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Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
This is a consortium program in which the student spends three years at Oakwood University and approximately twelve months at a partnering institution: Andrews University. (Application for admission to partnering institution must be made separately and admission is based on a minimum overall and science GPA of 2.5).
 
Students who complete the B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Plan strategies to integrate Christian principles and social responsibility in patient interaction and laboratory procedures
2. Identify biomolecules such as carbohydrates, amino and nucleic acids, lipids, enzymes, vitamins, and cofactors
3. Describe biological processes that occur at the human cellular level, system level, and in the ecological environment
4. Identify the clinical features of bacterial diseases and diagnostic procedures
5. Evaluate personal skills, traits, and goals in relationship to those traits required for the clinical laboratory scientist
6. Demonstrate clinical laboratory skills and professional demeanor appropriate for the entrylevel clinical laboratory scientist
 
Major Requirements:
AH 100 Introduction to Health Professions..............................................................2 hours
AH 350 Medical Terminology and Laboratory...........................................................3 hours
BI 132 General Biology.............................................................................................4 hours
BI 241 General Microbiology.....................................................................................4 hours
BI 321 Genetics.........................................................................................................3 hours
BI 422 General Physiology........................................................................................3 hours
BI 455 Immunology...................................................................................................3 hours
CH 142 General Chemistry and Laboratory..............................................................4 hours
CH 211 Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory............................................................4 hours
CH 311-312 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory ......................................................8 hours
CH 401 Biochemistry and Laboratory.......................................................................4 hours
MA122 Precalculus ..................................................................................................3 hours
PH 103-104 General Physics or elective..................................................................8 hours
PY 307 Statistical Methods.......................................................................................3 hours
AH 400, 401 Medical Technology Clinical Education................................ (hours may vary)
Total.................................................................................................................... 56+ hours
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select the following:
Mathematics & Science
BI 131 General Biology and Laboratory....................................................................4 hours
CH 141 General Chemistry and Laboratory..............................................................4 hours
MA 121 Precalculus..................................................................................................3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to only one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
4 Year Plan - BS, Clinical Laboratory Sciences
 
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
This program is designed for students who possess a strong interest in the sociological,
psychological, physiological, and economic aspects of food and nutrition, with emphasis on health
promotion/disease prevention. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) results do not meet
the requirements for this degree.
 
Admission Requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics:
1. Sophomore classification
2. Minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
3. A minimum grade of C in EN 111-112 Freshman Composition
4. Evidence of 12th grade reading level from diagnostic testing (any college testing center)
5. Submit personal statement and attend an interview.
 
Candidates will also need to submit a Personal Statement and attend an Interview.

Students who do not meet the following requirements jeopardize their continuance in the dietetics program.
1. Score 75 percent or better on exit exam. (Only two attempts to receive American Dietetic Association’s verification statement in order to enter Internship Program. Score of 60 percent for degree completion)
2. Maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
3. Earn a minimum C grade in all dietetic and cognate courses as outlined in this section.
4. Earn a minimum 75 percent score on all tests, projects and assignments.
5. Spend at least one summer acquiring pre-approved work or volunteer experience in the field of dietetics.
*Outcomes data are available on request.
 
Didactic Program in Dietetics Student Handbook (Web View)
 
Dietetic Internship
Upon completion of the undergraduate dietetics degree, graduates may apply for the internship program. Successful completion of this program will qualify them to take the registration exam to become a registered dietitian, which is a professional status conferred by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). The Oakwood University internship program provides a minimum of 1200
hours of supervised practice and follows the ADA minimum requirements.
 
*Outcomes data are available on request.
 
Requirements:
FS 495-496 Dietetics Internship I-II.........................................................................24 hours
Dietetic Internship Certificate Program External link
 
 
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
This program focuses on the family and relationships throughout the life cycle in a setting of multicultural forces. This curriculum prepares students for careers in child development, family life, government, social services agencies, and businesses which specialize in goods and services for the family.
 
