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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
HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5
HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Sciences II 3
HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I 4
HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II 4
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology  4
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
General Electives 27
Professional Electives 27
Total
124.5

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

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 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 LEAD 050-199
NSCI 001-199 PHAR 100-199 ECON 002-199 SCSS 081 
PHY 001-199 SPAN 154 FIN 095-199  
    MGMT 110-199  
    MKTG 101-199  

Health Services Management Track

Course Credits
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3
ACCT 042 - Accounting II 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5
HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Sciences II 3
HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I 4
HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II 4
HSCI --- - Health Sciences Electives 3
IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 3
MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
STAT 071 - Statistics I 3
STAT 072 - Statistics II 3
Business/Management Elective 3
General Electives 24
Professional Electives 2
Psychology Elective 3
Total 124.5

Students must declare their track by the end of their first semester.  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 (no min 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 LEAD 050-199
NSCI 001-199 PHAR 100-199 ECON 003-199 SCSS 081 
PHY 001-199 SPAN 154 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 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 Clincial & Applied Sciences / Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)

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.

Required Courses

Course Credits
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5
HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Sciences II 3
HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I 4
HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II 4
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 107 - Torts 4
LAW 109 - Contracts I 3
LAW 110 - Contracts II 3
LAW 112 - Constitutional Law I 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
General Electives 21
Professional Electives 17
Total 129
 
Health Sciences Clinical & Applied Sciences / Mercy College of Health Sciences Certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences (M.L.S.)

Mercy College of Health Sciences offers a certificate program in Medical Laboratory Sciences (M.L.S.) 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.

Program Purpose

The M.L.S. Program is dedicated to providing students with the educational foundation required to become Medical laboratory scientists through an intensive classroom and clinical curriculum. Guided by the mission of Mercy College, the philosophy of the School of Allied Health, and in compliance with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Standards of Accredited Educational Programs for the Medical Laboratory Scientist, the primary purpose is to facilitate the personal and professional development of students. The M.L.S. program provides students with the academic and clinical experiences needed to become caring, ethical, and competent members of the health care team.

Clinical Rotation/Experience Information

M.L.S students complete a total of 750 clock hours of clinical rotations in a large medical center laboratory in the following areas: Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, Phlebotomy, and Urinalysis. Students perform actual patient testing under the supervision of a preceptor. Students also gain approximately 15 hours of experience at various other optional sites such as a small hospital, fertility clinic, public health lab, and/or shadowing various levels of management.

M.L.S. students complete a large patient case study project in the last semester of the program. The project pulls together material they have learned in all of the courses throughout the M.L.S. program. Cases are presented to the class, instructors and preceptors. Students in the M.L.S. program collaborate throughout on case studies and problem-based learning scenarios in the didactic and clinical courses. They write reflection papers in several M.L.S. program courses regarding their experiences.

Required Courses

Course Credits
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5
HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Sciences II 3
HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I 4
HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II 4
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
General Electives 18
Professional Electives 16
Mercy College of Health Sciences Certificate Coursework 41
Total 137.5
 
Heath Sciences Clinical & Applied Sciences / Mercy College of Health Sciences Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Mercy College of Health Sciences offers an accelerated B.S.N. that can be completed in four years while students also complete the four-year B S. at Drake University. This option provides the shortest time frame for health sciences students to complete a B.S.N. program while also earning a B.S. degree. Each institution grants its own degree with the degrees conferred at the same time so that students do not lose eligibility for certain forms of financial aid.

Mercy College’s B.S.N. program is an accelerated curriculum that is completed following the third year of the health sciences program. Upon enrolling in B.S.N. courses, students complete five terms over three semesters (typically fall, spring and summer). During the nursing course work, students will learn about nursing using a concept-based approach that emphasizes nursing content across the life span and diverse acute care and community clinical settings. Graduates are prepared to assume roles involving leadership, education, research, and community health.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and has approval of the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON). For more information on the Mercy B.S.N. program, click here.

Admission Requirements

1. A 2.25 GPA is required for admission to Mercy College. Admissions to Nursing program requires extracted 3.0 GPA in 7 courses*
2. Be currently enrolled in HSCI program.
3. Successful completion of all pre-requisite courses before starting the program.
4. Evidence of required immunizations.
5. Completion of compliance trainings
6. CPR certification for Health Professionals.
7. A completed background check.

