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Health Sciences: A Growing Field

Careers in the health sciences continue to grow at a double-digit rate. There are opportunities as practitioners, educators and administrators. The Health Sciences undergraduate program gives you the knowledge and skills to follow your chosen path. 

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Program Information

The Health Sciences undergraduate degree program at Chestnut Hill College will provide students a comprehensive overview of the various health career professions, an in-depth look at the healthcare system, and the foundational science needed to be successful in these careers.  With so many career options within the health sciences, the program at Chestnut Hill College aims to help students find the best career choice for them based on their interests, skills and abilities. The curriculum allows them to explore these options while receiving the education and earning the prerequisites needed to enter into a full-time career, a professional program or certificate program upon degree completion.

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Career Opportunities

Immediately upon graduation, career opportunities include:

  • Health Educator
  • Community Health
  • Healthcare Facility Coordinator
  • Health Regulator
  • Health Services Administration
  • Lab Coordinator
  • Research Coordinator

Upon graduation we expect many students will continue on with a certificate program, accelerated undergraduate program, or a graduate program. Below is a sampling of continuing education programs in the health sciences:

  • Cytotechnology                                                               
  • Accelerated Nursing
  • Genetics Counseling
  • Physical Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Chiropractics
  • Public Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Pharmacy
  • Medical Technologist
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner
  • Dietetics
  • Optometry
  • Medical/Health Social Work
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Hematology
Certificate or Graduate School Opportunities
Major Requirements

 

Course

 

Credits

  Introduction to the Health Sciences 3
  Introduction to Healthcare 3

BIOL 

Human Biology

4

BIOL 215 Biological and Medical Ethics 3

BIOL 203

Anatomy/Physiology I

4

BIOL 303

Anatomy/Physiology II

4

BIOL 332

Medical Terminology

3

CHEM 131

Principles of Chemistry I

4

CHEM 132 Principles of Chemistry II 4

PSYC 101

General Psychology

3

PSYC 250

Adolescence/Adulthood and Aging

3

SOCI 216

Sociology of Health and Medicine

3

MATH 227
or 262
Statistics 3
EXSC 303 Research Methods in Health and Exercise Science 3
EXSC 401 Internship in Health and Exercise Science 3
EXSC 498 Senior Seminar in Health and Exercise Science 3
  Health Science Electives
(choose 15 credits from the following)
 
PSYC 217

Abnormal Psychology

3
BIOL 201

Cell Biology

4

BIOL 210

Nutrition

4

BIOL 217

Genetics

4
BIOL 324

Microbiology

4

CHEM 215

Organic 1

4

CHEM 250

Intro to Biochemistry

3

EXSC 301

Kinesiology

4

EXSC 302

Exercise Physiology 4

EXSC 305

Exercise Testing and Prescription

3

PHYS 121 Principles of Physics I 4
PHYS 122 Principles of Physics II 4
BUSN 104 Introduction to Business 3
MGMT 105 Principles of Management 3
MGMT 302 Entrepreneurship 3
 

Total Credits

68

 

 

Health Sciences Courses Descriptions

Introduction to the Health Sciences
Provides an overview of the many career paths in the health sciences and the requirements needed to enter these professions.  This course allows students to make a more educated decision as to the career path within the health sciences they should pursue based on their interests, skill, and abilities.  Information regarding current health concerns, topics affecting the current and future state of health care, historical developments and basic information about the health care system will also be covered.

Introduction to Healthcare
Provides an overview of the healthcare environment including the role of healthcare professionals, the different delivery systems of healthcare, and regulation of healthcare services.   Additional topics include legal responsibilities, ethical considerations, safety, communication, and interpersonal behaviors. 

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Contact Information

Carrie Albright, PhD
Chair, Department of Health and Exercise Science 
Associate Professor
albrightc@chc.edu
215-248-7136

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