Majors who desire to teach in the primary grades but have not completed a traditional teacher education program may obtain teacher certification in early childhood education or early childhood education for the handicapped by entering the Alabama nontraditional fifth-year program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville or Alabama A & M University. Students who complete the B.S. in
 
Human Development and Family Studies will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Communicate effectively in presenting human development and family studies topics
2. Apply holistic concepts of human development and family studies
3. Identify career opportunities in family and consumer sciences and in related disciplines that utilize family and consumer science skills
4. Articulate principles and procedures employed in the organization, management, and supervision of an early childhood education program
5. Develop creativity and self-expression in children through stories, music, rhymes, play activities, and creative media
6. Demonstrate understanding of supply and demand, consumer welfare, credit protection and legal regulations, and current issues relating to today’s consumers
7. Assess membership in a social structure created to benefit each person as a contributor to the family and to society in their physical, mental, and religious aspects
8. Demonstrate understanding of the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of the individual from conception through senescence
9. Demonstrate knowledge of the socioeconomic, cultural, and psychological factors that influence human development and family studies
10. Identify and evaluate the current social code for men and women along with acceptable modes of interacting in social and professional situations
11. Apply concepts and theories related to efficient time management and methods and techniques for improving quality of life
12. Demonstrate understanding of supply and demand, consumer welfare, credit protection and legal regulations, and current issues relating to today’s consumers
13. Assess family relationships within the framework of social structure
14. Demonstrate skills in management, accounting, food preparation and services, aesthetic arrangements, and entertaining
 
Major Requirements:
FS 101 Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences........................................... 1 hour
FS 210 Principles of Early Childhood Education.......................................................3 hours
FS 231 Developing Creativity in Young Children.......................................................3 hours
FS 302 Preschool Environments...............................................................................3 hours
FS 305 Parent-Child Relations..................................................................................3 hours
FS 322 Life Span Nutrition.........................................................................................3 hours
FS 340 Family Economics and Management............................................................3 hours
FS 342 Intimate Relations and Marriage...................................................................3 hours
FS 355 Human Development.....................................................................................3 hours
FS 358 Infant and Toddler Developmental Studies....................................................3 hours
FS 403 Child Development Practicum.......................................................................3 hours
FS 404 Administration and Supervision of Preschools..............................................3 hours
FS 452 Advanced Family Studies..............................................................................3 hours
FS 453 Senior Seminar ................................................................................... 1 hour
FS 454 Internship in Human Development and Family Studies................................3 hours
FS Upper Division Electives.......................................................................................9 hours
ED 341 Foundations of Reading................................................................................3 hours
PY 345 Adolescent Psychology.................................................................................3 hours
SW 330 Human Behavior and Social Environment...................................................3 hours
Total........................................................................................................................59 hours
 
General Education Requirements: Student must select the following:
Personal Development:
FS 131 Nutrition.........................................................................................................3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to only one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
4 Year Plan - BS, Human Development & Family Studies
 
Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physical Therapy
Following completion of this degree, the student must complete professional doctoral education at a physical therapy graduate school. This program is designed to allow students who desire to apply to 3+3 programs (e.g., Loma Linda University or Andrews University) to complete all prerequisite courses by the end of the junior year. Three-plus-three students who successfully complete the first year of physical therapy professional graduate school will be awarded the B.S. in Pre-Physical Therapy from Oakwood University.
 
Pre-Physical Therapy students have two options: the generic track; and the accelerated (3+3) track.
 
• Generic Track: complete the four year curriculum at Oakwood, then attend a physical therapy graduate school. Having a bachelor degree expands the number of professional school programs that a student can choose from and increases the likelihood of acceptance (masters in physical therapy programs have been phased out; completion of a doctorate in physical therapy requires 3 years after Oakwood).
 
• Accelerated (3+3) Track: complete the Pre-Physical Therapy curriculum through the junior year, then transfer to a 3+3 physical therapy program (e.g. Andrews University or Loma Linda University). After successful completion of the first year of professional graduate school, the student is eligible to receive the B.S. in Pre-Physical Therapy from Oakwood University (completion of the doctorate in physical therapy requires 3 years after Oakwood.) See the Allied Health advisor for additional information.
 
Students who complete the B.S. in Pre-Physical Therapy will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Apply critical thinking strategies to problem solving, decision making and evaluation of research
2. Plan strategies to integrate Christian principles and ethics in the care of patients
3. Apply principles of cultural competence
4. Arrange the organization and function of the human body from the cell to system levels
5. Explain the importance of disease prevention, wellness promotion, and the impact of health disparities
6. Evaluate personal skills, traits, and goals in relationship to those traits required for physical therapy
7. Demonstrate basic communication skills and professional demeanor
 
