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Health Science

College of Health and Human Services

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Health Sciences - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Health Science

The basic University requirements for graduation with a B.S. Degree in Health Science consist of:

  • 1. completion of general education requirements,
  • 2. completion of all courses identified on the Program Planner for the Option selected, with no grade lower than a "C" for each listed course or approved substitute,
  • 3. completion of a minimum of 120 units, at least 40 units of which must be upper division. Upper division courses are numbered 300 to 499.

Major Core Requirements

All Health Science majors must complete the required core. The core of the Health Science program contains five areas of competence: Statistics, Program Development, Professionalism, Health Services Organization and Health Promotion. All majors must complete at least one course from each competency area. Courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Option in Radiation Therapy (code HSC_BS01) (135 units)

Admission Under Impaction

For fall admission, in addition to applying to the university by November 30th of the prior fall, applicants must submit a supplemental application to the department by February 1 of the prior spring. Contact the Program Director at 562-985-7507 or seatmon@csulb.edu by November 30th to obtain supplemental application packet.

Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses (or equivalents at a transfer institution), each with a grade of C or better: BIOL 200, 207, and 208; MICR 101; H SC 200; MATH 119A; PHYS 100A and B; I S 233; and ENGL 102. Supplemental application materials must include (1) an observation packet documenting a 40-hour observation period in a department of radiation therapy, (2) 3 letters of recommendation (at least one from a radiation therapist at the observation site noted above, and the others from either employers or instructors), (3) a written personal statement, (4) a summary of academic and work history, and (5) documentation of the availability of transportation to clinical sites for the required internship. Applicants must participate in an interview with the Radiation Therapy Career Advisement Committee. Eligible applicants will be admitted for available spaces based on faculty's judgment of their ability to succeed in the program.

Completion of all requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission Under Impaction for Continuing Students

Students who indicate a Radiation Therapy Option major when they enter as freshmen will be assigned a pre-Radiation Therapy major code. Acceptance into the pre-major by the university does not imply or assure subsequent acceptance into the Option by the Department. Students who are not accepted into the Option cannot continue as pre-Radiation Therapy majors.

Prior to admission to the Radiation Therapy Option, continuing students must

  • 1. Complete all of the basic criteria listed above
  • 2. Complete HSC 200 Orientation to Radiation Therapy with a grade of “C” or better.
  • 3. Submit Option Application by February 1.

Admission Under Impaction for Transfer Students

Students must be eligible for admission to the university as transfer students and must apply for admission to the university no later than November 30 for admission the following fall. Students who are not admitted to the Option will not be admitted to the university unless they have listed a second choice of major on the application form.

Prior to admission to the Radiation Therapy Option, transfer students must:

  • 1. Complete all of the basic criteria listed above
  • 2. Schedule an appointment with the Radiation Therapy Program Director or Clinical Coordinator
  • 3. Attend a group Radiation Therapy Orientation session
  • 4. Submit by February 1 the Option application

The Radiation Therapy Option is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a professional program leading to membership in the health care team using ionizing radiation in the treatment of malignant and some benign diseases. The Option is competency-based and integrates didactic courses and clinical experience to prepare entry level radiation therapists to become integral partners in the health care team and contributing members of the profession.

On a daily basis, the registered radiation therapist is involved in:

  • 1. Operation of sophisticated radiotherapeutic equipment to deliver prescribed doses of ionizing radiation for the treatment of malignant and some benign diseases.
  • 2. Providing psychological and emotional support to patients who are dealing with the stress of their illness.
  • 3. Providing education to the patient and their family about their disease and all aspects of treatment.
  • 4. Observing patient progress and recognizing medical problems that require a physician’s attention.
  • 5. Constructing devices to aid in treatment positioning, beam modification, and treatment planning.
  • 6. Calculation of doses and use of treatment planning computers to determine dose distributions.

Successful completion of the Option requirements allows the student eligibility to apply for licensure examinations at the state and national levels to practice as a registered radiation therapist.

This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Il 60606-3182, phone 312-704-5300) and the State of California, Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch.

