2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences (B.S.): Pre-Professional Health Studies Concentration - J

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Program Description

The major is designed for students wishing to pursue careers in health and wellness and the allied health fields. It trains students in the basic sciences, including biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology; assessment of health status; the disease process; nutrition and fitness; and the scientific method. Graduates are prepared for a variety of career options as well as graduate study (which is required for students pursuing careers as physical therapists, physician assistants, occupational therapists and similar fields). In addition, with the current increases in lifestyle-related disease and the growing elderly population, graduates will be poised to take advantage of new prospects in the health field.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate through both speaking and writing an understanding of biological, physical and social sciences related to contemporary health issues.
  2. Use both qualitative and quantitative methods to appraise risk factors and health status in diverse populations, and then design safe and effective programs to target these factors in healthy and diseased populations.
  3. Possess in-depth understanding of the scientific method and the ability to accurately interpret and apply scientific findings related to the human body, health, and disease.
  4. Have the knowledge and skills for entry into graduate programs in nutrition, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistance, and related allied health disciplines.

Pre-Professional Health Studies Concentration (36 Credits)

Total: 64-66 credits

Important Note:  To remain in this program, students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 after completion of four semesters, plus at least a 3.0 GPA in the following courses:

BIO 2011 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr.)

BIO 2012 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr.)

BIO 1211 Introduction to Biology:  Ecology & Evolution (4 cr.)

BIO 1212 Introdution to Biology:  Cells and Benetic Basis of Life (4 cr.)


Graduate Study Advisory

Some graduate programs may have admission requirements as noted below that are not included in this program of study (e.g., see below). Electives should be identified early in the degree program and in discussion with an advisor about academic and career goals.

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs sometimes require the following additional prerequisites:
    • One additional psychology course (PSY 2070 or PSY 3070  recommended)
  • Doctor of Chiropractic programs often require the following additional prerequisite:
    • CHE 3111 - Organic Chemistry I 
  • Physician’s Assistant (PA) graduate programs often require the following prerequisites:
    • Two semesters of 4-credit advanced biology courses (3000- or 4000-level).  Replacement of PHY 2031 - Fundamentals Physics I and PHY 2032 - Fundamentals Phyics II with these courses is recommended for those interested in PA programs.

Medical School Admission Requirements (NVU-J)

Students who intend to apply to medical school after completing their B.S. in Health Sciences at NVU-Johnson should take these standard prerequisite courses as well:

Secondary Teaching License in Science

Students pursuing licensure endorsement to teach science in grades 7-12 must successfully complete one of the approved majors for this endorsement (the Biology: Field Naturalist (B.A.) - J , Biology (B.S.): Pre-Medical Concentration - J Health Sciences (B.S.): Health & Wellness Coaching Concentration - J Environmental Science (B.S.): Environmental Analysis & Assessment concentration - J , or Environmental Science (B.S.): Environmental Policy & Advocacy concentration - J ), as well as specific teacher-education coursework and requirements. Please refer to the Secondary Teacher License Endorsement - J  section for details.


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Core Curriculum  and NVU Graduation Standards .

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