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    Augusta University
   
 
  Nov 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Augusta University Catalog

College of Allied Health Sciences


About the College

The College of Allied Health Sciences at Augusta University was established as an administrative entity in 1968. Prior to this date, a Master of Science program in medical illustration and Bachelor of Science programs in health information management, medical technology and radiography had been active; in 1967, the dental hygiene program was initiated. Since then, programs in occupational therapy, physician assistant, nuclear medicine technology, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, radiation therapy, and public health have been added. Most recently, the College launched an academic program in nutrition and a dietetic internship. A doctorate of philosophy in applied health sciences was added in 2013. The College’s newest degree program is the Bachelor of Science in Health Services.

Located on the campus of Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia, our College’s concentration on health sciences education and research offers students and faculty a rich environment for learning, discovering and caring.  All of our programs are fully accredited, with outcomes such as 80-85% employment at graduation and >95% student retention.

Administration

Interim Dean: Lester Pretlow

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Lester Pretlow

Interim Associate Dean for Research: Chandramohan Wakade

Associate Dean for Practice and Community Health: Pavani Rangachari

A list of faculty within the College of Allied Health Sciences can be found at the link below. 

http://www.augusta.edu/faculty/directory/search.php?college=2

Department of Allied Health Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Applied Health Sciences with Concentrations in Rehabilitation Science, Diagnostic Science, Health Outcomes Series

About the Program

The goal of the PhD in Applied Health Sciences is to educate health care professionals in becoming interdisciplinary health care researchers well prepared to work in health care teams or take a faculty position to further evidence-based practice.  Program graduates will be capable of addressing the significant research needs in evidence-based clinical practice and the need for doctorally trained health science faculty.

The PhD in AHS is an interdisciplinary degree program to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Provide advanced study and research training opportunities in a collaborative manner to comprehensively solve health care issues
  • Prepare interprofessional, research-focused, and clinically-oriented, faculty in the health sciences
  • Produce cohorts of scholars capable of advancing the discovery, dissemination, and application of new knowledge in the health sciences

Curriculum

  • Doctoral Seminar must be taken every semester until admission to candidacy.
  • Investigation of a Problem must be taken every semester after the first full-year of study until the admission to candidacy requirements are complete.
  • Dissertation Research must be taken every semester after admission to candidacy until dissertation requirements are met. Also, students must be enrolled as a full-time student in the last 2 semesters before graduation as per TGS requirements.

Admissions Information

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information: http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/graduate.php

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Please visit http://www.augusta.edu/tuition/graduate.php for the estimated tuition and fees.

Master of Science with a Major in Allied Health and a concentration in Nutrition

Minimum Degree Requirement:

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Undergraduate coursework must include anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry and biochemistry, statistics, sociology/psychology/anthropology related course and at least 24 hours of nutrition focused courses (to include micro and macronutrients/advanced nutrition/nutritional biochemistry, medical nutrition therapy/clinical nutrition, and nutrition counseling) to be used to satisfy degree requirement, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree(s) earned that are the U.S. equivalency of degree(s) required by the program.

Programs

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science

Clinical and Digital Health Sciences

Undergraduate Programs


Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration

Career Information

Health Informatics encompasses understanding technology’s impact on people, developing new uses for technology and applying information technology in the context of another field. The university offers an applied informatics bachelor’s degree in health information administration. This degree prepares graduates for informatics-related roles in healthcare. Graduates may take a national credentialing exam to become a Registered Health Information Administrator.

Health information administrators organize information used in evidence-based medicine.They arm the provider with organized evidence to support patient care, reimbursement, teaching, research, quality improvement and legal inquiries. Accomplished in the art and science of electronic information systems, these professionals advocate for the patient-provider relationship and serve as information suppliers for the business side of evidence-based medicine.

Skills and Interests Suited to a Career in Health Information Administration

Health information administrators manage people and information. They must be able to supervise others, think logically, understand how systems function and interact, apply business theory for effective work processes, write and speak clearly and discreetly handle confidential work. Related interests include computer science, business administration, health sciences and healthcare facility administration.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for an applied health informatics career are excellent. H.I.A.s are currently in demand and the outlook is predicted to remain strong. Health information administrators are employed by hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, medical research centers, health data organizations, insurance companies, accounting firms, law firms, managed-care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, physician practices, health agencies, local and state health departments, information systems vendors and private industry.

A nationwide shortage of health information administrators will ensure that there will be ample opportunities to advance to higher-level management and consulting positions in healthcare.

Salary Information

The mean salary for H.I.A. is $57,445 annually, depending on location and levels of responsibility. Salaries of experienced professionals may exceed $75,000. Consultants can earn in excess of $100,000.

For additional information, visit our website at http://www.augusta.edu/academics/health-info.php.

About the Program

The university grants a bachelor of science degree in health information administration. The program is a “2+2,” meaning the student completes the first two years at any accredited college of choice and the last two years as an HIA student. Students begin the HIA program fall semester of their junior year. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the national registration exam to become a Registered Health Information Administrator.

The university also offers a post-baccalaureate certificate program in health information administration to licensed nurses or allied health professionals or to those with a bachelor’s degree in business or healthcare administration or computer science. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Admissions.

Both programs are offered completely online. The bachelor of science degree program is also offered in an on-campus setting.

Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards for this program. Visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/cdhs/hia/ to review these requirements.

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. The university helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
c/o AHIMA
233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60601
312-233-1131

Hardware/Software Requirement

HARDWARE

  • IBM‐compatible PC (Macintosh computers are acceptable only if bootable into Windows)
  • Pentium IV processor or better;
  • 2GB of RAM (3GB or higher recommended);
  • CD-ROM, CD-RW or DVD-RW recommended;
  • 60GB hard drive (80 GB or higher preferred);
  • SVGA (1024 x 768 or higher) display;
  • Full duplex sound card with speakers/headphones and microphone;
  • Web Cam (MANDATORY); (Microsoft LifeCam HD 5000, for example)
  • Windows operating system; Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (Windows 7 recommended)
  • High-speed Internet connection through an ISP account or a network; cable, DSL or satellite high-speed access required.
  • (Dial-up Internet connection is NOT acceptable for this program)

 SOFTWARE

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher;
  • Windows Media Player 11.0 or higher for access;
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Professional (or higher to include Access 2010);
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or higher

Proprietary browser versions (those not downloaded directly from Microsoft) may not work reliably with online systems. If you use other “Office” type programs, please note that some instructors may require you to convert your files to an MSOffice compatible format for online submission. Your connection to the Internet may initiate behind a firewall; however, the firewall settings may have to be adjusted to allow for proper functioning of our Web-based tools.

