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  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

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    Pursuing a degree in Health Sciences means answering a call to focus on the well-being of others.  At Samford University, we help you develop the character, knowledge, excellence and professionalism you need to be successful in your calling. The Department of Kinesiology’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences allows you to explore the various professions within the broad area of health.  Whether you are interested in becoming a physician assistant, an occupational therapist, a strength and conditioning coach or other health professional, the health sciences major provides many elective hours to allow you to tailor your program to meet your professional goals. With an emphasis on outstanding classroom teaching, practical experiences, undergraduate research, mentoring and service, the health sciences program not only prepares students for graduate school or their first job, it allows them to begin living out their calling to serve others.

    Why Samford+

    In the health sciences program at Samford you will find:

    • Low student-to-teacher ratio in the classroom
    • Passionate faculty who are committed to helping you pursue excellence as you identify your calling
    • A rigorous curriculum with elective credits allowing you to tailor your program of study to meet your needs
    • Medical mission trip opportunities that fulfill internship requirements
    • Research opportunities in which many students have won regional and national awards
    • An opportunity to participate in an internship in your area of study
    • Hands-on learning experiences that equip you for real-world careers
     

    Admission+

    Prospective students must receive admission to Samford University. Apply to Samford here.

    Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, Anne Sherman, Director of Disability Resources, 205-726-4078.   

    Clinical Education+

    At the School of Health Professions, you education will extend far beyond the classroom. You’ll take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to a variety of clinical settings around Birmingham, one of the country’s most advanced health care communities. You’ll work in a variety of environments, including high school athletic departments, university athletic departments, sports medicine clinics, rehabilitation clinics and physicians’ offices.

    Outcomes+

    Our students are prepared to apply to graduate programs in a variety of health-related fields, including occupational therapy or physician assistance, among others.  If graduate school is not in your immediate future, you will be prepared to move directly into the workforce in areas such as strength and conditioning, research assistant or many other health-related professions.

    Accreditations+

    Samford University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Our Commitment+

    "The internship is essential to the educational experience as it is an opportunity for students to apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in their classes.  The internship also allows students to explore various opportunities within the areas of health, wellness and/or sports.  Finally, the internship allows students to gain valuable work experience as they seek to begin their future careers."

    - Alan P. Jung, Ph.D., FACSM
    Chair, Department of Kinesiology

    Life in the Program+

    “The educators and programs that Samford offers has taught me more than just textbook knowledge, but knowledge that will play a role in every stage of life I partake in. I have learned what true success and professionalism looks like and that it's not always about your job title or your yearly income, it's about what influence you are making on others lives. Influencing others in a positive way is what defines true success.”

    - Kayla Meadows,
    Fitness and Health Promotion major, ‘13

    Plan of Study+

    Freshman Year, Fall Semester includes: Communication Arts I (4 credits); Cultural Perspectives I (4 credits);  Concepts (2 credits); Pre-calculus (4 credits); Fine Arts (2 credits) -- Total Credits (16)

    Freshman Year, Spring Semester includes: Communication Arts II (4 credits); Cultural Perspectives II (4 credits); General Psychology (4 credits); Intro to Health Sciences (2 credits); PHED Activity (1 credit) -- Total Credits (15) 

    Sophomore Year, Fall Semester includes: Directed Elective (4 credits); Humanities (4 credits); Natural/Comp. Science (4 credits); Medical Terminology (2 credits); PHED Activity (1 credit) -- Total Credits (15) 

    Sophomore Year, Spring Semester includes: Health Sciences Elective (4 credits); Directed Elective (4 credits); Elementary Statistics (4 credits); Biblical Perspectives I (4 credits) -- Total Credits (16) 

    Junior Year, Fall Semester includes: Scientific Inquiry (2 credits); Exercise Physiology (4 credits); Health Sciences Elective (4 credits); Directed Elective (4 credits); Health Prof. Internship (2 credits) -- Total Credits (16)

    Junior Year Spring Semester includes: Health Sciences Elective (4 credits); Anatomy & Kinesiology (4 credits); Directed Elective (4 credits); Directed Elective (4 credits) -- Total Credits (16)

    Senior Year Fall Semester includes: Exercise as Medicine OR Exercise Testing & RX (4 credits); Person and Comm. Health (4 credits); Directed Elective (4 credits); Research Methods (2 credits); Directed Elective (4 credits) -- Total Credits (18)

    Senior Year, Spring Semester includes: Health Sciences Elective (4 credits); Health Sciences Elective (4 credits); Directed Elective (4 credits); Senior Seminar (2 credits); Directed Elective (2 credits) -- Total Credits (16) 

    Total Credits Required: 128 

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