Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
A Four-Year Degree That Prepares You for Health Care Leadership
Most health science education programs terminate at the Associate level leaving those who wish to complete a four-year degree with the options of education or business to earn their Bachelor’s. St. Catharine College's Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is a degree designed for those who would like to pursue a leadership position within the health care field. Occasionally called the two-plus-two degree, the BS in Health Sciences requires a student to complete the requirements of an Associates degree in a health science or allied health specialty prior to officially enrolling in the major. However, students are welcome to work on their Associate’s and Bachelor’s requirements in parallel, if desired.
Through the BS in Health Sciences degree, you will gain research and presentation skills as well as the ability to consider a complex challenge from all angles before reaching a well-reasoned decision. The Liberal Arts component of the degree provides a broad-based education that prepares you well for an enriched life, for any health care-related career you pursue or for graduate school.
Special Program Highlights and Features:
- Students gain research and presentation skills that are a tremendous advantage in the workplace or graduate school.
- The program takes an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to education while also developing strong career skills that typically lead to employment.
- Students are able to take their general education and electives while working on their Associates, but they are not considered in the Bachelor of Science program until the AS is complete.
- A BS in Health Sciences makes you more attractive to employers by making you suitable for promotion beyond the technical into a management role.
- As a BS student you will broaden your perspective by attending classes with students from other disciplines, not just those in health-related fields.
- The program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
- Students in the program discuss and form opinions on the legal issues surrounding health care policy, how the health care system works, medical ethics and other such issues.
Health Care Policy – A study of the role, formulation and influence of public policy in health care. Economic and social issues and concerns of social justice will be discussed along with the direct effects of policy on health care delivery.Health Care Organization Management – A study of the application of general principles of management and supervision and specific managerial techniques in planning, human resource management, financial issues and third party and community relations.
Community Health – An interactive course that discusses the work of community health agencies at all levels while analyzing health and wellness issues of various age groups. The course includes dialogue about prevalent diseases, epidemiology and health problems in our society today. Participants discuss approaches to healthy living and lifestyle diseases along with current topics of importance.
Advanced Patient Care, Management and Assessment – The course covers the development of advanced patient care and management knowledge including cardiac, critical care, trauma and special services. ACLS education included.
Meet the Instructors
The instructors in the BS of Health Science degree include men and women from throughout the college’s faculty, each specially selected for their ability to communicate knowledge of their subject. Health Science instructors all have both extensive real world experience in the field as well as academic experience. All educators at St. Catharine College love classroom teaching at the college level.
Career Outlook for Major
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that between 2008 and 2018, medical and health services management occupations will increase at an above average growth rate of 16 percent.