Apr 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences, A.S.

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Students enrolling in the Health Sciences degree program are those who plan to finish their bachelor’s education at other institutions in preparation for such areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, dentistry, physician assistant studies, or other medical fields. The program helps students earn a large part of the general education requirements before going to other schools.


To be accepted into the Health Sciences degree program, students must meet the general requirements for admission to AdventHealth University (see General Studies Admission  in the Admission Information  section), and:

  1. Submit the Health Sciences​ Program Application once admitted to the University. The application can be accessed at http://my.ahu.edu.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative high school unweighted GPA of 2.70 or have taken 12 college credits at a regionally accredited college with a minimum GPA of 2.70. GPAs presented to the admissions committee for each applicant will be a cumulative record of all college-level work.
  3. For general studies and program admission for the 2023-2024 academic year, AHU will be test-optional and not require submission of ACT or SAT scores. However, AHU strongly encourages applicants who have ACT and/or SAT scores to submit them during the application process, as this will expedite course placement and enhance academic advising. Have a minimum ACT composite score of 19 or a minimum combined score of 910 on the SAT (rSAT: 990). Applicants having 24 or more college-level credits from a regionally accredited college are exempt from this requirement.


Students may progress in the Health Sciences degree program when they:

  1. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.50.
  2. Earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in all required courses and electives for the degree.
        2a. Successfully repeat courses in which a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) was not achieved.


Students are considered for readmission to the Health and Biomedical Science (HBS) program when they meet admission requirements and: 

  • Readmission is not automatic and is contingent on available class space and the discretion of the Department Chair. 

Students will be readmitted under new academic catalog program policies. Eligible students will be considered for readmission to the program when they complete the following: 

  • Submit a Readmission Form to the Health and Biomedical program Chair eight weeks before the trimester in which seeking admission. 
  • Undergo a faculty review of prior academic performance, including reason(s) for withdrawal or dismissal, along with evidence of the applicant’s efforts to strengthen areas of weakness.


AdventHealth University will consider students for graduation and conferral of an Associate of Science degree in Health Sciences when they have met the general University requirements for graduation (see Graduation in the Academic Information  section), and have:

  1. Completed the prescribed course of study.
  2. Completed a minimum of 64 hours of credit, 50 percent of which must be earned at AdventHealth University.
  3. Achieved a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 on all math and science requirements.
  4. Achieved a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) or above in all other required courses and electives for the degree.

  5. Complete the service-learning requirement.
  6. Completed competency assessment requirements.


The courses required for all students enrolled in the Associate of Science degree program include General Psychology; Introduction to Microcomputers; English Composition I and II; World Civilization I or II; Introduction to Public Speaking; Health and Wellbeing; and six hours of religion courses.

Total General Requirements: 26

Science (16 credits required)

Science and math requirements will vary, depending upon the student’s educational track. For example, students preparing to transfer into dental hygiene, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, or occupational therapy programs will typically be required to take eight hours of Anatomy and Physiology. However, pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary medicine, and preoptometry programs require eight hours of General Biology. Students will be offered the opportunity to take the courses appropriate for their career path from the following:

Total Science and Math Requirements: 19


The elective component of the graduation requirement is comprised of those courses beyond the core curriculum that may be needed for entry into a professional program at a four-year institution. These courses will be chosen by the student with the approval of an advisor.

Elective Requirement: 18


HTSC 250  Seminar in Pre-Professional Studies (1 credit) is a graduation requirement.

Capstone Requirement: 1

Suggested Course of Study

The following is an example of a suggested course of study.

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