Hodges University

Bachelor of Science in Health Studies

This curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the health professions or to matriculate into more advanced clinical programs. The basic science, liberal arts, and general health studies 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 Bachelor of Science in Health Studies program is offered on campus only.

Health Studies Students Learn About:


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

 


Why Health Studies?

Is Health Studies Right for Me?

A Health Studies degree provides a solid background for future graduate-level work. Health Studies provides an interdisciplinary introduction to healthcare. If you have an interest in any of the following subjects or would like to learn the following skills, a Health Studies 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 Health Sciences
  • Critical Thinking as Related to Science and Healthcare
  • Basic Lab Skills Including Data Collection and Analysis

Careers

What is the Health Studies 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 Health Studies 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!

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic News Release (February 2012)http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecopro.t06.htm Retrieved 11/05/2013

A Health Studies Degree Provides Background for Graduate Studies

A Health Studies degree provides the background that may enable a student to apply for admission into graduate programs such as:

  • Physician Assistant School
  • Occupational Therapy School
  • Dental School
  • Pharmacy School
  • Medical School

Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

All Health Studies students are required to sign the Health Studies Letter of Understanding during their first semester.

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 3 years..

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I

Health Studies 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: CHM1010 with a grade of C or better

4

BSC1122 Biology II with Lab

BSC1122 - Biology II with Lab - 4 Credits

This course provides a review of the general concept of the evolutionary process, a survey of the major prokaryote and eukaryote phyla, population dynamics, communities and ecosystems, and conservation biology.

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

4
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: CHM1010 with a grade of C or better OR BSC1100 with a grade of C or better and MAC1132 or higher with a grade of C or better (Lab Fee required)

4
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, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems and how these systems integrate and function with other systems.

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

4
CHM2145 General Chemistry I with Lab

CHM2145 - General Chemistry I with Lab - 4 Credits

This course is the first of a two-course sequence, and provides an introduction to the basic principles of chemistry. It includes the scientific method and measurements; components of matter; stoichiometry; chemical reactions; gases and kinetic theory; thermochemistry; quantum theory and atomic structure; chemical periodicity and bonding; covalent bonding; acid-base theory; and liquids, solids and phase changes.

Prerequisites: MAC2102 and CHM1010 with a grade of C or better (Lab Fee required)

4
CHM2146 General Chemistry II with Lab

CHM2146 - General Chemistry II with Lab - 4 Credits

This course is the second of a two course sequence, and provides an in depth introduction to the content of general chemistry not covered in CHM2145. Topics covered include the properties of mixtures, solutions, and colloids; thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base equilibrium, buffers and titrations, the solubility product principle, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

Prerequisite: CHM2145 with a grade of C or better (Lab Fee required)

4
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)

4

Total Basic Science Core
28

B.

Health Core


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.

2
PHA2050 Essentials of Pharmacology

PHA2050 - Essentials of Pharmacology - 2 Credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to the topic of pharmacology. Basic information regarding drug classification, names, routes of administration, effects and references, and interpretation of the drug prescription will be studied. All allied health students must earn a C or better in this course.

2
HSA3262 Healthcare Ethics

HSA3262 - Healthcare Ethics - 4 Credits

This course explores both clinical and administrative ethical issues in healthcare. Students will learn to identify, analyze and assess ethical conflicts arising in specific healthcare situations, and to address, resolve, and defend a position in dealing with these problems.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG2102 with a C or better or permission of the Program Chair or Dean

4
HSA3272 The Dynamics of Aging

HSA3272 - The Dynamics of Aging - 4 Credits

This course looks at a variety of issues affecting the elderly and the aging process. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will first look at the contributions of history, biology, and psychology as they relate to the study of aging. The changes in social roles, relationships, living arrangements and work that occur as people age will be considered. The healthcare needs and the aspects of aging at the societal level will also be addressed.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101 with a C or better or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
HSA4202 Research Methods in the Health Sciences

HSC4202 - Research Methods in the Health Sciences - 4 Credits

This course provides an overview of the research methods used in the health sciences as well as the principles of experimental design. Topics to be covered include: the scientific method and the philosophy of scientific inquiry, the goals of scientific research, ethical issues in research, research design strategies and the quantification of biological phenomena. The course will provide students with an understanding of the scientific process including ways in which research is conducted, presented, and interpreted.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101, BSC1100, STA3014 with a C or better or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4

Total Health Core
16

Area II

Liberal Arts Component


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.

