Health Sciences

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  • Health Sciences (online)


    The Bachelor of Health Sciences program is designed to provide students with a firm foundation for understanding leadership principles, health education, and the role of health care in a contemporary society.  The program helps students develop analytical skills and personal characteristics necessary for leadership positions in health care.

    The health sciences degree provides students with opportunities for career advancement when the bachelor's degree is required for promotion into management and leadership positions.  Students graduating from this program may consider opportunities to pursue graduate-level studies in the Master of Health Sciences program, after completing the bachelor's program.

    Program overview

    The Health Sciences program is designed for, but not limited to, part-time, non-traditional students. Students may be admitted in the summer semester.  The application deadline for the summer admission is April 15.  The application deadline for the fall admission is June 15.  Courses are offered on a rotational basis. Online instruction is the primary method of content delivery.

    Students who successfully complete two three-hour courses per semester can generally expect a timely completion of the health sciences degree, whether in Track I or Track II. Advisors are available by telephone, e-mail or in-person. 

    The Health Sciences graduate will:

    1. Understand the broad implications of the present health care system in relation to the past and future of health care delivery.
    2. Examine the impact of social, economic, legal and political factors on the health care system.
    3. Communicate with conciseness and clarity using the standard conventions of written English, public speaking, and medical terminology.
    4. Apply research skills to gather, assess, and communicate relevant information and reference material.
    5. Apply leadership, management, and learning theories to the planning, implementation, and assessment of health care delivery. 
    6. Apply critical thinking and analysis to interpret information, understand and define a problem, consider different points of view, reach supported conclusions.

    About the profession

    Professionals from various health care disciplines choose to complete a degree in health sciences. Health care professionals may be eligible to enroll in one of two curriculum tracks in the Health Sciences Program.

    Track I - Health Care Practitioner
    Track I is designed to enable licensed, registered, or certified health care practitioners who are graduates of a regionally accredited associate's degree health care program to earn a bachelor's degree.  Examples of individuals who may qualify for admission to the health care practitioner track include, but are not limited to, respiratory care practitioners, radiological technicians, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants, dental hygienists, emergency medical technician-paramedics, medical laboratory technologists, and health information administrators.

    Track II - Health Care Operations
    Track II is designed to enable administrative support personnel, in academic health science centers and other health care environments, to earn a bachelor's degree. Its content focuses on administrative functions necessary to maintain and operate successful health care centers or organizations.  Examples of individuals who may qualify for admission to the health care operations track include, but are not limited to, administrative assistants, medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, medical coders, surgical technologists, emergency medical technicians, diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists, vascular technologists and technicians, and licensed practical nurses.