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Department of Health Sciences

Interim Chair and Professor:  B. Hubbard (EdD), 501-450-3194
Professor: J. Rainey (PhD)
Associate Professor: D. Demers (PhD), H. Hudson (PhD), D. Morris (PhD)
Assistant Professor: S. Rose (DSW), A. Sego (PhD)
Clinical Instructor II: C. Gilbreath (PhD), L. Ray (MS)
Clinical Instructor I: K. Jamerson (MS), C. Shelton (MS), D. Smith (MS)
Instructor: J. Dulac (MS), J. Elphingstone (EdD), P. Patel (MS)

[1] Purposes

The basic aims of the Department of Health Sciences are to (1) contribute to the general health promotion and education of all students and (2) provide advisement/counseling, comprehensive professional preparation, and foundation courses designed to prepare students for careers as health-care professionals, health education specialists, health promotion directors, health coaches, addiction counselors, and wellness coordinators in private or public health settings.

[2] Honors in Health Sciences

Students who major in Health Sciences, Health Promotion, or Addiction Studies and who demonstrate exceptional ability may be invited to enter the Honors in the Major Program. For details, see Honors in the Major Program.

To jump directly to a particular program of study, use these links:

Degrees/Majors: BS, Health Promotion | BS, Health Sciences (Health Services Administration) | BS, Addiction Studies
Addiction Studies Concentrations: Prevention | Treatment
Certificate Program: CP in Health Coaching
Minor Programs: Health Promotion | Addiction Studies (Treatment)
Allied Health Programs: Medical Laboratory Science | Nuclear Medicine Technology | Radiography
Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Cardio Respiratory Care | Pre-Dental Hygiene

[3] Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Abbreviation Key – UCA Core Program

[3.1] Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion

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The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in health promotion requires successful completion of 120 hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements (see the UCA Core requirements) and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using designated courses; (2) degree requirements; (3) major courses as listed below; and (4) 40 upper-division hours.

Elective and required health science courses are used to satisfy the lower-division UCA Core requirements in Diversity, Critical Inquiry, Responsible Living  and Communication. Students will take HLTH 1320 to fulfill the First Year Seminar requirement and the Responsible Living requirement but may also take HLTH 2320 as an elective to fulfill those requirements as well as the Social Science requirement.

For upper-division UCA Core requirements, students will take HLTH 3300 for Communication, HLTH 3301 for Responsible Living, HLTH 3320 for Critical Inquiry, and HLTH 4600 for the UCA Core Capstone. Students may choose HLTH 3305, 4343, 4395, or 4396 to fulfill the Diversity requirement.

[3.1.1] Major in Health Promotion

Major requirements in Health Promotion (53 hours)

Required Core Courses (27 hours)

HLTH 3300 Methods and Materials for Health Promotion [UD UCA Core: C]
HLTH 3301 The Health Promotion Profession [UD UCA Core: R]
HLTH 3320 Epidemiological Research [UD UCA Core: I]
HLTH 4300 Community Health Problems
HLTH 4320 Health Communication and Advocacy
HLTH 4331 Program Planning and Evaluation
HLTH 4370 Administration of Health Programs [UD UCA Core: C]
HLTH 4600 Health Promotion Internship [UD UCA Core: Z]

Required Content Courses (6 hours):

HLTH 1320 Essentials of Health and Wellness
HLTH 3325 Disease Management for Health Promotion

Health Promotion Elective Courses (9 hours)

Students are required to select at least one course designated as an upper-division UCA Core Diversity course.

HLTH 2201 First Aid
HLTH 2320 Mental Health
HLTH 3123 Medical Terminology
HLTH 3305 Human Sexuality [UD UCA Core: D]
HLTH 3310 Fundamentals of Occupational Health
HLTH 3315 Theory and Practice of Prevention
HLTH 4301 Health Promotion in the Medical Care Setting
HLTH 4302 Health Promotion in the Worksite
HLTH 4303 Environmental Health Problems
HLTH 4310 Health Concerns of the Aging
HLTH 4312 Drug Education
HLTH 4343 Health Strategies for Multicultural Populations [UD UCA Core: D]
HLTH 4395 Contemporary Health Concerns: Women [UD UCA Core: D]
HLTH 4396 Contemporary Health Concerns: Men [UD UCA Core: D]
HLTH 4398 Health Coaching I
HLTH 4399 Health Coaching II

Related Requirements (11 hours)

BIOL 2405 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 2411 Microbiology in Human Affairs
Statistics (choose one): GEOG 2330, MATH 2311, PSCI 2312, PSYC 2330, QMTH 2330, or SOC 2321

The remaining credits (32) in the degree plan will be met with elective courses approved by the major advisor.

