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Health Science

Commonwealth University's Health Science programs provide the education necessary to begin a career or graduate program in current and emerging health-related fields. Our programs are designed to develop the skills you’ll need to confidently and competently offer healthcare services within a complex and changing global society.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.S.
Location
  • Bloomsburg
  • Clearfield
  • Lock Haven
  • Mansfield
Department
College
Program Contact
Associate Professor of Biology & Chair of the Biological and Health Sciences Department
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Members of our faculty hold advanced degrees with a wide range of expertise. They are active in scholarly work in their respective fields, regularly present at national and state conferences, publish in peer-reviewed journals, provide leadership in professional organizations, and receive grants. You will find all faculty members serving as academic advisors to students in the major that allows for close academic and career planning.

Commonwealth U provides exceptional, state-of-the-art facilities for its health science programs. There are anatomy & physiology labs, an exercise physiology lab, rehabilitation space, and a gross human anatomy (cadaver dissection) lab. 

Health Science Tracks

  • Applied Health Studies - Are you currently certified, licensed, or registered in a healthcare profession? If so, this concentration builds on your current knowledge and skills as you continue your education. The Bachelor of Science in Health Science – Applied Health Studies concentration is a degree-completion program for individuals who are certified, licensed, or registered as a healthcare professional. Students enter the program with an associate’s degree and a healthcare credential and then build upon their existing knowledge and skills to earn a bachelor’s degree. You will benefit from attaining core knowledge at an advanced level that applies to all healthcare practitioners while establishing a more marketable, multi-skilled background.  
  • Pre-Athletic Training - Athletic Trainers are multi-skilled health care professionals who provide service or treatment under the direction of a physician to a variety of patient types in a variety of practice settings. The Pre-Athletic Training Concentration provides you with the education you need to enter graduate athletic training programs. Both 4+2 and 3+2 options are available. Commonwealth University offers a graduate athletic training program at the Lock Haven Campus.  
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy - Occupational therapy is a health care profession that promotes health and well-being through occupation. The Pre-Occupational Therapy concentration provides you with the courses you need to apply to graduate occupational therapy programs.  
  • Pre-Physical Therapy - Are you interested in a challenging and rewarding career choice that will make a positive impact on the health of Americans? Physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages by conducting evaluations, and developing treatment plans that promote mobility, decrease pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Both 3+3 and 4+3 options are available.
  • Pre-Physician Associate/Assistant - Physician associates/assistants practice medicine in collaboration with a physician or surgeon. They examine patients, diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses, prescribe medications, and provide treatment. Over the next decade, the employment of physician assistants is projected to grow much faster than the average for other occupations. Both 3+2 and 4+2 options are available. *SAT/ACT Scores are required for consideration of the 3+2 program.
  • General/Pre-Professional - This track prepares you for entry into a variety of professional programs. Recent graduates have earned advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, and other allied health professions. It also prepares you for employment in health-related fields such as sales within the pharmaceutical or surgical/medical equipment industries.    
  • Public Health Education - Public Health Education is an expanding field of work. This concentration will prepare you for entry-level community health education and promotion positions in settings such as public health departments, non-profit agencies, corporations, and hospitals. Typical tasks of public health education professionals include assessing the health of populations and planning, implementing , and evaluating health programs designed to change health behaviors, and improve overall health. Graduates will be prepared to sit for national exams and enter graduate programs.

Courses and Curriculum

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences prepares you to enter careers or graduate programs in current and emerging health-related fields.

Note: Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

Are you currently certified, licensed, or registered in a healthcare profession? If so, this track will build on your current knowledge and skills as you continue your education and earn a bachelor's degree. You will benefit from attaining core knowledge at an advanced level that applies to all healthcare practitioners while establishing a more marketable, multi-skilled background.

Course Delivery

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Degree Requirements

Course Delivery

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Degree Requirements

Course Delivery

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Degree Requirements

Course Delivery

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Degree Requirements

Are you interested in a challenging and rewarding career choice that will make a positive impact on the health of Americans? As healthcare providers, physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages by conducting evaluations, and developing treatment plans that promote mobility, decrease pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

Course Delivery

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Degree Requirements

Course Delivery

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Degree Requirements

As healthcare providers, physician assistants practice medicine in collaboration with a physician or surgeon. They examine patients, diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses, prescribe medications, and provide treatment. Over the next decade, the employment of physician assistants is projected to grow much faster than the average for other occupations.

Course Delivery

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Degree Requirements

*Only available at the Lock Haven campus

To be considered for the accelerated option, you must have a completed online application designating the Health Science/Pre Physician Assistant track before November 1st with a SAT score of at least 1200 or a composite score of 25 on the ACT submitted to the Admissions Office.  

Applicants are carefully screened to ensure they have the track record (e.g. high class rank and strength of curriculum) to succeed in this very concentrated, rigorous and demanding academic and professional program. If accepted, a compressed schedule of undergraduate classes, including summer work, will enable you to transition into the graduate program at the end of your third year.

Once accepted into the "3+2" program, you must maintain the following criteria in order to ensure a guaranteed seat into the graduate program:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA): 3.2 or above
  • Grades in core classes: B or better
  • Successful interview

Course Delivery

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Degree Requirements

Course Delivery

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Degree Requirements

This track will prepare you for entry-level public health education and promotion positions in settings such as public health departments, non-profit agencies, corporations, and hospitals. Typical tasks of health education professionals include assessing the health of populations and planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs designed to change health behaviors and improve overall health. Graduates will be prepared to sit for national exams and enter graduate programs.