*College Level Math
BIO 180: Human Anatomy (with lab) or equivalent
BIO 185 Human Physiology (with lab) or equivalent
BIO 203: Microbiology (with lab) or equivalent
ENG 101: English Composition I or equivalent
PSY 101: General Psychology or equivalent
NTR 205: Nutrition, or NTR 300: Applied Nutritio

Program Outcomes

(Currently under revision.)

Required Courses

Course Credits
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5
HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Sciences II 3
HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I 4
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PHAR 126 - Principles of Nutrition 2
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology  4
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
General Electives 21
Professional Electives 11
NUR XXX - Nursing Foundations I (1 cr. Lab) 4
NUR 465 - Transition to Nursing Practice (0.5 cr. lab) 1
NUR XXX - Complex Care in Nursing Practice (0.5 cr. lab) 2
NUR XXX - Family Health (0.5 cr. lab) 3
NUR XXX - Gerontology (0.5 cr. lab) 2
NUR XXX - Health Promotion and Population Health (1 cr. lab) 3
NUR XXX - History and Trends in Nursing Practice 1
NUR XXX - Holistic Assessment in Nursing (30 Lab Hours) 4
NUR XXX - Informatics, Finance, and Regulatory Environments 2
NUR XXX - Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration 3
NUR XXX - Mental Health (0.5 cr lab) 3
NUR XXX - Nursing Competency I (1 Lab) 1
NUR XXX - Nursing I (1 cr. Lab) 4
NUR XXX - Nursing II (1 cr. lab) 4
NUR XXX - Nursing III (2 cr. lab) 4
NUR XXX - Pharmacology 3
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY Online - Pathophysiology 3
SVL 285 - Servant Leadership 3
Total 147.5

 

Health Sciences Clinical & Applied Sciences / Allen College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Allen College of Health Sciences offers an accelerated B.S.N. that can be completed while students also complete the B.S. This provides an opportunity for health sciences students to complete a B.S.N. program while also earning a BS-HS degree. The degrees would be conferred at the same time so that students do not lose eligibility for certain forms of financial aid. Each institution would grant their own degree.

Allen College’s accelerated B.S.N. program is a four semester, 15-month curriculum. Students will learn about nursing using a concept-based approach that emphasizes nursing content across the life span and diverse clinical settings. The coursework prepares graduates to care for patients and families in acute care and community settings. Graduates are prepared to assume roles involving leadership, education, research, and community health.

Students enrolled in this program will complete coursework at the Allen College Campus during the first summer of enrollment in a hybrid format. Following the first summer, students will periodically meet face-to-face in Des Moines during the semester with the majority of learning occurring in an online environment. Students will complete clinical requirements during the Fall, Spring, and final Summer semester in the Des Moines area. 

Clinical Experience Information

Clinical semesters occur in the last three semesters of the B.S.N. program, along with NU 380 Evidence Based Practice & Nursing Research which includes a student research project and presentation.

Admission Requirements

  • A 2.8 GPA is required for admission to Allen College’s B.S.N. program. Students must complete a minimum of 66 semester hours of general education coursework as outlined in the plan of study, including a minimum of:
    • 15 hours in the humanities
    • 15 hours in the social sciences
    • 18 hours in the natural sciences and mathematics
    • 18 hours of general electives (including a 3 credit diversity course).

Applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the following courses:

  • Intermediate English Composition - FYS --- (First Year Seminar) and the follow-up Written Communication requirement
  • Oral Communication – SCSR 073 (Public Speaking)
  • Sociology - Elective
  • Psychology – PSY 001
  • Human Growth & Development - Elective
  • Anatomy & Physiology I – Anatomy Elective
  • Anatomy & Physiology II – HSCI 125 (Medical Physiology)
  • Chemistry – CHEM 001 (Chemistry 1)
  • Microbiology – BIO 103 (Microbiology)
  • Statistics – STAT 060 (Biostatistics)

Other admission requirements are listed at: http://www.allencollege.edu/accelerated-admission-requirements.aspx.

Required Courses

Course Credits
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5
HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Sciences II 3
HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I 4
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology  4
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
General Electives 18
Professional Electives 14
NU 320 - Pharmacology 3.0
NU 270 - Introduction to Professional Nursing 2.0
NU 280 - Health Assessment 3.0
NU 290 - Pathophysiology 4.0
NU 299 - Nursing Readiness  1.0
NU 350 - Adult Nursing 4.0
NU 355 - Fundamentals of Clinical Nursing 5.0
NU 360 - Mental Health Nursing 4.0
NU 370 - Maternal-Newborn Nursing  4.0
NU 380 - Evidence Based Practice & Nursing Research  3.0
NU 405 - Aging Adult Nursing  3.0
NU 410 - Pediatric Nursing  4.0
NU 420 - Professional Issues & Trends 3.0
NU 450 - Community & Public Health Nursing 4.0
NU 460 - Nursing Leadership & Management 3.0
NU 485 - Adult Nursing II  2.0
NU 485C - Adult Nursing: Internship 4.0
NU 499 - Role Transition 2.0
Total 153.5

