(Knoxville, Asheville, Nashville, Online)
The Bachelor of Science in Health Science (Post PTA Degree) program at South College is committed to advancing educational opportunities for those students who have completed an associate level PTA degree. Currently, there are limited opportunities nation-wide for students who have earned the PTA degree to have their major curriculum credits earned in a PTA program count toward a bachelor’s degree. Students may desire to earn a bachelor’s degree in order to enhance their marketability for administrative positions in physical therapy or health care environments or to continue after earning the bachelor’s to a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The bachelor’s degree is a requirement for admission to these programs.
The mission of the BS Health Science (Post-PTA) program is to provide a curriculum that balances theoretical and practical coursework that further develops the critical thinking and analytical skills needed in today’s competitive and evolving work environments. Students will be challenged through coursework in various disciplines including science, mathematics, business, health science, and sociology.
Program Goals and Expected Outcomes
- The program seeks to provide a theoretical and practical coursework that further develops the critical thinking and analytical skills needed in a competitive and evolving work environment.
- Students will be able to synthesize, integrate and analyze research in health science literature in selected science courses.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of health law and ethics principles applied to various issues facing the healthcare system, individuals, and society.
- The program seeks to provide students with the academic knowledge and skills to enable them to enhance their marketability for administrative positions in physical therapy or health care environment.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of administrative theories, methods, tasks, decision making and management, and leadership functions.
- The program seeks to provide students with academic knowledge, skills, and tools to enable them to be successful in graduate program studies such as a Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
- The curriculum will meet the needs of students who plan to apply for research and other graduate programs.
Applicants interested in the Bachelor of Science in Health Science (Post-PTA) program are required to meet individually with an admissions representative and program faculty to ascertain if their goals can be met by the college. Prospective students declaring this program as their major must be generally admitted to South College and meet the following requirements in order to be considered for full admission to the program:
- Evidence earning an associate degree from a CAPTE accredited Physical Therapist Assistant program.
Satisfactory minimum core courses/credits are required to have been met in the associate degree program. In the case that these requirements were not met, the student is required to complete these requirements.