Health Science Degree
The B.S. in Health Science degree is specifically designed for students who want to pursue a major in Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Chiropractic, or Pre-Med. The curriculum includes the prerequisites and science courses required for admission to a doctoral level program in physical therapy, or chiropractic medicine, master’s/doctoral-level program in occupational therapy, master’s in physician assistant program, and medical school. The coursework is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the health sciences and prepare them for the academic rigors of graduate school.
I have gotten to see things from different perspectives and partake in conversations I would have never had elsewhere about faith and beliefs. I have grown as a person here.
Why should I choose a health science degree?
Majors learn about health from physiological, anatomical, kinesiological and functional points of view while completing the prerequisites required for graduate studies in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, or pre-med.
What are some health science degree courses I will take?
- Anatomical Kinesiology
- Health Science Clinical I-III
- Seminar in Health Science
- Rehab and Therapeutic Exercises
- Exercise Testing and Prescription
A Compassionate Heart
Sara Hayward says she got the best of both worlds during her education at UMHB. Intellectually, she was able to gain a deep understanding of the physiological processes that occur within the body, which helps her in her daily work as a physical therapist at Baylor Scott & White’s Roney Bone and Joint Institute. But she also discovered that showing love to her patients was just as important. “The kindness and genuine caring nature of the faculty and staff at UMHB helped me develop a more compassionate heart for my patients and to learn to meet them where they are in their road to recovery.”
What are some careers paths or jobs with health science degree?
Health Sciences majors can choose many career paths:
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physician Assistant
- Chiropractic Medicine
Who is hiring UMHB students with a health science degree?
UMHB Health Sciences students have found success in many different areas:
- Scott & White Roney Bone & Joint Institute
- Stephenville Sports Rehab
- Texas Children's Hospital
Where can I go to grad school with a degree in health science?
Many Health Sciences students have continued their education at these schools:
- UMHB | University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
- Hardin Simmons University
- Texas State University
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
- Texas Women’s University
- University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
What is special about a Health Science degree at UMHB?
Students complete three Health Sciences Clinical courses which allow them to observe and shadow three licensed physical or occupational therapists, in different areas of specialization, to gain insight into those specialties.
Several of the undergraduate courses in this major are taught by licensed physical and occupational therapists; this allows students to interact with professionals in their area of interest and gain a better understanding of their chosen profession.
Students have the opportunity to assist professors in cutting-edge nutritional, exercise, health, and rehabilitative research in UMHB’s state-of-the-art laboratories.