The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Community Health dual degree is geared toward students who have an interest in working in a public health setting. This dual program provides students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of health care and expand on their nursing degree by focusing on one of these Community Health concentrations: Public Health, Human Services, Gerontology, Women’s Health or Healthcare Business.

Admission Policies

Enrollment in Clarkson College degree programs is limited through a selective admissions process. Admission policies and procedures are available from: the Enrollment and Advising office, the College website, or in the Academic Policies & Procedures section (AD-1).

Curriculum Requirements

To complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health, students must successfully complete a total of 157/158 semester hours. These hours are distributed as follows:

  • General Education = 33/34 semester hours (which must include nine semester hours of the Clarkson College Healthcare Core curriculum)
  • Support Courses = 30 semester hours
  • Community Health Major Courses = 4 semester hours
  • Nursing Degree Coursework = 72 semester hours
  • One Community Health Concentration = 18 semester hours

Program requires Health and Safety – View Health and Safety Information

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 Dual Degree - Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Community Health

General Education Courses
Courses Semester Hours
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
GEN 101 - Strategies for Success 1
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
EN 102 - English Composition II 3
BI 122 - Nutrition Science 3
PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3
PY 200 - Human Development 3
SO 101 - Introduction to Sociology 3
MA 130 - College Algebra 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
Total Semester Hours 25
Core Courses

*Student choose one from each category

Courses Semester Hours
◊ IC Core - Intercultural Communication 3
HU Core - Humanities 3
EA Core - Ethics, Empathy and Advocacy 3
Total Semester Hours 9
Support Courses
Courses Semester Hours
CH 110 - General Chemistry - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 211 - Human Anatomy - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 213 - Human Physiology - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 210 - Microbiology - Lecture and Lab 4
BU 140 - Healthcare Delivery Systems 2
SO 220 - Medical Sociology 2
HC 220 - Gerontology 2
CHL 244 - Vulnerable Populations 3
CHL 243 - Trauma Informed Care 3
CHL 248 - Introduction to Grant Writing 2
Total Semester Hours 30
Nursing Major Courses
Courses Semester Hours
NS 116 - Introduction of Professional Nursing Concepts and Clinical Judgement: Theory 3
NS 125 - Foundational Skills and Assessment of the Adult: Theory 3
NS 126 - Foundational Skills and Assessment of the Adult: Clinical 2
NS 161 - Introduction to Population-Based Public Health Nursing: Theory Online 1
NS 227 - Pathophysiology 3
NS 233 - Assessment and Care of the Adult with Abnormal Findings: Theory 2
NS 234 - Assessment and Care of the Adult with Abnormal Findings: Clinical 2
NS 235 - Pharmacology I 2
NS 254 - Managing the Nursing Care of the Adult: Theory 4
NS 255 - Managing the Nursing Care of the Adult: Clinical 4
NS 256 - Pharmacology II 2
NS 261 - Population-Based Public Health Nursing – Health Policy and Current Trends: Theory Online 1
NS 340 - Behavioral Health Continuum of Care: Theory 3
NS 341 - Behavioral Health Continuum of Care: Clinical 3
NS 342 - Nursing Care of Women and Childbearing Families: Theory 3
NS 343 - Nursing Care of Women and Childbearing Families: Clinical 2
NS 344 - Family-Centered Nursing Care of Children: Theory 3
NS 345 - Family-Centered Nursing Care of Children: Clinical 2
NS 346 - Evidence-Based Inquiry in Health Care 2
◊ NS 361 - Program Management and Care of the Client in the Community: Theory Online 1
◊ NS 362 - Program Management and Care of the Client in the Community: Clinical 1
NS 461 - Population-Based Public Health Nursing- Communicable/Infectious Diseases and Global Health: Theory Online 2
NS 462 - Population-Based Public Health Nursing- Communicable/Infectious Diseases and Global Health: Clinical 1
NS 467 - Transition into Practice 1
NS 468 - Concepts of Complex Multisystem Clients I: Theory 4
NS 469 - Concepts of Complex Multisystem Clients I: Clinical 4
NS 470 - Concepts of Complex Multisystem Clients II: Theory 3
NS 472 - Principles of Leadership and Management 3
NS 473 - Preceptorship: Clinical 4
NS 474 - Pharmacology III 1
Total Semester Hours 72
Community Health Major Courses
Courses Semester Hours
◊ CHL 400 - Community Health Fieldwork (concentration related) 2
CHL 401 - Community Health Capstone (concentration related) 2
Total Semester Hours 4

Additional Major Courses (by concentration)

Dual degree students choose ONE of the five concentration areas to complete plus additional electives if needed to maintain total required credits.

Public Health Concentration

18 Semester Hours

Courses Semester Hours
BU 470 - Issues and Policies in Public Health 3
CHL 250 - Epidemiology 3
CHL 353 - Community Engagement and Social Change 3
CHL 251 - Environmental Risk Factors and Disease 3
ST 410 - Advanced Statistics for Public Healthcare 3
CHL 355 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Human Services Concentration

18 Semester Hours

Courses Semester Hours
PY 200 - Human Development 3
CHL 266 - Social Policy and Human Services 3
CHL 245 - Family Dynamics 1
EA 210 - American Poverty and Healthcare 3
CHL 252 - Information and Referral 2
CHL 249 - Crisis Intervention 1
CHL 253 - Understanding the Criminal Justice System 2
CHL 353 - Community Engagement and Social Change 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Gerontology Concentration

18 Semester Hours

Courses Semester Hours
HC 220 - Gerontology 2
CHL 241 - Programs, Services and Policies in Aging 3
EA 205 - Death and Dying 3
CHL 330 - Health and Physical Aspects of Aging 3
CHL 333 - Psychological and Social Aspects of Aging 3
CHL 334 - Managing Care of the Older Adult 3
CHL 335 - Seminar in Gerontology 1
Total Semester Hours 18
Women's Health Concentration

18 Semester Hours

Courses Semester Hours
CHL 260 - Evolution of Women’s Health 3
CHL 261 - Women’s Health in Contemporary Society 3
CHL 265 - Literary Perspectives of Women’s Health 3
CHL 362 - Global Issues in Women’s Health 3
CHL 364 - Mental Health of Women Throughout the Lifespan 3
CHL 365 - Mammography 1
CHL 366 - Pharmacology in Women's Health 1
CHL 367 - Preventative & Restorative Topics for Women 1
Total Semester Hours 18
Healthcare Business Concentration

18 Semester Hours

Courses Semester Hours
HM 218 - Data Analysis and Visualization 3
BU 357 - Healthcare Accounting and Financial Management 4
BU 262 - Business Communication and Marketing 3
BU 375 - Concepts of Leadership 2

Students select two of the following electives:

Courses Semester Hours
BU 470 - Issues and Policies in Public Health 3
BU 420 - Long-Term Care Management 3
HM 360 - Compliance and Legal Applications 3
BU 318 - Human Resources and Organizational Behavior 3
BU 425 - Project Management 3
BU 335 - Managing Healthcare Departments 3
HM 333 - Classification Systems and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
BU 411 - Operations and Quality Management 3
Last updated: 06/08/2021