Bachelor of Science in Health Care Studies

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalogue. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

  1. MAJOR AND SPECIALIZATION: 65 credits:
    MAJOR: 33 credits

    • BIOLOGY, AND CHEMISTRY REQUIREMENTS:

    • One or more of the course options and recommended courses used to fulfill Biology, and Chemistry requirements may exceed the minimum credits required. Should the student elect to fulfill the requirement with such an option, the excess credits completed will be applied to the Free Electives.
    • Students in the Health/Fitness Training and the Complementary/ Alternative Health Care Practices specializations: If you intend to pursue a graduate degree, the following courses are recommended for completion of requirements: Biology: BIO109/L-110/L; Chemistry: CHE110/L-111/L.

      • Biology
        • Select one (3 credits):
          • BIO103 Human Biology (3) - CT
          • BIO109 General Biology I Lecture (3)- CT
      • Chemistry: 3-4 credits:
        • Select one:
          • CHE100 Chemistry for a Changing World (3)
          • CHE101 General Chemistry (3) - CT
          • CHE110 Chemistry I Lecture (4)
      • HCS102 Introduction to Health Care: Systems and Professions  (3) - CT
      • HCS300 Contemporary Issues in Integrative Health Care (3) - WI
      • HCS310 Health Promotion and Education (3) - CT
      • HCS315 Health Research Design and Methodology (3)  -- CS; CT; ILIT; RP; WI
      • HCS320 Community Health Education & Disease Prevention (3) - CT
      • HCS335 Critical Issues in Global Health (3) - CI
      • HCS353 Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
      • Professional Practicum – 3 credits: Depending upon one’s specialization, students complete one of the following:
        • HCS491Professional Practicum - Community Health (3)
        • HCS492 Professional Practicum-Health & Fitness Training (3)
        • HCS493 Professional Practicum-Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practices (3)
      •  NOTE: When more than one specialization is completed, an additional 1-3 credits of Professional Practicum (completed in the additional specialization) will be required.
      • Select one:
        • HCS229 Holistic Lifestyle Practices (3)
        • HCS313 Principles of Health Behavior Change (3)
        • PSY229 Health Psychology (3) --CT

        SPECIALIZATION: 32 credits: Select one of the following & complete all requirements:

    • Community Health: Select from 3 tracks Community Health Education; Administrative Aspects of Health; Community Health Principles)
    • Complementary & Alternative Health Care Practices
    • Health and Fitness Training

2.    CORE: 45 credits

      • CMP101 English Composition (3) - CS; ILIT; WI
      • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
      • 3 credits in any Service Learning course or SL Add-On - CR; SL
      • PSY103 Introduction to Psychology (3) - CI
      • 3 credits: Communications: Select one:
        • CA205 Oral & Visual Communication (3) - CS
        • CMP311 Advanced English Composition - CS; ILIT; UD; WI;
        • CMP315 Advanced Composition for Health Professionals - CS; ILIT; UD; WI
        • SPA110 Spanish for Health Professions - CS
      • 3 credits in Statistics: Select one
        • MTH104 Survey of Statistics (3) - CT; QL
        • NSC310 Biostatistics (3) - CT
        • PSY333 Statistics for Psychology & Social Sciences (3) - CT; QL
      • NOTE:

        • Students interested in a master's degree in Public Health should consider NSC310 Biostatistics.
        • Students taking BIO109/L-110/L: BIO109 lecture credit is counted under the major; BIO109L, BIO110/110L credit will be counted as part of the 27 credits of core electives 
        • Students may also fulfill the Statistics requirement out of the Free Electives by taking MGQ221 Business Statistics I (3).
      • Core Electives: 27 credits:

3.    FREE ELECTIVES: 11 credits:

      • Courses included in any of the specializations, as well as any other Daemen course offerings selected in consultation with one’s advisor, are acceptable. Courses used to fulfill the free electives may but are not required to have a competency.

