Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies curriculum integrates both scientific and healthcare foundations that is personalized per the health path that the student is preparing for. It is a 120-semester credit hour program in which 51 credit hours must be upper-division courses. The curriculum provides various approaches for students who are pursing diverse areas in health care field. It covers five components:

  • Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours

      6 hours communication; 6 hours U.S. government; 6 hours U.S. history; 3 hours mathematics; 3 hours social & Behavioral science; 3 hours language, philosophy & culture; 3 hours creative arts; 6 hours life & physical science; 6 hour component area option

    • Foundation I: 23 semester credit hours of lower-division Scientific Foundation Studies

        Introductory level general chemistry with lab, modern biology with lab, organic chemistry with lab and/or physics with lab

      • Foundation II: 14 semester credit hours of lower-division and upper-division Healthcare Foundation Studies

          Courses that are related to the exploration to the realities of health professions, the concept of professionalism within a healthcare context, the structure and components of the healthcare system, effective patient communication and prevention, and the origins and basics of medical terminology.

        • Foundation III: 15 semester credit hours of upper-division Multidisciplinary Healthcare Studies

            Courses that are related to the study of healthcare in a philosophical, historical, psychological, sociological and biological context. Some courses will give an overview of the fundamentals of public health, the hospice and the home health care and productive aging.

          • Guided Electives: 26 semester credit hours, 23 of which must be upper-division

              The 26 semester credit hours of guided electives are courses that will prepare students for entry into health professional schools. Prescribed course requirements are the minimum requirements for acceptance into health professional schools. Students are encouraged to take additional upper-level science electives so they are better prepared for the academic challenges of health professional schools. Academic advisors will assist student with the selection of courses.

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              The Mathematics and Sciences Coursework

              For most professional school preparation, the mathematics and science courses listed below are commonly required. There are however variations and acceptable substitutions for some courses based on the medical profession students are pursuing. All required science coursework must apply towards a traditional science major. These mathematics and science courses include, but are not limited to:

              Lower-division courses:

              • Mathematics: Applied Calculus I or Differential Calculus, Statistics for Life Sciences
              • Chemistry: General Chemistry I and II with lab, Introductory Organic Chemistry I and II with lab
              • Biology: Modern Biology I and II with lab
              • Physics: College Physics I and II with lab or Mechanic and Electromagnetism & Waves with lab

              Upper-division courses:

              Biochemistry I & II, Classical & Molecular Genetics, Eukaryotic Molecular & Cell Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab, Microbiology with lab, Cellular Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Immunobiology, Exercise Physiology, Genes, Disease & Therapeutics, Oral Histology & Embryology, Introduction to Neuroscience, Cellular Neuroscience, Integrative Neuroscience, Neuroanatomy and other guided scientific courses recommended for the acceptance to the particular health professional school.
               

              Healthcare Coursework

              HLTH 1100 Career Exploration in Healthcare

              HLTH 1301 Introduction to Kinesiology

              HLTH 1322 Human Nutrition

              HLTH 3101 Medical Terminology

              HLTH 3300 Pre-Health Professional Development

              HLTH 3305 The U.S. Healthcare System

              HLTH 3315 Issues in Patient Education

              HLTH 4304 Health Professions Internship

              HLTH 4305 Public Health

              HLTH 4380 Topics in Healthcare:  Information & Resources for Healthcare

              HLTH 4380 Topics in Healthcare:  Health & Sports

              HLTH 4380 Topics in Healthcare:  Climate Change in Healthcare

              HLTH 3301 Issues in Geriatric Healthcare

              HLTH 3310 Health Care Issues: Global Perspectives

              HLTH 4V01 Health Professions Independent Study
               
               
              See detailed curriculum requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

              For more information about the Healthcare Studies degree, schedule an appointment with an advisor by calling 972-883-2323 or 972-883-2350.