The purpose of the Healthcare Science program is to provide a rigorous curriculum which will prepare graduates for meaningful roles and careers in our current healthcare environment. The program creates advocates for individuals and communities that are under-served or under-informed on issues related to health and wellness, health systems policies and health management. Students with a Healthcare Science degree will graduate prepared to work in healthcare agencies, businesses and various medical care settings.
The Healthcare Science program is an excellent mid-degree opportunity for transfers or new applicants with Associate’s degrees as occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants, medical imaging professionals, dental hygienists, or respiratory therapists. Students in the Healthcare Science program are concerned with the well-being of all people.
Bachelor of Science – Healthcare Science
Liberal Arts Core (31-55 credits)
All Alvernia University Students are required to complete between 31-55 credits toward the Liberal Arts Core. Transfer work may be applicable for this area. As part of the application process, students receive specific information regarding remaining credits.
General Elective requirements (as needed)*
Recommended core 100 level science with lab: BIO 107/117, BIO 115/116, or BIO 109
Healthcare Science Major Requirements (30 credits)
HCS 200 Foundations of Healthcare Science
HCS 300 Writing for Healthcare Science
HCS 310 Healthcare Literacy & Advocacy
HCS 320 Healthcare Science & Cultural Competence
HCS 330 Health & Wellness Over the Lifespan
HCS 340 Healthcare Science Management
HCS 400 Healthcare Systems & Policy
HCS 410 Community Health Org & Admin
HCS 420 Current Issues in Healthcare Science
HCS 430 Healthcare Science Capstone
Related Requirements (15 credits)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (Social Science Core applicable)
BIO 216 Nutrition
BIO 410 Pathophysiology
PSY 208 Human Development Across the Lifespan
SOC 111 Intro to Sociology
Related Electives (Choose 15 credits)
AT/PED 113; BH 101, 201, 202, 203, 240, 330, 402; BIO 203, 208, 211, 405; BUS 101, 200, 206, 207, 324, 350; COM 131, 213, 234, 344; MUS 220, 222; SM 201; SW 203, 209, 231
*A total of a minimum of 123 credits are required to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. To adhere to Franciscan Values, community service hours are also required. Transfer students admitted to Alvernia’s Mid-Degree Program must complete a minimum of 30 Alvernia credits at the 300/+ level.
For more information about this exciting degree opportunity, contact the Adult Education Coordinator, at 1-888-ALVERNIA (1-888-258-3764, ext. 6) or email@example.com. You can also fill out our request form for more information on our Healthcare Degree.