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1906 College Heights Blvd #11052 Bowling Green, KY 42101-1052

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Effective Date: 8/15/2016 - 7/31/2020

Completion of the following curriculum will satisfy the requirements for an Associate in Science degree at KCTCS and related baccalaureate HEALTH SCIENCES (AAS OR AS TO BS) degree at Western Kentucky University. This pathway meets the general education, pre-major, and program requirements.

The suggested courses in this pathway leads to an Associate and Baccalaureate major. The course recommendations for the first two years are required for the Baccalaureate degree, but also apply to the associate degree. The completion of these courses will enable a student to move efficiently into the last two years of the baccalaureate program.

It is important to discuss revisions to the plan, graduation requirements, entrance requirements, and other important program requirements with your advisor. Students who complete the associate degree in this pathway are guaranteed acceptance into the pathway as stated, unless otherwise noted on the pathway.

Sample 1st & 2nd Year Progression

Semester 1Credit Hours
ENG 101 (3) 3
OC Course 3
PSY 110 (3) or PSY 223 (3) 3
MAT 146 (3) or MAT 150 (3) 3
DLC Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 2Credit Hours
ENG 102 (3) 3
Heritage Course 3
Humanities Course 3
BIO 112 (3) or BIO 114 (3) or BIO 135 (4) or BIO 137 (4) or BIO 139 (4) or BIO 150 (3) 3
BIO 115 Lab (1) or BIO 151 Lab (2) 1
QR Course 3
Total Credit Hours16

Semester 3Credit Hours
CHE 130 (3) or CHE 140 (3) 3
QR/NS Course 3
GE/FL Course 3
NFS 101 (3) 3
AHS 115 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 4Credit Hours
SB Course 3
QR/NS Course 3
GE/FL Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15

Pre-Transfer Notes

This agreement allows KCTCS graduates to transfer AAS or AS coursework from KCTCS into the Health Sciences program at WKU.

The major in Health Sciences requires 59-66 credit hours, including a required concentration ranging from 21-27 hours. The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a health and human sciences related career. Students who transfer to WKU with an applied associate degree (e.g. Associate of Applied Science) from a health-related program receive a 12-hour waiver from the upper-level course requirements. Required courses of for the Health Sciences core are: HMD 211, PSY/PSYS 100 or 220, BIOL 113 or 120/121 or 131, CHEM 105/106 or 109 or 116 or PHYSxxx, AH 290 or HIM 290, PE 310 or 311 or 313 or PH 390, PH 381, PH 383 or SOCL 300 or BIOL 382 or STAT 301 or PSY/S 313 or MATH 183, PH 384, PH 447 or LEAD 330 or PHIL 322 or PHIL 323 or MGT 305 or SWRK 433, HCA 340, HCA 446/447 or CIS 243 or 321; HCA 441 or HIM 225 or MGT 200 or MGT 301..

An associate degree in a focused health area transfers nicely into this program. Students with a completed A.A. or A.S. degree from a KCTCS college have completed WKU general education requirements. Graduate of a AAS in clinical laboratory technician, medical assisting, medical information technology, nuclear medicine, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, polysomnographic technologist, radiography, respiratory care, diagnostic medical sonography, surgical technology, or other Health related KCTCS programs as approved by the WKU Health Science faculty are also utilized to replace concentration courses. In addition to completing the Health Sciences core, students need to fulfill all other appropriate major and degree requirements.

Students must earn a "C" or better in each course in the major. Additionally, in accordance with university policy, an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better must be attained upon completion of WK U program and graduation requirements.

Additional KCTCS Graduation Requirements

1. Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours,
2. Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA,
3. Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at the institution awarding the degree,
4. Cultural studies course, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
5. Demonstration of computer/digital literacy, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
6. One science course must include a laboratory experience, and
7. Two disciplines must be represented in Social & Behavioral Science courses and must be different than those in the Heritage and Humanities categories.

Sample 3rd & 4th Year Progression

Semester 5Credit Hours
PE 310 (3) or PE 311 (3) or PE 313 (3) 3
PH 381 (3) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 6Credit Hours
PH 383 (3) 3
HCA 340 (3) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15

Semester 7Credit Hours
HCA 441 (3) 3
PH 384 (3) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 8Credit Hours
HCA 447 (1) 1
HCA 446 (3) 3
PH 447 (3) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours16

Program Notes

WKU Health Sciences advisors will assist students in selecting electives and/or concentration courses, including upper-division, to support major courses while ensuring WKU graduation requirements are completed in a timely manner. Please contact the WKU advisors before enrolling and throughout the degree program.

Those with questions about the WKU Health Sciences program may contact:
Public Health Department
College of Health and Human Services
Phone: 270-745-4752

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