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Superior training is what students interested in health, medical, science, math, or technical fields find at Milligan. Through classroom and lab experiences, various research and internship opportunities, and online tools, students explore new technology and become critical thinkers who successfully comprehend and communicate scientific and health knowledge.

Allied Health

Through special partnership agreements with ETSU, Mercer, and Union universities and the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, students can complete three years at Milligan and four years at a pharmacy or optometry school to earn both a bachelor’s and doctorate degree in as few as seven years. They also can receive a guaranteed interview at these schools by meeting conditions of the specific agreements.

Biology

Biology majors prepare for careers in biomedical sciences, education, research, healthcare, wildlife management and forestry, forensic science, and government services. Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of life science disciplines, selecting courses from microbiology and immunology, molecular biology, neuroanatomy, embryology, ecology, animal histology, genetics, flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachians, environmental science, and anatomy and physiology.

Chemistry

Chemistry majors prepare for careers in industry, research, engineering, technical sales, environmental sciences, public health, teaching, and biomedical sciences. Foundational knowledge of physics and math are gained as students concentrate in organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry, plus biochemistry, quantitative analysis, quantum chemistry, and computational chemistry.

Exercise Science

Human performance and exercise science is the study of human movement. Students study structural and functional aspects of movement efficiency, responses of the body to sport and exercise, and issues of health-related fitness and wellness. Careers in this field are among the fastest growing, as graduates are prepared to organize and direct recreation programs or fitness centers, serve as health or fitness specialists, teach and coach, and pursue graduate study in sports psychology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other HPXS fields.

Math

Math majors enter careers in math, teaching, government, and industry, and some pursue graduate study. Knowledge and skills are gained in calculus, algebra, and logic as they become analytical thinkers who can analyze abstract mathematical ideas and applied math problems. Advanced courses include discrete mathematics, math logic, multivariable calculus, modern geometry, differential equations, topology, mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, and real and complex analysis.

Nursing

The four-year BSN degree is preferred by most nursing leaders and provides the best opportunities in today’s job market, including one of the highest starting salaries in any field. It is also the entry point for graduate studies, nurse practitioner, and nurse anesthetist programs. Milligan nursing students gain valuable experience working with major medical centers, smaller urban hospitals and clinics, community health centers, primary care clinics, home health programs, and parish nursing programs. Our graduates are in high demand and nearly all are employed or accepted to graduate school at graduation. We also offer career mobility plans for RNs and LPNs seeking further professional development.

Occupational Therapy

The graduate program in occupational therapy prepares students with critical thinking and clinical skills to assume leadership roles in practice and administration. The OT program is recognized for its engagement of students and faculty in the community, hands-on clinical experiences, and preparation for the realities of professional practice. Milligan undergraduate students are eligible for our unique Early Acceptance Program, which provides tuition incentives and the opportunity to secure a spot in the program by the junior year. Visit www.milligan.edu/MSOT.

 

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Allied Health Science

B.S.

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Allied Health Science

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The allied health science curriculum is designed for the student planning to pursue a career in pharmacy or optometry.

Through special partnership agreements with ETSU, Mercer, and Union universities and the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, students can complete three years at Milligan and four years at a pharmacy or optometry school to earn both a bachelor’s and doctorate degree in as few as seven years. They also can receive a guaranteed interview at these schools by meeting conditions of the specific agreements.

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Biology

B.A., B.S., Minor

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Biology

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Biology majors prepare for careers in biomedical sciences, education, research, healthcare, wildlife management and forestry, forensic science, and government services. Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of life science disciplines, selecting courses from microbiology and immunology, molecular biology, neuroanatomy, embryology, ecology, animal histology, genetics, flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachians, environmental science, and anatomy and physiology.

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Chemistry

B.A., B.S., Minor

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Chemistry

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Chemistry majors prepare for careers in industry, research, engineering, technical sales, environmental sciences, public health, teaching, and biomedical sciences. Foundational knowledge of physics and math are gained as students concentrate in organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry, plus biochemistry, quantitative analysis, quantum chemistry, and computational chemistry.

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Exercise Science

B.A., B.S., Minor

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Exercise Science

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Exercise science provides a holistic, scholarly approach to the study of human movement. Structural and functional aspects of movement efficiency, responses of the body to sport and exercise, and issues of health-related fitness and wellness are studied. A series of core courses prepares students for careers in physical education, coaching, sports management, fitness and wellness, or exercise science.

