Feb 24, 2024  
2023-2025 Catalog Volume XXXI Ver 1 
    
2023-2025 Catalog Volume XXXI Ver 1

Health Science (Post-OTA), BS


(Knoxville, Nashville, Online)

Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science (Post-OTA Degree) program at South College is committed to advancing educational opportunities for those students who have completed an associate level OTA degree. Currently, there are limited opportunities nation-wide for students who have earned the OTA degree to have their major curriculum credits earned in an OTA program count toward a bachelor’s degree. Students may desire to earn a bachelor’s degree to enhance their marketability for administrative positions in occupational therapy or health care environments or to continue after earning the bachelor’s to a Doctor of Occupational Therapy program.

Mission

The mission of the BS Health Science (Post-OTA) 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. 

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcome #1

The program seeks to provide students with additional coursework to further develop their knowledge, and understanding of foundational theories, concepts, and principles.

  1. Students will demonstrate comprehension of key science principles related to required courses.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of identified basic science course objectives learned in core science courses.

Student Learning Outcome #2

The program seeks to provide theoretical and practical coursework that further develops the critical thinking and analytical skills needed in a competitive and evolving work environment.

  1. Students will be able to synthesize, integrate, and analyze research in health science literature in selected science courses.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of health law and ethics principles applied to various issues facing the healthcare system, individuals, and society.
  3. Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

Student Learning Outcome #3

The program seeks to provide students with the academic knowledge, skills, and tools to enable them to be successful in graduate program studies and enhance their marketability for administrative positions in occupational therapy or health care environment.

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the trans-disciplinary workplace and issues in health care fields and environment.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of administrative theories, methods, tasks, decision making and management, and leadership functions.

Admission Requirements

Applicants interested in the Bachelor of Science in Health Science (Post-OTA) 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:

  1. Submit a completed South College Application for admission and be in active student status.
  2. Provide evidence of completion of AS-OTA degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  3. 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.    

BS Health Science (Post-OTA) Curriculum: 181.5 Credits


The following core courses/credits (or their equivalent) must have been completed as part of the OTA Program or they are required.

English Composition 9 quarter hours (6 semester hours)
College Algebra 4.5 quarter hours (3 semester hours)
Anatomy & Physiology 12 quarter hours (8 semester hours)
Humanities 4.5 quarter hours (3 semester hours)
Psychology/Sociology 4.5 quarter hours (3 semester hours)
Speech 4.5 quarter hours (3 semester hours)

OTA Courses: 44 Credits


(must have AS/AAS degree to receive credit)

Core Curriculum: 48 Credits


Mathematics


Humanities


  • Approved Humanities electives Credits: 4.5

Social Science


Approved Social Science Electives Credits: 4.5

Approved Upper Division Elective credits: 21.5 Credits