A grade of "C" or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor's degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Professional Services is a degree program designed for professionals on the front lines of health care delivery wishing to have baccalaureate level training to maintain professional certification such as in the allied health professions. Allied health professionals are involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation, and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; rehabilitation; and health systems management. The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Professional Services degree program provides a broad-based foundation in: 1) global and national healthcare issues, disparities, and trends, 2) ethical and legal issues, 3) health promotion and disease prevention, 4) evidence-based practice, 5) health care research, 6) health care systems management, 7) health care quality, 8) holistic health, and 9) public health. The program is designed to articulate with Associate of Arts allied health related degree programs at community colleges or student's new to the health field.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Professional Services degree program will be able to:
- Acquire the skills employers demand in critical areas such as: health disparities, health care systems, health care operations management, health care jurisprudence, health care quality, health care ethics, health care leadership and public health;
- Gain knowledge on current industry insights and the latest trends in health care professional services;
- Meet societal and health care delivery demands;
- Assume supervisory, management, and/or educational positions;
- Pursue graduate education in the health care field;
- Work in a variety of settings with diverse patients, families, and communities;
- Change careers within the industry to work for insurance companies, government agencies, or non-profit associations; and contribute to the field as diverse professionals assisting in diminishing health disparities and creating a healthier nation.
- Students can contact the Department of Health Professions at 303-615-1200 for advising.
- New or transfer students interested in the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Professional Services can also seek advising through the College of Professional Studies Advising Office at 303-615-1099.
Students who have an associate degree in a health occupation may substitute up to 24 hours of selected, approved associate degree major courses in lieu of the minor requirement.
Prior Learning Assessment:
A Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is available for HCM 3600 Health Care Information Systems and ITP 1700 Medical Terminology. The Center for Individualized Learning will work with students to understand and navigate the process. Once students have obtained permission to take the exam from the Center for Individualized Learning, the Application for Credit by Examination form will need to be completed. The student will take the form to the Bursar's Office to pay. After paying, the student will return with the receipt to the Center for Individualized Learning and then the student will need to set up an appointment with the MSU Denver Assessment and Testing Center. They will verify the student's identification, provide a secure, quiet space to take the exam and at a mutually acceptable time.
The test will be timed and you cannot use any materials (books, notes, Internet) while taking the exam. The test will be returned to the Department for grading. A faculty member in the Program or the Department will determine if you have passed the examination with a grade sufficient to obtain credit. Signatures are needed from the faculty member, Chair, and Dean, so that the form can be sent to the registrar to enter credit on the student's transcript. The student may take the examination a maximum of two times.
The cost of the credits is half the tuition for the course and must be paid whether or not the examination is passed. You will receive 3 credits on a pass/fail basis. These credits are treated as non-resident (transfer) credits and will not count towards the 30 minimum resident credits required for a Bachelor's degree at MSU Denver.
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