Academic Catalog

College of Health Sciences

EKU Campus

Dr. Daniel Czech, Dean
Rowlett 203
(859) 622-1137

Dr. Michael Ballard
Associate Dean
Rowlett 204
(859) 622-1916


The mission of the College of Health Sciences is to prepare outstanding health and human service professionals and leaders who contribute to the success and vitality of their communities, the Commonwealth, and the world.


The College of Health Sciences will be the premier college that shapes and improves health and well-being, advancing Kentucky and impacting the world!


  • Intellectual vitality: rigor and academic excellence among faculty and students
  • Cultural competency: dignity, diversity, and inclusion through culturally sensitive human services and care
  • Civic responsibility: stewardship through community, professional service and engagement to enhance quality of life
  • Collaboration: inter-professional and cooperative efforts among faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders
  • Accountability: characterized by ethical and professional responsibility


EKU Goal 1: Academic Excellence

EKU Strategic Direction 1.1 Invest in our Faculty

CHS SD 1.1.1 The College of Health Sciences (CHS) will support faculty scholarly research and creative endeavors.

EKU Strategic Direction 1.2 Promote Innovative Instruction and Programming

CHS SD 1.2.1 The CHS will assess teaching effectiveness and use the results to enhance instruction.

EKU Strategic Direction 1.3 Strengthen Academic Programs

CHS SD 1.3.1 The CHS will continually assess and strengthen academic programs.

CHS SD 1.3.2 The CHS will provide nationally recognized, high quality, accredited and approved programs.

EKU Goal 2: Commitment to Student Success

EKU Strategic Direction 2.1 Invest in our Students

CHS SD 2.1.1 The CHS graduates will meet or exceed national pass rates on licensure certifications and standardized exam results.

CHS SD 2.1.2 The CHS will support students’ scholarly research and creative endeavors.

EKU Strategic Direction 2.2 Focus on Strategic Enrollment

CHS SD 2.2.1 The CHS will demonstrate a commitment to diversity.

EKU Strategic Direction 2.3 Increase Efforts to Retain and Graduate Students

CHS SD 2.3.1 The CHS will assess advising effectiveness and use the results to strengthen advising.

EKU Goal 3: Institutional Distinction

EKU Strategic Direction 3.1 Invest in our Staff

CHS SD 3.1.1 The CHS will support staff professional development opportunities.

EKU Strategic Direction 3.2 Advance the EKU Brand

CHS SD 3.2.1 The CHS will have a brand and communication strategy.

EKU Strategic Direction 3.3 Create a Diverse, and Inclusive University Culture

CHS SD 3.3.1 The CHS will celebrate faculty, staff and student scholarly research and creative endeavors.

EKU Goal 4: Financial Strength

EKU Strategic Direction 4.1 Optimize Campus Resources

CHS SD 4.1.1 The Administrative Council for CHS will annually examine measures related to our financial effectiveness to include: workload, class size, and faculty and staff issues to strengthen programs.

EKU Strategic Direction 4.2 Increase External Support

CHS SD 4.2.1 The CHS will engage alumni, friends and other stakeholders.

EKU Goal 5: Campus Revitalization

EKU Strategic Direction 5.1 Initiate and complete EKU Revitalization plan, which includes rehabilitation of existing facilities and construction of new ones with a focus on the EKU student experience.

CHS SD 5.1.1 The CHS will assess classrooms, labs, offices, technology, and student-centered facilities required to support program growth.

EKU Goal 6: Service to Communities and Region

EKU Strategic Direction 6.1 Become the 1st Choice Partner in Regional Educational, Economic, Cultural, and Social Development

CHS SD 6.1.1 Collaborate with the University’s regional community partners to promote academic achievement, economic development, and quality of life.

EKU Strategic Direction 6.2 Become Nationally Prominent in Fields and Regional Relevance

CHS SD 6.2.1 The CHS will continue to strengthen quality community and regional partnerships.

CHS SD 6.2.2 The CHS will continue to bring distinction to our region with nationally recognized, accessible programs to promote engagement and improve health and quality of life.

EKU Strategic Direction 6.3 Bring EKU to Our Service Region

CHS SD 6.3.1 Collaborate with the University’s regional community partners to promote academic achievement, economic development, and quality of life. (Same as 6.1.1)

EKU Strategic Direction 6.4 Bring Our Service Region to EKU

CHS SD 6.4.1 CHS will offer college programs, activities, and events to encourage travel to EKU campus that improve health and quality of life.

Clinical Agency Placement Requirements

Placement in clinical sites for certain programs in the College of Health Sciences requires students to meet specific clinical agency placement requirements. Clinical agency placement requirements for certain programs (particularly those involving direct patient contact and/or practice with children) require a criminal background check and/or a urine drug screen. Students whose results from these screenings do not meet clinical agency placement requirements will be unable to participate in clinical experiences which are required for satisfactory progression and completion of the program. Most clinical agencies and programs where students may be potentially exposed to blood borne pathogens mandate that students comply with the Hepatitis B vaccination requirement. [see Blood Borne Pathogens and Hepatitis B Statement]. Other requirements may include documentation of tuberculosis screenings indicating student is free of disease, specific immunizations, certifications, licensures, student professional liability insurance purchased through the University [see Student Liability (Malpractice) Insurance], and individual health insurance. Students who have not met clinical agency placement requirements will not be permitted to participate in clinical and laboratory learning experiences mandated for satisfactory progression and completion of the program. Specific requirements for individual programs may be obtained by contacting the departmental office for the program.

Student Agreement Statement

Programs in the College of Health Sciences may require a student to sign an agreement statement that encompasses professional expectations related to the program. This statement is to be signed when the student enters courses in the major.

Student Liability (Malpractice) Insurance

All students whose programs require participation in clinical learning experiences must purchase and maintain liability insurance through the University during the entire clinical experience. Proof of such insurance coverage must be furnished to the department before the clinical experience is scheduled to begin. The University has arranged for appropriate insurance coverage at a modest cost to the student. Further information may be obtained at the student’s major departmental office.

Clinical Facilities

The University maintains formal contracts with many health care Human Services and Educational agencies located throughout Kentucky and the United States. Almost every specialty within the entire health care spectrum is available for use in providing high quality experiences for students enrolled in the programs. A list of cooperating agencies is available through the Office of the Dean.

The University is not liable for, nor is there a fund from which payment can be made for those who are inconvenienced or incur expenses based upon canceled classes, assignments, or clinical placements, etc.

Bloodborne Pathogens and Hepatitis B Statement

The College of Health Sciences attempts to minimize the risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens for students who will be involved in clinical and laboratory learning experiences where the risk of exposure could occur. To this end, students majoring in clinical programs within the College of Health Sciences where a potential risk of exposure could occur are required to receive education in universal precautions and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Regulations. Students will be responsible for complying with the Hepatitis B vaccination when indicated before participation in the clinical training phase of their respective programs [see Clinical Agency Placement Requirements]. The Blood Borne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan is posted on the College of Health Sciences website and should be carefully reviewed. More information regarding specific program requirements may be obtained through the departmental offices, program student handbooks, and other program informational sources.

Graduate Course Credit

All 700 level courses have undergraduate counterparts bearing the same last two digits. The 700 level courses are offered only for graduate level credit and require additional appropriate experiences for all students enrolled. Students who have previously taken the undergraduate counterpart of these courses at the 500 levels will not be permitted to enroll for graduate level credit in the 700 level counterparts. Credit will not be awarded for both the 700 and 500 level of the same course.

Cross Listed Courses

Some courses are offered under different prefixes with the same course content. Students will not be awarded credit for any course which they have previously received credit under a cross-listed prefix.