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Department of Biological Sciences


Dr. Charles J. Gagen, Head
McEver Hall, Room 34D
(479) 968-0294
cgagen@atu.edu

Professors:
Gagen, Kellner, Kirkconnell, Nupp, Stoeckel, Wilkins
Associate Professors:
Bowman, P. Cox, J. Jackson, G. Johnson, Lovely, Sparacino, Tedford, Yamashita
Assistant Professors:
Chaney, Jacobs, Merle, Still, Webb

The Department of Biological Sciences offers baccalaureate degrees in a wide variety of majors and options.  We also offer one minor and one associate of applied science degree.  These different aspects of biological science and associated faculty are organized in the following program areas:
Biology Program:
           Biology major General option
           Biology major Biomedical option
           Biology major Environmental option
           Biology minor
Fisheries and Wildlife Science Program:
           Fisheries and Wildlife Science major
Allied Health Sciences Programs:
            Health Information Management major
            Medical Assistant major (Associate of Applied Science)
            Medical Technology major

Students interested in teaching biology at the secondary level should follow the suggested curriculum in Life Science and Earth Science for Teacher Licensure as outlined under the teacher licensure curricula in the College of Education. A concentration in biology is also offered as part of the International Studies curricula in the College of Arts and Humanities.

Each of the bachelor of science degree programs offered by the department, with the exception of medical technology and teacher licensure curricula, requires a total of 124 hours for graduation. Except for Allied Health Science programs (AHS), which adhere to grade policies recommended by certifying associations, no more than 12 hours of “D’s” may be applied toward the baccalaureate degrees listed above. Students in the Department of Biological Sciences, except for AHS program majors, are required to take a common core consisting of: an orientation course; BIOL 1114, Principles of Biology; BIOL 2124, Zoology; BIOL 2134, Botany; an ecology course; a physiology course; and a seminar course. These same students are required to take MATH 1113, College Algebra, plus two additional math oriented courses above that level. Courses in computer science, chemistry, and physics are also required. The following descriptions of individual degree programs include specific descriptions and requirements.

Graduating seniors, except those in AHS programs, will be required to take the Major Field Assessment Test (MFAT) in Biology as part of the assessment plan for the department. Students will take the test during the last few weeks of the semester of planned graduation.

Biology Program
Dr. Bruce Tedford, Director McEver Hall, Room 116 (479) 968-0362
btedford@atu.edu

The baccalaureate degree program in biology is designed to prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities. It also provides a solid foundation for those wanting to pursue specialization at the graduate level. Specific course requirements are outlined in the following curricula; whereas, more general guidelines are in the previous section.

Arkansas Tech University is affiliated with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. With prior departmental approval, Arkansas Tech University students may enroll in marine biology courses at GCRL, with the credits applied toward the biology degree at Arkansas Tech. This affiliation makes possible a concentration in marine biology.

The “General Option” is the most flexible and is recommended for students who do not wish to specialize in biomedical or environmental fields.

The “Biomedical Option” is designed for students wishing to study medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and related fields of specialization.   Thus, graduates typically apply to a medical school of some type or a graduate program such as physical therapy.  However, while the specified curriculum is well-suited to these studies, professional schools do not specify that entering students have particular majors or options.  Graduates who complete the degree option yet do not enter a medical or graduate school program should be prepared for a variety of employment opportunities especially in biomedical or biotechnology-related laboratories.

The “Environmental Option” is designed to cover the aspects of biology, chemistry, and earth science most applicable to employment, consultation, or graduate studies in environmental protection and remediation.  Consequently, the overall curriculum and many of the individual courses are interdisciplinary.  Furthermore, the program specifically provides opportunities for students to interact with others who are following the Environmental Option associated with Chemistry and Geology majors.     

