Judy Fellows, Associate Dean
Sugar Hall 151-C
The mission of the School of Health Professions is to educate practitioners to meet the diverse health care needs of the citizens of Louisiana and beyond. The School, as an academic unit of the College, embraces the educational philosophy of the University and fulfills the purpose of specialized professional education by offering programs of study in dental hygiene, health studies, kinesiology, medical laboratory science, occupational therapy assistant, radiologic technology and speech-language pathology with opportunities to work in interdisciplinary teams. In addition, the School provides continuing education to meet the needs of health care providers in northeast Louisiana, provides professional service to the community, and promotes the development of each profession through scholarly activity. Graduate program information for Counseling, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Occupational Therapy programs can be found in the Graduate Catalog.
Graduates of the School of Health Professions obtain professional positions in hospitals, schools, clinics, private practice, laboratories, medical offices, and fitness centers. They are also qualified to apply to professional or graduate programs where they successfully compete with students from throughout the United States.
Admission criteria for the professional programs in the School of Health Professions are included in the sections describing each academic program. Note that prior criminal conviction may have a bearing on admission decisions for students applying to the various professional programs within the School of Health Professions. The majority of the programs require that students pass a background check and drug screen. Failing to pass the drug screen will result in dismissal from the College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
All majors in baccalaureate curricula with the School of Health Professions, having pre-professional and professional segments, complete a 42-hour general education core curriculum consisting of English, 6 hours; Mathematics, 6 hours; Natural Sciences, 9 hours; Fine Arts, 3 hours; Humanities, 9 hours; and Social Sciences, 6 hours; University Seminar (1); and University Capstone, 3 hours.
DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM
Chaney, Anderson, Richardson, Whorton
Bachelor of Science
The Dental Hygiene curriculum is composed of two segments, pre-dental hygiene and professional dental hygiene. Pre-dental hygiene is the segment comprising four academic semesters, or the equivalent, in an accredited college or university. It is concerned with instruction in general education and the basic physical and biological sciences to prepare the student for professional dental hygiene. The professional program in dental hygiene consists of four academic semesters, one summer session, or the equivalent, after admission to the professional program in dental hygiene. It is concerned with instruction in professional dental hygiene courses to prepare the student for the professional practice of dental hygiene.
Off campus clinical activities are required of each student. Students are financially responsible for these activities.
The Dental Hygiene Program, an educational section of the College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences, derives its purposes and functions from the mission statement of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Our primary purpose is to provide quality education to all dental hygiene students, without discrimination, while recognizing and respecting the dignity of each individual. To fulfill this purpose, we are committed to providing this education by promoting scholarly activity in dental hygiene theory and practice. We are committed to contributing to the oral health needs of the community by providing high quality care in a cost efficient manner. We promote the educational growth and development of each individual through lifelong learning.
Admission to Pre-Dental Hygiene
Applicants for admission to the Pre-Dental Hygiene curriculum must meet the general admission requirements for admission to the University. Applications are to be submitted to the University Admissions Office.
Admission to the Dental Hygiene Curriculum (Traditional Students)
The Dental Hygiene curriculum offers clinical instruction in its educational program as required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Admissions are determined annually based upon the availability of clinical facilities. Questions regarding out-of-state residents should be directed to the Dental Hygiene Office.
Applicants for admission to the professional program in the Dental Hygiene curriculum, in addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the University, must meet the following requirements:
- Submission of an application to the University of Louisiana at Monroe and acceptance by the University
- An earned 2.75 uncorrected grade point average, or above, in all previous course work at all higher institutions of attendance,
- Completion of a minimum of 40 hours Pre-Dental Hygiene pre-requisites prior to application on February 1st
- Completion of a minimum of 20 hours Pre-Dental Hygiene prerequisite science hours (includes Math and Nutrition) prior to application on February 1st
- Submission of an official copy of The American College Test (ACT) to both the Admissions Office, http://www.ulm.edu/admissions/ and the Dental Hygiene Office, 700 University Avenue; Caldwell Hall, Room 210, Monroe, LA 71209-0420.
- Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to both the Admissions Office and the Dental Hygiene Office. Grades earned in remedial and/or developmental courses will not be included in determining the grade point average. Additionally, international students must submit a satisfactory score on The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. Due to the utilization of objective criteria in processing applications, attainment of minimum requirements in the Pre-Dental Hygiene Curriculum does not necessarily guarantee admission to the professional Dental Hygiene program. Students accepted into the professional Dental Hygiene Program are required to fulfill immunization requirements of the ULM Student Health Services.
- Completion and submission of a Dental Hygiene application to the Dental Hygiene Program Director by February 1st of the year the student seeks admission for the fall semester. Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee. Students who do not meet minimum requirements on the day of registration will not be permitted to register in the Dental Hygiene Curriculum. Course work required for the professional program will be based on the catalog in effect at the time of admission to the professional program.
Online Degree Program
The online degree completion program builds upon the knowledge obtained at the associate degree level with additional courses in liberal arts, science, psychology, education and upper division courses in Dental Hygiene. The program is designed to prepare students to meet the challenge of the changing health care delivery system, to develop expertise in clinical and classroom education, and to establish a foundation for graduate study.
Admission to the Online Degree Completion Program
This online degree program is designed for hygienists who have completed an associate degree program and desire to continue their education toward a baccalaureate degree. Dental hygienists who have an active license in at least one state and have passed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination will be awarded 42 semester credit hours. Basic requirements and credentials for admission are:
- Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program with a minimum of a 2.5 average;
- Successful completion of the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination, and licensure in at least one state;
- Complete college transcripts;
- Application for admission to the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Following acceptance, an individual curriculum will be developed for each student depending upon:
- the college courses completed previously
- the time lapse since the associate degree was awarded
- current clinical experience.
For additional information regarding the Online Degree Completion Program, go to the following site: http://www.ulm.edu/onlinedegrees/bs_dh.html
Retention in the Dental Hygiene Curriculum
Dental Hygiene students will be allowed to progress in the dental hygiene curriculum provided that the student
- maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 at the end of each semester in all dental hygiene courses for that semester and all preceding semesters.
- does not make an F in any dental hygiene course.
Failure of a student to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 at the end of each semester or receiving a grade of F in any dental hygiene course, will result in dismissal from the dental hygiene program.
Safe and Ethical Practices: Students are expected to conform to safe and ethical practices as stipulated in the ADHA Code of Ethics, ULM Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual, the ULM Student Policy Manual and Organizational Handbook, ULM Environmental Health and Safety Manual. Failure to do so could result in dismissal from the program.
Readmission to the Dental Hygiene Curriculum
A student who is suspended, dismissed or who has resigned from the professional Dental Hygiene program and wishes to re-apply, must do so through a written request to the Dental Hygiene Admissions and Academic Standards Committee. Readmission is not guaranteed. If the student is readmitted, the Committee will determine the individual coursework to be taken by the readmitted student. Completion of the program must be within 4 years of the initial entry into the program.
HEALTH STUDIES PROGRAM
Dolecheck, Starks, Theodos
Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (BSHS)
The vision of the Health Studies major is to provide an innovative model of undergraduate education at ULM. The major is committed to researching the evolving trends in the healthcare industry and the corresponding needs of Louisiana’s healthcare workforce. Our mission is to prepare graduates with a firm foundation in health science education that will support entry into mid-level managerial positions in the healthcare industry or to enter graduate education in a health-related field. Our purpose is to produce highly competent, ethical, professional health leaders who can effect change for the better in the healthcare industry. Our goal is to use the most effective teaching imaginable and establish a student-centered learning environment where undergraduates can expand their knowledge and skills.
Students who seek admission to ULM must meet general admission requirements for admission to the University. Applications to ULM are submitted to the University Admissions Office - www.ulm.edu/prospectivestudents/. Students entering the BSHS degree program with transfer credit must request a transcript review from the program to determine what coursework will be credited to the degree plan. A minimum of 31 hours of credit in the BSHS degree program must be successfully completed at ULM in order to receive the B.S. degree.
Students majoring in the Health Studies program must meet these requirements to progress toward degree completion.
