College of Health Professions Programs of Instruction

Learn more about the undergraduate degree programs of instruction offered by the College of Health Professions. For specific curriculum guides for bachelor's degrees, minors and certificates offered through the College, see the Undergraduate Curriculum Guides section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Full-time Option
  • Part-time Option

R.N. to B.S.N. Program

(This sequence is limited to registered nurse graduates of Associate Degree and Diploma nursing programs.)

The RN to BSN program is designed for those registered nurses holding a diploma or associate degree of nursing, or a baccalaureate degree in another field. It is specifically designed for those who are interested in obtaining the baccalaureate degree in Nursing and/or continuing on to a master's degree in nursing. Students must complete 68-69 hours of the prerequisite undergraduate coursework prior to acceptance into this sequence. The RN program consists of 32 hours of upper-division baccalaureate coursework. Students meeting additional admission requirements may opt to take 3 graduate courses for a total of 8 credits while meeting the baccalaureate requirements. Continuation in the graduate program is predicated on meeting graduate program requirements and acceptance into the graduate nursing program.

Accelerated Option for the Basic Baccalaureate in Nursing Program

The accelerated option is designed for those students with a baccalaureate degree and prerequisites to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in four semesters - one academic year and two summers.

LPN/BSN Sequence

The sequence is designed for LPNs who completed a practical nursing curriculum, as well as LPNs with bachelor's degrees in an area other than nursing. The pathway provides learning activities that build on prior knowledge and experience.

Nutrition & Dietetics

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

To become a registered dietitian (RD), a student must complete the academic requirements, complete a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised experience in dietetic practice, obtain appropriate verification, and pass the dietetic registration examination. Only accredited programs like those at The University of Akron are recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The University of Akron has two routes to prepare a student for a career in dietetics – the Didactic Program (DP) and the Coordinated Program (CP). The Didactic Program includes all required coursework necessary to apply for a dietetic internship. The Coordinated Program allows students to complete 1,200 hours of supervised experience along with regular coursework during their junior and senior years. Regardless of the option chosen, students must have successfully completed their coursework and clinical experience before they are eligible to take the registration examination.

The University of Akron students apply through the College of Health Professions Dean's Office to be considered for admission into the dietetics major. Students must meet the minimum criteria listed below:

  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better

The curriculum for DP and CP are the same for the first year. Students who desire to be admitted to the CP may apply to the program when CP program prerequisites have been completed. Seats are limited and entry is competitive. Students who do not enter the CP program but meet other program requirements will continue in the DP program.

Bachelor of Science in Food and Environmental Nutrition

Students obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Environmental Nutrition will qualify for the food industry in food marketing, entrepreneurship, quality control, quality assurance, and food product design. This major creates professionals to provide the expertise to meet the challenges of the food industry. Employment is generally with food manufacturers and related businesses with an emphasis on marketing and the consumer.

Students must meet the requirements to be admitted to the College of Health Professions. the School of Nutrition & Dietetics, and the Food and Environmental Nutrition program.

Social Work

7750: Social Work

Consistent with the mission of The University of Akron and the College of Health Professions, the mission of the undergraduate social work program is to prepare students for competent and effective generalist practice. The goals of the undergraduate social work program are to: 1) prepare students to integrate the knowledge, values and skills of the social work profession for competent and effective generalist practice with diverse client systems in various practice settings; 2) prepare students to identify the strengths and abilities of diverse client systems to foster empowerment toward social justice and systematic well-being; and 3) prepare students to utilize theoretically-based social work research, knowledge and critical thinking skills for effective and ethical social work practice. The social work major is an accredited undergraduate professional program preparing students for entry-level practice positions in social service agencies employing Social Workers.

Elective courses are available in such areas as health, child welfare, mental health, grant writing, family service, corrections, etc. Certificate programs in Pan-American Studies, Addiction Services, Gerontology (Aging) and Victim Studies can be scheduled within the elective framework of the curriculum.

