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Health Sciences (B.S.)

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Mission

By offering a strong foundation of natural science courses combined with human sciences, psychology and unique clinical experiences, the Bachelor of Science in Health Science program prepares graduates for entry into professional and graduate schools in a variety of allied health fields.

Program Learning Goals and Outcomes

A health sciences graduate will:

  • Identify key anatomic structures and physiologic processes.
  • Compare and contrast normal and abnormal psychological development.
  • Translate medical terminology in medical writing.
  • Apply concepts of preventative health to patient scenarios.
  • Identify ways in which disease can affect mental and physical function.
  • Identify ways in which psychosocial factors can affect health.
  • Identify and address the ethical considerations in a clinical situation.
  • Demonstrate respectful professional behavior to patients and providers that they encounter in a clinical setting.
  • Interview a health care provider in their chosen field of study.
  • Identify influential clinical experiences from observation in a clinical setting.
  • Apply to graduate programs and/or find employment in a health care setting upon graduation.

Program Description

The health care job market is one of the fastest growing segments of the economy today in the United States. The need for additional health care providers and allied health personnel is rapidly expanding, and jobs requiring patient contact cannot be outsourced. Graduates from the B.S. in Health Sciences Program have the necessary preparation in science, psychology, and the liberal arts for successful admission into and completion of a graduate and/or professional level training program offering the advanced preparation required in various allied health fields. Students build skills in information literacy to answer relevant professional questions through database searching and critical analysis of original research, and become proficient in written, verbal and electronic communication.

The curriculum includes a strong foundation of natural science courses combined with human sciences, psychology, and unique practical and clinical experiences. Each student completes 50 to 200 hours of volunteer and shadowing experience as part of their coursework. Students are encouraged to explore a breadth of health care opportunities in different settings and specialties at various area hospitals, care facilities, private practices, and clinics. Customizable free electives allow students to develop an area of specialization, pursue a minor concentration, or sample a variety of different courses offered at the University. Students have the opportunity to study abroad or participate in medical mission trips.

Philadelphia University provides exceptional facilities for the health sciences program. In addition to the fully-equipped genetics, microbiology, and histology labs, there are physical diagnosis, gross anatomy (cadaver dissection), and simulation labs which support student learning. A brand new Health Sciences building is set to begin construction in 2017.  Small class sizes foster peer interaction and a close-knit community of students and faculty.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences are prepared to enter professional and graduate schools in a variety of allied health fields. Students may pursue a career or graduate study in diverse disciplines, including physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, physical therapy, athletic training, public health, medical laboratory science, social work, community counseling, education, research, rehabilitation, crisis intervention, health care administration, public health and human resource management. The opportunities are boundless.

Combined Programs

This program is offered as either a stand-alone B.S. degree or in combination with one of the following graduate program within the College of Science, Health, and the Liberal Arts: M.S. in Athletic Training, M.S. in Occupational Therapy, M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies, or M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling. 

Articulation Agreements

Students should contact the Health Sciences program director or their academic advisor for additional information about the below articulation agreements.

Articulation Agreement with Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Health Professions

The following articulation agreements have been developed in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson University College of Health Sciences:

  • Philadelphia University/Thomas Jefferson University Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology 3+2 (B.S./M.S.) Entry Level Masters Partnership Program
  • Philadelphia University/Thomas Jefferson University Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology 2+2 Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Partnership Program
  • Philadelphia University/Thomas Jefferson University Radiological Sciences 2+2 Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Partnership Program

Articulation Agreement with Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health

The following articulation agreement has been developed in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health:

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences / Master of Public Health (BS/MPH) 4 + 1 Degree Program

Articulation Agreement with Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Nursing

The following articulation agreement has been developed in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson University College of Nursing:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 2 + 2 Philadelphia University/Thomas Jefferson University Articulation