Program Notes

  • Students must declare their track by the end of the first semester.
  • Drake Curriculum electives must be approved to meet B.S.N. required courses.
  • The 20 professional elective credits will be fulfilled by NU 260, 290, 320 355, 360, 485, 499 and/or other courses approved by CPHS.
  • ISSUES V (HSCI 155) is substituted with NU 380. HSCI 197 is fulfilled by NU 350.

Experiential Program Notes

Accelerated Partner Programs

  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 at other times as listed on the respective program’s curriculum guide if the conditions below are met.
  • Students intending to apply to an accelerated partner program must inform the Health Sciences Experiential Director according to the deadlines below. If notification deadlines are not met, the student will be required to complete HSCI 196 and 197 in consecutive fall and spring semesters.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a spring HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than September 15 of their junior year.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a summer HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.
  • After the respective notification deadlines, the student is committed to the HSCI schedule associated with their accelerated program even in the student is not accepted into the accelerated program.

International Capstones

  • Students completing capstones at international sites may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 during the summer before senior year.
  • Students seeking to complete capstones at international sites should contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.

Course Requirements for Accelerated Partner Program and International Capstone Students

  • When students are taking HSCI 196 in the spring or HSCI 197 in the fall (because they meet the criteria outlined above), they will attend the course meetings with the typical senior experience cohort and complete the assignments for the respective course.
  • When students are taking HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 in the summer (because they meet the criteria outlined above), the Health Sciences Experiential Director will determine the approximate mix of assignments and hours at site to meet the learning objectives of the course. In this case, required hours at site may be up to 120 hours per course.

 

Health Sciences Clinical & Applied Sciences / Des Moines University Master of Science in Biomedical Science (M.S.B.S.)

This joint degree program allows students the opportunity to complete three years in the Health Sciences program followed by two years in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (M.S.B.S.) at Des Moines University. Des Moines University’s M.S.B.S. program is designed to enable the development in careers in medical and scientific research and academic medicine to benefit the health of people around the world.

Biomedical research is an important part of health care today and requires the work of scientists in a wide variety of settings, including academia, government, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology-dependent industry. M.S.B.S. graduates may be employed as advanced technicians, laboratory managers, educators and scientists using their skills in such diverse areas as cancer research, clinical diagnosis, infectious disease, monitoring food and water supplies and teaching the next generation of scientists. Many have gone on to enroll in medical school as well.

Admission Requirements

See the Des Moines University M.S.B.S. admission web site for admission requirements.  Apply to the M.S.B.S. program by June 15 following the junior year to begin coursework during the fall of the senior year.

Required Courses

Course Credits
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 130 - Biochemistry 3
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 2
HSCI xxx - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Sciences II 3
HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care and Health Literacy 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 155 - Guided Research in Health Sciences I 2
HSCI 156 - Guided Research in Health Sciences II 2
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Health Sciences Internship I 3
HSCI 197 - Health Sciences Internship II 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PHY 011 - General Physics I 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology  4
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
General Electives 14
Professional Electives 9
DMU MSBS --- - DMU Master of Biomedical Sciences Coursework 19
Total 124

Program Notes

  • A total of 47 credit hours are required for completion of the M.S.B.S degree with Des Moines University.
  • Students must declare their track by the end of their first semester.
 
Health Services Management / Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)

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.

Required Courses

Course Credits
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3
ACCT 042 - Accounting II 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5
HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Sciences II 3
HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I 4
HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II 4
IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 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 107 - Torts 4
LAW 109 - Contracts I 3
LAW 110 - Contracts II 3
LAW 112 - Constitutional Law I 3
MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
STAT 071 - Statistics I 3
STAT 072 - Statistics II 3
General Electives 18
Professional Electives 2
Total 134

 

Health Services Management / Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

With the use of the summer school and January term as well as using graduate course work to fulfill elective requirements, Health Sciences degree students are able to complete the four year degree program plus the M.B.A. in a shorter time period than if they were to complete the two separately.