- A grade of “C” or better is required for all HLST courses, core ENGL, core Math, core Natural Sciences, AHSC 2000 , ENGL 3021 , ECON 2001 , FINA 3015 , MGMT 3001 and MGMT 3005 .
- A minimum 2.75 cumulative grade-point average in all HLST courses is required for progression to HLST Practicum II in the student’s senior year.
- A grade of “D” in HLST courses is non-progressive; the course must be repeated with a minimum grade of “C” before a student can progress to the next sequential course.
Students are expected to meet additional academic requirements and follow procedures to register for HLST 4003 - Practicum II . Students who seek to register for HLST 4003 in the spring semester, must submit their intent to register form in the fall semester by the designated due date to the Practicum Coordinator. Students who seek to register for HLST 4003 in the summer and fall semesters must submit the intent to register form in the spring semester by the designated due date. The intent to register form is located on the Health Studies Prograrm webpage with due dates listed. There is a course fee for HLST 4003 in addition to regular semester fees. Students must meet and recognize the following requirements to register for HLST 4003 .
- Declared a major in BSHS.
- Completion of 90 credits in the BSHS curriculum.
- Completion of all 2000 and 3000 level HLST courses.
- Good standing with the University.
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.0.
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 with a “C” or better in all HLST courses.
- Application and approval for progression to the HLST 4003 .
Students can select from a variety of classes at ULM that will serve as Health Studies electives. Potential Health Studies electives are listed on Flightpath for student convenience.
BSHS Degree Program
The Health Studies Program offers a BSHS degree either through in-class attendance or online. The undergraduate program offers on-campus education with two options while the online offering is limited to the Healthcare Management/Marketing (HSMM) option only:
- Health Studies, Pre-Professional Health Studies Option, B.S. (519999) : This option is for those students who plan to seek admission to post-baccalaureate graduate programs such as occupational therapy (OT) or other health-related graduate schools. The Pre-Professional Health Studies option can be customized to include necessary requirements for admission to health professions graduate programs.
- Health Studies, Healthcare Management/Marketing Option, B.S. (519999) : This option is for those students who desire a terminal undergraduate degree for mid-level managerial employment in healthcare. This option incorporates the same core Health Studies courses as the Pre-Professional Health Studies Option and includes additional management and marketing courses.
- Health Studies, Healthcare Management/Marketing Option, B.S. (519999) : Non-traditional students may earn a BSHS degree 100% online following the Healthcare Management/Marketing degree plan option. Students must meet specific admission requirements to be accepted into the BSHS online degree program. These requirements include:
- Meet general admission requirements for admission to ULM.
- Meet requirements for freshman level English and Math.
- HSPP, HSMM and DLHS options have adequate elective credits to allow students to design a course of study in an area of their interest (e.g. a minor in Psychology, Gerontology, Finance, Business Administration, etc.). Hence, students can focus their degree in a specialized field of study, still keeping healthcare marketing/management or pre-professional health studies as the major concentration.
- On-campus and online students should consult with their Health Studies (HS) academic advisors to assure that courses are taken in a logical sequence. The HS academic advisors will also guide students toward appropriate electives that will enhance their career options.
Health Studies Program Curriculum
Students in the BSHS Program complete specific courses in the Pre-Professional Health Studies or Healthcare Management/Marketing option according to a planned and structured program of study. Students fulfill both core degree requirements and major/professional curriculum requirements in a logical sequence. The sequence is intended to facilitate success in the overall degree requirements.
The core curriculum in the first two years is designed to provide students with a foundation in the humanities, mathematics, and sciences. During the second two years, the Pre-Professional Health Studies and Healthcare Management/Marketing options provide for a broad focus on business basics, healthcare delivery system, cultural diversity, ethics and leadership in healthcare.
