Central Penn College - Health Science Bachelor's Degree Program

Central Penn College


Bachelor's Degree

Health Science

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) degree program is a transitional program which will qualify students for a graduate level healthcare education leading to employment in multiple healthcare fields that require advanced degrees including: Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Physician’s Assistant.

The program will help students develop and enhance leadership skills, learn how to communicate effectively with patients and fellow healthcare professionals, gain understanding into the psychological effects of disability and how to teach patients and caregivers to cope with those disabilities.

The academic rigor and the clinical experiences of our program are designed to prepare our graduates to be able to:

  • Teach patients, their family members and/or caregivers and other healthcare providers how to safely and effectively perform selected treatment procedures and functional activities. 
  • Evaluate and utilize techniques and skills for problem solving and decision making while practicing with a high standard of ethical behavior and sensitivity for cultural and socioeconomic differences among individuals.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the psychosocial effects of disability, whether temporary or permanent, and be able to provide appropriate support and respect for individual differences in coping with disability. 
  • Effectively communicate with all members of the healthcare team as well as patients and their families, using written, verbal and nonverbal skills. 
  • Enhance and develop leadership and healthcare knowledge through academic inquiry based on current, practical health care models.
  • Value and formulate plans for continuing personal and professional growth and development while serving as role models for other healthcare professionals. 
  • Obtain academic and/or career advancement through acceptance into a graduate degree program or position of management, administration, research or education in their chosen degree field. 

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The Tracks Will Include:

1. PTA bridge to BSHS – prepares students for application into a Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program.

 2. COTA bridge to BSHS – prepares students for application into a Masters/Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Program.

 3. MA bridge to BSHS – prepares students for entry in the medical field with advanced medical assisting skills recognized by the American Association of Medical Assisting and the Continuing Education Board.

 4. PA Preparatory – designed to prepare students for application into a Physician’s Assistant Program.

 5. Pre-Professional – designed to prepare students who wish to further their education with the prerequisites required for application into a master’s or doctoral level health specific program of their choice.    

Admissions Criteria:

  • Transfer students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher at their last college attended 
  • High school graduates without college experience must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, and submit SAT or ACT scores
  • Submit two professional reference letters
  • Program is capped at 25 students, students will be admitted based on the criteria above on a first come, first served basis

Middle States Accreditation

Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Ph: 267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission (www.MSCHE.org) on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 

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Preparing students to fill healthcare workforce shortages.

The predicted mass retirement of the Baby Boomers along with the current shortage of healthcare practitioners, and the resulting inadequacy in meeting the health care needs of the current population drove the college to expand their offerings in the health sciences in order to meet these demands.

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