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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a degree in Health Sciences

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Regulations and Academic Requirements

 

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Program Overview

The undergraduate program in the health sciences is a 4-year degree program that focuses on developing the knowledge base, skill sets and professional experiences necessary for success in health science-related fields. Students will participate in an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines coursework in the biomedical, pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, business and health care management, and health behavior. Because many students are drawn to the health care field but are often unsure of which direction may be best for them, this degree will expose students to a wide range of health care-related experiences while providing the foundational skills of a liberal education.

The program provides students with coursework and laboratory opportunities in the health sciences that allow them to develop highly sought-after skills that are applicable to work in research and health care environments. The learning goals and outcomes of the curriculum provide students with a strong interdisciplinary component that integrates the chemical and biological sciences for applications in the health sciences. The program also provides a background in the liberal arts that prepares students to be engaged citizens and reflective practitioners.

Students who enter Drake after completing their high school experiences will begin as open major health sciences students. Following their enrollment in the Issue in Health Sciences first-year series, students select which track they would like to pursue:

  • Clinical and Applied Sciences
  • Health Services Management

Students pursuing the Clinical and Applied Sciences track will follow a sequence of courses and experiences that focus on the application of biomedical and clinical sciences in preparation for clinical work in the primary health care professions as well as allied health fields such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, audiology, and clinical and laboratory sciences. Students also can focus on laboratory-based courses and research experiences that prepare them for careers in research, drug development and pursuit of graduate education.

Students pursuing the Health Services Management track will follow a sequence of courses and experiences that focus on developing skills in management, marketing and data analysis. This track prepares students or employment in related health care fields such as insurance companies, health systems, pharmacy benefit management companies, managed care organizations and health-related nonprofit organizations.


Requirements for Major

Clinical and Applied Sciences Track

Course Credits   Course Credits
First Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5   *HSCI 025 - Issues in HSCI II 3
FYS --- - First Year Seminar 3   BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3   BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1   CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3   CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1   MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
Electives 3   Total Semester Hours 15
Total Semester Hours 15.5      
Second Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3   HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4   STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3   General Electives 6
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1   Professional Electives 3
Professional Electives 4   Total Semester Hours 16
Total Semester Hours 15      
Third Year
Fall   Spring
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1   *HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
*HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3   ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
General Electives 3   General Electives 3
Professional Electives 8   Professional Electives 7
Total Semester Hours 15   Total Semester Hours 16
Fourth Year
Fall   Spring

*HSCI 194 - Senior Research I, or

*HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I

4  

*HSCI 195 - Senior Research II, or

*HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II

4
General Electives 6   *HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
Professional Electives 6   General Electives 6
Total Semester Hours 16   Professional Electives 3
      Total Semester Hours 16
Total Program Hours   124.5

* Course should be taken in the semester listed unless prior College approval.

Drake curriculum requirements that are not fulfilled through the required coursework:

  • Artistic Experience AOI
  • Engaged Citizen AOI
  • Historical Foundations AOI (two courses)
  • Global and Cultural Understanding AOI
  • Written Communication AOI

Students must declare their track by the end of their first year.

The following courses may be used to fulfill the elective categories.  Other courses may be used as approved.  General electives refer to any college level course.

Biomedical Science (min 6 credits) Health Science (min 9 credits) Business (no min) Psychology (no min)
BIO 095-199 EDUC 172 ACCT 040-199 PSY 002-199
CHEM 100-199 HSCI 100-199 BLAW 060-199 SCSS 081
NSCI 001-199 PHAR 100-199 ECON 002-199  
PHY 001-199 SPAN 150 FIN 095-199  
    MGMT 110-199  
    MKTG 101-199  

 

Health Services Management Track

Course Credits   Course Credits
First Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5   *HSCI 025 - Issues in HSCI II 3
FYS --- - First Year Seminar 3   BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3   BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1   CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3   CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1   MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
Electives 3   Total Semester Hours 14
Total Semester Hours 15.5      
Second Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3   HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3   ACCT 042 - Accounting II 3
BIO --- - Biomedical Science Elective 3   ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3   IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4   STAT 071 - Statistics I 3
Total Semester Hours 16    Total Semester Hours 16
Third Year
Fall   Spring
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1   *HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
*HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3   HSCI --- - Health Sciences Electives 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3   MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3   PSY --- - Psychology Elective 3
STAT 072 - Statistics II 3   General Electives 3
General Electives 3   Total Semester Hours 15
Total Semester Hours 16      
Fourth Year
Fall   Spring

*HSCI 194 - Senior Research I, or

*HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I

4  

*HSCI 195 - Senior Research II, or

*HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II

4
General Electives 9   *HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
Professional Electives 3   Business/Management Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 16   General Electives 6
      Total Semester Hours 16
Total Program Hours   124.5

* Course should be taken in the semester listed unless prior College approval.

