes physiological alterations resulting in disease and illness.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1013 and BIO1014 with grades of C or better
      Credits: 4
      BIO2070 - Microbiology

      Microbiology introduces the student to microorganisms with particular emphasis on their role in health, wellness and disease. Economic, social and cultural issues related to utilization, control, and research of the monera, protista, fungi, bacteria and viruses are also considered.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1013, BIO1014, and CHM1010 with a C or better. Co-requisite BIO2071
      Credits: 4
      BIO2071 - Microbiology Lab

      In this course, students perform laboratory exercises, demonstrations, experiments and tests that correlate with the lecture material of BIO2070. This course must be taken concurrently with BIO2070.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1013, BIO1014, and CHM1010 with a C or better. Co-requisite: BIO2070.
      Credits: 2
      NTR2050 - Nutrition

      This course surveys the principles necessary to promote optimum nutrition throughout the life cycle. Consideration is given to informed evaluation of areas of controversy, as well as influence of socioeconomic factors and culture on nutritional practices.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1013, BIO1014, and CHM1010 with a C or better.
      Credits: 4
      PSY2022 - Human Growth and Development

      In Human Growth and Development, students will learn the normal developmental stages of the human life cycle. The stages of human development will be examined within the context of the biological, psychological, sociological, intellectual, and emotional processes. Relevant cross-cultural comparisons are used to illustrate the unity and diversity of human life.

      Prerequisite(s):
      PSY1001 with a C or better
      Credits: 4


      Developmental Courses

      Placement tests in Algebra and English are administered to determine if a student needs additional preparation in either of these areas.  If a need is indicated, accepted applicants are placed in developmental courses on the basis of their entrance/placement test scores and/or transfer credit.  Students must successfully complete or place out of developmental courses in order to progress in the program. Developmental course credits do not count towards the total number of credits for graduation however, they do count in determining the maximum time frame and incremental completion rate calculations.

      ENG0099 - Principles of Composition

      This course helps students refine their writing skills by focusing on the elements of style and grammar. Students compose paragraphs and essays in preparation for more advanced composition classes. A minimum grade of a C is required o pass this course. NOTE: This course is offered for institutional credit only.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      MAT0099 - Principles of Algebra

      This course is designed to develop the basic concepts in algebra that are needed as background for intermediate algebra and college math. The approach emphasizes the relationship between arithmetic and algebra, using graphs and applications to motivate students and provide real-world examples. The course begins with signed numbers, proceeds to solving linear equations, and concludes with the Rectangular Coordinate System and graphs. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4


      State approval policies require residents of the State of Arkansas to enroll in specific courses within this program rather than the courses specified in the program description above. Residents of the State of Arkansas should contact their admissions representatives for specific courses required within this program.

      Maryland residents are not eligible to enroll into an internship, externship, practicum, or field experience course. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

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