Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Health Science Major

Bachelor of Science with a major in Health Science

Available exclusively in a fully-online format.

The Bachelor of Science in health science is an interdisciplinary, degree-completion program that provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills, improving the possibility for career mobility. The program prepares graduates for a variety of positions in health-related organizations including, for example, administration, management, advanced clinical practice, clinical educator, and clinical applications.

This degree-completion program is offered in a totally online format to graduates of associate of applied science or associate of science programs and is taught in the online format. Two tracks are available. The clinical track is designed for individuals whose degree is in a clinically-based healthcare discipline and are registered or otherwise appropriately credentialed in their profession. The non-clinical track is designed for individuals who have an appropriate associate degree but do not have clinical skills or credentials and wish to pursue a career in some aspect of healthcare that does not involve direct patient care.

Evaluation of transfer credit hours and program planning is individualized; each student is assisted by a program advisor.

Special admission requirements: The program accepts students throughout the year to begin the program in fall, spring, or summer, depending on when the program admission process is completed. The first step in the process is admission to NKU. Students must also submit a program application, have an associate degree or 60 credit hours completed and meet the academic requirements for the track of choice to be eligible for program admission.

Application requirements for all students:

  • Admission to NKU; official transcripts from all regionally-accredited postsecondary institutions must be sent to NKU from these institutions.
  • Possess an associate of applied science (AAS) degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution; this degree serves as the imbedded minor for the program.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
  • Submit a program application specific to the track – clinical or non-clinical track.

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must meet requirements specific to the track of interest:

Clinical Completion Track – This track does not require additional clinical coursework, but was designed for those who have clinical credentials. To be eligible for admission to the clinical track, students must submit documentation of current state or national registry/certification in an appropriate healthcare discipline.

Non-Clinical Completion Track – This track was designed for those who do not have clinical credentials but wish to work in a non-clinical area of healthcare. To be eligible for admission to the non-clinical track, students must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology as well as other related coursework by completing, at a minimum, the following coursework:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Ethics
  • Computer literacy course with a grade of C or better.
  • Introduction to Psychology, with a grade of C or better.

Student criminal background check: Although clinical practica are not required of students enrolled in this program, any student who wishes to enroll in a clinical course as a major elective must meet minimum requirements to do so, including a criminal background check and also drug screening for select sites. Students wishing to pursue this option must discuss the requirements with the program director.

Special graduation requirements:

  • A minimum grade of C or better for successful completion of major requirements, including major electives.
  • The clinical track requires verification of registry/certification with appropriate professional organization; detailed information will be included in the program acceptance letter for those who are conditionally admitted to the program prior to taking the board examination.

You should also know: The Bachelor of Science in health science is delivered completely in the online format. The NKU application for admission and the registration process are handled online. The program application can be downloaded from the health science website and faxed to 859-572-1314, or emailed to the program . The course registration process and new student orientation are also completed online. The format and timeline are flexible in consideration of the working practitioner. See the online program curriculum schedule .

Courses currently available online are included on the elective list and students who wish to enroll in alternate courses on campus may do so with director approval.

Advanced standing examination: Students who hold advanced credentials in radiologic technology or nuclear medicine (for example, CT, MRI, cardiovascular imaging, PET, etc.) or respiratory care (for example, polysomnography) may be awarded up to six hours of coursework at the 300 level or above that may be used toward the elective requirements for the major. Advanced credentials must have been awarded by a recognized national organization, such as the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, Board of Registered Polysomnography Technologists, or the National Board for Respiratory Care. The awarding of credit must be approved by the program director; students will be assessed a tuition equal to 25 percent of the current tuition plus any fees.

Professional advanced standing: Advanced standing is also available for radiographers who have graduated from an accredited radiography program, but who may not have coursework that transfers to NKU. Students must have passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national examination, have maintained their certification and can provide documentation of current certification. These students may be awarded up to 51 hours of radiography professional coursework, dependent upon year of initial certification; award of credit will be evaluated on an individual basis.

