College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Health Sciences

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2019-2020 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Degree Options

Regulations and Academic Requirements

Health Sciences web site


Program Overview

The undergraduate program in the health sciences is a 4-year degree program that focuses on developing the knowledge base, skill sets and professional experiences necessary for success in health science-related fields. Students will participate in an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines coursework in the biomedical, pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, business and health care management, and health behavior. Because many students are drawn to the health care field but are often unsure of which direction may be best for them, this degree will expose students to a wide range of health care-related experiences while providing the foundational skills of a liberal education.

The program provides students with coursework and laboratory opportunities in the health sciences that allow them to develop highly sought-after skills that are applicable to work in research and health care environments. The learning goals and outcomes of the curriculum provide students with a strong interdisciplinary component that integrates the chemical and biological sciences for applications in the health sciences. The program also provides a background in the liberal arts that prepares students to be engaged citizens and reflective practitioners.

Students who enter Drake after completing their high school experiences will begin as open major health sciences students. Following their enrollment in the Issue in Health Sciences first-year series, students select which track they would like to pursue:

  • Clinical and Applied Sciences
  • Health Services Management

Students pursuing the Clinical and Applied Sciences track will follow a sequence of courses and experiences that focus on the application of biomedical and clinical sciences in preparation for clinical work in the primary health care professions as well as allied health fields such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, audiology, athletic training, and clinical and laboratory sciences. Students also can focus on laboratory-based courses and research experiences that prepare them for careers in research, drug development and pursuit of graduate education.

Students pursuing the Health Services Management track will follow a sequence of courses and experiences that focus on developing skills in management, marketing and data analysis. This track prepares students or employment in related health care fields such as insurance companies, health systems, pharmacy benefit management companies, managed care organizations and health-related nonprofit organizations.


Educational Goals

The purpose of the health sciences program is to provide graduates with the relevant knowledge base, skills, attitudes, ethics and values to succeed in basic and applied health-related careers.

Goal 1. Knowledge Base and Lifelong Learning Skills
Graduates will have a strong foundation in the physical, biological, clinical and behavioral sciences coupled with an understanding of how business and management models apply to health sciences-related fields. Graduates will develop the skills and habits to acquire and apply new knowledge.

Goal 2. Values and Ethics
Graduates will understand and accept their duties and responsibilities outlined by their chosen career and to society in general. Graduates are expected to have developed value systems and ethical standards that guide their behavior.

Goal 3. Critical Thinking Skills
Graduates will use critical and creative thinking and an evidenced-based approach to identify, analyze and solve problems.

Goal 4. Communication and Collaborative Skills
Graduates will be able to communicate effectively with their peers and their constituents in a variety of formats and actively participate in collaborative environments.

Goal 5. Career Planning and Development
Graduates will emerge from the program with realistic ideas regarding how to implement their knowledge, skills and values in a variety of settings.


Requirements for Major

Health Sciences students must also complete the Drake Curriculum requirements in addition to the requirements for the major below.

Clinical and Applied Sciences Track

Course Credits
HSCI 020 - Introduction to Health Sciences 2
HSCI 021 - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 055 - Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 060 - Statistics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Values and Ethics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care and Health Literature 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 155 - Guided Research in Health Sciences I 2
HSCI 156 - Guided Research in Health Sciences II 2
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Health Sciences Internship I 3
HSCI 197 - Health Sciences Internship II 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology  4
General Electives 27
Professional Electives 22
Total
124

Students must declare their track by the end of their first semester.

The following courses may be used to fulfill the professional electives.  Other courses may be used as approved.  General electives refer to any college level course.

