Ozark Catalog
Technical Certificates
Associate of Applied Science
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Admission

Individuals who meet the admission requirements listed below may apply to Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus. The University reserves the right to reject the application of any individual. Every student must submit an application for admission. Applications and additional information about Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus are available from the Office of Student Services, Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, 1700 Helberg Lane, Ozark, Arkansas, 72949.

Students may apply on-line from the Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus web site at http://atu.edu/ozark.

Tech will provide equal opportunity in admission to all persons. This applies to all phases of the admission process. Any demographic information collected through the admission application is on a voluntary basis and is to be used in a nondiscriminatory manner consistent with applicable civil rights laws for reporting and statistical purposes only and cannot affect eligibility for admission.

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus is subject to and endorses both the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Disabilities Coordinator can be contacted by calling (479) 667-2117.

All students at Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus are assigned a permanent, randomly generated, student identification number, known as a "T" number. A students' social security number will be used only on applications for admission and solely for the purposes of State and Federal reporting requirements and determination of eligibility for Federal financial aid.

All students must provide proof of two measles, one mumps and two rubella immunizations by way of an official record from another educational institution, certificate from a licensed medical doctor, or an authorized public health department representative. Students seeking enrollment at Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus must provide proof of appropriate immunizations prior to enrollment in classes.

All students who hold a resident alien status must provide a copy of their resident alien card documenting an unexpired status.

Entering freshmen must comply with the following admission requirements and freshman placement standards. This includes students who enter with college credit earned prior to high school graduation, during summer following high school graduation, or by advanced placement.

Residual college entrance exams, taken on other college campuses, will not be accepted for admissions.

Entering Freshmen / New Student

New students to Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus must submit an application for admission, college entrance exam scores, a record documenting completion of secondary requirements, and proof of immunization documenting 2 MMRs. If you have concurrent college credit, an official transcript from that institution is required. For Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, an original score report or certified copy from your high school will need to be submitted prior to credit being awarded. Detailed course articulation for AP, CLEP, and IB can be located under Credit by Exam. A minimum criterion for exam scores and grade point averages is listed below:

  1. Composite ACT score of 15 or above, composite SAT score of 1060 or above, or a composite COMPASS score of 47 (averaging scores in algebra, writing, and reading) or above for students who graduate from a public secondary school; composite ACT score of 19 or above, composite SAT score of 1330 or above, or composite COMPASS score of 68 (averaging scores in algebra, writing, and reading) or above for students who graduate from a private secondary school, home school, or received a GED. Note: The ACT Writing exam is not required for admission purposes.
  2. Completion of graduation requirements from an accredited public or private secondary school, a non-accredited private secondary school, or a home school program documenting a minimum 2.0/4.0 cumulative grade point average, and completion of the university's secondary school core curriculum, OR minimum GED score of 600.

Secondary School Core Course Recommendation

A minimum of twenty-two earned core course credits is required from grades nine through twelve for admission purposes. Two additional units of foreign language are recommended for college preparation. Asterisks indicate core courses required by Act 1290 for unconditional admission:

*English - 4 units, with emphasis on writing skills, but not to include oral communications, journalism, drama, or debate.

Oral Communications - ½ unit of oral communications.

*Science - 3 units with laboratories, chosen from physical science, biology, chemistry, or physics. Only one unit may come from a life science.

*Mathematics - 4 units, including algebra I and algebra II, geometry, and an advanced math course. The fourth unit may be college algebra or a higher level college math course, as long as three college credit hours are earned. College credit will show on a high school transcript as a half-unit of credit, but will still be considered the fourth unit for unconditional college admission purposes. The student must present a college transcript along with his or her high school transcript when applying for unconditional admission. It is strongly recommended that students take a math course during their senior year.

*Social Studies - 3 units, to include 1 unit each of American history (does not include contemporary American history), world history (not to include world cultures, world geography, or global studies), and ½ unit of American government, or civics and ½ unit of social studies (not to include courses in practical arts).

Physical Education - ½ unit of physical education.

Health and Safety - ½ unit of health and safety.

Fine Arts - ½ unit of fine arts.

Electives - 6 units of career focus electives.

Freshmen Placement Standards

In accordance with Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated, paragraph 6-61-110, first-time entering undergraduate students (includes students who entered college the summer of 1995 or thereafter and students who enter with advanced standing) who enroll in baccalaureate degree programs or associate degree transfer programs must meet the following placement standards prior to enrollment in college-level mathematics, reading, or English composition courses. Remedial courses do not provide credit toward a degree.

