University Bulletin 2019-20

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Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions

Allied Health Administrative Staff (251) 445-9250
Dean Gregory H. Frazer
Associate Dean  Susan Gordon-Hickey
Academic Advisor II Karen LaSarge
Academic Advisor II Linda Stearns
Academic Advisor II Brittney Day

College of Allied Health website
https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/alliedhealth

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 from a professional/clinical program, 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 considered necessary.

The professional/clinical programs in Allied Health are accredited by their respective national accrediting agencies.

Accreditation

Professional/Clinical Programs and Accrediting Agency
  • Cardiorespiratory Care (Bachelor of Science Program): 
    • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP) and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
  • Emergency Medical Services Paramedic & EMT Programs:
    • Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP)
  • Occupational Therapy (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy):
    • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Physical Therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy):
    • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Physician Assistant (Master of Health Sciences):
    • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)
  • Radiologic Sciences (Bachelor of Science Program):
    • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
  • Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Programs (Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Doctor of Audiology):
    • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) 

Additional Programs:

Biomedical Sciences (BS)
Communication Sciences and Disorders (Doctor of Philosophy)
Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MS)
Professional Health Sciences (BS)
Rehabilitation Sciences in Occupational Therapy (MS)
Rehabilitation Sciences in Speech Therapy (MS)
Speech and Hearing Sciences (BS)

Academic Advising

Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the academic advising services provided in the College of Allied Health Professions. The academic advisors are available throughout the academic year to assist undergraduate students and other persons seeking information about Allied Health Professions programs. First year students are advised in the Academic Advising and Transfer services office. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are advised in the College of Allied Health Professions. The academic advisors are located in HAHN 3028, and the telephone number is (251) 445-9260. Undergraduate students in the professional component of their program and graduate students are advised by their respective departmental faculty advisors.

Computer Access Requirement

All students enrolled in the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions are required to have access to a personal computer. This access must include a current version of the Microsoft Office® software suite including Word® and Excel®, access to the University's e-mail system and access to the Internet for research purposes. Individual programs may have additional requirements specific to their curriculum.

General Requirements for Health Insurance, Background Checks, and Drug Screening

Students applying for admission to professional/clinical programs will need to provide proof of health insurance coverage before being admitted in the program and every year after registration. These students will also be subjected to background checks and drug tests prior to being admitted in the professional component of the program. Drug tests may be randomly administered while in the professional component of the program. Students will be informed of these requirements in the application forms for enrollment in their programs. Specific requirements for each program are listed in the respective departments' sections. Students are responsible for becoming familiar with individual requirements and regulations specific to their programs.

Admission to Professional Programs

The Dean of the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions oversees the establishment and monitoring of the admission standards for the professional clinical degree programs. Each student must meet the admission standards of the program for which they are applying. However, because of limited capacities, admission is on a competitive basis. Notice of actions on applications for admission is provided by the respective departments. Any other correspondence between students and faculty members, department chairs, and/or administrative officers does not constitute nor does it imply admission to any specific program.

Application forms and other information may be obtained from each department's website or by contacting the department directly.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate Promotion Policies

For professional component undergraduate students in Cardiorespiratory Care 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, and Radiologic Sciences will not be allowed to proceed in the program (i.e. dismissed). 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 must complete each SHS course with a grade of "C" or better. 

Transient Course Work Credit

All students enrolled in the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions must receive prior approval from their academic advisor, the Chair of the Department and the Dean before taking courses at another institution. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in loss of credit for the course work.

Admission To Professional Programs

The Dean of the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions oversees the establishment and monitoring of the admission standards for the professional clinical degree programs. Each student must meet the admission standards of the program for which they are applying. However, because of limited capacities, admission is on a competitive basis. Notice of actions on applications for admission is provided by the respective departments. Any other correspondence between students and faculty members, department chairs, and/or administrative officers does not constitute nor does it imply admission to any specific program.

Application forms and other information may be obtained from each department's website or by contacting the department directly.

Graduate

Minimum College Requirements For Admission To Graduate Programs

In addition to the minimum requirements set by the Graduate School, students applying to professional/clinical graduate programs in the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The minimum GRE score required to apply for admission to each graduate program is established by the program's admissions committee. Interested students should check the specific requirements for every program.

Graduate Degree Programs

The Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions offers a Ph.D. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders; two professional doctoral degrees, the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT); and 6 Masters degrees, the Master of Health Sciences (MHS), Master of Occupational Therapy (MSOT), Master of Speech-Language Pathology (MSLP), Master of Rehabilitation Sciences in Occupational Therapy, Master of Rehabilitation Sciences in Speech Therapy, and a Master of Physical Therapy. These degrees are administered through the Department, the College, and the Graduate School.  Program requirements for all graduate programs can be found under the respective departmental information.

Graduate Program Requirements

Documents required for Admission

All documents required for admission review such as transcripts and test scores must be official. Transcripts must be transmitted from the home institution to the department. Scores from testing agencies must be sent directly to the University. These documents become the property of the University of South Alabama. Programs may use a Centralized Application System or other admissions process. Students may be asked to upload transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation to this system as well. If a student decides to apply to another program, a new application and processing fee must be submitted.

