2016-2017 Catalog 
    Jan 27, 2023  
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED 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, or Senior Fitness Instruction. An upper division completion option is available in allied health areas such as radiation technology, dental hygiene, or respiratory therapy for students with associate degrees or certificates in these areas.

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, medical technician, paramedic, respiratory therapy, etc. Students must have completed a certificate or an associate’s degree 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. 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 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)
  • HSCI 4810 Allied Health Completion Capstone (1 credit)
  • Natural Science Electives (6 credits)
  • Electives 3000+ (6 credits)

Credits: 65

Total Program Credits: 120

Health and Wellness Promotion Option - BS in Health Care Science

Medical Laboratory Science/Med Tech Option - BS in Health Care Science

The clinical internship provided in the UCCS Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program is in conjunction with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Students are required to attend an 13-week student laboratory in Kearney, Nebraska, and will then return to Colorado Springs for the remaining nine months of clinical training at affiliate hospital laboratories. After the completion of the clinical year, students are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification exam as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (formerly Medical Technologist or Clinical Laboratory Scientist). The MLS (ASCP) certification allows individuals to practice/work in hospital laboratories throughout the United States.

Students in the UCCS 3+1 MLS option (3 years of the undergraduate curriculum is  completed with UCCS and 1 year jointly with UCCS and UNMC) must successfully complete the application and selection process for placement in the clinical year. UCCS 3+1 option students are not guaranteed admission to the clinical year. Deadline for the application for the clinical year is November 30th of the third year.

General Education Course Requirements

  • MATH 1350 and BIOL 3000 are required for a UCCS Human Biology major
  • Explore and Sustainability Elective
  • Explore Elective

Credits: 22

Credits: 49

Credits: 6

MLS Professional Requirements

  • Summer (student lab in Omaha, Nebraska)           7
  • Fall                                                                                 15
  • Spring                                                                            21

Credits: 43

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

Verification Statement

To receive a verification statement for completion through the Didactic Program in Dietetics, a student must take a minimum of 25 credits at the 3000 level or above, to include the following courses through the Department of Health Sciences, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and have earned academic credit for the remaining coursework listed on the Verification Completion Checklist.


If not taken at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, the equivalent course to HSCI 3920 Community Nutrition must have been completed through an approved/accredited U.S. or Canadian academic program.

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: 12

Credits: 61

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

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