Biomedical Science (min 3 credits) Health Science (min 6 credits) Business (no min) Psychology (no min)
BIO 095-199 EDUC 172 ACCT 040-199 PSY 002-199
CHEM 100-199 HSCI 100-199 BLAW 060-199 LEAD 050-199
NSCI 001-199 PHAR 100-199 BUS 006-199 SCSS 081 
PHY 001-199 SPAN 154 ECON 002-199  
    FIN 095-199  
    MGMT 110-199  
    MKTG 101-199  

Health Services Management Track

Course Credits
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Introduction to Health Sciences 2
HSCI 021 - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 055 - Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 060 - Statistics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Values and Ethics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care and Heath Literature 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 155 - Guided Research in Health Sciences I 2
HSCI 156 - Guided Research in Health Sciences II 2
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Health Sciences Internship I 3
HSCI 197 - Health Sciences Internship II 3
IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 3
MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
General Electives 24
Professional Electives 12
Total 124

Students must declare their track by the end of their first semester.  Health Services Management students may declare a business minor after successful completion of ACCT 041.

The following courses may be used to fulfill the professional electives.  Other courses may be used as approved.  General electives refer to any college level course.

Biomedical Science (no min credits) Health Science (min 3 credits) Business (min 3 credits) Psychology (no min)
BIO 095-199 EDUC 172 ACCT 042-199 PSY 002-199
CHEM 097-199 HSCI 100-199 BLAW 060-199 LEAD 050-199
NSCI 001-199 PHAR 100-199 BUS 005-199 SCSS 081 
PHY 001-199 SPAN 154 ECON 011-199  
    FIN 096-199  
    INS 051-199  
    MGMT 111-199  
    MKTG 102-199  

Specific Regulations / Academic Requirements

Health Sciences students should become familiar with the General Information section of this catalog, which covers many regulations that affect all Drake University students. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences also has a number of specific regulations and requirements that must be met to progress through the health sciences curriculum. Some of these are listed below; others are available in the Health Sciences Student Handbook (http://www.drake.edu/cphs/handbookspolicies/).

Many health sciences courses have prerequisite requirements. Admission to a course is denied if prerequisite courses have not been successfully completed. Therefore, deviations from the curriculum as it is structured require careful consideration. Course prerequisites may be found in the area of this catalog.

Health Sciences students may apply a maximum of 9 hours of elective coursework on a credit/no credit basis toward graduation. Courses regularly graded on a credit/no credit basis are not included within the 9 hours maximum. The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 before registering in a course on a credit/no credit basis.

All fourth-year health sciences students are required to complete a senior capstone experience (HSCI 196/197) prior to graduation. Due to regulations at many of the experiential sites used for the senior capstone experiences, the college will complete a criminal background check and drug screen prior to entering the senior capstone year. Senior capstone sites have the right to refuse to accept a student based on the results of the criminal background check. Many of these sites also require that a copy of the background check is forwarded to them. Students who have positive drug screens and will be entering their senior capstone experience will be referred to the Chemical Dependency Policy.

Health Sciences students are assigned a faculty member as their academic adviser. Faculty advisers help students:

  • Adapt to the college environment
  • Assist in the development of the student's education plan by providing input and feedback
  • Encourage discussions about the appropriateness of their chosen career track and the career options within the profession
  • Assist in identification of opportunities for professional skill development and
  • Make appropriate referrals to university student service offices when academic or personal difficulties arise.

The Academic and Student Affairs Office is responsible for coordinating the registration process, verifying appropriate registration of courses, approving educational plan waivers and transfer credit requests, updating degree audits with regard to substitutions, waivers and transfer courses, answering student questions regarding registration, credit completion, course transfer process and study-abroad opportunities, and coordinating and communicating opportunities for internship, study abroad, research and postgraduate study. The final responsibility for completion of graduation requirements, however, belongs to the student and, accordingly, each student should become familiar not only with the curriculum but also with the academic regulations of the college.


Joint Degree Programs

Health Sciences Clinical & Applied Sciences / Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)

Students may elect to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (law) degree in a joint degree program offered in cooperation with the Drake Law School. The program allows students to focus their education on legal and health care issues.  Participating students are admitted first to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. A student pursuing this program should plan to take the LSAT and formally apply to the Law School during the fall semester of the junior year and if admitted, complete the first year of law school course work in the senior year along with the remaining health sciences credits.

