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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Sciences 

The bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences has two levels: the initial level that consists of study in all basic science disciplines, mathematics, English composition, and other areas of general education, and the upper level that consists of study in the applied sciences of exercise, human movement and human anatomy and physiology. Within the upper level there are three tracks or concentrations: Exercise & Movement Science, Physiologic Science and Health Sciences Behavior & Occupation Studies. 

These concentrations are well suited for you if you are interested in the growing fields of health and fitness, or graduate study in allied health sciences or medicine.

The degree prepares you for graduate studies in the areas of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medicine, Physician Assisting, Chiropractic medicine, Dentistry, nutrition, exercise science, and biomechanics & ergonomics as well as other health related masters’ and doctoral degree programs (most licensed allied health professions require a profession related master’s degree or a profession related doctorate as the entry level degree).

The curriculum also provides students who have earned associate degrees, especially in the areas of allied health sciences, the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in a related area.  

Exercise & Movement Science Concentration (Pre-Physical Therapy & Pre-Athletic Training)

The Exercise & Movement Science concentration meets the requirements for application to most graduate programs in the allied health professions, exercise science or biomechanics. The comprehensive background in the basic sciences combined with applied studies in exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, sports and wellness puts most graduates in a position to be competitive graduate school candidates. If you graduate with this concentration you are likely to enroll in graduate programs in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, exercise physiology, biomechanics & ergonomics, orthotics & prosthetics, nutrition, Athletic Training, or health administration. Employment opportunities in fitness or health related sales are also possible. This concentration meets the requirements for certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  

Prospective physical therapy students have three options to apply for the doctorate in physical therapy program: 

  • Standard Admissions Pathway (SAP): The standard pathway is for college students who have graduated or are about to graduate with their undergraduate degree. 
  • Junior Early Admissions Pathway (JEAP): This pathway is for UC CAHS students majoring in Health Sciences. These students will apply to the DPT program when they reach the junior level of their undergraduate studies. 
  • High School Early Admissions Pathway (HEAP): This pathway is for qualified high school seniors interested in pursuing a UC undergraduate degree in Health Sciences in the College of Allied Health Sciences and then continuing on to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. 

Physiologic Science Concentration (Pre-Medicine & Pre-Pharmacy)

The Physiologic Science concentration meets the undergraduate requirements for most graduate programs in the medical and allied health professions. A comprehensive background in the basic sciences combined with applied studies in exercise physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology, and advanced basic science studies in biochemistry, cell biology and microbiology puts most graduates with this degree in a position to be competitive graduate school candidates. If you graduate with this concentration you are likely to enroll in graduate programs in medicine (either MD or DO), Optometry, Physician Assisting, Chiropractic medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, exercise physiology, biomechanics & ergonomics, nutrition, Athletic Training, or health administration. Employment opportunities in fitness or health related sales are also possible. This concentration meets the requirements for certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Behavior & Occupation Studies Concentration (HLSC-BO) (Pre-Occupational Therapy)

The Behavior & Occupation Studies concentration, which includes the ability to earn a minor in Psychology, meets the requirements for application to many graduate programs in Allied Health, Public Health, or Community Health.  The comprehensive training in the natural sciences and behavioral sciences, combined with education in applied human studies such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, nutrition, and health and wellness puts most graduates in a position to be very competitive graduate school candidates. If you graduate with this concentration you are likely to enroll in graduate programs in Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Health Promotion, or Community Health Education. Employment opportunities in fitness or health related occupations are also possible. This concentration meets the requirements for certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  

Behavior & Occupation Studies - Online Learning (HSBO-DL) (Pre-Occupational Therapy)

The online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Behavior & Occupation Studies - Online Learning Track is designed to provide certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs) with a way to complete a Bachelor’s degree in an area of study that builds on their AS in Occupational Therapy Assisting and their acquired professional knowledge.  Completing this program is the first step toward applying to a master’s or doctorate level program in Occupational Therapy.  Delivered online and designed to be convenient and flexible for active working professionals, this program seeks to further develop well-rounded and knowledgeable COTAs who can excel in their current roles as well as become competitive applicants for graduate-level programs in occupational therapy.

If you graduate with this concentration you are likely to enroll in graduate programs in Occupational Therapy. Earning a Bachelor’s degree may also enhance advancement opportunities in the COTA’s current role. This concentration meets the requirements for certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  

 

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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
PO Box 670394
French East Building
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
Phone: 513-558-7477
Fax: 513-558-7474
Email: rehabsci@ucmail.uc.edu

 

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