Required Courses

Course Credits
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3
ACCT 042 - Accounting II 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5
HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Sciences II 3
HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I 4
HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II 4
IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 3
MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
MBA 200 - Who is US 1
MBA 240 - Corporate Governance and Ethics 3
MBA 242 - Evaluating Organizational Performance 3
MBA 245 - Leading with Data 3
MBA 251 - Creating Customer Value 3
MBA 252 - Enhancing Firm Value 3
MBA 2-- - Area of Specialization 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
STAT 071 - Statistics I 3
STAT 072 - Statistics II 3
General Electives 18
Professional Electives 9
Total 132

Program Notes

  • To view the remaining M.B.A. requirements, see the Drake M.B.A. web site.
  • Students must declare their track by the end of their first semester.
  • Students must notify the Experiential Office by February 1 of their junior year if they intend to apply to the M.B.A. program.  Apply to the M.B.A program by June 1 following the junior year to begin coursework during the fall of the senior year.

Experiential Program Notes

Accelerated Partner Programs

  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 at other times as listed on the respective program’s curriculum guide if the conditions below are met.
  • Students intending to apply to an accelerated partner program must inform the Health Sciences Experiential Director according to the deadlines below. If notification deadlines are not met, the student will be required to complete HSCI 196 and 197 in consecutive fall and spring semesters.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a spring HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than September 15 of their junior year.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a summer HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.
  • After the respective notification deadlines, the student is committed to the HSCI schedule associated with their accelerated program even in the student is not accepted into the accelerated program

International Capstones

  • Students completing capstones at international sites may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 during the summer before senior year.
  • Students seeking to complete capstones at international sites should contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.

Course Requirements for Accelerated Partner Program and International Capstone Students

  • When students are taking HSCI 196 in the spring or HSCI 197 in the fall (because they meet the criteria outlined above), they will attend the course meetings with the typical senior experience cohort and complete the assignments for the respective course.
  • When students are taking HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 in the summer (because they meet the criteria outlined above), the Health Sciences Experiential Director will determine the approximate mix of assignments and hours at site to meet the learning objectives of the course. In this case, required hours at site may be up to 120 hours per course.

 

Health Services Management / Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

With the use of the summer school and January term as well as using graduate course work to fulfill elective requirements, Health Sciences degree students are able to complete the four year degree program plus the M.P.A. in a shorter time period than if they were to complete the two separately.

Required Courses

Course Credits
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5
HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Sciences II 3
HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I 4
HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II 4
IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 3
MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
MPA 215 - Changing Enviorn. & Manag. of Public & Nonprofit 3
MPA 216 - Managing Human Resources as Assets 3
MPA 217 - Applying Info., Research, & Analysis 3
MPA 226 - Public Policy Decision Making & Analysis 3
MPA 240 - Values and Ethics in Decision 3
MPA 2-- - Area of Specialization 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
STAT 071 - Statistics I 3
STAT 072 - Statistics II 3
General Electives 24
Professional Electives 6
Total 131

Program Notes

  • To view the remaining M.P.A. requirements, see the Drake M.P.A. web site.
  • Students must declare their track by the end of their first semester.
  • Students must notify the Experiential Office by February 1 of their junior year if they intend to apply to the M.P.A. program.  Apply to the M.P.A program by June 1 following the junior year to begin coursework during the fall of the senior year.

Experiential Program Notes

Accelerated Partner Programs

  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 at other times as listed on the respective program’s curriculum guide if the conditions below are met.
  • Students intending to apply to an accelerated partner program must inform the Health Sciences Experiential Director according to the deadlines below. If notification deadlines are not met, the student will be required to complete HSCI 196 and 197 in consecutive fall and spring semesters.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a spring HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than September 15 of their junior year.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a summer HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.
  • After the respective notification deadlines, the student is committed to the HSCI schedule associated with their accelerated program even in the student is not accepted into the accelerated program

International Capstones

  • Students completing capstones at international sites may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 during the summer before senior year.
  • Students seeking to complete capstones at international sites should contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.

Course Requirements for Accelerated Partner Program and International Capstone Students

  • When students are taking HSCI 196 in the spring or HSCI 197 in the fall (because they meet the criteria outlined above), they will attend the course meetings with the typical senior experience cohort and complete the assignments for the respective course.
  • When students are taking HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 in the summer (because they meet the criteria outlined above), the Health Sciences Experiential Director will determine the approximate mix of assignments and hours at site to meet the learning objectives of the course. In this case, required hours at site may be up to 120 hours per course.

 

Health Services Management / Des Moines University Master of Health Care Administration (M.H.A.)

Students interested in pursuing a career in health care administration can add a Master of Health Care Administration (M.H.A.) to their bachelor's degree.

