College of Health Sciences
Dr. Daniel Czech, Dean
Dr. Michael Ballard
Interim Associate Dean
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.
Admission Requirements for College
The College of Health Sciences accepts applications from all persons who are qualified for admission to the University. All applicants must provide evidence of their ability to meet the academic standards established by the various programs. Due to enrollment limitations of some programs, applications should be made early. Applications received after the deadline of a program will be processed and admissions recommended on a space available basis. Specific entrance requirements for each program are shown in the departmental sections of this Catalog.
- Students must meet requirements and be admitted by the University before being considered for enrollment in programs within the College of Health Sciences. Specific admission criteria are provided under each of the Health Sciences programs. The student is responsible for obtaining information for the application process including department deadlines.
- Transfer work must be from an accredited institution and with a minimum grade of “C” in major and supporting courses. The applicant must be eligible to return to the last institution attended.
- Work taken more than eight years previously must be approved by the Dean of the College.
- In the event that a student is not accepted for a program, the student who wishes to reapply must submit a new application and related materials that will be considered when a new class is accepted.
Students desiring to complete collegiate work required for admission to professional programs may complete this work at any accredited college or university. Students are urged to carefully plan their course of study to be consistent with the individual program’s curriculum progression plan of study. Students who plan to complete coursework before declaring a major in a College of Health Sciences program should consult with the individual program directors or with the College of Health Sciences Advisors.
Students who have not reached a decision on a specific health science major may obtain counseling/guidance from individual program directors in the College of Health Sciences or from College of Health Sciences Advisors.
The programs in the College of Health Sciences are designed to prepare graduates for practice in health and human services professions. Most require licensure and/or certification after graduation and prior to practice. A criminal record (excluding minor traffic violations) may make a person ineligible for licensure or certification in these professions. Students with such a history should contact the licensing or certifying body prior to enrollment to determine whether this might be the case.
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.
After being admitted to one of the programs in the College, students who withdraw or who are unable to progress due to being unsuccessful in one or more courses must submit application for readmission according to the guidelines for the specific program. Readmission to the program is not guaranteed to any student.
Readmission Appeal Process
The student who has been denied readmission may appeal the decision following these guidelines:
- Notify the chair of the program’s readmission committee of the desire to appeal the decision and to provide additional pertinent information to support the appeal. The committee chair will schedule a time for the student to appear before the committee to present the appeal. A student who has agreed to a time for a meeting of the departmental readmission committee and who does not appear at that meeting may forfeit the right to present evidence beyond that furnished in the original application for readmission.
- The student will be notified within five working days of the committee’s decision.
- If the student is not satisfied with the decision, the student shall schedule an appointment to present the appeal to the Department Chair. The student will be notified within five working days of the Department Chair’s decision.
- If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Department Chair, the student shall submit a written appeal to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences. If the Dean determines there are extenuating circumstances surrounding the student’s request for readmission and/or if the procedure for readmission has not been followed, a meeting of the College’s Readmission Committee will be scheduled. A time will be appointed for the student to appear before the committee to present the appeal. A student who has agreed to a time for a meeting of the College Readmission Committee and who does not appear at that meeting may forfeit the right to present evidence beyond that furnished in the original application for readmission.
- Decisions of the College Readmission Committee are binding. The student will be notified of the decision within five working days.
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.
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
6116 Executive Boulevard
North Bethesda, Maryland 20852-4929
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601-5800
Council on Education for Public Health
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
5600 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
847-939-3597 or 773-714-8880
National Council for Accreditation
National Recreation and Park Association/Council on Accreditation
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, VA 20148-4501
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023
National Association for Sport and Physical Education
1900 Association Drive
Reston, VA 22091-1599
National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council
2632 SE 25th Avenue, Suite F
Portland, OR 97202
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000 / (fax) (404) 975-5020
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 requirement 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.
The students are responsible for selection and registration for courses needed for reasonable progress toward their degree or certificate that will enable the students to satisfy requirements for graduation.
General Academic Information described in Section Five of this Catalog, and specific course requirements set forth in the description of curricula, must be met by students completing associate and baccalaureate programs administered by the College of Health Sciences. See programs under each department for major and minor requirements. All first-year students in the College of Health Sciences must enroll in the Student Success Seminar (HSO 100 Student Success Seminar).
Appeals procedures are detailed in the Departmental and University Handbooks and in the department sections.
Health Sciences Learning Resource Center
Dr. Raglena Salmans
The Health Sciences Learning Resource Center (HSLRC) is a center for all students in the College of Health Sciences providing resources for student success. The HSLRC is a one stop shop for students, faculty, and staff as a resource consortium. The full-time staff and student workers, work congruently to provide assistance for students to navigate college and the University system. The staff also provide referrals to other EKU resources which students and faculty may not be aware.
- The center includes: audio visuals, manipulative assessments, textbooks for house use, a quiet and group study/homework center with white boards and large tables for use. A full computer lab with printing and color printing available. As well as student success tutorials and workshops.
- Testing for any required admission exams as well as mid-curricular and exit exams for the School of Nursing. The Center may be used for make-up testing when set up by faculty.
- Tutoring is available through our Study Buddy program. Upperclassmen provide tips, encouragement, and guidance to their peers through meeting and discussing concerns and challenges their fellow students have encountered.
- Research assistance is available in the HSLRC with collaboration from the University Library.