Introduction

The Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and Bachelor of Science in Community Health dual degree option will provide PTA students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of health care and expand on their Associates degree by focusing on one of the Community Health concentration areas which include: Gerontology, Public Health, Human Services, Women’s Health and 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, College website or Academic Policies & Procedures section (AD-1).

Curriculum Requirements

To complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health, students must successfully complete a total of 119 semester hours. These hours are distributed as follows:

  • General Education = 21 semester hours (which must include nine semester hours of the Clarkson College Healthcare Core curriculum)
  • Support Courses = 28 semester hours
  • Community Health Major Courses = 4 semester hours
  • PTA Degree Coursework = 47 semester hours
  • One Community Health Concentration = 18 semester hours

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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 - Community Health

General Education Courses

(12 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
EN 102 - English Composition II 3
MA 130 - College Algebra 3
PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 12
Core Courses
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

(29 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
GEN 105 - Medical Terminology 1
BI 122 - Nutrition Science 3
BI 211 - Human Anatomy - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 213 - Human Physiology - Lecture and Lab 4
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
BU 140 - Healthcare Delivery Systems 2
SO 220 - Medical Sociology 2
CHL 244 - Vulnerable Populations 3
CHL 243 - Trauma Informed Care 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
CHL 248 - Introduction to Grant Writing 2
Total Semester Hours 29
Physical Therapist Assistant Major Core Courses

(47 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
PTA 105 - Functional Anatomy for the Physical Therapist Assistant 3
PTA 106 - Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
PTA 107 - Documentation for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2
PTA 110 - Basic Skills in Physical Therapy 3
PTA 115 - Therapeutic Exercise I 3
PTA 122 - Therapeutic Modalities 3
PTA 125 - Clinical Practicum I 1
PTA 205 - Pathophysiology 3
PTA 222 - Therapeutic Interventions 3
◊ PTA 213 - Professional Leadership Seminar 1
PTA 215 - Therapeutic Exercise II 3
PTA 220 - Clinical Practicum II 3
PTA 230 - Advanced Procedures 3
PTA 235 - Therapeutic Exercise III 3
PTA 240 - Clinical Practicum III 5
PTA 245 - Clinical Practicum IV 6
Total Semester Hours 47
Community Health Major Courses

(5 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
◊ CHL 400 - Community Health Fieldwork (concentration related) 2
CHL 401 - Community Health Capstone (concentration related) 2
Electives 1
Total Semester Hours 5

Additional Major Courses

Students will choose one of the concentration areas (18 credit hours) to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health, with at least one additional credit from another concentration.

Gerontology Concentration
Courses Semester Hours
HC 220 - Gerontology 2
CHL 241 - Programs, Services and Policies in Aging 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
EA 205 - Death and Dying 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Public Health Concentration
Courses Semester Hours
CHL 250 - Epidemiology 3
CHL 251 - Environmental Risk Factors and Disease 3
CHL 353 - Community Engagement and Social Change 3
CHL 355 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3
ST 410 - Advanced Statistics for Public Healthcare 3
BU 470 - Issues and Policies in Public Health 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Human Services Concentration
Courses Semester Hours
CHL 266 - Social Policy and Human Services 3
EA 210 - American Poverty and Healthcare 3
CHL 245 - Family Dynamics 1
CHL 252 - Information and Referral 2
CHL 253 - Understanding the Criminal Justice System 2
CHL 249 - Crisis Intervention 1
CHL 353 - Community Engagement and Social Change 3
PY 200 - Human Development 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Women’s Health Concentration
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
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
Total Semester Hours 12
Healthcare Business Concentration - Electives

Students select 2 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: 06/17/2021