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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences


Congratulations to our Fall 2013 BSHS Dean’s List Students.


Click here to download the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Student Handbook

Program Objectives:

This interdisciplinary program has been designed to meet the needs of three specific student groups: (1) students who want to prepare for entry and mid-level positions in for profit and not for profit health care organizations, (2) students who want to apply to graduate health professions programs, and (3) licensed health care professionals who have already obtained an associate’s degree in an allied health field and would like to obtain a baccalaureate degree. This undergraduate degree is a particularly excellent choice for any student interested in occupational therapy, physical therapy or physician assistant studies. We are the only school on campus to offer these graduate degrees and so you would be well advised as you pursue your interest in these careers.

Curriculum:

The majority of course are offered primarily online especially the 300 and 400 level courses, these are indicated below. Due to the number of courses offered online only, students on a F1 or J1 student visa are not eligible for admission to this program. Minimum required credit hours is 120, divided among core courses, track courses and elective courses. The core curriculum is 76 credit hours; the track curriculum is 15-20, depending on the track chosen; and the remainder of the credit hours will come from elective courses.
Depending on the track chosen, students will have a required service learning course or a required experiential course or a practicum.

The degree program consists of a core set of courses, elective courses, and a choice of one of four tracks:

  • Gerontology – click here to view the 4 year Plan of Study for this degree program
  • Global Health and Rehabilitation Studies – click here to view the 4 year Plan of Study for this degree program
  • Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies – click here to view the 4 year Plan of Study for this degree program
  • Preparation for Graduate Health Professions Programs – click here to view the 4 year Plan of Study for this degree program

To find out where your interest in Health Sciences can take you click here.

The student’s selected track 1-3 will appear on the transcript. The completion of any one of the first three tracks will lead to a certificate in addition to the B.S. degree; students not enrolled in the B.S. degree may take the courses required for the certificate without enrolling in the degree program. For students enrolled in the B.S. degree the certificate will be awarded concurrent with degree completion.

Core courses (76 credit hours):

  • BIOL-K101 Concepts of Biology (5 credit hours)
  • COMM-R110 Fundamentals of Speech Communications (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-B104 or B105 Psychology as a Social or Biological Science (3 credit hours)
  • ENG-W131 Elementary Composition I (3 credit hours)
  • HPER-H195 Principles and Applications of Lifestyle Wellness (3 credit hours)
  • Humanities/Social Science Course (3 credit hours)
  • MATH-153 Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credit hours) MATH 118 or higher may be accepted
  • ENG-W231 Professional Writing or ENG-W132 Comp II (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-B380 Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-B310 Lifespan Development (3 credit hours)
  • SHRS-W100 Learning Community Seminar (2 credit hours)
  • SHRS-W210 Introduction to Rehabilitation (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W211 Orientation to Health and Rehabilitation Professions (2 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W250 Health and Rehab Systems Across the World (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-N265 Nutrition and Exercise (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W361 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W362 Legal and Regulatory Aspects in Rehabilitation (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W363 Ethical issues in Rehabilitation Services (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W364 Disability and Society (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W365 Diversity Issues in Health and Rehabilitation Services (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W441 Administration and Supervision of Rehabilitation (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W442 Research in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
    • P: STAT 301 or course equivalent
  • SHRS-W445 Program Evaluation Methods in Rehabilitation (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-N420 Human Nutrition Through the Lifespan (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
    • P: SHRS N265
  • HIA-M330 Medical Terminology (or equivalent e.g. CLAS-C209) (3 credit hours)
  • STAT-301 Statistics (3 credit hours)

Gerontology Certificate courses (15 credit hours):

  • SHRS-W310 Aging and the Older Person (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W350 Survey of Programs for Older Adults (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W370 Psychosocial Aspects of Aging (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W410 Service Learning in Geriatrics (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W450 Seminar in Gerontology (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY

Global Health and Rehabilitation Studies Certificate courses (15 credit hours):

  • SHRS-W250 Health and Rehabilitation Systems Across the World (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W270 Seminar in Global Rehabilitation and Health (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W380 Health and Rehabilitation Professionals in Developing Countries (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-N460 Global Perspectives in Nutrition, Health, Disease, and Disability (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
    • P: SHRS N265
  • SHRS-W470 International Service Learning in Rehabilitation (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY

Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Certificate courses (18 credit hours):

  • SHRS-W320 Survey of Adaptive Rehabilitation Technology (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W330 Approaches to Rehabilitation Case Management (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W340 Psychological Aspects of Disabilities (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W420 Proposal Writing for Community-Based Rehabilitation Programs (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W430 Practicum in Rehabilitation and Disability (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY
  • SHRS-W440 Medical Aspects of Disabilities (3 credit hours) ONLINE ONLY

Preparation for Graduate Health Professions Programs courses (20 credit hours):

  • BIOL-N261 Human Anatomy (5 credit hours)
  • BIOL-N217 Human Physiology (5 credit hours)
  • CHEM-C105/125 Chemistry I with lab (5 credit hours)
  • PHYS-P201 General Physics I with lab (5 credit hours)

Electives:

A student must take a minimum number of credit hours of elective courses such that the total credit hours taken to include the core courses (76), the track courses (15-20) and the electives total a minimum of 120 credit hours. The choice of electives will depend on the track chosen and additional knowledge desired. Students with a focus on gerontology may want to include additional psycho-social courses directed towards this population. Students with a focus on international rehabilitation may want to include electives in a foreign language. Students with a focus on rehabilitation and disability studies may want to include additional courses in management, finance, and personnel. Students with a focus on preparing for advanced clinical degree must take additional courses as required for prerequisites in their particular clinical discipline of interest.

Certificates:

As noted above, students may enroll in one or more of the three certificates offered by the department without enrolling in the degree program. A formal application is required to enroll in a certificate without enrolling in a degree program. Application can be made using the University’s online application and paying the application fee. The certificates to include courses are described above.

For Additional Information

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