2017 - 2018 General Catalogue 
    
    May 21, 2018  
2017 - 2018 General Catalogue

Health Sciences Comprehensive Major


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The goal of the Health Sciences Comprehensive Major is to provide students with a bachelor’s degree preparing them for competitive admission to professional schools in the health sciences or toward other non-clinical careers, including pharmaceutical sales, wellness coordination, medical equipment sales, healthcare advocacy or medical office administration.  While students may take the required courses needed for their desired area of professional pursuit in addition to other majors at UWA, this major is designed specifically to meet the needs of those students clearly focused on a career in athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant programs beyond the baccalaureate level and allows the flexibility to design their program via major electives to meet the varied requirements within these areas and between different universities.  Additionally, professionals already working in the health science fields at the associate degree level may consider this degree to assist in advancing their careers in health science administration and related areas.

Professional school admission requirements vary for each program and school.  Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the specific requirements, deadlines, application processes, etc. of the desired professional program and to work closely with their Health Sciences advisor at UWA to ensure appropriate progress.  The Health Sciences Basic Curriculum and Major contain the required prerequisite courses for essentially all athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant programs.  Additional courses should be chosen from the Health Sciences Electives based upon the requirements of the specific programs and schools to which admission is desired.  Additional elective courses are provided for further insight, background, and experiences in specific areas of practice.  Each student must be aware of the non-academic qualifications necessary for his or her chosen field. 

Students utilizing this degree toward advanced studies in other health related areas or toward other non-clinical careers, including pharmaceutical or medical equipment sales, wellness coordination, healthcare advocacy or medical office administration should work with their advisor in selecting elective courses most appropriate to their specific needs.

Basic Curriculum


I. Written Composition: 6 hours


II. Humanities and Fine Arts: 12 hours


III. Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 15 hours


IV. History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences: 12 hours


V. Other Core Requirements: 15 hours


Health Sciences Comprehensive Major Requirements: 56 hours


In all cases at least 28 hours must be from 300-400 level classes.

II. Professional Track


Choose one of the following tracks.

E. General Track: 52-53 hours


  • Choose at least 27 semester hours from the 300-400 level classes contained within the other four tracks and Health Sciences 300-400 electives
  • Choose the remaining 25-26 hours from any of the 100-400 level classes contained within the other four tracks and the Health Sciences Electives

Note: This track is designed for students desiring careers in other health related areas or toward other non-clinical careers, including pharmaceutical or medical equipment sales, wellness coordination, healthcare advocacy or medical office administration and may also be chosen by professionals already working in the health science fields at the associate degree level who desire to further their studies and advance their careers in health science administration and related areas.  It is not designed to prepare students for admission to professional programs beyond the baccalaureate level.

III. Health Sciences Electives: 13-33 hours


B. 300-400 Level Electives


Athletic Training:  No less than nine (9) hours from the following:

Physical Therapy:  No less than seven (7) hours from the following:

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