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Health Sciences

Health Sciences

B.S. Degree

The Health Sciences major features preparation for Health Science careers such as Nursing/Nurse Practitioner, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Clinical Laboratory Science, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Technology, Health Science Research, Medical Technology, Nuclear Medicine, Podiatric Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, Medical Imaging, and similar professions in the health sciences.  This major includes the basic science courses and liberal arts foundation at Ferrum College followed by specialization at another institution in the specific professional career area.  Depending on the specific professional goals, many students are able to complete the Ferrum College component of this major in three years and Ferrum College will confer the B.S. in Health Sciences after students earn the required additional professional elective credit hours in their professional areas.   Articulation agreements for follow-on professional programs in this major are generally limited to students with a B or better GPA in the sciences and overall.
Ferrum College has Articulation Agreements with the following colleges and universities:

  • -East Tennessee State University - Dual Baccalaureate BS: Ferrum, BSN(Nursing): ETSU in  3+2 undergraduate programs
  • -Shenandoah University - Doctor of Pharmacy, MS Occupational Therapy, & Dual Baccalaureate BS: Ferrum, BSN(Nursing): SU in  3+2 undergraduate programs
  • -Sherman College of Chiropractic - Doctor of Chiropractic

   
The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

  • BIO 254/255 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • NSM 499 Internship

Liberal Arts Core Courses and Degree Specific Requirements

  • MTH 103, 105, 111, 203, or 211    3
  • PHI 211 Ethics or PHI 312 Professional Ethics    3
  • PSY 201 General Psychology    3
  • BIO 101 General Biology    4


Degree-Specific Non-Science Courses

  • COM 201,  ENG 433 or Science Speaking Intensive    1-3
  • Computer Skills - BUS 230, CSC 100 or 230, CSK 150 or 151    2-3
  • ENG 461, BUS 308, or Science Writing Intensive    1-3
  • MTH 208 or 215 Statistics    3-4


Required Health Sciences Courses (28-32* hours)

  • BIO 254, 255 Human Anatomy and Physiology    8
  • BIO 303 Microbiology    5
  • CHM 101 or (103, 104) General Chemistry    4 or 8
  • CHM 105 Intro Organic and Biochemistry or (CHM 301, 302, 315)*    4 or 11
  • HSC 299 Professional Preparation    1
  • NSM 399 Professional Preparation    1
  • NSM 307 Junior Seminar    2
  • NSM 499 Internship    3

*If this option is chosen the other 7 credits would be part of the 23 elective credits.

Required Professional Elective Courses (23 hours)

Elective course of study tailored to the student's professional health science goals from courses such as the following and/or in an extramural professional program after Ferrum College. This course of study must be approved by the student’s adviser and the Natural Sciences and Mathematics School Dean in the student’s junior year.  (At least 12 credits must be taken at the 300-400 level.)

  • AGR 302 Principles of Animal Production    4
  • AGR 413 Animal Diseases    3
  • BIO 201 Vertebrate Zoology    4
  • BIO 305 Genetics    4
  • BIO 320 Human Nutrition    3
  • BIO 330 Cell Biology    4
  • BIO 405 Biotechnology    4
  • BUS 303 Management    3
  • CHM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry    8
  • CHM 305 Analytical Chemistry    4
  • CHM 315 Biochemistry    3
  • CHM 331 Forensic Science    4
  • NSM 497, 498 Senior Seminar    4
  • HHP 206 Introduction to Athletic Injuries    3
  • HHP 301, 302, 303 Emergency Medical Response    3-6
  • HHP 338 Motor Learning    3
  • HHP 340 Kinesiology    3
  • HHP 355 Physiology of Exercise    3
  • PHY 201, 202, or  PHY 203, 204     8
  • PSY 328 Health Psychology    3
  • REC 330 Inclusive and Special Recreation    3
  • SOC 101 General Sociology    3
  • SPD 220 Survey of Exceptional and Special Education    3
  • Practicum    1

Total Hours Required in Major    51-55