Preparing Future Health Care Professionals
The Department of Health Sciences serves the region by educating and preparing competent and responsible healthcare professionals so that they can deliver the best quality health care possible. The Department fosters professionalism, personal growth and development, and self-actualization and is committed to continuing professional development for the health care practitioners in the region.
Selective Admission Criteria
Fulfilling the criteria for admission into a health sciences program does not automatically guarantee entrance into the program. Since the number of candidates who meet the minimal criteria for admission generally far exceeds the number of vacancies, each program ranks the candidates using selected criteria in addition to the minimal admission requirements. For example, additional criteria may include, but is not limited to, high school and/or college grade point average; completion of additional coursework in college level biology, mathematics, and chemistry; work experience; and autobiographies. You may obtain information about the criteria used for the ranking of applicants by contacting the department chairperson, secretary, or health science representative.
Hospital Clinical Sites
Some health science programs utilize hospital clinical sites for the completion of their requirements for graduation. These affiliating hospitals have the right to accept or reject a student, which could result in your being delayed in a program or unable to complete the requirements for graduation. If you have a conviction record for certain classes of misdemeanors or any felony, you may be ineligible for licensure in specific health occupations. Also, the affiliating hospitals have the right to reject students due to a criminal record.
Health Science Class Scheduling
The majority of all health science classes are scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. However, you need to know that it may be necessary to schedule your required classes in English, natural sciences, and humanities during the evening hours as the required clinical and laboratory times in the health science courses involve many hours during the 8:00 to 5:00 day schedules.
Students in health science programs are not permitted to take courses on a pass/no-credit basis. This applies to courses taken in preparation for admission to the health science programs as well as courses taken after admission to a program. Classes may be taken for non-credit, but only with the prior permission of the health science department's chairperson.
Guidelines for Appealing a Dismissal From a Health Science Program
Each of the programs within the Department of Health Sciences has set minimum academic and clinical performance standards which permit a student to continue in that program. Failure to meet these minimum performance standards will result in dismissal from the program. Information concerning these performance standards is available in this catalog, the student handbook for the individual program, or from the office of the program's chairperson.
If you wish to appeal your dismissal from a health science program, the following sequence of events shall be followed:
1. Within three working days following your notification of dismissal from the health science program, you must request in writing a meeting with the program's chairperson to appeal the dismissal. You will be notified of the results of this appeal within two working days following this meeting. If you are unsatisfied with the decision, you may request, within three working days, a second appeal hearing.
2. Upon your written request for the next level of appeal, the program's chairperson will arrange a joint meeting with you, the chairperson (or designee), the dean of the College of Professional Studies (or designee), and the provost (or designee). You will be notified of the results of this appeal hearing within two working days following the meeting.
Criteria to be used in ruling on your dismissal appeal include your past academic achievement, your rationale for current grade status, and the prediction of future performance in the program.
Dismissal from a health science program is not the same as dismissal from the University. University dismissal policies are outlined in the online catalog under the section titled ''Academic Policies.''