Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Purpose

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program is designed for students with an interest in healthcare roles that provide managerial, educational, and/or clinical expert direction. The program further stimulates professional development and advancement toward graduate education.

Moreover, the degree is offered as both a traditional four-year degree program and a completion degree program. The completion degree program is designed for students who have earned an Associate Degree. Students may transfer up to 90 credits toward lower division general education requirements.

Program of Study

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program includes coursework in professional practice, medical law and ethics, public health, evidence-based practice, and public policy. Students may individualize their program with an undergraduate certificate or embedded courses in a specific focus area. The program is offered 100% online, part-time, or full-time.

Work Integrated Learning Experience

The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience enables students to complete selected Health Sciences core or elective courses in a supervised educational work setting related to the student's interests or desired healthcare career. Eligibility for WIL learning courses requires completion of 60 credits and a minimum GPA. Interested students should contact the Health Sciences Program Chair and the Office of WIL Specialist at least one (1) semester before the start of a WIL assignment.

Program Competencies

In addition to the University’s undergraduate graduation competencies, students will be able to:

1. Use critical thinking strategies including reasoning, problem-solving, and evaluation, as a basis for identifying and addressing issues within the health sciences profession. 

2. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication. 

3. Access, use, and evaluate evidence-based information effectively and appropriately. Use technology to effectively locate and communicate information. 

4. Synthesize and apply knowledge and skills from the humanities and sciences as a foundation for evidenced-based practice for the health sciences profession. 

5. Demonstrate commitment to self-directed lifelong learning to promote personal and professional development. 

6. Integrate legal and ethical principles into professional practice and decision-making. 

7. Demonstrate an understanding of issues related to cultural competencies in healthcare delivery. 

8. Demonstrate an understanding of policy and public health principles that enact to shape healthcare.

9. Appraise research and integrate findings into healthcare practice. 

10. Evaluate and formulate strategies for healthcare education planning and assessment as well as learner-centered teaching. 

11. Exhibit leadership qualities and collaborative behavior in preparation to lead effectively in the inter-professional healthcare role. 

Program Policies

Students are responsible for following all College of Health Professions and Natural Sciences policies and procedures published in the HSC Student Handbook.


All health sciences students must complete a background check, drug screen, and submit an immunization record during HSC 303. Details are provided in the HSC Student Handbook. There is a one-time outside vendor fee required to complete the mandatory credentialing. This fee is the responsibility of the students. Previous screening results will not be accepted

Minimum Grade Policy

The College of Health Professions and Natural Sciences sets a required minimum grade of "C-" for program core courses. Students earning a grade lower than "C-" in a core course must repeat the course. 

Four-Year Degree Program

Students should meet regularly with an academic advisor or the HSC Program Chair to plan their course sequence. The program of study will vary depending on transfer credits, part-time or full-time status, and credit earned in alternative ways. Students who do not have healthcare experience are encouraged to enroll in a WIL opportunity.

Curriculum

General Education Requirements (40 Credits)

ENG 121English Composition I

3

ENG 122English Composition II

3

ENG 131Public Speaking

3

ENG 310Research Writing

3

SOC 101Introduction to Sociology

3

MAT 205Introductory Survey of Mathematics

3

CTA 206Computer Applications

3

OR

CTA 210Intro to Technology

3

HUM Humanities Elective

3

HUM Humanities Elective

3

ECO 105Fundamentals of Economics

3

PHI 100Introduction to Critical Thinking

3

HIS 381Contemporary Global Issues

3

OR

POL 300American Politics

3

Natural Science Elective Choose 1 Natural Science course with Lab (4 Cr.) from Science Core

4

Choose two (2) humanities electives from the following:

ART, BBM 319, CUL, DRA, ETN, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, SPA, VFP 311, VFP 312, VFP 313

Social and Behavioral Core (6 Credits)

PSY 101Introduction to Psychology

3

PSY 329Life Span Development

3

Math and Finance Core (6 credits)