Course Delivery

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Degree Requirements

As a Health Science major, you will be required to complete a professional field experience that serves as a culminating experience linking academic preparedness to an experience that matches your career goals and aspirations.

The following guidelines will assist you in preparing for this critical step in your education.
State Authorization for Distance Education and Field Experiences

Eligibility

You must be a Health Science Major to enroll in HLTH485.

  • Minimum grade point average:  To participate in HLTH 485 - Professional Field Experience in Health Science you must have earned an overall minimum grade point average of 2.5 and a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in your core courses.  Exceptions will only be made if you and your advisor formally request an exception that will be considered by the Health Science faculty.
  • Minimum course requirements:  To enter the professional field it is important that you are able to discuss basic concepts in your field of study.   Your site supervisor will grade you on your ability to ask intelligent and informed questions as well as your knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biology and more.
  • Resume and Cover Letter: Click on the following links for a sample:

The following tracks do require specific courses prior to entering the field:

Community Health
HLTH 204 Foundations of School & Community Health
HLTH200 Introduction to Disease
HLTH350 Program Planning
HLTH402 Evaluation in Health Education & Promotion Programs
HLTH410 Community Health Organization Management

ALL other tracks
HLTH128, 129, 130, & 131 Anatomy and Physiology I & II
HLTH200 Introduction to Disease

HLSC BS Applied Health Studies 

Upon program completion, students will:

  1. Demonstrate general knowledge of human anatomy and physiology in both healthy and disease states.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills when making evidence-informed/evidence-based decisions.
  3. Demonstrate entry-level communication skills including written, verbal, and affect skills specific to their proposed professional setting.

HLSC BS Pre AT 3+2 Program 

Upon program completion, students will:

  1. Demonstrate general knowledge of human anatomy and physiology in both healthy and disease states.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills when making evidence-informed/evidence-based decisions.
  3. Demonstrate entry-level communication skills including written, verbal, and affect skills specific to their proposed professional setting.

HLSC BS Pre AT Program 

Upon program completion, students will:

  1. Demonstrate general knowledge of human anatomy and physiology in both healthy and disease states.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills when making evidence-informed/evidence-based decisions.
  3. Demonstrate entry-level communication skills including written, verbal, and affect skills specific to their proposed professional setting.

HLSC BS Pre OT Program 

Upon program completion, students will:

  1. Demonstrate general knowledge of human anatomy and physiology in both healthy and disease states.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills when making evidence-informed/evidence-based decisions.
  3. Demonstrate entry-level communication skills including written, verbal, and affect skills specific to their proposed professional setting.

HLSC BS Pre PA 3+2 Program 

Upon program completion, students will:

  1. Demonstrate general knowledge of human anatomy and physiology in both healthy and disease states.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills when making evidence-informed/evidence-based decisions.
  3. Demonstrate entry-level communication skills including written, verbal, and affect skills specific to their proposed professional setting.

HLSC BS Pre Physical Therapy 3+3 Program

Upon program completion, students will:

  1. Demonstrate general knowledge of human anatomy and physiology in both healthy and disease states.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills when making evidence-informed/evidence-based decisions.
  3. Demonstrate entry-level communication skills including written, verbal, and affect skills specific to their proposed professional setting.

HLSC BS Pre Physical Therapy 

Upon program completion, students will:

  • Demonstrate general knowledge of human anatomy and physiology in both healthy and disease states.
  • Apply critical thinking skills when making evidence-informed/evidence-based decisions.
  • Demonstrate entry-level communication skills including written, verbal, and affect skills specific to their proposed professional setting.

HLSC BS Pre Physician Assistant Program

Upon program completion, students will:

  • Demonstrate general knowledge of human anatomy and physiology in both healthy and disease states.
  • Apply critical thinking skills when making evidence-informed/evidence-based decisions.
  • Demonstrate entry-level communication skills including written, verbal, and affect skills specific to their proposed professional setting.

HLSC BS Public Health Education Program

The Health Science Public Health Education graduates will meet the following outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate general knowledge of the human body in healthy and diseased states.
  2. Students will apply critical thinking skills when making evidence-informed/evidence-based decisions.
  3. Students will demonstrate entry-level written and verbal communication and affect skills in public health and health education professional settings. PHE
  4. Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes as outlined in the 2020 Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA II 2020).

HLSC Public Health Education Minor Program

Students completing the minor will be able to:

  1. Describe the function and value of public health activities for advancing population health.
  2. Examine health concerns from a population health perspective.
  3. Apply public health principles in health profession settings.
     
Health Science graduate holding diploma

Field Experience

As a Health Science major, you will be required to complete a credit-bearing professional field experience (internship) that serves as a culminating experience linking academic preparedness to an experience that matches your career goals and aspirations. Students work with their academic advisor to find an internship site that is aligned with the student’s career goals. Most students use the field experience to meet the observation hour requirement set by graduate healthcare education programs. Most Health Science programs require at least 3 credits of internship.

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Kate

Kate Beishline

  • Associate Professor of Biology & Chair of the Biological and Health Sciences Department
  • Bloomsburg
Eric

Eric Lippincott

  • Chair of the Department of Health and Exercise Science
  • Lock Haven
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Amy Way

  • Professor, Health Science
  • Clearfield

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