2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Sep 30, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Science BS, (Medical Science Specialization)

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College of Health Sciences and Education
Program Director: Jack Goble, MHA


Students completing the BS in Health Science will:

  1. 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.
  2. Demonstrate critical reasoning skills in the patient care process by conducting a client assessment, identifying functional problems, and developing an appropriate intervention plan.
  3. 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.

Program Goals:

The Medical Science Specialization is a 4 year program resulting in a bachelor degree in Health Science. Students completing the Medical Science specialization will:

  1. Develop a basic scientific foundation for learning to organize, integrate, interpret, and present clinical data.
  2. Develop critical thinking and evaluation skills.
  3. Develop a basic scientific approach to normal human health and development.
  4. Develop effective communication and teamwork skills.
  5. Promote cross-cultural and socioeconomic sensitivity and emphasize the fundamental importance of ethical behavior in basic scientific and medical practice.
  6. Develop introductory knowledge of the Physician Assistant profession.
  7. Develop knowledge of basic scientific concepts to facilitate understanding of the medical sciences.
  8. Develop a basic scientific foundation as a precursor to learning to perform a complete human physical examination in graduate medical education programs.


Completion of the Medical Science specialization is expected to yield the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Recognize the pathology of human disease by system and specialty.
  2. Demonstrate attainment of scientific knowledge that will act as a foundation for learning to perform a complete human physical examination, once accepted into graduate medical education programs.
  3. Demonstrate pharmacologic and therapeutic skills appropriate to introductory level medical science studies.
  4. Display a working knowledge of major anatomical regions and structures of the human body.
  5. With regard to human physiology and pathophysiology, explain interrelationships of function and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and systemic levels.
  6. Recognize the role of genetic factors in health and disease.
  7. Analyze the socio-behavioral aspects of medical practice.
  8. Examine ethical concepts as they relate to practical decision-making and problem-solving in medical practice.

Health Science Core Requirements

16 credits, as indicated below:

Sequence of Required Courses

The plan of study below is the plan that would be used if a student were completing the Medical Science specialization with coursework necessary to prepare for a graduate program in physician assistant studies.

Specific major requirements are as follows:

First Year

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Total Credits 14

Second Semester

Total Credits 14

Junior Year

First Semester

Total Credits 15

Second Semester

  • 4 credits
  • Core  3 credits
  • Medical Science Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
Total Credits 16

Senior Year

First Semester

Total Credits 16

Second Semester

  • Core  3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
Total Credits 12

Total Required for Graduation 120 credits

Total Credits in above plan of study: 121

For those not pursuing the plan of study above, courses listed above as free electives may need to be specialization electives in order to achieve minimum number of credits required for the major, and the total credits for each semester may vary accordingly.

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