MAT 308Inferential Statistics

3

FIN 101Financial Literacy

3

Science Core (12-16 Credits)

Choose a minimum of three (3) of the following:

BIO 251Biology I (with Lab)

4

BIO 252Biology II (with Lab)

4

BIO 253Anatomy and Physiology I (with Lab)

4

BIO 254Anatomy and Physiology II (with Lab)

4

BIO 336Microbiology (with Lab)

4

BIO 337Genetics (with Lab)

4

BIO 352Cell & Molecular Biology (with Lab)

4

BIO 449Biotechnology (with Lab)

4

BIO 450Immunology & Virology (with Lab)

4

CHE 261Chemistry I (with Lab)

4

CHE 262Chemistry II (with Lab)

4

CHE 363Organic Chemistry I (with Lab)

4

CHE 364Organic Chemistry II (with Lab)

4

SCI 312Physics (with Lab)

4

SCI 315Applied Chemistry (with Lab)

4

SCI 335Human Anatomy and Physiology (with Lab)

4

Health Sciences Core (24 Credits)

HSC 303Professionalism in Health Sciences

3

HSC 313Ethical and Legal Issues of Healthcare

3

HSC 323Health Education & Principles of Teaching

3

HSC 333Leadership for the Healthcare Professional

3

HSC 343Research for Evidenced Based Practice

3

HSC 380Health Care Policy

3

HSC 423Essentials of Public Health

3

HSC 433Health Sciences Practicum/ Capstone

3

Health Sciences Electives (15-18 Credits)

Choose 15-18 Credits from the following: 

Health Science Upper Level Electives

and/or

Embedded Certificate Courses 

and/or 

Work Integrated Learning option

Note: Students must speak with an academic advisor or the HSC Program Chair before registering for any Health Sciences Electives. 

Free Electives (12-20 Credits)

FYE 101First Year Experience Seminar

3

Students with fewer than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.

Completion Degree Program

What is a Completion Degree?

A Completion Degree is a personalized degree option created exclusively for students who have completed an Associates Degree at an accredited institution. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility. Transfer students should meet regularly with an academic advisor or the HSC Program Chair to plan their course sequence.

The program of study will vary depending on transfer credits, part-time or full-time status, and credit earned in alternative ways. Students who do not have an Associate Degree in an allied health or health science concentration may be required to obtain additional pre-requisite courses.

Curriculum

General Education Requirements - Lower Division

Health Sciences degree completion students may transfer up to 90 credits towards lower division general education requirements. 

General Education Requirements - Upper Division (15 Credits)

Health Sciences degree completion students are required to take the following General Education upper division courses: 


ENG 310Research Writing

3

MAT 308Inferential Statistics

3

HUM Upper Level Humanities Elective (9 credits)

9

Choose three (3) upper level humanities electives from the following: 

ART, BBM 319, CUL, DRA, ETN, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, SPA, VFP 311, VFP 312, VFP 313

Natural Sciences

A minimum of 16 credits in anatomy and physiology, biology, microbiology, chemistry, physics and/or other appropriate health sciences must be earned through course work, transfer credit, or testing (available for anatomy and physiology and microbiology). 

Health Sciences Core (24 Credits)

HSC 303Professionalism in Health Sciences

3

HSC 313Ethical and Legal Issues of Healthcare

3

HSC 323Health Education & Principles of Teaching

3

HSC 333Leadership for the Healthcare Professional

3

HSC 343Research for Evidenced Based Practice

3

HSC 380Health Care Policy

3

HSC 423Essentials of Public Health

3

HSC 433Health Sciences Practicum/ Capstone

3

Health Sciences Electives

Choose six (6) credits from the following: 

Health Science Upper Level Electives

and/or 

Embedded Certificate Courses

and/or 

Work Integrated Learning Option (Semester only) 

Note: Students must speak with an Academic Advisor or Program Chair before registering for Health Science electives.