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in social work requires completion of 14 credits of a foreign language (Spanish is recommended; sign language as well as other foreign languages are accepted). The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree does not require a second language. Both degrees require 128 hours. Curricula have been developed (Step-Up program arrangements) so that students completing the associate degree programs in Community Services Technology (College of Applied Science and Technology), Social Services Technology (Wayne College), and Human Services Technology (Stark State College of Technology) with social services emphasis programs can complete either the B.A. or B.A./S.W. curriculum in social work by completing the required courses.

The Social Work Program at The University of Akron is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Students wishing to major in social work must request an intercollege transfer to the College of Health Professions, School of Social Work from their current college. A 2.75 grade point average and 30 credit hours is required for admission to the School. Once admitted to the School, a separate admissions packet must be completed with the School in order to be admitted as a social work major in good standing.

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

7700: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

The program in Speech-Language Pathology of The University of Akron is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Akron, in association with the Northeast Ohio Audiology Consortium, is also accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology offers an undergraduate (preprofessional) program of academic training in speech-language pathology and audiology. Audiologists are hearing care specialists for evaluation and treatment of individuals with hearing and balance disorders. Scope of practice includes conducting hearing assessments, selecting and fitting hearing aids/assistive listening devices, programming cochlear implants, testing balance, and counseling regarding hearing loss. Speech-language pathologists work with children and adults with language, voice, fluency, articulatory and phonologic, cognitive and swallowing disorders. They provide assessment and treatment for these disorders as well as working in prevention of them.

Course work focuses on the evaluation and treatment of the many disordered communication processes. Students who qualify academically may also take the elective course: 7700:446 Observation and Clinical Techniques. This course includes accumulation of a minimum of 25 hours of supervised observation, as required for graduate study by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The preprofessional undergraduate program prepares students to pursue a master's degree, which is required for employment and licensure as a speech-language pathologist. A doctoral degree (Au.D.) is required for licensure as an audiologist.

Typical work settings for speech-language pathologists and audiologists include: schools, hospitals, clinics, private practice, physicians’ offices, industry and universities.  

Allied Health

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

This Bachelor of Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford Texas, 76021, 817-283-2835; The program prepares graduates to perform respiratory therapy procedures, under the direction of a physician. This program emphasizes critical thinking and assessment of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Admission is selective due to space availability in the clinical component of the program. 

Associates of Science

2740: Medical Assisting Technology

This program provides students with the background to perform a wide range of tasks in the physician's office and other ambulatory health care settings. Administrative tasks include ICD-9-CM & CPT coding and medical software usage. Clinical tasks include injections, phlebotomy, assisting with minor surgery, minor office procedures, and CLIA waived laboratory tests.

The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants

Endowment (AAMAE). CAAHEP, 1361 Park St., Clearwater, Fla., (727) 210-2350,

2760: Radiologic Technology

This program prepares graduates to perform radiologic examinations under a physician’s direction for diagnosis and treatment of physical diseases and injuries. The University of Akron offers this associate degree in conjunction with an area hospital school of radiology, which maintains national accreditation. Upon completion of the accredited program in radiologic technology the student will earn the associate in applied science degree at The University of Akron, and become eligible for the registry exam. (Selective Admission)

2770: Surgical Technology

This program trains people to prepare equipment and assist the physician and other members of the surgical team with patient care and related services in the hospital operating room. (Selective Admission with a deadline for application of April 15)

Sport Science & Wellness Education

5550: Physical Education

The Department of Sport Science and Wellness Education offers the following undergraduate programs:

  • Physical Education (Pre K-12)
  • Athletic Training Education Program
  • Exercise Science
  • Sport Studies
  • Licensure in Dance (Pre-K-12)

Students must earn a "C" or better in all Physical Education courses to be recommended for licensure.

5560: Outdoor Education

Admission Suspended

5570: Health Education

  • Health Education with Licensure

5570: Community Health and Wellness Education

  • Community Health (Admission Suspended)

Students must earn a "C" or better in all Physical Education courses to be recommended for licensure.