The School of Allied Health Sciences offers a course of study that leads to the degree Bachelor of Science health science: pre-physical therapy concentration. The health science curriculum is designed to produce graduates capable of demonstrating those characteristics identified as desirable by employees of tomorrow’s health care professionals.
The student majoring in health sciences graduates with a general degree that will allow that graduate to work in a health care setting or continue on to graduate school.
Currently, the health science major includes all of the courses required for entry into the physical therapy graduate program. Therefore, it is recommended that students interested in majoring in physical therapy should major in health science at the undergraduate level. Students who wish to apply to the physical therapy graduate program will major in health science pre-physical therapy concentration (see below). Those who wish to pursue occupational therapy will major in health sciences pre-occupational therapy concentration (see Division of Occupational Therapy for complete curriculum). The health science degree also provides the basis for students to pursue graduate education in other health care and science-oriented arenas. The health science degree is suitable for students wishing to pursue and graduate with general health-related knowledge to be used as the basis for work in the healthcare setting. Additionally, students who already have an associate of arts (AA) degree who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree and return to work in a related health arena would benefit from the health science degree. The degree is also useful for lower division pre-professional students who completed the necessary prerequisite courses for a professional program but were not accepted into that program. With the health science degree, such students are still able to graduate in a health-related arena.
Prior to graduation, all students must have documentation showing completion of the foreign language requirement: two (2) years of the same language or American Sign Language taken in high school or eight semester hours at an accredited undergraduate institution.