Required Courses

Course Credits
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Introduction to Health Sciences 2
HSCI 021 - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 055 - Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 060 - Statistics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Values and Ethics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care and Health Literature 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 155 - Guided Research in Health Sciences I 2
HSCI 156 - Guided Research in Health Sciences II 2
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Health Sciences Internship I 3
HSCI 197 - Health Sciences Internship II 3
LAW - LAW coursework 24
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
General Electives 15
Professional Electives 13
Total 127
 
Health Sciences Clinical & Applied Sciences / Mercy College of Health Sciences Certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences (M.L.S.)

Mercy College of Health Sciences offers a certificate program in Medical Laboratory Sciences (M.L.S.) that can be added to a Bachelor of Science degree earned from Drake University. This certificate program offers an opportunity for health sciences students to develop an area of health care expertise during their Drake academic career, rather than after graduation. In addition, these certificates are helpful for students applying to graduate programs that require a large amount of patient care hours.

Program Purpose

The M.L.S. Program is dedicated to providing students with the educational foundation required to become Medical laboratory scientists through an intensive classroom and clinical curriculum. Guided by the mission of Mercy College, the philosophy of the School of Allied Health, and in compliance with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Standards of Accredited Educational Programs for the Medical Laboratory Scientist, the primary purpose is to facilitate the personal and professional development of students. The M.L.S. program provides students with the academic and clinical experiences needed to become caring, ethical, and competent members of the health care team.

Clinical Rotation/Experience Information

M.L.S students complete a total of 750 clock hours of clinical rotations in a large medical center laboratory in the following areas: Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, Phlebotomy, and Urinalysis. Students perform actual patient testing under the supervision of a preceptor. Students also gain approximately 15 hours of experience at various other optional sites such as a small hospital, fertility clinic, public health lab, and/or shadowing various levels of management.

M.L.S. students complete a large patient case study project in the last semester of the program. The project pulls together material they have learned in all of the courses throughout the M.L.S. program. Cases are presented to the class, instructors and preceptors. Students in the M.L.S. program collaborate throughout on case studies and problem-based learning scenarios in the didactic and clinical courses. They write reflection papers in several M.L.S. program courses regarding their experiences.

Required Courses

Course Credits
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Introduction to Health Sciences 2
HSCI 021 - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 055 - Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 060 - Statistics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Values and Ethics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care and Health Literature 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
General Electives 15
Professional Electives 16
Mercy College of Health Sciences Certificate Coursework 41
Total 141
 
Health Sciences Clinical & Applied Sciences / Mercy College of Health Sciences Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Mercy College of Health Sciences offers an accelerated B.S.N. that can be completed in four years while students also complete the four-year B S. at Drake University. This option provides the shortest time frame for health sciences students to complete a B.S.N. program while also earning a B.S. degree. Each institution grants its own degree with the degrees conferred at the same time so that students do not lose eligibility for certain forms of financial aid.

Mercy College’s B.S.N. program is an accelerated curriculum that is completed following the third year of the health sciences program. Upon enrolling in B.S.N. courses, students complete five terms over three semesters (typically fall, spring and summer). During the nursing course work, students will learn about nursing using a concept-based approach that emphasizes nursing content across the life span and diverse acute care and community clinical settings. Graduates are prepared to assume roles involving leadership, education, research, and community health.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and has approval of the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON). For more information on the Mercy B.S.N. program, click here.

Admission Requirements

1. A 2.25 GPA is required for admission to Mercy College. Admissions to Nursing program requires extracted 3.0 GPA in 8 courses*
2. Be currently enrolled in HSCI program.
3. Successful completion of all pre-requisite courses before starting the program.
4. Evidence of required immunizations.
5. Completion of compliance trainings
6. CPR certification for Health Professionals.
7. A completed background check.

Pre-requisite Requirements

  • College Level Math (6 credits)
  • Upper level statistics course (MATH 050 and HSCI 060)
  • BIO 103/103L - Microbiology and Lab
  • FYS or Written Communication AOI (Composition)
  • HSCI 125/125L - Medical Physiology and Lab
  • HSCI 141/141L - Human Anatomy and Lab
  • PHAR 126 - Principles of Nutrition
  • PSY 001 - Introduction to Psychology

Program Outcomes

(Currently under revision.)