Online Course Readiness Assessment Tool

The University System of Georgia provides an online tool to help you determine if you are a good candidate for online courses. Visit http://goml.readi.info to assess your readiness.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/hs-programs/health-information-administration.php

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Bachelor of Science with a major in Health Services

 

Graduate Programs


Certificate in Public Health

The objective of the Certificate Program in Public Health is to provide quality training on relevant public health competencies to the current public health workforce in Georgia. This 15 credit hour online program is designed for non-MPH public health professionals interested in gaining graduate training in public health.

Dietetic Internship Certificate

The Augusta University Dietetic Internship Program is a 9-month program of post-baccalaureate study accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The program has a clinical nutrition concentration designed to utilize the unique variety of medical and health care facilities in the Augusta area.

Theoretical and clinical experiences in food service management, clinical dietetics, and community nutrition are provided at appropriate facilities participating in the internship program.

Programs

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Department of Dental Hygiene

 

Undergraduate Programs


Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Career Information

Dental Hygienists (RDH) are credentialed and licensed health professionals who serve integral roles in the delivery of health care, including preventive dental services, nonsurgical periodontal instrumentation, patient/family/community education, nutritional counseling, and tobacco cessation referral.

Graduates of the dental hygiene program enter the profession with the ability to:

  • Adhere to the professional Code of Ethics, state and federal laws, and institutional policy in the provision of dental hygiene care and in other endeavors whenever applicable
  • Perform self-assessment for life-long learning and professional growth
  • Provide accurate documentation of the assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation phases of the dental hygiene process of care in patient care and community settings for the promotion of health and prevention of disease
  • Effectively communicate with individuals and groups from diverse populations in a humane, empathetic, and caring manner while participating in campus, extramural, and community clinical rotations
  • Relate the dental hygiene process of care to the research process by using critical thinking and problem solving in the provision of evidence-based practice and accepted standards of care
  • Contribute actively to the dental hygiene knowledge base by presenting scientific research
  • Advance the dental hygiene profession and establish social networks through service activities and affiliations with professional organizations
  • Identify the various roles of dental hygienists and the alternative career options available in settings such as health care institutions, industry, education, and research

Skills and Interests Suited to a Career in Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists should be caring, enjoy being with others, have good communication skills, have some ability to teach and enjoy working with their hands.

Related fields include nursing, medical technology, radiologic technologies, occupational therapy and dental laboratory technology.

Career Opportunities

After successfully completing the National and State Board Dental Hygiene examinations, the dental hygienist is licensed to practice under the supervision of a licensed dentist in various settings. Employment opportunities include private dental practice, public health (governmental agencies, health agencies or special institutions), public school programs, industry and dental hygiene education. Dental hygiene offers opportunities for full-time or part-time employment.

Please note that application for a dental hygiene license in many states shall constitute consent for performance of a criminal background check. Applicants for licensure must provide any and all information necessary to run a criminal background check, including but not limited to classifiable sets of fingerprints. If relevant, applicants to the program should consult the dental board in the state that they wish to practice for additional information related to criminal background.

Salary Information

The expected beginning salary range for graduates in clinical practice is $38,000–$45,000 per year.

About the Program

The program is a “2+2,” meaning the student completes the first two years at any accredited college or university of choice, and the last two years on campus. All students begin the program fall semester of their junior year. The program includes classroom, laboratory and clinical education.

Policies on blood borne and infectious diseases are strictly enforced in the program. These policies are available to applicants for admission and for patients treated in the dental hygiene clinics.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information: http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/hs-programs/dental-hygiene.php

Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards. Visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/dental_hygiene/prospective.php to review these requirements.

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. The university helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.

Accreditation

Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312-440-2500

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

 

 

 

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene- Degree Completion

About the Program

The BS-DH Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program is designed for dental hygiene graduates of accredited associate degree programs. The degree completion curriculum is offered completely online to accomodate students who are already gainfully employed. Prior to application, students are strongly encouraged to complete all University System of Georgia graduation and core curriculum requirements. Students must complete the core curriculum (60 hours) and Degree Completion Program (30 hours) before being awarded Professional Credit (30 hours) prior to graduation.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information: http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/hs-programs/dental-hygiene-dc.php

Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards. Visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/dental_hygiene/prospective.php to review these requirements.

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. The university helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.

Accreditation

Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312-440-2500

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

Programs

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Department of Medical Laboratory, Imaging and Radiologic Sciences

Undergraduate Programs


Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

Career Information

Clinical laboratory scientists (Medical Laboratory Scientists/Medical Technologists) perform laboratory tests used to diagnose and treat disease and maintain health. Clinical laboratory scientists work in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, urinalysis and molecular diagnostics. They ensure accurate and reliable test results. In hospital clinical laboratories, laboratory scientists analyze blood, body fluids and tissues to detect disease. They work with sophisticated computerized technology such as automated chemistry and hematology analyzers, GLC-Mass spectrophotometers and molecular testing equipment. Clinical Laboratory Scientists also develop and evaluate new test procedures, maintain quality assurance programs, educate laboratory professionals and manage laboratories. Clinical laboratory scientists are sought in clinical areas, research and industry.

Skills and Interests Suited to a Career in Clinical Laboratory Science

Accuracy, dependability, adherence to deadlines, responsibility, manual dexterity, computer literacy, and good interpersonal/communication skills are essential.

Career Opportunities

Clinical laboratory scientists are employed in general hospital laboratories, physicians’ offices, private laboratories, mission fields, armed forces, Peace Corps, Project HOPE, public health, medical research programs, pharmaceutical laboratories, blood banks, forensic laboratories, bioterrorism response and industry.

Career interests include clinical specialties, quality improvement and process control, computer analysis, forensic science, research, education, and management.

