Applied Health Studies, Completion, Online

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Online Degree Student Healthcare

About this program

With a degree in Applied Health Studies, you’ll gain the momentum and leadership skills needed to expand our career opportunities within or beyond your clinical role. Designed for certified, licensed, and registered professionals, and those who hold associate degrees or have completed hospital-based training, this career-boosting online program offers the flexibility to balance your educational goals and your current career.

Designed for Working Professionals


Overall Placement


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  • Expand clinical roles with positions in:
    • Management
    • Administration
    • Education
    • Public health
    • Research
    • Medical equipment sales
  • Preparation for master's or pre-medical studies

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Transfer Requirement Electives (BAH)
  • Health Issues and Transitions (HTH310)
  • Health Care Delivery Systems (HTH325)
  • Quality Assurance for Healthcare Workers (HTH332)
  • Application of Teaching and Learning Styles in the Allied Health Professions (HTH321)
  • Directed Applied Health Studies Electives (HTD)
  • Medical Practice Administration (HTH311)
  • Senior Capstone (HTH497)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Math Elective (MTH150 or Higher) (MTE)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Liberal Arts Elective (COR)
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART) or
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE)
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)
  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
Online Degrees

Learning that fits your lifestyle


  • Accessible online anywhere in the world
  • Flexible scheduling – take as many or as few classes you want each semester
  • Continue to work and be at home with your family
  • Summer courses available for those who wish to complete their degree faster


  • In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
  • Same rigor as on-campus programs
  • Many employers offer tuition reimbursement - check with yours to see if you qualify
  • Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree


  • One-on-one interaction with faculty
  • 24/7 online tutoring
  • Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
  • Graduates can participate in Commencement

Class Delivery

  • Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O., Penn College's Platform for Learning And Teaching Online
  • 100% online - no required campus visits
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More Information

Student transcripts will be evaluated for professional credit by the department head. A maximum of 47 credits in program-specific courses will be transferred in “blocks” and not as individual courses.  All general education courses that meet College requirements will be eligible for transfer according to College policy.  A minimum of 36 bachelor-degree credits must be Penn College credits, and 24 of those must be at or above the 300 academic level.  Students must provide a copy of their current U.S. health care credential prior to enrollment in this major (an extension may be given for those awaiting formal notice of licensure).  U.S. health care credentials must be current and in good standing; expired credentials are not acceptable.  For more information on the credentials that are accepted as well as their exact value (9-47 credits), please contact the department head of Applied Health Studies.

Students enrolled in this major must earn a minimum final grade of 'C' in all of their Applied Health Studies (HTH coded) courses. Grading scale is A, B, C, F.

Health care workers who are or are soon to be U.S. certified, licensed, and/or registered in a health care area are eligible to be evaluated for entry into this major. Individual portfolios/credentials/transcripts will be evaluated by School of Nursing & Health Sciences administrators for transfer credit. 

Students interested in a health care training program at a non-traditional education site (e.g., hospital) can be considered for entry into this major as a "pre" or provisional acceptance student if the institution/program has a formal articulation agreement with the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. See "Special Admissions Requirements" above for specific conditions and restrictions for entry under this option.

International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences majors.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Students must have ready access to a computer with consistent internet access.

  • Mr. Mark J Anderson, Senior Exercise Specialist/Internship Coordinator, Cigna
  • Ms. Jennifer M Baumann, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., Owner, Nutrawize Nutrition Services, LLC
  • Ms. Mary Ellen East, M.S., COTA, ROH, Charles Stewart Mott Community College
  • Ms. Joan I Gluch, RDH, Ph.D., Acting Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs, University of PA School of Dental Medicine
  • Ms. Melissa Hubicki, '97, '06, Adjunct Professor, Fitness & Lifetime Sports Program, Penn College
  • Ms. Karen L Plankenhorn, '95, '06, Clinical Supervisor, Radiography, Penn College
  • Ms. Stephanie A Ranck, RCIS, FSICP, Educational Program Director, Invasive Cardiology Dept., Geisinger Medical Center

Admissions Counselor

Rantz Mahaffey

SASC, Rm. 1038
800.367.9222 ext. 7395