Drake curriculum requirements that are not fulfilled through the required coursework:

  • Artistic Experience AOI
  • Engaged Citizen AOI
  • Historical Foundations AOI (two courses)
  • Global and Cultural Understanding AOI
  • Written Communication AOI

Students must declare their track by the end of their first year.  Health Services Management students may declare a business minor after successful completion of ACCT 041.

The following courses may be used to fulfill the elective categories.  Other courses may be used as approved.  General electives refer to any college level course.

Biomedical Science (min 3 credits) Health Science (min 3 credits) Business (min 3 credits) Psychology (min 3 cr)
BIO 095-199 EDUC 172 ACCT 045-199 PSY 002-199
CHEM 097-199 HSCI 100-199 BLAW 060-199 SCSS 081
NSCI 001-199 PHAR 100-199 ECON 003-199  
PHY 001-199 SPAN 150 FIN 096-199  
    MGMT 120-199  
    MKTG 102-199  

Joint Degree Programs

3+3 Bachelor of Science / Juris Doctor

Students may elect to earn both a Bachelor of Science-Health Sciences degree and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (law) degree in a joint degree program offered in cooperation with the Drake Law School. The program allows students to focus their education on legal and health care issues.

Participating students are admitted first to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. A student pursuing this program should plan to take the LSAT and formally apply to the Law School during the fall semester of the junior year and if admitted, complete the first year of law school course work in the senior year along with the remaining health sciences credits.

3+3 Clinical & Applied Sciences / Juris Doctor
Course Credits   Course Credits
First Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5   *HSCI 025 - Issues in HSCI II 3
FYS --- - First Year Seminar 3   BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3   BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1   CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3   CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1   MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
Electives 3   Total Semester Hours 15
Total Semester Hours 15.5      
Second Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3   HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4   STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3   ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1   General Electives 3
General Electives 3   Professional Electives 3
Professional Electives 3   Total Semester Hours 16
Total Semester Hours 17      
Third Year
Fall   Spring
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1   *HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3   General Electives 6
General Electives 6   Professional Electives 6
Professional Electives 5   Total Semester Hours 15
Total Semester Hours 15      
Summer

HSCI 194 - Senior Research I, or

HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I

4
Fourth Year/First-Year-Law
Fall   Spring

*HSCI 195 - Senior Research II, or

*HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II

4  

*HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V

3
LAW 102 - Civil Procedure I 3   LAW 103 - Civil Procedure II 3
LAW 104 - Legal Research 1   LAW 105 - Legal Writing II 2
LAW 106 - Legal Writing I 2   LAW 110 - Contracts II 3
LAW 107 - Torts 4   LAW 112 - Constitutional Law I 3
LAW 109 - Contracts I 3   Total Semester Hours 14
Total Semester Hours 17      

Total Program Hours for Clinical and Applied Sciences  124.5

Hours Required for Clinical and Applied Sciences - Juris Doctor Program   128.5 (end of senior year)

*Course should be taken in the semester listed unless prior College approval.

Drake curriculum requirements that are not fulfilled through the required coursework:

  • Artistic Experience AOI
  • Engaged Citizen AOI
  • Historical Foundations AOI (two courses)
  • Global and Cultural Understanding AOI
  • Written Communication AOI

Students apply to Law program during fall of junior year.  LSAT is required.

The following required first-year-law (L1) courses will be completed during the L2 year in place of elective credits.  Six law elective credits are satisfied by HSCI 105 and HSCI 172.

  • LAW 108 - Criminal Law I
  • LAW 111 - Property

The following courses may be used to fulfill the elective categories.  Other courses may be used as approved.  General electives refer to any college level course.

