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Bachelor of Science in Health Studies

Bachelor of Science in Health Studies Online


Program Overview

Here’s What You Need to Know About Our Online Health Studies Degree


Prepare for a wide range of careers in healthcare with an online Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from Arkansas State University. This 100% online program will provide you with in-depth knowledge of modern health and the U.S. healthcare system.

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Learn current industry standards in patient care, public health, interpreting lab data, medical terminology, health profession ethics and critical issues in health. Gain practical experience in healthcare management, preventative care, chronic illness, mental health and healthcare service delivery. A clinical internship is not required to graduate.

By offering two tracks of study, you can tailor this online health studies program to meet your academic goals. The Professional Track is designed for those who already have an associate of applied science degree in an allied health-related field (PTA, OTA, MLT, Paramedic) and desire to apply to professional doctoral or graduate programs. This track is also a bridge to higher degrees. Choose the Non-Professional Track if you do not have an associate degree and want to pursue non-clinical healthcare jobs. This degree does not lead to a professional credential or state licensure.

In this 100% online B.S. in Health Studies program, you will gain industry-relevant skills that employers seek:

  • Understanding of the U.S. healthcare system, medical terminology, current social problems affecting healthcare and healthcare management
  • Competence to work in community health, support services, healthcare navigation, claims services, medical sales and patient services
  • Broad and detailed knowledge of the ethics in the health profession, patient safety, cultural competency and mental health issues affecting healthcare today
  • Effectiveness to serve communities with quality improvement in healthcare, preventative health, advocacy and patient education
  • Superior written and verbal communication proficiency

Career opportunities for graduates of the B.S. in Health Studies:

  • Care Coordinator
  • Disabilities Rights Advocate
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Community Health Coordinator
  • Case Manager
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Doctoral Candidate

Projected Job Growth:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for health education specialists and community health workers is slated to grow 17% from 2020-2030.

Arkansas State offers a generous transfer credit policy.

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Tuition

A-State's Pay-by-the-Course Tuition is Designed for Students Like You


A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The B.S. in Health Studies online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $269
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Tuition Per Course $807

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Calendar

Keep These Important Dates in Mind


Our B.S. in Health Studies is a flexible online program featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2022 7 wk 08/23/2022 10/07/2022 08/08/2022 08/12/2022 08/18/2022 08/19/2022 09/24/2022
7 wk 10/17/2022 12/09/2022 10/03/2022 10/07/2022 10/13/2022 10/14/2022 11/26/2022
Spring 2023 7 wk 01/10/2023 02/24/2023 12/14/2022 12/16/2022 01/05/2023 01/06/2023 02/10/2023
7 wk 03/06/2023 04/28/2023 02/20/2023 02/24/2023 03/02/2023 03/03/2023 04/15/2023
Summer 2023 5 wk 05/30/2023 06/30/2023 05/15/2023 05/19/2023 05/25/2023 05/26/2023 06/16/2023
5 wk 07/03/2023 08/04/2023 06/19/2023 06/23/2023 06/29/2023 06/30/2023 07/21/2023
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Admissions

Here's the Checklist Before You Apply to Our Online B.S. in Health Studies


Arkansas State University has a streamlined admission process that makes it easy for you to enroll in the B.S. in Health Studies online program. Enrollment specialists are available to walk you through the admission process, so you will be able to complete your application quickly.

There are several paths to be admitted to the B.S. in Health Sciences degree:

  • If you have successfully completed an associate of applied science degree in an allied health-related field (PTA, OTA, MLT, Paramedic), you would be admitted to the Professional track if you have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.5 on previous college coursework

    Note: If enrolled in your graduating semester of an associate degree program, you may be conditionally accepted to the Professional track and would be able to take courses for one semester while completing your associate degree. Proof of pending graduation required.

  • If you have 13 or more transferrable college credit hours but do not have an associate degree, you would be admitted if you have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.5 on previous college coursework
  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been out of high school for five years or more, you would be admitted if you:

    • Have a high school diploma or state-approved equivalent
    • Have completed 12 or fewer earned college hours
    • Have never enrolled as a student at A-State
  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been in high school within the last 5 years, you would be admitted if you have one of the following:
    • 3.0 cumulative high school grad point average (or GED test score equivalent), OR
    • 19 minimum ACT super score or minimum 990 combined SAT super score, OR
    • Class rank in the top 20% of your graduating class

Submitting your application takes three easy steps: filling out the application, submitting your documents and paying the application fee.

