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Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 
Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Health Services (122 hours)

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This degree program educates students in the knowledge and skills required by all health and human service workers. The program will prepare students for careers in health and human service administration and provide preparation for candidacy in health and human service professional graduate degree and certificate programs. It will also provide health and human service professionals with registration, certification, or licensure credentialing with a baccalaureate completion program.

Once enrolled in the program, students will complete a 30-semester hour professional core curriculum which will educate them in the common competencies required by all health and human service workers. In addition, students will gain specialized knowledge through the selection of a minor or an approved concentration. Finally, as a capstone experience, students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in a semester-long internship in a clinical or administrative setting, or through applied research, if the student is already clinically qualified. 


Minimum of 30 academic credits and completion of the pre-professional requirement with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or minimum of 30 academic credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and current registration, certification, or licensure as a health or human services provider. Special note: The Occupational Therapy concentration requires a separate admissions process. Please refer to the Occupational Therapy section for additional information. 

Academic Advising 

The College of Health and Human Services provides advising to all students who wish to enroll in and who are admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services program. Students should contact an advisor as early as possible. Advisors will assist students in program planning, in the selection of a pre-professional sequence and concentration, and in the choice of electives. Failure to meet with the advisor on a regular basis may result in difficulty in completing the program in a timely manner.

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the University’s graduation requirements. In addition, students must maintain a grade point average of 2.5, with no less that a “C” in any professional core or concentration course. Please refer to the Occupational Therapy section for information on specific graduation requirements. Students may repeat no more than once, one course in the professional core, with the exception of HSV 4700 which may not be repeated, and one course in a concentration. Specific program requirements follow. (Refer to the Occupational Therapy section for specific information regarding the Occupational Therapy program.)

University General Education (37 hours)

Students must successfully complete the University’s General Education Proficiencies and Distribution requirements.

Pre-Professional Requirement (14 hours at a minimum)

Students are required to complete a pre-professional sequence. This sequence will be tailored to the student’s interests. Currently registered, certified, or licensed health and human service providers may be granted academic credit for previous course work completed at an academically or professionally accredited program or institution. These credits will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis and applied to the pre-professional requirements. All students must also complete the following two courses in addition to a pre-professional sequence:

One of the following:

One of the following:

Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement

Students who have chosen the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services will satisfy the Baccalaureate-Level Writing requirement by successfully completing:

Concentrations/Academic Minors (14 hours at a minimum)

The Professional Core will be complemented by advanced study in an area of concentration of academic minor. Some concentrations and minors will prepare students for candidacy in professional graduate programs. Others will enable students to enter administrative positions in a variety of public and private agency and institutional settings and prepare them for candidacy in a graduate certificate program.

Students who elect a concentration will do so in consultation with the Program Director or the advisor. A concentration will be designed to fit the student’s individual learning objectives It must consist of a minimum of 14 semester hours, at least 9 of which must be from 3000-, 4000-, or 5000-level course work. All concentrations must be pre-approved by an advisor.

Internship (6 hours)

The capstone experience is a required internship of a minimum of 240 clock hours in the U.S. or abroad, designed to provide students with the opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and abilities learned and to hone skills in readiness for employment or graduate study. The requirements of the internship are:

  1. Completion of all course work in the Professional Core prior to enrollment in the internship, HSV 4900: Internship (6 hours).
  2. Contact must be made with the Program Director one semester prior to the semester in which the student wishes to begin the internship.
  3. Prior to the internship, the student must choose a faculty mentor to advise the student regarding the internship, the paper, and the presentation requirements.
  4. Selection, from a list of approved sites, of an internship location. 
  5. Preparation of a reflective paper documenting the student’s profession growth through the internship experience.
  6. Presentation of the reflective paper at a seminar session.

Students who are registered, certified, or licensed health care providers may pursue a clinical experience providing it is in a situation outside their usual employment, or they may substitute a research project and an approved elective (3 hours) for this internship. The requirements of the research project, which will be completed during enrollment in HSV 4600: Independent Research (3 hours), are:

  1. The student must select a research committee consisting of a faculty mentor knowledgeable in the field of inquiry and a reader who will act as a resource person and may work outside the University.
  2. The research project must be approved by the Program Director at the beginning of the senior year.
  3. The research must be documented in a paper written in the professional or academic style appropriate to the discipline and presented during a seminar session.

Health and Liability Insurance

Students engaged in an internship must give evidence of having health insurance at the time of course enrollment. Liability insurance coverage will be provided by the University through a fee assessed at the time of enrollment in the following course.

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