Curriculum in Biology
(General Option)
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman
Sophomore
Fall
Spring
Fall
Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
BIOL 1011 1 BIOL 2124 or 2134 4 BIOL 2124 or 2134 4 BIOL 3034 4
BIOL 1114 4 Social Sciences1,T 3 CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4
MATH 1113T 3 Any COMST 3 ElectiveT 3 Biology ElectiveT 4
Social Sciences1,T 3 Physical Activity1,T 2 Math Elective2 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15
Junior
Senior
Fall
Spring
Fall
Spring
Math Elective2 3 Elective5,T 4 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3
PHYS 2014 4 PHYS 2024 4 Physiology or Cellular Elective4 3-4 Physiology or Cellular Elective4 3-4
CHEM 3254 4 CHEM 3264 4 Biology Elective5 3-4 BIOL 4891 1
BIOL 31143 4 Biology Elective (3000-4000 level) 4 Elective5,T 6 Elective4,T 5
Biology Elective4 3-4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16-17 Total Hours 16-17
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman
Sophomore
Spring
Fall
Spring
Fall
BIOL 1114 4 BIOL 1011 1 Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 BIOL 2124 or 2134 4 BIOL 3034 4
MATH 1113T 3 BIOL 2124 or 2134 4 CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 ElectiveT 3 Biology ElectiveT 4
Physical Activity1,T 1 Physical Activity1,T 1 Math Elective2 3
Any COMST 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15
Junior
Senior
Spring
Fall
Spring
Fall
Math Elective2 3 Elective5,T 4 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3
PHYS 2024 4 PHYS 2014 4 Physiology or Cellular Elective4 3-4 Physiology or Cellular Elective4 3-4
CHEM 3254 4 CHEM 3264 4 Biology Elective5 3-4 BIOL 4891 1
BIOL 31143 4 Biology Elective(3000-4000) 4 Elective5,T 6 Elective4,T 5
Biology Elective4 3-4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16-17 Total Hours 16-17
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Six hours of mathematics above MATH 1113 (courses in the areas of statistics and calculus or statistics and biostatistics (FW 3173)are recommended).
3Coastal Ecology (BIOL 4094) which is offered during the May mini-term can serve as an alternative to BIOL 3114 in the Biology major.
4The physiology choices include: Human Physiology (BIOL 3074), General Physiology (BIOL 3124), Physiological Ecology (BIOL 3174) Endocrinology (BIOL 4014);whereas, choices in the area of cell or molecular biology include: Cell Biology (BIOL 4033), Molecular Genetics (BIOL 4074), Microbiology (BIOL 3054), Immunology (BIOL 4023). One in each area is required. Other alternatives must be approved by your advisor and Department Head. Each 3-hour selection in one of these areas must be balanced by 4-hours (rather than 3-hours) of biology electives.
5Sufficient courses at 3000-4000 level to constitute a total of 40 hours.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.
Curriculum in Biology
(Biomedical Option)
Suggested Sequence of Courses

Freshman

Sophomore

Fall Spring Fall Spring
BIOL 1011 1 COMS Elective 3 CHEM 3254 4 CHEM 3264 4
BIOL 1114 4 BIOL 2124 4 BIOL 3074 4 BIOL 2134 4
ENGL 10131 3 ENGL 10231 3 SPH 1003 or ENGL 2053 3 SOC 1003 or PSY 2003 3
CHEM 2124 4 CHEM 2134 4 Social Sciences1 3 MATH 2914 or other MATH higher than 1113 3-4
MATH 1113 or MATH 1914 3-4 Physical Activity1 1 BIOL 2014 4    
Physical Activity1 1            
Total Hours 16-17 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 18 Total Hours 14-15

Junior

Senior

Fall Spring Fall Spring
BIOL 3034 4 Statistics3 3 Elective6 3 Humanities Elective1 3
PHYS 2014 4 PHYS 2024 4 * Elective (see advisor to select two courses from each column below) 12-16 Electives5 (as needed to reach a total of 124 hours for graduation) 4-11
Cellular Elective2 3-4 BIOL 3114 or BIOL 4094 4     BIOL 4891 1
Social Sciences1 3 Social Sciences1 3        
Fine Arts Elective1 3        
Total Hours 17-18 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15-19 Total Hours 8-15
        *Select4 six to eight hours from:   *Select4 six to eight hours from  
        BIOL 3054 4 BIOL 3024 4
        BIOL 4023 3 BIOL 3064 4
        BIOL 4033 3 BIOL 3803 3
        BIOL 4074 4 BIOL 4054 4
        CHEM 3344 4 BIOL 4083 3
        CHEM 3363 3 NUR 2303 3
        BIOL 4951-4 1-4 BIOL 4951-4 1-4

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Cellular electives include the first four courses listed in the left-hand column above..
3See advisor for alternatives.
4See catalog to assure pre-requisites are met.
5At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level courses.
6Select from AHS 2013, PE 2513, PHIL 3103, PSY 3063, SOC 3173, or SOC 4053.

