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Health Science

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Health Science major combines the study of health, illness, and prevention strategies to offer flexible pathways for students who want to be in one of the many growing health science fields. Pathway options include one for those who want to enter the medical professions, one for those interested in healthcare administration, and one for those interested in eldercare.

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Courses in the major include:

This course examines the theory and practice of health communication. Emphasis is placed on interpersonal relationships, social and cultural issues, and mediated messages concerning health communication. rerequisite: CA 109
This course examines the importance of lifetime wellness and nutrition. Topics include the value of nutrition, weight management, stress management, and exercise. An emphasis is placed on learning how to evaluate and improve wellness patterns.

Students may take this class OR:

BI 206 - Nutrition Through the Life Span

This course consists of the study of the nutrients required by the human body, the foods from which they are obtained, their utilization by the body and their importance for the maintenance of optimal health throughout the life span.

This course is an in-depth review of the medical language and its documentation via a systems approach to terminology. Students will learn the essentials of documentation in a medical setting including the SOAP notes, basic record keeping, coding and reimbursement, HIPAA regulations, and how they are used in a variety of medical settings
This course provides the theoretical basis and the problem solving experience needed to apply the techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics, to analyze quantitative data and to improve decision making over a wide range of areas. Topics covered include: Descriptive Measures; Distribution Shapes; Concepts of Probability of Discrete and Continuous Random Variables; Hypothesis Testing of One Sample Mean and Two Sample Mean; Chi-Square and F-Test; Regression; Anova; using Excel, Minitab, TI 83+ for solving & interpreting statistical problems. Prerequisite: MA 101 or placement via ALEKS Placement Exam
This course examines relevant definitions and topics of medical ethics and the process of decision making within medical environments.
This course is an introduction to the scientific foundations of the study of behavior and a survey of basic topics of psychology such as sensation and perception, the brain and nervous system, learning and memory, language and thinking, intelligence, motivation, emotions, personality, development, stress, and abnormal behavior. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in Psychology except PY 200, PY 211, PY 222 and PY 250 or MA 215.

Upper-Level Sociology course (3 credits)

Two emphasis options:

For students interested in medical professions:

Science Emphasis (19 credit hours)*

BI 201 - Anatomy and Physiology I

This course introduces basic concepts, anatomical terminology, cell structure and function and histology, followed by an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems of the human body: Integumentary, arthrology, muscular, cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. A mandatory laboratory component supports and amplifies the lecture material and allows the student to study microscopic anatomy on slides and to perform dissection on representative animal models. An online component allows the student to practice course content with additional exercises. Prerequisites: BI 100 strongly recommended

BI 202 - Anatomy and Physiology II

This course consists of an in-depth study of the gross and microscopic anatomy and the physiology of the following organ systems of the human body: The central and peripheral nervous, endocrine, sensory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and excretory systems. A mandatory laboratory component will support and amplify the lecture material and allow the student to perform dissection on representative animal models. An online component will allow the student to practice course content with additional exercises. Prerequisites: BI 201 or Instructor permission (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)

CH 115 - General Chemistry I

This course studies chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, bonding, measurements, the Periodic Table, solids, liquids, gases, and solutions. Also includes qualitative and quantitative analysis. For students majoring in science or in pre-professional programs or allied health fields. Prerequisite: High School Algebra

CH 116 - General Chemistry II

This course is a continuation of CH 115. The course includes the study of acids, bases, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, hydrogen and its compounds, nonmetals, metalloids, and metals and their compounds. Prerequisite: CH 115

Two options depending on goals:

PY 311 - Abnormal Psychology

This course presents the major theoretical and therapeutic approaches to psychological disorder. The classification, origin, description, and treatment of the chief psychiatric problems are included. Prerequisite: PY 101

Or for PT, OT, MAT

HHP 350 - Kinesiology and Body Movement

This course explores the dynamics of human movement in an active setting. Opportunities to apply this knowledge to specific physical movements are included. Prerequisite: HHP230 or BI201

For students interested in healthcare administration:

Eldercare Emphasis (18 credit hours)**

BA 232 - Principles of Management

This course examines the fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and techniques of management by integrating classical and modern perspectives with real-world experiences. Students are introduced to both traditional and contemporary views along the management function of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Management domains such as business ethics, business law, international management, organizational behavior, human resource management, operation management, organizational development and change, entrepreneurship, management information systems, and strategic management are also introduced, and their implications on students' careers as managers are explored.

BA 333 - Human Resource Management

This course examines the roles and functions of human resources management within modern business organizations. It describes, analyzes, and assesses human resources roles in operations and strategies. Topics include: recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, compensation management, legal compliance, workplace safety and health, and employee/employer rights.

Eldercare Cluster (9 credit hours)

HHS 315 - Normal Aging and Disease Changes

This course contrasts the normal changes of aging against those caused by disease or injury. This will include psychosocial changes and the effect of societal and economic pressures on the elderly. Prerequisite: 40 Credit Hours.

HHS 320 - Human Resource Management

This course develops policies that include federal, state, and local laws as they relate to resident care and employee interactions. This course will explore and analyze aspects of planning, implementing and evaluation of recruitment, performance appraisal, training, marketing, confidentiality, and cultural diversity for health care employees. Prerequisite: 40 Credit Hours.

HHS 330 - Environment of Care (EOC) Management

This course investigates the three facets critical to long term healthcare facility management: safety, finance, and patient care including federal, state, and local inspections and regulations. Prerequisite: 40 Credit Hours.

Plus one course from the following:

HHS 310 - Skilled Nursing Care Management

This course examines the development and implementation of services consistent with the diverse needs of people in a continuum of care including Skilled Nursing Care facilities (nursing homes), Post-operative rehabilitation facilities, and similar skilled nursing facilities. A virtual facility will be constructed as a model for needs, services, manpower, housing, food services, physical care and safety, resident's rights and liberties, ethics, documentation considerations and basic regulatory and financial considerations. Prerequisite: 40 Credit Hours.

HHS 321 - Client or Patient

This course examines the development and implementation of services consistent with the diverse needs of people in a continuum of care including: independent living, assisted living, adult day care, and residential care (unskilled). A virtual facility will be constructed as a model for needs, services, manpower, housing, food services, physical care and safety, resident's rights and liberties, ethics, documentation considerations and basic regulatory and financial considerations. Prerequisite: 40 Credit Hours.

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