  1. When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps on the online application.
  2. Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit all official college transcripts.
  4. Submit official high school transcripts (if applicable).
  5. Submit official ACT/ SAT test scores (if applicable).

Note: If you have 0-12 transferrable college hours, test scores will still need to be submitted for reporting purposes to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE); however, they are not needed for an admission decision. Accuplacer test scores are an acceptable alternative to ACT/SAT scores.

If you have any questions along the way, call us at 866-621-8096 and we’ll be happy to help answer questions.

Additional Information

Students who have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

For students who have:

  • Fewer than 12 college hours: Submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

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Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses

Topics You'll Study in Your Online B.S. in Health Studies Program


To earn your Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework whether you take the Professional Track or Non-Professional Track. The program includes 38 credit hours of general education courses, 47 credit hours of major courses, 3-17 credit hours of support courses and 6-18 credit hours of electives dependent upon Track pursued. You can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

These major courses must be completed to earn a degree in both program tracks. Students must take one of the two: PHIL 3713 or DPEM 3503. Non-professional students must complete an additional 17 credit hours of support courses to complete their degree.

CLS 4212: Interpreting Laboratory Data

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Overview that explains why laboratory tests are ordered and how interpretation of laboratory data is used in the care and welfare of patients.

HP 3123: Introduction to Disease

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Basic principles of disease processes, covering essential structural and functional characteristics of common diseases. Attention will be given to individual body systems and the diseases, disturbances, and abnormalities affecting them.

HP 3233: Preventive Health

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Teaching and “coaching” patients toward managing, mitigating, and/or preventing health dysfunctions encountered by citizens of the Delta region. Examines the impact health promotion and preventive practices have on the quality of life across the life span.

HP 3343: Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Operations management, organizational behavior, and healthcare service delivery with a broad focus on the philosophy and processes of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and the challenges of implementation, using examples from a variety of health care organizations.

HP 3353: Public Health: Principles and Practice

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Overview of the unique features of public health in the rapidly changing US and global health care delivery system from a population, global health perspective.

HP 3413: Cultural Competence in Health Professions

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Self-assessment of awareness, knowledge, sensitivity and acceptance of the importance of cultural issues in a culturally diverse health care environment, definition and components of culture, cultural values, cultural competence, health and healing traditions, transcultural communication, fostering cultural competence in colleagues.

HP 3453: Healthcare Navigation and Advocacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Overview of the roles of patient navigators and advocates in the rapidly-changing and complex US healthcare system.

HP 3463: Introduction to Pharmaceuticals

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to pharmaceuticals in modern heathcare. Issues related to regulation, drug development, drug safety (including age related issues, polypharmacy, and abuse) and quality control are included.

HP 3673: Critical Issues in Health

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examination of critical health and health care issues from clinical, legislative, and community perspectives.

HP 3783: Issues in Mental Health

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examination of a variety of mental health conditions and behaviors, including many of the help-seeking behaviors seen currently in health care settings, including major public health threats to our society will be discussed.

HP 4103: Patient Education in Healthcare

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Teaching strategies and methodologies that compare and contrast teacher-centered versus patient-centered approaches within the context of healthcare.

HP 4213: Chronic Illness

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the scope and nature of living with chronic disease or illness with a focus on identifying chronic illnesses that affect not only the individual, but families and communities.

HP 4323: Patient Safety

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the scope and nature of most adverse events related to patient safety, with a focus on identification and prevention of patient safety issues.

HP 4443: Healthcare Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Investigation of management theories, organizational design and behavior, managerial skills and leadership, human resource management, and strategic planning involving various healthcare settings; development of interpersonal skills necessary to manage teams and lead organizational change. Requires admission to the BSHS program or Departmental Approval. Prerequisites, Grade of C or better in HP 2112 and HP 3673. Spring.

