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University of Maine at Fort Kent • 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Allied Health Concentration

The Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Allied Health is a completion degree for licensed or licensure eligible allied health graduates of associate degrees in the numerous allied health disciplines where there is no discipline specific bachelor degree available. This degree allows two-year health degree students the opportunity to advance in their chosen health profession or continue into a graduate program. The curriculum is designed as a “+2” degree allowing students to transfer 50 credits of their professional coursework.

Vision Statement

The Division of Nursing and Allied Health will have a significant positive impact on health, especially in rural environments through teaching, service, scholarship, and practice.

Mission Statement

As an integral part of its parent institution, the Division of Nursing and Allied Health will sustain high-quality programs that meet the diverse needs of students and will serve as a catalyst for healthcare careers and professional development.

Program Description/Goals

The Division of Nursing and Allied Health offers a baccalaureate program leading to the degree, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Allied Health. This program is intended to serve Allied Health associate degree graduates who wish to upgrade their academic credentials to include the baccalaureate degree. The BAS with a concentration in Allied Heath degree program provides graduates of health care programs the opportunity to gain the added expertise needed to expand their professional roles in the health care system.

In fulfillment of its mission, the Division of Nursing and Allied Health will:

  1. Prepare Allied Health graduates to meet the rural healthcare workforce needs of Northern New England and beyond.
  2. Foster the development of graduates with the ability to function competently as an entry level Allied Health professionals.
  3. Prepare graduates who exhibit a commitment to professional ethics and behavior.
  4. Support the development of graduates who demonstrate appropriate problem solving, communication, and critical thinking skills in the clinical/didactic settings.
  5. Develop graduates who understand the importance of responsibility, accountability, values, ethics and lifelong learning.
  6. Prepare graduates to interpret the influences of patient safety, health policy, and finance on or within healthcare delivery systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, the graduate of the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Allied Health Upgrade Completion program will be able to:

  1. Function as a member of the health care team using appropriate health care language.
  2. Communicate effectively with patients and their families.
  3. Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills within the scope of their practice in coordination with team members to foster good patient outcomes.
  4. Demonstrate clinical competence while performing duties safely and effectively within their scope of practice, while treating patients with compassion, empathy, and respect.
  5. Exhibit professional behaviors and ethical decision-making consistent with that of contemporary health professionals.
  6. Utilize evidence-based practice to promote health, prevent disease, and manage illness for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  7. Demonstrate leadership and management in decision making, delegation, and interdisciplinary collaboration to provide safe, coordinated, high quality care.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development


Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this program, you must:

  • Have or be currently pursuing an Allied Health Associate's degree through a regionally-accredited college
  • Secure state certification or licensure upon completion of your Associate's degree
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

General Education Requirements

In accordance with University policy, all baccalaureate candidates must complete the general education requirements. Transfer credits are considered on an individual basis. All general education courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".

Program Requirements

CRN Course Name Credits
HCA 401/NUR 401 Health Related Research and Evidence Based Practice 3 credits
HCA 413/NUR 413 Health Care Ethics and the Law 3 credits
HIT 239 Health Care Quality Improvement 3 credits
HLT 386 Health Care Policy 3 credits
HLT 407 Leadership and Management in Health Care 3 credits
NUR 456 Integrated Practice in Health Care 3 credits
Total: 18 credits

Suggested Electives

Select 12 credit hours from the following courses:

CRN Course Name Credits
BUS 343 Human Resource Management 3 credits
HCA 308 Managerial Accounting in Healthcare 3 credits
HCA 321 Health Care Finance 3 credits
NUR 302 Pharmacology 3 credits
NUR 301 Promoting Healthy Communities 3 credits
NUR 309 Holistic Health Assessment and NUR 309L Holistic Health Assessment Lab 3 credits
PSA 301 Emergency Medical Technician 3 credits
PSY 308 Human Development 3 credits
SOC 321 Rural Societies 3 credits

30 total credits must be UMFK and 45 total credits must be 300 level or higher.

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