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Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/MSW (3+2)

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Introduction

Our accelerated dual-degree program, which culminates in a master’s degree in social work, provides the knowledge, skills and compassion to help heal and change countless lives — from recovering addicts to victims of abuse and those suffering from mental and emotional disorders, including young children and teens in need of assistance.

Program Overview

Emergency rooms, rehabilitation facilities and youth centers all rely on social workers to treat veterans with PTSD, neglected children, people with chronic illnesses and many others. Our program prepares you for licensure and gives you the tools you’ll need to provide patients with counseling, crisis intervention and access to social welfare and community resources.

You’ll act as a crucial link between patients and other caregivers, ensuring that they are receiving proper attention. Our curriculum emphasizes interprofessional education to familiarize you with a team-based health care approach while also giving you the freedom to tailor your degree to your specialty.

Through this accelerated dual-degree program, you‘ll complete both your Bachelor of Science in Health Science Studies and your Master of Social Work in just 5 years. 

Undergraduate degree program options


In lieu of completing a BS in Health Science Studies, students may choose to complete a bachelor‘s degree in one of the many programs offered through our College of Arts and Sciences and the MSW within the same timeframe (3 undergraduate years and 2 graduate years).

Value of an Accelerated Dual-degree

Redefining value in higher education

Keeping pace with changes in the field of social work is hard. Our accelerated dual-degree BS/MSW helps you lead the pack. The program enables you to earn your undergraduate and master of social work degrees sooner and at a significantly lower cost compared to traditional models.

  • You‘ll save on tuition costs and enter the workforce early by completing your program at least 1 year sooner.
  • You‘ll leverage that year‘s worth of earnings to further reduce the cost of your education.
  • You‘ll enjoy flat tuition and fees for the first 4 years, including summer credits and course overage credits.

$100K


Savings

The combined value of reduced program costs and average starting salary upon entering the workforce one year early by completing an accelerated dual-degree program is approximately $100,000.

Curriculum and Requirements

Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/MSW Program of Study

Undergraduate BS in HSC Curriculum

A total of 120 credits is required for completion of the BS in Health Science Studies.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
HSC 221 Introduction to Health Care 2
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
Select one of the following: 1 4
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
 
CHE 101
& 101L
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I Lab
 
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
HSC 202 Medical Terminology 2
BIO 102
& 102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
4
Select one of the following: 1 4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
 
CHE 102
& 102L
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II Lab
 
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits32
1

Chemistry courses and additional math courses depend on intended professional goal or career plan and math placement score.

Subsequent Course and GPA Requirements

Following the first year of study, Health Science Studies students meet with their academic advisers and develop a customized plan of study that incorporates their academic and career goals. To remain in good standing within the program, students must maintain an minimum overall science GPA of 2.25 and earn 120 credits for degree completion. Course selections must fulfill the following:

University Curriculum Requirements46
Foundational Science Core (biology, chemistry & physics)13
Health Science Core Courses12
Science Electives18
Open Electives31
Total Credits120
HSC 202Medical Terminology *2
HSC 205Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 505)1
HSC 206Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 506)1
HSC 207Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (GT 207) (HSC 507)1
HSC 210Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care3
HSC 214Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
HSC 215Complementary Alternative Medicine - a Health Science Perspective3
HSC 220Health Care Essentials: Structure, Policy and Professionalism *3
HSC 221Introduction to Health Care *2
HSC 225Writing in the Health Professions3
HSC 230Counseling and Teaching for Health Care Professionals *3
HSC 250Communication Disorders3
HSC 261Scientific Study of Mummies3
HSC 262Nutrition in Health and Illness *3
HSC 270Pillars of Public Health: Saving the World on a Population Level3
HSC 301Health Care Challenges and Team-Based Solutions1
HSC 305Emotional/Social Intelligence for the Health Sciences2
HSC 315Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century *3
HSC 320The Environment and Human Health3
HSC 322Health Care Law (LE 322) *3
HSC 330Leadership: Creating Adaptive Cultures *3
HSC 334Clinical Skills Patient Communication1
HSC 350Language Development3
HSC 351Pharmacological Interventions for Common Medical Conditions *3
HSC 375Immunology3
HSC 378Vaccines and Vaccine -Preventable Diseases3
HSC 380International Health Care - Field Research3
HSC 388
& 388L
EMT I Training
and EMT I Training Lab *
3
HSC 389
& 389L
EMT Training II
and EMT Training II Lab *
3
HSC 397Pre-Health Professions Clinical Affiliation *3
HSC 460Advanced Nutrition (AT 460)3
HSC 498Independent Study in Health Sciences1-4
HSC 499Independent Study in Health Sciences II1-4
HSC 505Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 205)1
HSC 506Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 206)1
HSC 507Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (HSC 207)1-2
1

Health Science Studies Core Course

Graduate Program

Students must work with their advisers to carefully plan their course of study to ensure completion of the BS degree in 3 years. 

Students admitted to the program take 9 credits of graduate course work in their third year:

Fall Semester
SW 504Social Welfare Policy3
SW 506Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Theories of Practice3
Spring Semester
SW 507Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Issues of Diversity and Oppression3

Once admitted to the program, students must maintain an undergraduate GPA of 3.00, complete 20 hours in liberal arts, and a statistics course with a grade of C or higher. Students must additionally achieve a grade of B or higher in their three graduate courses. A maximum of 9 credits may be used to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Students earn the Master's degree in Social Work upon satisfactory completion of all of the graduate curriculum requirements.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for this accelerated program, students generally must be ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school class, and must have a total SAT score (critical reading and math) of 1200 or higher, or an ACT composite score of 25 or higher. Students are invited to the program as freshmen and complete the bachelor‘s degree at an accelerated pace (three years instead of the typical four).

Learning Outcome Report and Accreditation

Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards

Master of Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes


All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

  • Last completed June 6, 2017
  • Last completed June 27, 2016
  • Last completed June 3, 2015
  • Last completed September 3, 2014

Accreditation


The MSW meets the academic requirements for licensure as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Initial accreditation was granted in March 2016.