2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

The College of Allied Health Professions

Dr. Diane Duin, Dean
APS 119, (406) 896-5831

The College of Allied Health Professions comprises undergraduate and graduate programs that are designed to prepare individuals for the allied health professions.  A broader definition of allied health is recognized and includes those academic programs in the behavioral sciences (e.g., health promotion, human services, rehabilitation), therapeutic sciences (e.g., athletic training) and support services (e.g., health administration).  Academic programs in the College prepare students with the technical skills needed to work in the dynamic healthcare field.  Programs also prepare students to be critical thinkers in their chosen profession, develop a historical consciousness, broaden their understanding of the diversity of the profession and individuals, and develop a defined sense of values that will guide them in their career.

The College of Allied Health Professions is comprised of the following academic departments and program area:

  • Health Administration
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Rehabilitation and Human Services

Academic Advising

All new, transfer, and re-admitted students are encouraged to visit the Advising Center on McMullen Hall first floor west, to meet with an academic advisor.  New students will receive information regarding General Education requirements and Plan of Study worksheets related to their major and minor programs.  Transfer and re-admitted students will work with an advisor to complete a transcript evaluation and to develop a Plan of Study.  Students majoring in bachelor’s degree programs in the College of Allied Health Professions will be advised through the Advising Center until their sophomore year.  At that time, students will be assigned a faculty member for advising.  Although advisors are available to assist students in designing their Plan of Study, students are ultimately responsible for meeting degree requirements.

Undergraduate Degrees and Majors

The College of Allied Health Professions offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs in the area of allied health professions.  These programs include:

Associate of Arts Program of Study in Rehabilitation and Related Services

Bachelor of Science in

Health Administration Ñ
Health and Human Performance with Options in:
Health and Wellness
Human Performance
Health and Physical Education K-12 Teacher Licensure or Teacher Certification Option
Human Services
Outdoor Adventure Leadership
Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation and Related Services

Bachelor of Applied Science with a concentration in Dental Hygiene

Minors:  Coaching, Health Education

Teaching Minor:  Health & Physical Education (K-12)

Graduate Degrees

Master of Health Administration:  A professional graduate degree program delivered in an online format.

Master of Science in Athletic Training:  An entry-level graduate degree program in the Department of Health and Human Performance

Master of Science Interdisciplinary Studies Exercise and Sport Leadership Option:  A professional graduate degree program in the Department of Health and Human Performance

Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling:  A professional graduate degree program in the Department of Rehabilitation and Human Services


The mission of the College of Allied Health Professions is to provide professional and graduate education programs in the allied health professions that are consistent with the highest professional standards.  Collaborative partnerships among students, faculty, researchers, community members, and industry leaders for the purpose of health improvement provide a foundation from which to serve the educational needs of a growing allied health professions workforce.  The goals of the College are to ensure a seamless curricular articulation among diverse health related programs and create an environment that fosters excellence in student instruction, research, and community services.

Clinical and Field-Based Experiences

The College of Allied Health Professions provides a number of supervised clinical and field-based experiences designed to prepare students for work in the allied health professions.  The major aim of these experiences is to allow students to apply principles and theories from the professional knowledge base in the supervised environments.  Whereas each degree program has different expectations for clinical and field-based experience, students should clarify expectations with the faculty advisor prior to registration.

Bachelor of Applied Science Dental Hygiene Thematic Concentration

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree with Thematic Concentration in Dental Hygiene is designed for individuals who are graduates of Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs in Dental Hygiene which are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Students will complete six advanced Dental Hygiene courses and six courses in Health Administration or other supporting course-work, in addition to general education requirements.  All classes will be offered online with two on-campus meetings at Montana State University Billings:  one at the beginning of the Fall semester and the other at the end of the Spring semester.

This one-year curriculum will enable the graduate to improve career opportunities and achieve personal and professional growth.

Required Courses

Required Courses Credits
DENT 305 Introduction to Dental Hygiene Research 2
DENT 360 Educational Methods in Dental Hygiene. 3
DENT 380 Contemporary Issues in Dental Hygiene 3
DENT 470 Leadership in Dental Hygiene 3
DENT 499A Capstone Part 1 1-3
DENT 499B Capstone Part 2 1-3

Supporting Coursework

Students may take the following courses or other supporting coursework approved by their advisor.

HADM 307 Health Informatics 3
HADM 325 Principles of Marketing for Healthcare Organizations 3
HADM 335 Health Law and Ethics 3
HADM 440 Managerial Epidemiology and the Public’s Health 3
HADM 494 SM: Health Systems 1-3

General Education Requirements

For students with an AAS-DH degree from the Montana University System:
Cultural Diversity (3 credits)
Arts (3 credits)
Humanities (3 credits)
Students will consult with their advisors to determine what courses will satisfy the General Education requirements for this degree.

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