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.
Sample Program of Study (all courses 3 credits unless otherwise specified)
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)
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
Fall (15-16 credits)
HCM 371: Health Care Reimbursement and Finance
HP 200: Healthy Lifestyles
Core Natural Science (3-4 credits)
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
HP 999: CPR Certification (0 cr)
Fall (15 credits)
GER 241: Introduction to Social Gerontology
HP 241: Fundamentals of Food and Nutrition
HP 325: Patient Navigator Fieldwork
Spring (14-15 credits)
Free Elective (3-4 cr)