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Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Health Science

Health Science Program Mission
The Bachelor of Science in the Health Sciences degree prepares student for entry
into graduate school in a variety of healthcare disciplines. This program is designed to
provide career and academic advancement through innovative application of knowledge,
scholarship, and hands on education.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of physical, biological, and
    behavioral science as they apply to human growth and development across
    the lifespan.
  2. Apply analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills to make informed decisions
    regarding the dynamic healthcare environment, diversity, and medical ethics.
  3. Exhibit a professional attitude and demonstrate a commitment to life-long
    learning, scholarship and research.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills, both written and oral, in a manner
    reflective of healthcare professionals.
  5. Examine the scientific theoretical concepts foundational to health science and
    apply knowledge in laboratory experiences.
  6. Develop scientific knowledge through scholarly inquiry using evidence based
    best practices.

Overview
The Bachelor of Science in the Health Sciences (BSHS) degree program is for individuals
who are preparing for entry into professional and graduate courses that are relevant
to almost all health care careers including physical and life sciences, medical ethics,
or research. This program is designed to provide career and academic advancement
as well as to deliver a well-rounded generalist curriculum to those who are preparing
for graduate school in health care disciplines. This program is offered in 2 formats:
Traditional day and Hybrid formats. The hybrid format (designed for currently working
professionals), provides didactic portions of coursework on-line and labs are provided
one evening per week, per lab course. Enrollments for both formats are accepted in
fall term. Transfer students are accepted in spring term provided they meet all the
admission criteria.

Admission Requirements
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences must limit enrollment due to classroom
space. Minimum academic standards for admission have been set. Students
are evaluated for admission based on rubric scores according to the following
admissions criteria:

Traditional Program (admits in Fall Term)
• High School graduates without college experience must have a high school GPA of a
2.5 or higher due to the academic rigor and specificity of the BSHS program.
• SAT or ACT scores are preferred
• Transfer students may be accepted for spring term provided they have college
experience (24 or more earned college credits) are required to have a GPA of 2.5
or higher, calculated off of all schools attended. They are required to transfer in
MTH105 (College Algebra) and ALH155, ALH155L, ALH165, ALH165L (Anatomy and
Physiology I and II with labs) or equivalent, with a final course grade of C+ or better.
• Submit two professional reference letters
• Program is capped at 24 students. Students will be admitted based on the above
criteria on a first come, first served basis.

Hybrid Program (admits in Fall Term)
• Students must have earned a minimum of 24 college credits from an accredited
institution with a GPA of 2.5 or higher (calculated off of all schools attended)
• Students must transfer in transfer in ALH155, ALH155L, ALH165, ALH165L
(Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab) or equivalent with a final course grade of
C+ or better.
• Transfer students may be accepted for spring term provided they also transfer in
MTH105 (College Algebra) or equivalent, with a final course grade of C+ or better.
• Submit two professional reference letters
• Program is capped at 20 students. Students will be admitted based on the above
criteria on a first come, first served basis.

Curriculum
The BSHS program is designed to prepare students for graduate work that will lead to
careers in allied healthcare fields. The degree’s core is composed of sciences courses
that are common prerequisites for admission into healthcare graduate programs. Social
science and health science courses will equip all students with a multidisciplinary
understanding of health and healthcare in today’s world.
Program Requirements Traditional Program
In addition to the 60 credits of general education and elective requirements, students are
required to take a core group of courses and choice classes associated with their major
to total 124 credits.

Program Requirements Hybrid Program
Students may transfer in up to 60 credits based upon the transfer evaluation. Students
are required to transfer ALH155, ALH155L, ALH165, ALH165L (or ALH120, ALH120L,
ALH130, ALH130L) (Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs); In addition to the 60
credits of general education and elective requirements students are required to take a
core group of courses and choice classes associated with their major to total 125 credits.
Additional courses may be required based upon the individual transfer evaluation.
Health Science Core Courses – 51 credits
ALH155 Anatomy and Physiology I (or ALH120)
ALH155L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (or ALH120L)
ALH165 Anatomy and Physiology II (or ALH130)
ALH165L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (or ALH130L)
ALH255 Medical Law and Ethics
102
ALH330 Healthcare Policies & Politics (BUS220 – waived for BSHS Students)
BIO105 Human Development
BIO230 Advanced Biology I (ALH165 and ALH165L, or ALH130, ALH130L)
BIO230L Advanced Biology I Lab (ALH165 and ALH165L, or ALH130, ALH130L)
BIO330 Advanced Biology II (BIO230 and BIO230L)
BIO330L Advanced Biology II Lab (BIO230 and BIO230L)
BIO430 Advanced Microbiology (BIO230, BIO230L, CHM200, CHM200L)
BIO430L Advanced Microbiology Lab (BIO230, BIO230L, CHM200, CHM200L)
CHM200 Introduction to Chemistry (MTH105)
CHM200L Introduction to Chemistry Lab (MTH105)
CHM310 Organic Chemistry (CHM200, CHM200L)
CHM310L Organic Chemistry Lab (CHM200, CHM200L)
CHM400 Biochemistry (CHM310, CHM310L)
CHM400L Biochemistry (CHM310, CHM310L)
SCI300 Genetics (ALH165, ALH165L, BIO230, BIO230L, MTH105)
SCI320 Advanced Nutrition for Healthcare Providers (SCI100)
SCI330 Advanced Pharmacology (ALH165, ALH165L or ALH130, ALH130L)
PHY200 General Physics I (MTH105)
PHY200L General Physics I Lab (MTH105)
PHY300 General Physics II (PHY200, PHY200L)
PHY300L General Physics II Lab (PHY200, PHY200L)
PSY100 Psychology
IDS499 Capstone in Health Sciences

The courses in parenthesis are prerequisites within the curriculum and must be
completed prior to registration for the core courses.

Progression Policy for the Health Science Program
Graduates of the Health Science Program are expected to be prepared for advancement
into graduate study. Grade standards are set to support acquisition of knowledge to
prepare students for continued education. CORE courses are designated as “C to
progress” courses, meaning that students must obtain a minimum grade of C in these
courses to progress through the coursework. Students are also required to maintain
and overall GPA of 2.5 for all courses taken at Central Penn College to complete
requirements for the Bachelor’s degree.

  1. If a student scores below a C (73%) in one of the CORE courses they will have
    one opportunity to retake the course.
  2. If on the second attempt the final grade falls below a C (73%) the student will not
    be able to continue in the program.
  3. Maintenance of a 2.5 GPA is also required to remain in the program. Academic
    warning occurs when a student falls below 2.5 at the end of any academic term.
    Academic dismissal occurs when a student’s GPA falls below a 2.5 and the
    student fails to demonstrate achievement of a 2.5 GPA in the following term.
  4. Midterm warnings are issued when the course grade at midterm falls below a
    C (73%). Students are advised to seek guidance immediately from the course
    faculty to develop remediation strategies that can support successful
    course completion.
  5. The student has a right to appeal the dismissal decision. The Academic Grievance
    Policy can be accessed online in the Central Penn College Catalog.

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