Bachelor Degree in Healthcare Science

healthcare science degree

Bachelor of Healthcare Science

Earning a Healthcare Science degree from Alvernia University prepares graduates for meaningful, big-picture roles and careers in the current healthcare environment. Students who earn a Healthcare Science bachelor’s will be prepared to work in healthcare agencies, businesses and other healthcare settings as policy leaders, advocates and educators.

Gain knowledge for the future of your healthcare career.
Our Healthcare Science program graduates advocates for individuals and communities that are underserved or under-informed on issues related to health and wellness, health-system policies and health management.

Design your right-fit program.
Our affordable and flexible Healthcare Science program is offered at Reading, Pottsville and Philadelphia campuses as well as Pottstown (Montgomery County Community College) and delivers students classroom and online instruction. Our faculty will work with you to incorporate your complementary interests to the required core competency courses.

Choose your career path.
Our Healthcare Science program is an excellent opportunity for students at all levels, including transfers or new applicants with associate’s degrees as occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants, medical imaging professionals, dental hygienists, or respiratory therapists.

Healthcare Science coursework
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

Major Requirements (30 credits)
HCS 200 Foundations of Healthcare Science
HCS 300 Writing for Healthcare Science
HCS 310 Health & Wellness Over the Lifespan
HCS 320 Healthcare Science & Cultural Competence
HCS 330 Healthcare Literacy & Advocacy
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 (12 credits)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (Social Science Core applicable) 
BIO 216 Nutrition
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 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 our Healthcare Science degree offered at Reading, Pottsville and Philadelphia campuses as well as at Montgomery Community College (Pottstown), contact the Adult Education Coordinator, at 1-888-ALVERNIA (1-888-258-3764, ext. 6) or You can also fill out our request form for more information on our Healthcare Degree.


Faculty Spotlight

Tom Porrazzo

Thomas Porrazzo PhD, LAT, ATC
Associate Professor
Healthcare Science Program Director

"I think one of the greatest aspects of the Alvernia University Healthcare Science major centers around the students’ ability, while working with an adviser, to select coursework that is designed to meet their area of interest."

Jan. 20 Term Start

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Convenient Locations

Alvernia locations in Reading, Pottsville, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Attend classes at:

Main Campus – Reading, PA
Schuylkill Center – Pottsville, PA

All locations offer evening classes and follow the same fall, spring and summer terms.

Professionals interested in healthcare science from Harrisburg, Lancaster, Allentown, Reading, Kutztown, Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs can attend classes for furthering their degree at the three Alvernia University Center locations.

bachelor degree in healthcare science

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