Bachelor of Science in Health Care Services

Director of General Education
Lori Bachle, M.S.
PH 402.552.6127  TF 800.647.5500 
bachle@clarksoncollege.edu

Introduction

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Services (HCS) program is designed to:

  1. Provide an avenue for Clarkson students working on an Associate’s degree to complete their Bachelor’s degree.
  2. Enable current health care employees to earn their Bachelor’s degree for career advancement.
  3. Provide traditional students not interested in direct patient care an opportunity to learn about and work in the health care arena.

Each option will enable graduates to better navigate the complicated health care delivery systems and optimize health care for their patients.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Services, graduates will:

  • Demonstrate thoughtful communication through clear description, organization, and expression.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to analyze multidimensional topics and concepts.
  • Evaluate the impact and importance of diversity in healthcare.
  • Exhibit adaptability to changing technologies.
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct.

Dual Degree Curriculum

Clarkson College has dual degree options that will allow the Associate’s degree obtained at Clarkson College to be used directly as electives in the Bachelor’s degree program. The options are:

  • Dual degree: Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant/Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Services.
  • Dual degree: Associate of Science degree in Radiologic Technology/Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Services.
  • Dual degree: Associate of Science degree in Health Information Technology/Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Services.

Minors

Students may earn a minor in conjunction with any Clarkson College degree program. The Health Care Services minors will complement any major program in a health care related field and will provide the background for students to work in a wide variety of health care settings.

Gerontology  - The Gerontology minor is for students interested in the physical, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of the lifelong aging process. Coursework will explore contemporary policies and programs that impact quality of life, how to navigate current regulations, and the fundamentals of long-term care management. Students will also learn how to provide supportive care for patients approaching the end of life.

Human Services - The Human Services minor is for students interested in helping vulnerable people become more self-sufficient and learn new skills. Human Services professionals coordinate the provision of basic needs for clients who are unable to care for themselves.

Public Health - The Public Health minor is for students interested in disease prevention, health promotion, and emerging issues impacting public health and how changes in our health care systems impact these areas.

Women's Health - The Women’s Health minor is for students interested in the study of historical and current issues related to the growth and development of women. Psychological, social and behavioral influences along with social, political, cultural and geographical factors will be covered.

Certificates

The 21 credit hour certificate programs are ideal for current health care practitioners or other individuals seeking to increase their knowledge and enhance their career goals. The certificate program courses were developed and are taught by a multi-disciplinary team of experienced and motivated faculty who are excited about sharing their expertise. Courses are offered year-round on a part-time or full-time basis.

Gerontology - These courses will explore the physical, psychological, social and cultural aspects of the lifelong aging process and how to effectively provide supportive care for patients approaching the end of life. Contemporary policies, programs and services that impact quality of life, strategies used to develop programs for the older adult, and the fundamentals of long-term care management will also be discussed. Students will be prepared to work as home health and palliative care professionals, as long-term care managers or housing specialists focusing on the needs of older adults, just to name a few.

Human Services - This program will provide students with an understanding of the role, history, and importance of human service agencies. Characteristics of populations served, problem solving skills used to assess the needs of clients, the impact of family dynamics, crisis intervention techniques, and the importance of ethical decision making are also explored. Students will be prepared to work as health and wellness directors, child and family services specialists, youth program directors, abuse prevention program coordinators, disaster relief specialists, and community services managers.

Public Health - These courses will explore public policies that support individual and community health, epidemiology, and population-based health sciences. Students will also learn how to diagnose problems, develop programs to educate and empower people about health issues, and the importance of research to uncover new insights and innovative solutions. Students will be prepared for positions in environmental health, community health, corporate health and wellness, as well as biostatistics and informatics and health education

Women's Health - This program offers comprehensive study of historical and current issues related to the growth and development of women. Psychological, social, and behavioral influences along with the political, cultural and geographical factors will be explored. Students will be prepared to work as patient service representatives, sexual assault services program coordinators, domestic violence prevention educators, victim assistance advocates, youth ministry coordinators, and child/family services case workers.