Alford, Church, Hey, Lovett, R. Williamson
The Kinesiology Program offers an undergraduate professional teacher education concentration in health and physical education, and non-certification concentrations in exercise science, exercise science/pre-physical therapy, and fitness and sports industry. Coursework for these areas is listed in the Colleges/Schools - Academic Programs and Inventory of Undergraduate Degree and Certificate Programs (Majors/Minors) . For information on graduate programs in the Kinesiology Program, contact the director of Graduate School, the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Students seeking the Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in the Health and Physical Education Certification concentration area must meet all eligibility requirements for initial licensure in Louisiana prior to student teaching and passing scores on PRAXIS I or a composite of 22 on the ACT and PRAXIS II. Kinesiology teacher candidates must make a “C” or better in all courses counting towards their degree.
Students seeking the Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy are required to take the ACSM Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) examination, or a departmentally-approved exit exam, as determined by their advisor.
Students seeking the Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science are required to take the ACSM Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) examination, or a departmentally-approved exit exam, as determined by their advisor.
Students seeking the Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Fitness and Sports Industry are required to take either the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) examination, the NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) examination, or a departmentally-approved exit exam, as determined by their advisor.
Kinesiology majors must make a “C” or better in all Kinesiology courses counting towards their degree and are required to purchase and regularly update their student account on TaskStream.
Kinesiology, Health and Physical Education (Certification) Concentration, B.S.
Kinesiology, Exercise Science Concentration, B.S.
Kinesiology, Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration, B.S.
Kinesiology, Sport Management Concentration, B.S.
MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE PROGRAM
Wisenor, Chapman, Lasiter
Medical laboratory scientists (medical technologists) provide objective data used to make clinical decisions by the laboratory analyses they perform and evaluate. Medical laboratory scientists may pursue diverse career paths including those in hospital laboratories, clinics, research, public health, reference laboratories, forensic laboratories, and educational institutions.
The Medical Laboratory Science (MLSC) curriculum consists of two segments, pre-medical laboratory science (PMLS) and professional medical laboratory science (MLSC). The PMLS segment includes four academic semesters, or the equivalent, in an accredited college or university. No grade below a “C” may be transferred from another college or university.
The MLSC segment consists of two calendar years or four academic semesters. The first year of the professional program includes on-campus medical laboratory science didactic and laboratory courses. The second year includes off-campus practicum rotations in affiliated medical laboratories. Medical laboratories affiliated with the ULM MLSC program include St. Francis Medical Center, Monroe, LA; Iasis Glenwood Regional Medical Center, West Monroe, LA; Louisiana State University Health Science Center-Shreveport-E.A. Conway Medical Center, Monroe, LA; West Carroll Memorial Hospital, Oak Grove, LA; LifeShare Blood Centers, Shreveport, LA; Northern Louisiana Medical Center and Green Clinic-Ruston, LA; and Oncology Associates of Monroe Laboratory, Monroe, LA.
The Medical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Chicago, IL 60018, (773)714-8880. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
The Medical Laboratory Science Program at ULM is committed to providing northeast Louisiana and the region beyond with competent, ethical graduates who will help to meet the needs of the community and the nation.
Admission to Pre-Medical Laboratory Science
Applicants for admission to the pre-professional curriculum (PMLS) must meet the general admission requirements for admission to the University. Applications are submitted to the University Admissions Office www.ulm.edu/prospectivestudents/.
Admission to the Professional Medical Laboratory Science Program
The Medical Laboratory Science curriculum offers clinical instruction in its educational program as required by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Admissions are determined annually based upon the availability of clinical positions and instructional resources available to the program. Applicants for admission to the professional program must complete the requirements of the PMLS curriculum with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (uncorrected, based on a 4.0 system) exclusive of developmental courses, a minimum grade point average of 2.7 (corrected, based on a 4.0 system) in all required pre-professional courses, and possess a grade of “C” or better in all required science, mathematics, and Medical Laboratory Science courses. In addition, applicants must pass a psychomotor evaluation.
