The Health Science program is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide career advancement opportunities for entry level health profession practitioners as well as individuals that seek future careers in health care. The program is also recommended for students who are interested in a health profession at the post-baccalaureate level, such as Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. All of the upper division coursework for this program is available by web based distance learning.
Program Admission Requirements
- Submit a FGCU Undergraduate Application for Admission and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
- Submit a completed Department of Health Sciences supplemental application, including an essay/statement of goals and a portfolio. Instructions are included in the application packet.
- Provide verification of a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or a minimum GPA of 3.00 for the most recent 30 (+/-) college credit hours.
- Provide verification of TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet minimum university admission requirements for students who speak English as a second language.
- FGCU General Education Program (GEP) (36 hrs)
Refer to the General Education Program for more information.
- Communication (6 hrs)
- Mathematics (6 hrs)
- Humanities (9 hrs)
- Social Sciences (6-9 hrs)
- Natural Sciences (6-9 hrs)
Note: At least one Natural Sciences course must include a laboratory or field component. Courses meeting this requirement contain a “C” or “L” in their course numbers. Each combined lecture and laboratory course (marked with a C) is equivalent to taking the lecture and laboratory separately.
- Common Prerequisites
In order to participate in the health professions education practicum component of the Health Science Concentration, an associate's degree in a health profession practitioner content area and possession of, or eligibility for licensure, certification, or registration in a health profession is required.
- Required Courses in the Major (30 hrs)
- HSA 3110 Principles of Health Services Administration (3)
- HSA 3111 US Health Care Systems (3)
- HSA 4191 Health Care Information Systems (3)
- HSA 4340 Human Resource Management in Health Services Organizations (3)
- HSC 4500 Epidemiology (3)
- IHS 3101 Shaping Health Care in the 21st Century (3)
- IHS 3112 Legal & Ethical Principles of Health Care (3)
- IHS 3203 Management and Leadership in Health Care Organizations (3)
- IHS 4504 Research Methods in Health Care (3)
- IHS 4938 Senior Seminar (3)
- Concentration Requirements (27 hrs)
Complete one of the following concentrations:
- Health Science Concentration
- HSC 3243 Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions (3)
- HSC 3720 Health Perspectives and Assessment in Health Professions Practice (3)
- HSC 4231 Client Education in Health Care (3)
- HSC 4250 Task Analysis & Curriculum Development in the Health Professions (3)
- Electives in the Concentration--select 15 hours from the list below (#5).
- Health Services Administration Concentration
- HSA 3150 Health Care Policy in the US (3)
- HSA 4109 Principles of Managed Care (3)
- HSA 4170 Models of Financial Management in Health Care (3)
- HSA 4502 Risk Management in Health Services (3)
- HSA 48171 Practicum in Health Services Administration (3)
- Electives in the Concentration--select 12 hours from the list below (#5).
1HSA 4817 can be waived for an upper division elective with at least 3 years of documented health services administration employment with supervisory responsibilities.
- Electives in the Concentration
Required hours vary by concentration (see above):
- GEY 3001 Introduction to Gerontology (3)
- GEY 3601 Aging and Human Performance (3)
- Or other courses as approved by the advisor.
- University Requirements (3 hrs)
- IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)
- Additional Electives (variable)
Additional electives may be required to reach a minimum of 120 credit hours for the baccalaureate degree.
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 120 HRS
Additional Graduation Requirements
- Apply for graduation by deadline indicated in the university calendar.
- Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
- At least 48 of the 120 hours must be in the upper division (3000 and higher).
- A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
- A minimum grade of C is required for all Health Science major and concentration courses. A grade of C minus (C-) is considered less than a C.
- Complete all program requirements.
- At least 25% of coursework required for the degree and 30 of the last 60 hours must be earned at FGCU.
- Satisfy Communication and Computation Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
- Satisfy Service Learning requirement. See www.fgcu.edu/connect/
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes
For All Majors: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.
FGCU has two concentrations within the BS in Health Science track:
(1) The Health Science concentration requires an associate's degree in a health profession practitioner content area and possession or, or eligibility for licensure, certification, or registration in a health profession in order to participate in the health professions education practicum component of the Health Science concentration.
(2)The Health Services Administration concentration does not require an associate's degree in a health profession practitioner content area and possession of or eligibility for licensure, certification, or registration in a health profession.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Earn a grade of C or better in each course. A grade of C minus (C-) is considered less than a C.
- Refer to the Health Science Student Guidebook for further information on progression standards. Guidebook available at: http://www.fgcu.edu/chp/hs/currentstu.html
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