This advanced standing policy is limited to students completing the health science program. Credit hours earned under this policy may not be used to satisfy the residency requirements for graduation. Students who earn these credit hours must meet all prevailing university and program requirements for graduation.

Except for RAD and RSP courses, no more than two non-HSC courses can be taken to fulfill major requirements.

Click here for a 2-year degree-completion plan showing one way a student can complete the program in 2 years if the student requires no remedial courses.

Degree Requirements: B.S. in Health Science – Clinical Track

Courses

Credits

HSC 410

Healthcare Management

3

HSC 413

Aging in Today’s Society

3

HSC 421

Healthcare Research

3

HSC 460

Concepts of Quality Patient Care

3

HSC 480

Global Perspectives of Health Care

(taken last semester in the program)

3

HIN 355

Introduction to Health Informatics

3

LDR 308

Leadership Development

3

STA 205

 

STA 212

Introduction to Statistical Methods --OR--

Statistics for Business Applications

3

Select three courses from the following:

HSC 430

Health Professional as Educator

 

HSC 440

Issues in Chronic Disease Management

 

HSC 494

Topics in Healthcare

 

HSC 580

Applied Healthcare Management

 

RAD 310

Sectional Anatomy

 

RAD 450

Advanced Imaging Pathology

 

RAD 470

Principles of Computed Tomography

 

RAD 496

Practicum: Advanced Imaging

 

RSP 441

Disease Management

9

RSP 442

Disease Management II

 

HSR 314

Death, Dying and Grief

 

LDR 382

Organizational Theory and Change*

 

LDR 381

Organizational Ethics and Decision Making*

 

LDR 385

Teamwork in Organizations*

 

PSY 302

The Human Side of Work*

 

PSY 333

Abnormal Psychology*

 

PSY 344

Industrial/Organizational Psychology*

 

CMST 303

Organizational Communication*

 

CMST 333

Lifespan Communication*

 

CMST 355

Culture and Communication*

 

CMST 403

Health Communication*

 

Total Program Credits

33

TOTAL CREDITS

33

*No more than two PSY, two CMST or one LDR course may be used as electives for the major.

 

B.S. in Health Science – Non-clinical track

Students accepted to the non-clinical track must complete the following required courses plus a focus or minor. An example of a focus in informatics, in addition to the health science core requirements, is illustrated below; students may also choose other minor or focus options, as discussed with the academic advisor.

Non-clinical track – Basic

Credits

HSC 410

Healthcare Management

3

HSC 421

Healthcare Research

3

HSC 480

Global Perspectives of Healthcare

3

HIN 355

Introduction to Health Informatics

3

HIN 356

Health Information Management

3

BIS 330

IT Project Management

3

LDR 308

Leadership in Organizations

3

STA 205

STA 212

 

Introduction to Statistical Methods --OR--

Statistics for Business Applications

3

CMST 303

Organizational Communication

3

PSY 302

 

PSY 344

The Human Side of Work

--OR--

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

 

3

Select one course from the following:

BIS 300

BIS 275

 

Management Information Systems --OR--

Business Process Analysis

3

BIS 382

Principles of Information Security

3

INF 282

Introduction to Databases

3

CEP 300

Cooperative Education

1-3

Total Major Credits

33

Non-clinical track – Basic Core+Focus

Credits

HSC 410

Healthcare Management

3

HSC 421

Healthcare Research

3

HSC 480

Global Perspectives of Healthcare

3

HIN 355

Introduction to Health Informatics

3

BIS 330

IT Project Management

3

LDR 308

Leadership in Organizations

3

STA 205

 

STA 212

Introduction to Statistical Methods --OR--

Statistics for Business Applications

3

CMST 303

Organizational Communication

3

PSY 302

 

PSY 344

The Human Side of Work

--OR-

Industrial/Organization Psychology

3

HIN 356

Health Information Management

3

Select one course from the following:

CMST 333

Lifespan Communication

3

CMST 403

Health Communication

3

BIS 275

Business Process Analysis

3

BIS 382

Principles of Information Security

 

INF 282

Introduction to Databases

3

CEP 300

Cooperative Education

3

Select two courses from the following:

