Bachelor in Allied Health

General

Program Description

Students who wish to pursue graduate or professional training in allied health fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant and chiropractic medicine, in addition to other areas of interest, are encouraged to enroll in this program. Coursework should be taken in chronological order and field experiences are encouraged; students must discuss their intentions with their advisors as soon as they decide to follow this course plan.

Upon completion of this program, the student will have earned a B.S. degree in allied health. Students will choose one of three specific concentrations within the allied health major including physical therapy sciences, occupational therapy sciences, and medical sciences. The undergraduate program helps the student fulfill many prerequisites necessary to apply to graduate and professional programs in the allied health professions. Graduate and professional programs have a variety of required prerequisite courses. In order to complete all prerequisites and the courses needed for graduation, students must work closely with their academic advisor regarding course selection and satisfaction of the Baccalaureate Experience requirements outlined in this catalog.

Students enrolled in the allied health program may receive preferential application status to The University of St. Augustine’s health professions programs. For more information, contact the program coordinator at The University of Tampa.

Program Goal

The goal of allied health professionals is to collaborate with physicians and other members of the health care team to deliver high-quality patient care services.

Focus/Core Functions

Allied health professionals are involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders, dietary and nutrition services, and rehabilitation and health systems management, among others.

Allied health professionals collaborate with physicians and other members of the health care team to deliver high-quality patient care services for the identification, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disabilities, and disorders.

General Characteristics

The allied health professions fall into two broad categories:

  1. technicians (assistants)
  2. therapists/technologists

Technicians are trained to perform procedures, and their education lasts less than two years. They are required to work under the supervision of technologists or therapists. This part of the allied health field includes physical therapy assistants, medical laboratory technicians, radiological technicians, occupational therapy assistants, recreation therapy assistants, and respiratory therapy technicians. The educational process for therapists or technologists is more intensive and includes acquiring procedural skills. In addition, students of therapy/technology learn to evaluate patients, diagnose conditions, develop treatment plans and understand the rationale behind various treatments in order to judge their appropriateness and potential side effects.

Individuals in allied health are involved (directly or indirectly) with patient health and are regarded as an expert in the field. Some allied health professionals practice independently; others work as part of a health care team, providing continual evaluation and assessment of patient needs. They also play a major role in informing the attending clinician of the patient's progress and response to treatment.

General Curriculum Distribution

The General Curriculum Distribution requirements are contained in the academic programs section. Students pursuing a B.S. with a major in allied health must complete all General Curriculum Distribution requirements, with the following stipulations:

  • For the physical therapy sciences concentration, each student must have credit in BIO 198 and CHE 152–153L as part of the natural science component of the General Curriculum Distribution.
  • For the occupational therapy sciences concentration, each student must have credit in BIO 198 and CHE 152–153L as part of the natural sciences component of the General Curriculum Distribution.
  • For the medical sciences concentration, each student must have credit in BIO 198 and CHE 152–153L as part of the natural science component of the General Curriculum Distribution.
  • As part of the social science component, each allied health student must have credit in PSY 101, PSY 250 and either ECO 204 or ECO 205.

Pre-Health Advising

Pre-professions advising has a dedicated program specialist to help students prepare for professional school in the health sciences.

Admissions

Local Freshman Admissions

  • Official high school or secondary school transcript or GED results
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed guidance counselor recommendation form or recommendation letter from a teacher (not required if you graduated from high school more than two years ago)
  • Essay
  • Official college/university transcripts for any credits completed

Undergraduate International Admissions

With students enrolled from over 100 countries, U.T. proudly considers students from around the globe for freshman or transfer admission. Proof of English proficiency is required. (This is waived for international students from the Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.)

Students should apply through U.T.'s online application. In order to review a student’s application, the University must receive the following:

  • Official transcripts for all secondary school or college coursework, with grades translated into English ("Official" means that you must request your school to send your transcript directly to the UT Office of Admissions. If that is impossible, send a copy that has been certified by your school as a "true copy" of the original after it is copied. An official at your school should sign the document as "true copy of the original.")
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • Essay, written in English (not required if you already graduated from high school and have completed some college credits)
  • Completed guidance counselor recommendation form (first-year students only)
  • Proof of English proficiency (please submit one of the following):
    • TOEFL: the minimum acceptable score is 550 or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based)
    • IELTS: International English Language Testing System – minimum grade of 6.5
    • Successful completion of the English 112 certificate offered by ELS Language Centers accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a 500-word English writing sample
  • Proof of available funds to cover expenses for the first year of study
  • Essay (first-year students only)
  • Copy of biographical page of your passport (if available)
  • International Student Clearance Form (if currently studying in the U.S.)

International students who meet admission requirements but need additional English language training prior to entering as a full-time degree student may enroll in one of the several E.S.L. programs.

International students also must furnish proof of available funds to cover their first year of study and each subsequent year. Exceptional new entering students with excellent academic achievement receive partial scholarships ($4,000-$7,000 per academic year) which covers only a small portion of the total costs. Students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.

Upon admission to the University and satisfactory completion of the financial statement, an I-20 form will be sent to applicants from U.T.’s admissions office. Applicants must take the I-20 form, a copy of their acceptance letter and financial statement to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. After an interview, the embassy or consulate will decide if an F-1 student visa can be issued. To enter the United States, students need this visa in their passport and the I-20 form. Students may not enter the country on a tourist visa with the intention to study in the U.S.

The staff in the Office of International Programs assists students with pre-arrival information, orientation, and advice on academic, social, cultural and employment matters.

Note: For special circumstances, additional documentation may be required in all categories.

Admission deadlines

The deadlines for Bachelors are as follows:

  • November 15 - Early Action I deadline; decision by December 15.
  • January 15 - Early Action II deadline; decision by February 15.
  • March 1 - Regular Decision deadline; decision by April 1.
  • March 2 - Applications completed after March 1 are evaluated on a rolling basis.

Average cost for full-time undergraduate students

Tuition (12-18 credit hours per semester): $13,603
Student Government Fee (required): $96
Student Service Fee (required): $480
Student Health Fee (required): $425
Room (double room): $2,853
Board (average 15-meal/week plan): $2,552

Total:

$19,584

In addition to tuition, housing, books/supplies, and usual transportation costs, students in the pre-professional allied health program will incur additional expenses in at least the following areas: immunizations and health screening as required by the program or the clinical site; membership in professional organizations; and transportation and other expenses associated with observation hours and clinical internships.

Last updated July 2019

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