By The Numbers
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.
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.
|HSC 221||Introduction to Health Care||2|
|General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
|Select one of the following: 1||4|
|General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
|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|
|HSC 202||Medical Terminology||2|
|General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
|Select one of the following: 1||4|
|General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
|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|
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 Requirements||46|
|Foundational Science Core (biology, chemistry & physics)||13|
|Health Science Core Courses||12|
|HSC 202||Medical Terminology *||2|
|HSC 205||Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 505)||1|
|HSC 206||Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 506)||1|
|HSC 207||Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (GT 207) (HSC 507)||1|
|HSC 210||Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care||3|
|HSC 214||Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries||3|
|HSC 215||Complementary and Alternative Medicine - a Health Science Perspective||3|
|HSC 220||Health Care Essentials: Structure, Policy and Professionalism *||3|
|HSC 221||Introduction to Health Care *||2|
|HSC 225||Writing in the Health Professions||3|
|HSC 230||Counseling and Teaching for Health Care Professionals *||3|
|HSC 250||Communication Disorders||3|
|HSC 261||Scientific Study of Mummies||3|
|HSC 262||Nutrition in Health and Illness *||3|
|HSC 270||Pillars of Public Health: Saving the World on a Population Level||3|
|HSC 301||Health Care Challenges and Team-Based Solutions||1|
|HSC 305||Emotional/Social Intelligence for the Health Sciences||2|
|HSC 315||Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century *||3|
|HSC 320||The Environment and Human Health||3|
|HSC 322||Health Care Law (LE 322) *||3|
|HSC 330||Leadership: Creating Adaptive Cultures *||3|
|HSC 334||Clinical Skills Patient Communication||1|
|HSC 350||Language Development||3|
|HSC 351||Pharmacological Interventions for Common Medical Conditions *||3|
|HSC 378||Vaccines and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases||3|
|HSC 380||International Health Care - Field Research||3|
|EMT I Training|
and EMT I Training Lab *
|EMT Training II|
and EMT Training II Lab *
|HSC 397||Pre-Health Professions Clinical Affiliation *||3|
|HSC 460||Advanced Nutrition (AT 460)||3|
|HSC 498||Independent Study in Health Sciences||1-4|
|HSC 499||Independent Study in Health Sciences II||1-4|
|HSC 505||Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 205)||1|
|HSC 506||Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 206)||1|
|HSC 507||Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (HSC 207)||1-2|
Health Science Studies Core Course
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:
|SW 504||Social Welfare and Social Policy||3|
|SW 511||Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Theories for Practice for Individuals and Families||3|
|SW 512||Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Theories for Groups, Organizations and Communities||3|
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.
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.
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.