Sales, Business and Healthcare


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sales: Business or Healthcare

National studies show students with a sales education receive more job offers, start at higher-than-average salaries, contribute to business success quicker, and are happier in their careers. If this matches your interest and goals, St. Ambrose has the program for you.

Our graduates work at AD Huesing Corp., Bardovan Health Innovations, Endologix Inc., Florida Marlins, and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.


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Our professors provide an education that gives you an edge in the workforce. The knowledge, skills, and experience you'll gain at SAU will give you confidence to enter the field and immediately contribute to company success.

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More Information on the Sales Program

What will I learn?

We allow you to choose an area of focus -- business sales or healthcare sales -- then cater your courses to your goals.

Business Sales – Foundation courses include accounting, economics, finance, business ethics, marketing, and management. Your specialized courses include sales principals, customer and relationship development, communicating to lead and influence, and advanced sales techniques. Electives include negotiation, professional practices, and sales management and processes. You will also complete an internship.

Healthcare Sales – Foundation courses include accounting, economics, finance, ethics, marketing and management. Your specialized courses include medical terminology, healthcare terminology, biomedical ethics, healthcare sales, customer and relationship development, and communicating to lead and influence. Electives include negotiation, professional practices, and sales management and processes. You will also complete an internship.

We've dedicated space in Ambrose Hall for our sales majors. The SAU Sales Center is equipped with the educational technology you need to hone your skills in interviewing, presentations, selling, and developing client relationships. It is also the hub for guest speakers, internships, intercollegiate sales competitions, and individualized career mentoring.

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Study Abroad

You've heard people say it before: "College will be the greatest time of your life!" With Study Abroad, you can add even more to your college years.

You can study in another country – without paying extra tuition – in a semester-long or short-term study abroad program (with a few offered during spring and winterim breaks). No matter the duration, these trips deepen your professional education while earning credit toward graduation.

There are also opportunities through an exchange program, an overseas internship, or volunteering. The limits for Study Abroad are only ones you set for yourself! SAU students have studied in Italy, Costa Rica, Australia, Korea, United Kingdom, Spain, Ecuador, Japan, Germany, Peru, Cyprus, Croatia, Belize, Canada, Chile, and more.

SAU students returning from their Study Abroad locations talk about their time away as life-changing - personally, emotionally, culturally, and academically. Click here to search our Study Abroad programs, and for general information click here.

What are some potential career outcomes?

Business Sales consultants can build rewarding careers in advertising, insurance, real estate, retail, securities and commodities, financial services, travel, and wholesale manufacturing.

Healthcare Sales consultants sell complex scientific products to clinics and hospitals, physicians, or to patients. You can work for companies that manufacture and market pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and consumer healthcare products. Sales fields include assistive technology, biomedical and biofeedback, diagnostic and examination devices, optical products, and orthopedics.

What do alumni say about the program?

We launched our Sales program in 2017 and by Spring 2018, more than 80 students had enrolled in Sales courses. Some chose to major in the program and others added it as a minor which perfectly complements a degree in Marketing, Strategic Communication, and more. 

Here is what a couple 2018 Sales graduates said about the program:

Ryan Dobek '18: "The faculty and staff in the sales program are tremendous. They don't teach from a textbook; they teach from experience. You learn how to be a professional salesperson." 

Blake Syron '18: "Everyone wants you to succeed and be the best you can be in each class. You will really experience personal growth throughout the program." 

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Sales

Required:
ACCT 201 Accounting Principles I
ACCT 202 Accounting Principles II
BUS 201 Legal Environment of Business
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
FNCE 300 Principles of Finance
INTL 400 International Experiential Portfolio
PHIL 305 Business Ethics
MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing
MGMT 210 Principles of Management
MGMT 449 Strategic Management and Policy
SLS 335 Sales Principles
SLS 345 Key Customer and Relationship Development
SLS 355 Communicating to Lead and Influence
SLS 365 Advanced Sales Techniques
SLS 425 Internship - Co-op in Sales
STBE 137 Quantitative Reasoning in Business
STBE 237 Statistics for Business and Economics

Take two of the following:
SLS 375 Negotiation and Relationship Building
SLS 405 Professional Practices in Sales
SLS 415 Sales Management and Processes

Requirements for a Minor in Business Sales (15 credits)

MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing
SLS 335 Sales Principles
SLS 345 Key Customer and Relationship Development
Plus 6 additional credits from the SLS curriculum

Plan to Graduate

The following is a suggested 4-year plan of study to major in Business Sales with a minor in Leadership Studies and one semester of Study Abroad.

This plan assumes the student has not met the foreign language requirement (three years of foreign language in high school).

Year One

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
+ENGL 101 3 MKTG 209 3
STBE 137 3 +ECON 201 3
+THEO 100/200 course 3 +PHIL 100/200 course 3
+PSCI 104 * 3 +COMM 203 * 3
+Humanities - 1st course 3 +Foreign Language 101 3
NSS 101 1 +IL 101 1
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 16

Year Two

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
SLS 335 3 ACCT 202 3
ACCT 201 3 STBE 237 3
ECON 202 3 BUS 201 3
+Foreign Language 102 3 Elective 3
MGMT 310 * 3 SLS 345 3
+KIN Activity credit 1 +KIN 149 1
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 16

Year Three

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
SLS 355 3 Study Abroad Semester
SLS 365 3 +Humanities - 2nd course 3
+Natural science Gen Ed 3 +THEO/PHIL elective 3
+Creative Arts 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 12

Year Four

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
FNCE 300 3 SLS Elective 3
PSCI 310 or PSCI 365 * 3 MGMT 349 3
+PHIL 305 * 3 INTL 400 1
SLS 425 3 Elective 3
SLS Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 1
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 14

* Leadership Minor requirement
+ Satisfies General Education requirement
** Recommended for major

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Healthcare Sales

Required:
ACCT 201 Accounting Principles I
ACCT 202 Accounting Principles II
BIOL 205 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology
BUS 201 Legal Environment of Business
+CHEM 105 General Chemistry
+ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
+ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
FNCE 300 Principles of Finance
HS 250 Medical Terminology
HS 360 Principles of Healthcare Terminology
HSLS 340 Selling in Healthcare
INTL 400 International Experiential Portfolio
MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing
MGMT 210 Principles of Management
MGMT 449 Strategic Management and Policy
+PHIL 310 Biomedical Ethics
SLS 335 Sales Principles
SLS 345 Key Customer and Relationship Development
SLS 355 Communicating to Lead and Influence
SLS 365 Advanced Sales Techniques
SLS 425 Internship - Co-op in Sales
STBE 137 Quantitative Reasoning in Business
STBE 237 Statistics for Business and Economics

Take two of the following:
SLS 375 Negotiation and Relationship Building
SLS 405 Professional Practices in Sales
SLS 415 Sales Management and Processes

Requirements for a Minor in Healthcare Sales (15 credits)

MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing
HSLS 340 Selling in Healthcare
SLS 335 Sales Principles
SLS 345 Key Customer and Relationship Development
Plus 3 credits from the SLS curriculum

+ Satisfies a general education requirement

Click here to read course descriptions for Sales

Plan to Graduate

The following is a suggested Plan of Study for a major in Healthcare Sales with a minor Leadership Studies and one semester Study Abroad.

This plan assumes the student has not met the foreign language requirement (three years of foreign language in high school).

Year One

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
+ENGL 101 3 MKTG 209 3
+THEO 100/200 course 3 +ECON 201 3
+PSCI 104 * 3 +PHIL 100/200 course 3
+BIOL 101 ** 4 +COMM 203 * 3
+IL 101 1 +MATH 171 3
NSS 101 1 +KIN 149 1
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 16

Year Two

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
SLS 335 3 ACCT 202 3
ACCT 201 3 STAT 213 3
+ECON 202 3 Elective 3
BIOL 205 ** 4 +CHEM 103 ** 4
MGMT 310 * 3 Elective 3
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 16

Year Three

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
SLS 345 3 Study Abroad Semester
SLS 355 3 +Humanities - 2nd course 3
Creative Arts 3 +THEO/PHIL elective 3
+HS 250 1 KIN Activity 1
+Foreign Language 3 +Foreign Language 3
HS 360 3 Elective 3
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 13

Year Four

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
FNCE 300 3 SLS Elective 3
PSCI 310 or PSCI 365 * 3 MGMT 349 3
+PHIL 310 * 3 INTL 400 1
SLS 365 3 SLS 425 3
HSLS 340 3 Elective 3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 13

* Leadership Minor requirement
+ Satisfies General Education requirement
** Recommended for major

Scholarships and Grants

Undergraduate Scholarships

For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code is 001889.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

First-Year Scholarships

Amounts are for first-year students entering St. Ambrose in the 2019-20 academic year. There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria. The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using unweighted high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Your scholarship will automatically renew each year of your undergraduate studies, for up to four years, as long as you maintain satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree, a minimum 2.0 GPA, and remain a full-time student. 

On Campus (Merit-Based Scholarships)

Trustee Scholarships
Criteria: unweighted 4.0 GPA and minimum 30 ACT or 1390 SAT score
Award: $23,000 per year and invited to compete for a full tuition scholarship

Presidential Scholarships
Criteria: minimum unweighted 3.8 GPA and 28 ACT or 1310 SAT score
Award: $20,000 per year

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $14,000 per year, $15,000 per year, $16,000 per year or $17,000 per year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
$12,000 per year

On Campus (Additional Institutional Scholarships)

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $1,000 per year

Fr. Menke Catholic Parish Scholarships
Criteria: member of Catholic parish in the Diocese of Davenport
Award: varies

Freeman Pollard Diversity Awards
Criteria: diverse student
Award: $1,000/year

Off Campus (Merit-Based Scholarships)

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $11,000 per year, $12,000 per year, $13,000 per year or $14,000 per year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $10,000 per year

Off-Campus (Additional Institutional Scholarships)

Fr. Menke Catholic Parish Scholarships
Criteria: member of Catholic parish in the Diocese of Davenport
Award: varies

Freeman Pollard Diversity Awards
Criteria: diverse student
Award: $500 per year

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2019-20 academic year. 

St. Ambrose scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only and renewable up to 120 credits of undergraduate study, which includes credits transferred to St. Ambrose from prior attendance. For example: If you transfer in with an AA/AS degree, you would receive a scholarship for two additional years at St. Ambrose.

Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa
Criteria: awarded to all Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society members transferring from a community college
Award: $14,000

OR

Transfer Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on GPA
Awards:
3.5-4.00 GPA $13,000 
3.0-3.49 GPA $12,000
2.5-2.99 GPA $11,000 
2.0-2.49 GPA $9,000 

Out-of-State Grants
Criteria: non-Iowa resident
Award: $2,000 per year

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate; on-campus students only
Award: $1,000 per year

Dual Admission Scholarships
Criteria: participant in SAU/community college dual admission program
Award: $1,000 per year

Freeman Pollard Diversity Awards
Criteria: diverse student
Award: $1,000 per year on-campus; $500 per year off-campus

Federal and State Aid

Federal Pell Grant
Criteria: based on financial need; file FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $6,095 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Criteria: based on financial need, priority to Pell Grant recipients. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study
Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $1,850

Iowa Tuition Grant
Criteria: based on financial need, Iowa residents only. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, deadline July 1.
Award: $5,650

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at playNAIA.org

Fine Arts Scholarships

How do I qualify for a fine arts scholarship? 
Scholarships are awarded based on performance and ability in art, music and theatre. Review the various requirements below:

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.


Katie Zorn

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, International Business, and Theology,Cost Accountant at HNI Corporation in Cedartown, Georgia,Class of 2015


When Katie talks about her Ambrosian experience she describes a community that values academics, professionalism, spiritual life, and personal growth. With us, you will get an education rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and so many opportunities to discover your path in life.

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