[3.1.2] Minor in Health Promotion (25 hours)

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The minor in Health Promotion requires successful completion of 25 hours:

Required Health Promotion Courses (12 hours)

HLTH 3300 Methods and Materials for Health Promotion [UD UCA Core: C]
HLTH 3301 The Health Promotion Profession [UD UCA Core: R]
HLTH 4300 Community Health Problems
HLTH 4331 Program Planning and Evaluation

Health Promotion Electives (5 hours)

HLTH 2201 First Aid
HLTH 2320 Mental Health
HLTH 3123 Medical Terminology
HLTH 3305 Human Sexuality [UD UCA Core: D]
HLTH 3310 Fundamentals of Occupational Health
HLTH 3315 Theory and Practice of Prevention
HLTH 3320 Epidemiological Research [UD UCA Core: I]
HLTH 3325 Disease Management for Health Promotion
HLTH 4301 Health Promotion in the Medical Care Setting
HLTH 4302 Health Promotion in the Worksite
HLTH 4303 Environmental Health Problems
HLTH 4310 Health Concerns of the Aging
HLTH 4312 Drug Education
HLTH 4320 Health Communication and Advocacy
HLTH 4343 Health Strategies for Multicultural Populations [UD UCA Core: D]
HLTH 4370 Administration of Health Programs [UD UCA Core: C]
HLTH 4395 Contemporary Health Concerns: Women [UD UCA Core: D]
HLTH 4396 Contemporary Health Concerns: Men [UD UCA Core: D]
HLTH 4398 Health Coaching I
HLTH 4399 Health Coaching II

Related Requirements (8 hours)

BIOL 2405 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 2411 Microbiology

[3.1.3] Certificate of Proficiency in Health Coaching

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The Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in Health Coaching requires completion of 14 credit hours. This CP prepares students for employment in health promotion and wellness programs found in businesses, corporations, exercise/fitness centers, and clinics, as well as for self-employment opportunities.

HLTH 1320 Essentials of Health and Wellness OR EXSS 1320 Foundations of Wellness
HLTH 2201 First Aid
HLTH 3325 Disease Management for Health Promotion
HLTH 4398 Health Coaching I
HLTH 4399 Health Coaching II

[3.2] Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

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Degree requirements include successful completion of a minimum of 120 hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements (see the UCA Core requirements) and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements designated courses; (2) degree requirements; (3) related requirements; and (4) electives, including 40 upper-division hours. Because of the number of hours included in the health science major, no minor is required.

Elective and required science courses are used to satisfy the lower-division UCA Core requirements in Diversity, Critical Inquiry, Responsible Living and Communication. Students should take HLTH 1320 to fulfill the First Year Seminar requirements and the Responsible Living requirement but may also take HLTH 2320 as an elective to fulfill those requirements as well as the Social Science requirement.

For upper-division UCA Core requirements, students will take HLTH 4600 for the UCA Core capstone. The additional upper-division UCA Core requirements will be met by taking elective courses chosen with approval of the major advisor.

Health Services Administration Emphasis

Degree Requirements (46 hours)

BIOL 2405 Anatomy and Physiology and 4 hours of BIOL electives
CHEM 1402 General Chemistry for Health Sciences and CHEM 2450 Intro to Organic and Biochemistry
or
CHEM 1450 College Chemistry I and CHEM 1451 College Chemistry II
PHYS 1410 College Physics I
PHYS 1420 College Physics II
PSYC 1300 General Psychology
BIOL 4311 Pathophysiology
BIOL 4351 General Pharmacology
HLTH 3123 Medical Terminology
HLTH 4301 Health Promotion in the Medical Care Setting
HLTH 4370 Administration of Health Programs [UD UCA Core: C]
HLTH 4600 Health Promotion Internship [UD UCA Core: Z]

Related Requirements (27 hours)

MIS 1300 Business Computing
ECON 2320 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2321 Principles of Microeconomics
ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 2311 Principles of Accounting II
FINA 3330 Managing Finance and Capital [UD UCA Core: I]
MGMT 3340 Managing People and Work [UD UCA Core: D, R]
MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing

Statistics (Choose one of the following)

GEOG 2330, MATH 2311, PSCI 2312, PSYC 2330, QMTH 2330, or SOC 2321
The 15 hours of lower-division business courses and a basic statistics course must be completed prior to enrollment in upper-division courses.

