Overview

How healthcare in the United States will be provided, delivered and paid for is at the forefront of national debate and a major political issue. One fact, however, is clear. With an aging population and an increasing incidence of chronic diseases, the need for quality healthcare – and healthcare workers – will continue to increase dramatically.

By 2030, 20 percent of all Americans will be 65 years or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that half of all American adults suffer from at least one chronic health condition such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease or arthritis, and one in three experience multiple chronic conditions.

These and other factors indicate that demand for healthcare will be huge, increasing the demand for highly skilled and educated healthcare workers.

Alvernia University is widely recognized for its healthcare degrees, and is at the forefront of addressing the rapidly growing need for specialized, professional employees within the field of healthcare. Majoring in Healthcare Science will prepare you for a meaningful, fulfilling career with a healthcare agency or business, a government organization, or in a variety of medical care settings.

The Healthcare Science degree is offered at Alvernia’s Reading, Pottsville and Philadelphia campuses. Alvernia University partners with Montgomery County Community College, guaranteeing that 100 percent of MCCC degree credits transfer directly into Alvernia’s Healthcare Science Program.

 

Your Career

A Healthcare Science degree from Alvernia University can open the door to a variety of careers in the healthcare field. You might work as a healthcare policy leader, advocate or educator. Or, your interests might lead you to scientific research or medical writing. Whatever career you choose, you’ll be prepared to play a meaningful, big-picture role in the current healthcare environment.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs available in the healthcare and social assistance industry is predicted to increase by almost 5 million between 2012 and 2022. That represents a 29 percent increase in employment – a rate much faster than average for all occupations.

As a Healthcare Science major, you will gain a variety of educational tools and techniques that will set you apart in your profession, regardless of the field in which you choose to work. You will have the opportunity to work with an advisor and select coursework designed to meet your area of interest.

While Healthcare Science is a valuable major for students entering the field of healthcare, obtaining a Healthcare Science degree from Alvernia University also can greatly benefit individuals in these fields by preparing them for career advancement:

  • Surgical Technologists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Medical Imaging Technologists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Other Allied Healthcare Professionals

 

Your Curriculum

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.

Healthcare Science majors must complete 30 credits in the major. Required courses are:

HCS 200 Foundations of Healthcare Science
HCS 300 Writing for Healthcare Science
HCS 310 Health and Wellness Over the Lifespan
HCS 320 Healthcare Science and Cultural Competence
HCS 330 Healthcare Literacy and Advocacy
HCS 340 Healthcare Science Management
HCS 400 Healthcare Systems and Policy
HCS 410 Community Health Organization and Administration
HCS 420 Current Issues in Healthcare Science
HCS 430 Healthcare Science Capstone

Related required courses are:
BIO 100 Human Biology (with lab)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (Social Science Core applicable)
BIO 216 Nutrition
PSY 208 Human Development Across the Lifespan
SOC 111 Intro to Sociology

You’ll also need to complete 54-55 liberal arts core credits and complete community service hours to qualify for graduation.

You can learn more about all courses offered by Alvernia University by viewing the Academic Course Catalogue.

 

Experiential learning

Alvernia believes that real world experience is extremely important, as it can improve your confidence and introduce you to professionals in your intended field of employment.

You will not only benefit from experienced faculty members who have extensive experience in the business world, you’ll also get the opportunity to participate in learning opportunities in real business and/or healthcare settings through internships and cooperative experiences.

Some of the organizations with which Alvernia healthcare majors have had internships include:

  • Reading Health System
  • Reading Health Dispensary
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Lutheran Home of Topton
  • St. Joseph Medical Center

Your advisor, other faculty members and staff of Alvernia’s Career Development Center can help you decide if an internship is right for you.

 

Contact

Thomas G. Porrazzo PhD, LAT, ATC

HCS Program Director

Associate Professor

Veronica Hall, 2nd Floor

Phone: 610.796.8311

Fax: 610.796.8349

tom.porrazzo@alvernia.edu

Healthcare Science