B.S./M.S. Occupational Therapy 3+2 Program
Elizabethtown College offers a combined BS/MS Occupational Therapy program that requires five years of academic study, including one summer, and six months of clinical fieldwork. The program awards both a
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Bachelor or Science in Health Sciences
degree serves as a prerequisite to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Students completing only this course of study are not eligible to become registered occupational therapists, but have academic credentials that qualify them to be employed in health care and community settings.
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
requires two years or four semesters (this includes one summer semester/ session) of graduate academic study and six months of clinical Level II Fieldwork with the requirements listed below. To begin the master’s program in occupational therapy, students must have successfully completed prerequisites including earning a GPA of 2.9 by the end of their junior year and earning a minimum of a C- in all required courses. Successful completion of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy affords the student the opportunity to take the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam and to become licensed to practice occupational therapy as an individual jurisdiction requires.
If you have specific questions about the new program please contact Dr. Tamara Humbert, Chair of Occupational Therapy.
New Individualized Major Program
An Individualized Major at Elizabethtown College allows students to pursue unique disciplinary trajectories by working in close collaboration with faculty from multiple disciplines. Students will select faculty co-advisors from two different disciplines, or a faculty advisor and an advisor from the Academic Advising Office.
are approved by the Dean for Curriculum and Assessment. Students cannot propose a individualized major necessitating certification by an external accrediting body. For program information and proposal requirements, please contact
Dr. Brian Newsome
New Master of Science in Molecular Medicine or Immunology or Infectious Disease/B.S in Biology 4+1 Program with Drexel University College of Medicine
Through an agreement with Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM), students can earn both the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology and a
Masters (M.S.) in either Molecular Medicine or Immunology or Infectious Disease
degrees in 5 years after graduation from high school. Students will spend their first four years at Elizabethtown College fulfilling the requirements for the Biology major, core curriculum, and the essential prerequisites for entry into the Drexel graduate program. During the fourth year of the program, students remain at Elizabethtown and enroll in 9 graduate credits per semester of online or webcasted graduate classes and seminars offered by Drexel University College of Medicine. To maintain their full-time student status in the fourth year at Elizabethtown College, students will conduct a minimum of 12 credits of BS-level coursework while taking the Drexel courses. A BS in Biology from Elizabethtown College will be awarded after successful completion of the fourth year of the program assuming all other College requirements have been met. For the fifth year, students will matriculate at Drexel University, and complete the requirements for the MS degree in Molecular Medicine or Immunology or Infectious Disease. For program information and admissions requirements, contact
Dr. Jodi L.Yorty
New Arts Administration Minor
The Fine and Performing Arts and the Business Departments have created a new interdisciplinary
minor in Arts Administration
. Business courses provide students with foundations in the areas of management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. The Arts component of the curriculum is designed to allow students to pursue some depth in one discipline or breadth across the disciplines. An online component (MOOC – Massive Open Online Course) is included to allow students an opportunity to individualize their study beyond our curriculum. The Arts Administration minor curriculum requires the completion of 24 credits. There are five parts of the minor: Business courses, Arts courses, an internship, and a capstone course.
For more information about this minor, please contact the Arts Administration Advisor,
Dr. Jim Haines
New Business Administration Concentration and Minor
Effective Fall 2017, the Department of Business will offer a concentration in "Entrepreneurship and Family Business" replacing the previous concentration in "Entrepreneurship". In addition, the department will be offering a new minor in "Family Business & Entrepreneurship".
For more information, please contact a member of the
New Engineering Program Changes
Effective Fall 2017, the Department of Engineering and Physics will offer a concentration in "Environmental Engineering" replacing the previous concentration in "Sustainable Design". In addition, the department will be replacing the Industrial Engineering Management major with an accredited Engineering concentration in "Industrial and Systems Engineering." For more information, please contact a member of the
Engineering and Physics Department
Communications Department renames concentration
Effective Fall 2017, the Department of Communications will offer a concentration in "Public Relations" replacing the previous concentration in "Corporate Communications". For more information, please contact a member of the
Transfer Credit Policy
Effective immediately, the College has revised the transfer credit policy to include the acceptance of transfer credits transcribed through
NEW Joint Degree Program
Elizabethtown College has an agreement for preferred admission to West Virginia University School of Dentistry Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program following four years (4+4 program) at Elizabethtown College. A student may major in any discipline. Form program information and additional requirements, please contact
Dr. Aaron Cecala
New Family Business and Entrepreneurship Minor
The focus of the
Family Business and Entrepreneurship
minor is on entrepreneurial family businesses and new ventures and their use of innovation as the main growth engine. The minor develops the skills needed to lead and perform effectively as a member of a family business and to recognize and capitalize on opportunities to launch new ventures. The capabilities learned through the minor are essential for the success of any business regardless of its size and scope. The minor provides students with hands-on skills, with internship and externship opportunities, mentoring and networking opportunities, and attending guest speaker lectures offered by family businesses. The minor is supported by the High Center of Family Business at Elizabethtown College. Students who plan on pursuing a career in a family business or entrepreneurial sector after graduation are particularly encouraged to enroll.
