Embark on a Career in Caring
A Health Sciences degree will give you a strong foundation for many different professional positions in health care.
What Classes Do Health Sciences Majors Take?
Our Health Sciences degree starts with foundational coursework, with the final two years focusing on the practical application and communication-centered components of health care-related careers.
Foundational courses are paired with courses centered around building the necessary communication skills to interact with patients. Classes such as psychology, medical ethics and culture and health will allow you to broaden your skill set and more effectively prepare you to treat patients.
Students are also encouraged to pursue a minor, and many minor in Spanish or Psychology.
A Health Sciences degree is perfect for students who enter college unsure of a specific career path, but know they want to do something in a health field. In introductory courses, practitioners from different health-related fields will come in to give you an inside look at different career paths.
With 36 elective credits within the program, students can tailor their preparation for their health career of choice.
Health Sciences Program Tracks
There are several different tracks within this degree program, including:
- Exercise Science
- Bachelor’s degree leading to a doctorate in Physical Therapy
- Bachelor’s degree leading to a master’s in Occupational Therapy or doctorate in Occupational Therapy
Accelerated tracks are available for the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs. Students in these programs complete their undergraduate and graduate degree in less time than it would take to pursue the degrees separately.
Opportunities for Transfer Students
There is a pathway to this program from the Exercise Science, A.S. degree at Hudson Valley Community College.
“Sage is an excellent environment for students who want to pursue a Health Sciences major.”
Kathleen Kelly, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Health Sciences
Health Sciences Major Spotlights
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Careers with a Health Sciences Degree
Recent Sage graduates are working as physical therapists, in medical device sales and in a prosthetics and orthotics lab.
A Health Sciences degree prepared these Sage graduates for success.
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Graduate Studies with a Health Sciences Degree
Our students may receive assured acceptance or early admittance to:
- Sage’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program
- Sage’s Master of Occupational Therapy or Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs
Students have also been accepted to competitive medical schools including the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.