Designed for certified, licensed, or registered health care professionals who hold an associate’s degree, this program prepares you for a management role.
The online applied health studies degree gives you the flexibility needed to balance your work, school, and home life. You’ll have 24/7 access to course materials, giving you the freedom to work from anywhere at any time.
As an applied health studies student, you’ll learn:
Leadership skills. Curriculum builds on current knowledge and skills, preparing you to assume positions of leadership.
Integration. Gain the critical skills needed to integrate and synthesize technical knowledge, allowing you to assist in planning.
Problem solving. Learn how to problem solve and evaluate health care delivery methods and systems, as well as how to address management and administrative issues.
Accountability. Gaining training on how to identify and assume personal accountability for ethical, political, and legal concerns within the realm of health care practice.
Research. Learn how to propose, investigate, and present studies on factors affecting access to, quality and cost of health care.
Why choose an online degree?
- Accessible online anywhere in the world
- Flexible scheduling – take classes on a part-time or full-time basis
- Continue to work and be at home with your family
- Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree
- In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
- Same rigor as on-campus programs
- Regional accreditation plus professional accreditations by program (e.g., ACBSP, ATMAE, CAHIIM, CODA)
- One-on-one interaction with faculty
- Online tutoring
- Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
- Graduates can participate in Commencement
- Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O. (Platform for Learning And Teaching Online)
- No required campus visits
- Application/Major Code: BAH – view in catalog
- School: Nursing & Health Sciences
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Total Credits: 122
Out-of-State Resident Tuition
- Out-of-state students enrolled in an online degree program will receive the in-state tuition rate.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Graduates of the Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Health Studies will be credentialed health care practitioners. This degree can offer opportunities within disciplines and/or health care systems to expand clinical roles and/or seek positions in management, administration, public health, research, quality assurance, medical equipment sales, education, and training. Students may also complete this degree in order to apply for Master's level degrees in fields such as (but not limited to) Health Care Administration, Education, Business, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies or Pre-Medical Studies.
Medical and Health Services Managers
Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Most medical and health services managers work in offices in healthcare facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes, and group medical practices.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $98,350 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $176,130.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||116,940||$57.95||$120,540|
|Offices of Physicians||40,490||$50.87||$105,810|
|Outpatient Care Centers||24,880||$49.74||$103,460|
|Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)||22,670||$44.59||$92,750|
|Home Health Care Services||20,020||$47.70||$99,220|
Statistics reported in May 2017
Special Admissions Requirements
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.
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.
Clubs & Activities
Applied Health Studies Advisory Committee
- 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
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.