Application forms and requirements for admission into the professional program may be obtained from the Medical Laboratory Science website at www.ulm.edu/mls/. Completed application forms, along with the application fee, must be received by the Medical Laboratory Science Admissions Committee by March 15 of the year the student seeks admission for the fall semester. Each application will be reviewed individually for compliance with the requirements for admission. Each qualified student will be granted an interview with the Medical Laboratory Science Admissions Committee to evaluate communication skills and potential for professionalism. The Program Director, with the committee’s recommendation, will notify each applicant regarding admission status. Because there are a limited number of clinical positions, students are selected on a competitive basis. Due to utilization of objective criteria in processing applications, attainment of minimum requirements in the pre-Medical Laboratory Science curriculum does not guarantee admission to the professional Medical Laboratory Science program. If a student is not admitted to the professional MLS program, reapplication must be made following the regular procedure. The student must fulfill all prerequisites in the required sequence of courses leading to the application for the professional program in Medical Laboratory Science.
Retention in the Professional Medical Laboratory Science Program
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required professional courses. Failure of a student to earn a minimum grade of “C” in a professional course may preclude progression in the MLSC program.
In the event that a student earns a non-progressive grade of “D” in one professional non-practicum MLSC course, the student may petition the program director to remediate the course. The Medical Laboratory Science Academics Standards Committee will determine if remediation will be granted according to the program’s remediation policy. Remediation must be completed by the deadline imposed by the course instructor. The highest grade that a student may earn in a remediated course is “C”. A student who earns less than a grade of “C” in a professional non-practicum MLSC course following remediation will be suspended from the MLSC professional program.
A student who fails to earn a progressive grade in more than one professional non-practicum course will be suspended from the professional program. A student who earns a failing grade of “F” in one professional non-practicum course will be suspended from the professional program.
Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all practicum courses. Students who earn less than a grade of “C” in a practicum course will be suspended from the professional program.
A student who is not in compliance with ethical, professional behavior or patient welfare guidelines of the program may have sanctions imposed by the Medical Laboratory Science Academic Standards Committee. Sanctions may include dismissal from the program with a course grade of “F”.
A student who is suspended from the professional MLSC program must reapply for admission to the program during the next admission cycle of the program. If a student is accepted for readmission, the student must retake all professional MLSC courses.
Students who wish to appeal their suspension from the professional program may appeal to the Medical Laboratory Science Academic Standards Committee to determine if repeated or additional coursework could justify readmission.
MLT to MLS Bridge Program
The MLS Bridge Program offers an opportunity for the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) who is a graduate of a MLT program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), who is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and who is currently working in a medical laboratory to earn the B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science. The individual must hold a current MLT license in the state in which they practice, if applicable. Qualified MLTs may be awarded 30-credit hours for ASCP certification. Applicants for admission to the MLS Bridge program, in addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the University, must complete all required science and general education courses of the pre-MLS curriculum. Thirty-one credit hours of Medical Laboratory Science courses offered online are required to complete the MLS Bridge program. Verification of clinical competencies required in the MLS courses will be assessed in an approved medical laboratory by an approved preceptor. The total number of hours for the B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science is 120. For further information visit the ULM Medical Laboratory Science Program website at www.ulm.edu/mls/index.html or the Gateway to Online Degree (GOLD) website at www.ulm.edu/onlinedegrees/.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM
Calk, Eichhorn, Jones, Meredith, Murphy, Perodeau
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Associate of Science
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is divided into two segments, pre-occupational therapy assistant (POTA) and occupational therapy assistant (OCTA), including Level II Fieldwork not to exceed twenty-four weeks in approved clinical settings scheduled and coordinated by the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), of the American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220, (301) 652-2682. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Many states require licensure in order to practice; however, the majority of state licenses are usually based in part on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure; therefore, if you are concerned about an issue, the status of this must be determined prior to the application to the professional portion of the program through the state licensing board and NBCOT.
Admission to Pre-Occupational Therapy Assistant (POTA)
Beginning freshmen who seek admission to the first segment of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (POTA) must meet the general admission requirements for admission to the University. Applications to ULM are submitted to the University Admissions Office www.ulm.edu/prospectivestudents/. Students transferring from other divisions of the University and from other accredited colleges and universities should additionally have an overall academic record which indicates potential for success in an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Advising each semester is required. Students must go to the Student Success Center to have advising or developmental flags removed. Students may also contact the OTA Office for information regarding the educational process. Students entering the program with transfer credit must request a transcript review from the OTA Program to determine what coursework will be credited to the degree plan.
