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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Science

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Schooler-Chair, Bogenpohl, Lee, Pippin, Schiska, and Strait
Health Science Building


The mission of the Health Science degree is to provide a comprehensive baccalaureate degree that complements an associate allied health degree, and helps prepare graduates for healthcare career opportunities related to and beyond their clinical careers.

The degree is designed to promote critical thinking, communication, information skills, and leadership with a commitment to lifelong learning. Our graduates are academically prepared to pursue opportunities for advancement or graduate school.

Program Goals and Objectives:


The student will obtain knowledge needed to improve and advance the health of individuals and populations.

  • Students will analyze current research and health data; in order to make evidence-based decisions for health services and patient care. ( HS 0402  )
  • Students will recall the evolution of the U.S. health system and the major settings, providers, and funding for the delivery of public and private healthcare services. (HS 0390 )
  • The student will learn principles of organizational management (HS 0350  )

The student will have the fundamental academic skills to be an effective communicator and discuss problems of access to healthcare for a diverse population.

  • The student will be able to outline the phases of effective health communication.  (HS 0402 )
  • The student will identify the role of the various health care providers and the significance of inter-professional communication to improve health outcomes of the patient or a community. (HS 0390 HS 0402  )
  • Student will write grammatically and stylistically correct assignments that reflect a review of relevant literature. (HS 0402  )  and the ability to effectively communicate issues.


Health is widely acknowledged as a major growth industry, with employment opportunities forecast to continue their strong upward trends of recent years. Opportunities for advancement will be greatest for people with a baccalaureate degree.

Associate degree-prepared health profession majors and clinicians in the field who desire a baccalaureate degree have limited options to fulfill their educational goals. Graduates and clinicians from the health professions continually inquire about baccalaureate degree options to meet their busy professional lives. The Health Science degree is a specified course of study that would enhance a clinician’s expertise and opportunities for advancement. The Health Science curriculum is designed to prepare students for career paths in the health industry that extend beyond their clinical careers. These career paths could include management, education, medical, pharmaceutical sales, and public health. Graduates from the Bachelor of Health Science program may qualify to enter graduate programs or professional health science areas such as physician assistant, physical therapy and public health.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is granted to students who complete the required program of study. These requirements include the basic General Education Requirements for all Bachelor of Science degree programs, required science and other supportive courses in the health science area.

This degree allows students who complete an Associate degree in an Allied Health field or an Associate or Certificate Paramedic degree, to earn a Bachelor of Science degree related to their clinical degree.

There are four specific options in the Bachelor of Science - Health Sciences degree.

The courses in the curriculum are offered on campus as well as web based. The demand for this degree will be great among current students, past graduates and clinicians currently working in the health industry.

Students must pass all HS core and/or all affiliated dual prefix courses with a ‘C’ or higher to graduate.

The Bachelor of Science - Health Sciences degree is available to transfer students under the “Pathways to Health Science Credit Policy.”

Pathways to Health Science Credit Policy

Students who complete and Allied Health program often desire to complete a Bachelor’s degree to complement their clinical degree. MSSU’s Pathways to Health Science Credit is available for transfer students who graduated with an Associate degree in Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Care, Radiology, or Paramedic; or complete a Paramedic certificate program. The Bachelor of Health Science degree offers these students the ability to apply the credit hours earned in their Allied Health degree to assist in meeting the Bachelor’s degree requirement. In order to qualify for Pathways to Health Science Credit, students must have graduated from an accredited program in dental hygiene, radiology, respiratory care, nursing, or paramedic, passed a national written board examination and currently be licensed to practice in at least one state.

The Pathways to Health Science Credit program will benefit students by transcribing up to 33 credit hours of upper division hours depending on the discipline and the semester the student will graduate. A processing charge for transfer of credits is assessed. This program is designed to provide a cost and time savings for students completing a Bachelor’s degree. This program not only benefits transfer students. It also benefits Missouri Southern alumni who graduated prior to upper division courses being a part of their curriculum.

A Bachelor’s prepared healthcare professional is highly marketable for management/supervisory positions, state and federal sector employment, medical/dental sales, pharmaceutical representative and the ability to teach in the field. Therefore, graduates will have more career options available to them. Courses for these programs are available online so practicing clinicians can complete their Bachelor’s degree at their pace from anywhere in the world.

For more information on Health Sciences, or any of the degrees /courses listed above, contact:

Darlene Bogenpohl
Chair, Dental Hygiene
Health Sciences Building 140
417-625-9600 •

Edward “Ted” Lee
Chair, Emergency Medical Services
Health Sciences Building 325
417-625-3020 •

Alan Schiska
Chair, Radiology Technology
Health Sciences Building 325
417-625-3118 •

Glenda Pippin
Chair, Respiratory Care
Health Sciences Building 325
417-659-4405 •

Dr. Richard Schooler
Chair, Health Sciences
417-625-3188 •



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