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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Earn a bachelor's degree in health sciences.

Southwest Baptist University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program that provides students with a comprehensive background in health-related sciences. This program offers a flexible and innovative curriculum, designed to prepare students to pursue a wide variety of healthcare-related careers. Graduates of this program will benefit from a comprehensive set of skills, knowledge, and experience that will help them to stand out in a competitive healthcare job market.

The online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program provides students with an in-depth understanding of the healthcare field. Students will learn the science behind health-related topics and gain the necessary skills to pursue a wide range of rewarding jobs in healthcare. This program is perfect for those interested in making a difference in the world of healthcare by providing quality care to patients, helping to improve public health, and understanding the complex social and economic factors that shape healthcare.

  • Clinical Track — Allows health care professionals to advance their profession in the areas of management, leadership, and the delivery of healthcare becoming servant leaders in a global society.
  • Non-Clinical Track — Designed for individuals who have no health care experience, yet want to pursue a degree in healthcare that does not include direct patient care. This degree plan will prepare the non-clinical professionals to advance their knowledge base in the healthcare industry.

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

Contact Admissions

(417) 447-8672


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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.
  • 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.

Lauren Hargus
"I cannot say enough good things about my professors at SBU. To have individuals who are not only wanting to help you grow in the classroom, but also care about you as a person and are willing to listen and pray with you through different struggles was the biggest blessing. I never felt like a number at SBU."
Lauren Hargus, ASR '16, BSHS '17
Sonographer at Phelps Health

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Course Requirements

General Education

Total hours 39-42

Graduation Requirements

BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
SPF 2012 Spiritual Formation or 2
**HSC 3453 Spirituality in Health Care 3
KIN 1162 Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
Total hours 8-11

Program Requirements

HSC 1013 Medical Terminology 3
BEH 3243 Elementary Statistics 3
Total hours 6


Choose One Block

Block 1 — Previous Healthcare Degree/Certificate

Total lower-level hours 30-42*

Block 2 — No Previous Healthcare Degree/Certificate

HSC XXXX Health-related courses (Up to 30 lower-level hours awarded based on transcript)  
HSC 3143 Intro. to Health Care & Professionalism 3
BIO 2204 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 3304 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 2243 Nutrition 3
BIO 2213 Microbiology 3
BEH 3063 Human Growth & Development 3

*Blocks must total number of hours required for the 128-hour degree

Health Sciences Major Core Courses

HSC 3010 Orientation Course 0
HSC 3453 Spirituality in Health Care** 3
HSC 3013 Organization and Delivery of Healthcare 3
HSC 3133 Legal & Contemporary Issues in Health Care 3
HSC 3113 Ethics in Health Care 3
HSC 3563 Health Care Informatics 3
HSC 4013 Health Care in Culturally Diverse Populations 3
HSC 4023 Health Care Finance 3
HSC 4343 Human Resources for Health Care Professionals 3
HSC 4333 Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
HSC 4434 Administration and Leadership 4
HSC 4453 Public Health and Education 3
HSC 4453 Capstone 3
Total hours 37

*Approved general education alternative course
** Approved alternative for SPF 2012

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:
Health Sciences Plan (PDF)