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This is an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Allied Health Sciences that will provide a pathway for students who are currently enrolled in or have completed a certificate-level program in an Allied Health Sciences discipline from any accredited community or technical college; or are currently credentialed as allied health/nursing practitioners who wish to continue their formal education and earn an Associate of Applied Sciences degree. Allied Health Sciences discipline-specific core credits may be earned by current enrollment in appropriate allied health sciences courses, or transferring credits earned in a health science-related program, or an allied health sciences certificate program from a community college, or portfolio assessment of college-level experiential learning related to an allied health discipline.

In addition to the 15 credit hours of General Education core courses currently required for an A.A. S. degree, students will complete   Management and Leadership for Allied Health Supervisors (ALH 211) and Medical Law and Ethics (ALH 214).  For the general elective requirement, students may select additional Allied Health courses:  ALH 212-Contemporary Issues in Healthcare, ALH 1010 - Introduction to Health-related Professions and ALH 213 - Special Topics in Healthcare Management. The credits required is dependant on the number of credit hours earned from a allied health sciences certificate program, allied health science courses, or experiential portfolio evaluation. For more information and detailed admissions procedures visit the Allied Health Sciences division webpage.

Class Location: The ALH classes are hybrid (on-line) with the orientation session held each semester at the Oak Ridge campus.

Program Application Deadline:  None. Selective admission is not applicable to this program.

Degree plan for applicants with a health science certificate from a community college:

Allied Health Sciences Certificate Program 16-39
       
ENGL 1010 Composition 3
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Speech 3
ALH 211 Management/Supervision for AHS Supervisors 3
ALH 214 Medical Law and Ethics 3
Natural Science/Math Elective  
Humanities Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
General Education Elective : to be selected from Social
Science, Humanities, Communication, or Natural Science
or Mathematics
3-4
General Electives1 0-23
       
    TOTAL HOURS 60

Degree plan for applicants with a health science license/certification:

ALH 215 Experiential Portfolio Assessment 2 3
ENGL 1010 Composition 3
ALH 211 Management/Supervision for AHS Supervisors 3
ALH 214 Medical Law and Ethics 3
Natural Science/Mathematics Elective 3-4
Humanities Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
General Education Elective: To be selected from Communication,
Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science or Mathematics
3-4
ALH 216 Experiential Portfolio2 3-27
Electives1    
    TOTAL HOURS 60

1The number of electives required will vary depending on the credits from an accredited health science certificate program,  or a combination of transfer credits from other higher education institutions and credit awarded for prior learning (Experiential Portfolio Assessment), or allied health science courses.  Elective courses will be determined in consultation with the faculty advisor consistent the personal career goals of the student. 

2Experiential portfolio assessment (to give college credit for professional work experiences) will be done using the Council for the Assessment of Experiential Learning (CAEL) guidelines and assessment instruments.  The maximum number of college credits awarded for experiential learning is 27 credit hours in accordance with the RSCC Catalog.

This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation.  Student intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program are advised to check with their faculty advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses.

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