Required Courses

Course Credits
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Introduction to Health Sciences 2
HSCI 021 - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 055 - Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 060 - Statistics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Values and Ethics in Heath Sciences 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care & Health Literature 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology  4
General Electives 15
Professional Electives 13
Total 93

 

Health Sciences Clinical & Applied Sciences / Allen College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Allen College of Health Sciences offers an accelerated B.S.N. that can be completed while students also complete the B.S. This provides an opportunity for health sciences students to complete a B.S.N. program while also earning a BS-HS degree. The degrees would be conferred at the same time so that students do not lose eligibility for certain forms of financial aid. Each institution would grant their own degree.

Allen College’s accelerated B.S.N. program is a four semester, 15-month curriculum. Students will learn about nursing using a concept-based approach that emphasizes nursing content across the life span and diverse clinical settings. The coursework prepares graduates to care for patients and families in acute care and community settings. Graduates are prepared to assume roles involving leadership, education, research, and community health.

Students enrolled in this program will complete coursework at the Allen College Campus during the first summer of enrollment in a hybrid format. Following the first summer, students will periodically meet face-to-face in Des Moines during the semester with the majority of learning occurring in an online environment. Students will complete clinical requirements during the Fall, Spring, and final Summer semester in the Des Moines area. 

Clinical Experience Information

Clinical semesters occur in the last three semesters of the B.S.N. program, along with NU 380 Evidence Based Practice & Nursing Research which includes a student research project and presentation.

Admission Requirements

  • A 2.8 GPA is required for admission to Allen College’s B.S.N. program. Students must complete a minimum of 66 semester hours of general education coursework as outlined in the plan of study, including a minimum of:
    • 15 hours in the humanities
    • 15 hours in the social sciences
    • 18 hours in the natural sciences and mathematics
    • 18 hours of general electives (including a 3 credit diversity course).

Applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the following courses:

  • Intermediate English Composition - FYS --- (First Year Seminar) and the follow-up Written Communication requirement
  • Oral Communication – SCSR 073 (Public Speaking)
  • Sociology - Elective
  • Psychology – PSY 001
  • Human Growth & Development - Elective
  • Anatomy & Physiology I – Anatomy Elective
  • Anatomy & Physiology II – HSCI 125 (Medical Physiology)
  • Chemistry – CHEM 001 (Chemistry 1)
  • Microbiology – BIO 103 (Microbiology)
  • Statistics – STAT 060 (Statistics for the Life Sciences) or HSCI 060 (Statistics in Health Sciences)

Other admission requirements are listed at: http://www.allencollege.edu/accelerated-admission-requirements.aspx.

Required Courses

Course Credits
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Introduction to Health Sciences 2
HSCI 021 - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 055 - Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 060 - Statistics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Values and Ethics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care and Health Literature 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology  4
General Electives 18
Professional Electives 13
Total 96

Program Notes

Students will complete all remaining credits required for completion of their health sciences major through their nursing coursework. A minimum of 124 total hours will be required to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Drake University.

If not admitted to the ABSN program at Allen College, all credit minimums for Drake Curriculum/General Electives and Professional Electives must be fulfilled.  The senior internship, HSCI 155, HSCI 156, HSCI 196, and HSCI 197 also must be completed at Drake to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences.

Experiential Program Notes

Course Requirements for Accelerated Partner Program and International Capstone Students

The Health Sciences Senior Internship includes the following courses:

  • HSCI 155 - Guided Research I (2 credits)
  • HSCI 156 - Guided Research II (2 credits)
  • HSCI 196 - Health Sciences Internship I (3 credits)
  • HSCI 197 - Health Sciences Internship II (3 credits)
  • Students intending to apply to an accelerated partner program must inform the Health Sciences Experiential Director prior to November 15.  If the notification deadline is not met, the stuent will be required to complete HSCI 196 and HSCI 197 in consecutive fall and spring semesters.  No ther scheduling options for internships or research will be considered following the deadline.
  • Any deviation from the above course requirements must be planned in conjunction with the Health Sciences Department Chair and Associate Dean of Curriculum and Assessment (via the Exception to Program Policy Request Form) by November 15 of the student's junior year.
  • If alternative arrangements for research courses and/or internships are made, the student is committed to the arranged schedule even if the student is not admitted into the accelerated program.

