Jun 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Health Sciences

The College of Health Sciences was formed in 1994 in order to provide quality education for professional practice in a variety of areas associated with health and human services. The college aspires to the highest standards of educational excellence, blending a professional perspective with a liberal arts and science foundation.

Within the College of Health Sciences are the School of Nursing, the Department of Social Work Human Services, and the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.

The college is committed to meeting the challenges of the next decade; hence, it emphasizes quality teaching and values scholarly activity. The college is committed to the development of its students into knowledgeable, caring, responsive and self-directed individuals able to meet the health and human caring needs of a diverse and complex society through change, advocacy and leadership within their communities.

As part of ongoing planning and evaluation, the College of Health Sciences regularly evaluates student learning outcomes for each degree program.

School of Social Work and Human Services

Case Management Minor

A minor in Case Management is offered to students who desire a basic understanding of the process and foundational skill sets necessary to provide case management services in a variety of settings.

Human Services Major

The purpose of the human services major is twofold: (1) to prepare the graduate for entry level positions in a myriad of human services delivery systems where specialized training is not required, and (2) to prepare students for graduate education. The curriculum is designed to provide the student with an understanding of human behavior within the context of the social environment, an understanding of social and human service delivery systems, and basic skills in effective communication with client systems and basic skills in the development of intervention strategies to resolve interpersonal and social problems. A three-credit, 120-clock-hour field practicum is required.

Human Services Minor

A minor in human services is offered to students who desire basic understanding of the human services delivery system.

Social Work Major

The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Accreditation and program graduates are eligible to sit for social work licensure examination. Social work licensure is required in the state of Alabama for those in the practice of social work. The principle educational objective of the social work program is the preparation of graduates for beginning level generalist social work practice. The curriculum is designed to provide the beginning-level practitioner an ability to apply an eclectic knowledge base guided by professional values; to use a wide range of intervention skills to target any-sized client system (micro to macro levels) while employing a planned change process directed toward client empowerment; to work effectively, under supervision, within social service delivery organizational structures while employing a wide range professional roles. A 12-credit-hour field practicum is required (minimum of 400 clock hours).

Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion

One of the oldest departments on campus, The Department Kinesiology and Health Promotion consists of three undergraduate degree options and boasts more than 500 majors in the department. These degree options include Exercise Science, Interprofessional Health Sciences and Physical Education.

Exercise Physiology

If a career in physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical exercise testing and prescription, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, health-fitness/wellness, strength and conditioning or nutrition is in your future, a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology is a perfect fit. This competitive program includes concentrations in pre-health professions, health and wellness, or nutrition, and incorporates coursework from five academic departments spread across two colleges.

With an emphasis on preparation for entry into graduate health profession schools in the fields of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant, you will be prepared to successfully enter into graduate health profession schools nationwide. Upon completion of the program, you will also be prepared to sit for certification examinations offered through the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and other organizations in the related fields of health and fitness, clinical exercise testing, and strength and conditioning.

Physical Education

If you are passionate about teaching others skills necessary to participate in sport and physical activity for life, the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (Teaching Certification) at Troy is for you. This program prepares preschool - 12th grade teachers to impact students in team, individual, and lifetime sport skills in beyond school years. At Troy University our physical education program is based on three beliefs, (1) teach students the proper skills necessary to participate in a variety of sport, individual, and lifetime activities, (2) provide opportunities for students to learn and participate in a wide variety of sport, individual and lifetime activities, (3) by doing so students become engage in lifetime physical activities that promote a healthy active lifestyle.

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing programs are designed to develop expertise necessary for the practice of nursing in a complex, changing health care system. Faculty are well qualified.

Students are accepted for admission to the ASN (Montgomery Campus) and BSN (Troy and Dothan Campus) programs in the spring and fall semesters. The ASN degree may be completed in five semesters. The BSN degree may be completed in nine semesters. Registered nurses may receive advanced placement in the online RN Mobility track of the BSN Program. For information related to progression from RN Mobility track to the Family Nurse Practitioner or Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Leadership tracks in the MSN Program or the DNP program, consult the Graduate Catalog. Admission to the School of Nursing is selective, based on established criteria for each program.

All students must maintain current CPR certification, annual proof of TB testing, and proof of annual physical examination when enrolled in clinical nursing courses. Students are responsible for their own medical care if needed in the clinical setting and must have health insurance. Students must abide by Centers for Disease Control, HIPAA, and OSHA guidelines. Students must present titer reports for Hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella zoster. Drug screening and criminal background information are required before students may attend clinical course practicums. Students may have additional requirements based on specific facility policies. Standardized achievement tests are required at various points in the undergraduate programs of learning.

Students in the School of Nursing must comply with legal, moral and legislative standards in accordance with the Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code. A student may be denied permission to write the licensing examination to become a registered nurse (RN) if he/she has been convicted of a felony.

Challenge examinations are available for various courses for students who meet the eligibility criteria. No nursing course may be audited before it is taken for credit.

Many nursing courses have additional fees. These fees are printed in the schedule of classes.

Admission is competitive. All students who meet minimum requirements may not be admitted.