Bachelor of Science in Health Professions

Dr. Lois A. Butcher-Poffley, Program Director
Pearson Hall 251
215-204-1940
lbutcher@temple.edu

The Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) helps the student enter their chosen professional graduate program prepared with the prerequisites necessary for many of the health professions, e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, dentistry, physician assistant practice, and certified anesthesiology assistant. It introduces students to a broad spectrum of health professions, allowing them to tailor their training across multiple disciplines and best prepare them for their desired career. The BSHP provides that broader course of study, allowing the student to tailor their electives toward their career of choice.

This program provides an academically rigorous set of required core courses with unique interdisciplinary and inter-professional electives that will help set the student apart. Drawing from the philosophy of "acres of diamonds," the program utilizes resources from across the College of Public Health (CPH) to give the students the expanded view of health professions. Courses drawn from several disciplines in the CPH give the student a more inclusive view of the healthcare field, and reinforce the team approach so widely used in healthcare today. Most of the core courses provide the student with the prerequisites for the professional clinical degrees, e.g., Biology 1 and 2, Chemistry 1 and 2, Physics 1 and 2, Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, Organic Chemistry (for most programs), and statistics. In addition, some programs require additional courses like Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics (particularly for Certified Anesthesiology Assistant), or Medical Terminology (e.g., PT and OT). Depending on the program, students may be required to take advanced courses in psychology or sociology, which have been factored in, as well. It is important to note some schools may require additional coursework over and above the courses mentioned here; and some professional healthcare programs may require very different prerequisite courses.

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All new students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

All University GenEd courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C- in order to count toward graduation; however, students are encouraged to aim for the B grade or higher to improve their chances for successful admission to their graduate program of choice. It should be noted that the Department of Kinesiology requires KINS 1223 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and KINS 1224 Human Anatomy and Physiology II to fulfill the GenEd Science & Technology requirement. Further note that KINS 1223 and KINS 1224 are required prerequisites for admission to the majority of health profession graduate programs, and students are encouraged to earn a B or better in those classes.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major.

College Requirement

All College of Public Health undergraduates must successfully complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001 Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play .

Major Requirements

Students are advised to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (B) since entry into graduate programs in the health professions is highly competitive. Although all required professional application courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C to count toward graduation, a grade of B or better in the specific prerequisites is required for almost all health profession graduate programs.

KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Core Courses
HIM 1101Medical Terminology3
HPM 2214Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System3
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
HRPR 2103Health Psychology and Human Behavior3
HRPR 2104Cultural Competency in Health and Healthcare3
HRPR 2105Introduction to the Narrative in Patient-Centered Health Care3
KINS 2204Motor Behavior3
KINS 4242Exercise, Nutrition and Behavior3
SBS 2101Disease Prevention and Control3
Select one of the following:1-3
CPR/First Aid
Emergency Medical Care for Health Professionals (only for students planning on the MS in Athletic Training)
Math and Science Requirements
MATH 1021College Algebra4
EPBI 2219Biostatistics and Public Health3
BIOL 1011General Biology I4
BIOL 1012General Biology II4
CHEM 1031General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1033General Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 1032General Chemistry II3
CHEM 1034General Chemistry Laboratory II1
PHYS 1021Introduction to General Physics I4
PHYS 1022Introduction to General Physics II4
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
Electives
Select 7 from the following:21
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Biochemistry I
International Classification of Diseases
Clinical Procedures
An Introduction to Holistic Practices and Integrative Medicine
Movement Injuries: Prevention and Care
Physiology of Physical Activity
Applied Technologies in Kinesiology
Functional Anatomy for Kinesiology
Biomechanics of Physical Activity
Basic Electrocardiography
Independent Study in Kinesiology
Ethics in Medicine
Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
Foundations of Psychopathology
Foundations of Developmental Psychology
International Health
Nutrition and Health
Counseling Techniques for Health Professionals
Disability Identity
Total Credit Hours91-93

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Health Professions

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
MATH 1021College Algebra4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
HIM 1101Medical Terminology3
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
CHEM 1031General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1033General Chemistry Laboratory I1
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
HRPR 2103Health Psychology and Human Behavior3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 1032General Chemistry II3
CHEM 1034General Chemistry Laboratory II1
EPBI 2219Biostatistics and Public Health3
HRPR 2104Cultural Competency in Health and Healthcare3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
BIOL 1011General Biology I4
KINS 2204Motor Behavior3
KINS 4242Exercise, Nutrition and Behavior3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 1012General Biology II4
CPR/First Aid1
SBS 2101Disease Prevention and Control3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective (based on education goals)3
 Term Credit Hours14
Year 4
Fall
PHYS 1021Introduction to General Physics I4
HRPR 2105Introduction to the Narrative in Patient-Centered Health Care3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours13
Spring
PHYS 1022Introduction to General Physics II4
HPM 2214Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System3
Elective3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours: 120