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Academic Advising

The Academic Advising Office for the School of Health Sciences works to assist students in the academic pursuits for a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Applied Health Sciences; Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences; Health Sciences; Occupational Safety and Health; Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention in achieve their graduation and career goals.

Please note that walk-in advising sessions have set dates and times.
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Current students are encouraged to schedule an academic advising appointment at least once a year. Students who are looking to graduate should schedule a graduation audit at least two semesters prior to graduation.  All graduation audits and transcript reviews require a scheduled academic advising appointment. 

To schedule an appointment, contact the SHS Advising office at (248) 370-2369.

About walk-in academic advising
Walk-in academic advising dates vary each semester.
  • During registration periods and the beginning of each semester, walk-in advising is generally busy. 
  • Sign in beings approximately a half hour before the start of the posted walk-in session.
  • Students are seen on a first come, first serve basis. 
  • Sessions are ONLY 15 minutes per student.
  • There is generally waiting involved. Bring something to occupy your time. (Like your text books!).
  • TRANSFER STUDENTS: Transfer students who have NOT been accepted to the university yet are encouraged to schedule a full advising appointment by calling (248) 370-2369 or sign up for the Transfer Open House. We may not be able to access your records during a walk-in advising session. We encourage transfer students to apply to the university in order to receive an official transcript evaluation. Transfer students who have been admitted to Oakland University should sign up for Orientation Part II online to meet with an academic adviser during orientation.

Walk-In Academic Advising Dates:

Tuesday, December 23rd: 9:30am - 12pm

Monday, January 5th: 9am -11:30am

Tuesday, January 6th: 9am-11:30am & 1:30-4pm

Wednesday, January 7th: 9am-11:30am & 1:30-4pm

Thursday, January 8th: 9am-11:30am & 1:30-4pm

Friday, January 9th: 9am-11:30am & 1:30-4pm



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The 4-year academic plans are suggested schedules designed for freshmen students to stay on track for graduation. These plans were specifically created for freshmen students who are following the 2012-13 catalog year. Keep in mind that all students are required to follow any prerequisite requirements for every course. 

  4-year Plans  Major websites and information
  Applied Health Sciences
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Sciences degree prepares students for a rewarding career in the medical field. This program was created in collaboration with the Health and Human
 Services department at Macomb Community College to meet the demands of a highly educated workforce and high-performance workplace.
Cytotechnology
Histotechnology
Medical Laboratory Science
Nuclear Medicine Technology
Radiologic Technology
Radiation Therapy
Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences
The Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Science (BDTS) program is designed to prepare students for professional opportunities in a variety of growing healthcare fields. In response
to emerging technologies, many areas of specialization have evolved that ensure the expertise of the healthcare personnel fulfilling critical roles
Exercise Science
Integrative Holistic Medicine
Nutrition and Health
Physical Therapy
Pre-Health Professional Studies
Pre-Pharmacy
Health Sciences
A Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree combines a broad spectrum of liberal arts, basic sciences, social sciences and health sciences course requirements and electives
for students who desire a generalized health sciences academic credential. In addition, students choose one of five academic concentration areas to obtain greater exposure to a specific health discipline.

These six concentration areas include pre-health professional studies, pre-physical therapy, pre-pharmacy, exercise science, nutrition & health, and integrative holistic medicine.
Occupational Safety &Health Occupational Safety &Health
The Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The curriculum spans the basic sciences,
applied safety sciences and management principals essential for success as a safety professional.
 Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention
Wellness, Health Promotions & Injury Prevention
The School of Health Sciences introduced a new bachelor’s degree program in fall 2002 in Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention (WHP). The WHP curriculum aims to produce broadly
educated wellness generalists with additional expertise in a specific area of interest. The degree creates well-rounded professionals with a thorough knowledge of healthy living.


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Follow the checklist for your year of entry. 

A Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree combines liberal arts, basic science, social science, and health science courses for students who desire a generalized health science academic credential. Students choose one of five academic concentration areas to gain relevant knowledge and skills in a specific health discipline. These concentration areas include Exercise Science, Integrative Holistic Medicine, Nutrition and Health, Pre-Health Professional studies, Pre-Pharmacy, and  Pre-Physical Therapy.  

