Next Start Date January 10
Est.Program Length 42 months
Course Length 7 weeks
Credit Hours 120
Cost Per Credit $278*
Transfer Credits Accepted 90
* In-state tuition
B.S. in Health Science Overview
Prepare for a rewarding career in the dynamic field of health science.
Whether you are continuing your education or seeking new career opportunities, Shawnee State University Online Campus’s bachelor’s in health science online program can help you acquire the expertise you need to excel in a fast-growing and dynamic field. Taught by faculty who have years of experience, this program covers a variety of topics in health science and healthcare.
A career-focused curriculum and flexible course options offer you the opportunity to specialize your degree to fit your professional goals. As you complete the program, you’ll explore the social, psychological, and physical concepts that influence communities and the basic administrative techniques related to the field. Choose from courses that focus on medical terminology, the healthcare system, ethics, research, management, and finance. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to pursue health science careers in areas such as general health science, physical therapy, radiologic technology, and respiratory therapy.
Topics of study for the online bachelor’s degree in health science include:
- Foundations of the U.S. healthcare system, including historical and contemporary issues
- Ethical issues related to healthcare or biotechnology and medicine
- Quantitative and qualitative research methods and the application of research
- Management techniques in the healthcare environment
- Healthcare finance principles
- Epidemiological investigation focusing on infectious and non-infectious diseases
- Effective leadership skills in healthcare
- Various legal issues healthcare organizations face
The B.S. Health Science is Designed for:
- Students seeking a bachelor’s degree after receiving an associate degree in allied health sciences.
- Those who wish to advance their careers and move into leadership roles in allied health.
- Those who want to later pursue a master’s degree in an area such as occupational therapy, public health or healthcare administration.
International students residing outside the United States of America may apply and enroll into the Shawnee State University’s BS in Health Science degree. The program is administered all online and the international student will maintain a full course of study. Admitted students will not be issued an I-20 for entry into the United States. The program will be completed by the student from their home country. Please refer to www.studyinthestates.dhs.gov for more information pertaining to enrollment in an online program from your home country.
Prepare for Flexible Career Paths
Learn the skills for various allied health careers.
Build a Strong Foundation
Get on the pathway to advanced studies in the field.
Gain Career Advancement
Earn the credentials to move up the ladder.
Courses and Requirements
41-42 Total Courses In This Program
Through 120 credit hours, our bachelor’s degree in health science will provide you with a strong foundation in the field, which you can customize to suit your needs through the choices of various courses.
English Composition (6)
Oral Communication (3)
Fine Arts (3)
Natural Sciences (7)
Quantitative Reasoning (3)
Engaged Citizenry (3)
Global Perspectives (3)
Historical Perspectives (3)
Ethical Insight and Reasoning (3)
Human Behavior (3)
Select one of the following:
The U.S. Healthcare System
Overview of delivery, organization, financing and outcomes in the US healthcare system. Discussion of continuum of care and role of providers, as well as the influence of reimbursement, payment processes, regulations, compliance demands, standards and quality. Contemporary healthcare issues will be addressed.
Orientation to U.S. Healthcare System
A broad orientation to the health services industry. Segments of the health services industry are identified and described with historical background, functions, interrelationships, and future roles of each.
Select one of the following:
Overview of healthcare ethics with emphasis on contemporary ethical issues as related to patient choice and provider responsibility. Discussion on philosophical theories, principles, and ethical decision making.
Ethical issues in medicine, medical research, and biotechnology; relations within the health team, informed consent; wellness and illness; right to health care; moral implications of bioengineering.
Select one of the following:
Research and Design for Healthcare
A writing intensive course that provides students with the basic understanding of literature search, experimental design, evaluation methods, reporting and application of healthcare service research. This course will also be an introduction to both qualitative and quantitative research techniques used in health professions.
Introduction to Nursing Research
Investigates the significance of research in nursing with emphasis on the scientific approach and its application in evidence-based nursing practice. Addresses major components of the research process with a focus on the professional nurse as a consumer of research. Clinical reasoning is emphasized in the analysis of current research and appraisal of evidence for nursing practice.
Select one of the following:
Management Techniques for Healthcare
Examines a variety of management techniques employed by the unique healthcare environment while effectively managing and motivating healthcare employees. Lectures, problems, case studies will be used to provide an opportunity to focus on all types of healthcare providers.
Prob in Healthcare Management/Policies
A seminar course. Health care management problems are studied and recommendations offered for the resolution of those problems. It is recommended that this problems and policy course be taken as the last course in the health management concentration.
