Bachelor of Science in Health Science

Bachelor of Science in Health Science

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science is offered at ISU through the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences and provides several pathways for students, depending on their ultimate educational and career goals.  The choice of five different areas of concentration allows students flexibility in meeting their professional goals.  

The objectives of this multidisciplinary degree are to prepare marketable students for entry-level employment in the health care field and to prepare students for admission to professional schools or graduate programs.

Bachelor of Science in Health Science

Core Requirements (20-24 credits)

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Science must complete 8 of the 9 General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits--see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Information section of this catalog).  Students must also satisfy the core requirements listed below and the requirements for one of the health science concentrations.  All graduates of this program will earn a B.S. in Health Science, irrespective of which concentration is selected.

Required Courses (12 credits)

BIOL 3301
3301L
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
4
DHS 4426Evidence Based Research in Health Sciences3
HE 2200Promoting Wellness3
HE/HCA 2210Medical Terminology and Communication2
or HO 0106 Medical Terminology
1

Transfer students may also need to take BIOL 1101 and BIOL 1101L, which may also partially satisfy General Education Objective 5.

Professional Competencies (3 credits)

Select ONE:
HCA 2215Healthcare Leadership3
HCA 4475Health Law and Bioethics3
HO 0107Medical Law and Ethics3
PHIL 2230Medical Ethics3

Health Care (3 credits)

Select ONE:
ECON 3303Economics of Health Care3
HCA 1115US Health System3
HCA 3340Healthcare Policy3

Communication (3 credits)

Select ONE:
ANTH 4409Clinical Medical Anthropology3
CMP 3308Groups and Communication3
CMP 4422Conflict Management3
COUN 3300Interpersonal Skills in Health Professions2
ENGL 3307Professional and Technical Writing3
HE 4410Health Behavior Change Theory and Application3
HE 4425Patient Education Skills2

Diversity (0-3 credits)

Some courses in this group also fulfill one of the three previous competency areas.  The credits for these courses are not counted twice if the course was chosen to complete an earlier core area.

Select ONE:
ANTH 4407Anthropology of Global Health3
ANTH 4409Clinical Medical Anthropology3
COUN 3300Interpersonal Skills in Health Professions2
HCA 4475Health Law and Bioethics3
HE 4425Patient Education Skills2

Academic Standards

A grade of "C" or better is required in all Bachelor of Science in Health Science Core and Concentration courses.

Concentration Requirements

Students must satisfy the requirements for one of the health science concentrations listed below.  All graduates will be awarded a B.S. in Health Science, irrespective of which concentration is selected.

Concentration 1: Health Science

This concentration will prepare students for the challenges of becoming health care professionals in an era of changing focus and priorities. The variety and flexibility of coursework will equip graduates to pursue clinical, non-clinical, and educational opportunities in many settings. In addition to the courses required for the concentration listed below, students must also satisfy the Core Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science.

Required Courses:

General Education Objectives36
BS in Health Science Core21
Required courses within the Core:
US Health System
Groups and Communication
Select additional courses from the Professional Competencies, Health Care, Communication, and Diversity Core Areas.12
Health Science Concentration:34-36
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
Introduction to General Chemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to General Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Essentials of Physics
Elements of Physics
and Elements of Physics Laboratory
General Physics
and General Physics I Laboratory
Introduction to Statistics
Business Statistics
Nutrition
Nutrition for Health Professionals
Introduction to General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the Allied Health Professions
Electives 115-17
Total Hours118-122
1

In consultation with an advisor, careful selection should be made to meet the required 36 upper division credits.

Concentration 2:  Pre-Occupational Therapy

This concentration will prepare students to apply to a graduate program in occupational therapy.  Graduate occupational therapy programs will accept a wide range of undergraduate degrees, but the B.S. in Health Science with the pre-occupational therapy concentration prepares the student for future practice in health care while efficiently including the prerequisite courses.

See the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy in the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences in the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences section of the catalog for detailed information about this concentration.