Curriculum in Biology
(Environmental Option)
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman
Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
BIOL 1114T 4 BIOL 2124 4 ECON 20031,T 3 BIOL 2134 4
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10232,T 3 POLS 20031,T 3 BIOL 2111 1
CHEM 2124T or BIOL 1004 4 CHEM 2134T or CHEM 2124 4 BIOL 1004 or CHEM 2134 4 CHEM 3313 3
MATH 1113T 3 SOC 10031,T 3 Statistics or Computer Science2,T 3 Statistics or Computer Science2,T 3
Physical Activity1,T 1 Physical Activity1,T 1 PHYS 2014T 4 PHYS 2024T 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15
Junior
Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
BIOL 3043 or CHEM 3353 3 ENGL 2053 3 CHEM 3353 or BIOL 3043 3 BIOL Elective (3000-4000 level) 4
BIOL 3124 4 BIOL 3114 4 BIOL 3054 4 BIOL 4024 4
CHEM 3254 4 BIOL 3111 1 BIOL 3034 4 BIOL 4111 1
Social Sciences1,T 3 CHEM 3264 4 Calculus3,T 3-4 Elective4,T 3-4
Elective4,T 3 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 14-15 Total Hours 15-16
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman
Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
BIOL 1114T 4 BIOL 1004 or 2134 4 BIOL 2124 4 BIOL 2134 or 1004 4
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 BIOL 2111 1 Social Sciences1,T 3
CHEM 2124T 4 CHEM 2134T 4 Statistics or Computer Science2,T 3 Statistics or Computer Science2,T 3
MATH 1113T 3 SOC 10031,T 3 CHEM 3313 3 POLS 20031,T 3
Physical Activity1,T 1 Physical Activity1,T 1 PHYS 2024T 4 PHYS 2014T 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17
Junior
Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
BIOL 3111 1 BIOL 3043 or CHEM 3353 3 BIOL 4111 1 CHEM 3353 or BIOL 3043 3
BIOL 3114 4 BIOL 3124 4 BIOL 3034 4 BIOL 3054 4
CHEM 3254 4 CHEM 3264 4 BIOL 4024 4 BIOL Elective(3000-
4000 level)
4
ECON 20031,T 3 ENGL 2053 3 Calculus3,T 3-4 Elective4,T 3-4
Elective4,T 3 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15-16 Total Hours 14-15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Must have one statistics course and one computer science course. See catalog or advisor for alternatives.
3MATH 2914 is recommended if you are considering graduate school in this field. Furthermore, MATH 2924 should be considered for a general elective. Otherwise MATH 2243 is recommended.
4Recommended electives include: AGSS 2014, FW 4014, FW 4034, GEOL 1014, and 3153, POLS 2013 and 4103, or SPH 2003 (but also see the previous footnote, relative to calculus).
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor
Biology

The minor in biology is available to students who wish to add to their knowledge of this increasingly important field for personal edification or for professional purposes, but choose not to complete a major in biology. The minor in biology requires 20 hours of courses:

BIOL 1014 Introduction to Biological Sciences or BIOL 1114 Principles of Biology
BIOL 2124 Principles of Zoology
BIOL 2134 Principles of Botany
*BIOL Electives (8 hours of 3000 or 4000 level)
*No more than one credit hour can be a seminar course

Fisheries and Wildlife Science
Dr. Joseph N. Stoeckel, Director
McEver Hall, Room 130
(479)964-0852
jstoeckel@atu.edu

The fisheries and wildlife science program is a professional program designed to prepare qualified field and research biologists, as well as to provide a sound foundation for those students who intend to pursue graduate studies in wildlife biology, fisheries biology or field ecology. Through selection of elective courses, graduates are required to meet certification requirements of The Wildlife Society or the American Fisheries Society.

Field biologists are employed by various state and federal agencies concerned with natural resources management including the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, National Park Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Employment opportunities in the private sector are also available. Timber, mining, and utility companies hire field biologists for advice and management of industrial lands. Environmental consulting firms, commercial fish and game farms, and nature centers require qualified researchers, technicians, and educators.

Majors in fisheries and wildlife science must complete a minimum of 124 semester hours as specified in the following curriculum outline. No more than 12 hours of “D’s” may be applied toward the degree. Candidates for graduation are expected to complete a comprehensive series of practical and technical exams to assess mastery of program objectives.