Graduate Program Admissions

Admission to the graduate programs in the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions is competitive. The programs are limited access and students are admitted based on their credentials. Students are encouraged to refer to the departmental website for admissions criteria and information. 

Withdrawal

A student who withdraws from the University or from a course will have "WD" recorded on their permanent record, provided the withdrawal occurs within the time limits listed in the official Academic Calendar.   Students should seek the counsel of the department chair to learn if additional documentation is needed to leave the program in good standing.

Grade Standards

The grading system for graduate-level include "A", "B", "C", and "F". A minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program. A maximum of eight semester credits of courses with the grade of "C" may be counted toward a degree program. Students may, with approval of the departmental faculty, repeat a course in which a "C" has been earned. Any grade lower than a "C" in any course will result in academic dismissal from the program.

Students may appeal dismissal to the Department Academic Standards Committee, but reinstatement is not automatically granted and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Academic Dismissal

Any term in which a graduate student drops below an overall 3.0 GPA, the student is placed on probationary status and has a period of two terms to attain an overall 3.0 GPA or be dismissed.

Students who receive more than 8 credit hours of "C" in courses will be dismissed from their program. The student may appeal dismissal to the Departmental Academic Standards Committee.  If the appeal is granted, the student may be allowed to retake up to one course in order to reduce the number of hours of "C" within the 8-hour limit. If the student cannot reach this limit by retaking only one course, they will be dismissed from the program. If the student is allowed to remain in the program by retaking one course, any "C" grades in the repeated course and future courses will also result in automatic dismissal from the program.

Any grade lower than a "C" will result in academic dismissal.  A student who is academically dismissed from a program will not be allowed to re-apply to the same program.

Academic Misconduct 

A student dismissed from a  graduate program as the result of an academic misconduct penalty will be automatically dismissed from the College and will not be eligible to apply for readmission.

Final Grade Grievance Policy

A student may initiate an inquiry under procedures set forth in The Lowdown (www.southalabama.edu/lowdown/).

Appeal Procedure

Students may appeal academic dismissal, academic misconduct dismissal and final grade grievance decisions under specified circumstances. Information concerning this procedure may be obtained from the office of the Dean of the College.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of twenty-five (25) semester hours of transfer credit from regionally accredited universities may be accepted by a program. Programs in the College may accept transfer credit from a regionally accredited university and/or programs with specialized accreditation; however, programs may set a limit to the total transfer credit accepted and programs are not required to accepted transfer credits.  Prior approval of the Chair of the department and College Director of Graduate/Professional Studies is required. For specific information concerning Transfer Credit see appropriate section under Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions or contact the Chair of the specific program. Only courses with "A" or "B" grades are acceptable for transfer.

Student Responsibility

While the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions will endeavor to provide timely and accurate advisement, it is the responsibility of the student to know and satisfy the degree requirements of the academic program, to be aware of the University and College academic calendar and to understand and comply with University and College academic policies and procedures.

General Education Requirements

A minimum of 120 hours is required for all bachelor degrees awarded by the College of Allied Health Professions. Some professional programs require more credit hours. Please refer to individual programs for specific information. Candidates for all bachelor degrees must complete the requirements of the general education curriculum, which encompasses four major areas of study:

  1. Written Composition
  2. Humanities and Fine Arts
  3. Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  4. History, Social and Behavioral Sciences

The student should work with an academic advisor to plan his or her course of study in each of these four areas of the general education curriculum. The courses should be planned with an emphasis placed on continuity of information and compatibility with the student's major field(s) of study.

Biomedical Sciences
Area I. - Written Composition (6 HRS)

EH101 (3)

EH102 (3)

Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts (12)

CA 110 (3)

ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 101, DRA 110, or MUL 101 (3)

EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235 or EH 236 (3)

Literature sequence* or Humanities Elective - AFR 101, AIS 105, ARH 100, 103, 123, ARS 101, 121, 123, 124, DRA 110, EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, 236, Foreign Language course except 190, 290 or 390, or PHL 110, 121, 131, 231, 240, or MUL 101 (3)

* Student must have one history elective and one literature elective to graduate. In addition, student must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence (Part I and II of same subject).

Area III. - Natural Sciences & Math (12 HRS)

MA 125 (4)

CH131/131L (4)

CH132/132L (4)

Area IV. - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences (12 HRS)

PSY 120 (3)

HY 101, HY 102, HY 135 or HY 136 (3)

History Sequence* or Social Science Elective - HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, or AN 100, AN 101, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, PSC 130, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112, AIS 115, AIS 201 (3)

Social Science Elective - SY 109 recommended for most programs, or advisor may suggest AN 100, AN 101, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, PSC 130, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112, AIS 115, or AIS 201 (3)

* Student must have one history elective and one literature elective to graduate. In addition, student must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence (Part I and II of same subject).