Family Business and Entrepreneurship
minor will consist of 5 course requirements totaling 20 credits.
This minor is open to all majors, except Business Administration, International Business, and Accounting
. For more information about this minor, please contact the
Family Business and Entrepreneurship Advisor.
New Data Analytics Minor
The interdisciplinary minor in
will serve as an excellent adjunct area of study for
discipline. Data science draws on mathematics/statistics, computer science, and a field of application. The application area can be business, biology, chemistry, political science, etc. The
minor will consist of 8 requirements totaling 22 credits.
For more information about this minor, please contact the
Data Analytics Advisor.
Degree Planners replace Checksheets
Effective Fall 2016, Degree Planners (
)will replace departmental, interdisciplinary, and graduate program checksheets. Registration and Records has created a webpage dedicated to the
. Degree Planners are located in the upper-right corner of the major, minor or graduate program webpage in the
New Early Assurance Program with Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine's Master of Public Health (MPH) Program
Effective Fall 2016, an Early Assurance Program with Penn State University’s College of Medicine's Master of Public Health Program is an opportunity for Elizabethtown College students to gain guaranteed entry during their third undergraduate year into the Master of Public Health Program.
Elizabethtown College is one of only two exclusive colleges that offers an Early Assurance Program with Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. The Early Assurance Master of
Public Health (MPH)
program was established to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers as Public Health Professionals who focus on improvement of population health and reduce health disparities - across Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world - through excellence in education, research, and service. This program gives our students the option for automatic matriculation to The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine’s MPH program upon completing a Bachelor’s degree, maintaining competitive grade point average, and GRE Test scores as stipulated by The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.
For additional program information and admissions requirements, contact Dr. Aaron Cecala.
Modern Language Incentive Program
Effective Fall 2015, if an incoming student places into a modern language course at the 211 level or higher and earns a B- or better, then he or she will receive credit for the previous course in the sequence. The course must be taken before the end of the student’s second year. This policy is not applicable to native speakers who were formally educated in the language through the high school level.
For more information, please contact the Chair of Modern Languages Department.
New Early Acceptance Program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a new Early Acceptance Program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). LECOM's College of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association, Bureau of Education Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). The School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The Doctor of Dental Medicine has been granted the accreditation status of "initial accreditation" by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. These agreements provide an excellent opportunity for highly motivated students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.
For more information, please contact the Chair of the Biology Department.
New Interdisciplinary Program in Interfaith Leadership Studies (B.A.)
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a new interdisciplinary major and minor in Interfaith Leadership Studies. The Interfaith Leadership Studies major consists of 13 courses totaling no fewer than 42 credits. The Interfaith Leadership Studies minor consists of 7 courses totaling no fewer than 22 credits.
For more information, please contact the Chair of Religious Studies.
New Master of Curriculum and Instruction in Peace Education (M.Ed.)
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a Master of Curriculum and Instruction in Peace Education. The program is designed for candidates who are already certified (PK-12) educators seeking graduate study in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis upon peace education, including issues of social justice, student rights, conflict resolution, community capacity, culturally responsive methods, and student/teacher advocacy. The program consists of 10 courses totaling 33 credits.
For more information, please contact the Chair of the Elizabethtown College Education Department.
New Early Assurance Program with Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine's Physician's Assistant Program
Effective Fall 2015, the Early Assurance Program with Penn State University’s College of Medicine, Physician Assistant’s Program is an opportunity for Elizabethtown College students to gain guaranteed entry during their third undergraduate year into the Penn State College of Medicine, Physician Assistant’s Program.
Elizabethtown College is one of only two exclusive colleges that offers The Early Assurance Program with Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine’s Physician’s Assistant Program
. The program was established to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers as Physician’s Assistants and to work in areas of primary care. This program gives these students the option for automatic matriculation to The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine’s Physician’s Assistant Program upon completing a Bachelor’s degree, maintaining competitive grade point average, and GRE Test scores as stipulated by The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.
For additional program information and admissions requirements, contact Dr. Debra Wohl.
New Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.). Students enrolled in the program will develop leadership and analytical skills in preparation for careers in public service. Graduates of the MPP program will be eligible for careers in state and local government, nonprofit agencies, think tanks, lobbying firms, NGOs, and in the private sector. This program is a 4 +1 program open only to our currently enrolled undergraduate students.
The Master’s in Public Policy consists of 11 courses totaling no fewer than 48 credits. A minimum 3.0 GPA must be maintained to continue in this program. As part of the application process, students interested in this program will be required to complete both macro and microeconomics before the end of their junior year. During their senior year, accepted students will complete several master’s level courses which count towards their undergraduate degree requirements. An eight credit internship will be completed in the Summer prior to enrolling into any additional upper-level master’s course requirements. For more information on this program, please contact the Chair of our Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies Department.
New Mathematical Business Major (B.S.)
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a new undergraduate major in Mathematical Business. Students will complete a combination of courses in the departments of Business and Mathematics thus preparing student to enter the business world with uncommon technical skills. The Mathematical Business major consists of minimum of 18 courses totaling 70 credits.
For additional program information and admissions requirements, contact the Chair of our Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department.
How will the U.S. Department of Education's “150% limit” impact the degree audit (aka grad report)?
The U.S. Department of Education’s new regulations [Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)(Public Law 112-141)] will impact very few students.
Students are not impacted by this new regulation UNLESS it takes more than six years to complete their undergraduate program requirements.
The new group "Non-Program Courses" bucket will appear and capture
a course(s) taken by the student where the course does not satisfy a program requirement (major, minor, concentration), Core, or as a free-elective taken towards the 125 credit minimum required for degree completion.
5th Year Programs are NOT impacted by this change in regulation. Master’s programs like Occupational Therapy and Special Education are not impacted by the regulation change unless they take more than six years to complete their undergraduate program
An example of a situation where a student may see the new group appear on their grad report.
a student takes a course as a free-elective counting only towards the 125 credit minimum for degree completion but they do not successfully pass the course. Once the course is letter-graded as an “F”, the new “Non-Program Courses” group will appear on the student’s grad report and the failed course will migrate from “Free-electives” to the “Non-Program Courses” group.
Unless the student has takes more than six years to complete their undergraduate program requirements, this could should not impact their financial aid. Any specific questions about the “150% limit” should be directed to Financial Aid.
the student elects to REPEAT the failed course and he/she successfully completes it - the course will move out of the “Non Program Courses” and back to the “free-electives” group provided the student has not satisfied all program requirements and the 125 credit minimum. The “Non-Program Courses” group will now be removed or hidden from view on the student’s grad report.
Signature Learning Definitions
Elizabethtown College is committed to engaging its students in real-world learning opportunities that complement classroom learning and provide pathways to productive careers and lives beyond college. All Elizabethtown College students will complete at least two Signature Learning Experiences (SLE) as part of their graduation requirements. In consultation with their academic advisor, students will select at least two of the following five Signature Learning Experiences: supervised research; community-based learning; cross-cultural experiences; internships, field experiences or practicums; and capstone experiences. More information can be found on the “Core and Real World Learning Requirements” form.
Undergraduate research actively engages students in scholarship at an advanced level under the close supervision of a faculty mentor or approved disciplinary expert. Results from the research should be disseminated publicly in a way that is appropriate to the discipline (presentation, in writing, performance, exhibition, prototype development, etc.).
Cross-Cultural Experience or Exchange
Cross-cultural experiences allow students to engage meaningfully with diverse cultures, experiences, and worldviews, by living and studying in a culture different from their own. These experiences can be domestic or abroad and include traditional semester study abroad programs as well as short-term faculty-led programs.
Internship, Field Experience, or Practicum
An academic internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting that can be transcribed. Field experience is a learning opportunity that takes place in the field of practice, is embedded in an associated course, and supervised by faculty.
Community-Based Learning (CBL) is an instructional strategy that gives students opportunities to apply knowledge and skills from the classroom to analyze and address community problems. In so doing, students achieve a deeper and more integrated understanding of their studies while benefitting the community.
Capstone Course, Projects, or Development Portfolio
Culminating experience near the end of the college career in which students integrate, synthesize and apply what they have learned in the major or program. Capstone experiences can include courses, projects, performances, exhibits, and/or portfolios. Portfolios should include artifacts and narratives, sampled during the college career under faculty review, that demonstrate competencies or learning outcomes in the major or program.
Social Work degree changes from BA to a BSW
Faculty Assembly approved a proposal from the Social Work Department to change the degree earned by those completing the Social Work major program requirements from a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BA) to a Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW).
Current seniors (G’ 2013) will earn a BA
- Students currently enrolled and graduating in years 2014, 2015, 2016 will have the option of earning a BA or BSW.
For the incoming cohort Fall 2014 (G’ 2017) and all future cohorts the degree awarded will be a Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW).
Faculty Assembly approved a proposal by the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department to remove MA 105, MA 117, CS 121 and HMA 270 from the list of courses satisfying the Mathematics area of understanding in the Core curriculum.
Effective for the class entering in Fall 2013 the set of courses that satisfy the Mathematics Area of Understanding in Core include: MA 251 and MA 121.
Students enrolled prior to Fall 2013 can continue to register into MA 105, MA 117, CS 121 and HMA 270 in order to satisfy the Mathematics Core Area of Understanding.
Real World Learning
An important component of Elizabethtown College Real-world Learning is the high impact practices which supplement classroom learning. Real-world Learning is so significant that, completing at least two of these five
Signature Learning Experiences (SLE)
is a graduation requirement for all Elizabethtown College students. The student’s academic adviser will assist in choosing two of five SLEs: Supervised Research; Cross Cultural Experience or Exchange; Internship, Field Experience or Practicum; Community-Based Learning; and Capstone Course, Projects or Development Portfolio.
All students are encouraged to discuss these opportunities with their peer mentors, first-year seminar adviser and professors and explore the College website to see how other students have personalized a Real-world Learning experience that is just right for them.