Biomedical Science (min 6 credits) Health Science (min 9 credits) Business (no min cr) Psychology (no min cr)
BIO 095-199 EDUC 172 ACCT 040-199 PSY 002-199
CHEM 100-199 HSCI 100-199 BLAW 060-199  
PHAR 130 PHAR 100-199 ECON 002-199  
PHY 001-199 SPAN 150 FIN 095-199  
    MGMT 110-199  
    MKTG 101-199  
 
3+3 Health Services Management / Juris Doctor
Course Credits   Course Credits
First Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5   *HSCI 025 - Issues in HSCI II 3
FYS --- - First Year Seminar 3   BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3   BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1   CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3   CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1   MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
Electives 3   General Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 15.5   Total Semester Hours 17
Second Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3   HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3   ACCT 042 - Accounting II 3
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3   ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4   IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 3
Professional Electives 3   STAT 071 - Statistics I 3
Total Semester Hours 16    Total Semester Hours  16
J-Term or Summer
General Electives 3
Third Year
Fall   Spring
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1   *HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3   MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3   General Electives 6
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3   Professional Electives 6
STAT 072 - Statistics II 3   Total Semester Hours 18
General Electives 3      
Total Semester Hours 16      
Summer

*HSCI 194 - Senior Research I, or

*HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I

4
Fourth Year/First-Year-Law
Fall   Spring

*HSCI 195 - Senior Research II, or

*HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II

4   *HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
LAW 102 - Civil Procedure I 3   LAW 103 - Civil Procedure II 3
LAW 104 - Legal Research I 1   LAW 105 - Legal Writing II 2
LAW 106 - Legal Writing I 2   LAW 110 - Contracts II 3
LAW 107 - Torts 4   LAW 112 - Constitutional Law I 3
LAW 109 - Contracts I 3   Total Semester Hours 14
Total Semester Hours 17      

Total Program Hours for Health Services Management   124.5

Hours Required for Health Services Management - Juris Doctor Program   136.5 (end of senior year)

*Course should be taken in the semester listed unless prior College approval.

Drake curriculum requirements that are not fulfilled through the required coursework:

  • Artistic Experience AOI
  • Engaged Citizen AOI
  • Historical Foundations AOI (two courses)
  • Global and Cultural Understanding AOI
  • Written Communication AOI

Students apply to Law program during fall of junior year.  LSAT is required.

The following required first-year-law (L1) courses will be completed during the L2 year in place of elective credits.  Six law elective credits are satisfied by HSCI 105 and HSCI 172.

  • LAW 108 - Criminal Law II
  • LAW 111 - Property

The following courses may be used to fulfill the elective categories.  Other courses may be used as approved.  General electives refer to any college level course.

Biomedical Science Health Science Business Psychology
BIO 095, 110-199 BIO 134 ACCT 040-199 PSY 002-199
CHEM 107-199 EDUC 172 BLAW 060-199  
PHAR 130 HSCI 100-199 ECON 002-199  
PHY 011-199 PHAR 100-199 INS 051  
  SPAN 150 MGMT 110-199  
    MKTG 101-199  

 

3+2 Health Services Management / Master of Health Care Administration (Des Moines University)

Course Credits   Course Credits
First Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5   *HSCI 025 - Issues in HSCI II 3
FYS --- - First Year Seminar 3   BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3   BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1   CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3   CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1   MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
Electives 3   General Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 15.5   Total Semester Hours 17
Second Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3   HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3   ACCT 042 - Accounting II 3
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3   ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4   IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 3
Professional Electives 3   STAT 071 - Statistics I 3
Total Semester Hours 16    Total Semester Hours  16
J-Term or Summer
General Electives 3
Third Year
Fall   Spring
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1   *HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 172* - Evaluating Research Literature 3   MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3   General Electives 6
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3   Professional Electives 6
STAT 072 - Statistics II 3   Total Semester Hours 18
General Electives 3      
Total Semester Hours 16      
Summer

*HSCI 194 - Senior Research I, or

*HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I

4
Fourth Year
Fall   Spring

*HSCI 195 - Senior Research II, or

*HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II

4   *HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
MHA 619 - Health Care Human Relations Management 3   MHA 626 - Organizational Behavior & Leadership Theory 3
MHA 621 - Overview of U.S. Health Care System 3   MHA 629 - Organizational Development I 3
MHA 627 Legal & Ethics 1: Clinical Decision Making 2   MHA 650 - Health Care Statistics & Research 3
MHA 801 - Professional Development Seminar 2   Total Semester Hours 12
Total Semester Hours 14      

Total Program Hours 131.5

*Course should be taken in the semester listed unless prior College approval.

