Health Science, Bachelor of Science

The bachelor degree in Health Science is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide career advancement opportunities for entry-level health profession practitioners as well as individuals who wish to begin their careers in healthcare. This program encourages students with different backgrounds and interests; the program helps students achieve their educational goal through four different concentrations: Environmental Health, Healthcare Administration, Bachelor Degree completion or the Health Exploration concentration. Students are closely advised throughout the program to determine their professional goals and to develop and follow a plan of study to meet those goals. Graduates of associate degree or certificate programs, such as Histologic Science, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Phlebotomy, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Respiratory Care and Environmental Studies can enroll in this program as a step toward career advancement and apply previous credits earned toward a baccalaureate degree.

Four available concentrations:

  1. Environmental Health concentration is for those students who are interested in pursuing a career in environmental health and the impact of environmental conditions on human health.
  2. Healthcare Administration concentration is designed for those students who are interested in pursuing careers in healthcare management. Students will gain an understanding of the business challenges specific to the healthcare delivery system. Students will gain an appreciation of the manager's role in this complex system.
  3. Bachelor Degree Completion concentration allows the creation of career paths and advancement opportunities for individuals already possessing a certification, licensure, or registry through a professional organization but lack a collegiate degree. This program would allow these students to apply their professional experience and complete the bachelor degree required to advance or remain in their chosen profession.
  4. Healthcare Career Exploration concentration provides students with the opportunity to explore various careers and aspects of healthcare. This concentration is intended to serve students who have not yet decided on a specific healthcare profession but are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Students may also choose this concentration with the intent of fulfilling the pre-professional requirements for specific healthcare programs or graduate school.

All students going on an internship must successfully pass a background check and drug test before an internship will be approved. Forms are provided by program personnel.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a strong foundation in basic behavioral, natural, social and health sciences appropriate to entry-level positions in healthcare;
  2. Communicate and present verbal, visual and written ideas and information clearly and accurately in a way that represents competence and professionalism in the healthcare field;
  3. Interpret and explain policy within the ethical, legal and regulatory framework of the healthcare industry;
  4. Identify and analyze bioethical issues facing healthcare practitioners and the healthcare environment;
  5. Identify and describe the different roles of healthcare professionals and develop skills to become an effective team member;
  6. Demonstrate accurate problem-solving abilities when working as a healthcare professional while at an internship;
  7. Appreciate diversity, differing belief and value systems, as well as appreciate individual opinions;
  8. Develop self-directed and engaged learning skills needed for independent and lifelong learning;
  9. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully enter specific healthcare fields or areas of study; and
  10. Be an educator and promoter of healthy living.

Graduation Requirements 

Students must complete all the general Bachelor graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete all Health Science major core requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average (C.G.P.A.) of 2.0.

Curriculum

Bachelor in Health Science

General Education Core: 40 Credits

ENG 101English Composition

3

ENG 1XXEnglish Elective

3

ENG 2XXEnglish Elective

3

CAP 110*Computer Applications

3

MATH 1XXMathematics (MATH)

3

STAT 167Principles of Statistics

3

BIO 1XX Science Elective

4

PSY 112Introduction to Psychology

3

SOC 101Introduction to Sociology

3

Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, ASL, HUM)

3

General Education Electives**

9

*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

**Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.


Health Science Major Core Requirements - 41 Credits

Freshman Year

HSC 101Introduction to Healthcare

3

HSC 105Medical Terminology

3

PBH 110Introduction to Public Health

3

Sophomore Year

CHEM 1XXCHEM 101 or CHEM 110

4

BUS 101Introduction to Management

3

PBH 212Public Health Informatics

3

PBH 305Ethics in Public Health

3

Junior Year

HSC 310U.S. Healthcare Delivery Systems

3

ECN 110Principles of Economics

3

 

SCI 1XXScience Elective

4

OR

CHEM 111General Chemistry II

4

Senior Year

HSC 350Continuous Quality Improvement

3

 

HSC 450Senior Capstone

3

OR

HSC 460Senior Internship

3

 

PSY 420/PSS 390Research Methods

3

Health Science Electives - 39 Credits

HSC 1XX Electives

6

HSC 3XXElectives

6

OPEN Electives

27

Healthcare Administration Concentration - 21 Credits

Junior Year

BUS 115Human Resource Management

3

ACC 110Applied Accounting

3

PBH 322Health Administration

3

Senior Year

PBH 302Public Health Personnel and Administration

3

HSC 312Organization and Administration of Long-Term Care

3

BUS 210Business Planning and Development

3

OPEN Elective

3

Environmental Health Concentration - 21 Credits

Junior Year

ENV 250Environmental Contaminants and Sanitation

3

HSC 220Environmental Health Law and Public Policy

3

PBH 252Human Health in the Environment

3

Senior Year

ENV 330Principles of Environmental Health

3

HSC 340Physical Agents/Ergonomic Hazards in the Workplace

3

HSC 410Epidemiology

3

OPEN Elective

3

Total Credit Hours: 120-122