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Health Sciences Program

The university awards the Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences upon successful completion of a concentration curriculum listed below. The Health Sciences curriculum is designed for both the entry-level student and the credentialed health care professional. Health care professionals who have completed an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree in a health related discipline and/or have professional credentials to practice in their respective fields and validated work experience as a health care provider may petition the department for Advanced Standing.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing may be granted to credentialed and/or licensed health care professionals enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences. The Advanced Standing pathway is designed to validate and award credit for existing knowledge while remaining consistent with the individuals current scope-of-practice. Upon completion of AHSC 440, 442, and 450, credentialed and/or licensed health care professionals, who have completed an accredited program recognized by a national or state health professions regulatory body, may be granted up to 30 hours of credit towards a Health Science Concentration.

Concentrations

Students must select a concentration area in Advanced Cardiopulmonary Care, Athletic Training Science, Cardiovascular Technology, Cytotechnology, Pre-Professional, Supervision and Management, or Wellness and Sports Science.

Advanced Cardiopulmonary Care Concentration – is composed of advanced course offerings in Respiratory Therapy and Cardiology. Upon successful completion of specific advanced course offerings, students may acquire advanced multi-skills and credentialing options in (a) Certified and/or Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist; (b) Specialist in Perinatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care; (c) Registered Respiratory Therapist; (d) Cardiac Ultrasound Technology; or (e) Invasive Cardiovascular Monitoring.

Athletic Training Science Concentration (AHAT) – is a selective admission program which prepares students to become highly qualified allied health professionals. The student will be educated and experienced in multidisciplinary areas dealing with the health care problems of the physically active. The program of study includes academic, laboratory and clinical experiences in professional, intercollegiate, and interscholastic sport teams, and clinical affiliate settings. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student is eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination to become a nationally Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Graduates are also eligible for state licensing in Athletic Training by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME). Employment opportunities include interscholastic athletic programs, intercollegiate athletic programs, professional athletic teams, corporate health programs, sports medicine clinics, health clubs, and clinical and industrial health care programs.

The curriculum is composed of two phases: pre-professional and professional (clinical). A student may enroll at anytime in the pre-professional phase of the curriculum. Students wishing to register for the professional/clinical phase of the curriculum must submit an application of admission into the program no later than May 31st. Acceptance into the professional/clinical phase is based on:

  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 at the completion of the pre-professional phase.
  2. Completion of an application for admission to Athletic Training Science, including a review of the Technical and Performance Standards of an entry-level athletic trainer.

Students accepted into the professional/clinical phase must submit proof (or waiver) of hepatitis B vaccination, negative tuberculosis test or chest x-ray, and proof of malpractice liability insurance coverage. Continued progression in the curriculum, students must maintain a minimum grade of ¡§C¡¨ in all major coursework.

Students seeking transfer or re-entry into the program must have a transcript of prior credits on file in the Office of Records and Registration and must be evaluated by said office before a request for admission to courses titled Athletic Training Science. Those applicants not accepted into the professional clinical phase may receive counseling regarding alternative career plans. This curriculum is subject to change as deemed necessary by the faculty and administration to ensure an effective program of study that is reflective of the breadth, depth and scope-of-practice of the athletic training discipline.

Cardiovascular Technology Concentration (AHCV) – is composed of coursework emphasizing cardiovascular study leading to advanced multi-skilling and credentialing options in Electrocardiography and Cardiac Ultrasound.

Cytotechnology Concentration (AHCT) – is an academic partnership between Nicholls State University and Terrebonne General Medical Center. The curriculum prepares students to assist pathologists in diagnosing cellular samples under the microscope for early detection of infectious, pre-cancerous, and cancerous diseases. Admission to the clinical phase of the program during the senior year is highly selective and limited as mandated by the national accrediting agency. The program of study is designed to produce educationally sound and clinically competent Cytotechnologist employable in rural and urban health care centers, private laboratories, and research facilities. Graduates will be eligible to complete the National Registry Examination for Cytotechnologist administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Students who apply for admission into senior-level clinical Cytotechnology courses must submit an application to the Program Director no later than April 15th. Acceptance into the clinical phase of the program is based on:

  1. Completion of all prerequisite (pre-clinical) course work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  2. Completion of an application for admission to the clinical phase of the program, including a review of the Technical and Performance Standards of an entry-level Cytotechnologist.

Pre-Professional Concentration (AHPP) – prepares the student in the various pre-professional phases for advanced allied health programs of study. Concentration offers the prerequisites required for their acceptance and entrance into their respective professional degree program.

Supervision and Management (AHSM) – prepares students to assume middle management, supervisory, or coordinator positions in a health care agency or formal graduate study in health care management, public health, or health care administration and services.

Wellness and Sports Science (AHWS) – prepares students for areas in strength and conditioning, wellness promotion, health and fitness instruction, exercise specialization, and formal graduate study.

