Effective Fall 2021

This major will prepare students for matriculation into a graduate degree program for healthcare professionals at Penn College or other higher education institutions or entry into non-direct patient care careers in allied health and healthcare settings. The courses in the final two semesters of the curriculum must be completed via distance education with the possible exception of the directed health science electives, some of which are offered on campus.

Career Opportunities

This major will prepare students for entering the workforce in a variety of allied health and healthcare settings, including but not limited to, health care administration, laboratory science, public health, healthcare education, medical research, in the medical equipment, and pharmaceutical industry, and within health insurance and government agencies. A matriculating student should be prepared for entry into many graduate degree programs in a variety of healthcare fields for example, physician assistant studies, medicine, dentistry, optometry, public health, healthcare administration, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Refer to desired graduate school to determine if additional coursework is needed. 

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see https://www.pct.edu/admissions/transfer/transferring-credits). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

International health credentials/licensure, science 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.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • model professional communication and behaviors with mutual respect and understanding toward others.
  • develop knowledge of physical, biological, and social sciences in relationship to allied health professions.
  • demonstrate use of various technologies to acquire, manage, and interpret information in allied health professions.
  • apply evidence-based research from various allied health professions.
  • utilize scientific inquiry to problem solve healthcare issues.


First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
BIO108Principles of Biology I 43 3 MREQ
CHM111General Chemistry I 43 3 MREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
PSY111General Psychology 33 SREQ
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BIO109Principles of Biology II 43 3 MREQ
CHM121General Chemistry II 43 3 MREQ
MTDMath Elective (MTH180 or Higher) 3 MMTD
MTR104Basics of Medical Terminology 33 MREQ
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BIO115Human Anatomy & Physiology I 43 3 MREQ
ENL121English Composition II 33 SREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ
CHM210Organic Chemistry I 33 MREQ
CHM211Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1 3 MREQ
SOC111Introduction to Sociology 33 SREQ
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PHS115College Physics I 43 3 MREQ
BIO125Human Anatomy & Physiology II 43 3 MREQ
MTH159Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences 33 MREQ
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3 SARP
Fifth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BIO201Microbiology 43 3 MREQ
SPCSpeech Elective 3 SSPC
CHM370Biochemistry 33 MREQ
OEAOpen Elective 3 SOEA
Sixth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BIO310Genetics 33 MREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
OEAOpen Elective 3 SOEA
FITFitness & Wellness Elective 2 SFIT
HIPCore Historical Perspective 3 SHIP
Seventh SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HTH325Healthcare Delivery Systems 33 MREQ
DCP200Science of Substance Abuse & Addiction 33 MREQ
BIO250Infectious Disease 33 MREQ
HTH415Introduction to Global Health 3Cultural Diversity Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
HSIDirected Health Science Elective 3 MHSI
HTH332Quality Assurance for Healthcare Workers 33 MREQ
Eighth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HTH382Ethical & Legal Issues Related to Medicine 33 MREQ
DCP202Comprehensive Treatment of Drug Abuse & Addiction 33 MREQ
EXS300Exercise Prescription for the Health Care Professional 33 SREQ
HSIDirected Health Science Elective 6 MHSI
HTH497Senior Capstone 3Writing Enriched Requirement3 MREQ