4
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.

4
ENG2102 English Composition II

ENG2102 - English Composition II - 4 Credits

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

4
COM3015 Professional Communications

COM3015 - Professional Communication - 4 Credits

This course provides students with methods of subject development, research, and organization for oral presentation of information. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills in a professional setting. Students are required to use presentation software.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 or permission of the Dean of Liberal Arts

4
MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

4
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

4
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.

Prerequisites: MAC1132

4
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.

4
PSY3004 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

4
PSY3/4xxx Psychology Elective 4
PHI3301/3601 Ethics or Philosophy

PHI3301 - Philosophy - 4 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the most significant directions of philosophical thought to the end that the student may have the ability to formulate questions, arrive at reasonable answers, and evaluate those of others.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

PHI3601 - Ethics - 4 Credits

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that explores both the theory and application of virtues and vices in all areas of our lives. The course investigates current issues and events in the light of various moral principles that justify, clarify, explain, and direct our actions and attitudes.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

4
IDS1001 Foundations for College Success

IDS1001 - Foundations for College Success - 1 Credit

This course provides students with an overview of the five educational outcomes expected of all Hodges University graduates: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students will be introduced to the Blackboard Learning SystemTM, library resources, APA format, as well as the Academic Honesty Policy and the Writing and Oral Communication requirements of the University. All students are required to take this course their first semester with the University. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

1
IDS4001 The Learning Portfolio

IDS4001 - The Learning Portfolio - 1 Credit

In this course, students are required to produce an electronic portfolio that demonstrates their mastery of the five educational outcomes expected of all Hodges University graduates: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students in bachelor degree programs are required to take this course their last semester with the University and must successfully complete the course in order to graduate. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite: IDS1001 and senior status

1

Total Liberal Arts Component
46

Area III

Approved Health Studies Elective Component and Tracks


Students completing their degree at Hodges University will complete 32 credits of Approved Health Studies Electives. Health Studies elective courses are specifically related to the field of healthcare. As part of the Approved Health Studies Electives Component, students are required to take BSC1100* if no previous science credit has been earned and CHM1010* if no previous chemistry credit has been earned. Credit for courses taken under the approved Health Studies elective component may be granted through either advanced standing credit (transfer credits), or classes taken at Hodges University in consultation with the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean.

*Transfer science credits must have been taken in the past five (5) years with a grade of B or better.

Pre-Nursing Track: The Pre-Nova Nursing Track will only prepare students interested in pursuing the Entry-level BSN program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Please note that the Pre-Nova Nursing Track requires 61 - 65 credits as listed below to be eligible for recommendation from Hodges University to NSU.

Eligibility for the Pre-Nova Nursing Track is based on academic performance and recommendation from the Nominating Committee. For the Pre-Nova Nursing Track, official transcripts from prior institutions will be reviewed after successful completion of Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHM1010). Students wishing to pursue a recommendation from Hodges University to Nova Southeastern University, as part of the articulation agreement, must:

  • Verify all official transcripts from prior institutions are received before registering for your second semester;
  • Sign the Pre-Nova Track Letter of Understanding;
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and cumulative science GPA of 3.10 (attained without using grade forgiveness);
  • Complete the following six science courses (seven, if BSC1100 is required) at Hodges University: CHM1010, BSC1121, BSC2021, BSC2022, MCB3121, NUT2050;
  • Complete the following Liberal Arts courses: CAP1000, ENG1101, MAC1132, MAC2102, STA3014, PSY2012, PSY3004, SOC2000, PHI3601/3301, and IDS1001.
  • Receive a C or better in all science courses.

Students in the Pre-Nova Nursing Track must meet the general admission requirements of Hodges University and the specific program admission requirements of Nova Southeastern University (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. NSU makes all final decisions regarding acceptance into this program of study.


Total Approved Health Studies Elective Component and Tracks
32

Area IV

Minor Component



Students may elect to complete a minor in Biology in lieu of a portion of their Health Studies Elective Component by taking four upper level Biology courses. Other minors may be selected with approval from the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean. Selection of a minor may increase the total semester hours required for graduation.

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement

122

* Note: In the Health Studies program, Anatomy & Physiology I and II w/ Lab (BSC2021 and BSC2022) are not eligible for transfer from another institution and must be completed at Hodges.

Benefits

How is Hodges Health Studies 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.

Tuition

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 $510.00 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.

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.

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We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

 

Ken Comer

Associate Professor : Health Studies

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