Curriculum in Fisheries and Wildlife Science
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman
Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Speech or ENGL 2053 3 FW 2013 3
BIOL 1114 4 BIOL 2124 4 BIOL 2134 4 FW 3114 4
MATH 1113T 3 CHEM 1113and CHEM 1111 or 2124T 4 CHEM 2204 or 3254T 4 GEOG 2833 3
FW 1001 1 Physical Activity1,T 2 Statistics2, FW 3084,3,F or FW 31543,W 3-4 Statistics,2 or FW 31443,W 3 -4
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3     Social Sciences1,T 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14-15 Total Hours 16-17
Junior
Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
FW 3173 or Calculus 3 FW 3053 3 FW 4103 3 FW 4003 3
FW 40143,W, FW 40643,W or electives4 4 FW 40243,F or Electives4 4 FW 40133,W or FW 40433,F 3 FW 4083 3
BIOL 4044W or electives4 4 BIOL 30043,W or Electives4
4 Electives4 9 FW 4001 1
Electives4 3 Electives4 3     Electives4 4
Social Science1 3 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3     Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 14
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman
Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 FW 2013 3 Speech or ENGL 2053 3
BIOL 1114 4 BIOL 2124 4 BIOL 2134 4 FW 3114 4
MATH 1113T 3 CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1111 or 2124T 4 GEOG 2833 3 CHEM 2204 or 3254T 4
Physical Activity1,T 2 FW 1001 1 Statistics2 or FW 31443,W 3-4 FW 30843,F,31543,W or Statistics2 3-4
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3  
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16-17 Total Hours 14-15
Junior
Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
FW 3053 3 FW 3173 or a Calculus 3 FW 4003 3 FW 40133,W or FW 40433,F 3
FW 40243,F or Electives4 4 FW 40143,W, FW 40643,W or Electives4 4 FW 4083 3 FW 4103 3
BIOL 30043,W or Electives4 4 BIOL 4044W or Electives4 4 FW 4001 1 Electives4 9
Electives4 3 Electives4 3 Electives4 4    
Social Sciences1 3 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3 Fine Art/Humanities1 3    
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements". One of the social sciences must be a course in economics (2003).
2Statistics must be taken either fall or spring term.
3F and W superscripts designate courses required for certification in fisheries and wildlife, respectively. Students can choose between FW 3154 and FW 3144, FW 4014 and FW 4064, and BIOL 3004 and BIOL 4044 for wildlife certification. Meeting requirements for fisheries or wildlife certification is a requirement for graduation.
4Must include at least two courses from the biology group (BIOL 3174 physiological ecology, BIOL 3034 genetics, BIOL 4064 evolutionary biology, BIOL 3064 parasitology, AGPM 3104 entomology, BIOL 3184 animal behavior, BIOL 3004 plant taxonomy, BIOL 4044 dendrology, BIOL 4094 coastal ecology), one W or two F courses from the physical science group (any physics course, AGSS 2014 soils, GEOL 1014 physical geology,GEOL 3083 hydrology), and three 3000-4000 level fisheries and wildlife courses. Sufficient additional electives to produce 124 total credit hours are required for graduation.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Allied Health Science Programs

The allied health science programs include a two-year curriculum in medical assistant and four-year curricula in health information management and medical technology. Statements and curricula for these programs are listed below.

Health Information Management
Dr. Melinda Wilkins, Director
Dean Hall
(479) 968-0441
mwilkins@atu.edu

The degree program in health information management prepares the student for a professional career as an active member of the modern health-care team. In this age of increased computerization and data analysis, the health information management field is an exciting new area with virtually unlimited possibilities. The health information management administrator is an expert in the world of health record systems. He/she is responsible for obtaining complete health records for use in research; for gathering statistical information on which to base long-range health planning goals; for determining the legitimacy of requests for confidential medical information; for controlling the circulation and integrity of health records; and, as department head, is responsible for efficiency of the health information department employees in the performance of daily activities.

The health information department in a medical facility has in its care all the documentation regarding patient-care, physician as well as ancillary information. Responsibility for data validity and integrity play a major role in the health information profession. He/she must be progressive, conscientious, tactful, and knowledgeable, as much work is accomplished in cooperation with other allied health professionals. Above all, the health information professional must adhere to the Code of Ethics of the American Health Information Management Association and to the appropriate institutional behavioral codes that apply.