Mathematics - Students scoring 19 or above on the mathematics section of the ACT, 460 or above on the quantitative portion of SAT-1, may enroll in college-level mathematics courses. Students who take the COMPASS and score a 41 or above on the algebra section may enroll in college-level mathematics courses. Students not meeting the standard must successfully complete a developmental (precollege level) mathematics program, demonstrating achievement at least as sophisticated as intermediate algebra, in order to be placed in college-level mathematics courses.

English Composition - Students scoring 19 or above on the English section of the ACT or 450 or above on the writing section of SAT-I may enroll in college-level English courses. Students who take the COMPASS and score a 80 or above on the writing section may enroll in college-level English courses. Students not meeting the standard must successfully complete a developmental program.

Reading - Students scoring 19 or above on the reading section of the ACT, 470 or above on the reading section of SAT-1 will be considered to have met minimal reading skill requirements. Students who take the COMPASS and score an 83 or above on the reading section will be considered to have met minimal reading skill requirements. English composition may be taken concurrent with or subsequent to any required developmental reading program.

Students who are required to complete developmental program(s) in mathematics, English, and/or reading, must enroll in the appropriate course(s) during their first semester and in each subsequent semester until the developmental program is completed successfully. A grade of “C” or better is required in all developmental courses before the student may advance to higher level courses.

ACT 971, passed by the Arkansas legislature during the 2010 session, requires that all students who are required to complete ENGL 0203, ENGL 0303, MATH0903 and/or READ 0103, must take the COMPASS examination before being allowed to progress into the next course(s). The COMPASS examinations will be scheduled near the end of each semester and all students participating in one or more of the courses listed above must take the examination(s) before the end of the semester.

Former Students

Students who have interrupted their attendance at Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus for more than one year or who have attended another university in the interim must reapply for admission. Additional documents may be required for readmission. Notification will be sent. Academic clemency may be granted in accordance with the clemency policy detailed in the Regulations and Procedures section.

Degree Completion for Returning Students

Technical course work taken after July 1, 2003 will be considered for application toward a degree, contingent upon the grade requirements for the major as well as overall GPA.

Technical course work taken prior to July 1, 2003 will be considered at the recommendation of program faculty.

Students returning to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree who have not yet earned a degree and meet requirements to earn the Associate of Applied Science degree by having previously taken all required technical course work and general education requirements either at Arkansas Tech University or an accepted accredited transfer institution may earn the Associate of Applied Science degree by successfully completing a minimum of 3 additional hours at an Arkansas Tech University campus.

Students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree who have previously earned a degree must complete an additional 30 hours and meet all requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree.

Transfer Students

Transfer students making application for admission to Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities where they were officially registered. Students seeking transfer of credit from other institutions may be asked to provide a catalog or course description from the transfer institution.

Students with fewer than 24 semester hours of earned college-level credit must also submit an official high school transcript and must request current transferable ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores be sent to the University. ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores will not be required if the English and mathematics general education requirements have been satisfied with grades of "C" or better.

In the event that receipt of a student's transcript is unavoidably delayed, as may frequently occur at midyear, a transfer student may be admitted provisionally pending receipt of the official transcript. However, the University reserves the right to require immediate withdrawal if the transfer transcript does not meet admission requirements. Students should be aware that receipt of official transcripts is required for transfer work to be articulated and to comply with scholarship application deadlines.

Applicants for transfer must have earned a GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) on all college-level courses attempted and be eligible to re-enroll at the last college or university attended.

Degree Completion for Transfer Students

To earn a degree, the student must complete at least 50% of technical course work at Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus. Transfer credit will not count toward the overall GPA.

Students returning to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree who have not yet earned a degree by having previously taken all required technical course work and general education requirements either at Arkansas Tech University or an accepted accredited transfer institution may earn the Associate of Applied Science degree by successfully completing a minimum of 3 additional hours at an Arkansas Tech University campus.

Students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science who have previously earned a degree must complete an additional 30 hours and meet all requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree.