Cardiorespiratory Care
Area I. - Written Composition (6 HRS)

EH101 (3)

EH102 (3)

Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts (12)

CA 110 (3)

ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 101, DRA 110, or MUL 101 (3)

EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235 or EH 236 (3)

Literature sequence* or Humanities Elective - AFR 101, AIS 105, ARH 100, 103, 123, ARS 101, 121, 123, 124, DRA 110, EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, 236, Foreign Language course except 190, 290 or 390, or PHL 110, 121, 131, 231, 240, or MUL 101 (3)

* Student must have one history elective and one literature elective to graduate. In addition, student must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence (Part I and II of same subject).

Area III. - Natural Sciences & Math (11 HRS)

MA 112 (3)

CH 131/CH 131L (4)

CH 132/CH 132L (4)

Area IV. - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences (12 HRS)

PSY 120 (3)

HY 101, HY 102, HY 135 or HY 136 (3)

History Sequence* or Social Science Elective - HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, or AN 100, AN 101, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, PSC 130, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112, AIS 115, AIS 201 (3)

Social Science Elective - SY 109 recommended for most programs, or advisor may suggest AN 100, AN 101, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, PSC 130, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112, AIS 115, or AIS 201 (3)

* Student must have one history elective and one literature elective to graduate. In addition, student must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence (Part I and II of same subject).

Health Sciences
Area I. - Written Composition (6 HRS)

EH101 (3)

EH102 (3)

Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts (12 HRS)

CA 110 (3)

ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 101, DRA 110, or MUL 101 (3)

EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235 or EH 236 (3)

Literature sequence* or Humanities Elective - AFR 101, AIS 105, ARH 100,103,123, ARS 101, 121, 123, 124, DRA 110, EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, 236, Foreign Language course except 190, 290 or 390, or PHL 110, 121, 131, 231, 240, or MUL 101 (3)

* Student must have one history elective and one literature elective to graduate. In addition, student must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence (Part I and II of same subject).

Area III. - Natural Sciences & Math (11 HRS)

MA 112 (3)

BLY 101/BLY 101L or BLY 121/BLY 121L (4)

Any Lab Science (4)

Area IV. - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences (12 HRS)

PSY 120 (3)

HY 101, HY 102, HY 135 or HY 136 (3)

History Sequence* or Social Science Elective - HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, or AN 100, AN 101, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, PSC 130, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112, AIS 115, AIS 201 (3)

Social Science Elective - SY 109 recommended for most programs, or advisor may suggest AN 100, AN 101, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, PSC 130, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112, AIS 115, or AIS 201 (3)

* Student must have one history elective and one literature elective to graduate. In addition, student must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence (Part I and II of same subject).

Radiologic Sciences
Area I. - Written Composition (6 HRS)

EH101 (3)

EH102 (3)

Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts (12 HRS)

CA 110 (3)

ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 101, DRA 110, or MUL 101 (3)

EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235 or EH 236 (3)

Literature sequence* or Humanities Elective - AFR 101, AIS 105, ARH 100,103,123, ARS 101, 121, 123, 124, DRA 110, EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, 236, Foreign Language course except 190, 290 or 390, or PHL 110, 121, 131, 231, 240, or MUL 101 (3)

* Student must have one history elective and one literature elective to graduate. In addition, student must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence (Part I and II of same subject).

Area III. - Natural Sciences & Math (11 HRS)

MA 112 (3)

BLY 101/BLY 101L or BLY 121/BLY 121L (4)

BLY 102/BLY 102L or BLY 122/BLY 122L (4)

Area IV. - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences (12 HRS)

PSY 120 (3)

HY 101, HY 102, HY 135 or HY 136 (3)

History Sequence* or Social Science Elective - HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, or AN 100, AN 101, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, PSC 130, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112, AIS 115, AIS 201 (3)

Social Science Elective - SY 109 recommended for most programs, or advisor may suggest AN 100, AN 101, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, PSC 130, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112, AIS 115, or AIS 201 (3)

* Student must have one history elective and one literature elective to graduate. In addition, student must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence (Part I and II of same subject).

Speech and Hearing Sciences
Area I. - Written Composition (6 HRS)

EH101 (3)

EH102 (3)

Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts (12 HRS)

CA 110 (3)

ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 101, DRA 110, or MUL 101 (3)

EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235 or EH 236 (3)

Literature sequence* or Humanities Elective - AFR 101, AIS 105, ARH 100,103,123, ARS 101, 121, 123, 124, DRA 110, EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, 236, Foreign Language course except 190, 290 or 390, or PHL 110, 121, 131, 231, 240, or MUL 101 (3)

* Student must have one history elective and one literature elective to graduate. In addition, student must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence (Part I and II of same subject).

Area III. - Natural Sciences & Math (7 HRS)

MA 112 (3)

BLY 121 and BLY 121L (4)

PH 104/PH 104L (4) or PH 114/PH 114L (5)

Area IV. - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences (12 HRS)

PSY 120 (3)

HY 101, HY 102, HY 135 or HY 136 (3)

History Sequence* or Social Science Elective - HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, or AN 100, AN 101, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, PSC 130, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112, AIS 115, AIS 201 (3)

Social Science Elective - SY 109 recommended for most programs, or advisor may suggest AN 100, AN 101, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, PSC 130, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112, AIS 115, or AIS 201 (3)

* Student must have one history elective and one literature elective to graduate. In addition, student must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence (Part I and II of same subject).