The North Central College Health Science major offers students an interdisciplinary program to study the health sciences and enter the world of health care. The curriculum is built on a strong liberal arts and sciences, multidisciplinary, core foundation including courses in anatomy, physiology, sociology, ethics and communication that are central to the discipline. Students may also choose to complete pre-requisite courses (e.g., pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-nursing, pre-physician assistant, health education and promotion), allowing them to design their own academic roadmap to fit their career interests. Students will integrate all aspects of the curriculum by completing a capstone internship related to their intended field of study.
Students will be prepared to practice in today's rapidly-evolving world of healthcare fields (e.g., public or community health, community or governmental agencies, the insurance industry or hospitals) or to pursue graduate programs in public health or a clinical profession (e.g., nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy or physician assistant). Development of strong communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills are emphasized with the goal of students being prepared to practice as evidence-based, culturally competent and patient/client centered professionals.
For additional programs and courses in this department, see Kinesiology .