Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Degree Awarded: 
Bachelor's Degree

To learn more about the faculty and staff of the Health Sciences Program, click here.
To see the Health Sciences section in the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Catalog, click here.


The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) is a foundational degree for the student seeking to complete a Bachelors degree. The program serves students seeking entry into undergraduate or graduate programs in a specific healthcare profession or as educational enhancement for individuals wishing to advance their education/career.

Program Mission: 

The mission of the Health Sciences program is to provide a solid foundation of healthcare related coursework for students seeking to advance their prior educational accomplishments or to prepare those seeking a post-baccalaureate or graduate level healthcare degree.

Program Goals: 
  • Identify and discuss theories and practices relevant to professional practice.
  • Identify and distinguish between developments and advances relevant to professional practice.
  • Examine the role of the clinician as a member of the inter-professional healthcare team.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply legal and ethical practice, and decision-making in professional practice.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills in professional practice.
  • Apply problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making skills based on empirical evidence and contextual frameworks
  • Apply research methods and findings through scientific inquiry and collaborative teamwork.
Admission Requirements: 
  • All students must complete the requirements for at least one minor offered at Jefferson College.
  • All students must complete the capstone project.
  • A minimum of 40 credit hours of upper division coursework must be earned at Jefferson College.
  • Click here for the general information on admissions requirements.
Other Information: 
Program of Study
PREFIX COURSE TITLE CREDITS
Semester 1: Fall
GEN 100 Academic Seminar 1
BUS 131 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
ENG 111 Grammar & Composition I 3
MTH ELE Math Elective (MTH 165 or above) 3
ELE Electives 5
  Total 15
Semester 2: Spring
ENG 112 Grammar & Composition II 3
ELE Social Science Elective 3
ELE Electives 9
  Total 15
Semester 3: Fall
BIO 211/211L Anatomy & Physiology I 4
IPE 200 Fundamentals of Teamwork 1
PSY 202 Human Growth & Development 3
ELE Electives 7
  Total 15
Semester 4: Spring
BIO 212/212L Anatomy and Physiology II 4
IDS 215 Bioethics or Ethics elective 3
Electives Electives 9
  Total 16
PREFIX COURSE TITLE CREDITS
Semester 5: Fall
ENG ELE ENG Elective 3
MTH 301 Statistical Methods for Healthcare or Statistics Elective 3
Minor Minor Courses 6
ELE Electives (300-400 level) 3
  Total 15
Semester 6: Spring
IPE 300 Interprofessional Healthcare Discovery and Collaboration 1
IDS 301 US Healthcare System 4
IDS 308 Critical Thinking 3
HLT 301 Nutrition 3
Minor Minor Courses 3
  Total 14
Semester 7: Fall
IDS 453 Research Methods 3
HLT 450 Marketing and Public Relations in Healthcare 3
Minor Minor Courses 6
HLT 485 Health Sciences Capstone ProjectI 3
  Total 15
Semester 8: Spring
HLT 486 Health Sciences Capstone Project II 3
IDS 450 Global Health Issues 3
IPE 400L Interprofessional Healthcare Experiences Lab 1
SOC 301 Race & Ethnicity in Healthcare 3
Minor Minor Courses 3
Electives Electives (300-400 level) 3
  Total 16
  Total Credits: 121
  Credits from Interprofessional Education Courses: 3
  Credits from BHS courses 118
Potential Minors
  • Biology
  • Exercise Science
  • Healthcare Humanities
  • Healthcare Organization Management
  • Health Promotion
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
Minor in Health Science

Must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours, of which, 9 credits must be at the 300/400 level and 6 credits must be completed at Jefferson College.

  • HLT 215:           Medical Terminology  (3 cr.)
  • HLT 221:           Concepts of Disease (3 cr.)
  • HLT 301:           Nutrition   (3 cr.)
  • IDS 201:           The Experience of Illness  (3 cr.)
  • IDS 203:           Applied Spanish - Healthcare Profession (3 cr.)
  • IDS 302:           Statistics and Epidemiological Methods for Healthcare (4 cr.)
  • IDS 304:           U.S. Healthcare System  (4 cr.)
  • IDS 307:           Topics in Interdisciplinary Healthcare (3 cr.)
  • IDS 308:           Critical Thinking  (3 cr.)
  • IDS 320:           Transcultural Healthcare (2 cr.)
  • IDS 355:           Principles of Public Health (4 cr.)
  • IDS 450:           Global Health Issues   (3 cr.)
  • SOC 301:          Race and Ethnicity in Healthcare (3 cr.)
  • SOC 320:          Deviance and Medicalization   (3 cr.)