Major Requirements:
AH 100 Intro. to Health Professions..........................................................................2 hours
AH 103 Intro. to Public Health...................................................................................2 hours
AH 210 Practicum in Physical Therapy.....................................................................2 hours
AH 350 Medical Terminology and Laboratory...........................................................3 hours
AH 410 Critical Thinking in Health Care....................................................................2 hours
CH 142 General Chemistry and Laboratory..............................................................4 hours
BA 310 Principles of Management............................................................................3 hours
BI 112 Human Anatomy & Physiology and Laboratory.............................................4 hours
BI 131-132 General Biology......................................................................................8 hours
BI 221 Microbiology...................................................................................................4 hours
FS 355 Human Development....................................................................................3 hours
HC 330 Legal Aspects of Health Care......................................................................3 hours
SO 211 Cultural Anthropology...................................................................................3 hours
PE 315 Motor Learning.............................................................................................2 hours
PE 401 Physiology of Exercise.................................................................................3 hours
PE 415 Kinesiology...................................................................................................3 hours
PH 103-104 General Physics and Laboratory...........................................................8 hours
PY 307 Statistical Methods.......................................................................................3 hours
PY 357 Health Psychology or PY elective.................................................................3 hours
RG 390 Ethics in the Professions.............................................................................3 hours
SW 382 Human Sexuality.........................................................................................3 hours
Total.......................................................................................................................71 hours
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select the following:
Mathematics & Science
BI 111 Human Anatomy & Physiology and Laboratory..............................................4 hours
CH 141 General Chemistry and Laboratory..............................................................4 hours
MA 121 or 122 Precalculus.......................................................................................3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to only one program: general education,  major, minor or free electives.
 
4 Year Plan - BS, Pre-Physical Therapy
 
Bachelor of Science in Pre-Occupational Therapy
This is a four year pre-professional program designed for students who desire to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy, but may also be used as a foundation for graduate study in many medical and health related professions. This degree contains the prerequisite classes required by most occupational therapy professional programs. Pre-Occupational Therapy majors will complete the four year bachelor degree program and then apply to a master or doctorate professional program in Occupational Therapy. Programs that offer master’s degrees typically require 2 years after Oakwood; doctoral education typically requires 3 years.
 
Students who complete the B.S. in Pre-Occupational Therapy will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Plan strategies to integrate Christian principles and moral integrity in the care of patients
2. Arrange the organization and function of the human body from the cell to system levels
3. Recognize normal psychological behavior and the common treatment modalities for abnormal behavior
4. Evaluate personal skills, traits, and goals in relationship to those traits required for the occupational therapist
5. Demonstrate basic communication skills and professional demeanor
 
Major Requirements:
AH 100 Introduction to Health Professions...............................................................2 hours
AH 103 Introduction to Public Health........................................................................2 hours
AH 200 Practicum in Occupational Therapy.............................................................2 hours
AH 350 Medical Terminology and Laboratory ..........................................................3 hours
AR 217 Art Appreciation............................................................................................3 hours
BI 112 Anatomy and Physiology and Laboratory......................................................4 hours
BI 131-132 General Biology and Laboratory or upper division elective................ 8-6 hours
CH 102 Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry and Laboratory..............................3 hours
FS 355 Human Development....................................................................................3 hours
PE 205 First Aid & CPR............................................................................................ 1 hour
PE 315 Motor Learning.............................................................................................2 hours
PE 415 Kinesiology...................................................................................................3 hours
PH 101 Physical Science..........................................................................................3 hours
PY 307 Statistical Methods.......................................................................................3 hours
PY 321 Abnormal Behavior or upper division elective..............................................3 hours
PY 325 Developmental Psychology......................................................................... 3 hours
PY 421 Counseling Skills or upper division elective.................................................3 hours
RG 390 Ethics in the Professions.............................................................................3 hours
SO 101 Principles of Sociology.................................................................................3 hours
SO 211 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology...........................................................3 hours
Total................................................................................................................. 58-60 hours
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select the following:
Mathematics & Science
BI 111 Human Anatomy & Physiology and Laboratory..............................................4 hours
CH 101 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry and Laboratory....................................3 hours
MA 121 Precalculus I................................................................................................3 hours
Social & Behavioral Sciences
PY 101 Principles of Psychology..............................................................................3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to only one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
4 Year Plan - BS, Pre-Occupational Therapy
 
Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physician Assistant
This is a four year pre-professional program designed for students who desire to pursue a career in Physician Assistant, but may also be used as a foundation for graduate study in many medical and health related professions. This degree contains the prerequisite classes required by most physician assistant professional programs. Pre-Physician Assistant majors will complete the four year bachelor degree program and then apply to a masters professional program in Physican Assistant. Programs that offer master’s degrees typically require two years after Oakwood.
 
