Jun 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences, B.S. (Science Track – Track I)

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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences


Programs of study will provide students with the academic preparation for acceptance into various professional and graduate degree programs in allied health practitioner, business, and education fields, such as occupational therapy, clinical psychology, social sciences, counseling, behavioral health, education, business administration, human services, and other healthcare-related professions and other graduate professional careers as indicated in the table below. The track and core courses selected by each student will be based on his or her career goals.

Track I, the Science Track, is designed for students who are preparing for graduate programs in the sciences, health sciences, and therapy fields.

Track II, the Allied Health Track, is open only to students who have, or who are pursuing, an Associate degree in a clinical field.

Track III, the OTA Track, is open only to students who have, or who are pursuing, an Associate degree in Occupational Therapy (OTA).

                        BS Health Sciences Graduate Career Pathways
Occupational Therapy (Associate, OTA) (Master, MOT) PhD Health Sciences
Diagnostic Medical Sonography PhD Social Sciences
Chaplain, Master Science in Spiritual Care (MSSC) Master in Audiology or Hearing Sciences
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MHA) Master or Doctorate in Behavioral Health
Doctorate or PhD in Education PhD in Political Sciences
Master of Science in Education PhD Health Policy and Management
PhD in Sensory Systems and Integration (Neuroscience) Doctorate in Sensory Therapy
Doctorate in Sensory Therapy PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision
PhD or Master in Clinical Psychology Doctor of Social Work
PhD in Counseling Psychology Doctor of Human Services
PhD in Health Communication  


To be accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree, a student must meet the general requirements for admission into Adventist University of Health Sciences (see General Studies Admission  in the Admission Information  section), and:

  1. Submit the Biomedical Sciences Program Application once admitted to the University, indicating which of the two tracks you are applying for. The application can be accessed at http://my.ahu.edu.
  2. Have a minimum admissions GPA of 2.70 in high school or a GPA of 2.70 on a minimum of 12 college credits. GPAs presented to the Admissions Committee for each applicant will be a cumulative record of all college-level work.
  3. For general studies and program admission for the 2023-2024 academic year, AHU will be test-optional and not require submission of ACT or SAT scores. However, AHU strongly encourages applicants who have ACT and/or SAT scores to submit them during the application process, as this will expedite course placement and enhance academic advising. Have a minimum ACT composite score of 19 or a minimum combined score of 910 on the SAT (rSAT: 990). Applicants having 24 or more college-level credits from a regionally accredited college are exempt from this requirement.
  4. Competitive applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Meeting minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee an invitation for an interview.  Every applicant who wishes to be accepted to the program must complete the interview process.


Students may progress toward a Bachelor of Science degree when they:

  1. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.50.
  2. Earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in all required courses and electives for the degree.
  3. Successfully repeat courses in which a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) was not achieved.


Students are considered for readmission to the Health and Biomedical Science (HBS) program when they meet admission requirements and:

  • Readmission is not automatic and is contingent on available class space and the discretion of the Department Chair. 

Students will be readmitted under new academic catalog program policies. Eligible students will be considered for readmission to the program when they complete the following: 

  • Submit a Readmission Form to the Health and Biomedical program Chair eight weeks before the trimester in which seeking admission. 
  • Undergo a faculty review of prior academic performance, including reason(s) for withdrawal or dismissal, along with evidence of the applicant’s efforts to strengthen areas of weakness.


AdventHealth University will consider students for graduation and conferral of a Bachelor of Science degree when they have met the general University requirements for graduation (see Graduation  in the Academic Information  section) and have:

  1. Completed a minimum of 124 trimester hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  2. Completed the prescribed course of study with a minimum of 42 upper division credits.
  3. Achieve a grade of ’C’ or above in all required courses and electives for the degree. 
  4. Completed competency assessment requirements.
  5. Completed a minimum of 62 trimester hours in residence at AdventHealth University. 
  6. Completed the service-learning requirement embedded in designated courses.



The Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) program has three tracks. The track I have a science emphasis. Track II has an emphasis on Allied Health Practitioners. Track III is specific for students who have earned the Associate in Occupational Therapy (OTA) program or are pursuing a dual degree in OTA and BSHS. Please, see the curriculum for more information.

Science (Track I)

This track is designed for students entering the program without an Associate degree in Allied Health or a clinically-related field.

Liberal Arts Requirements - 63 credits

Electives - 7 credits

All students must complete 42 upper division credits. This requirement may be completed with 300- and 400-level elective courses.

Suggested Plan of Study

Sample schedule for students entering the program without an Associate degree in Allied Health or a clinically-related field. This sample schedule does not include summers. Students who choose to take summer classes can lighten their
load during Fall and Spring.

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Trimester Total: 2 Credits

Fourth Year

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