Electives (6 hours)

Approved upper-division HLTH courses

[3.3] Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies

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The Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies was the first BS program in Addiction Studies in Arkansas. The degree has two tracks: Prevention and Treatment. The degree requires successful completion of 120 hours including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements (see the UCA Core requirements) and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using designated courses; (2) degree requirements; (3) major courses as listed below; and (4) upper-division hours.

Elective and required science courses are used to satisfy the lower-division UCA Core requirements in Diversity, Critical Inquiry, Responsible Living and Communication. Students may take HLTH 2320 to fulfill the First Year Seminar requirement for Responsible Living as well as the Social Science requirement.

For the prevention track upper-division UCA Core requirements, students will take HLTH 3300 for Communication, HLTH 3301 for Responsible Living, HLTH 3320 for Critical Inquiry, and HLTH 4600 for the UCA Core capstone. The upper-division diversity course will be an elective chosen with approval of the program advisor.

For the treatment track upper-division UCA Core requirements, students will take H SC 4321 for Critical Inquiry, H SC 4314 for the Diversity requirement and H SC 4610 for the UCA Core capstone requirement. The additional UCA Core upper-division courses will be taken as electives with approval of the program advisor.

[3.3.1] Core Courses and Related Requirements

Both the Prevention and the Treatment tracks require the following Addiction Studies core courses (9 hours):

HLTH 2320 Mental health
HLTH 3315 Theory and Practice of Prevention
HLTH 4312 Drug Education

Related requirements for the prevention and treatment tracks (17 hours):

MATH 2311 Elementary Statistics or PSYC 2330 Psychological Statistics or SOC 2321 Social Statistics
BIOL 2405 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL Elective to fulfill BS degree requirements
HSC 4321 Co-occurring Disorders in Addiction Treatment [UD UCA Core: I]
HSC 4380 Research Methods for Health Science

[3.3.2] Prevention Track

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Requirements for the Prevention track (25 hours):

H SC 3120 Prevention Practicum
HLTH 3300 Methods and Materials for Health Promotion [UD UCA Core: C]
HLTH 3301 The Health Promotion Profession [UD UCA Core: R]
HLTH 3320 Epidemiological Research [UD UCA Core: I]
HLTH 4300 Community Health Problems
HLTH 4331 Program Planning and Evaluation
HLTH 4370 Administration of Health Programs [UD UCA Core: C]
HLTH 4600 Health Promotion Internship [UD UCA Core: Z]

Remaining credits (31) may be selected for a declared minor or from recommended courses selected in consultation with the departmental advisor.

[3.3.3] Treatment Track

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Requirements for the Treatment track:

HLTH 2201 First Aid
H SC 2310 Addiction Counseling: Theory and Practice
H SC 2320 Addictions: Assessment, Intervention and Treatment Planning
H SC 2330 Etiology and Epidemiology of Addiction
H SC 3310 Group Counseling Skills
H SC 3320 Legal and Ethical Issues in Addictions
H SC 3330 Family Systems and Addiction
H SC 4610 Practicum in Substance Abuse [UD UCA Core: Z]
One of the following courses must be chosen for the Treatment track:
PSYC 2370 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 4300 Theories of Personality
Electives for Treatment track:
H SC 4314 Multicultural Counseling [UD UCA Core: D]

Remaining credits (27) may be selected for a declared minor or from recommended courses selected in consultation with the departmental advisor.

[3.3.4] Minor in Addiction Studies – Treatment

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The minor in addiction studies requires successful completion of 18 hours of course work, including the following:

H SC 2310 Addiction Counseling: Theory and Practice
H SC 2320 Addictions: Assessment, Intervention and Treatment Planning
H SC 2330 Etiology and Epidemiology of Addiction
H SC 3310 Group Counseling Skills
H SC 3320 Legal and Ethical Issues in Addictions
H SC 3330 Family Systems and Addiction

This is an appropriate minor for any student majoring in a health, behavioral, or social science field. Any student graduating with a degree in any of these fields would enhance their employment potential by having a minor in Addiction Studies. Students with a minor in Addiction Studies would be qualified for entry level addiction treatment positions in residential treatment facilities, the criminal justice system, drug courts, and outpatient substance abuse treatment facilities in addition to positions in other fields that involve potential contact with a chemically dependent clientele. In addition to increasing employability, it would also provide students the opportunity to serve the greater good by providing them with the tools to assist those afflicted with the disease of addiction.