Graduates may advance to supervisory or specialist positions, depending on capability, experience and/or additional education. Opportunities are available for graduate education in biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, immunohematology, education, management and specialist categories.

Several Masters and Doctoral programs in Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science are now offered in the U.S.

Salary Information

Beginning salaries for graduates with baccalaureate degrees average $40,000 in clinical areas and $55,000 in industry, depending on location and job responsibilities. Experienced technologists who become laboratory managers in large hospitals may earn $90,000 or more.

About the Program

The university grants a bachelor of science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science (Medical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology). Upon completion of the program, the graduates are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Students begin the CLS program in fall semester of their junior year, contingent upon completion of prerequisites either at this university or at another college (see Admission Requirements below). Both on-campus and internet students have four semesters of classroom, laboratory and internships through clinical affiliates.

For the distance/WEB students, laboratories are conducted at a satellite laboratory in the Atlanta area or at the clinical affiliates.  The clinical internships are conducted at affiliated clinical sites. Internet students are encouraged to identify possible internship sites convenient to them. The program of Clinical Laboratory Science will contact these sites to explore a clinical affiliation. The program requires computer capability and Internet connectivity.

The program is also offered to certified MLT’s or CLT’s. After completing academic and professional requirements, the following upper-division courses will be credited by proof of previous professional certification as a M.L.T. (A.S.C.P.) and/or C.L.T. (N.C.A.):

  • CLSC 3220 - Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science Practice
  • CLSC 3645 - Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CLSC 4445 - Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
  • CLSC 4845 - Clinical Hematology Laboratory
  • CLSC 4745 - Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory

Total credit: 10 semester hours

Link to program page: Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science for Certified MLTs/CLTs and the Military  

Being certified as an MLT or CLT does not excuse the applicant from any prerequisite courses for the program included in the Admission Requirements below.

Technical Standards/Essential Functions

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy essential functions. Visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/mlirs/cls/standards.php to review these requirements.

Accreditation

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
5600 N River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information and prerequisites:

http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/hs-programs/clinical-laboratory-science.php

Estimated Tuition and Fees

 For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. The university helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science for Certified MLTs/CLTs and Military

Both On-Campus and Distance Learning (WEB) Options.

Certification Requirements

The program is offered to certified MLT’s or CLT’s or military laboratory professionals. After completing academic and professional requirements, the following upper-division courses will be credited by proof of previous professional certification as a M.L.T. (A.S.C.P.) and/or C.L.T. (N.C.A.) as well as Army, Navy, or Air Force certification as a Medical Laboratory Specialist or Medical Laboratory Apprentice:

  • CLSC 3220 - Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science Practice
  • CLSC 3645 - Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CLSC 4445 - Clinical Microbiology Laboratory 
  • CLSC 4845 - Clinical Hematology Laboratory
  • CLSC 4745 - Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory

Total credit: 10 semester hours

Being certified as an MLT or CLT does not excuse the applicant from any prerequisite courses for the program included in Admission Requirements below.

Career Information

Clinical laboratory scientists (Medical Laboratory Scientists/Medical Technologists) perform laboratory tests used to diagnose and treat disease and maintain health. Clinical laboratory scientists work in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, urinalysis and molecular diagnostics. They ensure accurate and reliable test results. In hospital clinical laboratories, laboratory scientists analyze blood, body fluids and tissues to detect disease. They work with sophisticated computerized technology such as automated chemistry and hematology analyzers, GLC-Mass spectrophotometers and molecular testing equipment. Clinical Laboratory Scientists also develop and evaluate new test procedures, maintain quality assurance programs, educate laboratory professionals and manage laboratories. Clinical laboratory scientists are sought in clinical areas, research and industry.

Skills and Interests Suited to a Career in Clinical Laboratory Science

Accuracy, dependability, adherence to deadlines, responsibility, manual dexterity, computer literacy and good interpersonal/comunication skills are essential.

Clinical laboratory scientists are employed in general hospital laboratories, physicians’ offices, private laboratories, mission fields, armed forces, Peace Corps, Project HOPE, public health, medical research programs, pharmaceutical laboratories, blood banks, forensic laboratories, bioterrorism response and industry.

Career interests include clinical specialties, quality improvement and process control, computer analysis, forensic science, research, education and management.

Graduates may advance to supervisory or specialist positions, depending on capability, experience and/or additional education. Opportunities are available for graduate education in biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, immunohematology, education, management and specialist categories.

Salary Information

Beginning salaries for graduates with baccalaureate degrees average $40,000 in clinical areas and $55,000 in industry, depending on location and job responsibilities. Experienced technologists who become laboratory managers in large hospitals may earn $90,000 or more.

About the Program

This university grants a bachelor of science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science (Medical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology). Upon completion of the program, the graduates are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Students begin the CLS program in fall semester of their junior year, contingent upon completion of prerequisites either at this university or at another college (see Admission Requirements below). Both on-campus and internet students have four semesters of classroom, laboratory and internships through clinical affiliates.

For the distance/WEB students, laboratories are conducted at a satellite laboratory in the Atlanta area or at the clinical affiliates.  The clinical internships are conducted at affiliated clinical sites. Internet students are encouraged to identify possible internship sites convenient to them. The program of Clinical Laboratory Science will contact these sites to explore a clinical affiliation. The program requires computer capability and Internet connectivity.

Technical Standards/Essential Functions

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy essential functions. Visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/mlirs/cls/standards.php to review these requirements.

Accreditation

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
5600 N River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information and prerequisites:

http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/hs-programs/cls-mlt-or-clt.php

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. The university helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a major in Nuclear Medicine Technology

Career Information

Nuclear Medicine Technologists work closely with the imaging physician to diagnose and treat disease. Nuclear medicine technology combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and medicine in using radioactivity to diagnose and treat disease. Though there are many diagnostic techniques currently available, nuclear medicine uniquely provides information about both the structure and function of virtually every major organ system within the body. It is this ability to characterize and quantify physiologic function which separates nuclear medicine from other imaging modalities, such as x-ray. Nuclear Medicine procedures are safe; they involve little or no patient discomfort and do not require the use of anesthesia.

The Department of Medical Laboratory, Imaging, and Radiologic Sciences offers three pathways into the bachelor of science in radiologic sciences degree program with a major in nuclear medicine technology.

