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Bachelor of Health Sciences

Professionals from various health care disciplines choose to complete a degree in health sciences. Health care professionals may be eligible to enroll in one of three curriculum tracks in the UMMC School of Health Related Professions' Health Sciences program.

Track I - Health Care Practitioner

Track I is designed for licensed, registered, or certified health care practitioners who are graduates of a regionally accredited associate's degree health care program to earn a bachelor's degree. Those who may qualify for admission to this track include, but are not limited to, respiratory care practitioners, radiological technicians, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants, dental hygienists, emergency medical technician-paramedics, medical laboratory technologists, and health information administrators.

Track II - Health Care Operations

Track II is designed for administrative support personnel in academic health science centers and other health care environments to earn a bachelor's degree. Content focuses on administrative functions necessary to maintain and operate successful health care centers or organizations. Those who may qualify for admission to this track include, but are not limited to, administrative assistants, medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, medical coders, surgical technologists, emergency medical technicians, diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists, vascular technologists and technicians, and licensed practical nurses.

Track III - Health Care Generalist

Track III curriculum is designed for health care support personnel in health science centers and other healthcare environments to prepare for a management career in administrative functions within health systems or organizations. Content focuses on administrative functions necessary to maintain and operate successful health care centers or organizations. The Track III student will earn 30 hours of academic credit through the successful completion of academic courses.

To be considered for the health care generalist track, the student must meet the requirements of the Complete 2 Compete (C2C) Initiative. Please visit http://www.msc2c.org/ to see if you qualify.

What to expect

The Health Sciences graduate will:

  1. Understand the broad implications of the present health care system in relation to the past and future of health care delivery.
  2. Examine the impact of social, economic, legal and political factors on the health care system.
  3. Communicate with conciseness and clarity using the standard conventions of written English, public speaking, and medical terminology.
  4. Apply research skills to gather, assess, and communicate relevant information and reference material.
  5. Apply leadership, management, and learning theories to the planning, implementation, and assessment of health care delivery. 
  6. Apply critical thinking and analysis to interpret information, understand and define a problem, consider different points of view, reach supported conclusions.