A grade of “C” or better is required for all occupational therapy assistant coursework contributing to the Associate of Science Degree. Completion of the pre-professional segment of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (POTA) requirements does not guarantee admission to the professional segment of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (OCTA).
Admission into the professional segment of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (OCTA) is on a competitive basis with enrollment determined annually based on the availability of resources of the Occupational Therapy Department.
Admission to Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Applicants for admission to the professional segment of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (OCTA) must complete the following minimum criteria by the end of the spring semester that application is made:
- possess a minimum, uncorrected cumulative grade point average of 2.700 on a 4.000 scale in all previous coursework attempted at higher institutions of attendance and a minimum 2.700 uncorrected grade point average in all hours toward the OTA degree;
- completion of 30  hours of required pre-professional coursework in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program with a grade of “C” or better (see course descriptions for prerequisites). These hours must include BIOL 1014 , BIOL 1015 and PSYC 2078 .
NOTE: It is strongly recommended that all 33  pre-professional hours be completed by the end of the spring semester of application to the professional program. However, students may apply with 30  of the required credits completed with a grade of “C” or better.
Criteria and procedures for application to the professional segment of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are available at the University of Louisiana at Monroe Occupational Therapy web site and through the Occupational Therapy Department office. Completed applications are to be submitted to the Occupational Admissions Committee by April 1 for consideration for entry into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program the following Summer II semester (OCTA). Questions regarding out-of-state candidates should be directed to the OT office.
Applications will be reviewed by the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee.
The OTA Program Director will notify each applicant regarding admission status.
Students accepted into the OCTA program are required to fulfill the immunization requirements of the ULM Student Health Center. Once accepted into the second segment of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, the student has one academic year to successfully complete the didactic coursework of the program. A student who fails to do so will be required to appear before the University of Louisiana at Monroe Occupational Therapy Academic Performance Committee for a hearing to determine continuation in the program.
To progress in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, a student must complete all required didactic occupational therapy courses with a grade of “C” or better in one academic year. A cumulative 2.500 GPA on a 4.00 scale is required for continued enrollment. The student must observe all prerequisites in the sequential pursuance of courses leading to an Associate of Science Degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. All OCTA professional courses must be taken at ULM. Students who fail to successfully meet all OCTA requirements (due to not meeting competency or based on grade) will be dismissed from the program. Students may request to appear before the Academic Performance Committee to determine continuation in the program. Before going on Level II Fieldwork clinical affiliations, students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.500 (uncorrected). The Academic Performance Committee has the right and responsibility to impose sanctions on a student who is not in compliance with ethical, professional behavior, or patient welfare guidelines of the program after following due process guidelines of the program. Sanctions can include dismissal from a course with a grade of “F” and may result in permanent dismissal from the program. The Occupational Therapy Academic Performance committee will determine the re-application status of any student who does not successfully complete the program. Students will receive a grade of either “CR” or “F” on Level II Fieldwork experiences.
A student who does not receive a grade of “CR” on any Level II Fieldwork placement shall be dismissed from the program. A dismissal may be appealed before the Occupational Therapy Academic Performance Committee to determine if repeated or additional coursework could justify readmission. All cases before the O.T. Academic Performance Committee will be reviewed on an individual basis. Students must complete all Level II Fieldwork requirements within 18 months following the completion of occupational therapy content courses.
RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Allen, Bennett, Davis, Gibson, Smith
The Radiologic Technology curriculum is composed of two segments, pre-radiologic technology and professional radiologic technology. Pre-radiologic technology is the segment comprising four academic semesters, or the equivalent, in an accredited college or university. It is concerned with instruction in general education and the basic physical and biological sciences to prepare the student for professional Radiologic Technology. The professional program in radiologic technology consists of five academic semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring), or the equivalent, after admission to the professional program in Radiologic Technology. It is concerned with instruction in professional Radiologic Technology and related courses to prepare the student for the professional practice of radiologic technology.
Off-campus clinical activities are required of each student. Students are financially responsible for these activities.
