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The College of St. Scholastica

From nursing to social work to physical therapy, St. Scholastica is well-established as a leader in health care education. As a health sciences major, you’ll be able to learn more about any of these career fields to find the perfect fit for you.
St. Scholastica’s health sciences major offers students the unique opportunity to gain broad knowledge of health care and human service systems. At the same time, you’ll develop critical thinking skills grounded in the liberal arts and Catholic Benedictine values.

Graduates of this program have gone on to work at hospitals, nonprofits and health care facilities, or have pursued graduate study in fields like occupational therapy and athletic training.

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Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

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Program Requirements

36 health science/related credits
16 upper-division health science/related

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.


HSC 2201 – Nutrition

Introduces the basic principles of nutrition including energy, proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals and water with application to individual diet assessment. Recommendations for meeting the changing nutritional needs throughout the lifecycle. Basic exploration of current food/nutrition issues. Four class hours, independent projects.

HSC 3020 – Pathophysiology

Study of the general mechanisms of disease at the cellular and molecular levels, including abnormalities of fluid distribution, the inflammatory process, abnormal immune mechanisms, and neoplastic disease, followed by an application of the basic principles of pathologic processes to diseases of the neurologic, endocrine, reproductive, hematologic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal and digestive systems. Prerequisite: a completed course in Anatomy/Physiology.

HSC 4700 – Health Science Interdisciplinary Leadership

Focuses on specific leadership strategies of building respect and collaboration among members of health science disciplines through patient/client centered and ethical decision-making approaches. Students will have opportunities to develop skills to function as leaders representing their professions as part of an interdisciplinary team. Additionally, the ATHENS EHR System, which is a state-of-the-art electronic health record, will be used by students in this course to develop their confidence and competence with employing this type of clinical information technology in the practice of their profession. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

HSC 4777 – Topics in Health Sciences

Studies subjects dealing with healthcare delivery systems in U.S. and/or other countries, such as the philosophy, organization/structure, innovations, benefits, concerns and/or future orientation of the systems. Must be approved by school dean.

Career Outlook

Equipped with critical thinking skills and a broad knowledge of health care and human services systems, graduates of this program have gone on to work in continuing care retirement communities, hospitals, nonprofits and other healthcare facilities. Others have pursued graduate study in such areas as occupational therapy, athletic training other health science professions.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brainpower and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

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Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who bring their deep experience to online and on-campus classrooms. Our values of community, respect, stewardship and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.