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Health Science Major

Why choose health science at North Central College?

The Health Science major offers students an avenue to enter the world of health, health care or allied health fields. With an undergraduate degree, you will be prepared to enter the world of wellness, health care, or allied health fields. This program can also serve as the foundational major for preparing you to enter graduate programs in public health or clinical professions such as becoming a nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, or physician assistant. In addition, our health science program can provide guidance for students who are interested in a career in health sciences but have not chosen a specific field. As an interdisciplinary program, the Health Science major offers a strong general education foundation in the liberal arts and sciences to develop communication and critical-thinking skills, so graduates are productive members and leaders of health care facilities and teams. Health Science majors will integrate all aspects of the curriculum by completing a Senior Seminar Experience related to their career interests.

If you're considering a health science program, you will be dedicating yourself to a rewarding career that involves improving lives and the community. With a health science degree, you will have learned about health promotion, nutrition, and disease in the human body. Our health science program provides a strong foundational knowledge of the core concepts in most medical-related jobs and prepares students to further their higher education, or pursue medical school. 

You can also:

  • Learn from an experienced faculty with vast and varied professional backgrounds.
  • Attend local, state, regional and national conferences.
  • Participate in undergraduate research with faculty.
  • Join the Pre-Health Organization for cocurricular enrichment.
  • Gain experience as a Peer Health Educator by working with Dyson Wellness Center professionals to improve the wellness of your peers.
  • Prepare for professional roles in health care though interprofessional education, which brings together students from varied areas of health care to learn together.

More Department information

Dual admission bachelor's/master of occupational therapy degree

Health Science, B.A.

The Health Science Major (B.A.) offers students an interdisciplinary program to study the health sciences and enter the world of health care. The curriculum is built on a strong liberal arts and sciences, multidisciplinary, core foundation including courses in anatomy and physiology, sociology, ethics and communication that are central to the discipline. Students may also choose to complete prerequisite courses (e.g., pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-nursing, pre-physician assistant, pre-athletic training, health education and promotion), allowing them to design their own academic road map to fit their career interests. Students will integrate all aspects of the curriculum by completing a capstone internship related to their intended field of study.

Students will be prepared to practice in today's rapidly-evolving world of healthcare fields (e.g., public or community health, community or government agencies, the insurance industry or hospitals) or to pursue graduate programs in public health or a clinical profession (e.g., nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, athletic training or physician assistant). Development of strong communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills are emphasized with the goal of students being prepared to practice as evidence-based, culturally competent and patient/client centered professionals.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Health Sciences.

Major Requirements

One of the following:

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Health Science, B.S.

Health Science Major (B.S.) offers students an interdisciplinary program to study the health sciences and enter the world of health care. The curriculum is built on a strong liberal arts and sciences, multidisciplinary, core foundation including courses in anatomy and physiology, sociology, ethics and communication that are central to the discipline. Students may also choose to complete prerequisite courses (e.g., pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-nursing, pre-physician assistant, pre-athletic training, health education and promotion), allowing them to design their own academic roadmap to fit their career interests. Students integrate all aspects of the curriculum by completing a capstone internship related to their intended field of study.

Students will be prepared to practice in today's rapidly-evolving world of healthcare fields (e.g., public or community health, community or government agencies, the insurance industry or hospitals) or to pursue graduate programs in public health or a clinical profession (e.g., nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, athletic training or physician assistant). Development of strong communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills are emphasized with the goal of students being prepared to practice as evidence-based, culturally competent and patient/client centered professionals.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Health Sciences.

Major Requirements

One of the following:

Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree

Health Science Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Career opportunities for Health Science Majors include:

  • Graduate programs in health or healthcare fields
  • Community and public health agencies
  • Non-profit organizations (such as American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society)
  • Health insurance agencies
  • Pharmaceutical sales

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