Denny G. Ryman, Dean
The mission of the College of Health Sciences is to educate practitioners to meet the diverse health care needs of the citizens of Louisiana and beyond. The College, as an academic unit of the University, embraces the educational philosophy of the University and fulfills the purpose of specialized professional education by offering organized programs of study in medical laboratory science, dental hygiene, health studies, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, radiologic technology and speech-language pathology with opportunities to work in interdisciplinary teams. In addition, the College 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.
The College of Health Sciences includes one health profession school and six independent allied health departments offering a total of seven undergraduate programs.
Admission criteria for the professional programs in the College of Health Sciences 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 College of Health Sciences.
All majors in baccalaureate curricula having pre-professional and professional segments within the College of Health Sciences 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.