Applied Health Sciences, BS

Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Sciences

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $396.00

Program Overview

The online Applied Health Sciences, BS is designed for students who wish to individualize their program of study by selecting courses that best fit their career goals. Graduates are equipped with a competitive edge against others in their field.

The Applied Health Sciences online degree program is designed for professionals with an associate degree in a health-related field. This 2+2 program provides a seamless transition to a bachelor’s degree, as 66 credit hours of applicable coursework may be transferred to UNK to meet degree requirements.

Students choose this program to:

  • Individualize their program of study by selecting courses that best fit their goals
  • Advance their education to qualify for supervisory or teaching positions in their field
  • Implement scientific principles together with clinical experience

Career Outlook: The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of healthcare occupations is projected to at a rate of 14%, much faster than the average for all occupations. An aging population will lead to a greater demand for healthcare services.

Potential careers include:

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • LPN
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Radiologic Technologist

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Associate's Degree

  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Transfer up to 66 credit hours from a successfully completed associate's degree program in a health-related field including Surgical Technology, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Nursing and others as approved. Students in this program complete all general studies requirements as outlined by UNK, complete 40 hours of upper-division electives (with no more than 24 credits in one discipline) in an individualized program approved by Health Sciences Advisor for the program and no less than 32 semester credit hours shall be UNK credits. This degree is designed to allow for maximum flexibility. Students will work with an advisor to create a completely individualized curriculum that is focused on their career goals. University graduation requirements must also be fulfilled to complete the degree program. The following list serves as an example of courses that may be applied toward this program:

Other Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MGT 841PHealth Care Management II: Managing Processes Effectively3
Health care managers are responsible for effectively coordinating, planning and managing business processes. These processes include scheduling, waiting line assessment, quality, budgeting, financial planning and forecasting.
MGT 840PHealth Care Management I: Managing People Effectively3
Health care managers are responsible for getting things done through other people. This course focuses on giving students the tools (theory and practice) to become an effective manager in health care settings. Topics include leadership, ethics, staffing, teamwork, communication, performance management and effectively managing change in health care organizations.
MGT 301Principles of Management3
An integrated study of the functions of a manager: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. An in-depth look at various management theories.
SOC 462Sociology of Health and Illness3
This course provides an introduction to the field of medical sociology with attention to physical as well as mental illnesses. The emphasis will be upon the influence of social factors in becoming ill and social factors which influence treatment. Topics to be covered will include: Social epidemiology, health and illness behavior, the health professions, health care institutions, and alternative systems of health service. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 250 or permission
BIOL 325Medical Terminology1
This course is designed to assist students in health-related and life science programs to become familiar with complex terms and their derivation.
CDIS 210Survey of Communication Disorders3
Nature, causes and treatment of communication disorders as an educational field for Communication Disorders majors, special education and elementary education majors, and others who desire a knowledge of communication disorders, speech/language pathology and audiology as professional disciplines. This course is not recommended for first semester freshmen. Prerequisite for other speech pathology courses. Observation hours required.
CSP 409Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of Addictions3
This course addresses the physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of alcohol/drug use, abuse and dependence. The classifications and basic pharmacology of drugs, basic physiology and the effects of drug use on the systems of the human body and alcohol and drug tolerance are discussed. The course also includes the etiological, behavioral, cultural and demographical aspects and belief systems about alcohol/drug use along with the processes of dependence and addiction including signs, symptoms and behavior patterns. This course meets the requirements for licensure as a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor as 45 hours of medical and psychosocial aspects of alcohol/drug use, abuse and addiction.
FAMS 450The Aging Adult3
This course examines the various aspects of aging including the physical, psychological, and social issues of elders. These aspects of aging are examined from individual, cohort, family and global perspectives. Students explore and examine aging issues through the use of formal research, personal interviews, site visits, and agency presentations.
HSCI 475Internship in Health Sciences1 - 5
This internship is designed to provide an opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience that will enhance the student's understanding of the healthcare system. Internships will be student initiated but must be approved by the student's health science advisor and the site supervisor.
PSY 406Theories of Personality3
Personality theories from Freud to contemporary theorists are discussed. Prior completion of PSY 370 is recommended.
PSY 430Memory & Cognition3
Topics concerning intellectual functioning are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the information processing approach to the study of mental life. Topics include perception, attention, consciousness, memory, problem solving, and language. Prior completion of PSY 270 is recommended.
PSY 462Adult Development & Aging3
The changes in physical, cognitive and social/personality development during adulthood are addressed.
SOC 369Sociology of Gender3
A course designed to increase knowledge regarding the initial development of sex-roles, socialization for behavior that is appropriate to gender, and the satisfaction of personal needs through interaction with societal groups. The intention is to raise student consciousness of expanding options for future family life, occupational choices and social relationships. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 250 or permission
SPCH 300Interpersonal and Relational Communication3
Study of interpersonal and relational communication including the role of verbal and nonverbal communication in relationship development and maintenance, conflict management and interpersonal influence.
SPCH 451Leadership Communication3
A study of the characteristics, styles, roles, and strategies of leaders with emphasis on parliamentary process.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.