Required Courses

General Education Objectives (min 36 cr)36
BS in Health Science Core20-24
ANTH 2238Peoples and Cultures of the New World3
BIOL 3302
3302L
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
4
CHEM 1111
1111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
5
ENGL 1101English Composition3-4
or ENGL 1101P English Composition Plus
MATH 1153Introduction to Statistics3
PSYC 2225Child Development3
PSYC 3301Abnormal Psychology I3
SOC 1101Introduction to Sociology3
5 additional courses (3 credits each) from economics, education, ethics, fine arts, foreign language, history, humanities, literature, and philosophy15
Electives18-22

Highly Recommended Electives:

ENGL 3307Professional and Technical Writing3
PHYS 1111
PHYS 1113
General Physics
and General Physics I Laboratory
4

Concentration 3:  Pre-Occupational Therapy, Accelerated

This concentration area will prepare students to apply for early entrance into the ISU three-year Occupational Therapy Program.  Students pursuing this concentration will complete General Education Objectives, the B.S. in Health Science Core courses, and the prerequisite courses for admission into the Occupational Therapy Program during the first three years and will apply for accelerated entry during the fall semester of the 3rd year.  Students who are accepted for accelerated entry (competitive and limited number) will complete the first pre-professional year of the Occupational Therapy Program, while concurrently completing the 4th and final year of the B.S. in Health Science.  Students would then complete two more years within the graduate Master of Occupational Therapy Program. Students pursuing this concentration who are not accepted into the accelerated cohort may take additional courses during their 4th year to complete the B.S. in Health Science and apply to a graduate program in occupational therapy.

See the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy in the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences in the Kasiska Division of Health sciences section of the catalog for detailed information about this concentration.

Required Courses:

General Education Objectives (min 36 cr)36
BS in Health Science Core20-24

Accelerated Occupational Therapy Concentration (46 cr)1

ANTH 2238Peoples and Cultures of the New World (Satisfies General Education Objective 9)3
BIOL 3302
3302L
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
4
CHEM 1111
1111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
5
(The two sets of courses above satisfy General Education Objective 5)
MATH 1153Introduction to Statistics (Satisfies General Education Objective 3)3
ENGL 1101English Composition (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 1)3-4
or ENGL 1101P English Composition Plus
PSYC 3301Abnormal Psychology I3
PSYC 2225Child Development3
SOC 1101Introduction to Sociology (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)3
5 additional courses (3 credits each) from economics, education, ethics, fine arts, foreign language, history, humanities, literature, philosophy 15
1

Some Pre-Occupational Therapy Accelerated Concentration courses can also meet General Education Objectives.

Apply to the Pre-Occupational Therapy Accelerated Program during fall semester of junior year.

Pre-Professional Year (if accepted into the program)  (31 cr)

BIOL 4474Human Anatomy Occupational and Physical Therapy5
BIOL 4486Human Systemic Physiology5
PTOT 4412Professional Communication2
PTOT 4413Occupational Therapy Profession3
PTOT 4401Clinical Kinesiology and Biomechanics4
PTOT 4402Clinical Neuroscience5
PTOT 4421Self-Exploration in Occupation3
PTOT 4422Occupational Performance3
PTOT 4442Occupational Performance Laboratory1

Concentration 4: Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

This concentration will prepare students for the challenges of becoming Emergency Medical Services health care professionals in a time of increasing growth in the profession, expanding roles, and competing priorities.  This baccalaureate degree is designed to provide Paramedic Associate of Science degree graduates the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in health sciences and satisfy many of the prerequisites for a variety of health science-related graduate programs. This concentration has four tracks to choose from: Leadership/Management, Clinical, Education, and Community Paramedic. Choosing a specific track will prepare students to enter those types of assignments within the Emergency Medical Services profession. For more information, see http://www.isu.edu/esd/ems/.

EMS Concentration Requirements:

Associate of Science in Paramedic Science 190
BS in Health Science Core 220-24
Recommended courses within the Core: 3
Health Law and Bioethics (Professional/Diversity Competency)
Economics of Health Care (Health Care Competency)
Professional and Technical Writing (Communications Competency)
Emergency Medical Services Concentration18-21
Required Courses (9-12 credits):
Emergency Medical Services Operations and Management
Emergency Medical Services Administration
Emergency Medical Services Internship
Electives (minimum of 9 credits): 4
Select elective credits from one of the tracks in the following table.
Total122 (minimum)
Leadership Management Track 5
EMS 3310Development and Strategic Planning3
EMS 3320Disaster Response Planning and Management3
HCA 2215Healthcare Leadership3
HCA 3340Healthcare Policy3
HCA 3384Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations3
HCA 4453Healthcare Finance3
HCA 4465Healthcare Operations and Quality3
HCA 4475Health Law and Bioethics3
HE 2221Introduction to Health Education3
HE 4410Health Behavior Change Theory and Application3
HE 4420Health Program Planning and Implementation3
ECON 3303Economics of Health Care3
EMGT 3301Incident Command System Advanced3
EMGT 3305Political and Policy Basis of Emergency Management3
EMGT 3307Social Dimensions of Disaster3
EMGT 3308Leading in Organizations3
EMGT 4420Legal Issues in Emergency Management3
EMGT 4421Public Health Preparedness3
FSA 3331Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services3
MGT 3312Individual and Organizational Behavior3
POLS 4405Democracy and Governance3
POLS 4441Administrative Law3
POLS 4454Public Workplace Issues3
Clinical Track 5
HCA 4465Healthcare Operations and Quality3
HCA 4475Health Law and Bioethics3
HE 2221Introduction to Health Education3
HE 3340
3340L
Fitness and Wellness Programs
and Fitness and Wellness Programs Laboratory
3
HE 3342Stress and Emotional Health3
HE 3383Epidemiology3
HE 4410Health Behavior Change Theory and Application3
HE 4420Health Program Planning and Implementation3
HE 4425Patient Education Skills2
HE 4430Curriculum and Methods in Health Education3
HE 4432Community and Public Health3
HE 4435Health Program Evaluation and Research3
EMGT 3307Social Dimensions of Disaster3
EMGT 4420Legal Issues in Emergency Management3
EMGT 4421Public Health Preparedness3
FSA 3329Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection3
FSA 3331Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services3
MGT 3312Individual and Organizational Behavior3
BIOL 2221
2221L
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory 6
4
or BIOL 2235
2235L
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
BIOL 3305Introduction to Pathobiology3
BIOL 4432Biochemistry 63
or BIOL 4445 Biochemistry I
CHEM 1111
1111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEM 1112
1112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM 3301
CHEM 3303
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
PSYC 3301Abnormal Psychology I3
Educational Track 5, 7
EMS 3310Development and Strategic Planning3
EMS 3320Disaster Response Planning and Management3
HCA 4465Healthcare Operations and Quality3
HCA 4475Health Law and Bioethics3
HE 2221Introduction to Health Education3
HE 3340
3340L
Fitness and Wellness Programs
and Fitness and Wellness Programs Laboratory
3
HE 3342Stress and Emotional Health3
HE 4410Health Behavior Change Theory and Application3
HE 4420Health Program Planning and Implementation3
HE 4430Curriculum and Methods in Health Education3
HE 4432Community and Public Health3
HE 4435Health Program Evaluation and Research3
EMGT 3307Social Dimensions of Disaster3
EMGT 4421Public Health Preparedness3
MGT 3312Individual and Organizational Behavior3
Community Paramedic Track 8
CPAR 3400Introduction to Community Paramedics2
CPAR 3410Introduction to Community Assessment1
CPAR 4410Community Assessment2
CPAR 4420Pathophysiology for the Community Paramedic1
CPAR 4440Community Paramedic Clinical Practicum3
1

Students must be a graduate of or be enrolled in a health related program that awards an associate degree in Paramedic Science. Students with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paramedic Science may transfer up to a maximum of 50 credits from this degree (all lower division credits).

2

Only 14 credits are needed from the BS in Health Science Core if BIOL 3301 and  HCA 2210/ HE 2210 were completed during the Associate of Science degree.

3

Recommendations also fulfill ISU degree requirements for upper division credits.

4

Electives should be chosen in consultation with advisor. 

5

EMS students who take HE courses are required to take HE 2221 first.

6

BIOL 2221/BIOL 2221L, BIOL 2235/BIOL 2235L, BIOL 4432, and BIOL 4445 meet pre-requisite requirements for Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies.

7

Health Education Non-teaching Minor (21 credits) - available for those students with a Health Education focus (see specific HE course listings in the Health Education and Promotion section of the Undergraduate Catalog). This minor would meet the elective credits required for the degree.

8

Students must complete all courses within the Community Paramedic Track to be awarded the Community Paramedic designation.

