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.
|HSC 221||Introduction to Health Care||2|
|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|
|HSC 202||Medical Terminology||2|
|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|
Chemistry courses and additional math courses depend on intended professional goal or career plan and math placement score.
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 Requirements||46|
|Foundational Science Core (biology, chemistry & physics)||13|
|Health Science Core Courses||12|
|HSC 202||Medical Terminology *||2|
|HSC 205||Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 505)||1|
|HSC 206||Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 506)||1|
|HSC 207||Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (GT 207) (HSC 507)||1|
|HSC 210||Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care||3|
|HSC 214||Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries||3|
|HSC 215||Complementary and Alternative Medicine - a Health Science Perspective||3|
|HSC 220||Health Care Essentials: Structure, Policy and Professionalism *||3|
|HSC 221||Introduction to Health Care *||2|
|HSC 225||Writing in the Health Professions||3|
|HSC 230||Counseling and Teaching for Health Care Professionals *||3|
|HSC 250||Communication Disorders||3|
|HSC 261||Scientific Study of Mummies||3|
|HSC 262||Nutrition in Health and Illness *||3|
|HSC 270||Pillars of Public Health: Saving the World on a Population Level||3|
|HSC 301||Health Care Challenges and Team-Based Solutions||1|
|HSC 305||Emotional/Social Intelligence for the Health Sciences||2|
|HSC 315||Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century *||3|
|HSC 320||The Environment and Human Health||3|
|HSC 322||Health Care Law (LE 322) *||3|
|HSC 330||Leadership: Creating Adaptive Cultures *||3|
|HSC 334||Clinical Skills Patient Communication||1|
|HSC 350||Language Development||3|
|HSC 351||Pharmacological Interventions for Common Medical Conditions *||3|
|HSC 378||Vaccines and Vaccine -Preventable Diseases||3|
|HSC 380||International Health Care - Field Research||3|
|EMT I Training|
and EMT I Training Lab *
|EMT Training II|
and EMT Training II Lab *
|HSC 397||Pre-Health Professions Clinical Affiliation *||3|
|HSC 460||Advanced Nutrition (AT 460)||3|
|HSC 498||Independent Study in Health Sciences||1-4|
|HSC 499||Independent Study in Health Sciences II||1-4|
|HSC 505||Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 205)||1|
|HSC 506||Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 206)||1|
|HSC 507||Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (HSC 207)||1-2|
Health Science Studies Core Course
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:
|SW 504||Social Welfare and Social Policy||3|
|SW 507||Issues of Diversity and Oppression||3|
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.
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.