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|SOUTHEASTERN APPROVED TO OFFER BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH STUDIES
HAMMOND -- Southeastern
Louisiana University has received final approval from the Louisiana Board
of Regents to offer a bachelor of science degree in health studies.
When fully implemented,
the program will prepare graduates of certificate and associate degree
programs in health care specialties for entry-level positions in fields
such as management, supervision and health education, or for graduate studies
in health care education and management. Initial implementation will focus
on the education concentration, and plans call for the management component
to be added at a future date.
The new program complements
currently offered community college allied health programs and directly
addresses the health care work force needs of southeast Louisiana.
“In the past, there have
been limited opportunities for individuals in the allied health professions
to complete their education beyond the certificate or associate degree,”
said Donnie Booth, dean of Southeastern’s College of Nursing and Health
Sciences. “Southeastern’s program was designed to allow graduates of two-year
programs and/or those who have completed accredited certificate programs
to expand their education in a focused manner to obtain the bachelor’s
degree without unnecessary duplication of course work.”
Admission to the program
is limited to those who have completed certificate and associate degree
programs in certain health care specialties and are licensed, registered
or certified in that clinical health specialty. Examples of practice areas
include diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular technology, radiologic
technology and emergency medical service paramedic.
Participants in the bachelor’s
degree program, which offers junior and senior-level coursework, will be
required to complete 123 course hours for graduation. Up to 30 hours of
credit may be awarded for prior clinical courses completed.
Partnering with Southeastern
will be Cardiovascular Technology Training Inc., a private school on the
north shore that prepares cardiovascular technologists at the certificate
level, and North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology, which prepares students
at the certificate level. Southeastern will also be working with area community
and technical colleges to articulate their graduates into this program.
Students interested in
enrolling in the new degree program can contact the Department of Kinesiology
and Health Studies (985-549-2129) or Keri Diez, interim program director