Concentration 5:  Health Occupations

Students who have graduated or are enrolled in health occupations' training at the level of an associate degree have the opportunity to pursue a bachelor's degree with an advanced general health science focus when choosing this concentration.  A B.S. in Health Science will satisfy many of the prerequisites for a variety of health science-related graduate programs.

See the Health Occupations' Department in the College of Technology section of the catalog for detailed information about this concentration.

The Bachelor of Science (BSHS) degree is offered at ISU through the Kasiska Division of Health Science and provides several avenues for students to work in health-related professions depending upon the student's ultimate educational and career goals.  Students graduating with an AAS or AS are provided the opportunity to apply their associate degree in a health-related field toward graduation requirements for the B.S. in Health Science and satisfy many of the prerequisites for a variety of health science-related graduate programs.  The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Health Science program with the Health Occupations' emphasis is to allow students who have graduated or are enrolled in health occupations' training at the level of an associate degree to pursue a bachelor's degree with an advanced general health science focus.

This degree provides a curriculum for students who desire an education that can serve as a foundation for additional professional or graduate work in several health science professions, including medicine, dentistry, hospital administration, medical technology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.  All students are encouraged to work closely with an advisor within their associate degree programs to ensure that the courses they plan to take will meet their specific career goals.

Degree Requirements:

The B.S. in Health Science degree with the Health Occupations' emphasis includes the following credit requirements which can be divided into four components:  Associate Degree requirements, General Education requirements, B.S. in Health Science core requirements, and Associate degree/Health Occupations' Concentration requirements.

Associate Degree Requirements: Each student must be a graduate of or be enrolled in a health occupations' program that awards an associate degree.* Students with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree may apply up to a maximum of 50 credits from this degree (all lower division ­credits) toward the 120 total credit requirement.  Students with an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Respiratory Therapy from ISU may apply 15 upper division Respiratory Therapy (RESP) credits to this degree.

* Out-of-state associate degrees must be evaluated for meeting the Idaho State Board of Education standards. If the associate degree is over five years old, the degree must be evaluated for currency in the technical field.

General Education Requirements: Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree must complete eight of the nine General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits--see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog.)  Specific requirements may be listed under individual Health Occupations' program curricula (choose programs above). 

BSHS Core Courses: BSHS students across all ISU colleges and programs are required to complete a common core of 20-24 credits.  See the Bachelor of Science in Health Science in the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences' section of the catalog for additional information.

Associate Degree/Health Occupations Concentration Requirements (25 credits minimum): 

Required Courses (7 credits)
BIOL 3302
3302L
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
4
MATH 1153Introduction to Statistics3
Chemistry - select one set (9 or 7 credits)
CHEM 1111
1111L
CHEM 1112
CHEM 1112L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
9
OR
CHEM 1101
CHEM 1102
CHEM 1103
Introduction to General Chemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to General Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
7
Physics - Select one set (4 or 8 credits)
PHYS 1111
PHYS 1113
PHYS 1112
PHYS 1114
General Physics
and General Physics I Laboratory
and General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
8
OR
PHYS 1100Essentials of Physics4
Select one course (3-4 credits)
BIOL 3305Introduction to Pathobiology3
HE 3383Epidemiology3
RESP 2214Introduction to Pulmonary Disease4
Select a minimum of three (3) credits:
HE 3340Fitness and Wellness Programs3
HCA 3350Organizational Behavior in Healthcare3
HCA 3384Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations3
NTD 3340Nutrition for Health Professionals3
PE 3300Movement Theory and Motor Development3
PE 3370Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
PSYC 3301Abnormal Psychology I3
PSYC 3341Social Psychology3
RESP 3310Case Management II2
RESP 3325Clinical Practice of Therapeutic Procedures II3
RESP 2231
RESP 2232
Patient Assessment I
and Patient Assessment II 1
4
SOC 3330Sociology of Health and Illness3
1

Both RESP 2231 and RESP 2232 are required for the Respiratory Therapy Program.

Students pursuing a non-teaching minor in Health Education should contact the Health Education and Promotion Program for details.

A student must fulfill eight of the nine General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits--see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog), BSHS Core requirements (20-24 credits), and Associate Degree Concentration requirements (25 credits minimum), and earn a minimum of 120 total credits, of which a minimum of 36 must be upper division credits, for a Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree.

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