Online Health Sciences

BS in Health Sciences Completion Program

Program Overview

Are you looking to advance your career and have earned an associate’s degree in an allied health discipline such as dental hygiene, radiography or biological sciences and possess current registration, certification or licensure?

If you answered yes, then our Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Completion program could be for you! At MCPHS Online, you can earn a BS in Health Sciences degree full- or part-time, with the flexibility of online coursework.

Program Format

The health sciences core and concentration courses are offered fully online. As a student in this program, you never need to appear on campus!

Careers

A bachelor’s degree in health sciences benefits those looking for career progression into teaching or management positions within their disciplines, positions in public health, and promotion from entry-level to advanced level clinical positions. Our students can choose between three concentrations: general, oral health or management.

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting that careers in healthcare will grow at twice the pace for overall U.S. job growth (by more than 20 percent from 2008 through 2018) a bachelor’s degree in health sciences is a smart choice.


Please note: The BSHS Completion program online is not designed for those interested in dentistry, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, or veterinary careers. If you are interested in any of these disciplines, please check out the Bachelor of Sciences in Premedical and Health Studies program at our Boston Campus. This program is also not designed for students wishing to pursue a degree in pharmacy.

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Prerequisites

Baccalaureate Degree Completion Online Option (for allied health professionals)

  • An associate’s degree in an allied health discipline from a programmatically and/or regionally accredited institution
  • Current registration, certification or licensure in an allied health discipline
  • A recommended cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Please note that math and science coursework that is more than ten years old is not eligible for transfer credit and will need to be repeated.

Prior to matriculation, MCPHS Online also recommends that you have successfully completed the following coursework in your associate degree studies:

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
  College level life sciences: one course*
3
  College level chemistry: one course (with lab)*
4
  Composition (Expository Writing): two courses
6
  Introduction to Psychology
3
  Introduction to Social Science (Sociology, History
or Political Science)
3
  Interpersonal Communication
3
  Healthcare Ethics
3
  Algebra and Trigonometry
3
  Statistics
3
  Humanities Course
3
  Total Semester Credit Hours
34–43

Curriculum

1. Arts and Sciences courses

Associate degree applicants will have met all or most of the Arts and Sciences general education course requirements. A minimum 34 semester hours is required (as listed below). Applicants with credit for Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with labs) and Basic Chemistry I and II (with labs) will be granted additional transfer credit, bringing the Arts and Sciences total to 43 sh. MCPHS University staff will work with applicants to arrange for completion of any missing courses.

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
  College level life sciences: one course*
3
  College level chemistry: one course (with lab)*
4
  Composition (Expository Writing): two courses
6
  Introduction to Psychology
3
  Introduction to Social Science (Sociology, History
or Political Science)
3
  Interpersonal Communication
3
  Healthcare Ethics
3
  Algebra and Trigonometry
3
  Statistics
3
  Humanities Course
3
  Total Semester Credit Hours
34–43

*Applicants who are not practicing health professionals and who intend to pursue postbaccalaureate education in an allied health science discipline must complete Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs (8 s.h.) and Basic Chemistry I and II with labs (8sh).

2. Health Sciences Core

Students must successfully complete twelve (12) credits in the Health Sciences Core. The Health Sciences Core must be taken with MCPHS University.

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
HSC3010 Health Promotion
3
HSC3100 Healthcare Informatics
3
HSC4010 Public Health and Policy
3
HSC4100 Research Analysis and Methods
3
  Total Semester Credit Hours
12

3. Health Sciences Major

All students coming into the MCPHS Online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program will receive 40 credits from professional coursework completed toward their associate degree in an allied health science program. This counts toward the credits required toward the traditional health sciences major portion of this program.

4. Health Sciences Concentration

Entry-level students choose from one of the following concentration options. The concentration will comprise a minimum of 18 credits.

