Associate in Science in Biomedical Sciences

This curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the health professions or to matriculate into more advanced clinical programs. The clinical science, liberal arts, and basic health requirements provide the student with a strong foundation to continue advanced studies that can lead to becoming an allied healthcare provider. Hodges University currently has an articulation agreement with Nova Southeastern University (NSU) for potential consideration in NSU’s Entry-level BSN (B.S. Nursing) program. Students interested in the Pre-Nova Nursing Track should meet with their Program Advisor early on in their academic career.

On Campus
The Associate in Science in Biomedical Sciences program is offered on campus only.

Biomedical Sciences Students Learn About:

  • Cross-Discipline Health Concepts
  • Basic Personal Health
  • Foundational Healthcare Concepts
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry


Why Biomedical Sciences?

Is Biomedical Sciences Right for Me?

A Biomedical Sciences degree provides a solid background for future graduate-level work in the fields of allied health or biological sciences. Biomedical Sciences provides an interdisciplinary introduction to science and healthcare. If you have an interest in any of the following subjects or would like to learn the following skills, a Biomedical Sciences degree might be right for you!

Do You Have An Interest In These Subjects?

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology

Would You Like to Acquire These Skills?

  • Written and Oral Communication in the Biomedical Sciences.
  • Critical Thinking as Related to Science and Healthcare.
  • Basic Lab Skills Including Data Collection and Analysis.


What is the Biomedical Sciences Career Outlook?

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country. The demand for qualified clinical professionals in the healthcare marketplace has never been greater. The Biomedical Sciences program provides a high quality undergraduate experience to prepare students for entry into clinical practice educational programs.

In the Bureau of Labor Statistics top 30 occupations with the largest projected employment growth from 2010 to 2020, 4 of the top 10 are Healthcare related fields!

Other exceptional career opportunities exist for those who seek education and training in one of the many science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The Biomedical Sciences program provides a high quality undergraduate experience to prepare students for entry into many STEM careers or graduate degree programs.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic News Release (February 2012) Retrieved 11/05/2013


What Will I Learn?

A student with no previous degree or transfer credits who attends full time, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in approximately 2 years.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I

Clinical Science Component

A. Basic Science Core Semester Hour Credit
BSC1121 Biology I with Lab

BSC1121 - Biology I with Lab - 4 Credits

The course provides an introduction to the basic principles of biological science. It includes the scientific process, the chemistry of life, structure and function of cells, cellular metabolism, cell division, Mendelian and molecular genetics, and broad overview of the higher taxonomic classification. (Lab Fee required)

Prerequisite: MAC1132 with a grade of C or better


BSC2021 Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab*

BSC2021 - Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab - 4 Credits

This course is the first of a two course sequence designed for students in the health related fields. The structure and function of the human body will be investigated. The course will cover the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems and how these systems integrate with other systems.

Prerequisite: BSC1121 with a grade of C or better (Lab Fee required)

BSC2022 Anatomy and Physiology II w/ Lab*

BSC2022 - Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab - 4 Credits

This course is the second of a two-course sequence designed for students in the health related fields. The course covers the structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic and immune, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems, the dynamic nature of these systems, and homeostatic/nonhomeostatic function.

Prerequisite: BSC2021 with a grade of C or better (Lab Fee required)

CHM1010 Fundamentals of Chemistry with Lab

CHM1010 - Fundamentals of Chemistry with Lab - 4 Credits

This is a one semester course that provides an introduction to general chemistry. It includes basic concepts of matter and measurements, atomic structure and bonding, gases, chemical reactions, solutions, and acids, bases and buffers. Prerequisites: MAC2102 with a grade of “C” or better or MAC1102 as a co-requisite. (Lab Fee required)

MCB3121 Microbiology with Lab

MCB3121 - Microbiology with Lab - 4 Credits

This course covers the morphology, physiology, behavior, taxonomy, pathogenicity, and the human interactions with bacteria, viruses, and selected protozoa, algae and fungi. Human/microbe interactions and how they may be either beneficial or cause disease are covered in this course.

Prerequisite: BSC1121 with a grade of C or better (Lab Fee required)

NUT2050 Nutrition

NUT2050 - Nutrition - 4 Credits

This course introduces the student to the principles of human nutrition. Current research is presented along with basic nutritional concepts. Special emphasis is given to the role nutrition plays in disease and clinical practice along with how nutrition can be implemented in health promotion and maintenance.


Total Clinical Science Component

Area II

Liberal Arts Component

HSC1002 Foundations for Success in the Health Sciences

HSC1002 - The Foundations for College Success course is a two credit course designed specifically for first year students and new students who do not have minimum of 60 transferable credit hours or an Associate’s Degree. In this course, students will learn the skills needed to face the real-life challenges of returning to school and juggling not just school, but family, a job, and other responsibilities. Students will develop and apply critical thinking skills to meet the requirements of being a healthcare student and eventually a healthcare professional.


CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access at a level of basic proficiency.

