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:
  1. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours consisting of,6 hours of communication; 6 hours of U.S. government; 6 hours of U.S. history; 3 hours of mathematics; 3 hours of social & Behavioral science; 3 hours of language, philosophy & culture; 3 hours of creative arts; 6 hours of life & physical science; 6 hours of a component area option.
  2. Foundation I: 23 semester credit hours of lower-division Scientific Foundation Studies consisting of,Introductory level general chemistry with lab, modern biology with lab, organic chemistry with lab and/or physics with lab.
  3. Foundation II: 14 semester credit hours of lower-division and upper-division Healthcare Foundation Studies consisting of,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, and Health Professions Internship.
  4. Foundation III: 15 semester credit hours of upper-division Multidisciplinary Healthcare Studies consisting of, 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.
  5. Guided Electives: 26 semester credit hours, 23 of which must be upper-division coursesThe 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.

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: Upper-division courses: Prerequisites: Lower or upper-level science and math courses may require prerequisites. Prerequisites for certain science and math courses are strictly enforced. Students not meeting prerequisites may be dropped from the course.

Healthcare Coursework

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.