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About Sciences Career Studies

Fields that can be entered within a health sciences degree include:

  • Dental Hygiene
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assisting
  • Surgical Technology
  • Applied Health Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy

These fields are joined by many other specializations that can be gained through degree programs from the associate’s to the PhD level of education. The most common entered programs are at the bachelor’s and master’s degree level. Education at the bachelor’s degree level consists of courses that supplement a concentration. It is typical for students to work through courses that have them completing clinical hours to gain experience. The same basic courses are taken no matter what career students are working towards. In a four-year degree program students should expect to complete courses in microbiology, human anatomy, physiology, and health care. Some classes will also focus on the different types of delivery systems that are integrated into the field.

Working through a master’s degree program provides students with the knowledge needed to work alongside doctors and surgeons. Many of the degree programs prepare students for management by taking their specialization and providing a complete understanding of health science. Students can enter concentrations in areas including public health, health education, emergency and disaster management, clinical research administration, and more.

The core set of courses that all students can expect to take inside a master’s degree program include:

  • Advanced Human Anatomy
  • Applied Ergonomics
  • Bioenergetics and Weight
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Tissue Biomechanics
  • Movement Science

Students can plan to take these courses after working through a general education path in an undergraduate degree. A fundamentals course in human nutrition looks at health science in regards to nutrition. The study of digestion, diet, the effect of nutrients on the body, and the role of nutrition in health and disease makes up beginning concepts of the field. Another beginning course can be applied ethics, which looks at the techniques of care practices. Students debate from an argumentative standpoint what is moral and if techniques are based on someone’s perspective. Students can expect to be trained well for their chosen field after completing a degree in health sciences.