Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Course Catalog 
  
2023-2024 Course Catalog

Health Science, B.S.


General Track

The Health Science major offers students the option to study the science of health from an interdisciplinary perspective that prepares them for non-clinical entry-level positions in various aspects of health care and the insurance industry.  A Health Science major provides a strong foundation for admission to many health and science related graduate programs (OT, PT, PA).

Pre-PA Track

The 7 semester Pre-PA track is open to high school graduates who meet the admissions requirements specific to the program. Students who meet all the progression standards for the Pre-PA track and pass an in person interview are then guaranteed a seat in the USJ PA program beginning the January after their 7th semester.

Admission Criteria Pre-PA Track in Health Science Major

  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 (unweighted, core courses)
  • Completion of 2 semesters each of biology, chemistry, and algebra II
  • Essay

Progression Standards for the Pre-PA Track in Health Science Major

  • Throughout curriculum earn a “B-” or better in all major and supporting courses
  • All major and supporting courses must be taken at USJ
  • No repeat courses without permission of major advisor/program director
  • Absence of disciplinary actions
  • Maintain ability to meet PA Studies Technical Standards with or without accommodation
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher at the end of Junior year
  • Completion of 250 hours of field experience in the last five years (healthcare, research, volunteer, shadow, etc)
  • Completion of a successful in-person interview for the Physician Assistant Studies Program

3+3 Pharmacy Track 

The 6 semester 3+3 Pharm D.  track is open to high school graduates who meet the admissions requirements specific to the program.Students who meet all the progression standards for the 3+3 Pharmacy track and pass an in person interview are then guaranteed a seat in the USJ Pharmacy program beginning the August after their 6th semester.

Admission Criteria 3+3 Pharmacy Track in Health Science Major

  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 (unweighted, core courses)
  • Completion of 2 semesters each of biology, chemistry, and algebra II
  • Essay

Progression Standards for the 3+3 Pharmacy Track in Health Science Major

  • Throughout curriculum earn a “B-” or better in all major and supporting courses
  • Take all Pharmacy prerequisite courses at USJ
  • No repeat courses without permission of major advisor/program director (may delay matriculation into the Pharmacy Program)
  • Absence of disciplinary actions
  • Maintain ability to meet  Pharmacy Standards with or without accommodation
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher at the end of Junior year
  • Completion of a successful in-person interview for the Pharm D. Program

Required Courses (42 Credits General Track, 49 credits Pre-PA Track)


These courses are required of both General and Pre-PA track