Volunteer State Community College A.A.S. in Ophthalmic Technician

Degree Advancement Program: Advance from an A.A.S. into a Bachelor’s Degree


Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership prepares the student for management positions in health care and management. The component courses are in the field of supervision, organizational systems, communications, statistics, and organizational relations.Other applicable courses include public relations, psychology, business etiquette, human resources, and cultural diversity, providing a broad spectrum of courses to offer preparation for a variety of careers.

Completing an A.A.S. in Ophthalmic Technician at Volunteer State Community College builds an excellent foundation and preparation for a bachelor’s degree program. Sixty (60) credit hours may be transferred from VSCC and credited toward a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a concentration inOrganizational Leadership available through MTSU’s University College. You may take some or all of the courses required to complete the bachelor’s degree online to allow your studies to fit around your work and family responsibilities.

How to get started

Contact the VSCC or MTSU representative listed below.


Volunteer State Community College
Elvis Brandon 
(615) 230-3375 
Volunteer State Community College Requirements (Opens in a new tab)

Middle Tennessee State University

MTSU Requirements

English (choose one) 
ENGL 1020 Research and Arg. Writing (MTSU) - 3 Credits
or ENGL 1020 English Composition II (RODP) - 3 Credits

History* - 6 Credits
Humanities and/or Fine Arts* - 6 Credits
Natural Sciences* - 4 Credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences* - 3 Credits

Administration and Supervision (choose one)
PADM 3601 Public Administration - 3 Credits
MGMT 3610 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior - 3 Credits
TECH 4381 Principles of Supervision - 3 Credits
LIST 4093 Special Topics and Leadership - 3 Credits

Organizational Systems (choose one)
PM 4120 Organization Theory and Behavior - 3 Credits
PADM 4226 Intro. to Nonprofit Organizations - 3 Credits 

Team and Organizational Relations (choose one)
ORCO 3240 Intro. to Organizational Communication - 3 Credits
COMM 3010 Integrated Corporate Communication - 3 Credits

Statistical Methods (choose one)
SOAA 3350 Social Statistics - 3 Credits
SOCI 4510 Introduction to Social Research - 3 Credits
JOUR 4410 Public Relations Research - 3 Credits

Written Communications (choose two)
ENGL 3134 Computers, Writing, and Literature - 3 Credits
ENGL 3250 Professional Communication - 3 Credits
JOUR 3421 Public Relations Writing - 3 Credits

International Context (choose one)
SPAN 3550 Latin America: Countries and Peoples - 3 Credits
POLI 4350 International Law - 3 Credits
PS 3510 International Political Economy - 3 Credits
POLS 3010 Comparative Politics - 3 Credits
JOUR 4712 Mass Media and Cultures - 3 Credits

Health Administration Concentration
HETH 4210 Healthcare Reserch - 3 Credits
HETH 4211 Healthcare Leadership and Management - 3 Credits
HETH 4212 Trends & Issues in Nursing and Healthcare - 3 Credits
HETH 4213 Community Health Issues and Services - 3 Credits
HETH 4707 International Health Problems and Issues - 3 Credits

Capstone Course
UNIV 4995 Culminating Project - 3 Credits

Nonbusiness Electives* (3000/4000 level) - 6 Credits

Total Credit Hours - 70

*Students should consult with their MTSU advisors to determine courses that fulfill program requirements.

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