Bachelor of Science - Health 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 student achieve their educational goal through four different tracks: Environmental Health, Healthcare Administration, Bachelor Degree completion or the Health Exploration track. Students are closely advised throughout the program to determine their professional goals and develop and follow a plan of study to meet those goals. Graduates of degree or certificate programs, such as Histologic Science, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Paramedic Studies, 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 their baccalaureate degree.

Four available tracks:

  1. Environmental Health track 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 track 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 track allows the creation of career paths and advancement opportunities for individuals already possessing a certification, licensure, or registry through a professional organization but lacks a collegiate degree. Likewise, it will provide students who possess an associate degree and wish to pursue a bachelor degree the opportunity to do so. The 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 track provides students with the opportunity to explore various careers and aspects of healthcare. This track 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 option with the intent of fulfilling the pre-professional requirements for specific healthcare programs or graduate school.
  5. All students 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;
  10. Analyze and apply information technology to successfully participate in learning activities;
  11. Be an educator and promoter of healthy living; and
  12. Utilize administrative and organizational skills for planning and implementing health and healthcare programs.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Bachelor graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

1. 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 Requirements - 46 Credits

General Education Core: 40 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition

3

ENG 1XX

Writing Competency (WR)

3

ENG 2XX

Advanced Writing Elective (AW)

3

COM 1XX

Communications Competency (COM)

3

CAP 1XX

Computer Literacy Competency (CL)

3

MATH 1XX

Math Competency (MATH)

3

BIO 1XX

Science Competency (SCI)

4

PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)

3

 

Social Science Competency (SS & MC)

3

 

Cultural Competency (CU)

3

HSC 111

Medical Law and Ethics OR

 

HSC 305

Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare (E/P)

3

 

Global Studies Competency (G/US & G/W)

6

Programmatic General Education Requirements: 6 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience OR

 

 

General Education Elective

3

STAT 167

Principles of Statistics

3

Health Science Major Core Requirements - 38 Credits

Freshman Year

HSC 101

Introduction to Healthcare

3

HSC 105

Medical Terminology

3

HSC 110

Medicine and Society

3

Sophomore Year

CHEM 1XX

Chem 101 or Chem 110

4

BUS 101

Introduction to Management

3

HSC 212

Health Information Systems

3

Junior Year

HSC 310

U.S. Healthcare Delivery Systems

3

ECN 110

Principles of Economics

3

SCI 1XX

CHEM 111 or Science Elective

4

Senior Year

HSC 350

Continuous Quality Improvement

3

HSC 420

Methods in Research and Statistics (RE)

3

HSC 450

Senior Capstone for Health Science OR

 

HSC 460

Health Science Internship

3

Health Science Electives - 36 Credits

HSC 1XX

Electives

6

HSC 3XX

Electives

9

OPEN

Open Electives

21

Healthcare Administration Track - 18 Credits

Junior Year

BUS 115

Human Resource Management

3

ACC 110

Applied Accounting

3

HSC 320

Health Administration

3

Senior Year

HSC 302

Public Health and Personnel Administration

3

HSC 312

Organization and Administration of Long-Term Care

3

BUS 210

Business Planning and Development

3

Environmental Health Track - 18 Credits

Junior Year

ENV 252

Human Health in the Environment

3

ENV 250

Environmental Contaminants and Sanitation

3

HSC 220

Environmental Health Law and Public Policy

3

Senior Year

HSC 340

Physical Agents/Ergonomic Hazards in the

3

 

Workplace

 

HSC 330

Principles of Environmental Health Science

3

HSC 410

Epidemiology

3

Total credits in the program

120