Healthcare Studies, B.S.

The B.S. Healthcare Studies degree program prepares students for entry-level jobs within the healthcare sector, provides a strong academic foundation for those advancing to graduate school, and prepares students with the prerequisite coursework and advisement to apply to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program.

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Students may choose to add one of the following two concentrations to their program of study.

Healthcare and Clinical Research

This concentration was designed as a pathway to employment in the field of Clinical Trials management. Major research hospitals such as Yale New-Haven Hospital conduct a large number of clinical trials on potential treatments for cancer and other diseases, and this is a large area of employment growth. Clinical trials researchers help recruit and screen patients for clinical trials, work with patients to collect data and ensure research protocols are followed, help manage and report data, ensure quality control, and related duties.

Students who complete this program and who work in clinical trials research for 1-2 years will be eligible to take a certification exam to become a certified clinical research professional (CCRP). This is a valuable and highly marketable credential that will help in long-term career advancement.

If you’re comfortable working with data, and have good attention to detail and a strong work ethic, this might be a good career path to explore.

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Therapeutic Recreation in Aging

Was designed as a pathway to employment as a therapeutic recreation director in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and senior centers. Therapeutic Rec Directors are responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing individual and group activities for residents of a facility.

The coursework in the concentration is specifically geared toward working with an aging population and developing skills in therapeutic recreation. Additionally, the core coursework in the HLS major (such as courses like HLS 210 Patient Centered Healthcare and HLS 415 Healthcare Systems and Policy) will be extremely helpful in working in these healthcare settings. Graduates of this program will meet the Connecticut Health Code qualifications for therapeutic recreation directors in skilled nursing facilities.

If you enjoy working with an aging population, and are creative, outgoing, and compassionate, this might be a good career path to explore.

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