HP 4543: Healthcare Service Delivery

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A global focus on value-based healthcare delivery and the World Health Organization. Approaches to principles related to health care delivery in practice that are effective, safe, and quality based.

PHIL 3713: Ethics in Health Professions

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examination of some of the moral issues involved in the practice of medicine and attendant medical technology. Sample topics include the right to privacy, the moral permissibility of euthanasia, and appropriate distribution of scarce and expensive medical resources.

DPEM 3503: Principles of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An all hazards approach is utilized to identify legal and ethical issues, cultural, political and religious issues, collective behaviors and group panic, role of the media, effective communication, and identification of resources for persons engaged in disaster and emergency preparedness.

Non-Professional Track Support Courses:

DPEM 2233: Principles of Healthcare Emergency Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Foundation knowledge in healthcare emergency management to include standards, regulations, organizations, government agencies and stakeholders; disaster planning; staffing and personnel; Personal Protection Equipment and decontamination; evacuation, isolation, and quarantine; ethical issues; financial issues; and public affairs.

HLTH 2513: Principles of Personal Health

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines principles, problems, and practices in the development of positive health behavior.

HP 2013: Medical Terminology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines basic language related to medical science and the health professions, word analysis, construction, spelling, definitions. Special course fees may apply.

HP 2112: Introduction to the United States Healthcare System

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Fundamental structures and operations of the United States health care system and its differences from other established health care models across the world. Provides an overview of health care services, delivery, financing, trends and consequences.

NS 2203: Basic Human Nutrition

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines basic concepts of nutrition including factors that have an impact upon nutritional practices. Special attention to age related nutritional needs.

SOC 2223: Social Problems

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Application of sociological concepts and methods in the analysis of current social problems in the United States, including family and community disorganization, delinquency and crime, mental illness, and intergroup relations.

You must complete 6-18 credit hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Courses must be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered as long as prerequisites are met.

You must take the following courses.

First-year course: Non-Professional Track students must take a Making Connections online course. Any A-State Making Connections online course is applicable.

Departmental Option

This 3-hour course for the degree plan is chosen by the department, not the individual student.

COMS 1203: Oral Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the theory and practice of communication in interpersonal, small groups and public speaking contexts, emphasizing proficiency in message organization, delivery, and critical thinking.

Communication Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics Requirement:

Students must complete 3 credit hours of either College Algebra or any higher-level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite.

MATH 1023: College Algebra

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.

Arts and Humanities Requirement:

Students must complete 3 hours of Arts courses (MUS 2503, ART 2503 or THEA 2503) and 3 hours of Humanities courses (ENG 2003, ENG 2013 or PHIL 1103).

ART 2503: Fine Arts Visual

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course Description: Introduction to major artists, media, styles and works of art within their cultural and historical contexts for the non-art major.

ENG 2003: Introduction to World Literature I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: Introduction to World Literature II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

PHIL 1103: Introduction to Philosophy

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Basic problems of philosophy based upon readings in the works of selected leading philosophers. A prerequisite for upper level philosophy. Fall, Spring.

THEA 2503: Fine Arts – Theatre

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to aesthetic and critical appreciation of the art of theatre through lecture, live and video performance, and discussion.

Social Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 9 credit hours of Social Sciences courses. At least one course must be selected from POSC 2103, HIST 2763 or HIST 2773.

HIST 2763: The United States to 1876

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

United States history. Social, economic, and political developments from Columbus to the end of Reconstruction.

HIST 2773: The United States Since 1876

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

The social, economic and political developments Social, economic, and political developments from Reconstruction to the present. Fall, Spring, Summer.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab.

BIO 2203: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the biology of atoms, molecules, organelles and cellular functions, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and central nervous systems, interaction with external environment.

BIO 2201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

The behavior of matter with respect to life processes, cells, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, cat anatomy, nerve and muscle preparations and recordings. It is recommended this course be taken concurrently with BIO 2203.

Physical Sciences Requirement:

Students only must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses. A-State will accept CHEM 1043/CHEM 1041 for the PHYS 2054 requirement OR students may transfer PHYS 2054 if they have already completed the course.

CHEM 1041: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.

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