Drake curriculum requirements that are not fulfilled through the required coursework:

  • Artistic Experience AOI
  • Engaged Citizen AOI
  • Historical Foundations AOI (two courses)
  • Global and Cultural Understanding AOI
  • Written Communication AOI

Students declare their health sciences track by the end of their first year.

Students must notify the Experiential Office by February 1 of their intent to apply to the MHA program.  Students must apply to the MHA program by June 1 following their junior year to begin course work during the fall of their senior year.

The following courses may be used to fulfill the elective categories.  Other courses may be used as approved.  General electives refer to any college level course.

Biomedical Science Health Science Business Psychology
BIO 095, 110-199 BIO 134 ACCT 040-199 PSY 002-199
CHEM 107-199 EDUC 172 BLAW 060-199  
PHAR 130 HSCI 100-199 ECON 002-199  
PHY 011-199 PHAR 100-199 INS 051  
  SPAN 150 MGMT 110-199  
    MKTG 101-199  

 

3+2 Health Services Management / Master of Public Health (Des Moines University)

Course Credits   Course Credits
First Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5   *HSCI 025 - Issues in HSCI II 3
FYS --- - First Year Seminar 3   BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3   BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1   CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3   CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1   MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
Electives 3   General Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 15.5   Total Semester Hours 17
Second Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3   HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3   ACCT 042 - Accounting II 3
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3   ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4   IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 3
Professional Electives 3   STAT 071 - Statistics I 3
Total Semester Hours 16    Total Semester Hours  16
J-Term or Summer
General Electives 3
Third Year
Fall   Spring
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1   *HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 172* - Evaluating Research Literature 3   MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3   General Electives 6
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3   Professional Electives 6
STAT 072 - Statistics II 3   Total Semester Hours 18
General Electives 3      
Total Semester Hours 16      
Summer

*HSCI 194 - Senior Research I, or

*HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I

4
Fourth Year
Fall   Spring

*HSCI 195 - Senior Research II, or

*HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II

4   *HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
MPH 620 - Introduction to Graduate School 1   MPH 625 - Health Care Financial Management 3
MPH 621 - Overview of U.S. Health Care System 3   MPH 645 - Community Health Program Planning & Evaluation 3
MPH 650 - Basic Statistics and Research 3   MPH 652 - Public Health Law Ethics & Policy 3
MPH 657 - Survey of Human Health & Disease 3   MPH 654 - Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Total Semester Hours 14    Total Semester Hours 15

Total Program Hours 134.5

*Course should be taken in the semester listed unless prior College approval.

Drake curriculum requirements that are not fulfilled through the required coursework:

  • Artistic Experience AOI
  • Engaged Citizen AOI
  • Historical Foundations AOI (two courses)
  • Global and Cultural Understanding AOI
  • Written Communication AOI

Students declare their health sciences track by the end of their first year.

Students must apply to the MPH program by March 1 of their junior year to begin course work during the summer and by July 1 following their junior year to begin course work during the fall of their senior year.  GRE required.

The following courses may be used to fulfill the elective categories.  Other courses may be used as approved.  General electives refer to any college level course.

Biomedical Science Health Science Business Psychology
BIO 095, 110-199 BIO 134 ACCT 040-199 PSY 002-199
CHEM 107-199 EDUC 172 BLAW 060-199  
PHAR 130 HSCI 100-199 ECON 002-199  
PHY 011-199 PHAR 100-199 INS 051  
  SPAN 150 MGMT 110-199  
    MKTG 101-199  

 

3+1 Clinical and Applied Sciences / Clinical Laboratory Sciences Certificate (Mercy College of Health Sciences)

Mercy College of Health Sciences offers a certificate program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences that can be added to a Bachelor of Science degree earned from Drake University.  This certificate program offers an opportunity for health sciences students to develop an area of health care expertise during their Drake academic career, rather than after graduation.  In addition, these certificates are helpful for students applying to graduate programs that require a large amount of patient care hours.

