College of Health Sciences and Education
Program Director: Elaine Halesey, EdD
Students completing the BS in Health Science will:
- Integrate and demonstrate knowledge of diverse research designs from both the qualitative and quantitative paradigms, and will conceptually synthesize and demonstrate all steps of the research process.
- Demonstrate critical reasoning skills in the patient care process by conducting a client assessment, identifying functional problems, and developing an appropriate intervention plan.
- Interact and communicate professionally and courteously with clients while demonstrating the necessary clinical competencies required within their respective health care discipline.
Statement of Program Assessment for BS in Health Science:
Program courses are evaluated each semester via both University faculty evaluations and individual department course evaluations.
The Patient Navigation Specialization is a 4 year program resulting in a bachelor degree in Health Science. Students completing the Patient Navigation specialization will:
- Provide patient navigation services embedded in the values of justice and hospitality through physical, emotional, and social support to patients following a treatment plan.
- Successfully communicate and interview patients to assess barriers to care.
- Value the need to maintain an understanding of current health care trends and issues that impact the patient navigators’ ability to provide care/assistance.
- Have the skill set to guide patients, caregivers, and family members through a treatment plan with the goal of improving patient outcomes.
- Identify and explain health resources including publicly funded health insurance programs and health delivery systems.
For information on admission criteria for entering first year and transfer students, please refer to the Undergraduate Admissions section of the catalog.
Cumulative GPA of 2.0 each semester. Students will be placed on program probation if the overall GPA falls below 2.0 (providing the student’s GPA meets university retention requirements). A student can only be on program probation one time.
Patient Navigation Fieldwork:
To be eligible for Patient Navigation Fieldwork, a student must have completed all pre-requisite courses; as well as clearances as required by the fieldwork sites and/or the university.These include, but may not be limited to: HIPAA education;drug screening; proof of health insurance; proof of vaccinations/immunizations; criminal record/child abuse checks; federal fingerprinting; CPR certification/re-certification (if applicable); completion of orientation by health care system (if required);and liability insurance.
Fieldwork can only be done during the day, Monday-Friday. Therefore, students must have at least one weekday available during the semester in which they are enrolled in HP 325. Fieldwork consists of 14-15 days in a variety of placements in order to gain a well-rounded experience to understand the role of a patient navigator. Fieldwork may be experienced in a variety of formats over the course of the semester: one day per week for 14 weeks; 2 days for 7.5 weeks, etc. Every effort will be made to accommodate the student’s preferred days.
Travel to and from assigned fieldwork sites is the responsibility of the student.
Students will be charged an administrative fee per semester and an additional fee for liability insurance during the semester in which they are enrolled in HP 325. For more information regarding fees, see the Financial Information section of the catalog.