May 16, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Allied Health

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Chair: Keith Snyder 

Faculty: Joyce L. Azevedo, L. Ann Foster, Rick Norskov, Keith Snyder, Tim Trott

Program Adviser: Robert Young

Program Coordinator: Randy Bishop

Medical Laborary Science Adviser: Robert Young

Medical Laboratory Science: Marcia Kilsby, Albert McMullen, Karen Reiner, Richard Show 

Allied Health

The Allied Health Professions are rapidly growing areas of specialization within the health care industry. Job openings are plentiful and pay scales are comparable to other professionals in health care. The department offers a B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science and A.S. degrees in a number of Allied Health fields.

Mission Statement

The Allied Health branch of the Biology/Allied Health Department exists to coordinate the advising of students who require prerequisite courses for entrance into a variety of clinical programs in the medical, dental, and health professions, as well as to promote these professions as meaningful career options providing opportunities for Christian service.


The programs in this department vary extensively depending on the particular health career and the requirements of the specific schools which offer the clinical programs. Southern Adventist University continually monitors the requirements of these clinical programs and modifies its preprofessional curricula to meet the changes when they are made. Continual assessment is made essentially by the advisers in the department who measure their effectiveness by their success in structuring programs to meet individual student needs and to meet requirements of the professional school where the student will transfer. The entrance rate of students into professional programs is also used to assess adequacy of class offerings and program requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Program Adviser: Bob Young
Program Coordinator: Randy Bishop

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in medical laboratory science (medical technology) consists of three years of prescribed study at Southern Adventist University and a three semester senior year in an affiliated medical laboratory science program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Rosemont, IL. The medical laboratory science program affiliated with Southern Adventist University is Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI.

The Medical Laboratory Science degree qualifies a person to take the national certification examination for medical laboratory scientists, offered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical pathology (ASCP). Certified laboratory professionals work in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, public health agencies, private laboratories, pharmaceutical firms, and research institutions.

The curriculum prescribed by Southern is designed to meet the requirements of the University and of NAACLS.

Occasionally pre-dental students, pre-medical students, and graduating seniors in biology or chemistry may wish to become certified Medical Lab Scientists. This is possible if the student plans courses to fulfill the requirements of the University and the affiliated medical laboratory science program.

During the fall semester of the third year, students must apply for admission through a separate admission process to the Andrews University Program for Medical Laboratory Sciences. Acceptance into the Program is determined by the Program’s Admissions Committee. To be eligible for admission, a student must complete all of Southern’s course requirements prior to beginning the clinical (senior) year. The overall grade point average (GPA) must meet Southern’s graduation requirement. The Andrews clinical program does not accept students with less than a 2.50 cumulative average on a 4.00 system. To have a competitive application, it is recommended that a 3.00 cumulative average is maintained. Although acceptance to Andrews Program is granted during the winter semester of the junior year, the acceptance is conditional, pending satisfactory completion of the stated admission criteria. Should a student’s GPA fall below 2.50 or the student fail a winter semester course, the acceptance to the Andrews Program will be rescinded.

Grades of C- or better and a minimum GPA of 2.50 are required in the major and cognates.

Twenty hours of upper division credit, including two writing (W) courses are required. One (W) course must be in a cognate area and one in a noncognate area.

Associate of Science in Allied Health 

Students who plan to graduate from Southern with an Associate Degree in Allied Health must meet the A.S. degree General Education requirements of Southern as well as the entrance requirements of the clinical program to which they will be applying.

Applications for transfer to the colleges offering Allied Health programs should be made during the first semester of the final year at Southern. Students should consult the program that they plan to apply to for specific application deadlines.

Most programs require a minimum of a “C” grade for transfer credits. A minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required for the Associate of Science degree at Southern, but grade point averages between 2.00 and 2.50 are considered minimal for entrance to the junior year of most clinical Allied Health programs. Some programs required the Allied Health Professions Admissions Test (AHPAT).

Note: Due to rapidly changing health care requirements, please contact the individual college/university for recent curriculum changes.

The major Allied health areas in which an Associate Degree may be earned at Southern Adventist University are:

Two year A.S. degree:

pre-Dental Hygiene
pre-Nutrition and Dietetics
pre-Speech Language Pathology & Audiology

Three year A.S. degree:

pre-Physical Therapy

The department also offers one-year curricula to meet requirements for entrance into the following Allied Health degree programs:

Occupational Therapy Assistant (Associate in Science Degree)
Physical Therapy Assistant (Associate in Science Degree)
Radiation Technology (Associate and Bachelor of Science Degrees)

For details on these or other programs not offered at Southern Adventist University contact:

Allied Health Programs Adviser
Southern Adventist University 
P.O. Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315-0370

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