BSHS in Clinical Health Sciences

The BSHS with a major in Clinical Health Sciences is a restricted program of study designed for active-duty Navy IDCs, Army 18Ds, and Air Force IDMTs. Effective Fall 2015, the degree completion program requires successful completion of 120 credit hours, divided into three degree components:

  • Advanced Standing and Electives (60 credit hours)
  • General Education (24 credit hours)
  • Clinical Health Sciences Major Courses (36 credit hours)

Transferable Coursework

For an assessment on the transferability of your previous coursework, please contact the program office. Coursework will be evaluated for transfer using the following criteria:

  • College-level
  • Academic in nature
  • Completed at a regionally accredited institution
  • Earned with a C or better (C- grades do not transfer)

Advanced Standing and Electives (60 credit hours)

During the first semester the student is enrolled in the program, advanced standing for eligible military courses will be noted on the student’s record and applied towards the bachelor’s degree.

General Education (24 credit hours)

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Natural or physical science with lab (4 credits)
  • Mathematics, science, or statistics (8 credits)
  • Social Sciences (6 credits)
  • Humanities (3 credits)

If a student still needs general education coursework in English Composition, Science, Statistics, or Humanities and/or Social Sciences, GW offers online coursework for these requirements. Students are encouraged to complete general education courses at GW by following the ‘Recommended Coursework at GW’ curriculum.

Recommended Coursework at GW
(6 credit hour minimum; 3 credits each)

General Education

English Composition
  • HSCI 2100: Writing and Composition in the Health Sciences
  • MLS 2000: Biology for Health Sciences
  • MLS 2001: Chemistry for Health Sciences
  • MLS 4114: Clinical Microbiology (2 credits)
  • HSCI 2107: Health Care in Literature
Social Sciences (choose up to two)
  • HSCI 2103: Health Policy and the Health Care System+
  • HSCI 2111: Development of the Health Care Profession
  • HSCI 4103: Health Care Law & Regulation

Clinical Health Sciences Major Courses (36 credits)

  • HSCI 2101: Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
  • HSCI 2102: Pathophysiology
  • HSCI 2105: Current Issues in Bioethics
  • HSCI 2112W: Writing in the Health Sciences
  • HSCI 2115: Introduction to Biostatistics
  • HSCI 2130 Primary Care Skills Practicum (2 credits)*
  • HSCI 2131 Adult Primary Care Practicum (2 credits)*
  • HSCI 2133 Specialized Clinical Experience (2 credits)*
  • HSCI 4102: Human Physiology in Extreme Environments
  • HSCI 4112W: Research and Writing in the Health Sciences
  • MLS 4141: Immunology and Serology
  • CML 4144: Seminar in HS Leadership OR EHS 4101: Humanitarian Relief Operations

*Must be completed while on active-duty. Students arrange rotations at their current duty stations. All rotations require a MD or PA preceptor.

Health Sciences Elective (required; choose one)
  • EHS 2211: Introduction to Telemedicine
  • HSCI 2103: Health Policy and the Health Care System+
  • HSCI 2108: Quality Improvement in Health Care
  • HSCI 2110: Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts
  • HSCI 2114: Healthcare in Developing Nations
  • HSCI 4106: Introduction to Epidemiology

+HSCI 2103 cannot be double-counted for social science requirement and a GW elective; it may only be used to complete one requirement.