Select one of the following:
Concepts of Healthcare Finance
Provides the student with a general overview of principles of finance, and how the healthcare finance system works in the U.S. Primary components of healthcare finance are explored. Students analyze financial data systems and processes to determine opportunities for revenue growth and expense reduction.
Analysis of reimbursement and payment systems for health care related organizations such as acute care, extended care, managed care, and other alternative care groups.
Take all of the following:
Methods and principles of epidemiological investigation focusing on both infectious and non-infectious diseases. Particular emphasis on outbreak investigations, field epidemiology and careers in epidemiology. The impact of ethical principles and public policy will be considered.
Leadership in Healthcare
The course will provide the student with knowledge of effective leadership in healthcare. Concepts will focus on the skills necessary to become an effective leader, the importance of leadership in health care, the value of collaboration in healthcare, and ability to evaluate effectiveness of collaboration.
Legal Issues in Healthcare
Designed to familiarize the student with the application of law to management issues in the variety of health care organizations. Skills including, legal reasoning, legal terminology, the mechanics of law, and specific topics related to the healthcare setting.
Select two of the following:
Healthcare Program Development
Provides the student with necessary tools to evaluate health programs. Topics include, planning systems, needs assessment, data analysis skills, and effectiveness of evaluation. Requirements for increased need for planning and accountability will be stressed.
Healthcare Policy and the Aging
This course will provide an overview of health policy in the United States as it affects the older population. It will provide an overview of the healthcare system, allocation of health services across the population, and projected impact of the increase in the aging population on health care delivery. Current health policy proposals will be analyzed with a focus on their impact on the older population.
Survey of Diseases and Disabilities
Students explore medical and psychosocial aspects of chronic disease and disability. The course will cover all major disabling conditions.
Physical Therapy Assistant Pathway (50)
Occupational Therapy Assistant Pathway (53)
Medical Laboratory Technology Pathway (53)
MOT Pathway (54)
Dental Hygiene Pathway (56)
Radiologic Technology Pathway (50)
Respiratory Therapy Pathway (50)
General Health Science Pathway (50)*
*General Pathway Core Requirements (8 hours), General Electives (36 hours), Upper Division Electives (6 hours)
First Year Experience: University Foundations
This one credit course is an 8-week experience designed to assist a student’s transition to Shawnee State University with a focus on financial literacy, the major selection and declaration process, and the development of career plans. This course is designed specifically for students with 30 credit hours or less.
Provides an opportunity for students to place their chosen field of study in an interdisciplinary context with intellectual, ethical, and historical perspectives. The seminar focuses on the synthesis and integration of various concepts by applying them to the analysis and solution of problems chosen in the context of their academic disciplines. Oral and written presentations of a persuasive paper are required. Note: HONORS SECTION: Students engage in extended class discussion of relevant readings for the chosen theme for that semester’s Honors Senior Seminar in addition to meeting the normal requirements of Senior Seminar. Such themes might include the conflict between science and cultural values, different ways of making and validating knowledge claims, or more extensive discussion of what it means to engage in critical thinking.
Before applying for this program, you must have:
- ACT subscores of 18 or higher in reading, English, and math. If your scores are lower than 18, developmental coursework may substitute.*
* ACT scores are waived for applicants who are older than 21.
How to Apply
In order to apply to our bachelor’s in health science online program, please contact an enrollment counselor and submit the following:
- Completed application
- All transcripts from high school and previously attended institutions
- ACT subscores in Reading, English, and Math
Costs & Financial Aid
The online B.S. in Health Science is offered at a tuition rate of $278 per credit hour for in-state students and $283 per credit hour for out-of-state students. Up to 90 credits may be transferred into the program.
Component Cost Total* Full Program Tuition $278 per credit hour $33,360 Total $33,360 Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 90) $278 per credit hour $8,340 Total with Transfer Credits $8,340 Component Cost Total* Full Program Tuition $283 per credit hour $33,960 Total $33,960 Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 90) $283 per credit hour $8,490 Total $8,490
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes seven semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-815-0323 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
To help make your online education more affordable, Shawnee State offers financial aid in the form of loans, scholarships, and grants. If you have questions, our experienced enrollment counselors and tuition planners will assist you through the process.
At Shawnee State, we want those who have served our country to get the education they deserve. As a veteran or current member of the U.S. military, you can receive federal and state educational benefits through the VA, and we will provide you with guidance and support throughout your online education.
The bachelor’s degree in health science online program will equip you with the skills needed to pursue a variety of careers, such as:
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