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Fitness and Wellness

Minor

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Fitness and Wellness

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The skills and knowledge gained through the Fitness and Wellness minor allow students to pursue jobs in community or industrial settings and provides a springboard into various graduate programs.

Students may major in Exercise Science with a concentration in Fitness and Wellness. For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing Exercise Science (EXSC).

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General Science

Minor

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General Science

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Students may seek to have a general exposure to the field of science through the general science minor. Those students who are seeking education licensure in a major field will have a strong background in science which may qualify them to teach certain science courses. The flexibility which this allows a student who is interested in science as a complement to their chosen major may encourage more students to pursue their interest in the sciences.

Any student majoring in either biology or chemistry must choose the six courses required for the general science minor outside the field of biology or chemistry to satisfy the minor requirements.

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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

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The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program promotes integration and utilization of theory and practice in the art and science of occupational therapy and prepares students to meet the entry-level standards of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program is designed for students who have an earned bachelor’s degree and who have completed the prerequisite requirements for admission to the program. Baccalaureate degrees can be in a variety of academic areas, some of which include human performance and exercise science, human development, sociology, biology, and psychology.

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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)

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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)

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The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Milligan is a 28-month, 108-credit hour program that prepares highly trained healthcare professionals to work in concert with a doctor of medicine or osteopathy in providing collaborative care in family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, behavioral health, and a number of other specialty areas. Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree and have completed the prerequisite requirements for admissions to the program.

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Mathematics

B.A., B.S., Minor

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Mathematics

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The major is designed for students interested in careers in mathematics, teaching, and industry. It prepares students for employment in government or industry, teaching in high schools or middle schools, or for graduate study in mathematics.

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Nursing

B.S.N.

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Nursing

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program prepares students for professional nursing career opportunities and for graduate study. Upon completion of all BSN degree  requirements, graduates of the program may apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. All applicants for the NCLEX-RN must submit an application for initial licensure and all required documentation to the Board of Nursing of the state in which they will obtain licensure.

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Nursing (RN-BSN) - Degree Completion

B.S.N.

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Nursing (RN-BSN) - Degree Completion

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Milligan offers an accelerated RN-BSN program designed for registered nurses. Courses are delivered through a combination of face-to-face, hybrid, and online techniques. Students are only required to be in class one day a week. You can balance your life and earn your degree.

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Paramedical Fields

Pre-Professional Program

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Paramedical Fields

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Students may choose to pursue a variety of medicine-related career opportunities such as optometry, physician assistant, podiatry, veterinarian, et al. Each of these programs has its own prescribed set of requirements which students fulfill prior to seeking admission to these programs. Several science area faculty have responsibilities for advising students interested in these careers; students should inquire of the Area Chair of Scientific Learning to be assigned to the appropriate adviser.

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Physical Education

Minor

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Physical Education

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The skills and knowledge gained through the physical education minor allow students to pursue jobs in community, school, recreational, or industrial settings and provides a springboard into various graduate programs. Additional courses are required for teacher licensure.

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Physical Science

Minor

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Physical Science

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The Physical Science minor is designed to give students a foundation in the physical sciences and to enhance their career opportunities in an increasingly technical world. The physical science minor includes courses in chemistry and physics.

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Physics

Minor

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Physics

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The Physics minor is designed to supplement or enhance career plans for students in other majors. The minor provides a solid foundation in physics for students planning to teach high school sciences, as part of their preparation to become a highly qualified physics teacher alongside teaching another subject.

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Pre-Dentistry

Pre-Professional Program

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Pre-Dentistry

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Students interested in pursuing careers as physicians or dentists may choose a major which aligns with their interests and talents; no one major is more highly recommended or preferred. Both medical schools and dental schools have pre-requisite courses which must be taken prior to application and admission and with the help of the pre-health adviser, students will choose their courses to align with the pre-requisites of the schools to which they will be applying.

Seeking admission to either medical school or dental school is a highly competitive process with a wide variety of applicant attributes given consideration such as overall GPA, science GPA, MCAT/DAT score, number of hours worked in a medical setting and types of experiences, strength of recommendation letters, and interview quality. Milligan College graduates have been quite successful in obtaining admission to medical and dental schools throughout the nation. Additional information may be obtained from the pre-medical and pre-dental advisers.