[4] Allied Health Programs

[4.1] Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

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Medical laboratory science (also known as medical technology) is a profession that is practiced almost exclusively in hospitals or diagnostic clinics. These specialists perform the laboratory tests ordered by physicians and are the only laboratory technicians who are qualified to work independently of supervisory personnel. Upon completion of the professional program, the graduate is eligible to take various certification examinations required for licensure.

The Department of Health Sciences, in cooperation with Baptist Health, offers a Bachelor of Science degree in medical laboratory science. Three years of this program are taken on the UCA campus, and the fourth is completed in the hospital-associated teaching laboratories.

Requirements for the degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 79 semester hours described below with at least a 2.5 GPA is necessary for application to the professional curriculum. In order to receive credit toward a degree from the university, the student must apply and be admitted to UCA prior to enrolling in the professional curriculum in medical technology. In all cases students will be required to complete a total of 120 hours with a minimum of 30 hours of residence credit.
  2. Acceptance into the clinical program in medical technology at Baptist Health.
  3. Completion of the professional curriculum with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

The curriculum for medical laboratory science is shown in the table below. Note that students wishing to earn the BS in Medical Laboratory Science must satisfy the requirements of the the lower-division UCA Core (see the UCA Core requirements).
This degree is exempt from upper-division (UD) Core requirements. Consult the program advisor for specific details of the UCA Core as it applies to the BS in Medical Laboratory Science.

Preprofessional Curriculum SCH
TOTAL 79
UCA Core courses not listed below 27
Specified UCA Core and other required courses:
MATH 1390 or above 3
CSCI 1300 or MIS 2343 3
BIOL 1440, 1441, 2405, 2411 16
CHEM 1450, 1451, 2401, 3411 16
Electives 14
Professional Curriculum SCH
TOTAL 41
Immunology 1
Immunohematology 1
Hematology 4
Body Fluids 1
Clinical Microbiology 4
Clinical Chemistry 4
Lab Fundamentals 1
Seminar II 1
Management/Education 1
Clinical Internship I 5
Clinical Internship II 5
Clinical Internship III 6
Clinical Internship IV 7

[4.2] Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology

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The nuclear medicine technologist (NMT) is a highly skilled professional who utilizes radioactive materials to image the function of different organs, analyze biologic specimens, and treat certain diseases. The responsibilities of the NMT are varied and can include radiation safety, quality control, radiopharmaceutical preparation and administration, the performance of diagnostic imaging procedures on patients, and computer acquisition and analysis of data. The NMT works closely with nuclear medicine physicians, radiologists, and referring patient physicians in order to ensure that each patient receives the highest quality study possible.

The clinical program at Baptist Health College Little Rock is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).
The Department of Health Sciences in cooperation with Baptist Health College Little Rock (BHCLR) offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nuclear medicine technology. The degree requirements consist of 3 years and 73 hours of course work at UCA and 47 hours taken over 12 months at BHCLR. In order to receive credit toward a degree from UCA, the student must apply, be admitted to UCA, and complete the prerequisite course work prior to selective admission into the clinical curriculum at BHCLR. Students may transfer into the nuclear medicine program, but they must complete a minimum of 30 hours of on-campus course work at the University of Central Arkansas prior to selective admission into the clinical curriculum at BHSLR.

Admission and acceptance into the clinical curriculum at BHCLR is on a competitive basis. Applicants are required to have earned a composite score of 21 or higher on the ACT to be eligible at Baptist Health Schools Little Rock. Additionally, students applying to the clinical phase must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all undergraduate course work to be considered eligible for the clinical phase of the nuclear medicine program at BHCLR, with a final grade of “C” or higher on certain prerequisite courses (see the list below). The application deadline for the clinical phase of the nuclear medicine program is March 1, and classes begin in July at BHCLR.

Information concerning the clinical curriculum and requests for applications should be directed to BHCLR. All questions regarding prerequisite course work should be directed to the UCA nuclear medicine technology advisor.

[4.2.1] Prerequisite Curriculum at UCA (73 hours)

The UCA Core: Complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements (see the UCA Core requirements). This degree is exempt from upper-division (UD) Core requirements. Consult the program advisors for specific details of the UCA Core as it applies to the BS in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

Other required courses (some of these courses are part of the 38-hour lower-division UCA Core): CHEM 1450, 1451, 2401; MATH 1390; BIOL 1440, 2406, 2407; CSCI 1300 or MIS 2343; PHYS 1410, 1420; Statistics (MATH 2311 or PSYC 2330 or SOC 2321 or ECON 2330).