Transfer Credit

The following policy is effective July 7, 2010. ATU will recognize transfer credit from the same U.S. regional accreditation associations; along with, additional colleges listed by ADHE in ACTS. The ACTS courses will be the only transfer credit accepted from that institution. Acceptance of the course credit will be determined by the date the institution was formally recognized by ADHE, and the student's matriculation term that must coincide or follow the date of that recognition. Credit from U.S. colleges and universities not accredited by one of the six regional accreditation associations or listed by ADHE in ACTS will not be accepted for transfer credit. Credit from colleges or universities outside the U.S. presented for transfer credit will be considered on an individual basis. Transfer credit, although accepted by the university, is not guaranteed to be applicable toward meeting degree requirements for all programs offered by the university. Applicability of transfer credit to meet degree requirements depends on the major selected by the transfer student.

Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS)

The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) is designed to assist in planning the academic progress of students from the high school level through the adult workforce. This system contains information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Students are guaranteed the transfer of applicable credits and equitable treatment in the application of credits for admissions and degree requirements. Students may complete specified General Education courses anywhere in the public system as well as many courses in the degree/major that have been pre-identified for transfer. Course transferability is not guaranteed for courses listed in ACTS as "No Comparable Course." Transferability of courses taken prior to January 1, 2007, is at the discretion of the receiving institution. The Arkansas Transfer System can be accessed at http://acts.adhe.edu/.

Act 747 of 2011 establishes a statewide common course numbering system for postsecondary courses. The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) meets this requirement.

The following table lists those courses found within ACTS and the equivalent Arkansas Tech University course as of April 1, 2013.  Please refer to the ACTS website (http://acts.adhe.edu/studenttransfer.aspx) for the most up-to-date course listings.

ACTS Course Index Number ACTS Course Index Name Arkansas Tech University Course Number Arkansas Tech University Course Name
ANTH1013 Introduction to Anthropology ANTH 1213 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH2013 Cultural Anthropology ANTH 2003 Cultural Anthropology
ARTA1003 Art Appreciation ART 2123 Experiencing Art
ARTA2003 Art History Survey I ART 2103 Art History I
ARTA2103 Art History Survey II ART 2113 Art History II
BIOL1004 Biology for Non-Majors BIOL 1014 Introduction to Biological Sciences
BIOL1014 Biology for Majors BIOL 1114 Principles of Biology
BIOL1034 Botany for Majors BIOL 2134 Principles of Botany
BIOL1054 Zoology BIOL 2124 Principles of Zoology
BIOL2404 Human Anatomy and Physiology I * BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL2414 Human Anatomy and Physiology II * BIOL 2414 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CHEM1004 Chemistry I for General Education CHEM 1114 Survey of Chemistry
CHEM1214 Chemistry I for Health Related Professions CHEM 1113/CHEM 1111 Survey of Chemistry and Lab
CHEM1224 Chemistry II for Health Related Professions CHEM 2204 Organic Physiological Chemistry
CHEM1414 Chemistry I for Science Majors CHEM 2124 General Chemistry I
CHEM1424 Chemistry II for Science Majors CHEM 2134 General Chemistry II
CPSI1003 Introduction to Computers COMS 1003 Introduction to Computer Based Systems
CRJU1023 Introduction to Criminal Justice CJ 2003 Introduction to Criminal Justice
DRAM1003 Theatre Appreciation TH 2273 Introduction to Theatre
ECON2103 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 2003 Principles of Economics I
ECON2203 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 2013 Principles of Economics II
ENGL1013 Composition I ENGL 1013 Composition I
ENGL1023 Composition II ENGL 1023 Composition II
ENGL2013 Introduction to Creative Writing ENGL 2043 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL2023 Introduction to Technical Writing ENGL 2053 Technical Writing
ENGL2113 World Literature I ENGL 2003 Introduction to World Literature
ENGL2653 American Literature I ENGL 2013 Introduction to American Literature
FREN1013 French I FR 1013 Beginning French I
FREN1023 French II FR 1023 Beginning French II
FREN2013 French III FR 2013 Intermediate French I
FREN2023 French IV FR 2023 Intermediate French II
GEOG1113 Human Geography GEOG 2023 Human Geography
GEOG2103 World Regional Geography GEOG 2013 Regional Geography of the World
GEOG2223 Physical Geography No Comparable Course No Comparable Course
GEOL1114 Physical Geology GEOL 1014 Physical Geology
GEOL1124 Environmental Geology No Comparable Course No Comparable Course
GEOL1134 Historical Geology GEOL 2024 Historical Geology
GERM1013 German I GER 1013 Beginning German I
GERM1023 German II GER 1023 Beginning German II
GERM2013 German III GER 2013 Intermediate German I
GERM2023 German IV GER 2023 Intermediate German II
HEAL1003 Personal Health HLED 1513 Personal Health and Wellness
HIST1113 World Civilizations I HIST 1503 World Civilizations I
HIST1123 World Civilizations II HIST 1513 World Civilizations II
HIST2113 United States History I HIST 2003 United States History I
HIST2123 United States History II HIST 2013 United States History II
MATH1003 College Math MATH 1003 College Mathematics
MATH1103 College Algebra MATH 1113 College Algebra
MATH1203 Plane Trigonometry MATH 1203 Plane Trigonometry
MATH1305 Pre-Calculus MATH 1914 Precalculus
MATH2103 Introduction to Statistics MATH 2163 Introduction to Statistical Methods
MATH2203 Survey of Calculus MATH 2243 Calculus for Business and Economics
MATH2405 Calculus I MATH 2914 Calculus I
MATH2505 Calculus II MATH 2924 Calculus II
MATH2603 Calculus III MATH 2934 Calculus III
MUSC1003 Music Appreciation MUS 2003 Introduction to Music
PHIL1103 Philosophy PHIL 2003 Introduction to Philosophy
PHSC1004 Physical Science PHSC 1013/PHSC 1021 Introduction to Physical Science and Physical Science Lab
PHSC1104 Earth Science GEOL 1004 Essentials of Earth Science
PHSC1204 Introduction to Astronomy PHSC 1053/PHSC 1051 Astronomy and Observational Astronomy Lab
PHYS2014 Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics I PHYS 2014 Physical Principles I
PHYS2024 Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics II PHYS 2024 Physical Principles II
PHYS2034 Calculus-Based Physics I PHYS 2114 General Physics I
PHYS2044 Calculus-Based Physics II PHYS 2124 General Physics II
PLSC2003 American National Government POLS 2003 American Government
PLSC2103 State and Local Government No Comparable Course No Comparable Course
PSYC1103 General Psychology PSY 2003 General Psychology
PSYC2103 Developmental Psychology No Comparable Course No Comparable Course
SOCI1013 Introduction to Sociology SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology
SOCI2013 Social Problems CJ 2033/SOC 2033 Social Problems
SPAN1013 Spanish I SPAN 1013 Beginning Spanish I
SPAN1023 Spanish II SPAN 1023 Beginning Spanish II
SPAN2013 Spanish III SPAN 2013 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN2023 Spanish IV SPAN 2023 Intermediate Spanish II
SPCH1003 Introduction to Oral Communication SPH 1003 Introduction to Speech Communication
ACCT2003 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 2003 ** Principles of Accounting I
ACCT2013 Principles of Accounting II ACCT 2013 ** Principles of Accounting II
BLAW2003 Legal Environment of Business BLAW/BUAD 2033** Legal Environment of Business
BUSI2103 Business Statistics BUAD 2053 ** Business Statistics

