Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/Master of Social Work (3+2)

Program Contact: Christine G. Fitzgerald 203-582-8688

The Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/Master of Social Work program is designed for students entering the School of Health Sciences who have interest in health care and want to pursue a career in the field of social work. Upon admission, students choosing this option are assigned to academic advisers who will assist them in designing a customized program to meet their career goals.

First-year students are automatically enrolled in a career exploration course to help them increase the breadth and depth of their professional interests. A strong emphasis on individualized academic advising is at the core of this program. The student-adviser relationship provides opportunity and support for each student, while pursuing their goals within the Quinnipiac University educational experience.

Social work is one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States. As social workers, graduating students have the ability to enter a broad range of high-demand fields. Emergency rooms, rehabilitation facilities and youth centers all rely on social workers to treat veterans with PTSD, neglected children, people with chronic illnesses and many others. Our program prepares you for licensure and gives you the tools you’ll need to provide patients with counseling, crisis intervention and access to social welfare and community resources.

You’ll act as a crucial link between patients and their caregivers, ensuring that they are receiving proper attention. Our curriculum emphasizes interprofessional education to familiarize you with a team-based health care approach while also giving you the freedom to tailor your degree to your specialty.

Through this accelerated dual-degree program, you‘ll complete both your bachelor's degree and your Master of Social Work in just 5 years. 

Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/MSW Program of Study

Undergraduate BS in HSC Curriculum

A total of 120 credits is required for completion of the BS in Health Science Studies.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
HSC 221 Introduction to Health Care 2
BIO 101
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
Select one of the following: 1 4
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I Lab
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
Spring Semester
HSC 202 Medical Terminology 2
BIO 102
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
Select one of the following: 1 4
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II Lab
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC Elective 3
 Total Credits32

Subsequent Course and GPA Requirements

Following the first year of study, Health Science Studies students meet with their academic advisers and develop a customized plan of study that incorporates their academic and career goals. To remain in good standing within the program, students must maintain an minimum overall science GPA of 2.25 and earn 120 credits for degree completion. Course selections must fulfill the following:

University Curriculum Requirements46
Foundational Science Core (biology, chemistry & physics)13
Health Science Core Courses12
Science Electives18
Open Electives31
Total Credits120
HSC 202Medical Terminology *2
HSC 205Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 505)1
HSC 206Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 506)1
HSC 207Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (GT 207) (HSC 507)1
HSC 210Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care3
HSC 214Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
HSC 215Complementary and Alternative Medicine - a Health Science Perspective3
HSC 220Health Care Essentials: Structure, Policy and Professionalism *3
HSC 221Introduction to Health Care *2
HSC 225Writing in the Health Professions3
HSC 230Counseling and Teaching for Health Care Professionals *3
HSC 250Communication Disorders3
HSC 261Scientific Study of Mummies3
HSC 262Nutrition in Health and Illness *3
HSC 270Pillars of Public Health: Saving the World on a Population Level3
HSC 301Health Care Challenges and Team-Based Solutions1
HSC 305Emotional/Social Intelligence for the Health Sciences2
HSC 315Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century *3
HSC 320The Environment and Human Health3
HSC 322Health Care Law (LE 322) *3
HSC 330Leadership: Creating Adaptive Cultures *3
HSC 334Clinical Skills Patient Communication1
HSC 350Language Development3
HSC 351Pharmacological Interventions for Common Medical Conditions *3
HSC 375Immunology3
HSC 378Vaccines and Vaccine -Preventable Diseases3
HSC 380International Health Care - Field Research3
HSC 388
EMT I Training
and EMT I Training Lab *
HSC 389
EMT Training II
and EMT Training II Lab *
HSC 397Pre-Health Professions Clinical Affiliation *3
HSC 460Advanced Nutrition (AT 460)3
HSC 498Independent Study in Health Sciences1-4
HSC 499Independent Study in Health Sciences II1-4
HSC 505Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 205)1
HSC 506Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 206)1
HSC 507Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (HSC 207)1-2

Graduate Program

Students must work with their advisers to carefully plan their course of study to ensure completion of the BS degree in 3 years. 

Students admitted to the program take 9 credits of graduate course work in their third year:

Fall Semester
SW 504Social Welfare and Social Policy3
SW 5063
Spring Semester
SW 507Issues of Diversity and Oppression3

Once admitted to the program, students must maintain an undergraduate GPA of 3.00, complete 20 hours in liberal arts, and a statistics course with a grade of C or higher. Students must additionally achieve a grade of B or higher in their three graduate courses. A maximum of 9 credits may be used to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Students earn the Master's degree in Social Work upon satisfactory completion of all of the graduate curriculum requirements.

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate Health Science Studies programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.

Please note: Students cannot be added to the Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MSW (3+2) program after matriculating at Quinnipiac.