School of Health Sciences Undergraduate Brochure

Major Checklists 2014-15 Catalog Year  

Applied Health Sciences

Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences  

Health Sciences

Occupational Safety and Health

Wellness Health Promotion and Injury Prevention

Minor Checklist 2013-14 Catalog Year  (Note:  NH courses will change to HS courses starting Fall 2014)

Exercise Science
Nutrition and Health
Occupational Safety and Health
Wellness Health Promotion and Injury Prevention


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Our goal is to empower students as they plan and prepare for the next few years at Oakland University. Below are actions you should be taking as an SHS student to stay focused on the finish line — graduation.

First Year: Schedule an academic advising appointment with the First Year Advising Center. We also suggest that you explore connecting with student organizations to get involved.

Second Year: Schedule a one-on-one degree planning meeting with an SHS academic adviser. We'll encourage you to decide on what area you would like to study and commit to a major. Consider joining an academic organization, networking with other students and possibly job shadowing.

Third Year: Start preparation for professional school exams and possibly complete a professional exam. Consider job shadowing. Schedule a graduation audit with an SHS academic adviser.

Fourth Year: Apply to professional programs and job shadow. Plan at least two semesters in advance for graduation audits. Also, remember that there is an application deadline for graduation. Plan for grad school. 

What are your responsibilities as a student?
  • Carefully read information on your chosen major, specialization, concentration, minor, etc.
  • Understand all of the requirements for your chosen major and all university requirements outline in your catalog.
  • Remember that some programs are competitive and admission may not be guaranteed.
  • Requirements for competitive programs vary. As a student, it is your responsibility to make sure that you understand the requirements, application procedures, deadlines, etc. for the competitive programs.
  • You should also keep in touch with SHS academic advising staff for regular updates and schedule an appointments at least once a year


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How do I change my major?
Make an appointment with an academic adviser in the School of Health Sciences or attend one of our information sessions to go over the major requirements. A change of major form can be completed during the appointment or walk-in advising session. The GPA required for students to be eligible to change their major into the School of Health Sciences varies depending on the major. See a School of Health Sciences Academic Adviser for additional information.

I am not currently an Oakland University student. Can I still meet with an adviser?
Yes. Freshmen and Transfer Students will meet with an adviser at their scheduled orientation. Students who are thinking of attending Oakland University, but have not yet applied can meet with an adviser to learn more about the programs offered and their requirements.

I am a prospective transfer student. I want to see how my classes will transfer to Oakland University before making my decision to come to Oakland. Can an adviser evaluate my transcripts?
The Office of the Registrar completes the official transfer credit evaluation for General Education, Ethnic Diversity and Writing Proficiency Oakland University requirements after you have been accepted at Oakland.

I plan to graduate soon. What do I need to do?
Students must complete an application for graduation. Check the graduation information page for information. You can access graduation application deadlines and additional graduation information from this site.

What clubs/organizations are available for students with majors in the School of Health Sciences?
There are a variety of student societies for students with majors in the School of Health Sciences. These include the Medical Laboratory Sciences Association, Oakland University Student Section of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Wellness and Health Promotion Society, and Pre-Physical Therapy Club. SHS majors may also be interested in these student organizations: Pre-Dental Society, Pre-Medical Society, and Pre-Veterinary Society. Check the Oakland University Student Organizations page for more information.

How do I become a physical therapist?
To enter this profession, students need to pursue schooling beyond the undergraduate level degree. Our students complete the BS degree with a major in Health Sciences. Oakland University offers a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT), which is a 3-1/2 year full-time program after completion of a bachelor's degree. Please consult an academic adviser and/or the Physical Therapy Web page for more information.

I am interested in a career in the medical professions (medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine and physician assistant). Can I choose a major in the School of Health Sciences to prepare for these programs?
Yes. There are several majors offered in the School of Health Sciences which provide excellent preparation for admission to various medical schools. Please see an academic adviser to discuss your undergraduate program options.



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