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Allied Health

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Allied Health

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Program Chair’s Welcome

 

Welcome to the School of Allied Health. A school under the College of Health Professions, the School of Allied Health was created to meet the growing need for mid-career adults in human services, health care management and medical imaging. We offer our students a dynamic learning opportunity in modality we call FLEX in the fields of Human Services and in Health Care Management. Both career paths are focused on the mid-career student who has a need to learn in this environment that supports the needs of the mature learner. Our medical imaging program is offered in both a degree completion format for those who already possess a two-year technical degree in radiologic technology and those students new to academia and with plans to complete their degree at a local hospital or a technical program that offers the two-year degree upon completion of the Anderson University core requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. For students interested in our Health Sciences major, these degrees prepare these practitioners to be resources that bridge health disparity gaps across our community.

With Anderson University’s dedicated faculty, small classes, and state-of-the-art technology and facilities, the School of Allied health has created a student and career-driven learning environment. Our history indicates that our students are ready to enter their chosen fields immediately after graduation. It’s just one more way we are meeting our students’ career needs with outstanding health care professionals.

We are delighted that you are here and excited about preparing the next generation of allied health professionals.

Sincerely,

Donald M. Peace, Ph.D., FACHE
Dean, College of Health Professions, 
Chair, School of Allied Health

As you may know, health care is large spectrum and embodies many different roles. There are certain careers that usually first come to mind when considering healthcare, but you may have also heard about allied health professionals. As a patient in the healthcare system, most likely you have been provided care by one of these professionals. Allied health professionals are involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders, dietary and nutrition services, and rehabilitation and health systems management, to name a few.

What is Allied Health

Careers in allied health roles comprise about 60% of healthcare positions in the United States. These jobs can be either focused on providing patient care or could possibly be behind the scenes. Healthcare occupations in allied health includes everything from administrative positions to rehabilitative work to diagnostic professionals. Career paths as respiratory therapist, laboratory technologist, radiology technologist and many others are all considered allied health professionals.

Allied health professionals are highly sought after and are in great demand nationally and usually have higher than average pay.

Where do Allied Health professionals work

Allied health professionals work in a variety of environments to include acute care hospitals, clinics, home healthcare, free standing diagnostic centers, urgent care centers, outpatient surgical centers, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, as well as specialized outpatient services such as hemodialysis, dentistry, podiatry, chemotherapy, laboratories, behavioral health treatment facilities, just to name a few.

At Anderson University, the School of Allied Health is comprised of three academic programs to include General Human Services, Behavioral Health, Gerontology, Healthcare Management, and Medical Imaging. All educational programs are approved and accredited by the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools.

Faculty

Donald Peace

Donald M. Peace Jr.

Dean, College of Health Professions
Chair, School of Allied Health
864.231.2134 | Email

eliesha

Eleisha Garland

Lecturer of Human Services,
Coordinator of Competency
Based Education
Email

Kolby Redd

Kolby T. Redd

Assistant Professor of Health and
Human Services Management
803.238.3909 | Email

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Educational requirements vary from degree to degree.

For Human Services degree 31 Credit Hours are required in the University Core Requirements, 45 Credit Hours  are required in the  Human Services Major Core Requirements,  9 Credit Hours in any of the specializations of Behavioral Health or Gerontology Concentrations,  6 Credit Hours  in our Cognate Course Requirements, and 30 Credit Hours  in General Electives. 

For student seeking a career in Health Care Management, these students are required to complete 31 credit hours of the University Core Requirements, 45 hours in the Healthcare Management core requirements, 9 hours in the academic concentration, 6 hours in Cognate Courses, and 30 hours of general electives.

Students enrolled in the Health Science degree options with a concetration in Medical Imaging include 32 credit hours in the University Core, 40 credit hours of radiology technology courses will be taught at AnMed Health Radiology Technology program or through one of the state’s technical colleges that offers programs of study in radiology technology, 18 credit hours in the Health Care Core curriculum, 11 credit hours in specified Cognate courses and 19 hours of general electives.

Outcomes

Student learning outcomes are discipline specific; the following are the primary outcomes that are important for each area of study.  Our students’ success is benchmarked throughout the program to assure that successful completion of each program is made. 

Human Services students are expected to master the following outcomes for success. 

School of Science and Medical Imaging

School of Health Sciences in Medical Imaging expected outcomes include means and objective that will prepare students to become competent and compassionate entry-level radiologic technologists. Outcomes upon completion of the program assure graduates are able to:

Four Dots Perform a variety of radiographic procedures safely and effectively
Four Dots Demonstrate a thorough understanding of radiation physics and protection
Four Dots Apply critical thinking skills to solve problems and make decisions in the clinical setting
Four Dots Communicate effectively with patients, healthcare providers, and other team members
Four Dots Maintain professionalism and ethical standards in all aspects of practice

Students are expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

Radiation Physics and Protection
Four Dots Understand the principles of radiation physics and dosimetry
Four Dots Apply radiation protection principles to minimize patient and occupational exposure to radiation
Four Dots Properly utilize personal protective equipment (PPE)
Four Dots Implement radiation safety protocols and procedures

Image Production
Four Dots Demonstrate proficiency in performing a variety of radiographic procedures using various imaging modalities
Four Dots Apply positioning techniques to obtain high-quality diagnostic images

Four Dots Evaluate radiographic images for artifacts and technical errors
Four Dots Utilize image processing software to enhance and manipulate images

Patient Care
Four Dots Provide patient-centered care by demonstrating empathy, compassion, and respect
Four Dots Educate patients about imaging procedures and address their concerns

Four Dots Assist patients with positioning and movement during imaging procedures
Four Dots Maintain a sterile and safe environment for all imaging procedures

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
Four Dots Analyze and interpret radiographic images to identify potential abnormalities
Four Dots Apply critical thinking skills to troubleshoot technical problems and make clinical decisions
Four Dots Utilize evidence-based practices to guide patient care
Four Dots Collaborate with healthcare providers to ensure optimal patient outcomes

Communication and Professionalism
Four Dots Communicate effectively with patients, healthcare providers, and other team members in a clear, concise, and professional manner
Four Dots Document patient information accurately and completely
Four Dots Demonstrate professionalism and ethical behavior in all aspects of practice
Four Dots Maintain confidentiality of patient information

Students’ progress towards achieving the learning outcomes are assessed through a variety of methods, including written exams, practical skills demonstrations, and clinical evaluations. Students will also be required to complete a portfolio of their work to demonstrate their competency in all areas of the program.

Contact

For any questions about programs within the School of Allied Health. Please contact Dr. Don Peace at dpeace@andersonuniversity.edu

For Admission Questions, please contact Office of Admissions at 864-328-1835.