* Note - Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Human Anatomy and Physiology II must be taken at the same institution to be transferable. 
** Note - Accounting and business courses are not general education core courses.

Conditional Admission

Students who have been denied admission may file a written appeal addressed to the Chief Student Officer seeking conditional admission. The appeal should be made within ten calendar days from the date admission was denied and should state applicant's grounds for appeal. Students granted conditional admission will be admitted on academic probation.

Conditional (Prep) Admission / Ability-to-Benefit

Students admitted to Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, who do not meet the university minimum standard seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, are evaluated and reconsidered as having an ability to benefit.

Required for Conditional (Prep) Admission:

  1. Conditional (Prep) freshman will sign a contract defining satisfactory progress and outlining requirements for enrollment.
  2. Conditional (Prep) freshmen will be advised into a minimum number of courses designed to enhance current skill set to include mandated remediation courses and the Arkansas Tech mandated freshman orientation course. All other courses will be selected based on their individual major or degree pathway.
  3. All Conditional (Prep) freshmen will be monitored through the Early Warning System.
  4. All Conditional (Prep) freshmen will be assigned a mentor, and tutoring will be recommended.

Student Direction
First-time entering freshmen and transfer students who have been denied admission may file a written appeal addressed to the Chief Student Officer, seeking conditional admission. The appeal should be made within ten (10) calendar days from the date admission was denied and should state the applicant’s grounds for appeal. Students granted conditional admission will be admitted on academic probation.

Student Notification
A student’s Conditional (Prep) status will be communicated in admission letters and tracked in our student information system.

Academic Progress
Upon completing 30 hours, conditionally admitted freshmen who make satisfactory progress will be removed from academic probation. A conditionally admitted freshman who falls below a 2.00 grade-point average (GPA) upon finishing 30 hours may be suspended.

