Health Studies

Emphasis in Medical Assistant, Radiologic Technology, or Surgical Technology

Associate of Science Degree

The associate of science degree completion program is designed for students who have completed a CAAHEP-accredited medical assistant or surgical technology certificate program, or a JRCERT-accredited hospital-based or certificate program in radiologic technology and wish to earn a college degree. The program is an end in itself or can be a stepping stone toward the Bachelor of Science degree. Courses are available for online delivery and the program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Upon successful completion of the required arts and sciences credits, credit will be awarded for the certificate/hospital-based program. 

Admission Criteria/ Prerequisites

  • College GPA of 2.5 or above (cumulative) earned at a regionally accredited institution (courses considered for transfer must be completed with a "C-" grade or above)
  • One of the following:
    • *Successful completion of a CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting certificate program and national certification as a CMA
    • *Successful completion of a JRCERT-accredited hospital-based or certificate program in radiologic technology
    • *Successful completion of a CAAHEP-accredited surgical technology certificate program


Credits Hours

Arts & Sciences Program




HUM 150

The World of Ideas: Critical Reasoning & Rhetoric


HUM 2__

The World of Ideas: Elective




COM 101

English Composition


COM 230 or 245

Language & Culture in Healthcare


COM 290

Portfolio Synthesis


Natural & Applied Sciences



Science Elective


Social Sciences


PSY 101 or 215

Introduction to Psychology or Lifespan Psychology


SSC 235

The Sociology of Culture


Professional Course Credit


Credit for certificate/hospital-based courses will be awarded following completion of all other program requirements


Total Credit Hours:


 * Note- the minimum residency requirement at Nebraska Methodist College is 15 credit hours.


Bachelor of Science Degree

Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies offers students the opportunity to obtain an advanced degree that includes courses designed to maximize interdisciplinary interaction among students who represent various healthcare disciplines including Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, and Surgical Technology.


The BSHS is an online degree completion program for allied health practitioners.  In the workforce, the baccalaureate degree is widely recognized as a stepping stone to professional advancement in administration, education and research. The synergy of the curriculum provides a leading edge focus of what a competitive person in the health professions workforce values and understands. The successful graduate will excel in their professional discipline and be compelled to challenge assumptions, engage in critical thinking, be an effective communicator and ultimately become a change agent on key issues in healthcare.

  • Valued Skills that will be further developed include:
  • Use of technology for accessing, retrieving, and using information
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Leadership and Management skills
  • Problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking
  • Critical analysis of assumptions and systems
  • Validation of sources
  • Advocacy for self and client

Program Goals and Objectives

The graduate will be able to:

  • Employ problem-solving, critical -thinking and decision-making skills in a variety of settings and situations
  • Identify and evaluate effective operational, organizational, and management strategies common in healthcare delivery systems and environments.
  • Articulate best practices on the basis of evaluation of relevant literature
  • Identify ways to demonstrate personal accountability for ethical, legal, political, and environmental, concerns within the realm of healthcare.
  • Integrate communication skills (written, oral, visual) into professional roles, including educator, leader, and practitioner.
  • Apply fundamental economic principles that affect health and healthcare delivery
  • Demonstrate information literacy through the acquisition, synthesis and utilization of a variety of types and formats of information.
  • Explore the historical and contemporary social determinants of health that shape health status, health behavior and health inequalities.  
  • Explain how ethical and moral reasoning can be used to illuminate important questions of choice and to guide ones conduct in healthcare settings. 
  • Identify specific roles in an emergency environment, both as a citizen and health professional.


To earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies, students must earn *120-128 credit hours in three areas including arts and sciences, health studies requisites, and the declared major of study (which determines the primary emphasis of the degree).

  • Arts & Sciences Courses: 45-49 credit hours (some variation by program; refer to the major area of study on the college website for details)
  • Health Study Requisites: 18 credits
HCA 330

Introduction to Management & Strategic Planning

RCP 320

Health Education
COM 430 

Professional Communication

RCP 363

Wellness Coaching for the Healthcare Professional

HCA 465

Survey of U.S. Healthcare Systems

Major Area of Study: 50-64 credits** (may include professional/technical courses and relevant arts and sciences courses.)

* Note- the minimum residency requirement at Nebraska Methodist College is 30 credit hours.

**Licensed/ certified professionals in the healthcare disciplines of Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography, Respiratory Care, Sonography, or Surgical Technology may be given credit for experience. Please consult program details in the major area of study of interest.