Pathway 1.  College students with no previous healthcare credentials may transfer 60 semester hours of liberal arts courses (junior transfer)

Pathway 2. Credentialed Nuclear Medicine Technologists certified in Nuclear Medicine Technology may obtain advanced professional studies culminating in a BSRS degree (degree completion program)

Pathway 3. Individuals who have completed the Nuclear Medicine Technology curriculum through the Armed forces of the United States, and who possess diplomas of Phase I and Phase II of this training may obtain advanced professional studies culminating in a BSRS degree (military degree completion program)

Following is information for junior transfer students. For information about the degree completions, contact the Office of Academic Admissions.

Professional Tasks and Working Environment

The nuclear medicine technologist aids in diagnosis by producing images or information of the function and structure of body organs using radioactive pharmaceuticals. Responsibilities generally include laboratory preparation, quality control and intravenous administration of radioactive pharmaceuticals; patient preparation and care in positioning for imaging procedures; monitoring operation and quality control of computer-intensive imaging equipment; and monitoring radiation safety equipment and clinical instruments. The nuclear medicine technologist takes an active part in data and image acquisition and in image processing and analysis.

The nuclear medicine technologist may focus on one area, such as nuclear cardiology or nuclear oncology, or may function in the general imaging area. Baccalaureate-level education often leads to specialization in cardiology, management or fusion imaging technology.

About the Program

The Nuclear Medicine Technology B.S.R.S. degree program is a 2+2 transfer program. Sixty credit hours of freshman and sophomore core courses are completed at the college of choice, after which the applicant applies to transfer to the university for the N.M.T. professional component during the junior and senior years.

The programs are flexible to accommodate busy lifestyles. Clinical affiliates are located in Augusta, Athens, Atlanta, Gainesville, and Columbus, Georgia. Academic course work and clinical attendance require 40 hours per week, regardless of locale.

Certification

Graduates are eligible for certification exams of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and the American Registry of the Radiologic Technologist.

Skills and Interests Suited to a Career in Radiologic Sciences

An individual entering this field should have technical and math/science proficiency, computer literacy, self-motivation, empathy, emotional stability, people skills and a strong work ethic. Graduates work directly with patients to obtain diagnostic information or to treat with ionizing radiation.

Related career interests include nursing, medical technology and other patient contact-related fields.

Career Opportunities

Practice settings include hospitals, outpatient imaging clinics and radiopharmacies. The nuclear medicine program provides clinical and didactic instruction in general nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography, computed tomography, and nuclear cardiology imaging. As these technologies grow, career opportunities grow as well.

Many nuclear medicine technologists work in cardiology offices or clinics and in P.E.T. imaging centers.

Salary Information

Meadian annual salaries of nuclear medicine technologists were $74,492 in 2013. Nuclear medicine technology salaries have broad regional variation. Meadian salaries in the Southeast were at $62,000 in 2013. Median entry-level salary is $58,614 annually (http://www.nmtcb.org).

Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards. Visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/mlirs/nmt/standards.php to review these requirements.

Computer and Internet-Supported Programs

Students must have access to a highspeed (DSL or cable) personal computer. Most student and faculty communication, projects and research require Internet interaction and many lectures are presented online for repeated viewing. Faculty and technical staff are available for technical and instructional support seven days a week.

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. The university helps students fund their education through grants or scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment. Scholarships are available to rising seniors. Foreign national students need to contact the admissions department to establish residency.

Distance Programs

Online nuclear medicine programs are offered with clinical education in Athens, Atlanta, Gainesville, and Columbus, Georgia. Contact the Office of Academic Admissions for more information. Students in the distant program meet with faculty at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville once or twice a week, and travel to the Augusta campus three or four times a year for laboratories and advisement.

Accreditation/Review

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970
Chicago, IL 60601-2208
Tel: (312) 553-9355

Nuclear Medicine Technology
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Techonology

2000 W. Danforth Rd., Ste 130 #203Edmond, OK 73003
Tel: (405) 285-0546
Fax: (405) 285-0579
Web: www.jrcnmt.org

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/mlirs/nmt/index.php

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a major in Nuclear Medicine Technology for Military-Trained Nuclear Medicine Technologists Track

About the Program

The required core courses (60 semester hours) are transferred upon entry into the program, and 30 semester hours are granted for military Nuclear Medicine Technologist training. University professional courses make up 34 additional semester hours required to earn the B.S.R.S./NMT degree in three semesters. The program runs one calendar year starting summer semester from May to May.

The Military Trained NMT BSRS Degree Completion Program

The BSRS/NMT military trained degree completion program offers advanced coursework in computed tomography, positron emission tomography, healthcare management, research, and sectional anatomy, as well as preparation for certification in advanced cardiac life support. The program provides military-trained NMTs with enhanced expertise and facilitates upward career mobility. The curriculum is innovative and geared to the changing practice environment.

Career Information

Nuclear medicine technology combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and medicine in using radioactivity to diagnose and treat disease.  Individuals who have completed Phase I and Phase II military NMT training may advance their careers by attaining a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences. This degree may qualify NMTs to work in management, research, and corporate settings.

The Department of Medical Laboratory, Imaging, and Radiologic Sciences offers a flexible pathway into the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences degree program for military trained  NMTs.

Classes are offered in a convenient online format, and advanced clinical education can be achieved in military assigned Nuclear Medicine setting.

The following information applies to the degree completion program  military trained NMTs.   (Those interested in the ARRT- or CNMT Bridge programs should contact the Office of Academic Admissions.)

Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards. Visit augusta.edu/alliedhealth/mlirs/nmt/standards.php to review these requirements.

Computer and Internet-Supported Programs

Students must have access to a highspeed (DSL or cable) personal computer. Most student and faculty communication, projects and research require Internet interaction and many lectures are presented online for repeated viewing for both distance and campus students. Faculty and technical staff are available for technical and instructional support seven days a week.

