The University of Southern Mississippi's newly approved Allied Health
program will offer graduates of community college allied health
programs the opportunity to enhance their skills and employment
options in allied health management or allied health education.
Health degree is a cooperative venture with the community colleges
to meet the needs of allied health care professionals in south Mississippi,"
said Dr. Joan Exline, interim dean of the College of Health. "This
degree will allow allied health professionals to obtain additional
education and create promotional opportunities for them."
approved last week by the Institutions of Higher Education, will
assist community college graduates of programs such as respiratory
care, radiology technology, and dental hygiene. Initially, the program
will be offered via traditional instructional routes and with current
online courses reviewed by the Academic Council regarding delivery
and library support. Student advisement will be managed by the Community
the paperwork turned in to IHL by officials of the College of Health,
the curriculum of the Allied Health baccalaureate program includes
a core set of courses in community health and health promotion that
all students are required to complete. Students will select either
the health management or education emphasis area for additional
coursework, depending on their career goals. The program will use
existing courses, faculty, and facilities and will be administered
within an existing department.
Since the Community
Health bachelor of science degree is currently offered on campus,
the Allied Health degree program can utilize many of the courses
already offered by the Community Health degree program, as well
as courses from other degree programs, including Medical Technology,
Nutrition, Nursing, Speech and Hearing, Social Work, and Technology
wanted to include the Allied Health program because the state of
Mississippi does not have a similar program to assist two-year allied
health graduates with career advancement. The only programs for
the two-year allied health professional are discipline-specific
offered only at the graduate level or offered in other states.
with allied health faculty at Pearl River Community College, we
found that there was student interest," Exline said. In addition,
three other community colleges with allied health programs - Mississippi
Gulf Coast Community College, Copiah-Lincoln Community College and
Meridian Community College - are located within a two-hour radius
of Hattiesburg. With this program in place, university officials
say that graduates of the baccalaureate Allied Health program would
be more capable of assuming managerial and educational roles in
new Allied Health baccalaureate program will provide associate degree
allied health graduates the opportunity of obtaining educational
coursework required for managerial or educational positions,"
said Dr. Jane Hudson, interim associate dean of the College of Health.
"The university looks forward to working with graduates of
the associate degree allied health programs as they advance in their
careers and endeavor to provide better health care for the citizens