Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Health Sciences, B.S. (OTA – B.S.H.S. Track)

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Programs of study will provide students with the academic preparation for acceptance into various professional and graduate degree programs, such as clinical laboratory technology, cytotechnology, physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition science, public health, and other healthcare-related professions. Both the track and core courses selected by each student will be based on his or her career goals.

Occupational Therapy Assissant to Health Sciences Track, is designed for students who are preparing for graduate programs in the sciences, health sciences, and therapy fields.


To be accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree, a student must meet the general requirements for admission into Adventist University of Health Sciences (see General Studies Admission in the Admission Information section), and:

  1. Submit the Biomedical Sciences Program Application once admitted to the University, indicating which of the two tracks you are applying for. The application can be accessed at http://my.ahu.edu.

  2. Have a minimum admissions GPA of 2.70 in high school or a GPA of 2.70 on a minimum of 12 college credits. 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 2024-2025 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.

  4. Competitive applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Meeting minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee an invitation for an interview.  Every applicant who wishes to be accepted to the program must complete the interview process.


Students may progress toward a Bachelor of Science degree 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.

  3. Successfully repeat courses in which a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) was not achieved.


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

  1. Completed a minimum of 128 trimester hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.

  2. Completed the prescribed course of study with a minimum of 42 upper division credits.

  3. Achieve a grade of ‘C’ or above in all required courses and electives for the degree.

  4. Completed competency assessment requirements.

  5. Completed a minimum of 64 trimester hours in residence at AdventHealth University. 

  6. Completed the service-learning requirement embedded in designated courses.


The Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) program has three tracks. The track I have a science emphasis. Track II has an emphasis on Allied Health Practitioners. Track III is specific for students who have earned the Associate in Occupational Therapy (OTA) program or are pursuing a dual degree in OTA and BSHS. Please, see the curriculum for more information.

OTA (Track)

This track is designed for students who have completed an Associate of Science degree in a clinically-related field.

Liberal Arts Requirements - 63 credits

Suggested Course of Study:

Program Total: 58 Credit Hours

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