Baptist Health College Little Rock requires that an applicant have earned a final grade of “C” or better in the following prerequisite courses:

College Algebra
General Chemistry with Laboratory
General Physics
Human Anatomy and Physiology (two courses, each with a laboratory)
Humanities course
Oral Communications course
Written Communications course
Social Science course

[4.2.2] Professional Curriculum at BMC (47 hours)

NMT 4100, 4210, 4410, 4415, 4420, 4425, 4325, 4435, 4430, 4315, 4320, 4330, 4440, 4215, 4220. Note: Baptist Health Schools Little Rock requires all prerequisites to be complete prior to the program start date. All but one course must be in progress at the time of application to BMC.

[4.3] Bachelor of Science in Radiography

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The field of radiology has evolved over the past 100 years into one of the most valuable diagnostic tools in medicine. The discovery of X-rays in 1895 has had a great impact on the medical world. This imaging application of X-Rays parallels the development of diagnostic radiology. Services provided range from routine chest films to an elaborate study of body systems that involves tremendously complicated and expensive equipment. The final results of the examination represent the combined efforts of the Radiologic Technologist (the person who takes the X-rays) and a Radiologist (a physician who specializes in the interpretation of the X-ray films and other forms of imaging for diagnosis and treatment). Radiologic technologists may work in departments with the use of modern radiographic and fluoroscopic tools; general vascular and cardiovascular units, nuclear medicine; emergency rooms; and day surgery facilities. Radiologic technologists can be trained in the use of computerized axial tomography (CT scans) and magnetic resonance imaging, commonly called MRI.

The Department of Health Sciences, in cooperation with Baptist Health College Little Rock and St. Vincent Health System Little Rock, offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in radiography. The BS program in Radiography does not require a minor. The degree requirements consist of 61 hours of prerequisite course work at UCA and 60 hours taken over 24 months at Baptist Health College Little Rock or St. Vincent Health System Little Rock. In order to receive credit toward a degree from UCA, the student must apply, be admitted to UCA, and complete the prerequisite course work prior to selective admission into the clinical curriculum at an affiliated hospital radiography program. Students may transfer into the radiography program, but they must complete a minimum of 30 hours of on-campus course work at the University of Central Arkansas prior to selective admission into the clinical curriculum at an affiliated hospital’s radiography program. Admission and acceptance into the clinical curriculum at an affiliated hospital is on a competitive basis. Students applying to the clinical phase must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all undergraduate course work to be considered eligible for the clinical phase of the radiography program. Applicants are required to have the results of the ACT with a composite score of 19 or higher, and a score of 17 or higher in Math & Sciences to be eligible at Baptist Health College Little Rock. The application deadline for the clinical phase of the radiography program is March 1st and classes begin in early July. Information concerning the clinical curriculum and requests for applications should be directed to the affiliated hospital programs. All questions regarding prerequisite course work should be directed to the UCA radiography advisor.

The clinical curriculum is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Graduates of the professional curriculum are eligible for examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

[4.3.1] Prerequisite Curriculum at UCA (61 hours)

  1. The UCA Core: Complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements (see the UCA Core requirements). This degree is exempt from upper-division (UD) Core requirements. Consult the program advisors for specific details of the UCA Core as it applies to the BS in Radiography.
  2. Other required courses (courses in this list marked with “*” should be used to fulfill the appropriate general education requirement):
    CSCI 1300 or MIS 2343
    * PSYC 1300
    PSYC 3360 or 4320
    * BIOL 1400 or 1440
    BIOL 2406
    BIOL 2407
    * PHYS 1405
    * MATH 1390
  3. Applicants are required to schedule and complete a tour of both hospital facilities prior to applying.
  4. Baptist Health College requires 6-8 hours of observation in the field of Radiography. St. Vincent highly recommends applicants complete some observation hours prior to applying.

[4.3.2] Clinical Curriculum at an affiliated hospital program (60 hours)

RADG 2110, 2111, 2113, 2114, 2121, 2130, 2223, 2224, 2231, 2232, 2233, 2420, 2115, 3140, 3141, 3142, 3243, 3144, 3150, 3151, 3250, 3340, 3530 (BHCLR only), 3801, 3900 (SV only), 3901, 4162, 4164, and 4261.

Note: To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in radiography, the student must complete the hospital phase at an affiliate-based radiography program. All prerequisite course work must be complete prior to the program start date.

[5] Master’s Degree

See the Graduate Bulletin.

[6] Course Links (HLTH, H SC, MD T, NMT, RADG)

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