Students admitted to Valparaiso University will follow a 3+2 curriculum and work to complete a Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree in just three years. They will also have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and complete the degree in only two additional years, provided all progression and retention criteria are met, space is available, and accreditation status is granted. This five year program will enable students to start a career as a provider sooner.

The Health Science program is the undergraduate phase of the 5-Year Physician Assistant Program which will culminate in the awarding of a Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) in just 3 years. This accelerated, challenging program is for students entering Valparaiso University as a first-semester freshman.

Valpo’s BSHS program is outstanding and specifically designed for physician assistant preparation. Students will follow a prescribed academic sequence consisting of liberal arts, required physician assistant preparatory science courses, and courses related to health care. The curriculum also includes over 200 hours of field experience which is built around a faculty-guided, academic framework. Health Science program completers will be exceptionally prepared to be successful in any physician assistant graduate program or graduate programs in other health care areas such as public health and health administration.

Course Requirements

To meet the objectives of the BSHS accelerated degree, the College holds students in the BSHS program to the following requirements:

First Semester
Course Requirements  Credits
Core 110  The Human Experience I 5
Chem 121  General Chemistry I 4
 Humanities 3
HS 103  Historical Perspectives in Health Care 3
     Total Credits 15

Second Semester
 Course Requirements Credits
 Core 115 The Human Experience II 5
 Chem 122 General Chemistry II 4
 Psy 110 General Psychology 3
 KIN 100/101 Healthy Lifestyles/Stress and Wellness 1
 HS 213 Social, Behavioral, and Cultural Factors in Health Care 3
     Total Credits 16

Summer
Course Requirements Credits
Elective 3
Elective 3
HS 180 Field Experience I 3
     Total Credits 9

First Semester
Course Requirements Credits
Bio 151 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Chem 221 Organic Chemistry I 4
Bio 260 Human Nutrition 3
Theo 200 The Christian Tradition 3
HS 253 Communication Process in Health Care 3
     Total Credits 17

 Second Semester
Course Requirements Credits
Bio 152 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Chem 222 Organic Chemistry II 4
Psy 201 Statistics 3
Psy 215 Lifespan Development 3
Eng 205 Writing in Health Sciences 3
     Total Credits 17

Summer
Course Requirements Credits
Elective 3
Elective 3
HS 280 Field Experience II 3
     Total Credits 9

First Semester
Course Requirements Credits
Bio 210 Microbiology 4
Theo Upper Level 3
HS 302 Health Care Ethics and Legal Issues 3
HS 380 Field Experience III 3
HS 418 Global Health Care Systems 3
Elective 3
     Total Credits 19

Second Semester
Course Requirements Credits
Bio 270 Genetics 4
HS 450 Consumer Education for Health Promotion 3
HS 415 Evidence-based Practice and Research Methods 3
HS 470 Health Care Leadership Strategies 3
HS 480 Field Experience IV 4
     Total Credits 17

Summer
Course Requirements Credits
HS 481 Field Experience V 5
     Total Credits 5

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