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Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
 
 
Scheduling Classes FAQ
   
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What is a full time load?
How many hours should one normally take on semesters?
What should I do if I want to take more than 19 semester hours?
I'm on probation and am limited to 13 semester hours. What if I want to take more hours than that?
Do I need to take the courses in the model curriculum for my major exactly the way they are listed?
What is a prerequisite?
What is the core curriculum?
Are the first two years going to be the same for all Allied Health majors?
How can I be exempt from EH 101?
Where should I start in math?
What can I do if I am not ready for MA 115 (Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry), which is required for my degree?
Where should I start in my science classes?
Does Allied Health offer any online courses?
I have been accepted into South's honors program. What courses do I need to take?
 
What is a full-time load?
 
Undergraduate students taking 12 or more semester hours are full-time. Graduate students enrolled in 6 or more semester hours are full-time. Students may need to be full-time to receive financial aid and/or to be covered by insurance. Note: Students receiving scholarship funds must take 15 semester hours each term.

 
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How many hours should one normally take on semesters?
 

Usually a student will take 15 to 16 hours each semester in order to complete a bachelor's degree in 4 years.

 
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What should I do if I want to take more than 19 semester hours?
 

Contact the Associate Dean to get approval and he will assist you in registering for the overload.

 
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I'm on probation and am limited to 13 semester hours?...What if I want to take more hours than that?
 

Check with your advisor to see if an exception may be made. If so, your advisor and the Associate Dean will assist you in registering for the overload.

 
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Do I need to take the courses in the model curriculum for my major exactly the way they are listed?
 

No, it is just a suggested model. Note the prerequisites for the required courses. Many of the general core curriculum courses do not require any prerequisites and may be taken at any time.

Students also should consider other factors when scheduling their classes, such as the number of work hours each week, family responsibilities, the possible need for developmental studies classes to be better prepared for college-level work, etc. These issues can be discussed with your advisor.

 
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What is a prerequisite?
 

A prerequisite is a course that must be taken prior to another course in order to be prepared for it. The PAWS system will block a student from registering for a course if the prerequisite has not been completed. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the department chair or the instructor of the course.

 
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What is the core curriculum?
 

These are general required courses for your degree that may vary from major to major. Check with your advisor if you have questions about course options that may be available. Five areas are included:

         
 
Area I
Written Composition
6 hours
 
 
Area II
Humanities & Fine Arts
12 hours
 
 
Area III
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
11 hours
 
 
Area IV
History, Social & Behavioral Sciences
12 hours
 
 
Area V
Preprofessional, Major & Elective Courses
19-23 hours
 
         
 
Are the first two years going to be the same for all Allied Health majors?
 

No, it varies according to the program, particularly the science courses required. For instance, the Radiologic Sciences program does not require any chemistry. The sooner you can narrow down your choices of a program, the better.

 
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How can I be exempt from EH 101?
 

If you have a score of 27 or higher on the English section of the ACT (SAT Verbal of 550 or higher), you will be exempt from EH 101 and may register for EH 102. Students must replace the 3 semester hours for EH 101 with another course if the minimum 128 hours for a bachelor’s degree are not met.

Currently, Advanced Placement (AP) credit for EH 101 and 102 will be awarded with a score of "3" or higher. Six semester hours of credit will be granted. Note: Effective Spring 2005, AP credit will be awarded only for EH 101 with a score of "4" or higher. Official AP scores mailed from the College Entrance Examination Board are required.

College Level Examination (CLEP) credit for EH 101 and 102 will be awarded if a student scores "500" or higher on the English Composition - General Examination. Six semester hours of credit will be granted. Official CLEP scores mailed from the Educational Testing Service are required.

 
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Where should I start in math?
 

New Policy: Effective Fall 2004, students must complete the online Math Placement Test in order to register for a 100 level mathematics course. The test should be taken at least 48 hours prior to registration to allow time for the scores to be added to the Banner student record system. The test will determine the most appropriate math course for which you are qualified. The registration system will enforce the placement and course prerequisites as indicated in the table below.

The placement test must be completed by the student within 2 hours, and the use of calculators is not allowed. The test may be taken as soon as the JAG number is received from the Office of Admissions. Students should keep a copy of their results from the Math Placement Test to take to their academic advisors. The URL is www.southalabama.edu/mathplacement. Questions about the test should be directed to mathplacement@jaguar1.usouthal.edu or contact the Mathematics Department at 251-460-6264.

Placement Scores

Minimum Grade/Score
USA Math Course
35-49
DS 082
50-65
MTH 100
66-74
MA 112
75-84
MA 113
85+
MA 125
 
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What can I do if I am not ready for MA 115 (Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry), which is required for my degree?
 

Based on the guidelines listed, you may start with MA 112, Precalculus Algebra, and then take MA 113, Precalculus Trigonometry, which together equate to MA 115. If you are ready to start with MA 113, you may take it and it alone will satisfy the requirement.

 
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Where should I start in my science classes?
 

The Chemistry Placement Test must be taken prior to enrolling in CH 131/131L, General Chemistry I/Lab. A score of 35 or higher is required. If you score below a 35, you must take CH 100, Fundamentals of Chemistry. In order to take CH 100, you must have MTH 100 credit or MPT score 66.

If you have a score of less than 26 on the science reasoning section of the ACT, you should not attempt to take BLY 121/121L, General Biology I/Lab, and CH 131/131L, General Chemistry I/Lab, in the same semester. Because BLY 121/121L has a chemistry component, you may wish to take the chemistry first.

 
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Does Allied Health offer any online courses?
 

Yes, the Department of Biomedical Sciences offers the following: BMD 311, Human Anatomy (3 hours).

 
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I have been accepted into South's honors program. What courses do I need to take?
 

Go to the Honors web site for details. It is wise to schedule an advising appointment and go over the requirements in person.

 
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