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Allied Health Leadership Concentration

Allied Health Online Degree Completion Program

Allied Health Leadership Online Completion Program


For more Information
about the program, admissions, tuition, or financial aid and for transcript evaluations contact:

Kay Benincasa
Phone: (423)-439-5052


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


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2 students in the clinic: "Every online instructor in the program was very engaged and responded very quickly to messages. Obtaining my B.S. degree from ETSU has led to a life-changing career opportunity for me." -LuAnne Buck '14

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).

flexible scheduling

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.

Contact Kay Benincasa to have your transcript evaluated to see how many bridge credits you can receive.

Admissions Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Allied Health Leadership concentration must meet the following criteria:

  1. College GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (developmental studies grades/quality points excluded)

  2. 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)

  3. Licensed or eligible for professional licensure in discipline.


Graduation Requirements

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 4030 - Professional Issues
  • ALHE 4040 - Managing Allied Health Profession
  • ALHE 4060 - Research in Allied Health
  • ALHE 4070 - Leadership in Allied Health
  • ALHE 3050 - Culture and Diversity
  • HSMP 3200 - Health Services Administration
  • HSMP 3220 - Health Services Planning
  • ALHE 4080 - Capstone

*** upon successful completion of ALHE 3010 & ALHE 4070, Leadership students may be awarded 0 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 Pre-grade evaluation is completed and submitted to the Graduation Office.

General Education Courses Completed - may be completed through ETSU or any 2-4 year regionally accredited college or university

Additional Science Requirements (please consult with 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 earned semester credit hours:

  • 30 hours (10 classes) must be earned at ETSU.
  • 50 must be earned at a senior institution (NOTE: Cognate hours are included in the 50 hour requirement.
  • 6 crediits in the major must be earned at ETSU.

Students must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all courses (ETSU, including transfer) and published requirements for the major and/or concentration and the minor, if applicable.

All students must demonstrate computer proficiency by either successfully completing CSCI 1100 or by passing a proficiency exam.




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. 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 or by phone at 423-439-5052 for advisement and transcript evaluation. Students may either  unofficial copies of transcripts or fax them with a cover sheet to 423-543-0549. Periodic advising and re-evaluation of transcripts is strongly recommended. 

Registration is determined by earned credit hours.
Online classes fill quickly. Students should register for classes as soon as they are eligible for registration and after speaking with an advisor.

To request a permit for an ALHE course and/or course substitutions, 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. eCampus 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, for questions about the accreditation of East Tennessee State University.







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"I was able to complete my Bachelors degree quickly, affordably, and conveniently. I never thought it would be possible but ETSU's program made it possible. Thank You!"


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"One of the important aspects of the program for me was the flexible scheduling. I had a full-time job and family. The program fit my needs very well."


 out of state students pay 50% of out of state tuition


"The #1 thing about this program for me was that it was 100% online. I couldn't have done it otherwise. I was very pleased with my online statistics professor. She went above and beyond to help me succeed!"


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"For me, the ability to take only online classes was very important. Everyone in
the program was very helpful and whenever I had any questions the professors answered them quickly."

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"This is quality teaching. I just finished the online program and have already recommended it to
my co-workers."



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