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This is an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Health Sciences. This degree will provide a pathway for the following students:

  • Those currently enrolled in a certificate-level program in a Health Sciences discipline from an accredited community or technical college.
  • Those who have completed a certificate-level program in a Health Sciences discipline from a TN College of Applied Technology (TCAT) or other accredited community or technical college.
  • Those currently credentialed as allied health/nursing practitioner 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.
  • Transferring credits earned in a health science-related program or an allied health sciences certificate program from a TN College of Applied Technology (TCAT) or other accredited college or university.
  • Portfolio assessment of college-level learning related to an allied health discipline. 

In addition to the 15 credit hours of General Education courses currently required for an A.A.S. degree, students will complete the Health Science Core courses (ALHS 2311-Management and Leadership for Allied Health Supervisors, ALHS 2314-Medical Law and Ethics, ALHS 2312-Contemporary Issues in Healthcare) and one of the two options (Certificate or Experiential Learning Porfolio).  

Class Location: The ALHS classes are primarily online with an orientation session held the first week of classes each semester at the Oak Ridge campus.  Students may start the program Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.

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

Effective Fall 2019

General Education and Core Degree Requirements Hours
ENGL 1010 Composition I 3
COLS 1010 Study, Organize, Succeed1 3
    Natural Science/Math Elective6 3-4
    Social Science Elective 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    General Education Elective2 3
ALHS 2311 Management/Supervision for AHS Supervisors 3
ALHS 2314 Medical Law and Ethics 3
ALHS 2312 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare 3
    ALHS Electives3 6
    SUB-TOTAL 33-34

Choose one of the following two options:

Option 1: Certificate4
    Certificate credits-must complete certificate to be eligible for degree 16-30
  Guided Electives (if needed) 0-14


Option 2: Experiential Learning Portfolio
ALHS 2315 Experiential Learning  3
ALHS 2316 Experiential Learning Portfolio 3-27
  Guided Electives (if needed) 0-24

1 Students with demonstrated academic success in previous college-level courses may be eligible to receive proficiency credit for this course.  See the program director. 

2 General Education electives:  One additional course from Communication, Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Behavioral Sciences, or Natural Science/Mathematics. 

3 Choose from:  any excess credits from an Allied Health Technical Certificate OR ALHS elective courses (ALHS 2313, ALHS 2315 and ALHS 2317) not used elsewhere to fulfill requirements.  Electives should be chosen in consultation with an academic advisor to ensure they are appropriate and add value to the intended career path.

4Completion of an allied health technical certificate is required for this option of the AAS degree program.

5Experiential portfolio assessment will be completed using the Council for the Assessment of Experiential Learning (CAEL) guidelines and assessment instruments.  The maximum number of college credits that will be awarded for experiential learning portfolio will be 27 credit hours.

6Students must complete all Math Learning Support requirements (if applicable) before degree will be awarded.

Students pursuing this option will be advised by the Health Sciences Division.


Michael Laman
(865) 354-3000 ext. 4267

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