Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Prepare to advance health care professionals’ careers in clinical practice, leadership, or health care technology with the help of this degree.

Build your career with this next step designed for health care professionals who already have a specialized health care associate degree. A Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree will help expand your skillset with leadership training and a holistic overview of the health care industry.

Through interprofessional collaboration, the BSHS program empowers and educates health professionals from a variety of professional disciplines to improve delivery of health care with options to:

  • Advance their clinical imaging practice with didactic and clinical experiences to become eligible for additional certifications
  • Excel as leader in either a clinical or administrative role
  • Build the necessary skills for a future in the growing field of health informatics.

This program is designed for working health care professionals who don’t want to pause their lives to earn another degree. Through primarily online courses, you’ll learn alongside expert faculty who support your personal and professional growth to complete the degree in approximately seven semesters. Take a blend of online and on-campus courses, with a flexible schedule that works for you. Students who transfer in credits, or take additional courses per semester, may complete the degree in less time.


Science and Humanities Requirements Total Credits: 56

Science CoursesCredits
BIO 185 or BIO 230Microbiology or Immunology3
BIO 380Epidemiology3
Science Electives11
Total Credits17
NOTE: Two of three science electives must be 4 credits in order to total 17 credits.
Social Sciences CoursesCredits
ECO 150Survey of Economics3
ECO 310American Health Care System3
SOC 100 or SOC 200Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Diversity3
SOC 300Social Problems3
PSY 100General Psychology3
Total Credits15
Mathematics/Computer Science CoursesCredits
MAT 150 or MAT 160Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences or College Algebra or any college-level math class3
MAT 260Statistics3
Total Credits6
Humanities CoursesCredits
ENG 100English Composition3
ENG 300Advanced Composition for Health Care3
PHI 330Ethical Issues in Health Care3
Humanities ElectiveAny course with an ENG, HUM or PHI prefix3
Total Credits12
General Elective CoursesCredits
Any course3
Any 300- or 400-level course3
Total Credits6

Health Sciences, Interprofessional Collaborative & Concentration RequirementsTotal Credits: 31-32

Health Sciences CoursesCredits
HSC 300Organizational Behavior3
HSC 320Leadership3
Total Credits6
Interprofessional Collaborative CoursesCredits
IPC 302Introduction to Capstone1
IPC 322Teaching and Learning3
IPC 401Research in Health Care3
IPC 450Capstone3
Total Credits10
Students customize the degree to align with their career goals by selecting one track.
Track 1: Clinical Management Concentration CoursesCredits
HCA 200Principles of Health Care Administration3
HCA 305Data Analysis3
HCA 335Human Resources in Health Care3
HCA 410Health Care Quality3
HCA 415Health Care Finance3
Total Credits15
Track 2: Advanced Practice/Science Concentration CoursesCredits
Students who choose this track have the option to pursue courses for additional imaging certifications such as Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging or Mammography through the Advanced Practice Concentration. The Science Concentration also provides an opportunity for students to pursue higher level science courses to position themselves for admission requirements into a physician assistant program.15
Total Credits15
Track 3: Professional Certificate: Foundation for Health InformaticsCredits
HCA 350Leading Change in Health Care3
HCA 400Health Information Management3
HCA 410Health Care Quality3
HCA 431Health Care Seminar1
IPC 330Health Informatics and Technology3
IPC 447Project Management3
Total Credits16
Track 4: Professional Certificate: Healthcare Administration
NOTE: Additional 3 of 18 credits counted under General Electives
HCA 200Principles of Health Care Administration3
HCA 400Health Information Management3
HCA 410Health Care Quality3
HCA 415Health Care Finance3
HCA 420Health Care Policy & Planning3
Total Credits15 of 18

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Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000.