1997-1998 Bulletin Information

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Dean: Patsy C. Covey (380-2785)
Associate Dean: Daniel E. Sellers
Academic Counselor: Melissa Wold (380-2772)
Director of Graduate Studies: Brian B. Shulman (380-2600)

The College of Allied Health Professions offers the following programs:

Certificate Program in:
Radiologic Technology

Bachelor of Science Programs in:
Biomedical Sciences
Cardiorespiratory Care
Medical Technology
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy*
Radiologic Sciences
Speech and Hearing Sciences
*B.S. in Physical Therapy will be replaced by Master's Program in June 1998

Masters Degree Programs in:
Health Science: Major - Physician Assistant Studies
Master of Physical 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 appropriately.

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)
Medical Technology: National Association for Accreditation of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Occupational Therapy: Council on Accreditation of Occupational Therapy Education
Physical Therapy: American Physical Therapy Association
Physician Assistant: Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (Pre-accreditation - new program)
Radiologic Sciences: Joint Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology
Speech and Hearing Sciences: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Educational Program - CAA
Patient Clinic - PSB

Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the academic advising services provided for Allied Health students. The Academic Counselor serves as the academic advisor for undergraduate students and is available to assist students and other persons seeking information about Allied Health Professions Programs. The Academic Counselor is located at 1550 University Commons, telephone number 334/380-2772 Graduate students are advised by their respective departmental advisor.

For Professional Component undergraduate students in Cardiorespiratory Care, Medical Technology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy 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 Medical Technology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Radiologic Sciences, Cardiorespiratory Care and Speech Pathology and Audiology 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 quarter 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.

Additionally, students in Occupational Therapy must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average in the professional component. Occupational Therapy students failing to maintain a 3.0 grade-point average will not be allowed to proceed in the program. However, students failing to meet the requirement may apply for reinstatement following the procedures outlined above.

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 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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