Students who complete the B.S. in Pre-Physician Assistant will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Plan strategies to integrate Christian principles and social responsibility to the care of patients
2. Arrange the organization and function of the human body from the cell to the system level
3. Describe the structure and properties of organic molecules
4. Explain the importance of disease prevention, wellness promotion and the impact of health disparities
5. Evaluate personal skills, traits, and goals in relationship to those traits required for the physician assistant
6. Demonstrate basic communication skills and professional demeanor
 
Major Requirements
AH 100 Introduction to Health Professions...............................................................2 hours
AH 103 Introduction to Public Health........................................................................2 hours
AH 220 Practicum in Pre-Physician Assistant...........................................................2 hours
AH 350 Medical Terminology and Laboratory...........................................................3 hours
AH 410 Critical Thinking in Healthcare.....................................................................2 hours
BI 111-112 Anatomy and Physiology and Laboratory................................................8 hours
BI 221 Microbiology and Laboratory.........................................................................4 hours
CH 142 General Chemistry and Laboratory..............................................................4 hours
CH 311 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory..............................................................4 hours
CH 401 Biochemistry I and Laboratory.....................................................................4 hours
BA 310 Principles of Management............................................................................3 hours
FS 355 Human Development....................................................................................3 hours
HC 330 Legal Aspects of Health Care......................................................................3 hours
PH 103-104 General Physics I & II and Laboratory..................................................8 hours
PY 307 Statistical Methods.......................................................................................3 hours
PY 321 Abnormal Behavior or PY upper division elective.........................................3 hours
PY 325 Developmental Psychology or PY elective...................................................3 hours
PY 411 Principles of Research..................................................................................3 hours
RG 390 Ethics in the Professions.............................................................................3 hours
SO 211 Cultural Anthropology...................................................................................3 hours
SW 334 Understanding Diversity and Oppression....................................................3 hours
Total.......................................................................................................................73 hours
 
General Education Requirements: Students should select the following:
Mathematics & Science
BI 131 General Biology ............................................................................................4 hours
CH 141 General Chemistry and Laboratory..............................................................4 hours
MA 121 or 122 Precalculus.......................................................................................3 hours
Social & Behavioral Sciences
SO 101 Principles of Sociology.................................................................................3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to only one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
4 Year Plan - BS, Pre-Physician Assistant
 
Associate of Science in Pre-Speech-Language Pathology
Following completion of this degree, the student must complete professional education at a college or university that offers this major.
 
Students who complete the A.S. in Pre-Speech-Language Pathology will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Relate Christian principles to the delivery of health care services
2. Arrange the organization and function of the human body from the cell to system level
3. Identify the basic components of vocal production and the impact of non-verbal communication
4. Explain the importance of disease prevention, wellness promotion and the impact of health disparities
5. Evaluate personal skills, traits, and goals in relationship to those traits required for the speech-language pathologist
6. Demonstrate basic communication skills and professionalism
 
Major Requirements
AH 100 Introduction to Health Professions...............................................................2 hours
AH 103 Introduction to Public Health........................................................................2 hours
AH 350 Medical Terminology and Laboratory...........................................................3 hours
BI 111-112 Anatomy and Physiology and Laboratory................................................8 hours
CH 141 General Chemistry and Laboratory..............................................................4 hours
CO 320 Voice and Diction.........................................................................................3 hours
PE 205 First Aid and CPR........................................................................................ 1 hour
FS 355 Human Development....................................................................................3 hours
PH 103 General Physics...........................................................................................4 hours
PY 307 Statistical Methods.......................................................................................3 hours
SO 101 Principles of Sociology.................................................................................3 hours
Total.......................................................................................................................36 hours
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select the following:
Mathematics & Science
MA 121 Precalculus..................................................................................................3 hours
Social & Behavioral Sciences
PY 101 Principles of Psychology..............................................................................3 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to only one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Minor in Child Development
FS 231 Developing Creativity in Young Children.......................................................3 hours
FS 210 Principles of Early Childhood Education.......................................................3 hours
FS 302 Preschool Environments...............................................................................3 hours
FS 305 Parent-Child Relations..................................................................................3 hours
FS 355 Human Development ....................................................................................3 hours
FS 358 Infant and Toddler Development Studies......................................................3 hours
FS 403 Child Development Practicum.......................................................................3 hours
Total........................................................................................................................21 hours
 
Minor in Food and Nutrition
FS 111 Food Preparation and Lab.............................................................................3 hours
FS 131 Nutrition.........................................................................................................3 hours
FS 212 Quantity Food Management..........................................................................3 hours
FS 312 Food System Management...........................................................................3 hours
FS 322 Life Span Nutrition.........................................................................................3 hours
FS 323 Community Nutrition......................................................................................3 hours
FS 360 Vegetarian Cuisine........................................................................................3 hours
Total........................................................................................................................21 hours
 
2 Year Plan - Pre-Speech Language Pathology
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