Health Sciences

Degree Options

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, athletic training, 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.


Educational Goals

The purpose of the health sciences program is to provide graduates with the relevant knowledge base, skills, attitudes, ethics and values to succeed in basic and applied health-related careers.

Goal 1. Knowledge Base and Lifelong Learning Skills
Graduates will have a strong foundation in the physical, biological, clinical and behavioral sciences coupled with an understanding of how business and management models apply to health sciences-related fields. Graduates will develop the skills and habits to acquire and apply new knowledge.

Goal 2. Values and Ethics
Graduates will understand and accept their duties and responsibilities outlined by their chosen career and to society in general. Graduates are expected to have developed value systems and ethical standards that guide their behavior.

Goal 3. Critical Thinking Skills
Graduates will use critical and creative thinking and an evidenced-based approach to identify, analyze and solve problems.

Goal 4. Communication and Collaborative Skills
Graduates will be able to communicate effectively with their peers and their constituents in a variety of formats and actively participate in collaborative environments.

Goal 5. Career Planning and Development
Graduates will emerge from the program with realistic ideas regarding how to implement their knowledge, skills and values in a variety of settings.


Requirements for Major

Health Sciences students must also complete the Drake Curriculum requirements in addition to the requirements for the major below.

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.  Minimum 31 credits.

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  
    INS 001-199  
    MGMT 120-199  
    MKTG 102-199  

Specific Regulations / 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 (http://www.drake.edu/cphs/handbookspolicies/).

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 area of this catalog.

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 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.


Joint Degree Programs

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

Students may elect to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology or Clinical Laboratory Sciences in a joint degree program offered in cooperation with the Mercy College of Health Sciences.  The program allows students to focus their education on a specialization in these areas while achieving additional patient care hours required for a number of post-graduate professional programs. Participating students are admitted first to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  A student pursuing this program should plan to apply to Mercy College of Health Sciences during the fall semester of the junior year and if admitted, will become a Mercy student during their senior year.  The credits completed as part of the certificate program will fulfill credits required for the BS in Health Sciences degree.  See the curriculum guide for this program at http://www.drake.edu/hs/tracks/cas/31hs-cclscertificate/.

Health Sciences Clincial & Applied Sciences / Law (3+3)

Students may elect to earn both a Bachelor of Science 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.  The curriculum guide for this program exists at http://www.drake.edu/hs/tracks/cas/33hs-cjdlaw/.

Health Sciences Clinical & Applied Sciences / Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Allen College) (3+1)

Students in the Health Sciences Clincial & Applied Sciences track who wish to pursue a career in nursing may consider the accelerated joint degree program with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Allen College.  The curriculum guide for this program exists at http://www.drake.edu/hs/tracks/cas/31hs-cbsnallencollege/.

Heath Sciences Clinical & Applied Sciences / Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Mercy College of Health Sciences) (3+1)

Students in the Health Sciences Clincial & Applied Sciences track who wish to pursue a career in nursing may consider the joint degree program with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Mercy College of Health Sciences.  The curriculum guide for this program exists at http://www.drake.edu/hs/tracks/cas/31hs-cbsnmchs/.

Health Services Management / Law (3+3)

Students in the Health Services Management track who have an interest in pursuing health care law may also consider our dual degree program with the Drake University Law School.  The curriculum guide for this program exists at http://www.drake.edu/hs/tracks/health/33hs-mjdlaw/.

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

Students interested in pursuing a career in health care administration can add a Master of Health Care Administration (MHA) to their Bachelor's degree.  The curriculum guide for this program exists at http://www.drake.edu/hs/tracks/health/32hs-mmha/.

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

Students interested in pursuing a career in public health can add a Master of Public Health (MPH) to their degee.  The curriculum guide for this program exists at http://www.drake.edu/hs/tracks/health/32hs-mmph/.


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