Department of Health Professions


The Health Professions Department of the University of Montana seeks to prepare students to be health practitioners who are technically competent and who are effective in a variety of clinical, agency and community settings. The Health Professions Department offers four Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degrees, one Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree, and one certificate program with courses and learning experiences that contribute to understanding the health needs of individuals and society. Clinical affiliations and on-site experiences are essential elements of all programs; local communities, their agencies, and organizations are a valuable resource and provide cooperative learning experiences in health delivery systems. The goals of the Health Professions Department are:

  1. To provide programs of study which integrate a variety of health-related disciplines to prepare students for careers in health professions.

  2. To contribute to the liberal education of students through courses designed to provide an understanding of human health, fitness and health delivery systems.

  3. To meet the continuing education needs of health professionals.

The Health Professions Department offers A.A.S. degrees in Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology, an A.S. degree in Registered Nursing (ASRN), and a certificate in Pharmacy Technology. Admission to a specific Health Professions (HP) program requires documented completion of the Associate of Arts (AA) prerequisite courses as required by the specific HP program to which the student is applying. The AA prerequisite courses are different for each HP program and are listed in the specific program description in this catalog. A prerequisite course may be attempted a maximum of two (2) times. Any prerequisite course required for an HP program must be taken prior to acceptance into the program. Additional requirements for admission to each of the HP programs vary and are also listed in the specific program descriptions.
Students enter the University of Montana as AA general studies majors and select courses from the required prerequisite courses after conferring with an HP advisor. Assessment of writing for placement in writing courses follows University guidelines and is offered during orientation and at various times during the semester. Math placement is determined by a placement test. Placement testing assures that students are enrolled in the appropriate course to ensure success in writing and math studies.
Admission into a health program requires a completed application for the specific program to which the student is applying, and documented completion of the program specific prerequisite courses. For program specific admission requirements and grade point average (GPA) expectations, please refer to the individual program descriptions or contact the specific HP Program Director.
Applications can be obtained on the respective HP Program webpage. Students must submit a separate application to each HP program they desire admission to. If a student is accepted to multiple programs, the student can only accept admission to one HP program and must decline admission to the other program(s). Deadlines for applications are April 1 and November 1.

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