Apr 26, 2018  
2018-2019 Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Catalog

Health Care Science, BS


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The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science prepares the graduate for professional practice in health-related settings. The program includes a foundation in general education as well as a broad understanding of health care delivery systems.

Options within the program to develop advanced specialization in a specific or chosen discipline include Allied Health Completion, Health and Wellness Promotion, Medical Laboratory Science, Nutrition, Senior Fitness Instruction Strength & Conditioning and Athletic Training Prep.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the knowledge necessary to function in their health sciences area.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, and implement interventions in their chosen discipline.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to incorporate research and theory in health sciences practice.
  • Students will recognize improvements in written and oral communication.
  • Students will find their degree program/course of study to be of high quality and useful.

Allied Health Completion Option - BS in Health Care Science


An upper division completion option is available for students who have completed training in allied health areas such as radiation technology, dental hygiene, paramedic, respiratory therapy, etc. To be accepted in this program students must have completed a certificate in an allied health area from an accredited program other than UCCS that included at least 40 training credit hours in order to complete the portfolio requirement of this option.

In many cases, the training credit hours maybe in conjunction with our Associates Degree. Students must submit the following allied health portfolio components to the Department of Health Sciences and have their allied health portfolio approved by the Department of Health Sciences before they can declare this option:

  1. Transcripts from an accredited institution or program documenting at least 40 credits of training during the program
  2. A current resume
  3. A copy of the student’s current certificate, registration or license to practice in their allied health field

Students then complete the health science program listed below in order to be awarded a bachelor’s degree, the BS in Health Care Science.

Credits: 24


Credits: 19


Credits: 12


Allied Health Option Requirements


  • Upper Division HSCI Electives (12 credits)
  • Accredited Allied Health Program Portfolio (40 credits)
  • Natural Science Electives (6 credits)
  • Electives 3000+ (9 credits)

Credits: 65


Total Program Credits: 120


Health and Wellness Promotion Option - BS in Health Care Science


Medical Laboratory Science Option - BS in Health Care Science


Students in this option will meet the prerequisites and are well prepared to apply for a post baccalaureate Medical Laboratory Science training program, which is required in order to become a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS). The Health Science Department has an agreement with Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science to place up to eight UCCS students for their clinical training in Colorado Springs hospital laboratories. After successfully completing the clinical training, students are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCOP) Board Certification Exam as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. 

Credits: 22


Credits: 49


Credits: 12


Total Program Credits: 120


Nutrition Option - BS in Health Care Science


This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Students may earn the credentials of a Registered Dietitian by completing an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship Program (DI) after completion of the Nutrition program, and pass the National Registration Exam for Dietitians.

General Requirements


Individuals with International Degrees


Individuals with international degrees are encouraged to view the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Fact Sheet for additional information about becoming a Registered Dietitian credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Credits: 22


Credits: 25


Credits: 9


Credits: 64


Total Program Credits: 120


Senior Fitness Instructor Option - BS in Health Care Science


Credits: 24


Credits: 22


Credits: 12


Credits: 62


Total Program Credits: 120


Strength & Conditioning Option - BS in Health Care Science


This option provides students with the necessary knowledge, hands-on skills, and abilities to enhance health, fitness, and athletic performance. Successful completion of this option will result in a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science: Strength and Conditioning Option, and completion of the National Strength and Conditioning Association Education Recognition Program.

Credits: 22


Health Science Core Requirements


Credits: 3


Credits: 36


Credits: 62


Athletic Training Prep Option - BS in Health Care Science


This option prepares students for entry into the Master of Science in Athletic Training* (MSAT) at UCCS. (Admission into the MSAT is not guaranteed.) Students will have the opportunity to enter a 5-year concurrent degree program, ultimately leading to both the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science: Strength and Conditioning Option and the Master of Science in Athletic Training. Students will also complete the National Strength and Conditioning Association Education Recognition Program.

*Note: The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program will be a professional preparation program beginning Fall 2018, leading to eligibility for national certification as an Athletic Trainer through the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) upon successful award of accreditation status. (The program will begin seeking CAATE accreditation status in July 2018, anticipating a decision in Spring 2020.)

Credits: 22


Health Science Core Requirements


Credits: 3


Credits: 36


Credits: 62


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