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Pre-Medicine

Pre-Professional Program

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Pre-Medicine

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Students interested in pursuing careers as physicians or dentists may choose a major which aligns with their interests and talents; no one major is more highly recommended or preferred. Both medical schools and dental schools have pre-requisite courses which must be taken prior to application and admission and with the help of the pre-health adviser, students will choose their courses to align with the pre-requisites of the schools to which they will be applying.

Seeking admission to either medical school or dental school is a highly competitive process with a wide variety of applicant attributes given consideration such as overall GPA, science GPA, MCAT/DAT score, number of hours worked in a medical setting and types of experiences, strength of recommendation letters, and interview quality. Milligan College graduates have been quite successful in obtaining admission to medical and dental schools throughout the nation. Additional information may be obtained from the pre-medical and pre-dental advisers.

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Pre-Optometry

Pre-Professional Program

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Pre-Optometry

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Students interested in becoming an optometrist may take 100 hours of coursework at Milligan to fulfill the prerequisites for admission to an optometry program. After matriculation at an U.S. accredited optometry college, 28 hours of first-year optometry courses are transferred back to Milligan to fulfill the Allied Health Science degree requirements. A complete description of the pre-optometry coursework and application process is found in the Allied Health Science major section of the Catalog.

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Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Professional Program

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Pre-Pharmacy

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Students interested in becoming a pharmacist may take 100 hours of coursework at Milligan to fulfill the prerequisites for admission to a pharmacy program. After matriculation at an U.S. accredited pharmacy college, 28 hours of first-year pharmacy courses are transferred back to Milligan to fulfill the Allied Health Science degree requirements. A complete description of the pre-pharmacy coursework and application process is found in the Allied Health Science major section of the Catalog.

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Faculty

Doneva Bays

Doneva Bays

Head Volleyball Coach; Adjunct Instructor of Exercise Science

Phone: 423.461.8724
Email: DLBays@milligan.edu
Office: Steve Lacy Fieldhouse

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Dr. Ron Blackmore

Ron Blackmore

Medical Director, PA Program

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Dr. Melinda Collins

Melinda Collins

Associate Dean of the School of Sciences and Allied Health; Associate Professor of Nursing; Director of Nursing; Mountain States Health Alliance Chair of Nursing

Phone: 423.461.8656
Email: MCollins@milligan.edu
Office: Hardin Hall, 302

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Rachel Ellis

Rachel Ellis

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Admissions Coordinator for MSOT; Adjunct Instructor of Occupational Therapy

Phone: 423.461.1549
Email: REllis@milligan.edu
Office: McGlothlin-Street Occupational Therapy Center, Thompson Center, Office 205

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Dr. Christy Fellers

Christy Fellers

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Phone: 423.461.1546
Email: CMFellers@milligan.edu
Office: McGlothlin-Street Occupational Therapy Center, Thompson Center, Office 202

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Leslie Hanneken

Leslie Hanneken

Associate Professor of Human Performance and Exercise Science

Phone: 423.975.8028
Email: LHanneken@milligan.edu
Office: Steve Lacy Fieldhouse, Lower Level

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Andrew Hull

Andrew Hull

Area Chair and Director of the PA Program; Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Phone: 423.461.1558
Email: AWHull@milligan.edu
Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Christy Isbell

Christy Isbell

Professor of Occupational Therapy

Phone: 423.461.1548
Email: CIsbell@milligan.edu
Office: McGlothlin-Street Occupational Therapy Center, Thompson Center, Office 204

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Adam Laney

Adam Laney

Head Men's Soccer Coach; Adjunct Instructor of Excerise Science

Phone: 423.461.8469
Email: ALaney@milligan.edu
Office: Steve Lacy Fieldhouse

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Dr. Jil Smith

Jil Smith

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Phone: 423.461.1547
Email: JSmith@milligan.edu
Office: McGlothlin-Street Occupational Therapy Center, Thompson Center, Office 203

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Dr. Jeff Snodgrass

Jeff Snodgrass

Director of Occupational Therapy; Professor of Healthcare Administration and Occupational Therapy

Phone: 423.722.1086
Email: JSnodgrass@milligan.edu
Office: McGlothlin-Street Occupational Therapy Center, Thompson Center, Sally Phillips Administrative Office #1

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