Undergraduate Degree Programs

I love and appreciate the 'no judgement' mentality of the instructors. They all genuinely want to see us succeed and know we are students learning the material for the first time.

-Katie Gamache, '14 ~ Nursing: PreLicensure program

Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training

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Our Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited program provides a quality clinical education experience for students to become entry-level Certified Athletic Trainers. The curriculum is designed to successfully prepare students for the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam.

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Research

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The purpose of this baccalaureate program is to prepare individuals to participate in the science and business of developing health care products, such as drugs, biologics, and devices. This non-nursing degree focuses on the numerous requirements and positions involved with biopharmaceutical and device development including protocol development, scientific writing, data managment, clinical monitoring, medical monitoring, regulatory affairs, clinical quality compliance and pharmaceutical marketing.

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

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Exercise Science provides an essential foundation for a career as an allied-health professional by imparting a unique inter- disciplinary, knowledge-base in health, fitness, and wellness. Given this academic backdrop, students are prepared for acceptance into graduate school, including, but not limited to, physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, medicine and/or to achieve success with national certification examinations.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-licensure (BS)

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The purpose of this baccalaureate program is to prepare students who possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes with which to practice family-centered professional nursing in a variety of current and emerging health care delivery systems. In addition, the program is designed to provide a foundation for graduate nursing education. Through interactions with patients and other health care professionals, nursing graduates will contribute toward meeting the wide-ranging health care needs of the region, state, and the larger community.

Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Health Teaching Licensure

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Students who earn a degree in Physical Education and Health are recommended to receive K-12 licensure from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to teach Healthful Living. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and prepares students to teach, coach and assume leadership positions in K-12 schools. A Masters of Education degree is also offered in conjunction with the Watson College of Education.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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Students who earn a degree in Public Health Studies receive a strong foundation in the U.S. public health system, factors having an impact on human health and disease, population-based and individual approaches to health enhancement, the importance of data in public health, health policy, health law, health communication and much more.

Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport Leadership and Tourism Management

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Graduates of this program are prepared for management positions in a diversity of recreation, sport and tourism settings and for graduate study. Graduates find career opportunities in hotels, resorts, theme parks, convention and visitors centers, private recreation clubs, non-profit organizations, municipal parks and recreation departments, cruise ships, and meeting and event planning.

RN to BS

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The purpose of this baccalaureate program is to prepare students who possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes to practice family-centered professional nursing in a variety of current and emerging health care delivery systems. In addition, the program is designed to provide a foundation for graduate nursing education. Through interactions with clients and other health care pro- fessionals, nursing graduates will contribute toward meeting the wide-ranging needs of the region, state, and the larger community.

Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Therapy

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Graduates in Recreation Therapy are trained to utilize recreation activities and other active treatment modalities to increase the functional abilities and quality of life of people of all ages with disabilities and illnesses. Their services complement physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well other allied health and human services to address clients' adjustment to illness/ disability and education for a new lifestyle.

Bachelor of Social Work

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The BSW program educates students in generalist social work practice, engages students in scholarly inquiry and community service, and instills the values of ethical practice, social justice, self-determination, empowerment and honoring diverse populations. Guided by a strengths perspective of generalist practice, the School of Social Work prepares students for practice with individuals, families, groups and communities and advanced study in social work and other related fields.