Required Radiation Therapy Option Courses

Students will take the following courses in sequence:

  • HSC 150 Medical Terminology (1)
  • HSC 320 Radiologic Techniques & Imaging Modalities (3)
  • HSC 310 Radiation Therapy Patient Care I (2)
  • HSC 340 Clinical Radiation Therapy (3)
  • HSC 341 Clinical Radiation Therapy II (1)
  • HSC 315 Seminar in Radiation Therapy I (2)
  • HSC 492A Internship in Health Care (5)
  • HSC 492A Internship in Health Care (summer) (2)
  • HSC 470A Clinical Radiation Physics I (3)
  • HSC 445A Oncologic Pathology I (3)
  • HSC 330 Topographic Anatomy (2)
  • HSC 311 Radiation Therapy Patient Care II (2)
  • HSC 403 Community Health Statistics (3)
  • HSC 470B Clinical Radiation Physics II (3)
  • HSC 445B Oncologic Pathology II (3)
  • HSC 342 Clinical Radiation Therapy III (1)
  • HSC 415 Radiation Biology (2)
  • HSC 435 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (3)
  • HSC 492B Internship in Health Care (summer) (2)
  • HSC 492B Internship in Health Care (5)
  • HSC 316 Seminar in Radiation Therapy II (2)
  • HSC 451 Ethics Professionalism in Health Care (3)
  • HSC 455 Quality Management in Radiation Therapy (1)
  • HSC 475 Treatment Planning – Dosimetry (2)
  • HSC 475L Treatment Planning – Dosimetry Lab (1)
  • HSC 480 Advanced Radiation Therapy (2)
  • HSC 465 Radiation Therapy in the Health Care Market (3)

All Radiation Therapy courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. If a student earns a lower grade, the student must repeat the course and earn an acceptable grade before advancing to the next level of courses.

Option in Community Health Education (code HSC_BS02) (120 units)

The Community Health Education option is designed for persons whose occupational objective is to serve as a community health educator with an official, voluntary, or corporate health agency.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 208 Human Anatomy (4)
    • MICR 101 Introduction to Human Disease (3)
    • NUTR 132 Introduction to Nutrition (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • CHEM 100 Chemistry and Today’s World (4)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
  • Take Spanish (3 units) or language approved by the department advisor.

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • H SC 301 Orientation to Health Science (3)
    • H SC 400 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
    • H SC 401 Community Health Education (3)
    • H SC 402 Applied Concepts of Community Health Education (3)
    • H SC 403 Community Health Statistics (3)
    • H SC 405 Health Education Program Evaluation and Measurement (3)
    • H SC 421 Health Behavior (3)
    • H SC 430 School Health Program (3)
    • H SC 435 Health Promotion Risk Reduction (3)
    • H SC 440 Applied Concepts of Health Science (3)
    • H SC 485 Internship in Health Education (3)
  • Take three courses selected from the following:
    • H SC 420I, 422, 423, 425I, 427, 429, 490
  • Take one course selected from the following:
    • PSY 351 or SOC 335I
  • Take one course selected from the following:
    • SOC 320, 336, 462, 464
  • Take one course selected from the following:
    • COMM 334, 335

Option in School Health Education (code HSC_BS03) (120 units)

Health Science Preliminary Single Subject Credential (code 130)

The School Health Option is designed for persons who wish to become health science teachers in California middle/high schools. The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and meets subject matter competence requirements for the Health Science Preliminary Single Subject Credential.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Single Subject Credential in Health Science, prospective Health teachers are also required to complete an additional 35 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. A student may enroll in the credential program prerequisite course, EDSS 300D, after completing 80% of the required lower division, upper division, and subject matter courses. Prospective students should consult the department's Health Science Single Subject Advisor early to plan their program.

The Health Science Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 208 Human Anatomy (4)
    • MICR 101 Introduction to Human Disease (3)
    • NUTR 132 Introduction to Nutrition (3)
    • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • CHEM 100 Chemistry and Today’s World (4)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
  • Take Spanish (3 units) or language approved by the department advisor.

Upper Division:

  • Take the following course:
    • ETEC 444 Computer Technology in Education, Level I (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • COMM 335 Persuasive Speaking (3)

Approved upper-division COMM course

  • Take one of the following courses:
    • EDP 301 Child Development and Learning (3)
    • EDP 302 Early and Late Adolescent Development (3)
    • EDP 305 Educational Psychology (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • ANTH 329; CDFS 319; HSC 420I; PSY 378; SOC 320, 423

