Apply to the Bachelor of Heath Science Program
The priority deadline to apply is February 15th. Applications are accepted once a year.
Students will be required to earn acceptance into the BHSc program. Program acceptance entails an application process to ensure that students are prepared, qualified, and capable for the rigor required to be successful in the BHSc program. The admission standards below have been established to set a standard that is comparable to the required entrance GPA of the various graduate health profession programs that this program is intended to prepare students for.
Students interested in majoring in Health Science must complete a two-step admissions process:
- Step 1: Students must first be accepted into Southern CT State University by the Admissions Office.
- For existing SCSU students, you have already completed this step.
- Once admitted to the University, it is suggested that you declare the Health Science major with a Pre-Health Science (PHSc) concentration prior to applying and being accepted to the BHSc program (which is the second step). If your current major is not Health Science with a Pre-Health Science concentration, please declare or change your major.
- If accepted into the BHSc program, your major will be changed from the PreHealth Science (PHSc) concentration to Health Science (HSc).
- Step 2: Application is made for admission to the Bachelor of Health Science Program in the spring semester prior to the fall semester in which students anticipate enrolling in upper level courses. The application will be made available each year by December on the program’s website.
The BHSc final admissions deadline is February 15th – Applications are accepted once each year. Decisions will be emailed to students by the end of March.
Until accepted into the BHSc program, current Southern students and transfer students who are Pre-Health Science majors must consult with their assigned advisor at that time when registering for classes in order to ensure that they fulfill prerequisite and recommended university requirements. See the instructions on how to find out who your assigned academic advisor is.
To apply for admission into the BHSc program, these prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Fall Semester prior to when the application is submitted.
- Completion of 45 credits of university requirements or transfer equivalents.
- A minimum overall grade point average of 3.2 and good standing with the University.
- Successful completion of HSC 200 or HLS 200 with a minimum grade of “C.” OR
- For current SCSU students, this requirement is the one course that will be allowed as "in-progress" at the time of applying into the major. This means that you do not have to have this course completed but you should be registered for it during the Spring Semester.
- For transfer students who plan to enter SCSU in the Fall semester, this course can be an outstanding requirement and you can still apply to the major. If admitted to the major, you would be required to take this course during your first Fall semester that you are admitted into the program.
- If this requirement is considered "in-progress," and not yet completed and you are accepted into the major, your acceptance may be considered "conditional," meaning that you will still need to earn a grade of a C or better in the course to remain in the major.
- Successful completion of the following courses with a passing grade:
- PSY 100 – Intro to Psychology
- ENG 112 – Composition OR ENG 120 – Writing Arguments for Bilingual Students OR HON 150 Introduction to Critical Inquiry
- MAT 107 – Statistics
- BIO 200 – Anatomy and Physiology I
- CHE 120 – Chemistry
Admission to the BHSc program is competitive. Meeting the eligibility criteria described above does not guarantee acceptance.
The application process occurs once per year. Applications are submitted between the end of December and February 15th. GPA, as well as other pre-admission criteria, will be used as a way of evaluating students for acceptance into the Health Science program. These may include, but are not limited to, the completion of prerequisite courses and an evaluation of the student’s program plan for completion of remaining university requirements. Consistent with SCSU admission requirements, candidates who, in the judgment of BHSc faculty, present strong academic and personal qualifications, as well as the greatest potential for program success, gain preference.
After a determination is made concerning students’ readiness to enter the program, applicants are informed of admission decisions via email by the end of March. Those who are accepted will have their declared major changed from the Pre-Health Science (PHSc) concentration to Health Science (HSc) and will be assigned to a BHSc faculty advisor. Following acceptance, the student should make an appointment to meet with their BHSc advisor to plan the student’s individualized program for the following Fall semester.
Please note, there are multiple pathways to work toward the pursuit of health science and health care careers; the BHSc program is only one of them. Students who are not accepted into the BHSc program might be interested in pursuing related majors in departments such as:
- Health Care Studies (HLS)
- Social Work (SWK)
- Communication Disorders (CMD)
- Health and Movement Sciences (HMS)
- Biology (BIO)
- Public Health (PCH)
- Psychology (PSY)
Students who are not admitted to the BHSc program, who would like to pursue graduate education in fields such as OT or PT, are encouraged to research the pre-requisites for these programs to inform decisions on the courses they plan on taking when meeting their next major advisor.
The Department of Health and Movement Sciences welcomes transfer students from the community and technical colleges and four year institutions. Pre-admission academic advisement is available to students interested in transferring into the BHSc program. Our goal is to facilitate the transfer process and assist students in their adjustment to the program.
Transfer students must be admitted to the University as well as to the Health Science Program. Transfer students who plan to apply to both SCSU and the BHSc Program for a Fall semester start date may need to complete both admissions processes simultaneously in order to meet the BHSc Program application deadline (see application deadline above).
Students wishing to transfer to the BHSc Program from other academic institutions are required to submit official transcripts of their previous college work to the University Office of Admissions. After a review of transfer credits is completed by the Admissions Office, a separate review of previous college work can be conducted by the BHSc Program Directors for consideration of additional transfer credits within established BHSc Program requirements. Transfer credit may be considered as equivalent to HSC/HLS 200 from community and technical colleges and four year colleges and universities if courses are taken that match both the health professions and medical terminology curricula with grades of a “C” or higher earned in each. Academic credit is not given for life experience or previous work experience for any health science courses. In all cases, requests for transfer credits are evaluated on an individual basis. After transfer credits are awarded, the University Registrar is notified to enter the credits in the student’s official academic record.
Transfer students may also consider the HLS degree program as an alternative degree option if prerequisites to the BHSc program are not met or if a student is not admitted into the BHSc program.
Students who are accepted into the BHSc program and decide to postpone enrolling in Health Science courses must reapply to the program the following year; students cannot defer their acceptance. Please note, acceptance into the program during one academic year does not guarantee acceptance into the program years thereafter.