Accreditation/Review

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970
Chicago, IL 60601-2208
Tel: (312) 553-9355
Web: www.caahep.org

Nuclear Medicine Technology
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology

2000 W. Danforth Rd., Ste 130 #203
Edmond, OK 73003
Tel: (405) 285-0546
Fax: (405) 285-0579
Web: www.jrcnmt.org

Professional Licensure Credit

After completing department requirements, upper-division courses will be credited by proof of certification in nuclear medicine technology — Phase I and Phase II of military NMT training. 30 hours of upper division course credit will be applied toward the BSRS degree.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/mlirs/nmt/index.php

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. The university helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment. Foreign national students must contact the admissions department to establish residency.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

Military Training  Credit

After completing department requirements, upper-division courses will be credited by proof of Phase I and Phase II Military NMT training 30 hours of upper division course credit will be applied toward the BSRS degree.

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a major in Nuclear Medicine Technology w/Certification Track

Career Information

Nuclear medicine technology combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and medicine in using radioactivity to diagnose and treat disease. Individuals who are certified NMTs (ARRT-N or CNMT) working in the profession may advance their careers by attaining a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences.  This degree may qualify NMTs to achieve a vertical career path to work in management, advance practice, research, and/or corporate settings.

The Department of Medical Laboratory, Imaging, and Radiologic Sciences offers a flexible pathway into the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences degree program for NMTs certified as ARRT(N) or CNMT. Classes are offered in a convenient online format, and advanced  clinical  education can be achieved in your work setting.

The following information applies to the degree completion program for post-certification students. Those interested in the junior transfer or military bridge programs should contact the Office of Academic Admissions for more information.

Post-Certification Degree Completion Program

The BSRS/NMT post-certification degree completion program offers advanced coursework in computed tomography, positron emission tomography, healthcare management, research, and sectional anatomy, as well as preparation for certification in advanced cardiac life support. The program provides credentialed technologists–ARRT(N) or CNMT– with enhanced expertise and facilitates upward career mobility. The curriculum is innovative and geared to the changing practice environment.

About the Program

The required core courses (60 semester hours) are transferred upon entry into the program, and 30 semester hours are granted for prior certification in Nuclear Medicine Technology. University professional courses make up 34 additional semester hours required to earn the B.S.R.S./NMT degree in three semesters.  The program runs one calendar year starting summer semester from May to May.

Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards. Visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/mlirs/nmt/standards.php to review these requirements.

Computer and Internet-Supported Programs

Students must have access to a highspeed (DSL or cable) personal computer. Most student and faculty communication, projects and research require Internet interaction and many lectures are presented online for repeated viewing for both distance and campus students. Faculty and technical staff are available for technical and instructional support seven days a week.

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. The university helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment. Foreign national students must contact the admissions department to establish residency. 

Accreditation/Review

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970
Chicago, IL 60601-2208
Tel: (312) 553-9355
Web: www.caahep.org

Nuclear Medicine Technology
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology

2000 W. Danforth Rd., Ste 130 #203
Edmond, OK 73003
Tel: (405) 285-0546
Fax: (405) 285-0579
Web: www.jrcnmt.org

Professional Licensure Credit

After completing department requirements, upper-division courses will be credited by proof of certification in nuclear medicine technology — CNMT or ARRT(N). 30 hours of upper division course credit will be applied toward the BSRS degree.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/mlirs/nmt/index.php

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a major in Radiation Therapy

Career Information

Radiation Therapists use high energy ionizing radiation to deliver a prescribed course of radiation to treat disease. The Radiation Therapist monitors the patient during treatment and provides emotional support. The Therapist’s responsibilities include accurately interpreting, verifying, administering and recording the treatment prescribed by a Radiation Oncologist.

The Department of Medical Laboratory, Imaging, and Radiologic Sciences offers a bachelor of science in radiologic sciences with a major in radiation therapy. Students must transfer 60 semester hours of liberal arts courses (junior transfer).

Following is information for junior transfer students. For further information, contact the Office of Academic Admissions.

Professional Tasks and Working Environment

The Radiation Therapist is a member of the radiation oncology team who is responsible for delivering a prescribed dose of radiation to treat cancer and some benign diseases. Radiation Therapists have continual contact with patients for the course of their treatment, educating them about treatment, simulation procedures, and potential radiation side effects. Monitoring and observing each patient’s clinical progress and emotional needs are also part of the Therapist’s daily routine. The Therapist, as a member of the healthcare team, refers patients to physicians, nurses or social service professionals when necessary.

Certification

Program graduates may be eligible for the national certification exam in radiation therapy administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. (www.arrt.org).

Skills and Interests Suited to a Career in Radiation Therapy Technology

A person entering this field should have technical and math/science proficiency, computer literacy, self-motivation, empathy, emotional stability, people skills and a strong work ethic. Graduates work directly with patients to obtain information for treatment planning and to deliver the course of treatment prescribed.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for Radiation Therapists are diverse. Jobs may be available in all areas of the country. Radiation Therapists can be employed by hospitals, universities, clinics or vendors who market and sell radiation oncology equipment.

Salary Information

The earning potential for Radiation Therapists is excellent. Salaries vary depending on geographic location, education, and experience.

Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards. Visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/mlirs/rad-therapy/standards.php to review these requirements.

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. The university helps students fund their education through grants or scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.

Accreditation/Review

Radiation Therapy
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

20 N.Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
312-704-5300
www.jrcert.org

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

www.augusta.edu/admissions/hs-programs/radiation-therapy.php

Estimated Full-Time Academic Expenses

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

Graduate Programs


 
Master of Health Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

Career Information

Clinical laboratory scientists (Medical Laboratory Scientists/Medical Technologists) perform laboratory tests used to diagnose and treat disease and maintain health. Clinical laboratory scientists work in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, urinalysis and molecular diagnostics.They ensure accurate and reliable test results. In hospital clinical laboratories, laboratory scientists analyze blood, body fluids and tissues to detect disease.They work with sophisticated computerized technology such as automated chemistry and hematology analyzers, GLC-Mass spectrophotometers and molecular testing equipment. Clinical Laboratory Scientists also develop and evaluate new test procedures, maintain quality assurance programs, educate laboratory professionals and manage laboratories. Clinical laboratory scientists are sought in clinical areas, research and industry.

Skills and Interests Suited to a Career in Clinical Laboratory Science

Accuracy, dependability, adherance to deadlines, responsibility, manual dexterity, computer literacy and good interpersonal/communication skills are essential.

