Health Promotion (BS)
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This degree-completion program, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion, is designed to prepare students to work as health promoters. Students completing the Health Promotion degree are fully equipped to lead out in programs geared toward helping people to stop smoking, lose weight, eat better, exercise more, stop abusing drugs, and manage stress. Graduates typically find employment in public health agencies, clinical facilities such as hospitals and medical clinics, college and university student wellness departments, voluntary agencies, and worksite health promotion departments.
Two certifications are available to students completing the degree program. These include the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. (offered at various national sites), and the Health/Fitness Instructor from the American College of Sports Medicine (offered at Appalachian).
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The online Health Promotion BS degree-completion program admits 20-30 students each first summer session. Courses are sequenced to take into account pre- and co-requisites. This is a part-time (typically 2 courses/semester), 62-hour, year-round program. A minor is included in the program (online options include Business, Sociology, and Communication). Students complete a 320-hour, local internship arranged in consultation with academic advisors. Because the program is delivered fully online, students must have reliable access to the internet and a high-speed/broadband access (cable or DSL) is strongly recommended. See minimum computer requirements.
- Admission to the University: Appalachian State’s Undergraduate Transfer Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission: The application for admission must be complete (online application submitted, the fee paid, and all required supporting documents received) and ready for review by the applicable deadline. Please continue to log into your application to check for missing items until you receive notice that you have been admitted to Appalachian State University.
Since this is a transfer program, no test scores (ACT or SAT) are required for admission.
- Admission to cohort: In addition to meeting the University's Admission requirements (re: Step 1), to enter this distance education transfer program, students must also meet the cohort entry requirement: a minimum of 30 transfer hours are required to begin the cohort program. To determine if your coursework transfers to Appalachian, please visit the transfer equivalency screen.
General Education Requirement: Either before entry or before the last semester in the program, students must complete the General Education requirement. The General Education requirement can be met through one of the following options:
- An Associate of Arts degree from a North Carolina Community College
- An Associate of Science degree from a North Carolina Community College
- Completion of Appalachian's General Education curriculum (course by course)
- Completion of an AA or AS from an out-of-state school will be reviewed on an individual basis.
- Completion of a previous 4-year degree from an accredited institution
- Lower Division major requirements. Met by transferable coursework from accredited institutions; typically community colleges.
- Includes coursework required for major and some minor courses.
- Completion is recommended prior to entry into Appalachian's program, or no later than the fifth cohort semester.
- Equivalent community college courses wil be identified through official College of Health Sciences Program of Study list, and other advising support
- Concurrent enrollment (in Appalachian and North Carolina community college courses) is permitted, and may be supported by financial aid for those eligible.
- Community college grades do not transfer; however a minimum 2.0 GPA on transferred lower-division coursework must be maintained.
Degree-Specific Lower-Division Course Requirements
Appalachian State University Course Title
NC Community College Course
NUT 2202 Nutrition and Health (this course is delivered by ASU online to the HP cohorts as well)
BIO 155 or NUT 110
ES 2030 Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 163 or BIO 165+166 or BIO
HP 3100 Emergency Care and CPR
Choose one of the following options:
- HEA 112 (2 hours) + relevant experience/training or CPR certification
- HEA 110 (3 hours) + relevant
experience/training + CPR certification
- EMS 110 (7 hours)
SOC 1000 Intro to Sociology
SOC 1110 Sociology of Intimate Relationships
COM 2101 Public Speaking
COM 231 or ENG 115
CIS 1026 Computing Fundamentals or CS 1410 Intro to Computer Applications
CSC 120 or CIS 110
Biology or Chemistry Sequence: Two courses (8sh total);
BIO 110 or BIO 111 + BIO 112 or 140+A
OR CHM 151 +152
For Business Minor Only
ECO 2030 Principles of Economics, Price, Theory
ACC 2100 Principles of Accounting
- Upper-division major and minor requirements. Delivered online by Appalachian faculty.
- Typically two (6sh) courses delivered each semester. fall semester (16-week), spring semester (16-week), and summer semester (5-week or 10-week session).
- Total of ten semesters (year-round-three years and one semester).
- Appalachian courses delivered only ONCE to each cohort; completion of courses is the student's responsibility, including make-up if necessary (via another cohort, on-campus in Boone, or approved substitute from another institution).
Typical course schedule for all online cohorts (subject to change)
|Semester 1 (Summer)|
HP 2100 Health Program Planning & Evaluation
|Semester 2 (Fall)|
HP 4200 Principles of Epidemiology
|Semester 3 (Spring)|
HP 3700 Health Behavior Change
|Semester 4 (Summer)||HP 2200 Lifestyle Disease & Risk Reduction|
|Semester 5 (Fall)|
HP 4400 Weight Management (Prerequisite: NUT 2202)
|Semester 6 (Spring)|
HP 4800 Health Promotion Interventions (Prerequisite: HP 2100 and Senior Standing)
|Semester 7 (Summer)|
HP 4701 Seminar in Health Promotion (Prerequisite: HP 3200)
|Semester 8 (Fall)|
HP 4100 Biostatistics
|Semester 9 (Spring)|
CIS 2050 (for Business minor)
|Semester 10 (Summer)|
FIN 3010 (for Business minor)
Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel the start of any Distance Education program due to the lack of sufficient, sustainable enrollment (typically 15 for Graduate programs and 18 for Undergraduate programs). In the event of a cancellation for insufficient enrollment, application fees will be refunded. Refunds will also be issued for any tuition and fees paid by applicants. These refund policies apply ONLY to canceled programs. When program starts are delayed, students may opt for a refund or apply their application to the new semester. If you have any questions concerning this policy, contact the Distance Ed Program Manager (contact info below).
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Academic Program Coordinator: Mr. Chris Shreve
Advisor for upper division coursework – e.g. courses delivered to cohort and internship
Program Manager: Ms. Lisa Houser
Toll-free Phone: 800-355-4084 ext. 2906
Local Phone: 828-262-2906
ASU Box 32054
2nd Floor, University Hall
400 University Hall Drive
Boone, NC 28608