International Internships

  • Students completing internships at international sites may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 during the summer before senior year.
  • Students seeking to complete internships at international sites should contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 15 of their junior year.

 

Health Sciences Clinical & Applied Sciences / Des Moines University Master of Science in Biomedical Science (M.S.B.S.)

This joint degree program allows students the opportunity to complete three years in the Health Sciences program followed by two years in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (M.S.B.S.) at Des Moines University. Des Moines University’s M.S.B.S. program is designed to enable the development in careers in medical and scientific research and academic medicine to benefit the health of people around the world.

Biomedical research is an important part of health care today and requires the work of scientists in a wide variety of settings, including academia, government, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology-dependent industry. M.S.B.S. graduates may be employed as advanced technicians, laboratory managers, educators and scientists using their skills in such diverse areas as cancer research, clinical diagnosis, infectious disease, monitoring food and water supplies and teaching the next generation of scientists. Many have gone on to enroll in medical school as well.

Admission Requirements

See the Des Moines University M.S.B.S. admission web site for admission requirements.  Apply to the M.S.B.S. program by June 15 following the junior year to begin coursework during the fall of the senior year.

Required Courses

Course Credits
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 130 - Biochemistry 3
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Introduction to Health Sciences 2
HSCI 021 - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 055 - Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 060 - Statistics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Values and Ethics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care and Health Literacy 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PHY 011 - General Physics I 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology  4
General Electives 14
Professional Electives 9
DMU MSBS --- - DMU Master of Biomedical Sciences Coursework 19
Total 124

Program Notes

  • A total of 47 credit hours are required for completion of the M.S.B.S degree with Des Moines University.
  • Students must declare their track by the end of their first semester.
  • 3+2 M.S.B.S. students will complete all remaining credits required for completion of their health sciences major through their M.S.B.S. coursework.
 
Health Services Management / Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)

Students in the Health Services Management track who have an interest in pursuing health care law may also consider our dual degree program with the Drake University Law School.

Required Courses

Course Credits
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3
ACCT 042 - Accounting II 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Introduction to Health Sciences 2
HSCI 021 - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 055 - Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 060 - Statistics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Values and Ethics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care and Health Literature 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 155 - Guided Research in Health Sciences I 2
HSCI 156 - Guided Research in Health Sciences II 2
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Health Sciences Internship I 3
HSCI 197 - Health Sciences Internship II 3
IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 3
LAW - LAW coursework 24
MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
General Electives 15
Professional Electives 6
Total 133

 

Health Services Management / Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

With the use of the summer school and January term as well as using graduate course work to fulfill elective requirements, Health Sciences degree students are able to complete the four year degree program plus the M.B.A. in a shorter time period than if they were to complete the two separately.

Required Courses

Course Credits
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3
ACCT 042 - Accounting II 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Introduction to Health Sciences 2
HSCI 021 - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 055 - Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 060 - Statistics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Values and Ethics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care and Health Literature 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy 3
HSCI 141L - Human Anatomy Lab 1
HSCI 155 - Guided Research in Health Sciences I 2
HSCI 156 - Guided Research in Health Sciences II 2
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Health Sciences Internship I 3
HSCI 197 - Health Sciences Internship II 3
IS 044 - Information Tools 3
MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
MBA - MBA coursework 19
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
General Electives 15
Professional Electives 9
Total 128

Program Notes

  • To view the remaining M.B.A. requirements, see the Drake M.B.A. web site.
  • Students must declare their track by the end of their first semester.
  • Students must notify the Experiential Office by February 1 of their junior year if they intend to apply to the M.B.A. program.  Apply to the M.B.A program by June 1 following the junior year to begin coursework during the fall of the senior year.

