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Mission & Goals: Applied Health Science


Piedmont College dedicates itself to the transformative power of education through reciprocal learning, the development of compassionate leaders, and the stewardship of our local and global communities.


The R.H. Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Piedmont College shall be recognized as an exemplary professional academic program.  The arts & sciences are the foundation upon which the students’ intellectual endeavors are built, contributing to the provision of holistic care to clients that includes physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and environmental care. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences is dedicated to respect for diversity and to community outreach.

PROGRAM MISSION (2017-18 Assessment Report)

The applied health science program seeks to prepare undergraduate students for careers helping individuals achieve optimal health and fitness while leading more balanced and meaningful lives, rather than discovering or treating disease, by providing the theoretical foundations for nutritional planning, health and wellness promotion, and fitness prescription in both healthy and clinical populations through exemplary classroom and laboratory instruction. Furthermore, the program is dedicated to respecting individual diversity and engaging the community by exposing students to a variety of healthcare settings, practitioners, and patient populations.


  1. The Program is committed to recruiting five quality students into each cohort, retaining 80% of students each year, and graduating them four years after program admission.
    1. Piedmont Goal Reference:  GOAL 8.  Piedmont College will provide students the resources to achieve their academic goals in a timely fashion and meet learning outcomes expected in their degree programs.
    2. Outcome (non-student learning):  The number of students who matriculate into each cohort and persist.
  2. The Program seeks to provide high quality instruction that integrates cognitive and psychomotor skills into active problem solving abilities that will culminate in 90% of students having post-graduate placements (employment or graduate school) within six months of graduation.
    1. Piedmont Goal Reference:  GOAL 1. Piedmont College will attract and retain students, faculty, and staff, and engage alumni and friends, by providing experiences with the College that inspire in them a lifelong affinity with the institution.
    2. SLO 2: Students will work collaboratively through interprofessional teams to provide or accommodate quality care to clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings, while respecting  the diversity of individuals, groups, and communities
      2.1 Apply clinical reasoning skills throughout the physical examination process in order to assimilate data, select the appropriate assessment tests, formulate a differential diagnosis, provide care, and make appropriate referrals.
      2.2 Use psychosocial techniques to enhance patient care and determine when abnormal behaviors require referral.
      2.3 Adapt therapeutic interventions using clinician– and patient-oriented outcomes with consideration to the stage of healing and goals to maximize patient participation and quality of life.
      2.4 Implement, evaluate, and modify  treatment plans for both healthy and at-risk individuals that meet their performance or wellness goals through collaboration with allied healthcare providers.
      2.5 Create, evaluate, and modify an environment conducive to safe activity participation.
      2.6 Demonstrate cultural competence in the care of clients from diverse backgrounds.
  3. The Program is committed to supporting a minimum of one student in an internship or other experiential learning experience each year.
    1. Piedmont Goal Reference:  GOAL 4. Piedmont College will offer traditional and innovative academic programs that are rigorous in content and flexible in real-world application.
    2. SLO 1: Students will integrate knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences to engage in critical and creative dialogue through discovery, analysis, and communication.
      1.1 Propose and apply methods of injury prevention and risk reduction for both healthy and at-risk individuals.
      1.2 Design treatment plans for both healthy and at-risk individuals that meet their performance or wellness goals.
      1.3 Demonstrate oral, written, and visual communication strategies that are organized, coherent, accurate, and professionally prepared and delivered.
      1.4 Critically evaluate research findings to develop differential diagnoses for injuries and illnesses.
      1.5 Develop promotional strategies for healthy living and injury/disease prevention.
  4. The Program is committed to increasing the number of qualified full-time faculty and providing professional mentoring.
    1. Piedmont Goal Reference:  GOAL 6. Piedmont College will educate the whole student through co-curricular programs, extra-curricular activities, and experiential learning endeavors.
    2. SLO 3:  Through civic engagement, personal growth, and ethical reasoning, students will demonstrate responsible, global citizenship by upholding high professional standards.
      3.1 Identify state and national regulations and demonstrate professional, moral and ethical judgment when delivering patient-centered care.
      3.2 Adapt evidence-based practice concepts when making clinical decisions and critically examining athletic training practice.
      3.3 Develop and evaluate facility design and management strategies in the context of a healthcare system (i.e. risk management, healthcare delivery mechanisms, insurance and reimbursement documentation, patient privacy, and general facility management).
      3.4 Use effective documentation to develop, participate in, and lead patient-centered care.
      3.5 Use appropriate professional guidelines to develop, implement, evaluate, and modify emergency care strategies.
      3.6 Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and development.

Summary of assessments on target for each Student Learning Outcome (goal ≥ 75%)