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

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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.



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/MSW Program of Study

Undergraduate BS in Health Science Studies 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
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
Select one of the following: 1 4
CHE 110
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 101
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
Spring Semester
HSC 202 Medical Terminology 2
BIO 102
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
Select one of the following: 1 4
CHE 111
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CHE 102
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
 Total Credits32

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

Subsequent Course and GPA Requirements

Health Science Studies students must maintain a minimum overall science GPA of 2.25. Students meet with their academic advisers to develop a customized plan of study that incorporates their academic and career goals. To remain in good standing in the 3+2 program, students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0, complete 20 credits in liberal arts, and earn 120 credits for degree completion in the third year. It is essential that students work closely with their academic adviser to carefully plan their course of study.

Students in this program take 9 credits of graduate coursework in their third year. These 9 MSW credits are used to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Students must achieve a grade of B or higher in the graduate social work courses. Students earn the Master's Degree in Social Work upon satisfactory completion of all MSW graduate curriculum requirements.

Course selections must fulfill the following:

University Curriculum Requirements46
Foundational Science Core (biology, chemistry & physics)13
Health Science Core Courses7
Health Science Track Electives6-15
Science Electives9-18
Open Electives30
Total Credits120-123
Health Science Studies (HSC) Possible Courses
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 (hsc 507)1
HSC 210Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care3
HSC 214Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
HSC 215Complementary and 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 Professionals3
HSC 250Communication Disorders3
HSC 261Scientific Study of Mummies3
HSC 262Nutrition in Health and Illness3
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 Century3
HSC 320The Environment and Human Health3
HSC 322Health Care Law (LE 322)3
HSC 330Leadership: Creating Adaptive Cultures3
HSC 334Clinical Skills Patient Communication1
HSC 350Language Development3
HSC 351Pharmacological Interventions for Common Medical Conditions3
HSC 375Immunology3
HSC 378Vaccines and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases3
HSC 380International Health Care - Field Research3
HSC 388
EMT I Training
and EMT I Training Lab
HSC 389
EMT Training II
and EMT Training II Lab
HSC 397Pre-Health Professions Clinical Affiliation3
HSC 460Advanced Nutrition (AT 460)3
HSC 498Independent Study in Health Sciences1-4
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

Health Science Studies Core Course

MSW Courses (taken in the third year)

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

Fall Semester
SW 504Social Welfare and Social Policy3
SW 511Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Theories for Practice for Individuals and Families3
Spring Semester
SW 512Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Theories for Groups, Organizations and Communities3

Additional course details
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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.


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.