(Effective Fall 2017)

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Studies degree is offered online and is for individuals who are certified or soon-to-be certified, licensed, or registered in health care professions. It prepares health care practitioners to function in a dynamic health care delivery environment and build upon current knowledge and skills for personal and professional growth and leadership. This degree expands upon one's prior healthcare education and experience in a student-centered flexible online environment. The degree can be completed on a part time or full time basis, and focuses on supervising and managing employees, planning, solving problems, evaluating health care delivery methods and systems, and enhancing one’s personal and professional growth. Evidence of a current professional health care credential is required to fulfill degree requirements.

Career Opportunities

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, Physician Assistant Studies or Pre-Medical Studies.

Recommended High School Subjects

A science-based academic program at the high school level is recommended for this major. However, an individually developed program of college level course work can be designed to augment high school (or secondary) course work.

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 health care credential prior to graduating from this major.  Students are highly recommended to submit their health care credential for review and approval as soon as they receive it, but definitely before the beginning of the HTH497 Senior Capstone course. 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.

Special Equipment Needs

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

Remediation Strategies

All developmental needs must be remediated before entry into this major. Students who enter this major must have a GPA of at least 2.0.

Transfer Procedures

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 Health Sciences officials for transfer credit. All students entering the program will be considered transfer students, including those who have graduated from a Penn College associate-degree major and those who have completed hospital-based training programs.

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 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 Health Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate personal accountability for ethical and cultural concerns within the realm of healthcare practice.
  • apply effective managerial and leadership skills to solve problems in the healthcare setting.
  • evaluate the effectiveness of educational plans in a given allied health care setting.
  • compare health care spending, supply, utilization, prices, and health outcomes between the U.S. healthcare system and systems in other industrialized nations.
  • critique public and private funding of the U.S. healthcare system.
  • evaluate a given quality assurance program for effectiveness based upon established health care expected outcomes.
  • design a systematic investigative process to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the significance of a project, methods employed, and results.

Performance Standards

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.

Curriculum

Pre. Program Credits
BAH Transfer Requirement Electives 47  
TOTAL CREDITS 47
Fifth Semester Credits
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
SPC Speech Elective 3  
MTE Math Elective (MTH150 or Higher) 3  
SCL Science Elective with lab 4  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 19
Sixth Semester Credits
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
HTH310 Health Issues and Transitions 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
HTH325 Health Care Delivery Systems 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Seventh Semester Credits
HTH332 Quality Assurance for Healthcare Workers 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
MTE Math Elective (MTH150 or Higher) 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 2  
OEA Open Elective 3  
HTH321 Application of Teaching and Learning Styles in the Allied Health Professions 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 20
Eighth Semester Credits
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
HTD Directed Applied Health Studies Electives 6  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
HTH311 Medical Practice Administration 3  
HTH497 Senior Capstone 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
TOTAL CREDITS 18