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 121 CREDITS

 

Specializations

Select one specialization and complete requirements as indicated. 

NOTE: Students pursuing the Health and Fitness Training or the Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practices specialization are required to complete 8 credits in Anatomy and Physiology as part of their specialization.  Students pursuing the Community Health specialization may select Anatomy and Physiology as part of their specialization if they choose to do so. 

Community Health Specialization:

Students will select one track and complete all requirements in that track. Additional courses may be allowed with the authorization of the Health Care Studies Program Director. NOTE: It is strongly recommended that students in any of the three Community Health tracks consider taking HSM350 Grants and Contract Development (3 - CS) as an elective.

TRACK 1: Community Health Education

HCS234 Foundations of Public Health (3); HCS305 Communicating Health (3); HCS313 Principles of Health Behavior Change (3); HCS330 Health Promotion Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (3); HCS331 Community Health Education: Outreach & Fieldwork (3); 17 credits in Community Health electives selected from the four areas below (Education; Psychological, Social & Philosophical Aspects of Health & Wellness; Physical Health & Wellness; Administrative & Policy Aspects of Health) and with advisor's approval.

TRACK 2: Administrative Aspects of Health

ACC225 Financial Accounting (3) - CT; BA211 Effective Business Communications (3); BA220 Diversity and Cross- Cultural Management (3) - AA; WI; HCS234 Foundations of Public Health (3); HCS330 Health Promotion Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (3); HSM210 Introduction to Health Systems Management (3); MGT208 Principles of Management (3); MKT209 Principles of Marketing (3); 8 credits in Community Health electives selected from the four areas below (Education; Psychological, Social & Philosophical Aspects of Health & Wellness; Physical Health & Wellness; Administrative & Policy Aspects of Health) and with advisor's approval.

TRACK 3: Community Health Principles

24 credits selected from the four areas below (Education; Psychological, Social & Philosophical Aspects of Health & Wellness; Physical Health & Wellness; Administrative & Policy Aspects of Health) and with advisor's approval. A minimum of 3 credits must be selected from each of the four areas.

Education:

EDU237 Instructional Design: Theory & Practice (3); EDU313 Foundations of Education (3); EDU319 Assessment Methods in Education (3) - ILIT; WI; HCS305 Communicating Health (3); HCS313 Principles of Health Behavior Change (3);  HCS330 Health Promotion Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (3); HCS331 Community Health Education: Outreach & Fieldwork (3); PSY309 Assessment in Psychology & Education (3); SED270 Introduction to the Nature & Educational Needs of Children with Disabilities (3); SPA110 Spanish for Health Professions (3)

Psychological, Social, and Philosophical Aspects of Wellness:

* NOTE: Students oriented towards Community Mental Health should focus their course work in this area of study, with PSY304, PSY408 AND SW/SOC217 being a minimum recommendation.

CAT202 Foundation of Meditation and Guided Imagery (2); CAT221 Introduction to the Chakra System (1); HCS205 Healthy Eating and Body Image (2); HCS225 Healthy Relationships (1); HCS338 Social Determinants of Health (3); NUR/PHI222 Healing, Holism & Spirituality in Health Care (3) - AA; NUR316 Holistic Perspectives (3) - CS; PHI203 The Question of the Human (3) - AA; PHI209 Science & Values (3); PHI321 Medical Ethics (3) - ME; PHI326 The Meaning of Care in a Technological Society (3) - CI; PSY223 Forensic Psychology (3) - CT; PSY229 Health Psychology (3) - CT; PSY302 Developmental Psychology: Infancy through Childhood (3) - CT; PSY304 Counseling and Interviewing (3); PSY310 Social Psychology (3); PSY311 Psychology of Adolescence (3) - CT; PSY312 Psychology of Adult Development & Aging (3) - CT; PSY408* The Psychology of Mental Illness (3) - CT; SOC224 Ethnicity, Race & Cultural Diversity (3) - AA; WI; SOC/SW243 Child Welfare Policy & Services (3); SOC303 Sociology of the Family (3) - CT; WI; SW/SOC217* Alcoholism, Substance Abuses & Other Addictions (3); SW226 Adolescence: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding & Treatment of Adolescents (3); SW/SOC232 The Aging Process: An Introduction to Gerontology (3); SW/SOC327 Death, Dying and Bereavement (3)