Professional practice is scheduled at affiliated hospitals in nearby cities for a period of six hours per week during the fall and spring semesters for senior HIM majors. The management affiliation may be assigned to a hospital in a distant city for four weeks (40 hours per week) and normally occurs in the summer immediately following the senior year. Students are responsible for all transportation and lodging expenses during these assignments; however, every effort will be made to minimize such costs.

Students must make at least a “C” in each of the professional courses and demonstrate their proficiency in professional practice and management-affiliation. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is granted a Bachelor of Science degree in health information management and becomes eligible to write the national certification examination. The student already holding a baccalaureate degree may apply for the HIM program as specified in the Application Guidelines and work toward another baccalaureate degree provided the pre-professional course of study has been completed to establish eligibility to write the national certification examination. Registered health information technicians are urged to contact the Program Director for information regarding RHIA progression. The national certification examination is offered year-round by the American Health Information Management Association.

The application process for the Health Information Management Program is as follows:

Health Information Management
Program Application Guidelines

  1. Application for upper level professional HIM courses must be on file with the HIM Program Director by March 15th prior to the year you wish to take HIM courses.
  2. To be eligible for application interview, the following must be on file: Application, current copy of all applicable transcripts, including a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and COMPASS/ACT scores.
  3. Applicants may be required to complete an interview with an interview team. Consideration will be given to areas such as:
    • Dedication and perseverance
    • Aptitude
    • Knowledge of HIM profession
    • Professional appearance
    • Flexibility
    • Realistic career goals
    • True desire to enter HIM profession
    • Ability to finish HIM program within prescribed time
  4. Candidates will be ranked based on GPA and number of prerequisite courses completed. The top twenty will be selected. A ranked order waiting list will be maintained by the HIM Program Director.
  5. Candidates will be notified prior to pre-registration for the fall semester. If accepted, candidates must return a signed statement acknowledging acceptance. Candidates must register for courses indicated on the degree plan. Any change in degree plan requires approval of the student’s HIM faculty advisor. Candidates must notify the program director of change in degree choice.
  6. A late application deadline of August 15th will be observed if positions are available. Late applicants will be notified as soon as possible or during the week of late registration.
  7. If a candidate fails a course that would preclude graduation, or does not earn at least a “C” in HIM courses, reapplication to the HIM Program will be required.

The Health Information Management Program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in cooperation with the American Health Information Management Association’s Council on Accreditation

Curriculum in Health Information Management
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman
Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
Elective2,T 2 BIOL 10141,T 4 MGMT 2013T 3 COMS 2233T 3
AHS 1023 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 BIOL 2004T 4 CHEM 1113 and CHEM 11111,T 4
Social Sciences1,T 3 MATH 1113T 3 AHS 2013 or ACCT 2003T 3 AHS 2013 or ACCT 2003 3
Physical Activity1,T 1 SPH 2003T 3 Physical Activity1,T 1 ElectiveT 2
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15
Junior
Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Fine Arts1,T 3 HIM 3153 3 HIM 4182 2 HIM 4073 3
Humanities1,T 3 HIM 4153 3 HIM 4063 3 HIM 4083 3
MGMT 3003 3 MGMT 4023 or HA/RP 4113 3 HIM 3043 3 HIM 4292 2
HIM 3023 3 HIM 3133 3 HIM 4983 3 HIM 4034 4
PSY 2053T 3 HIM 3132 2 HIM 3033 3 MGMT 4013 3
HIM 4092 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15
Senior 9th Semester
Summer
HIM 4895 5
HIM 4892 2
Total Hours 7
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2HIM 1001 recommended.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Medical Assistant
Phyllis Cox, Director
Dean Hall, Suite 201
(479) 498-6073
pcox@atu.edu

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical duties under the direction of physicians in their offices or other medical settings. The medical assistant curriculum is a two-year associate of applied science degree program. This program offers the student a broad foundation in basic medical assisting skills including an externship (practicum) in a medical facility under the supervision of clinic personnel and the Medical Assistant Program Director. Basic medical assistant training and education consist of learning experiences in communication skills, examination room procedures, clinical laboratory skills, and general office practices.

Admission to the second year of the program is on a competitive basis and is limited to 12 students a year. Students must make at least a “C” in each of the professional courses. A student is eligible for admission to the second year of the program upon completion of all prerequisites with an overall grade point average of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale; presentation of evidence of good health; and satisfactory completion of a personal interview with the program director. If more than 12 students qualify for the second year of the program, they will be ranked by cumulative grade point average. Those not admitted in the first round of selection will be placed on a ranked waiting list.