ENG1101 English Composition I

ENG1101 - English Composition I - 4 Credits

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

MAC2102 College Algebra I

MAC2102 - College Algebra I - 4 Credits

This course provides the student with an introduction to algebra, including properties of real numbers, solving linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomials, factoring, and operations with rational expressions, operations with radicals, solving quadratic equations, graphing and working with linear equations and inequalities in two variables, working with the concept of a function; graphing and working with quadratic functions, graphing and operations of exponential functions, graphing and operations of logarithmic functions, and solving systems of two linear equations.

Prerequisite: MAC1132

PSY2012 General Psychology

PSY2012 - General Psychology - 4 Credits

A comprehensive survey of the diverse and rapidly expanding field of psychology, with emphasis on the measurement and behavior of humans, the nervous system, abnormal and deviant behavior, mental illness, psychological impairment due to the aging process, and related research in the field of study.

HUMXXXX Humanities Course

HUMXXXX - Humanities Course - 4 Credits

Select one course from the Humanities courses.


Total Liberal Arts Component

Area III

Elective Component

Select one track:

Basic Health Track

HSC2000 Healthcare Law and Ethics

HSC2000 - Healthcare Law and Ethics - 4 Credits

The legislation affecting healthcare is provided, along with a review of issues such as professional liability, informed consent, privacy laws and workplace legalities. Additionally, many of the issues facing healthcare providing are covered. This course is offered in both an online and in class format. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

HSC1500 Medical Terminology

HSC1500 - Medical Terminology - 2 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of medical vocabulary using a systems approach. The course provides the student with an overview of words that pertain to body systems, anatomic structures, medical processes and procedures, and a variety of diseases. This course is offered both in an online and classroom format.

HSC2204 Human Disease, Diagnosis and Treatment

HSC2204 - Human Disease, Diagnosis and Treatment - 4 Credits

This course will provide an overview of the basics of human disease by body system, the tests used to diagnose disease and the interventions used to cure common diseases and injuries. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course. This course is offered only in the online format.

Prerequisites: HSC1500, BSC2002, and both must be completed with a C or better.


Total Basic Health Track

Pre-Nova Nursing Track

PSY30042 Human Growth and Development

PSY3004 - Human Growth and Development - 4 Credits

This course deals with the changes in the life cycle, from birth to death and the major transitions most individuals are likely to encounter. The emphasis in this course deals with rearing children, understanding adolescents, and dealing with death.

Prerequisites: ENG1101 and PSY2012.

STA3014 Statistics

STA3014 - Statistics - 4 Credits

This course introduces the students to statistical techniques in descriptive and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency and variation, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals.

Prerequisite: MAC1132.

ENG2102 English Composition II

ENG2102 - English Composition II - 4 Credits

This course builds on the writing process studied in English Composition I. Students will practice reading and writing critically, and incorporating research in expository and persuasive papers. A passing grade of a C is required.

Prerequisite: A minimum of C in English Composition I or permission of the Dean of Liberal Arts.

HUMXXXX Second Humanities Course

PSY3004 - Second Humanities Course - 4 Credits

Select a second course from the Humanities courses.


Total Pre-Nova Nursing Track

Elective Component-Both Tracks

Electives are to include MAC1132 College Math if no prior math credit is transferrable. 

Total Elective Component-Both Tracks

Hodges University currently has an articulation agreement with NSU Fort Myers for potential consideration in NSU’s Entry-level BSN (B.S. Nursing) Program. Eligibility for the Pre-Nova Nursing Track is based on academic performance and recommendation from the Nominating Committee. Official transcripts from prior institutions will be reviewed after successful completion of Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHM1010) for entry into the Pre-Nova Nursing Track at Hodges. Students wishing to pursue a recommendation from Hodges University to NSU as part of the articulation agreement must:

  • Verify all official transcripts from prior institutions are received before registering for your second semester;
  • Sign the Biomedical Letter of Understanding;
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA attained without using grade forgiveness of 3.00 and cumulative science GPA of 3.10 after a calculation of course credits taken at Hodges University and all previous college credits from regionally accredited schools;
  • Receive a C or better in all courses.

Students in the Pre-Nova Nursing Track must meet the general admission requirements of Hodges University and the specific program admission requirements of NSU. Program admission requirements of NSU may change after the student has entered the track. Students will be required to take all new courses required by NSU if the admission requirements after entry into Hodges University’s program changes. All final decisions regarding acceptance into this program of study will be made by NSU.

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement - Basic Health Track


Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement - Pre-Nova Nursing Track



How is Hodges Biomedical Sciences Program Different?

Flexible Schedule and Small Class Size

Both day and evening courses are available with small class sizes. Science courses will have no more than 15 students per class. Face to face courses only meet once per week.

Hands-On Instruction

We teach in an environment that allows for practical, hands-on instruction. Instructional technology in our classrooms is far above what state schools can offer and most science courses are taught by full-time faculty.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.


What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $530.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

Rewards Plan

Full time undergraduate students can take advantage of our Rewards Plan. Take an additional course at no extra cost and save up to 25% on undergraduate tuition.

Prospective students should contact Admissions at 844-HODGESU or for more information. Current students should contact the Registrar's Office at 239-938-7818 or for more information.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist student's in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"I have learned an enormous amount and feel prepared to work in my field!" - School of Allied Health Graduate

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We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!


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Dean : School of Allied Health

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