General Concentration

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DHY425 Educational Theories and Methods
3
HSC320 Writing for Health Science Professionals
3
HSC325 Healthcare Management
3
HSC420 Grant Proposal Writing for the Health Sciences
3
HSC4XX Curriculum Development for the Health Sciences
3
  Elective
3
  Total
18

Management Concentration

HSC325 Healthcare Management
3
PSB320 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery
3
HSCXXX Law for Healthcare Management
3
HSCXXX Healthcare Finance
3
HSCXXX Marketing
3
  Elective
3
  Total
18

Education Concentration

DHY 425 Educational Theories and Methods
3
HSC 4xx Curriculum Development for the Health Sciences (under development)
3
HSC 320 Writing for Health Science Professionals
3
HSCXXX Assessment of Learning and Curricula in Health Professions Education (to be developed)
3
HSCXXX Teaching in Clinical Setting
3
  Elective
3
  Total
18

General, Management and Education Concentration Online Electives
(when not required for the concentration)

HSC325 Healthcare Management
3
HSC320 Writing for Health Science Professionals
3
HSC420 Grant Proposal Writing for the Health Sciences
3
PSB320 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery
3

5. General electives

Students complete between 9 and 18 semester hours of general electives to reach the minimum 122 s.h. required for the degree. Transfer credit is also available for general electives. Transfer credit awarded for courses in the Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences Major and general elective areas may not exceed 92 s.h.

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in the BS in Health Sciences Degree Completion program at MCPHS Online during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $375/credit hour.

There are no fees in addition to the cost of tuition for MCPHS Online students in the 2014–2015 academic year, so students can estimate that a three-credit course in this program will cost $1125. Books are not included in the cost of tuition and must be factored in separately. The cost of books will vary by course.

Financial Aid

An education is an investment. And we don’t think you’ll find a better return on your investment than by earning your degree from MCPHS University. Our Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is available to guide students through the process of securing funding to cover education costs. A dedicated staff member will help you apply for financial aid, review all sources of funding available to you and assist you with completing the paperwork necessary for disbursement.

For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729.

Next Steps

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for spring 2014, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The MCPHS University college code for the FAFSA is 002165. You do not need to be accepted at the University in order to apply.

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for fall 2014, please complete the FAFSA after January 1, 2014.

Admission

Once your application is received, the Admission Office will notify you of any missing items that we require for your application to be considered complete. We review all files on a "rolling basis" and will make a decision once all application materials are received.

Priority Filing Date

The priority filing date is November 15 for a spring semester start. For fall semester consideration, the priority filing date is June 1. We continue to review applications until all available seats in the program have been filled.

Additional Links

Information for MCPHS University Alumni

If you are a graduate of MCPHS University and need to request your transcripts for admission to an MCPHS Online program, please click here to learn how to request your official transcript.

Questions?

Feel free to call 617.879.5022 or e-mail us with any questions you have about the application process.

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Technical, Non-Academic Standards

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS University has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS University must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Please carefully review the technical standards for the program to which you have applied. The standards can be found in the MCPHS University College Catalog on the MCPHS University website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

   

If I am considering master’s degree programs in physician assistant studies or physical therapy upon completion of my bachelor’s degree, is the BSHS Degree Completion program a good fit for me?

Unfortunately, the Degree Completion program at MCPHS Online does not provide students with the upper-level sciences required as prerequisites of most physician assistant or physical therapy programs. We encourage students interested in these programs to check out the Premedical and Health Studies program at our Boston Campus.

 

How does the BSHS Degree Completion program for allied health professionals work?

Upon admission, students will be awarded a block of credit for the prior associate degree up to a maximum of 40 semester credits. Students must complete the MCPHS University Arts and Sciences course requirements, Health Sciences Core, and a Health Sciences Concentration. The curriculum is flexible, allowing students to build, with the program advisor, schedules that are full-time or part-time. Only the Health Sciences Core and the Health Sciences Concentration must be completed through MCPHS University. Up to 92 semester hours of transfer credit will be accepted.

  1. Prior degree or certificate.  A block of up to 40 credits will be awarded to students for professional coursework completed through an associate degree or certificate in an allied health discipline through a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Arts and Sciences courses.  The designated Arts and Sciences courses (34-43 semester credits) must be met. Arts and Sciences coursework not available online must be completed prior to matriculation.
  3. Health Sciences Core.  The Health Sciences Core must be completed through MCPHS University.
  4. Health Sciences Concentration.  Online degree completion students may complete the general or management. Dental hygienists may complete the oral health concentration. The Health Sciences Concentration must be completed through MCPHS University and not at another institution.
  5. General electives.  Students complete between 9 and 18 semester hours of general electives to reach the minimum 122 s.h. required for the degree. General electives are eligible for transfer credit.
 

What are the minimum number of credits needed for this program?

Prior allied health program (40), Arts and Sciences courses (34–43), Health Sciences Core (12), Health Sciences Concentration (18), general electives (9–18)