Health Science Concentration
Made possible by a grant from the Marilyn De Groot Charitable Trust
The Health Science Concentration provides a foundation for those students interested in exploring a career in the health sciences and those with an interest in fulfilling most of the pre-requisites for nursing, health care education, healthcare management, and preparation for graduate work in entry-level Master’s in Nursing programs. This concentration provides a broad liberal studies degree, yet also provides some of the courses that may be required for pre-medical and graduate work in physical therapy. The healthcare and social assistance sector is expected to become the largest employing sector between 2014 and 2024, with an estimated 3.8 million jobs added. Healthcare support occupations and healthcare practitioners and technical occupations are projected to be the two fastest growing occupational groups, representing 1 out of 4 new jobs over the next decade.
This concentration provides students with a foundational platform and valuable skills translatable to any career or calling within the healthcare arena. Students will develop broad preliminary information in order to pursue the advanced degrees required for careers in health science. This degree, with emphases in health care leadership and management, psychology, and organizational dynamics, helps graduates develop the competencies to advance their personal careers and overall practices of the medical industry by understanding and applying current policies and regulations, patient care initiatives, risk management, and the like.
The Health Science concentration exists to empower students to provide ethical and compassionate service to the local and global community by providing healthcare coursework to support health education, healthcare management and pre-medical preparation in the context of a liberal studies degree.
Careers in Health Sciences
The list of occupations within the health sciences is practically endless, including jobs in five major career paths: diagnostic services, therapeutic services, support services, health information, and biotechnology research and development. Health science professionals work in hospitals, dental offices and laboratories, government and private research centers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, community and public agencies, and large health care organizations. The day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of a person in a health science occupation vary significantly, but always require excellent communication skills and attention to detail. Examples of healthcare occupations include: Healthcare facilities manager, healthcare educator, medical laboratory technician, medical records administrator, health science writer, and community health organizer. With additional graduate studies, this concentration could be a platform for a basic nursing degree and a nurse practitioner degree in the state of California.
Successful students in the Health Science concentration will:
- Understand the healthcare policies and delivery systems in the U.S and global environments.
- Apply an understanding of medical terminology, scientific inquiry, and research to communicate healthcare principles both orally and in writing.
- Develop legal and ethical decision-making within the healthcare industry based on a Reformed Christian worldview.
- Provide caring and compassionate healthcare service and leadership to a culturally diverse population in our local and global communities.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the scientific foundations requisite for admission into graduate health care programs of professional study.
Health Science Concentration Offerings for Particular Areas of Study
Are you facing delays in getting into a nursing program? Are you on a two-year waiting list? There are two options for you to pursue a nursing degree through the health science concentration at Providence:
- Spend two years at Providence gaining your general education and science pre-requisites to transfer to a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) program to complete your clinical nursing coursework for Registered Nursing (RN) eligibility for the NCLEX exam.
- You can take many of the pre-requisites for transfer to a bachelor’s degree in nursing program. During your two years of pre-requisites you will be applying to other nursing programs, whose current wait lists are 2-3 years.
- Obtain a liberal studies degree with a health science concentration and then apply to an entry level program in the state of California for your Master’s of Science in Nursing
- The Entry Level MSN program is designed for candidates who hold a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and seek to transition professionally into the field of nursing. Those who have completed all prerequisite courses may apply directly to the EL MSN program. EL MSN students complete Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approved pre-licensure nursing courses designed to prepare the students to take the National Council Licensure Examination, NCLEX-RN. Once licensed as a Registered Nurse, the student completes post-licensure coursework to earn a Master of Science in Nursing.
- Recommended colleges for this program are California Baptist University (CBU) and Azusa Pacific University (APU)
Spend two years at Providence then transfer to Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. You will take 21 units of general electives plus basic Anatomy and Physiology, Physical Conditioning, Health and Wellness, Statistics, and college-level English courses.
- Pre-Physican’s Assistant
- Pre-Physical Therapy
Spend two years at Providence and then transfer to a Bachelors of Science in your chosen pre-professional field. You will take 21 units of general electives plus the required units for your program of study in general education and basic sciences.