Career Opportunities

Clinical laboratory scientists are employed in general hospital laboratories, physicians’ offices, private laboratories, mission fields, armed forces, Peace Corps, Project HOPE, public health, medical research programs, pharmaceutical laboratories, blood banks, forensic laboratories, bioterrorism response and industry.

Career interests include clinical specialties, quality improvement and process control, computer analysis, forensic science, research, education and management.

Graduates with this advanced education may progress to supervisory, specialist or management positions, depending on capability, experience. Opportunities are available for graduate education in biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, immunohematology, education, management and specialist categories.

Doctoral programs in Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science are now offered in the US.

Salary Information

Beginning salaries for graduates with baccalaureate degrees average $40,000 in clinical areas and $55,000 in industry, depending on location and job responsibilities. Experienced technologists who become laboratory managers in large hospitals may earn $90,000 or more.

About the Program

The program requires 74 graduate semester credit hours for graduation. This is an entry-level degree and upon graduation, the student would be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). The program is 5 semesters long and culminates in a research or capstone project. This program will also offer courses in evidence based practice, clinical services delivery, epidemiology, and education principles. This degree will prepare the student for practice in research, management, and education as well as practice as a clinical laboratory scientist.

For the distance/WEB students, laboratories are conducted at a satellite laboratory in the Atlanta area or at the clinical affiliates. The clinical internships are conducted at affiliated clinical sites. Internet students are encouraged to identify possible internship sites convenient to them. The Program of Clinical Laboratory Science will contact these sites to explore a clinical affiliation. The program requires computer capability and Internet connectivity.

Technical Standards/Essential Functions

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards for this program. Please visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/mlirs/cls/standards.php to view these requirements.

Accreditation

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
5600 N. River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information and prerequisites:

http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/master-clinical-laboratory.php

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and other assistance is available. The university participants in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. With the university’s help students can fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.

Programs

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences

Master of Health Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

Department of Occupational Therapy

 

Graduate Programs


Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy

About the Program

Occupational therapy is a dynamic health care profession that promotes engagement in meaningful daily and routine occupations, those activities that give meaning and purpose to our lives. Occupations commonly addressed through occupational therapy include self-care activities, work or school tasks, driving, leisure, home maintenance and community activities. Occupational therapists work with clients, families, groups and populations to promote health and wellness, prevent illness or injury, develop or restore functional and adaptation skills, facilitate social engagement, and create accessible and supportive environments.

As an occupational therapist, you might find yourself working with a wide variety of individuals such as:

  • A homemaker with low vision who needs to safely perform household tasks and meal preparation
  • An individual who experienced a stroke and wishes to be able to dress, bathe and feed themself independently once more
  • A grandparent who has arthritis and wants to be able to play with and care for their grandchildren
  • A young adult with paralysis from a spinal cord injury who needs to be able to travel within the community in order to return to college
  • A worker with emotional adjustment issues who wants to develop work skills and effective coping strategies in order to participate more appropriately in work and social interactions
  • A student with developmental delay who needs to be able to engage in classroom activities and routines

Occupational therapists work with individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing barriers to their participation in desired life activities. Through the use of rehabilitation/habilitation strategies, task or environmental modification, assistive technology, advocacy, and other strategies, occupational therapists assist the clients and families they work with in a wide variety of medical, educational and community settings.

Career Opportunities

Some of the settings where occupational therapists are employed include hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, community mental health facilities, public school systems, home health agencies, private practice, industry and the community.

The field offers rapid advancement into supervisory and administrative positions for therapists with advanced experience and education. Growing opportunities exist in private practice, consultation, research and higher education.

U.S. News & World Report named occupational therapy #18 on its list of Best Healthcare Jobs 2017 and #23 on its list of Best Jobs overall. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 27% growth in occupational therapy employment opportunities through 2024, a much faster than average growth.

Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). All OT students must complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months after completing academic preparation. Graduates of accredited programs may take the national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). Graduates who pass this exam are registered occupational therapists. All states, including Georgia, require licensure to practice as an occupational therapist; state licensure typically requires new graduates to successfully pass the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure. Applicants with a history of an arrest, charge or conviction may be required to request an early determination and character review by NBCOT (www.nbcot.org/early-determination-character-review).

For additional information, contact:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone number: 301-652-AOTA (2682)
Accreditation e-mail: accred@aota.org
web: www.acoteonline.org

National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT)
12 South Summit Avenue
Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
301-990-7979
Email: info@ncbot.org
Web: www.nbcot.org
Program performance data can be found at secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Technical Standards and Disclaimer of Certification and Licensure

The National Board for Certification for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) will require applicants to answer questions concerning felony history. This information is then available to states for licensure. The Department of Occupational Therapy Program assumes no responsibility for ineligibility to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or the denial of licensure in states in which there are such requirements. Applicants with a history of an arrest, charge or conviction may be required to request an early determination and character review by NBCOT (www.nbcot.org/early-determination-character-review). For further information please contact the:
National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc. 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 Telephone: 301-990-7979 and/or the appropriate state regulatory body. Those planning to work in Georgia may contact the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy 237 Coliseum Drive Macon, Georgia 31217-3858 Telephone: (478) 207-2440 (sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36)

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards for this program. All applicants are strongly encouraged to read and attest to the Department of Occupational Therapy’s Technical Standards and the following Disclaimers of Certification and Licensure. All students admitted into the MHSOT program must sign these documents  prior to enrollment. Visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/ot/prospaddcurr.php to review these requirements. An integral part of the OT curriculum is successful completion of fieldwork experiences throughout the program. All OT students must consent to a criminal background check in order to have access to fieldwork sites. Prior criminal history may impact the student’s ability to be cleared for client contact, thus jeopardizing successful completion of the program.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Occupational Therapy Admissions for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/ot/admissions.php

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs.  With the university’s help students can fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.

Prerequisites for Occupational Therapy

Please see the Occupational Therapy Admissions and Curriculum Information website for specific prerequisite information:

http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/ot/prospaddcurr.php

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

Programs

Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy

Department of Physical Therapy

Graduate Programs


Doctor of Physical Therapy

Career Information

Physical therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

Physical therapists develop personalized intervention plans to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, physical therapists work to prevent loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Skills of a Physical Therapist

Physical therapists must have problem-solving skills, resourcefulness, patience, manual dexterity, physical stamina and the ability to work closely with people.

