College of Allied Health Professions

2001- 2002 Bulletin Information

Dean: Daniel E. Sellers (380-2785)
Academic Advisers: Melissa Wold and Mary Haynes (380-2772)
Director of Graduate Studies: Julio F. Turrens (380-2710)

The College of Allied Health Professions offers the following programs:

Certificate Program in:
    Radiologic Technology

Bachelor of Science Programs in:
    Biomedical Sciences
    Cardiorespiratory Care
    Clinical Laboratory Sciences
    Radiologic Sciences
    Speech and Hearing Sciences

Masters Degree Programs in:
    Health Science: Major - Physician Assistant Studies
    Master of Physical Therapy
    Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
    Master of Science in Speech & Hearing Sciences
    (including optional preparation for the teacher’s certificate in Speech Pathology & Audiology)

Doctor of Philosophy Program in:
    Communication Sciences and Disorders

The programs are designed to provide the highest quality in basic medical sciences and health professional education to meet health care needs and to contribute to new knowledge through research. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for their respective licensure and board examinations to enter professional practice in their chosen area.

Through University approval and when deemed to be in the best interest of the students, the faculty of the College reserves the right to alter curricula and regulations as deemed necessary.

The professional programs in Allied Health are accredited by their respective national accrediting agencies as given below:


Program Accrediting Agency
Cardiorespiratory Care Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP) and the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education.
Clinical Laboratory Sciences National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Occupational Therapy Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Physical Therapy American Physical Therapy Association
Physician Assistant Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs
Radiologic Sciences Joint Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology
Speech and Hearing Sciences American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and Educational Program: Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA)

Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the academic advising services provided for Allied Health students. The Academic Advisors are available to assist undergraduate students and other persons seeking information about Allied Health Professions Programs. The Academic Advisors are located at 1550 University Commons, telephone number (251)380-2772. Graduate students are advised by their respective departmental advisor.

For Professional Component undergraduate students in Cardiorespiratory Care, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and Radiologic Sciences, a minimum grade of C is required in each Professional Component course. This minimum grade of C reflects only the letter grade since many courses will require an 80% or 90% competency in order to be considered passing level. Students receiving less than a C in a professional course in Cardiorespiratory Care, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and Radiologic Sciences will not be allowed to proceed in the program. Students not meeting this minimal requirement may apply for reinstatement by petitioning the respective departmental Student Evaluation and Promotions Committee. The student must petition in writing through the office of the Department Chair no later than five days prior to the beginning of the semester for which reinstatement is requested. If for any reason, a student must withdraw from the Professional Component of a program, readmission will require approval of the appropriate Department Chair and the Dean of the College.

Undergraduate students majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences may register for SPA courses which have an SPA prerequisite only if a grade of C or better were achieved in the prerequisite course. C reflects only the letter grade since some courses will require an 80% or 90% competency level-point average in order to be considered passing level. Speech and Hearing majors are expected to maintain an overall grade-point average acceptable for admission to the graduate program.

All students currently enrolled at the University of South Alabama must receive prior approval of the Dean before taking prerequisite course work at another institution. All students enrolled in the College of Allied Health Professions must receive prior approval from both the Chair of the Department and the Dean before taking courses in their major field at another institution. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in loss of credit for the course work.


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