B.S. in Health Sciences, Prehealth Professional Focus –Online Program
Offered by: Wilmington University
College credits: 120
Course length: 7-15 Weeks
About the Prehealth Professional Focus
The Prehealth Professional Focus provides students with the opportunity to explore their healthcare program options through a curated series of undergraduate courses. Through this focus, students will take courses relevant to healthcare degree programs such as nursing and health sciences. Upon completion of the course series, students will have the opportunity to continue in the Health Sciences program, or seek admission to another healthcare program.*
Prehealth Professional Focus Curriculum
Through the Prehealth Professional Focus, students will take the following courses:
- Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101)
- English Composition I (ENG 121)**
- Human Anatomy and Physiology (with Lab) (SCI 335)
- Microbiology (with Lab) (SCI 336)
- One Health elective from the following options:
- Topics in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (HLT 362)
- The Process of Dying (HLT 364)
- Issues in Aging (HLT 372)
- Healthcare Informatics (HIT 301)
*Note: Students seeking admission to another healthcare program are not guaranteed admission into any nursing program through the completion of this course sequence. In addition, students are responsible for contacting the nursing or allied health program to which they intend to apply for any required prerequisite courses for that program. Students planning to transfer to another school should inquire with that school about transfer course equivalencies prior to course registration.
**Students may be required to take a placement exam prior to enrolling in ENG 121.
About the Bachelor of Science in Health Science
This degree is intended for students who have an interest in healthcare roles which provide managerial, educational, and/ or clinical expert direction as well as attracting those students on a pathway toward graduate study. The Health Sciences program intends to stimulate continued professional development and advancement toward graduate education. The Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences is available as both a four-year degree program and a completion degree program. The completion program is for allied health practitioners who have an earned Associate's Degree with an allied health or health science concentration. At Wilmington University, up to 90 credits can be applied towards the baccalaureate degree. Our completion degree is projected to assist allied health practitioners to advance in their relative disciplines by preparing them for expanded roles in allied health.
Program of Study
This baccalaureate degree includes courses in professionalism to provide a basis for transition to novel roles in healthcare and provides opportunities for exploration of the many dimensions of professional practice. Students will be introduced to medical law and ethical issues specific to the provision of health care and will develop an understanding of public health principles and public policy surrounding health care. The relevance of research and strategies for utilization of evidence based practice throughout every role is emphasized. Topics of health education within a range of consumers and leadership skills for healthcare will be explored and will lead to enhanced practice in the healthcare field. Students individualize the program by concentrating their learning with a WilmU certificate or embedded courses in a specific focus. The program is offered at the New Castle, Dover, and Georgetown sites, and 100 % online. Students can pursue their education on a part-time or full-time basis.
Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to practice as leaders, educators, or a variety of other clinical roles in healthcare. The curriculum provides a foundation for graduate education and for career mobility.
Cooperative Learning Experiences
The Cooperative ("Co-op") Learning option allows students to complete selected Health Sciences core courses in a supervised educational work setting related to the student's major field of study. Co-ops are available in the Health Sciences program for HSC 323 Health Education and Principles of Teaching and HSC 333 Leadership for the Healthcare Professional. Elective courses may also be structured as co–ops.
Eligibility for co-op learning courses requires the student to have completed 60 credits and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Interested students should contact the Health Sciences Program Chair and the Cooperative Learning Director at least one (1) semester prior to the start of a co-op assignment. For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please visit www.wilmu.edu/coop/
In addition to achieving the Wilmington University undergraduate graduation competencies given in the Academic Information section of this catalog, undergraduate students in health sciences programs will achieve the following competencies:
- Use critical thinking strategies including reasoning, problem solving, and evaluation, as a basis for identifying and addressing issues within the health sciences profession.
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication.
- Access, use, and evaluate evidence based information effectively and appropriately. Use technology to effectively locate and communicate information.
- Synthesize and apply knowledge and skills from the humanities and sciences as a foundation for evidenced-based practice for the health sciences profession.
- Demonstrate commitment to self-directed lifelong learning to promote personal and professional development.
- Integrate legal and ethical principles into professional practice and decision-making.
- Demonstrate an understanding of issues related to cultural competencies in healthcare delivery.
- Demonstrate an understanding of policy and public health principles that enact to shape health care.
- Appraise research and integrate findings into healthcare practice.
- Evaluate and formulate strategies for health education planning and assessment as well as learner-centered teaching.
- Exhibit leadership qualities and collaborative behavior in preparation to lead effectively in the interprofessional healthcare role.
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With financial aid, Guild students attending Wilmington University may be eligible to pay a fraction of the published cost to advance their education. For example, Guild students may pay as little as 10% of the published course or program cost to earn their bachelor's degree when taking advantage of:
● Federal financial aid funds
● Tuition assistance benefits from your employer.
● The $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit.
● Guild's tuition discount, and no out-of-state tuition costs.
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