Subject Matter Courses

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • H SC 210 Contemporary Health Problems (3)
    • H SC 301 Orientation to Health Science (3)
    • H SC 401 Community Health Education (3)
    • H SC 403 Community Health Statistics (3)
    • H SC 421 Health Behavior (3)
    • H SC 422 Environmental Health (3)
    • H SC 423 Consumer Health (3)
    • H SC 425I Human Sexuality and Sex Education (3)
    • H SC 427 Drugs and Health (3)
    • H SC 430 School Health Program (3)
    • H SC 435 Health Promotion/Risk Reduction (3)
    • H SC 440 Applied Concepts of Health Science (3)

Option in Health Care (code HSC_BS04) (120 units)

The Option in Health Care is designed for those individuals who have received certification and/or license from an approved allied health/health care program and desire a Bachelor of Science degree. The focus of this option is the development of professional skills for people whose goal is: (a) providing service, or (b) instructing in the health care setting.

Admission Requirements

Once admitted to the University, students are required to complete the following prior to acceptance into the Health Care Option.

1. Obtain certification and/or license from an allied health/health care program from an institution that has been accredited by either a Committee on Post-secondary Accreditation (COPA) approved accreditation agency or the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA). Those individuals who do not have appropriate certification will be counseled by the Department of Health Science regarding where to obtain an appropriate accredited program, and, when possible, concurrent enrollment may be utilized;

2. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Lower Division:

  • Completion of general education requirements to include:
    • ENGL 100 Composition (3)
  • Take one course from the following:
    • ANTH 120, SOC 100, PSY 100
  • Take a minimum of 12 units in Natural Sciences, approved by department advisor equivalent to:
    • BIOL 200, 207, 208; MICR 101
  • Take one course from the following:
    • CHEM 100, 111A

Upper Division

Core: Three units from each area with advisor consultation:

  • A. Statistics: H SC 403, ED P 419
  • B. Program Development: H SC 430 and HCA 320 or H SC 455 and H SC 316
  • C. Professionalism: H SC 451, HCA 340
  • D. Health Organization: H SC 401, 420I
  • E. Health Promotion: H SC 435, HCA 402

Requirements

  • Take the following course:
    • H SC 400 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • HDEV 320 Research Methods in Human Development (4)
    • H SC 405 Health Education Program Evaluation and Measurement (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • ANTH 353 Health and Healing (3)
    • SOC 462 Medical Sociology (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • POSC 329 Cases in Public Policy Making (3)
    • ECON 300 Fundamentals of Economics (3)

Take one of the following emphases:

A. Providing Service (12 units)

  • Take the following courses:
    • HCA 410 Health Management and Organization (3)
    • HCA 465 Analysis and Evaluation of Health Care Services (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • ED P 434B Interpersonal Skills in Human Resource Development (2-4)
    • H SC 421 Health Behavior (3)
    • H SC 492A,B Internship in Health Care (1-3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • ANTH 319 Human Growth and Development (3)
    • GERN 400I Perspectives on Gerontology (2)
    • GERN 482 Health Assessment of the Aging Client (3)
    • NRSG 482 Physical Assessment and Aging (3)

B. Instructing in the Health Care Setting (12 units)

  • Take the following courses:
    • HCA 410 Health Management and Organization (3)
    • HCA 465 Analysis and Evaluation of Health Care Services (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • H SC 492A,B Internship in Health Care (3)
    • ED P 432 Social and Cultural Diversity in Educational Settings (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • ED P 305 Educational Psychology (3)
    • H SC 421 Health Behavior (3)

Minor in Health Science (code HSC_UM01)

Twenty-four units required.

  • Take all the following courses:
    • H SC 301 Orientation to Health Science (3)
    • H SC 401 Community Health Education (3)
    • H SC 430 School Health Program (3)
    • H SC 435 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (3)
    • H SC 440 Applied Concepts of Health Science (3)
  • Take three courses from the following courses:
    • H SC 400, 420I, 421, 422, 423, 425I, 427.

Single Subject Credential in Health Science (code 130)

The Single Subject Teaching Credential in Health Science prepares one to teach health science in California middle/high schools. Requirements include: a) Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science with a completion of the school health option from a program approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing or BS/BA and a passing score on the CSET in Health Science, b) GPA of 2.75 on the last 60 semester units, c) Professional education courses beyond the B.S. which begin with EDSS 300D: Introduction to Teaching Health Science, d) student teaching in health science. See the Health Science Single Subject Advisor.

The Health Science Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards when the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current catalog copy.

For additional information about teaching in California middle/high schools, see the Single Subject Teacher Education Program.