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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+2.5 undergraduate programs
  • Shenandoah University - Doctor of Pharmacy, MS Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, & Dual Baccalaureate BS: Ferrum, BSN(Nursing): SU in  3+2.5 undergraduate programs
  • Sherman College of Chiropractic - Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences - ABSN(Nursing) 4+1.5 program

   
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 (10-11 hours)

   MTH 103, 111, 203, or 211 3-4
   PSY 201 General Psychology 3
   BIO 101 General Biology 4


Degree-Specific Requirements (6 hours)

   PHI 211 Ethics or PHI 312 Professional Ethics 3
   MTH 208  Statistics 3


Required Health Sciences Courses (32 hours)

   BIO 254, 255 Human Anatomy and Physiology 8
   BIO 303 Microbiology 5
   CHM 101 and 105, or CHM 103 and 104 8
   HSC 299 Professional Preparation 1
   NSM 399 Professional Preparation 1
   NSM 307 Junior Seminar 2
   NSM 497, 498 Senior Seminar* 4
   NSM 499 Internship 3

    * This requirement would be waived provided a student successfully completes the first year of an extramural professional program after Ferrum College.  Note that the Ferrum College Health Sciences degree will be withheld until aforementioned successful completion.

    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.  The student should consult the track sheet appropriate to their intended professional field of study. This course of study must be approved by the student’s adviser and the Director of Professional Health Sciences in the student’s junior year.  (At least 12 credits must be taken at the 300-400 level.)

    AGR 201 Introduction to Animal Science   
    AGR 302 Principles of Animal Production   
    AGR 413 Animal Diseases   
    BIO 201 Vertebrate Zoology   
    BIO 301 Invertebrate Zoology   
    BIO 305 Genetics   
    BIO 320 Human Nutrition   
    BIO 330 Cell Biology   
    BIO 405 Biotechnology   
    BUS 303 Management   
    CHM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry   
    CHM 305 Analytical Chemistry   
    CHM 315 Biochemistry   
    CHM 331 Forensic Science    
    CHM 425 Inorganic Chemistry   
    ECO 201 Macroeconomics or 202 Microeconomics   
    HHP 206 Introduction to Athletic Injuries   
    HHP 300 Responding to Emergencies   
    HHP 338 Motor Learning   
    HHP 340 Kinesiology   
    HHP 355 Physiology of Exercise   
    HHP 356 EKG Interpretation   
    PHY 201, 202, or  PHY 203, 204    
    PSY 211, 212 Human Development I and II   
    PSY 320 Abnormal Psychology   
    PSY 328 Health Psychology   
    PSY 340 Personality   
    PSY 345 Sport Psychology   
    SOC 101 General Sociology   
    SOC 202 Social Problems   
    SOC 203 Cultural Diversity   
    Practicum   
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    8
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    8
    6
    3
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      Total Hours Required in Major    55