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.
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.