May 11, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 
Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Allied Health

Chair: Keith Snyder 
Faculty: Joyce L. Azevedo, L. Ann Foster, Rick Norskov, Lee Spencer, Neville Trimm
Program Adviser: 
Adjunct Faculty: Kathy Tan 
Medical Laboratory Science: Marcia Kilsby, Albert McMullen, Karen Reiner, Richard Show 

Allied Health

The Allied Health Professions are rapidly growing areas of specialization within the health care industry. Job openings are plentiful and pay scales are comparable to other professionals in health care. The department offers a B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science and A.S. degrees in a number of Allied Health fields.

Mission Statement

The Allied Health branch of the Biology/Allied Health Department exists to coordinate the advising of students who require prerequisite courses for entrance into a variety of clinical programs in the medical, dental, and health professions, as well as to promote these professions as meaningful career options providing opportunities for Christian service.


The programs in this department vary extensively depending on the particular health career and the requirements of the specific schools which offer the clinical programs. Southern Adventist University continually monitors the requirements of these clinical programs and modifies its preprofessional curricula to meet the changes when they are made. Continual assessment is made essentially by the advisers in the department who measure their effectiveness by their success in structuring programs to meet individual student needs and to meet requirements of the professional school where the student will transfer. The entrance rate of students into professional programs is also used to assess adequacy of class offerings and program requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science


The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in medical laboratory science (medical technology) consists of three years of prescribed study at Southern Adventist University and a 12- to 13-month senior year in a hospital-based medical technology program accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) of the American Medical Association. The hospital program affiliated with Southern Adventist University is Andrews University. Internship in other CAHEA-accredited programs requires prior university approval. 

The Medical Laboratory Science degree qualifies a person to take a number of national certifying examinations, including those offered by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Certified laboratory professionals work in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, public health agencies, private laboratories, pharmaceutical firms, and research institutions. 

The curriculum prescribed by Southern Adventist University is designed to meet the requirements of the University and of NAACLS. Hospitals with clinical programs may have additional requirements. Students should consult the brochures or advisers of the specific hospitals for those requirements.

Occasionally pre-dental students, pre-medical students, and graduating seniors in biology or chemistry may wish to become certified Medical Lab Scientists. This is possible if the student plans courses to fulfill the requirements of the University and the hospital program.

During the fall semester of the third year, students must apply for admission to an approved clinical program. Acceptance of the individual student to the senior year program is determined by the institution offering the clinical program. To be eligible for admission, a student must complete all of the University course requirements prior to beginning the clinical year. The overall grade point average must be acceptable to the University for graduation. Most clinical programs do not accept students with less than a 2.75 cumulative average on a 4.00 system. Although clinical acceptances are granted during the junior year, they are conditional, pending satisfactory completion of the stated admission criteria.

Written information about the affiliated clinical programs is available through the University Allied Health adviser. Acceptance criteria, pre-clinical course requirements, application procedures, tuition for the senior year, and program formats may vary at each approved clinical program. 

Grades of C- or better and a minimum GPA of 2.50 are required in the major and cognates.

Twenty hours of upper division credit, including two writing (W) courses are required. One (W) course must be in a cognate area and one in a noncognate area.

Associate of Science in Allied Health 

The Associate of Science degree in Allied Health Professions prepares the student for admission to professional programs at Loma Linda University, Andrews University, or other universities. Admission to any professional school is dependent on meeting the GPA and prerequisite requirements of the individual school. Students should consult the bulletin of the school of their choice to ascertain the entrance requirements.

Students who plan to graduate from Southern Adventist University with an Associate Degree in Allied Health must meet the A.S. degree General Education requirements of Southern as well as the entrance requirements of the clinical program to which they will be applying.

Applications for transfer to the junior year of colleges offering Allied Health programs must be made late first semester of the final year at Southern Adventist University. The lowest acceptable grade for courses to be transferred is C. A minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required for the Associate of Science degree at Southern Adventist University, but grade point averages between 3.00 and 3.50 are considered minimal for entrance to the junior year of most clinical Allied Health programs. Some programs require the Allied Health Professions Admissions Test (AHPAT).

Note: Due to rapidly changing health care requirements, please contact the individual college/university for recent curriculum changes.

The major Allied health areas in which a two year Associate Degree may be earned at Southern Adventist University are:

pre-Dental Hygiene
pre-Nutrition and Dietetics
pre-Occupational Therapy
pre-Physical Therapy
pre-Speech Language Pathology & Audiology

The department also offers one-year curricula to meet requirements for entrance into the following Allied Health degree programs at Loma Linda University and most other university programs: .

Occupational Therapy Assistant (Associate in Science Degree)
Physical Therapy Assistant (Associate in Science Degree)
Radiation Technology (Associate and Bachelor of Science Degrees)

For details on these or other programs not listed here and for Southern Adventist University curricula for entrance into them write:

Allied Health Programs Adviser
Southern Adventist University 
P.O. Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315-0370