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Health Science Degree - Bachelor of Arts


Major Requirements (37-41 credit hours)

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All students must complete the major core:

Major Core: Required for this degree (19 credit hours)

  • HHP 204 Wellness for Life

    This course examines the importance of lifetime wellness and nutrition. Topics include the value of nutrition, weight management, stress management, and exercise. An emphasis is placed on learning how to evaluate and improve current wellness patterns.
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  • BI 206 Nutrition Through the Life Span

    This course consists of the study of the nutrients required by the human body, the foods from which they are obtained, their utilization by the body and their importance for the maintenance of optimal health throughout the life span. 3 credit hours
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  • HHS 255 Medical Terminology and Documentation

    This is an introduction to medical language and its documentation via a systems approach to terminology. Students will learn the essentials of documentation in a medical setting including the SOAP notes, basic record keeping, coding and reimbursement, HIPAA regulations and more.
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  • PY 211 Human Development

    This course will present the principles of human growth and development from conception to death. Topics to be included in the course are methods of child study, consideration of individual differences, and analysis of patterns and sequences of development.
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  • SO 345 Social Psychology

    This course examines psychological and sociological principles that affect the behavior of individuals as members of groups. Representative topics include the biological foundations of behavior, prejudice, culture and personality, leadership, small group interaction, crowd behavior, mass media, childhood, adolescence and old age. Prerequisites: SO 101 and PY 101, or written permission of the instructor.
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  • PH 410 Medical Ethics and Leadership

    This course examines relevant definitions and topics of medical ethics and the process of decision making within medical environments.
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  • MA 240 Applied Statistics

    Provides the theoretical basis and the problem solving experience needed to apply the techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics, to evaluate such daily inputs as organizational reports and to improve decision making over a wide range of areas. Topics include: Descriptive Measures; Distribution Shapes; Concepts of Probability of Discrete and Continuous Random Variables; Hypothesis Testing of One, Two Samples; Chi-Square and F-Test; Regression; Anova; Using Excel, Minitab, TI 83+ or SPSS for Solving & Interpreting Statistical Problems. Prerequisite: MA101 (4 credit hrs)
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Two pathway options:

For students interested in medical professions:

Science Pathway (22 credit hours)*

  • BI 201 Anatomy and Physiology I

    The course introduces basic concepts, anatomical terminology, cell structure and function and histology. This will be followed by an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems of the human body: Integumentary, arthrology, muscular, cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. A mandatory laboratory component supports and amplifies the lecture material and allows the student to study microscopic anatomy on slides and to perform dissection on representative animal models. An online component allows the student to practice course content with additional exercises. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • BI 202 Anatomy and Physiology II

    The course consists of an in-depth study of the gross and microscopic anatomy and the physiology of the following organ systems of the human body: The central and peripheral nervous, endocrine, sensory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and excretory systems. A mandatory laboratory component will support and amplify the lecture material and allow the student to perform dissection on representative animal models. An online component will allow the student to practice course content with additional exercises. Prerequisites: BI 201 or Instructor permission (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • CH 115 General Chemistry I

    Studies chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermo chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, measurements, the periodic Table, solids, liquids, gases, and solutions. Also includes qualitative and quantitative analysis. For students majoring in science or in pre-professional programs or allied health fields. Prerequisite: High School Algebra (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • CH 116 General Chemistry II

    Continuation of CH 115. Includes the study of acids, bases, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, hydrogen and its compounds, nonmetals, metalloids, and metals and their compounds. Prerequisite: CH 115 (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • SO 420 Sociology of Healthcare and Medicine

    This course involves the analysis of contemporary issues of healthcare and medicine using the concepts and theories of medical sociology and critical analysis. Topics include the sick role and labeling perspectives, analysis of medical practitioners, the social organization of medical care, environmental and occupational health, issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class as related to healthcare and contemporary critical debates in the field of healthcare and medicine. Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor
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  • Two options depending on goals:
  • PY 311 Abnormal Psychology

    This course presents the major theoretical and therapeutic approaches to psychological disorder. The classification, origin, description, and treatment of the chief psychiatric problems are included. Prerequisite: PY 101
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  • Or for PT, OT, MAT
  • HHP 350 Kinesiology and Body Movement

    This course explores the dynamics of human movement in an active setting. The opportunity to apply this knowledge to specific physical movements will be included. Prerequisite: HHP230 or BI201
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For students interested in healthcare administration:

Eldercare Pathway (18 credit hours)**

  • BA 232 Principles of Management

    This course examines the fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and techniques of management by integrating classical and modern perspectives with real-world experiences. Students are introduced to both traditional and contemporary views along the management function of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Management domains such as business ethics, business law, international management, organizational behavior, human resource management, operation management, organizational development and change, entrepreneurship, management information systems, and strategic management are also introduced, and their implications on students’ careers as managers are explored.
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  • SO 310 Social Problems

    Introduction to major social problems in American society, including poverty, deviance, population change, urbanization, chemical dependency, suicide, family stability, and economic change. Offered once a year, alternating between day and evening programs Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor.
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Eldercare Cluster (9 credit hours)

  • HHS 315 Normal Aging and Disease Changes

    The student will contrast the normal changes of aging against those caused by disease or injury. This will include psychosocial changes and the effect of societal and economic pressures on the elderly.
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  • HHS 320 Human Resource Management

    The student will develop policies that include federal, state, and local laws as they relate to resident care and employee interactions. They will analyze the aspects of planning, implementing and evaluation of recruitment, performance appraisal, training, marketing, confidentiality, and cultural diversity for healthcare employees.
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  • HHS 330 Environment of Care (EOC) Management

    In this course the student will investigate three facets critical to long term healthcare facility management: Safety, Finance, and Patient Care including federal, state and local inspections and regulations.
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Plus one course from the following:

  • HHS 310 Skilled Nursing Care Management

    In this course the student will learn how to develop and implement services consistent with the resident’s needs and preferences by exploring the following: medical and nursing practices, activities of daily living, nutrition and food services, physical care and safety, customer service concepts, resident rights and civil liberties, documentation of services and meeting the psychosocial and spiritual needs of the residents.
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  • HHS 321 Client or Patient?

    Students will develop and implement services consistent with the diverse needs of people in a continuum of care including independent living, assisted living, adult day care, and residential care (unskilled). They will construct a model of needs, services, manpower, housing, food services, physical care and safety, resident's rights and liberties, ethics, documentation considerations, and basic regulatory and financial considerations.
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  • HHS 325 Home and Hospice Care

    The student will develop and implement services consistent for patients in a home and/or hospice care setting by exploring the following: medical and nursing practices, activities of daily living, nutrition and food services, physical care, security and safety, customer service concepts, transportation, ethics, documentation of services and the meeting the psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patients.
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Students applying for professional license or certification should verify the University’s offerings meet the requirements with the professional organization.

*BA in Health Science provides flexibility by mixing course work to match student healthcare program prerequisites as possible. Substitution may be granted as appropriate via CAS procedures.
**Eldercare prepares students for the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) exam for Skilled Nursing Care Management or Residential Care/Assisted Living. And may be taken as a Certificate of Completion as well or as electives.

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