Anne Thompson, Interim Dean
James A. Streater, Associate Dean
Philosophy and Goals
The College of Health Professions employs innovative teaching strategies to prepare competent, caring, adaptable health care practitioners. College faculty members conduct and apply research to expand health care knowledge and delivery, improving the quality of life of our region’s citizens through community and professional service. Through academic excellence the college provides leadership to the region in promoting health and delivering health care.
The College of Health Professions strives to deliver innovative educational programs and services; achieve educational and practical excellence through creative use of traditional and innovative instructional techniques and technology; cultivate professional relationships through interactions among faculty, students, and community; communicate the humanistic values that underlie effective practice; utilize critical thinking to improve both the educational process and service delivery; and emphasize both the acceptance and initiation of change through collaborative partnerships within and without the college.
Policies and Procedures
Criminal Background Checks. Clinical agencies utilized by the College of Health Professions may require criminal background checks and/or drug testing prior to acceptance of the student into clinical facilities. Students who do not pass the criminal background check and/or drug test may be unable to attend clinical courses and therefore may be unable to complete their program of study. Any fees or cost associated with background checks and/or drug testing are the responsibility of the student.
Professional Standards for Applicants and Students. All applicants and students in the College of Health Professions must meet and continue to meet the approved professional standards of the college and its programs. No one who jeopardizes the health or well being of a patient, client, coworker, or self, will be accepted into the College of Health Professions or continue as a student in one of the college’s programs. To meet the intellectual, physical and social competencies needed for professional requirements, all applicants and students must possess the necessary physical attributes and exhibit qualities of good judgment, mental strength, and emotional stability. Individual programs will inform all applicants in writing of the technical standards related to the professional duties of their disciplines. The faculty of each department shall be responsible for applying the standards for their students and prospective students.
The health care professional’s self-presentation is a vital part of the complex relationship among the client, the health care provider, and the health care delivery site. The College of Health Professions reserves the right to limit attire and adornments (such as clothing, jewelry, piercing, tattooing) of the body and its parts (such as hands, hair, face, oral cavity). See the policies of the respective departments for the enforcement of the college-wide policy. In all cases, final appeal may be made to the dean of the college who will appoint an appeals committee.
Limits on Admission and Progress Requirements. There are many more students applying for admission to these programs than we have spaces available. Therefore, it is important that you contact the program of your choice for advisement as soon as possible. Neither admission to Armstrong State University nor completion of prerequisite courses guarantees your admission to a health professions program. Because each program has its own admission criteria, procedure for admission, and progress requirements, students must apply to the particular programs they wish to enter.
Health and Insurance. Completed health histories, evidence of health insurance, and evidence of liability (malpractice) insurance are required of students in Medical Laboratory Science, nursing, physical therapy, radiologic sciences, and respiratory therapy.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
The College of Health Professions includes the Departments of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences, Health Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, and the School of Nursing.