Course Credits   Course Credits
First Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5   *HSCI 025 - Issues in HSCI II 3
FYS --- - First Year Seminar 3   BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3   BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1   CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3   CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1   MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
Electives 3   Total Semester Hours 15
Total Semester Hours 15.5      
Second Year
Fall   Spring
*HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3   HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3   STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1   ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4   General Electives 3
General Electives 3   Professional Electives 4
Total Semester Hours 14   Total Semester Hours 17
Third Year
Fall   Spring
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1   *HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
*HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3  

*HSCI 194 - Senior Research I, or

*HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I

4
General Electives 6   General Electives 3
Professional Electives 6   Professional Electives 6
Total Semester Hours 16   Total Semester Hours 16
Fourth Year
Fall   Spring
Certificate Course Work at Mercy College of Health Sciences 14   *HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
Total Semester Hours 16   Certificate Course Work at Mercy College of Health Sciences 14
      Total Semester Hours 17
Summer

Certificate Course Work at Mercy College of Health Sciences

13

Total Program Hours in Clinical and Applied Sciences   124.5

Hours Required for Clinical and Applied Sciences - Certificate in Laboratory Sciences Program    136.5

*Course should be taken in the semester listed unless prior College approval.

Drake curriculum requirements that are not fulfilled through the required coursework:

  • Artistic Experience AOI
  • Engaged Citizen AOI
  • Historical Foundations AOI (two courses)
  • Global and Cultural Understanding AOI
  • Written Communication AOI

The following courses may be used to fulfill the elective categories.  Other courses may be used as approved.  General electives refer to any college level course.

Biomedical Science (min 6 credits) Health Science (min 9 credits) Business (no min) Psychology (no min) Leadership (no min)
BIO 095-199 EDUC 172 ACCT 040-199 PSY 002-199 LEAD 100-199
CHEM 100-199 HSCI 100-199 BLAW 060-199 SCSS 081  
NSCI 001-199 PHAR 100-199 BUS 005-199    
PHY 001-199 SPAN 150 ECON 002-199    
    FIN 095-199    
    INS 051-199    
    MGMT 110-199    
    MKTG 101-199    

Regulations and Academic Requirements

Health Sciences students should become familiar with the General Information section of this catalog, which covers many regulations that affect all Drake University students. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences also has a number of specific regulations and requirements that must be met to progress through the health sciences curriculum. Some of these are listed below; others are available in the Health Sciences Student Handbook.

Many health sciences courses have prerequisite requirements. Admission to a course is denied if prerequisite courses have not been successfully completed. Therefore, deviations from the curriculum as it is structured require careful consideration. Course prerequisites may be found in the course descriptions, as listed in blueView.

Health Sciences students may apply a maximum of 9 hours of elective coursework on a credit/no credit basis toward graduation. Courses regularly graded on a credit/no credit basis are not included within the 9 hours maximum. The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 before registering in a course on a credit/no credit basis.

All fourth-year health sciences students are required to complete a senior capstone experience (HSCI 194/195 or 196/197) prior to graduation. Due to regulations at many of the experiential sites used for the senior capstone experiences, the college will complete a criminal background check and drug screen prior to entering the senior capstone year. Senior capstone sites have the right to refuse to accept a student based on the results of the criminal background check. Many of these sites also require that a copy of the background check is forwarded to them. Students who have positive drug screens and will be entering their senior capstone experience will be referred to the Chemical Dependency Policy.

Health Sciences students are assigned a faculty member as their academic adviser. Faculty advisers help students:

  • Adapt to the college environment
  • Assist in the development of the student's education plan by providing input and feedback
  • Encourage discussions about the appropriateness of their chosen career track and the career options within the profession
  • Assist in identification of opportunities for professional skill development and
  • Make appropriate referrals to university student service offices when academic or personal difficulties arise.

The Academic and Student Affairs Office is responsible for coordinating the registration process, verifying appropriate registration of courses, approving educational plan waivers and transfer credit requests, updating degree audits with regard to substitutions, waivers and transfer courses, answering student questions regarding registration, credit completion, course transfer process and study-abroad opportunities, and coordinating and communicating opportunities for internship, study abroad, research and postgraduate study. The final responsibility for completion of graduation requirements, however, belongs to the student and, accordingly, each student should become familiar not only with the curriculum but also with the academic regulations of the college.

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