Health Sciences

Course Information

Program Overview

The Health Sciences Program at Assumption College combines interdisciplinary course work with meaningful fieldwork Through your studies you’ll gain knowledge of the natural sciences, disease and disability and health care delivery and care models, as well as the economics, ethics and policies that drive our global health care systems. This knowledge, and the skills you develop in your internship, will prepare you for graduate school, entry-level positions in the health care industry and beyond.

Experiential Learning

Assumption’s health sciences curriculum includes a semester-long internship in the healthcare field that enables students to develop and refine the knowledge and skills they’ll need to effectively contribute as a health care professional. This internship experience also helps students with career development and discernment, often leading to employment opportunities after graduation.

Major

Health sciences majors are required to complete 14 courses within the major. Three of those courses overlap with the core curriculum, providing students with a strong liberal arts foundation. Additionally, some courses within the health sciences major will likely overlap with the program’s specialized concentrations, enabling students to not only efficiently complete their degree requirements but also to customize their education toward their career interests as well.

Specialized Concentrations

Assumption’s health sciences program offers students from all majors an opportunity to concentrate in specialty areas that will help them pursue the graduate programs and careers of their choice.

Communication Sciences and Disorders:

Prepare to work as a Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) aide or to pursue a graduate degree in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.

Patient Advocacy

Advance your knowledge and understanding of health and human services, health psychology, health care management, and sociology, in the context of the health care environment working with, and for, patients.

Pre-Clinical Health Professions:

Prepare for graduate study in clinical medicine programs such as physician assistant, pharmacy, medical doctor, and doctor of dental medicine. Students are encouraged to major in health sciences or biology.

Pre-Occupational Therapy:

Prepare for graduate study in occupational therapy. Students are encouraged to major in health sciences, human services and rehabilitation studies, biology or psychology.

Pre-Physical Therapy:

Prepare for graduate study in either occupational therapy or physical therapy. Students are encouraged to major in health sciences, human services and rehabilitation studies, biology or psychology.

Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences (MARS) Laboratory

Assumption College is home to the Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences (MARS) Laboratory, one of the few motion capture laboratories in Central Massachusetts. The MARS Lab provides Assumption’s undergraduate students with a unique and convenient opportunity to learn how to use a highly sophisticated motion capture system.
Students engage with real-world experimentation like Dr. Bob Caron’s research into human gait patterns and are fully immersed in the research process including conceptualization, gathering and interpreting data and writing and presenting their research.
Most students using systems such as the MARS Lab are studying at the graduate level. Participating in this form of research can help distinguish Assumption students during the application process for graduate programs in occupational and physical, health, exercise or the rehabilitation sciences.