The field of health sciences is extremely broad leaving students with the choice of what type of degree they would like to earn. The field encompasses career studies that prepare students to work in health care as assistants or technicians in a specific area. Educational opportunities can be found at a variety of colleges throughout the country.
With the field being extremely diverse many students start by entering a bachelor’s degree program. This is the case because many students enter the health sciences field after they have already earned an associate’s degree in their desired field.
Fields that can be entered within a health sciences degree include:
- Dental Hygiene
- Physician Assisting
- Surgical Technology
- Applied Health Sciences
- Occupational Therapy
These fields are joined by many other specializations that can be gained through degree programs from the associate’s to the PhD level of education. The most common entered programs are at the bachelor’s and master’s degree level. Education at the bachelor’s degree level consists of courses that supplement a concentration. It is typical for students to work through courses that have them completing clinical hours to gain experience. The same basic courses are taken no matter what career students are working towards. In a four-year degree program students should expect to complete courses in microbiology, human anatomy, physiology, and health care. Some classes will also focus on the different types of delivery systems that are integrated into the field.
Working through a master’s degree program provides students with the knowledge needed to work alongside doctors and surgeons. Many of the degree programs prepare students for management by taking their specialization and providing a complete understanding of health science. Students can enter concentrations in areas including public health, health education, emergency and disaster management, clinical research administration, and more.
The core set of courses that all students can expect to take inside a master’s degree program include:
- Advanced Human Anatomy
- Applied Ergonomics
- Bioenergetics and Weight
- Tissue Biomechanics
- Movement Science
Students can plan to take these courses after working through a general education path in an undergraduate degree. A fundamentals course in human nutrition looks at health science in regards to nutrition. The study of digestion, diet, the effect of nutrients on the body, and the role of nutrition in health and disease makes up beginning concepts of the field. Another beginning course can be applied ethics, which looks at the techniques of care practices. Students debate from an argumentative standpoint what is moral and if techniques are based on someone’s perspective. Students can expect to be trained well for their chosen field after completing a degree in health sciences.
The plethora of opportunities for higher education in health sciences allows students to enter their field with the level of education they would like to have. Accredited associate’s degrees through PhD’s are available and students should start studies to step closer to their career goals. Full accreditation is provided to programs that meet certain criteria and offer a quality education. Agencies like the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools ( http://www.abhes.org/ ) can fully accredited educational programs.
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