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Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences

  • (CLR) Computer Literacy Requirement;
  • (GER) General Education Requirement;
  • (OCR) Oral Communication Requirement;
  • (UR) University Requirement
FRESHMAN YEAR Sem.Hrs. SOPHOMORE YEAR Sem.Hrs.
BIOL 114-115, 116-117 (GER) 8 CHEM 101 or 105 (GER) 3
ENGL 101, 102, (GER) 6 Computer Literacy Course (CLR) 3
UNIV 101 (UR) 1 Social Science Elective (200+) (GER) 3
HIST Sequence (GER) 6 ENGL Literature Elective (GER) 3
MATH 101, 102, or 105 (GER) 6 Fine Arts Elective (GER) 3
MATH 101, 102 or 214 (GER) 6 SPCH 101 (OCR) 3
PSYC 101 (GER) 3 Approved Electives 12
  30   30
       
JUNIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs. SENIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs.
ENGL 310, 368, 468 or BSAD 310 (GER) 3 Concentration Courses (see below) 31-35
Concentration Courses (see below) 27   31-35
 

30    

Total Hours Required for Degree (all concentrations): 121-125

  • Advanced Cardiopulmonary Care Concentration (AHCP): 122
  • Athletic Training Science Concentration (AHAT): 125
  • Cardiovascular Technology Concentration (AHCV): 122
  • Cytotechnology Concentration (AHCT): 122
  • Pre-Professional Concentration (AHPP): 123
  • Supervision and Management Concentration (AHSM): 123
  • Wellness and Sports Science Concentration (AHWS): 123

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Courses in major should be taken in sequential order. Student should obtain curriculum sheet from department.

Advanced Cardiopulmonary Care Concentration (AHCP) (59 hours)

AHSC 424 (4) RSPT 302 (3)
AHSC 440 (4) RSPT 303 (3)
AHSC 442 (3) RSPT 304 (3)
AHSC 450 (3) RSPT 305 (2)
RSPT 301 (3) RSPT 306 (3)
  Professional Credential/License (30 sem. hrs.)

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Athletice Training Science Concentration (AHAT) (62 hours)

AHSC 410 (3) ATSC 300 (3)
AHSC 450 (3) ATSC 325 (3)
ATSC 101 (1) ATSC 350 (3)
ATSC 102 (1) ATSC 380 (3)
ATSC 220 (3) ATSC 391 (3)
ATSC 222 (3) ATSC 392 (3)
ATSC 230 (3) ATSC 423 (3)
ATSC 232 (1) ATSC 475 (3)
ATSC 250 (3) ATSC 480 (3)
ATSC 280 (3) ATSC 491 (3)
ATSC 291 (2) ATSC 492 (3)
ATSC 292 (2) ATSC 499 (2)

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Cardiovascular Technology Concentration (AHCV) (59 hours)

AHSC 301 (3) AHSC 424 (3)
AHSC 302 (3) AHSC 440 (3)
AHSC 303 (3) AHSC 442 (3)
AHSC 401 (4) AHSC 450 (3)
AHSC 402 (4) CONCENTRATION OPTION (30 hours required)
   
CONCENTRATION OPTION A CONCENTRATION OPTION B
AHSC 220 (3) Advanced standing may be granted to credentialed and/or licensed health care professionals (30 sem. hours)
AHSC 221 (3)  
AHSC 308 (3)  
AHSC 408 (3)  
DIET 200 (3)  
DIET 330 (3)  
PSYC 212 (3)  
Electives (9)  

Cytotechnology Concentration (AHCT) (58 hours)

BIOL 203 (3) CYTO 408 (2)
BIOL 204 (1) CYTO 410 (4)
BIOL 304 (5) CYTO 412 (3)
CHEM 106 (3) CYTO 414 (2)
CHEM 110 (2) CYTO 420 (2)
CHEM 221 (3) CYTO 421 (2)
CYTO 400 (2) CYTO 422 (1)
CYTO 401 (3) CYTO 430 (1)
CYTO 402 (6) CYTO 440 (4)
CYTO 404 (6) CYTO 450 (3)

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Pre-Professional Concentration (AHPP) (59 hours)

AHSC 306 (3) CHEM 110(2)
AHSC 308 (3) PHYS 101 (3)
AHSC 408 (3) PHYS 102 (3)
AHSC 412 (3) PHYS 103 (1)
AHSC 420 (3) PHYS 104 (1)
AHSC 436 (3) PHYS 108 (3)
AHSC 442 (3) CONCENTRATION Electives (12 sem hrs.) from
AHSC 450 (3) AHSC, BIOL, CHEM, NURS, SOCI
BIOL 203 (3) (6 sem hrs. must be 300-level or above)
BIOL 204 (1)  
CHEM 105 (3)  

Supervision and Management Concentration (AHSM) (60 hours)

AHSC 440 (3) MNGT Elective (3)
AHSC 442 (3) MNGT 440 (3)
AHSC 450 (3) MNGT 445 (3)
MKTG 470 (3) MNGT 450 (3)
MNGT 367 (3) MNGT 470 (3)
  CONCENTRATION OPTION (30 hours required)
   
CONCENTRATION OPTION A CONCENTRATION OPTION B
ACCT 205 (3) Advanced standing may be granted to credentialed and/or licensed health care professionals (30 sem. hours)
ACCT 206 (3)  
AHSC 408 (3)  
BSAD 221 (3)  
CIS 231 (3)  
DIET 330 (3)  
ECON 212 (3)  
NURS 352 (3)  
Electives (6)  

Wellness and Sports Science Concentration (AHWS) (60 hours)

AHSC 220 (3) AHSC 438 (3)
AHSC 306 (3) AHSC 450 (3)
AHSC 308 (3) ATSC 220 (3)
AHSC 408 or ATSC 380 (3) ATSC 222 (3)
AHSC 410 (3) ATSC 423 (3)
AHSC 412 (3) DIET 200 (3)
AHSC 420 (3) HPED 236 (2)
AHSC 424 OR ATSC 475 (3) HPED 325 (3)
AHSC 432 (3) HPED 360 (3)
AHSC 436 (4) HPED 375 (3)

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