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WKU-O Undergraduate Programs

HEALTH SCIENCES

This degree is limited to students with a completed A.A.S. degree in a health-related field from a KCTCS college.

The major in Health Sciences requires 65-67 core health sciences credit hours, including a required concentration ranging from 21-22 hours. The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a health and human sciences related career. The program is an interdisciplinary program with three primary purposes:

  1. Allowing students with a general interest in Health Sciences to pursue a B.S. while obtaining a concentration in a specific area of Health and Services.
  2. Providing an option for students with a health related associate's degree that wish to continue their education.
  3. Permitting students to prepare for post-graduate or professional health sciences programs.

 

Careers

- Physical Therapy
- Pediatrics
- Sports Medicine
- Orthopedics
- Occupational Therapy

For more careers and information, go to the Career Services Center website and select "Connect major to careers".

 

Concentrations

Students pursuing the major may select one of the following concentrations offered at WKU-O: Health Promotions, Health Services or Social Services. Depending on the concentration, some courses may only be offered at the WKU main campus. Please meet with at WKU-O advisor as soon as possible to determine the best track for you. Transfer students with an associate degree from a health related program receive a 19-hour waiver in the upper-division hour requirement for the health science major. It is important to meet with a WKU-O advisor as soon as possible to evaluate transcripts and transfer equivalencies.

 

Coursework

For a listing of the coursework for this program, follow this link to the academic plan.

 

WKU-O Requirements

120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:
- 39 semester hours of General Education, or General Education Certified/Associate of Arts/Science degree from KCTCS
- 42 semester hours of upper-division credit (300-400 level courses)
- 30 hours must be earned in residence (at WKU), at least 16 of which must be completed after the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of at least 90 hours.

 

Internship

Internships and volunteering provide more for students than just networking, wages (if applicable) and work experience. These opportunities provide students a chance to take a career path for a "test drive." Internships and observations give students the opportunity to compare career expectations to work life reality and take control of making life decisions about their career. Please contact WKU-Owensboro Career Services at (270) 684-9797 for more information or email david.powers@wku.edu for an appointment.

 

 

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 Last Modified 9/24/14