Health care is a major industry, and it's only getting bigger.

To prepare you for a wide range of careers in health-related settings, our health sciences major combines FSC's strengths in the core sciences, business, and the liberal arts, giving you a unique foundation and broad set of skills. But you'll also focus your learning with specialized courses in healthcare systems, research opportunities, and internships.

Top Reasons to Choose FSC for Health Sciences

  • Health care is one of the bright spots in the economy.
  • This is a unique interdisciplinary major.
  • There are many options for you to choose courses to support your career interests.
  • Our relationships provide for significant resources for internships in hospitals, clinics, primary care, and community/public health.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

  • You will have an opportunity to experience clinical simulations in our state-of-the-art laboratory.

  • In the Healthcare Administration concentration, you will learn management principles by participating in a simulation requiring you and your team to make decisions. Apply marketing strategies by developing plans for real products and services.

  • For those interested in the Healthcare Communications concentration, you will receive an introduction into the worlds of advertising and public relations and then conduct an internship in a health care organization.

Course Information

The Health Sciences B.S. degree program prepares students with a core science and liberal arts foundation and incorporates upper level courses in health care systems and research. You will choose either a concentration in Healthcare Administration or Healthcare Communications. An internship will allow for real world experience in a health care setting to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom.

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Health care is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the United States, currently employing over 14 million people.

 

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

As a FSC health sciences major, you'll be prepared for a wide variety of positions in healthcare, whether that's in administration and management, public relations, safety and quality, or marketing. You'll also have the education and skills to excel in any setting. We also offer a healthcare-focused MBA program you can apply for directly after graduation.

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Internships Opportunities

Internships in a variety of settings--hospitals, clinics, long term care, government agencies, health related businesses and corporations--are widely available, and at FSC, we guarantee you'll have at least one. In fact, the capstone project for the major is an internship in a healthcare agency to apply the knowledge and skills from coursework.

Special Features

Our blended program integrates health sciences classes with courses in business and communications.

You'll have multiple opportunities to intern at major health care centers, clinics, and hospitals.

You can choose from concentrations in Healthcare Administration or Healthcare Communications.

Health sciences courses include hands-on learning in state-of-the-art facilities.

 

Program Requirements

In keeping with FSC’s mission of educational excellence and engaged learning, you will benefit from general education courses and elective courses along with your accounting coursework.

Health Sciences Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 44 hours
HSC|NUR 1100 Principles of Health Care

HSC|ATP 2115

Emergency Medical Responder

HSC|NUR 4110

Evidence Based Health Care

HSC|NUR 4590

Leadership Practicum

HSC|NUR 4960/4961

Internship

MAT 2022

Elementary Statistics

One track chosen from the two below:

Business Concentration Track

ACC 2111

Foundations of Financial Accounting

BUS 2217 Principles of Management
or  
BUS 3160 Marketing Principles
BUS 3311 Legal Environment of Business

BUS 3320

Applied Statistics for Business and Economics

ECO 2205

Microeconomics

Healthcare Communication Track

COM 2500

Desktop Publishing

COM/SPC 2600 Principles of Advertising and Public Relations
SPC 1500 Fundamentals of Speech
COM 3410 Advertising Creative and
COM 3420 Copywriting
or  
SPC 3450 Public Relations Writing and
SPC 4350 Public Relations Strategies
C. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
D. Electives 28 hours
E. Total 124 hours
 

Course Descriptions

HSC 1100 PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH CARE
Four hours. Same as NUR 1100. Prerequisite: Nursing or health sciences major or permission of the instructor. This is an introductory course for nursing and health sciences students exploring health care systems, delivery, payment, professional roles, quality, safety and ethical principles of care. Students will complete a shadow experience during the course.

HSC 2115 EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER
Four hours. Same as ATP 2115. This course is an entry-level emergency medical provider course that will prepare individuals for a variety of pre-hospital, industrial, and first-responder situations. The successful completion of a first responder course is a prerequisite to training as a firefighter, emergency medical technician/paramedic and many law enforcement programs.

HSC 4110 EVIDENCE BASED HEALTH CARE
Four hours. Same as NUR 4110. Prerequisites: MAT 2022 or MAT 2023 and nursing or health sciences major or permission of the instructor and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course integrates theory and concepts from health care and nursing that apply to the generation, appraisal, use, and dissemination of research that contributes to safe, effective, and high quality healthcare practice and delivery. Gen Ed: EC-C

HSC 4590 LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM
Four hours. Same as NUR 4590. Prerequisites: Senior status and nursing or health science majors and permission of instructor. In this course the student examines his or her personal development as a health care professional and identifies goals for transitioning to practice. Leadership skills and life management skills are refined. Political, legal, and advocacy issues in nursing and health care are examined. Students will conduct an independent practicum at area health care facilities.

HSC 4960 INTERNSHIP
One to sixteen hours. Same as NUR 4960/61. Prerequisites: Nursing or health science majors and permission of instructor. The internship provides an intensive experiential experience through supervised practice in a wide variety of heath care settings. The course helps students to build self-confidence, to increase competency with the delivery of evidence-based care, and to perform in a professional role. To the degree possible, students request an internship site consistent with their area of interest and are guided by a preceptor in collaboration with a FSC faculty member.