Existing Student Success Strategies
Many existing institutional strategies are employed when outlining requirements for Conditional (Prep) freshmen. Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus requires a freshmen orientation class, known as Ozark 101 for AAS-seeking students admitted under conditional prep guidelines; mandates extensive freshmen advising; assigns mentors, who encourage the use of tutoring centers; employs a mid-term check policy for freshmen; and utilizes an early warning program to find students who are exhibiting signs of academic distress.

Non-Degree Admission

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus serves the general public by allowing individuals to enroll in classes for professional development and self-fulfillment without meeting regular admission requirements. The student admitted under this policy, who later chooses to pursue a degree, must reapply for admission as a degree seeking student and meet standard admission policies. A maximum of 27 credit hours earned as a non-degree seeking student may be applied to a degree program. Financial Aid benefits may not be granted to students admitted as non-degree seeking. For more information, call the Office of Student Services at (479) 667-3433.

High School University Admissions

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus welcomes the opportunity to serve area schools by complementing their programs with special opportunities for students to enroll for courses and earn college credit by attending Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus during summer sessions or by attending on a part-time basis during the regular academic year, concurrent with enrollment in secondary school. In accordance with the Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated, paragraph 6-18-223, makes provisions whereby a student who is enrolled in a public school in Arkansas and who has completed the eighth grade is eligible to enroll at Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus upon approval of the appropriate public school official, provided the student does not need developmental courses in mathematics, English or reading and has a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.00 or greater on a 4.0 scale.

Upon completion of a course(s), students may choose whether or not to have course(s) and grade(s) recorded for college credit. Students who do not wish to have course(s) and grade(s) recorded for college credit must notify the Office of Student Services in writing within thirty days of the end of the term or semester. Once admitted and enrolled, concurrent students do not need to reapply for the concurrent program unless there is a break in fall/spring enrollment. Concurrent students must reapply when changing admission status, for example, from concurrent to entering freshmen. The course(s) agreed upon by the student and their high school must also be approved each term by a university official. The application for concurrent enrollment can be found at http://www.atu.edu/admissions/index.shtml. .

Testing for Admissions and Placement

Entering students are required to provide Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus with American College Testing (ACT) Assessment or Computerized-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) scores for purposes of admission, academic placement, and the awarding of academic scholarships. Entering students, who have been out of an educational setting for three or more years and who have not taken the ACT or COMPASS prior to arrival at Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, are encouraged to take the COMPASS. The COMPASS is administered on the computer and consists of three tests: writing, math, and reading. Information about the COMPASS can be obtained by calling (479) 667-2117.

Academic Advising and Selecting a Program of Study

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus encourages students to meet with an academic advisor for help in selecting a major field of study. The Ozark Campus Academic Advisor works closely with faculty in order to provide assistance to our students. The Academic Advisor is available to discuss major areas of interest, assist in planning for registration, and maintain a degree checklist of requirements to complete for graduation. While an academic advisor can guide the student, it is the student's responsibility to take an active role in their educational process by knowing what courses are required; complying with requirements for graduation application and degree audit; and gaining a general knowledge of requirements to complete their program successfully.

Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cardiovascular Technology, Cosmetology, Medical Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.

Student Retention and Graduation Rates

For information about retention and graduation rates at Tech, go to http://ir.atu.edu or contact the Office of Institutional Research.

Selecting a Program of Study

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus encourages students to give serious thought to the selection of a major field of study. They should determine the academic pursuits that lead to the vocations most attractive, not only in financial gain, but in interest as well. Then they should examine the program of study most closely related to their interest areas.

Undecided Study

Some students entering the University have not chosen a major. Students enrolling as "undecided" majors will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies and will be advised by the Office of Student Services. The Office of Student Services is located in the Student Services and Conference Center and can be contacted by calling (479) 667-3433.

Procedure for Scheduling Courses

Procedures for registration are available on the university Web site at http://atu.edu/ozark. Prior to enrollment, students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to prepare a class schedule and officially register for classes and pay tuition/fees.

Course Information

All courses taught at Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus are listed alphabetically by subject area in the Course Descriptions area. Course symbols, the four-digit numbers used to identify courses within a department, have the following significance: the first digit of the number denotes the year level at which the course is given; the second and third digits differentiate the course from others in the department; the fourth digit shows the number of credit hours given. Typically an "hour of credit" requires one hour of classroom work per week for the duration of a semester.