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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.)

 

   ASI 201 Introduction to Animal Science 4
   ASI 302 Animal Nutrition 4
   BIO 201 Vertebrate Zoology 4
   BIO 301 Invertebrate Zoology 4
   BIO 305 Genetics 4
   BIO 320 Human Nutrition 3
   BIO 330 Cell Biology 4
   BIO 405 Biotechnology 4
   BIO 413 Animal Diseases 3
   BUS 303 Management 3
   CHM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry 8
   CHM 305 Analytical Chemistry 4
   CHM 315 Biochemistry 4
   CHM 331 Forensic Science 4
   CHM 425 Inorganic Chemistry 4
   ECO 201 Macroeconomics or 202 Microeconomics 3
   HHP 206 Introduction to Athletic Injuries 3
   HHP 300 Responding to Emergencies 3
   HHP 338 Motor Learning 3
   HHP 340 Kinesiology 3
   HHP 355 Physiology of Exercise 3
   HHP 356 EKG Interpretation 3
   PHY 201, 202, OR PHY 203, 204 8
   PSY 211, 212 Human Development I and II 6
   PSY 320 Abnormal Psychology 3
   PSY 328 Health Psychology 3
   PSY 340 Personality 3
   PSY 345 Sport Psychology 3
   SOC 101 General Sociology 3
   SOC 202 Social Problems 3
   SOC 203 Cultural Diversity 3
   Practicum 1

Total Hours Required in Major    54