Physical Health and Wellness:

BIO117 Human Nutrition (3); BIO207/L-208/L Anatomy & Physiology I-II (4/0-4/0); BIO330/L General Anatomy (4/0); BIO340/L General Physiology (4/0): CAT213 Foundations of Yoga (2) - AA; CAT214 Foundations of Tai Chi (1) - AA; CAT224 Qi Gong Healing Method (1) - AA; HCS105 Introduction to Weight Training (1); HCS106 Introduction to Core Strengthening (1); HCS200 CPR and Emergency Health Care (2); HCS201 Survey of Eastern & Western Complementary Medical Approaches (3); HCS206 Cardiovascular Health Education (2); HCS215 HIV/AIDS Education: Science & Society (1); HCS216 Sexual Health Education (2);  HCS229 Holistic Lifestyle Practices (3); HCS308 Environmental Health (3) - CT; HCS/NUR221 Issues in Women's Health (3); HCS/NUR233 Herbs, Drugs, Supplements and the Body (3)

Administrative and Policy Aspects of Health:

ACC225 Financial Accounting (3) - CT; BA210 Legal Environment of Business (3); BA211 Effective Business Communications (3); BA220 Diversity and Cross-Cultural Management (3) - AA; WI; BA350 Business Law I (3); HCS234 Foundations of Public Health (3); HCS/NUR323 The Health Care Professional and Computers (3); HSM210 Introduction to Health Systems Management (3); HSM302 Health and Administrative Law (3); HSM350 Grants and Contract Development (3) - CS; MGT208 Principles of Management (3); MGT260 Introduction to Sport Management (3) - CT; MGT312 Human Resource Management (3); MGT321 Organizational Behavior and Theory (3); MKT209 Principles of Marketing (3); MKT312 Promotional Strategies (3); MKT313 Customer Relations (3); SOC/SW243 Child Welfare Policy & Services (3)

Health and Fitness Training Specialization:

NOTE: If you intend to pursue a graduate degree, the following courses are recommended for completion of requirements in the major: Anatomy/Physiology: BIO330/L-340/L; Biology: BIO109/L-110/L; Chemistry: CHE110/L-111/L.

Complete 32 credits as follows:

Required Courses:  BIO117 Human Nutrition (3); BIO207/L-208/L Anatomy & Physiology I-II (4/0-4/0) OR BIO330/L-340/L General Anatomy/General Physiology (4/0-4/0); HCS200 CPR and Emergency Health Care (2); HCS301/L Physiology of Exercise & Cardiopulmonary Assessment (3/0); HCS317/L Human Motion: Principles and Perspectives (4/0); HCS332/L Strength & Conditioning (3/0); HCS340/L Musculoskeletal Fitness Assessment (3/0); HCS350/L Fitness Training and Exercise Prescription (3/0).

AND 3 CREDITS OF ELECTIVES SELECTED FROM THE FOLLOWING: ATH101 Introduction to Athletic Training (1); CAT213 Foundations of Yoga (2) - AA; CAT214 Foundations of Tai Chi (1) - AA; CAT224 Qi Gong Healing Method (1) - AA; BA250 Entrepreneurship (3); ENTR201 The Entrepreneurial Mindset (3) - CT; ENTR301 The Entrepreneurial Skill Set (3) - CT; HCS105 Introduction to Weight Training (1); HCS106 Introduction to Core Strengthening (1); HCS205 Healthy Eating and Body Image (2); HCS206 Cardiovascular Health Education (2); HCS229 Holistic Lifestyle Practices (3); HCS313 Principles of Health Behavior Change (3); HCS330 Health Promotion Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (3); HCS/NUR233 Herbs, Drugs, Supplements and the Body (3); IND249 Performance Enhancement (3) - CR; MGT260 Introduction to Sport Management (3) - CT.

Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practices Specialization:

NOTE: If you intend to pursue a graduate degree, the following courses are recommended for completion of requirements in the major: Anatomy/Physiology: BIO330/L-340/L; Biology: BIO109/L-110/L; Chemistry: CHE110/L-111/L.

Complete 32 credits as follows:

Required Courses: BIO117 Human Nutrition (3); BIO207/L-208/L Anatomy & Physiology I-II (4/0-4/0) OR BIO330/L-340/L General Anatomy/General Physiology (4/0-4/-0); HCS200 CPR and Emergency Health Care (2); HCS201 Survey of Eastern & Western Complementary Medical Approaches (3); HCS229 Holistic Lifestyle Practices (3)

AND COMPLETE 6 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING: BA211 Effective Business Communications (3) - WI; BA250 Entrepreneurship (3); BIO117 Human Nutrition (3) - CT; ENTR201 The Entrepreneurial Mindset (3) - CT; ENTR301 The Entrepreneurial Skill Set (3) - CT; HCS301/L Physiology of Exercise & Cardiopulmonary Assessment (3/0); HCS313 Principles of Health Behavior Change (3); HCS317/L Human Motion: Principles and Perspectives (4/0); HCS330 Health Promotion Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (3); HCS/NUR233 Herbs, Drugs, Supplements and the Body (3); HSM350 Grants and Contract Development (3) - CS; MGT208 Principles of Management (3); MKT209 Principles of Marketing (3); NUR/PHI222 Healing, Holism & Spirituality in Health Care (3) - AA.

AND COMPLETE 7 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING: SELECT AT LEAST ONE COURSE FROM EACH OF THE TWO DOMAINS: Biologically Based Therapies; Mind-Body Interventions:

Biological Based Therapies Domain:

CAT230 Herbal Studies (3); CAT231 Aromatherapy: The Science of Fragrance (1); CAT232 Foundations of Homeopathy (2); CAT233 Introduction to Naturopathy (2)

Mind-Body Intervention Domain:

CAT202 Foundations of Meditation & Mental Imagery (2); CAT203 Science of Prayer in Healing (1); CAT204 Introduction to Hypnotherapy (3)CAT213 Foundations of Yoga (2) - AA; CAT214 Foundations of Tai Chi (1) - AA; CAT220 Foundations of Energy Therapies (1); CAT221 Introduction to Chakra System (1); CAT222 Reiki I (1); CAT223 Reiki II (1); CAT224 Qi Gong Healing Method (1) - AA; CAT225 Acupressure (1); CAT226 Healing & Therapeutic Touch (1); CAT228 Introduction to Reflexology (1)

Multiple Specializations

When more than one specialization is completed, an additional 1-3 credits of Professional Practicum (completed in the additional specialization) will be required.

Admission to Upper Division Requirements

  1. Selection of a specialization must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
  2. Students must successfully complete Biology and Chemistry, MTH104 (or equivalent), HCS102, and HCS310 or HCS320, with a grade of C or better before advancing. The remaining course (HCS310 or HCS320) must be successfully completed later.
  3. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in all courses in the Health Care Studies portion of the curriculum, including departmental requirements and specialization. Students may not have any courses in this area which need to be retaken in order to earn the minimum grade of C or better.
  4. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00.

Graduation Requirements

  1. A minimum grade of C or better in all courses in Health Care Studies portion of the curriculum. This includes all courses under the Major and the Specialization.
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00.

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequence for the BS, Health Care Studies, from the Health Care Studies Department web page or from the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web page.

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