INF 282

Introduction to Databases

3

BIS 300

Management Information Systems

3

BIS 380

Quantitative Analysis with Excel

3

BIS 382

Principles of Information Security

3

Total Credits Major+Focus

39

Catalog Contents

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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

The Catalog

Catalog Changes

University Accreditation

Employment and Earnings of Kentucky College Graduates

About NKU

Program Offerings

Admissions and Enrollment

International Admissions and Enrollment

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Academic Program Opportunities

University Policies and Procedures

Academic Support

Student Engagement

General Education

College of Arts and Sciences

Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business

College of Education and Human Services

College of Health Professions

College of Informatics

Pre-Professional and Interdisciplinary Programs

Course Descriptions

Course Description Notes

Accounting Courses (ACC)

Anthropology Courses (ANT)

Arabic Courses (ARI)

Art Courses (ART)

Astronomy Courses (AST)

Athletic Training Program Courses (ATP)

Biological Sciences Courses (BIO)

Business Informatics Courses (BIS)

Black Studies Courses (BLS)

Business Courses (BUS)

College of Arts and Sciences Courses (CAS)

Cooperative Education Courses (CEP)

Chemistry Courses (CHE)

Chinese Courses (CHI)

Cinema Studies Courses (CIN)

Computer Information Technology Courses (CIT)

Construction Management Courses (CMGT)

Communication Studies Courses (CMST)

Communication Courses (COM)

Counseling Courses (COU)

Computer Science Courses (CSC)

Career and Technical Education Courses (CTE)

Dance Courses (DAN)

Data Science Courses (DSC)

Economics Courses (ECO)

Education – Special Education Courses (EDS)

Education Courses (EDU)

Engineering Technology Courses (EGT)

Electronic Media and Broadcasting Courses (EMB)

English Courses (ENG)

English Developmental Courses (ENGD)

Entrepreneurship Courses (ENTP)

Environmental Science Courses (ENV)

Finance Courses (FIN)

Financial Literacy Courses (FLC)

French Courses (FRE)

Geography Courses (GEO)

German Courses (GER)

Geology Courses (GLY)

Health Education Courses (HEA)

Health Informatics Courses (HIN)

History Courses (HIS)

Honors Courses (HNR)

Human Resource Management Courses (HRM)

Health Science Courses (HSC)

Human Services/Mental Health Courses (HSR)

Informatics Courses (INF)

International Programs Courses (INTL)

Integrative Studies Courses (IST)

Italian Courses (ITA)

Journalism Courses (JOU)

Japanese Courses (JPN)

Criminal Justice Courses (JUS)

Kinesiology Courses (KIN)

Korean Courses (KOR)

Learning Assistance Program Courses (LAP)

Latin Courses (LAT)

Organizational Leadership Courses (LDR)

Library Informatics Courses (LIN)

Developmental Mathematics Courses (MAHD)

Mathematics Courses (MAT)

Medieval Studies Courses (MDS)

Management Courses (MGT)

Media Informatics Courses (MIN)

Marketing Courses (MKT)

Military Science Courses (MSC)

Music Courses (MUS)

Neuroscience Courses (NEU)

Nursing Registered Professional Courses (NRP)

Nursing Baccalaureate Courses (NRS)

Public Administration Courses (PAD)

Physical Education Courses (PHE)

Philosophy Courses (PHI)

Physics Courses (PHY)

Popular Culture Courses (POP)

Public Relations Courses (PRE)

Political Science Courses (PSC)

Psychology Courses (PSY)

Radiologic Science Courses (RAD)

Reading Workshop Courses (RDG)

Religious Studies Courses (REL)

Respiratory Care Courses (RSP)

Russian Courses (RUS)

Integrated Sciences Courses (SCI)

Sociology Courses (SOC)

Sports Business Courses (SPB)

Spanish Courses (SPI)

Statistics Courses (STA)

Social Work Courses (SWK)

Theatre Courses (TAR)

University Programs Courses (UNV)

Women's and Gender Studies Courses (WGS)

World Languages Courses (WLL)

University Administration

Faculty

Emeritus Faculty

Appendices

Kentucky Residency

Index