For more Information
about the program, admissions, tuition, or financial aid and for transcript evaluations
College of Clinical &
Rehabilitative Health Sciences
East Tennessee State University
P.O. Box 70282
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: (423) 439-7454
Fax: (423) 439-4240
The BSAH online degree completion program in Allied Health Leadership is designed
for healthcare providers in medical fields such as medical assisting, medical laboratory technology, cardiovascular
technology, physical therapy assistant, and occupational therapy assistant to obtain
a baccalaureate degree by using more of their credit hours than normally transfer
to a four-year institution.
In this program, students will build on their existing knowledge and enhance their communication, critical
thinking, problem solving, research, and leadership skills. The program is extremely flexible in order to accommodate working health care providers
and offers enrollment throughout the academic year (fall, spring, and summer semesters).
Most four-year universities do not allow a majority of allied health credit hour transfers
from community colleges, but we are not like most universities. ETSU gives A.A.S.
graduates the opportunity to transfer allied health professional course credit hours from a community college.
We accept up to 30 bridge credit hours for this program. Contact Kay Benincasa to
have your transcript evaluated to see how many bridge credits you can receive.
Students seeking admission to the Allied Health Leadership concentration must meet
the following criteria:
- College GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (developmental studies grades/quality
- Official transcripts and proof of graduation from an accredited allied health Associate
of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program (i.e. Med Lab Tech, Medical Assistant, OTA, PTA) or Hold certification* in a medically related field; (*additional intensive courses are
required for graduation)
- Licensed or eligible for professional licensure in discipline.
In order to complete the program students need:
- 36 semester credit hours (12 courses) must be completed through ETSU:
- ALHE 3010 - Allied Health Professionals (enroll 1st semester)***
- ALHE 4010 - Teach and Learn for Allied Health
- ALHE 3040 - Interprofessional Allied Health Teams
- ALHE 4100 - Information Management for Allied Health
- ALHE 4040 - Managing Allied Health Profession
- ALHE 4060 - Research in Allied Health
- ALHE 4070 - Leadership in Allied Health
- COBH 3330 - Cultural Competence and Spirituality in Health Care
- HSMP 3200 - Health Services Administration
- HSMP 3220 - Health Services Planning
- ORCO 3240 - Organizational Communication
- COBH 4607 - Gerontology and Health
*** upon successful completion of ALHE 3010 & ALHE 4070, Leadership students may be
awarded up to 27 to 30 field cognate (bridge credit) hours. A grade of "P" will be entered for ALHE 2010 (2 credit hours) and 2020 (3 credit
hours). Field cognate hours are awarded in the senior year when the Major Program
Sheet is completed by the advisor and submitted to the Graduation Office. Advisement with Kay Benincasa is necessary to see how many bridge credits you qualify
- General Education Courses Completed - may be completed through ETSU or any 2-4 year regionally accredited college
Additional Science Requirements (please consult with Kay Benincasa to ensure courses taken transfer into ETSU):
- Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits) - satisfies gen.ed. science requirement
- Chemistry (4 credit hours)
- Microbiology (4 credit hours)
- A total of 120 semester credit hours completed
*Some students may need to take more than the 10 required online courses from ETSU, depending
on their fullfillment of general education courses and core courses.
Send your transcript &
Find out how many courses you need.
For this program, in-state students pay the online undergraduate rate. Out-of-state
students pay the e-rate online undergraduate rate.
*Tuition and fees subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents without notice.
The cost in the chart may not reflect current rates that have been adjusted. For updated
information, please visit the Bursar's web site for current tuition and fees.
Interested in the program?
Contact Kay Benincasa by email or by phone at 423-439-5052 for advisement and transcript evaluation. Students may either email unofficial copies of transcripts or fax them with a cover sheet to 423-439-5063.
Periodic advising and re-evaluation of transcripts is strongly recommended.
Registration is determined by earned credit hours. Online classes fill quickly, so students should register for classes as soon as they
are eligible to register and after meeting with an advisor
To request a permit for an ALHE course and/or course substitutions, email Ms. Benincasa or call 423-439-5052. Permits for courses outside the Department of
Allied Health Sciences are issued by the department offering the course. RODP courses used as substitutes may require an on-site proctor for testing. If you would like more information, please contact the Testing Center at 423-439-6708.
East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist,
and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur,
Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, or http://www.sacscoc.org, for questions about the accreditation of East Tennessee State University.
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