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Health Sciences

Health Sciences Degrees
(Springfield Campus)

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 a web-enhanced program utilizing newly revised curriculum, and is an excellent option for students already working full-time. This degree is designed for anyone in the healthcare industry to continue their education toward a bachelor degree. Professions include medical technology, billing and coding, respiratory therapy, radiologic technology, and dental hygiene, among many more health care professions.

The Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University in Springfield provides conveniently scheduled general education and science pre-requisite coursework for all its degree programs, as well as a wide array of courses for adult learners who desire to begin or continue their education. General education coursework is offered in both traditional classroom settings and through online courses. Students in general education courses benefit from experienced professors in small classes.

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Visit the SBU-Springfield Campus page to learn more about the campus, cost, scholarships and financial aid, and more.

Springfield Campus


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

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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) 447-8672 or (417) 447-8670.
  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/CLT 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) 820-2069.
  6. Complete admission testing (ASN program).

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

Shonna Fore
Assistant Director of Admissions
(417) 447-8672

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 course requirements

basic requirements

Program Requirements

BIO 2204 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 3304 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HSC 1013 Medical Terminology 3
Total hours 11




*An additional 29-30 hours of lower-level courses may be needed if no prior health certificate

Health sciences core courses

HSC 3453 Spirituality in Health Care 3
HSC 3010 Orientation Course 0
HSC 3013 Organization and Delivery of Healthcare 3
HSC 3103 Basics of APA writing in Health Care 3
HSC 3373 Professional Health Care Practice 3
HSC 3563 Health Care Informatics 3
HSC 4013 Health Care in Culturally Diverse Populations 3
HSC 4143 Research for Health Care Professionals or  
NUR 4333 Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
HSC 4453 Capstone 3
Total hours 24

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.

Download in PDF format:
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Plan