The Department of Allied Health Sciences at SWOSU in Weatherford, Oklahoma, offers a three different types of degrees in Health Science. The Associate of Science in Health Science and Bachelor of Science in Health Science is designed as pre-professional degree for individuals wishing to enter health professional programs at comprehensive universities in the areas of medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental hygiene, etc. Many of these programs either require a previous degree or a significant number of prerequisite courses before application.
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Science is designed as a completion degree
for professional program students to
earn their bachelor degree while working in their professional field. All three degrees are tailored to meet the individual needs of the student.
The health science major gives the students the flexibility to meet the specific prerequisite requirements of the professional program of their choice while at the same time providing them a foundation of courses specifically tailored to familiarizing them with the health care industry in which they will find themselves employed. Courses such as U.S. Health Care System provides them a foundation of what exactly comprises the “health care industry.” Courses in Health Care Management and Health Care Law and Ethics is applicable to any student of health science. All health care professionals must learn the importance of health information privacy and security and understand how to navigate through electronic health records. While providing a foundation for future professional health programs, courses in Health Sciences also give the graduate a foundational background from which to market their skill in the healthcare industry.
Faculty within the Department of Allied Health Sciences are credentialed healthcare professionals and teach courses from a “real-world” perspective. Faculty as well as administrative staff within the school are trained to advise students and have access to a highly developed, extensive transfer and prerequisite matrix tools to assist the allied health student in bridging between the preprofessional programs at SWOSU and the graduate professional program of their choice. These materials are continually updated and revised to assure the allied health student that they are working with the latest advisement information available.