Admission to Pre-Radiologic Technology
Applicants for admission to the Pre-Radiologic Technology curriculum must meet the general admission requirements for admission to the University. Applications are to be submitted to the University Admissions Office www.ulm.edu/prospectivestudents/.
Admission to the Professional Program in Radiologic Technology
The professional program in Radiologic Technology is taught in conjunction with the clinical facilities at local medical centers. Admissions are determined annually based upon the availability of clinical positions. Preference is extended to Louisiana residents and/or ULM scholarship recipients.
Applicants for admission to the professional program in Radiologic Technology, in addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the University, must meet the requirements of the Pre-Radiologic Technology curriculum and must have earned a minimum uncorrected cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.5 on a 4.00 scale in all previous course work at all higher institutions of attendance, possess a minimum corrected grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.00 scale in all required pre-professional Radiologic Technology courses (excluding developmental courses), and possess a grade of “C” or better in all required mathematics, natural science and Radiologic Technology courses. Due to utilization of objective criteria in processing applications, attainment of minimum requirements in the Pre-Radiologic Technology curriculum does not guarantee admission to the professional Radiologic Technology Program.
Application forms for admission to the professional program of Radiologic Technology may be obtained from the department website, www.ulm.edu/radtech. Completed application (including receipt of application fee payment) forms are to be submitted to the program director for Radiologic Technology by May 31 of the year the student seeks admission for the fall semester. Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.
The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60606-2901; Phone: 312-704-5300; www.jrcert.org. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certification examination for radiologic technologists administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists reserves the right to disapprove the writing of the National Registry to persons having been convicted of a Felony or Misdemeanor. Contact for the ARRT is 1255 Northland Drive, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55120-1155, phone: 641-687-0048; www.arrt.org.
Students must observe all pre-requisites in the sequential pursuance of courses leading to a baccalaureate degree in Radiologic Technology. Advising each semester is mandatory.
Elias, Hayes, Irwin, Pickering, Sisk, Thomas, Whited
Admission to Pre-Speech-Language Pathology
Applicants for admission to Pre-Speech-Language Pathology curriculum must meet the general admission requirements for admission to the University. Applications are to be submitted to the University Admissions Office www.ulm.edu/prospectivestudents/.
Progression of Majors in Speech-Language Pathology
Students enrolled in this curriculum are not eligible for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification upon completion of the degree plan. Graduate work is necessary to secure the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) professional credentials. All Speech-Language Pathology courses must have a “C” or better upon graduation. A course transferred from another institution must show a grade of “C” or better in order to be considered for SPLP credit. Only approved 1000- and 2000-level courses may be transferred.
Beginning Summer I, 1995, all students declaring a SPLP major must meet the following requirements before applying for regular admission to the degree program:
- satisfactory completion of any required developmental course,
- satisfactory completion of all courses under the “Freshman and Sophomore Years” requirements of the SPLP curriculum,
- satisfactory completion of all special requirements of the SPLP major.
These special requirements include:
a) completion of SPLP 1013 , SPLP 1052 , SPLP 2002 , and SPLP 2040 , and with a “C” or better;
b) completion of a speech, language, and hearing screening test;
c) an uncorrected cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better;
d) an uncorrected GPA of 3.0 or better in the 1000- and 2000-level SPLP courses,
e) SPLP faculty approval.
Note that meeting the basic requirements does not guarantee that the student will be selected to progress to upper-level SPLP courses.
The above requirements also apply to transfer students. Applications for regular admission will be reviewed only in the fall semester. Applications are to be completed with the student’s adviser and forwarded to the program director by October 20 for review.
Speech-Language Pathology courses, with the exception of practica and directed studies, can be repeated only one time. Before enrollment in SPLP 4005 or SPLP 4035 a student must have:
- completed a speech, language, and hearing screening while enrolled in ;
- completed all courses required during the freshman and sophomore years as stated in the catalog;
- a cumulative, uncorrected grade point average of 2.75 or better, and
- an uncorrected grade point average of 3.0 or better in SPLP 1013 , SPLP 1052 , SPLP 2002 , SPLP 2040 , SPLP 4001 , SPLP 4028 , and SPLP 4033 .