Students enrolled in AHS 2034, AHS 2044, and AHS 2055 are required to carry malpractice liability insurance. A group insurance policy is arranged by the program director, but the premiums are paid by the student and are not included in the tuition and fees paid to the University.

The Arkansas Tech University Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). Students who successfully complete the associate degree program for medical assistants will be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination.

Curriculum in Medical Assistant
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman
Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131 3 ENGL 10231 3 Social Sciences1 3 AHS 2034 4
BIOL 1114 or 2124 4 PSY 2003 3 AHS 2023 3 AHS 2032 2
AHS 1023 3 PE 2513 3 AHS 2022 2 AHS 2053 3
MATH 11131 3 SPH 1003 or 2003 3 AHS 2013 3 HIM 4073 3
COMS 1003 3 COMS 2003 3 AHS 2044 4 BIOL 2004 4
AHS 2033 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 18 Total Hours 16
Summer I
AHS 2055 5
AHS 2061 1
Total Hours 6

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".

Medical Technology
Phyllis Cox, Director
Dean Hall, Suite 201
(479) 498-6073
pcox@atu.edu

Arkansas Tech University, in affiliation with approved schools of medical technology, offers a four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree and to certification as a medical technologist. The affiliated schools of medical technology are accredited by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association.

The first three years of the curriculum are taught on the Tech campus and the fourth (professional) year is taught at one of the affiliated schools of medical technology. Admission to the professional year is on a competitive basis, and students must meet the admission standards of the medical technology school.

Personnel with Medical Technology Affiliated Institutions

Baptist Health Schools, Little Rock, Arkansas: John E. Slaven, M.D., Medical Director, School of Medical Technology; Jennie Kyle, M.P.H., MT (ASCP) S.H., Program Director, School of Medical Technology.

St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Missouri: Susan O. Pintado, M.D., Medical Director, School of Medical Technology. Karen Adkins, MA ED, MT (ASCP), Program Director, School of Medical Technology.

To qualify for the bachelor of science degree, the student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 91 semester hours during the first three years of the program and 40 semester hours during the final professional year (52 weeks of class) at an affiliated medical technology school. The third year of the curriculum (30 semester hours) must include 20 semester hours in courses numbered 3000 or above, of which 4 semester hours must be in chemistry and 7 or 8 semester hours in biology. Also, the third year of the curriculum must be completed in residence at Arkansas Tech University.

Tuition and fees for courses taken the senior year at one of the affiliated medical technology schools will be assessed at the current rate charged by the affiliated school and are payable to Arkansas Tech University. Financial aid and scholarship arrangements are also made by Tech.

Upon successful completion of the final 40 hours at an affiliated medical technology school, a student is eligible for a bachelor of science degree, as well as being eligible to write the National Board Examination for licensure. This examination is given at various times throughout the year by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Curriculum in Medical Technology
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall
Spring
Fall
Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 6
BIOL 1114 or BIOL 2124T 4 BIOL 2004T 4 PHYS 2014T 4 PHYS 2024T 4
BIOL 1011T 1 CHEM 2134T 4 BIOL 2023 3 COMS Elective2,T 3
CHEM 2124T 4 MATH 1203T 3 BIOL 2022 2 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3
MATH 1113T 3 Physical Activity1,T 1 AHS 2013 3
Physical Activity1 1
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
Junior
Senior
Unusual course category - 12 months
BIOL 3054T 4 Fine Art/Humanities1,T 3 MEDT 4012-3 2-3 MEDT 4056-7 6-7
BIOL (3034, 3064, 4023 or 4033)3 7-8 MEDT 4029 9 MEDT 4064 4
CHEM (2204, 3245, 3254, 3264, 3344, or 4414)3 13-12 MEDT 4035 5 MEDT 4073 3
PSY 2003 3 MEDT 4048-9 8-9 MEDT 4081-2 1-2
Total Hours 30 Total Hours 40
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2COMS 1003 or Alternate.
3Must have a total of 12-13 hours of upper-level chemistry and 7-8 hours of upper-level biology and a total of at least 29 hours in the junior year to reach the required 91 hour total before entering the senior, off-campus, year.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.