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Health Sciences School Degree

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The Health Sciences school degree includes two choices:

  1. The Health Sciences School concentration is intended for the student who has an interest in health care, but has not fulfilled the requirements for a specific program within the school. The Health Sciences degree is not intended as a primary major of study, but can be used as a foundation for the programs noted below and to create a defined focus of study when circumstances have prevented successful completion of the student's initial health care education choices. This major requires at least 36 credits in allied fields, with 16 credits in HSC designated courses or related courses approved by the dean of the School of Health Sciences. Sixteen of those credits must be at the upper division level. A clinical experience is highly recommended. Students with a departmental major within the health sciences are ineligible for this option. A student interested in this concentration must apply for an upper-division Health Sciences major through the school dean. There is no Health Sciences minor.
  2. The Athletic Training concentration requires admission to the Athletic Training Program and satisfactory completion of the first year of the professional program. See the Athletic Training Program description for further details.

A student graduating with a Health Sciences school degree from The College of St. Scholastica will:

  1. Understand and articulate the broad relationships and connections among the disciplines studied within the school.
  2. Understand and apply the most basic and essential principles of at least one allied discipline.
  3. Knowledgeably analyze a problem germane to the allied disciplines or critically evaluate a proposition pertinent to the fields of study.
  4. Clearly communicate his/her analysis of a problem or evaluation of a proposition.

Health Sciences school degree admissions and retention policies minimum admission requirements:

  1. Junior level standing.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. C (2.0) in all courses required by the major department.
  4. Student will develop a set of professional goals.
  5. Personal interview, health examination and/or psychological testing may be required.
  6. Each department reserves the right to set more rigorous selection criteria than those stated above as appropriate to students' academic and personal suitability for entry into professional practice. If such criteria are set, the department will make them available to students interested in seeking admission to the department.
  7. Each department reserves the right to select the applicants with the best qualifications from those who meet minimum criteria.

Graduation requirements

  1. This major requires at least 36 credits in allied fields, with 16 credits in HSC-designated courses or related courses approved by the dean of the School of Health Sciences.
  2. Sixteen of those credits must be at the upper-division level.
  3. The student's account must be paid in full prior to the conferral of any diploma.
  4. Tuition & Fees - 128 credits are required for graduation at $405 per credit hour.

Retention requirements

  1. C (2.0) in each major course. In the case of sequential courses, it is necessary to obtain the grade before proceeding to the next level course.
  2. A major course (one required by department) may be repeated once.
  3. Each department reserves the right of retaining in the major only those students who satisfy requirements of scholarship, health and personal suitability for the profession.

Student alternatives

  1. If a student fails to meet standards as set forth above for admission or retention, the student may request probationary status from the department chair.
  2. A student may appeal through the College academic grievance procedure.

Contact us

Bruce Loppnow, PhD, MSH

Dean, School of Health Sciences
The College of St. Scholastica
School of  Health Sciences
Science Center, Room 2103
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone: (218) 723-7033