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Health Sciences

Health Sciences (Springfield)

The Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southwest Baptist University's Springfield campus offers multiple health science degree programs.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) is designed specifically for the working allied or imaging healthcare professional who has certification and would like to obtain an associate's degree. If you have already completed a certificate program in an approved healthcare field, you will be admitted to the AAS program on the basis of a current state-issued license or certification.

The Associate of Science in Health Sciences (ASHS) degree is a great option for students interested in completing a degree to gain a foundational education in health sciences.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) degree is available with either an emphasis on a specialized imaging modality or with a leadership and management track. The BSHS degree is a web-enhanced program utilizing newly revised curriculum, and is an excellent option for students already working full-time.

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Springfield Campus


(The health sciences programs offer convenient scheduling for students already in the workforce through 8-week block online courses.)

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Be equipped for a lifetime of success by a school that is committed to doing what it takes to help you graduate and succeed.
  • Receive a high-quality, Christian higher education in partnership with a nationally recognized healthcare system, Mercy Health System.
  • Further your education while remaining active in the workforce through afternoon and evening classes that work with your schedule.
  • Benefit from small class sizes that provide opportunities for individualized instruction, academic guidance and networking.

Faith Integration

Southwest Baptist University is a Christ-centered university and is committed to the integration of faith and academics in all programs and degrees. Class discussions include open dialogue about how faith impacts the academic discipline. Students are encouraged to consider their own faith and how they will incorporate their faith in their chosen career paths. SBU's goal is to produce academically qualified career professionals who are also servant leaders in today's global society.


To be admitted to a health sciences program at SBU-Springfield, please complete the following steps:

  1. Schedule a meeting with an admissions office representative at the Springfield campus by calling (417) 820-5047 or (417) 820-3272.
  2. Complete an application for admission to Southwest Baptist University. Indicate that you plan to attend the Springfield campus.
  3. Request official transcripts. For high school students and college students with less than 12 hours of credit, submit official high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores, along with any college, university or training school official transcripts. For transfer students with 12 hours or more of college credit, please submit official transcripts from all colleges, universities and training programs attended.
  4. Verify receipt of application and all transcripts listed on application with the Admissions Office. Be sure transcripts are updated upon completion of each semester and show in-progress courses.
  5. Schedule a meeting with an academic advisor (for course planning and registration) by calling (417) 820-3266.

Course Transfer Equivalency

Southwest Baptist University maintains a current database of course transfer equivalencies from hundreds of accredited colleges and universities. Students are welcome to search for and find course equivalents for prerequisite courses and program requirements within the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences degree programs.

Contact Information

Charlie Hungerford, M.A.
Director of Admissions
(417) 820-3272

Stacy Soden, M.S.E, RT., (R)(CT)
Health Sciences Director
(417) 820-3408

Full-Time Faculty

Michael Dickerson, Health Sciences Faculty

Michael Dickerson, Instructor
Paula Steiert, Health Sciences Faculty

Paula Steiert, Instructor
Amanda Doneski, Health Sciences Faculty

Amanda Doneski, Instructor
Stacy Soden, Health Sciences Chair

Stacy Soden, Chair

I took the Healthcare in Culturally Diverse Populations course and got more out of the class than I could have ever imagined. I feel like I have grown as a person because of this class and have found a new passion as I continue my education.

Wendy Farmer, current BSHS student
Wendy Farmer, BSHS student

bachelor of science in health sciences Plan

year 1

Fall Semester

BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

FAR 1013 Introduction to Theatre 3
CIS 1103 Introduction to Computers 3
HSC 1013 Medical Terminology 3
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
BIO 2204 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Total hours 16

year 2

Fall Semester

POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
BIO 3304 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Total hours 13

Spring Semester

MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
CHE 1104 Principles of Chemistry or  
CHE 1004 Chemistry for Allied Health 4
ECO 2023 Microeconomics or  
ECO 2033 Macroeconomics 3
COM 2393 Interpersonal Communications 3
Total hours 13

year 3

Fall Semester

HSC 3013 Organization and Delivery of Healthcare 3
HSC 3563 Health Care Informatics 3
HSC 3453 Spirituality in Healthcare 3
  Health Sciences Elective 3
Total hours 12

Spring Semester

HSC 4013 Healthcare in Diverse Populations 3
HSC 4143 Research for Health Care Professionals 3
HSC 4443 Leadership and Management for Health Care Professionals 3
  Health Sciences Elective 3
HSC 4441 Capstone 1
Total hours 13

year 4

12 hours of courses from selected track, listed below:

leadership courses

HSC 3003 Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Professions 3
HSC 3073 Patient Education and Health Promotion 3
HSC 4023 Health Care Finance 3
HSC 4343 Human Resources for Health Care Professionals 3
HSC 3373 Professional Health Care Practice 3

MRI advanced imaging courses

HSC 3324 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physics 4
HSC 3334 Magnetic Resonance Imaging 4
HSC 4234 Clinical Practicum (562 clinical hours; 16 weeks) 4

interventional procedures advanced imaging courses

HSC 3464 Interventional Procedures Physics and Instrumentation 4
HSC 3474 Interventional Procedures Imaging 4
HSC 4244 Interventional Procedures Clinical (562 clinical hours; 16 weeks) 4

CT advanced imaging courses

HSC 3204 Computed Tomography Imaging 4
HSC 3214 Computed Tomography Physics and Instrumentation 4
HSC 4224 Computed Tomography Clinical Education (562 clinical hours; 16 weeks) 4

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Plan