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Tammy A. King, Acting Dean

For more information, visit The Bitonte College of Health and Human Services.

In support of the University mission to provide a wide range of educational opportunities in higher education, the Dr. Dominic A. and Helen M. Bitonte College of Health and Human Services assumes a broad focus. That focus entails preparing students for competent practice in positions in both the health and human service professions. The College is committed to excellence in education through the quality programs it provides. To assure continuity and opportunity for health and human service majors, the College has encouraged the development of two-plus-two curricula in several majors that allow students to efficiently progress from associate to baccalaureate degree program completion. Master's degree and a professional doctorate degree program further expand and advance the competencies of graduates in the delivery and administration of health care and human services.


  •  The emergency medical services (EMS) and medical assisting technology programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The EMS program is also accredited by the Ohio Department of Public Safety - Division of EMS (ODPS).
  •  The dental hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADAC).
  •  The medical laboratory technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
  •  The Bachelor of Science in respiratory care and polysomnography certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC).
  •  The dietetic technology program, the coordinated program in dietetics, and the didactic program in dietetics are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  •  The family and consumer sciences education programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  •  The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNNE) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN).
  •  The physical therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (APTE).
  •  The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Unique Requirements of the College

Incoming freshmen entering the College as an undetermined major or  pre-major student or requires extensive remedial/developmental course work, or is a student returning to the College after a suspension, the student must complete HAHS 1500 Introduction to the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services or HAHS 1510 Investigations into Social Classes in America within the student's first 30 semester hours of coursework.  HAHS 1510 is taken by students who are admitted to the University conditionally (restricted admissions). 

Students need to be aware that many of the programs in the College require a criminal background check. Some require drug testing and a physical fitness examination. In a few cases, there may be a requirement for a psychological evaluation. In addition to programs requiring some or all of the checks/evaluations listed above, some of the agencies where students complete clinical training, internships, or other related activities may also require these checks/evaluations. If you are concerned that you may not be able to complete a program or one of its requirements due to any of these checks/evaluations, please speak with an academic advisor or the chairperson of the department.


The Bitonte College of Health and Human Services consists of eight departments:

  • Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
  • Health Professions
  • Human Ecology
  • Kinesiology and Sport Science
  • Military Science
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work

Graduate programs are offered by the Departments of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Health Professions, Kinesiology and Sport Science, Nursing, Physical Therapy and Social Work.  The Northeastern Ohio Universities Master of Public Health program operates through a partnership of YSU, The University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

The eight departments are listed below with their associate, baccalaureate, and master's offerings. Students whose needs are not completely met by existing conventional programs may wish to investigate and apply for the Individualized Curriculum Program (see the Academic Policies and Procedures section).

Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

  • Basic Peace Officer Training Academy (Certificate)
  • Criminal Justice (AAS, BSAS, MS)
  • Forensic Science (BSAS) [In collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics]

Department of Health Professions

  • Allied Health (BSAS)1
  • Medical Laboratory Technology (AAS)2
  • Medical Laboratory Science (BSAS)2
  • Public Health (BSAS)3
  • Dental Hygiene (BSDH)
  • Paramedic (Certificate)2
  • Emergency Medical Services (AAS)
  • Health and Human Services (MHHS)
  • Health Information Systems (Undergraduate Certificate)
  • Healthcare Management (Graduate Certificate)
  • Medical Assisting Technology (AAS)
  • Polysomnography (Certificate)
  • Public Health (MPH)
  • Respiratory Care (BSRC, MRC)

Department of Human Ecology

  • Dietetic Technician (AAS)
  • Early Childhood Associate/Pre-Kindergarten (AAS)
  • Coordinated Program in Dietetics (BSAS)
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics (BSAS)
  • Family and Consumer Science Education (BSED)3
  • Family and Consume Studies (BSAS)
  • Hospitality Management Technology (AAS, BSAS)
  • Merchandising:  Fashion and Interiors (BSAS)
  • Fashion (Minor)

Department of Kinesiology and Sport Science

  • Exercise Science (BSAS)
  • Health and Wellness (minor only)
  • Masters of Science in Athletic Training (MAT)2

Department of Military Science

  • Military Science (minor only)
  • Army ROTC program4

Aerospace Studies Program

Air Force ROTC Program

ROTC students are allowed certain modifications of the requirements, as explained in the Military Science section. ROTC programs are offered in agreement with Kent State University.

Department of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs (BSN)2:

  • Entry-level (BSN)
  • Online RN-BSN Completion Program for licensed RN's only (BSN)

Master of Science in Nursing Programs (MSN)2:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Nurse Anesthesia (in collaboration with St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc.)
  • Nurse Education


  • School Nursing (Post Baccalaureate)
  • Nurse Education (Post Master's)
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Post Master's)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (Post Master's)

Department of Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy (DPT)2

Department of Social Work

Social Work (BSW, MSW)2

It is the student's responsibility to satisfy all of the graduation requirements for the degree sought. These consist of:

  • The pre-college or preparatory courses for each degree as covered in the Academic Policies and Procedures section.
  • The courses and other requirements to be completed in the University as explained in the Academic Policies and Procedures section.
  • The specific curriculum requirements of a given program.

Course descriptions can be found in a separate section in the Undergraduate Catalog.