Required Courses

Course Credits
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3
ACCT 042 - Accounting II 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5
HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Sciences II 3
HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I 4
HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II 4
IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 3
MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
STAT 071 - Statistics I 3
STAT 072 - Statistics II 3
MHA 619 - Heatlh Care Human Relations Management 3
MHA 621 - Overview of US Healthcare System 3
MHA 626 - Organizational Behavior & Leadership Theory 3
MHA 627 - Legal & Ethics 1: Clinical Decision Making 2
MHA 629 - Organizational Development 1 3
MHA 650 - Heath Care Statistics & Research 3
MHA 801 - Professional Development Seminar 2
General Electives 15
Professional Electives 5
Total 128.5

Program Notes

  • To view remaining M.H.A. requirements, see Des Moines University's M.H.A. web page.
  • Students must declare Health Sciences track by end of first semester.
  • Notify the Experiential Office by February 1 of the intent to apply to the M.H.A. program.  Apply to M.H.A. program by June 1 following the junior year to begin course work during the fall of the senior year.

Experiential Program Notes

Accelerated Partner Programs

  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 at other times as listed on the respective program’s curriculum guide if the conditions below are met.
  • Students intending to apply to an accelerated partner program must inform the Health Sciences Experiential Director according to the deadlines below. If notification deadlines are not met, the student will be required to complete HSCI 196 and 197 in consecutive fall and spring semesters.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a spring HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than September 15 of their junior year.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a summer HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.
  • After the respective notification deadlines, the student is committed to the HSCI schedule associated with their accelerated program even in the student is not accepted into the accelerated program.

International Capstones

  • Students completing capstones at international sites may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 during the summer before senior year.
  • Students seeking to complete capstones at international sites should contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.

Course Requirements for Accelerated Partner Program and International Capstone Students

 

  • When students are taking HSCI 196 in the spring or HSCI 197 in the fall (because they meet the criteria outlined above), they will attend the course meetings with the typical senior experience cohort and complete the assignments for the respective course.
  • When students are taking HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 in the summer (because they meet the criteria outlined above), the Health Sciences Experiential Director will determine the approximate mix of assignments and hours at site to meet the learning objectives of the course. In this case, required hours at site may be up to 120 hours per course.

 

Health Services Management / Des Moines University Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Students interested in pursuing a career in public health can add a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) to their degree.

Required Courses

Course Credits
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3
ACCT 042 - Accounting II 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5
HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Sciences II 3
HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I 4
HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II 4
IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 3
MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
MPH 620 - Intro to Grad School 1
MPH 621 - Overview of US Healthcare System 3
MPH 625 - Health Care Financial Management 3
MPH 645 - Community Health Program Planning & Evaluation 3
MPH 650 - Basic Statistics & Research 3
MPH 652 - Public Health Law Ethics & Policy 3
MPH 654 - Social & Behavior Sciences 3
MPH 657 - Survey of Human Health & Disease 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
STAT 071 - Statistics I 3
STAT 072 - Statistics II 3
General Electives 18
Professional Electives 5
Total 135

Program Notes

  • To view remaining M.P.H. requirements, see Des Moines University's M.P.H. web page.
  • Students must declare Health Sciences track by end of first semester.
  • Apply to M.P.H. program by March 1 of junior year to begin coursework during the summer and by July 1 following the junior year to begin course work during the fall of the senior year.

Experiential Program Notes

Accelerated Partner Programs

  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 at other times as listed on the respective program’s curriculum guide if the conditions below are met.
  • Students intending to apply to an accelerated partner program must inform the Health Sciences Experiential Director according to the deadlines below. If notification deadlines are not met, the student will be required to complete HSCI 196 and 197 in consecutive fall and spring semesters.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a spring HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than September 15 of their junior year.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a summer HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.
  • After the respective notification deadlines, the student is committed to the HSCI schedule associated with their accelerated program even in the student is not accepted into the accelerated program.

International Capstones

  • Students completing capstones at international sites may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 during the summer before senior year.
  • Students seeking to complete capstones at international sites should contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.

Course Requirements for Accelerated Partner Program and International Capstone Students

  • When students are taking HSCI 196 in the spring or HSCI 197 in the fall (because they meet the criteria outlined above), they will attend the course meetings with the typical senior experience cohort and complete the assignments for the respective course.
  • When students are taking HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 in the summer (because they meet the criteria outlined above), the Health Sciences Experiential Director will determine the approximate mix of assignments and hours at site to meet the learning objectives of the course. In this case, required hours at site may be up to 120 hours per course.

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