Career Opportunities

Average salaries are excellent and job opportunities are available nationwide. The department enjoys an excellent reputation in the healthcare community; within months of graduation, 100 percent of its physical therapy graduates are employed.

Career settings include:

  • general hospitals and hospitals for special populations (burns, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, etc.)
  • rehabilitation centers, hospices, extended care facilities and public health centers
  • home health agencies
  • public and private schools
  • wellness programs and fitness centers
  • high school, college and professional athletic facilities
  • outpatient clinics and offices and private practice
  • corporate and industrial health centers
  • administration, research, education and consultant work

About the Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is designed to challenge talented and ambitious learners to grow into autonomous health professionals. The curriculum combines first-rate classroom instruction and laboratory practice at our Augusta campus with extensive clinical training at sites throughout Georgia and the southeastern United States.

Our learner-centered curriculum emphasizes active learning, problem-solving skills, and evidence-based practices. Our primary goal is to prepare reflective individuals who possess the technical proficiency and problem-solving capabilities sufficient to enable the safe, efficient, and effective practice of physical therapy in a rapidly changing health care environment. Graduates are prepared to maximize wellness and minimize disability of diverse populations across a variety of health care environments including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, research laboratories, and corporations.

The program requires 36 months (9 consecutive semesters) of full-time study. A new class enters in May of each year. Classes are scheduled in a traditional weekday format at the main campus in Augusta. Graduation occurs in May.

Admission Requirements

Please see the College of Allied Health Sciences website for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/pt/index.php

Additional Requirements

In addition to specific academic requirements, candidates for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must have aptitude, abilities, and skills in the following five areas in order to meet the full requirements of the program’s curriculum.

  • Sufficient intellectual capacity to fulfill the curricular requirements of the program
  • Ability to effect communication with patients, colleagues, instructors and other members of the healthcare community
  • Physical ability to learn and implement the various technical skills required to prepare for the independent practice of physical therapy
  • Sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stress, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize healthcare practice
  • Social attributes and behaviors required for full use of intellectual abilities and the development of mature, sensitive and effective therapeutic relationships with patients and clients

Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards for this program. Please visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/pt/program.php to review these requirements.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

Certificates


Certificate in Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

Programs

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Department of Physician Assistant

 

Graduate Programs

Master of Physician Assistant

Professional Tasks and Working Environment

The physician assistant, working with physicians and other health professionals, performs many clinical functions that enable the physician to devote more time to duties requiring his/her particular knowledge and skills. The physician assistant performs duties based on guidelines established by the state granting licensure. In most settings the physician assistant obtains medical histories, performs physical examinations, orders and interprets laboratory results and other information and assesses and treats common illnesses, including writing prescriptions. Disease prevention and health promotion, counseling, and patient education are other important services provided by the physician assistant. Successful completion of the National Certifying Examination for Physician Assistants is required to practice as a physician assistant in Georgia.

Skills and Interests Suited to a Career as a Physician Assistant

Physician assistants need the ability to relate to people, a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment in handling emergencies, an orientation toward service, and ability to think critically. A solid background in math and science is helpful as well. Due to the fast pace of our program, previous medical experience is strongly encouraged.

Employment and Career Opportunities

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, employment of physician assistants is expected to grow by 39 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Projected rapid job growth reflects the expansion of health care industries and an emphasis on cost containment, which results in increasing use of PAs by health care establishments.  A certified physician assistant may work in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices or educational facilities.

Salary Information

National physician assistant mean salary for 2015 was $114,973. Statistics from Advance for NPs & PAs.

About the Program

Established in 1972, the Physician Assistant Program offers a comprehensive education that allows graduates to become employed in many specialty areas. Our program emphasizes classroom and clinical practical experience, with heaviest emphasis on clinical work with patients. Upon completion of our program, students earn a master’s degree in physician assistant.

Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards for this program. Please visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/pa/standards.php to review these requirements.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and other assistance is available. The university participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. With the university’s help students can fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.

Accreditation

Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
John E. McCarty, Executive Director
12000 Findley Road, Suite 150
Johns Creek, GA 30097

General Admissions Criteria

Please see the Office of Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/master-physician-assistant.php

Masters of Physician Assistant Degree Prerequisites Requirements

Please see the Office of Admissions website for specific prerequisite information:

http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/pa/requirements.php

Estimated Tuition and Fees

 For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

 
Master of Physician Assistant-Degree Completion Track

About the Program

The College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) at Augusta University has implemented a Master of Physician Assistant (MPA) bridge program online that will allow graduates with a baccalaureate in physician assistant studies from an accredited physician assistant program to earn a master’s degree while continuing their career in health care. The program was started August 2014. The Bridge MPA program is composed of 30 credit hours. It is possible to complete the PA bridge program in one year, if the student so chooses. The emphasis of the course work is to develop professional and teaching skills that enhance clinical practice.

Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards for this program. Please visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/pa/bridgeadmissions.php to review these requirements.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and other assistance is available. Augusta University participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. Augusta University helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment and/or employment.

General Admissions Criteria

Deadlines for application and required materials and documents:

Semester Program Start Application Deadline
Spring Semester Starts January- Last day of August
Summer Semester Starts May- Last day of February
Fall Semester Starts August- Last day of May

 

Note: All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.

GPA: A minimum overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale from their baccalaureate PA program is required for consideration.

Official Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges attended from their baccalaureate PA program are required. Official transcripts should be sent to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original , unopened, sealed, and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s Office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the Registrar’s Office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to admissions@augusta.edu.

References: Recommendation from a supervising physician is required. The recommendation should focus on the applicant’s aptitude for clinical work and their academic ability. Graduate reference forms and letters can be submitted online only. Applicants list the name and contact information of the supervising physician as a reference during the online application process. Once the application is submitted, the referee will receive an email directing them to complete the online reference form. The completed reference form will then be forwarded to the Office of Academic Admissions via the online application system, CollegeNet. An applicant wishing to change a reference after the application has been submitted must log into his/her CollegeNet account and change the name and contact information for the reference.

GRE Requirement: The GRE is not required for the bridge MPA program.