Experiential Program Notes

Accelerated Partner Programs

  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 at other times as listed on the respective program’s curriculum guide if the conditions below are met.
  • Students intending to apply to an accelerated partner program must inform the Health Sciences Experiential Director according to the deadlines below. If notification deadlines are not met, the student will be required to complete HSCI 196 and 197 in consecutive fall and spring semesters.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a spring HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than September 15 of their junior year.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a summer HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.
  • After the respective notification deadlines, the student is committed to the HSCI schedule associated with their accelerated program even in the student is not accepted into the accelerated program

International Capstones

  • Students completing capstones at international sites may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 during the summer before senior year.
  • Students seeking to complete capstones at international sites should contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.

Course Requirements for Accelerated Partner Program and International Capstone Students

  • When students are taking HSCI 196 in the spring or HSCI 197 in the fall (because they meet the criteria outlined above), they will attend the course meetings with the typical senior experience cohort and complete the assignments for the respective course.
  • When students are taking HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 in the summer (because they meet the criteria outlined above), the Health Sciences Experiential Director will determine the approximate mix of assignments and hours at site to meet the learning objectives of the course. In this case, required hours at site may be up to 120 hours per course.

 

Health Services Management / Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

With the use of the summer school and January term as well as using graduate course work to fulfill elective requirements, Health Sciences degree students are able to complete the four year degree program plus the M.P.A. in a shorter time period than if they were to complete the two separately.

Required Courses

Course Credits
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Introduction to Health Sciences 2
HSCI 021 - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 055 - Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 060 - Statistics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Values & Ethics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care & Health Literature 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy 3
HSCI 141L - Human Anatomy Lab 1
HSCI 155 - Guided Research in Health Sciences I 2
HSCI 156 - Guided Research in Health Sciences II 2
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Health Sciences Internship I 3
HSCI 197 - Health Sciences Internship II 3
IS 044 - Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis 3
MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
MPA - MPA coursework 19
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
General Electives 15
Professional Electives 6
Total 127

Program Notes

  • To view the remaining M.P.A. requirements, see the Drake M.P.A. web site.
  • Students must declare their track by the end of their first semester.
  • Students must notify the Experiential Office by February 1 of their junior year if they intend to apply to the M.P.A. program.  Apply to the M.P.A program by June 1 following the junior year to begin coursework during the fall of the senior year.

Experiential Program Notes

Accelerated Partner Programs

  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 at other times as listed on the respective program’s curriculum guide if the conditions below are met.
  • Students intending to apply to an accelerated partner program must inform the Health Sciences Experiential Director according to the deadlines below. If notification deadlines are not met, the student will be required to complete HSCI 196 and 197 in consecutive fall and spring semesters.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a spring HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than September 15 of their junior year.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a summer HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.
  • After the respective notification deadlines, the student is committed to the HSCI schedule associated with their accelerated program even in the student is not accepted into the accelerated program

International Capstones

  • Students completing capstones at international sites may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 during the summer before senior year.
  • Students seeking to complete capstones at international sites should contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.

Course Requirements for Accelerated Partner Program and International Capstone Students

  • When students are taking HSCI 196 in the spring or HSCI 197 in the fall (because they meet the criteria outlined above), they will attend the course meetings with the typical senior experience cohort and complete the assignments for the respective course.
  • When students are taking HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 in the summer (because they meet the criteria outlined above), the Health Sciences Experiential Director will determine the approximate mix of assignments and hours at site to meet the learning objectives of the course. In this case, required hours at site may be up to 120 hours per course.

 

Health Services Management / Des Moines University Master of Health Care Administration (M.H.A.)

Students interested in pursuing a career in health care administration can add a Master of Health Care Administration (M.H.A.) to their bachelor's degree.

