Health Science Major

College of Health Sciences and Education

Degree BS, Health Science

Misericordia University offers the Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree in three different specializations: occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and patient navigation.

Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology specializations

Occupational therapy and speech-language pathology offer five-year, entry-level masters’ programs. Students completing these curricula will receive the bachelor of science degree in health science at the conclusion of the fourth year of study, as published in the program plans of the speech-language pathology and occupational therapy programs, if the student has met all undergraduate major, core, and free elective requirements, as described in those plans of study.

Students completing the BS in Health Science will:

1. Students will integrate and demonstrate knowledge of diverse research designs from both the qualitative and quantitative paradigms, and will conceptually synthesize and demonstrate all steps of the research process.

2. Demonstrate critical reasoning skills in the patient care process by conducting a client assessment, identifying functional problems, and developing an appropriate intervention plan.

3. Interact and communicate professionally and courteously with clients while demonstrating the necessary clinical competencies required within their respective health care discipline.

Statement of Program Assessment for BS in Health Science:

Program courses are evaluated each semester via both University facutly evaluations and individual department course evaluations in both the Speech Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy departments.

Both the Speech Language Pathology and Occupational Theraphy curricula are evaluated by assessment measures which include fieldwork and clinical pass rates, Board pass rates, alumni job placement rates, alumni surveys, and employer satisfaction surveys.

Individual student performance is monitored via assessment each semester of student attainment of the required GPA in the major in both the Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology departments.

Plans of study for students in the BS in Health Science phase of the occupational therapy and speech language pathology programs may be found in the sections of the catalog for those programs.

Patient Navigation specialization

College of Health Sciences

Degree: BS: Health Science

Program Director: Elaine Halesey, EdD

The Patient Navigation Specialization is a 4 year program resulting in a bachelor degree in Health Science.

Program Goals:

  1. Prepare students to provide patient navigation services embedded in the values of justice and hospitality through physical, emotional, and social support to patients following a treatment plan.
  2. Students will be able to successfully communicate and interview patients to assess barriers to care.
  3. Students will value the need to maintain an understanding of current health care trends and issues that impact the patient navigators’ ability to provide care/assistance.
  4. Students will have the skill set to guide patients, caregivers, and family members through a treatment plan with the goal of improving patient outcomes.
  5. Students will Identify and explain health resources including publicly funded health insurance programs and health delivery systems.

Sample Program of Study (all courses 3 credits unless otherwise specified)

First Year

Fall (16 credits)

BIO 121:Human Structure & Function I (4 cr) OR

BIO 211: Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr)

HP 125: Introduction to Patient Navigation

University Writing Seminar

PSY 123: Introduction to Psychology

Math Core Group A course

Spring (14 credits)

BIO 122:Human Structure & Function I (4 cr) OR

BIO 212: Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr)

HCM 101: Intro to Health Systems

MTH 115:Basic Statistics I


MI 106: Medical Terminology (1 cr)

Second Year

Fall (15 credits)

HP 135: Health Behavior Change Application

SOC 101: Comparative Sociology




Spring (15 credits)

HP 225: Advanced Care Coordination

HP 235: Prevention and Chronic Disease



Free Elective

Third Year

Fall (15-16 credits)

HCM 371: Health Care Reimbursement and Finance

HP 200: Healthy Lifestyles

Core Natural Science (3-4 credits)

Free Elective

Free Elective

Spring (15 credits)

HCI 110: Introduction to Health Informatics

HCM 401: Managed Care

HCM 406: Current Issues and Trends in Healthcare

SOC 122: Social Problems

Free Elective

HP 999: CPR Certification (0 cr)

Fourth Year

Fall (15 credits)

GER 241: Introduction to Social Gerontology

HP 241: Fundamentals of Food and Nutrition

HP 325: Patient Navigator Fieldwork


Free Elective

Spring (14-15 credits)



Free Elective

Free Elective

Free Elective (3-4 cr)