Prerequisite Coursework: Applicants must submit proof of current CME (50 hours of Category I and 50 hours of Category II) with 4 of these CME hours in approved pharmacotherapeutics continuing medical education and an active NCCPA certification and state licensure. BLS and ACLS certification proof should also be submitted.

Work Experience: We prefer that applicants be actively employed as a PA in clinical practice.

Computer Literacy

General Laptop With Webcam Requirement: https://gru.service-now.com/kb_view.do?sysparm_article=KB0010397

Masters of Physician Assistant Completion Track Prerequisite Requirements

Nationally certified physician assistants who graduated from an accredited bachelor-level physician assistant program and alumni from the Medical College of Georgia Physician Assistant program who graduated between the years of 1974 and 2007 – the last year of the bachelor’s degree program- will be eligible to apply for the MPA bridge program. The MPA bridge program will award credit to those PAs who have maintained national certification and state licensure through prior learning assessment. To receive the maximum credit of 15 hours, the applicant must provide documentation of current CME (50 hours of Category I and 50 hours of Category II), hold an active NCCPA certification, and be actively employed as a PA in clinical practice. BLS and ACLS certification proof should also be submitted. The bridge program director will be responsible for evaluating prior learning assessment.

Advanced Credit Courses For Meeting Competencies:

  • PHAS 5010 - Medical Terminology 1
  • PHAS 5015 - Medical Communications 2
  • PHAS 5115 - Physical Assessment 3
  • PHAS 5137 - Diagnostic Methods and Pathology 1
  • PHAS 5215 - Pharmacotherapeutics I 2
  • PHAS 5226 - BLS and Airway Management 1
  • PHAS 5227 - Hematology and Oncology 2
  • PHAS 5300 - Pharmacotherapeutics II 3
  • PHAS 5400 - Pharmacotherapeutics III 3
  • Total Possible Advance Credit Received: 15

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fess, please see the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Programs

Master of Physician Assistant

Department of Public Health

The Master of Public Health program at Augusta University prepares public health leaders proficient in the application and dissemination of knowledge and skills to prevent disease, improve the delivery of health services, and promote the health of populations.

Department of Respiratory Therapy

 

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

Career Information

The Bachelor of Science Program in Respiratory Therapy is a 2+2 program, meaning the student completes the first two years at any accredited college or university of choice, and the last two years at this university. All 2+2 students begin the program fall semester after completing a core curriculum. The program consists of five semesters and includes classroom and clinical education.

Only 18% of therapists have a B.S. in Respiratory Therapy. Therapists with a B.S. are able to work in fields such as pharmaceutical sales or management which command higher salaries.

Respiratory Therapy: A Life-and-Breath Career

Respiratory therapists treat patients with cardiopulmonary disease and other disorders requiring life-support technologies. Patients range from newborns to the elderly. In the hospital, respiratory therapists assist physicians by assessing the patient’s condition, planning and initiating treatment and providing patient education. Treatments include oxygen and humidity therapy, chest physical therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and state-of-the-art life support technologies. Respiratory therapists also obtain and analyze arterial blood samples to evaluate and optimize patient oxygenation and ventilation and evaluate cardiopulmonary function using specialized equipment.

A Multi-Skilled Profession

Respiratory therapy requires manual skills and a broad range of cognitive capabilities. Respiratory therapists’ relative autonomy demands a high degree of responsibility and professionalism. Their significant patient contact requires empathy, interpersonal skills, communication and the ability to collect, evaluate and synthesize patient information. Therapies are based on strong patient assessment, highly technical skills requiring good manual dexterity and mechanical aptitude to perform them safely and acceptably.

Related interests may include physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and radiologic sciences.

Graduates are eligible to take national credentialing exams from the National Board for Respiratory Care, leading to designations of certified and registered respiratory therapist, certified and registered pulmonary function technologist and competency recognition as a perinatal/pediatric respiratory care specialist and certified asthma educator. These credentials are recognized nationally and internationally. First-time pass rates for graduates are well above the national average.

Career Opportunities

Most respiratory therapists work in acute-care hospitals, but roles outside the traditional work setting are rapidly growing. Career opportunities include education, research and patient care in clinics, skilled nursing or long-term acutecare facilities and physicians’ offices. Therapists with a bachelor’s degree can work as disease or case managers, clinical educators, supervisors, departmental directors, medical equipment marketers, clinical or education specialists and pharmaceutical representatives.

Registered therapists assume considerable responsibility and command high salaries. The mean salary for experienced respiratory therapists ranges from $57,000 to $70,000 depending on job responsibilities, education and location. Private industry offers particularly lucrative career opportunities.

Credentialing

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the credentialing examinations for the Respiratory Therapist offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

http://www.nbrc.org/Pages/default.aspx

Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards. Visit http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/hs-programs/respiratory-therapy-comp.php to review these requirements

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. Educational assistance may be available for students who want to work in rural Georgia. The university helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.

Students are very competitive for national, regional and local scholarships for the first and second year.

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford,Texas 76012-4244
817-283-2835
http://www.CoARC.com

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/hs-programs/respiratory-therapy.php

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

 

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Degree Completion for RRT’s

Career Information

The Online Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program enables respiratory therapists to earn a bachelor’s degree with minimal disruption to their lives and livelihoods. A bachelor’s degree can increase base pay and enhance competitiveness for positions such as disease or case manager, clinical educator, supervisor, clinical specialist departmental director, clinical sales specialist, and pharmaceutical representative.

Approximately a third of respiratory therapists have a bachelor’s or graduate degree. Average salaries for experienced respiratory therapists range from $57,000 to $70,000, depending on job responsibilities, education and location.

About the Program

The program enables working individuals to earn a degree through part time online or on campus classes. The program has a low student-to-teacher ratio and strongly emphasizes professional and academic growth, through development of critical thinking and effective communication skills.

The program requires 120 semester hours for completion: 60 hours of academic core, (see core curriculum) 30 semester hours of professional courses (see program curriculum) and 30 semester hours of conferred with proof of the RRT credential. Students may enroll part-time or full-time and start any semester.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information: http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/hs-programs/respiratory-therapy-comp.php

Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards. Visit http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/hs-programs/respiratory-therapy-comp.php to review these requirements.

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

Programs

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy