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 catches 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.


Ambrose Advantages

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  • Excellence and Inspiration

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

See Our Sales Major Fact Sheet (pdf)


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.

SAU created specialized space in Ambrose Hall for our sales majors. The SAU Sales Center is equipped with the educational technology needed 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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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.

Scholarships

Scholarships and Grants

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).

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.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

To receive an institutional grant or scholarship students must meet specific criteria, and some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible. There is no need to apply for these; students automatically are eligible if they meet the criteria.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Awards

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Diocese of Davenport Catholic Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation to be completed by your pastor available here (pdf).

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) awards millions of dollars annually to student-athletes at more than 250 colleges and universities. 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

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year. For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award

OR

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Based on Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership. Award is $12,500 per year for new transfer students.

Awards are renewable each year up to a maximum eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Award Terms

FAFSA forms must be filed every year.

  • To be considered for an Iowa Tuition Grant, the filing deadline is July 1.
  • The St. Ambrose priority deadline is March 15 for some institutional funds. 
  • The Financial Aid Office has the right to adjust your award at any time due to changes in your financial, academic, enrollment, or housing status. 
  • Awards offered from State and Federal programs are contingent upon legislative allocation of funds and maximum limits allowed.
  • You must report any assistance you receive from outside sources – including assistance from your employer – to the Financial Aid Office.

Institutional Aid

Undergraduate level students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester to receive Institutional money. All students, undergraduate or graduate, must be enrolled at least half-time per semester to be eligible for student loans. (Half-time for Undergraduate level = 6 credits; Graduate level = 5 credits)

There is no institutional aid for summer sessions. Federal Loans may be available if you are enrolled at least 1/2 time.

You are eligible for institutional financial aid for up to eight semesters, including semesters taken at other schools, before or after time spent at the university (i.e. if you transfer in as a junior, you will receive 4 semesters of institutional aid; or you attended St. Ambrose, left to attend another school, and then returned). This means that if you continue into a fifth year of classes, you will not be eligible for any institutional funds you may have received previously. (Institutional funds are those awarded by the university, not state, federal, or outside based scholarships or grants.)

Loans

All financial aid awards, including loans, are disbursed in two disbursements: one for the fall term and one for the spring term. If you are a first-time borrower, there is a 30-day hold on your first disbursement. Once the loan funds have been applied to your account and if you have awards in excess of your costs, you may receive a refund. Any other questions regarding your financial aid should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

Work Study

If you are receiving assistance under the work study program, you must understand that the amount shown on your award letter is the amount we expect you to earn during one academic year if you work all your allotted hours. Any additional earnings must be approved by your department supervisor and taken into consideration in your financial award package.

Endowed Scholarships

Part of the financial aid funds that St. Ambrose awards come from monies provided through the generous support of St. Ambrose University benefactors. Most endowed scholarships are meant to provide financial support for St. Ambrose University's academic and need based awards. Due to this, in some cases you may see a portion of your Academic Scholarship, for example, being replaced by a named endowed scholarship. The total dollar amount you receive between the two awards, however, will remain unchanged.

Recipients are chosen based on the criteria established by the donor, which include, but are not limited to: major, class rank, GPA, performance in a fine art, or residency. You may be contacted by the Advancement Office to write a thank you letter to the donor.

What happens if I withdraw or need to drop a class?

  • If you drop a class, it may affect the amount of aid you can receive. It is very important to visit your Financial Aid counselor if you are planning on dropping a class.
  • If you are going to withdraw completely from all your classes, your financial aid awards will be prorated according to the amount of time you were actually enrolled. It is possible that you may end up owing the University for a portion of your expenses incurred.
  • More information regarding this policy is available in the University catalog.
  • Please contact your Financial Aid counselor if you are considering dropping classes or withdrawing from the University.

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


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