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Health Sciences Degree
This bachelors in health science degree program is designed to enhance your career opportunities as a healthcare professional. You can gain a greater understanding of management, organization, ethics, policy issues, and statistics, which can give you the skills and competence necessary for a variety of entry-level positions and promotion opportunities. The possible areas of opportunity for bachelors in health science degree holders include HMOs, hospital administration, health communication, health education, patient relations, community health policy, long-term care facility administration, and more.
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Advanced Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to provide students with the skills they need to be effective communicators. Students will apply interpersonal communication skills theory to various situations in order to understand the clear connections between theory, skills, and life situations they will encounter.
The Healthcare System
A study of the U.S. healthcare system to help students understand the critical issues facing healthcare in its ever-changing environment, and to gain a sense of the complex multidimensional nature of healthcare delivery in the United States.
Healthcare Economics and Policy
Discussion and analysis of the economic models controlling healthcare markets with subsequent investigation of the complex federal, state, and local policies and policy-making processes which result from those models in the U.S. healthcare systems.
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Administration
Review of legal responsibilities of physicians, other healthcare workers, and healthcare institutions and means by which health-related laws and regulations are developed and implemented. Issues involved in healthcare professional ethics are discussed and evaluated.
Health Facility Operations
A review of long-term care facility operations utilizing simulations. Students make operational decisions utilizing financial statements, census reports, staffing schedules, and other relevant factors. Prepares students for specific types of situations and questions encountered on the long-term care administrator licensing examination. (Prerequisite: HCA300 or permission of the dean)
Long-Term Care Administration
Application of health administration core curriculum to specific practice issues in the longterm care setting. Setting specific organization structures, relationships with healthcare providers, services offered, financial management issues, and regulatory issues are investigated. (Prerequisites: HCA300 and HCA440 or permission of the dean)
Human Resource Management
Studies the application of psychology to the problems of personnel management. The student is expected to grasp a working knowledge of the basic operative functions of procuring, developing, maintaining and utilizing a labor force sufficient to meet the minimum entry-level requirements of employment in personnel work.
Designed to improve skills in numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations, graphing, sets, exponents, radicals, inequalities, formulas, and applications.
Clinical Information Systems
This course provides an overview of the role of information systems in healthcare organizations. Coursework emphasizes the integration of evidence-based research into clinical decisionmaking and the influence of information systems on health outcomes. Explores technical, organizational, and cost-benefit issues related to healthcare information systems, including clinical decision-support, telemedicine applications, and integrated networking and distributed computing technologies.
This course addresses the topics of physical, mental, and social health as it relates to the individual.
This course provides an overview of acute and chronic diseases, how these diseases affect the human body, and actions one might take to reduce the risk. (Prerequisite or Co-requisite MED370)
Issues in Public Health
This course provides the student with an in-depth study of selected contemporary health problems. It examines the contributing social, psychological, physical, legal, and cultural factors in health.
Advanced Human Anatomy
This course is an advanced study of the human body including anatomy, physiology, mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis, and histology. The course covers the function of tissues, organs and systems.
Research in Health Science
The course provides students with a structured process to evaluate the health research literature. The course demonstrates the components that go into a meaningful study and teaches students to identify clues to potential study flaws. Students also learn ways to apply solid evidence in the health sciences.
Principles of Epidemiology
In this course students explore the concepts and methods for analyzing the spread and control of disease. The course also covers modern trends in solving community health problems. (Prerequisite MED380 or permission of the dean)
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
An introduction to the strategies/tactics for preventing disease and promoting health in both individuals and populations. Course components include: relevance of concepts from psychology, sociology, economics, and anthropology; planning, implementation and evaluation models; health assessment and disease management technologies; and health education. Illustrative case applications include: heart/cardiovascular disease, fitness and weight control, HIV, and accidents.
Community and Family Health
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that are essential in working with communities to assess, develop, implement, and evaluate community change strategies that will promote improved health status. Topics include current issues in community health, intervention strategy design, wellness promotion and disease prevention, and issues in providing healthcare to diverse populations.
Psychological Aspects of Illness and Disability
This course introduces the mental and emotional aspects of illness and addresses the relationship between stress and illness, the patient-doctor relationship, treatment compliance, and care for the terminally ill.
This course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking and challenges the student to question his or her own assumptions through analysis of the most common problems associated with everyday reasoning. The course explains the fundamental concepts, describes the most common barriers to critical thinking and offers strategies for overcoming those barriers.
Modern Issues in Ethics
This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to a broad array of the most pressing contemporary debates in medical ethics. The student examines the social contexts within which these debates arise. Topics include: the foundation of bioethics, research ethics and informed consent, truth telling and confidentiality (medical record confidentiality), genetic control, application of scarce medical resources, impaired infants and medical futility, and euthanasia.
This course introduces the student to the intricate relationship between biology and psychology. The student is exposed to the emerging field of biopsychology in which fascinating new discoveries are constantly being made. Major topics include: anatomy of the nervous system, plasticity of the brain, sensory systems and attention, wakefulness and sleeping, emotional behaviors, the biology of learning and memory, and psychological disorders.
Sociology of Aging
This course contains an interdisciplinary approach that provides the concepts, information, and examples students need to achieve a basic understanding of aging as a social process. This course addresses a broad range of societal issues and covers concepts associated with an aging population. It examines the concept of aging on both an individual and societal level. Major topics include: the history of aging in America; physical aging; psychological aspects of aging; personal adaptation to aging; death and dying; community social services; how aging affects personal needs and resources; and government responses to the needs of aging.
Explores practical skills in statistics. Topics include distributions, relationships, randomness, inference, and proportions, This course teaches an interdisciplinary approach that provides the regression, and variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistical methods and the demands of statistical practice. (Prerequisite: MAT220)
Total Courses: 23Total Credits: 93
College Admissions Requirements
Applicants for admission to the College must have graduated from an accredited high school, private secondary school, or have completed the equivalent (GED). All students who graduate after January 2006 must provide a high school transcript to check eligibility for the new Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG).
Program Specific Admissions Requirements
Students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Science in Health Science Program must be a graduateof an associate degree level, health sciences program (i.e., medical assisting, respiratory therapy, nurse education, surgical technology, etc.) from an accredited institution or have completed sufficient college credit to attain the equivalent of third year college status (e.g., 45 semester credit hours or 68 quarter credit hours) in the discipline of health science. Prospective students should also have completed an appropriate number of credit hours of general education (e.g., 15 semester credit hours and 22.5 quarter credit hours).
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