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Health Studies

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Description

The Bachelor of Science in Health Studies degree serves a three-fold purpose for students that are:

  1. Planning to seek employment in a health or health related area upon graduation;
  2. Desiring a bachelor’s degree following an associate’s degree in health disciplines and
  3. Planning a health career that requires a post-baccalaureate plan of study.

This degree does not lead to a professional credential or state licensure. It does prepare students for roles in community health, support services, health care navigation, claims services, medical sales and patient services. Online certification is available in some areas such as compliance officer, health advocate and coding specialist.

  • Degree Tracks

    Degree Tracks

    Two separate degree tracks are proposed for the BSHS - The Professional Track and Non-Professional Track. The Professional Track requires students to have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in an allied health related field (e.g., Physical Therapist Assistant, Clinical Laboratory, Nursing). The Non-Professional Track does not require students to hold an AAS degree.

    Professional Track

    The Professional Track provides a transition from an Associate’s degree to a Bachelor’s degree. Curriculum for the AAS degree on ASU-J campus includes 15 credit hours of General Education. The Professional Track for the BSHS degree includes an additional 20 credit hours of General Education courses during the student’s Freshman, Junior and Senior year to meet the mandated 35 credit hours of General Education courses for a bachelor’s degree.

    The curriculum includes 41-credit hours of upper division degree (major) courses and 45-credit hours of combined upper division courses. The BSHS Professional Track degree plan exceeds the 120 credit hour when an AAS degree exceeds the credit hour limit.

    For instance, on the ASU-J campus, the PTA degree is 38 credit hours during the student’s sophomore year in order to meet accreditation standards for licensure. Therefore, students graduating with a PTA degree from ASU will have a total of 128-credit hours for the Professional Track of the BSHS.

    Non-Professional Track

    The Non-Professional Track includes a 120-credit hour degree plan. The curriculum includes 47 credit hours of upper division degree courses and 18 credit hours of lower/upper division courses. Each semester includes a total of 15 total credit hours.

    Most of the HP courses are only offered in the semester they are listed. For timely degree completion, courses should be taken in sequence.

  • Prerequisites
    Professional Track

    The Professional Track requires students to have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in an allied health related field (e.g., Physical Therapist Assistant, Clinical Laboratory, Nursing).

    Non-Professional Track

    The Non-Professional Track does not require students to hold an AAS degree

  • Admission Process

    Changing You Major to Health Studies

    Students wishing to pursue the BS in Health Studies (BSHS) must apply to Arkansas State University and meet all admission requirements established by the university. Students must declare the BSHS major and schedule a meeting with a BSHS advisor. All general education and major requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

  • Curriculum

    Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.

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