Required Courses

Course Credits
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Introduction to Health Sciences 2
HSCI 021 - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 055 - Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 060 - Statistics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Values and Ethics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care and Health Literature 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 155 - Guided Research in Health Sciences I 2
HSCI 156 - Guided Research in Health Sciences II 2
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Health Sciences Internship I 3
HSCI 197 - Health Sciences Internship II 3
IS 044 - Information Tools 3
MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
MHA - MHA coursework 19
General Electives 15
Professional Electives 6
Total 128

Program Notes

  • To view remaining M.H.A. requirements, see Des Moines University's M.H.A. web page.
  • Students must declare Health Sciences track by end of first semester.
  • Notify the Experiential Office by February 1 of the intent to apply to the M.H.A. program.  Apply to M.H.A. program by June 1 following the junior year to begin course work during the fall of the senior year.

Experiential Program Notes

Accelerated Partner Programs

  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 at other times as listed on the respective program’s curriculum guide if the conditions below are met.
  • Students intending to apply to an accelerated partner program must inform the Health Sciences Experiential Director according to the deadlines below. If notification deadlines are not met, the student will be required to complete HSCI 196 and 197 in consecutive fall and spring semesters.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a spring HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than September 15 of their junior year.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a summer HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.
  • After the respective notification deadlines, the student is committed to the HSCI schedule associated with their accelerated program even in the student is not accepted into the accelerated program.

International Capstones

  • Students completing capstones at international sites may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 during the summer before senior year.
  • Students seeking to complete capstones at international sites should contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.

Course Requirements for Accelerated Partner Program and International Capstone Students

 

  • When students are taking HSCI 196 in the spring or HSCI 197 in the fall (because they meet the criteria outlined above), they will attend the course meetings with the typical senior experience cohort and complete the assignments for the respective course.
  • When students are taking HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 in the summer (because they meet the criteria outlined above), the Health Sciences Experiential Director will determine the approximate mix of assignments and hours at site to meet the learning objectives of the course. In this case, required hours at site may be up to 120 hours per course.

 

Health Services Management / Des Moines University Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Students interested in pursuing a career in public health can add a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) to their degree.

Required Courses

Course Credits
ACCT 041 - Accounting I 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
FIN 095 - Managing Individual Finances 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Introduction to Health Sciences 2
HSCI 021 - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 055 - Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences 3
STAT 060 - Statistics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Values and Ethics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care and Health Literature 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 155 - Guided Research in Health Sciences I 2
HSCI 156 - Guided Research in Health Sciences II 2
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Health Sciences Internship I 3
HSCI 197 - Health Sciences Internship II 3
IS 044 - Information Tools 3
MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
MGMT 110 - Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 101 - Marketing Principles 3
MPH - MPH coursework 22
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
General Electives 15
Professional Electives 6
Total 131

Program Notes

  • To view remaining M.P.H. requirements, see Des Moines University's M.P.H. web page.
  • Students must declare Health Sciences track by end of first semester.
  • Apply to M.P.H. program by March 1 of junior year to begin coursework during the summer and by July 1 following the junior year to begin course work during the fall of the senior year.

Experiential Program Notes

Accelerated Partner Programs

  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 at other times as listed on the respective program’s curriculum guide if the conditions below are met.
  • Students intending to apply to an accelerated partner program must inform the Health Sciences Experiential Director according to the deadlines below. If notification deadlines are not met, the student will be required to complete HSCI 196 and 197 in consecutive fall and spring semesters.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a spring HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than September 15 of their junior year.
  • Students pursuing an accelerated partner program requiring a summer HSCI 196 course must contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.
  • After the respective notification deadlines, the student is committed to the HSCI schedule associated with their accelerated program even in the student is not accepted into the accelerated program.

International Capstones

  • Students completing capstones at international sites may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 during the summer before senior year.
  • Students seeking to complete capstones at international sites should contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 1 of their junior year.

Course Requirements for Accelerated Partner Program and International Capstone Students

  • When students are taking HSCI 196 in the spring or HSCI 197 in the fall (because they meet the criteria outlined above), they will attend the course meetings with the typical senior experience cohort and complete the assignments for the respective course.
  • When students are taking HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 in the summer (because they meet the criteria outlined above), the Health Sciences Experiential Director will determine the approximate mix of assignments and hours at site to meet the learning objectives of the course. In this case, required hours at site may be up to 120 hours per course.

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