Jul 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Care Professional Services Major, B.S.

Department of Health Professions  

College of Health and Human Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): Online, In-Person, Hybrid  

About the Program

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.

Student Outcomes

  • 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.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • 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. 
  • A minor is required for this program. 
  • 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 Health and Human Sciences Advising Office at 303-615-1099.
Prior Learning Assessment Information

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 Prior Learning Specialist - Brandy Schooler, bschool1@msudenver.edu, 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.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits) 
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement  for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Health Care Professional Services Required Courses: 32 credits

Senior Experience: 6 credits


  • * Indicates pre-requisite requirement. Check with academic advisor regarding pre-requisite requirement(s).
  • ** Has a Prior Learning Assessment

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
ESSJ Requirements 0-3 credits
Selected Course 3 credits
Required Courses 32 credits
Required Elective Courses 3 credits
Senior Experience 6 credits
Minor and Unrestricted Electives 40-49 credits
Total for the Health Care Professional Services Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.