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Services Curriculum Requirements

In order to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Services, students must successfully complete 132-136 semester hours. These hours are distributed as follows:

  • General Education = 21 semester hours
  • Health Care Core Courses = 9 semester hours
  • Support Courses = 18 semester hours
  • Health Care Services Major Courses = 12 semester hours
  • Concentration Courses = 72 semester hours

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Required courses for Bachelor of Science in Health Care Services Program

View course descriptions for Health Care Services Program or General Education

General Education Courses (21 semester hours) Semester Hours
BU 104 Basic Computer Applications 3
EN 101 English Composition I 3
EN 102 English Composition II 3
GEN 105 Medical Terminology 1
MA 120 College Algebra 3
ST 310 Statistics 3
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SO 220 Medical Sociology 2
    Total 21
Health Care Core Courses (9 semester hours) Semester Hours
◊ Intercultural Communication  IC 200 Developing Cultural Competence OR  IC 250 Advancing Cultural Competence 3
Humanities  HU 200 A Cultural History of the Healing Arts OR HU 205 The History of Science, Technology and Medicine OR HU 210 American Social Movements OR HU 215 Academic Travel Abroad Humanities 3
Ethics, Empathy and Advocacy EA 200 Biomedical Ethics in Health Care OR EA 205 Death and Dying OR EA 210 American Poverty and Health Care OR EA 215 Abnormal Psychology 3
    Total 9
Support Courses (18 semester hours) Semester Hours
HM 224
 

Survey of Anatomy and Physiology for HIM
OR
Basic Anatomy (BI 211) and Physiology (BI 213)

4
BU 240 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HM 260 Data Management and Analytics 3
HM 180 Essentials of Pharmacology 2
BU 371 Organizational Behavior 3
BU 411 Operations and Quality Management 3
    Total 18
Major Courses (12 semester hours) Semester Hours
HCS 240 Health and Medical Aspects of Stress Management 3
HCS 320 ◊ Patient Advocacy and Health Literacy 3
HCS 410 Fieldwork (concentration-related) 3
HCS 420 Fieldwork (concentration-related) 3
    Total 12

Additional Major Concentration Courses (72 semester hours)

Traditional students will choose four of the five concentration areas to complete their degree.

Post-degree students will receive 54 direct transfer credit hours and will choose one of the five concentration areas to complete their degree. The degree must be received from an accredited institution.

Students will choose four of the following five concentration areas to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Services.

Gerontology Concentration (18 semester hours) Semester Hours
PY 220 Death and Dying:  Perspectives for Health Care Providers 2
HC 220 Gerontology 2
HCS 330 Health and Physical Aspects of Aging 3
HCS 333 Psychological and Social Aspects of Aging 3
HCS 334 Managing End of Life Care 3
HCS 336 Seminar in Gerontology 2
BU 420 Long Term Care 3
    Total 18
Health Care Business Concentration (18 semester hours) Semester Hours
BU 130 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BU 210 Business Communications 3
BU 306 Principles of Management 3
Students choose three of the following electives:  
BU 121 Survey of Economics 3
BU 199 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
BU 211 Health Care Business Law 3
BU 355 Managing Health Care Departments 3
BU 310 Revenue Cycle Management 3
BU 320 Human Resources Management 3
BU 326 Principles of Marketing 3
BU 425 Project  Management 3
BU 450 Strategic Management 3
BU 470 Issues and Policies in Public Health 3
    Total 18
Public Health Concentration (18 semester hours Semester Hours
HCS 250 Epidemiology 3
HCS 251 Environmental Risk Factors for Disease 3
HCS 351 Data Collection and Future Trends 3
HCS 353 Community Engagement in Public Health 3
ST 410 Advanced Statistics for Public Health Care 3
BU 470 Issues and Policies in Public Health 3
    Total 18
Human Services Concentration (18 semester hours Semester Hours
PY 200 Human Development 3
HCS 242 Human Services Theory and Application 3
HCS 244 Vulnerable Populations 3
HCS 245 Family Dynamics 1
HCS 246 Information and Referral 1
HCS 247 Understanding the Criminal Justice System 1
HCS 248 Introduction to Grant Writing 2
HCS 249 Crisis Intervention Seminar 1
HCS 340 Ethical and Professional Issues in Human Services 3
    Total 18
Women’s Health Concentration (18 semester hours) Semester Hours
HCS 260 Intro Women’s Health Topics and Issues 3
HCS 261 Women’s Health I 3
HCS 265 Literary Perspectives of Women’s Health 3
HCS 362 Women’s Health II 3
HCS 364 Mental Health of Women Throughout the Lifespan 3
HCS 365 Women’s Health Seminar: Mammography 1
HCS 366 Women’s Health Seminar: Pharmacology 1
HCS 367 Women’s Health Seminar: Preventative and Restorative Topics 1
    Total 18