This program provides a foundation for students interested in a health career. It is intended as a transfer program and has three defined tracks, each of which has 60-62 credit hours of well-structured course work:

  • Track 1: Nutrition is for students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics.
  • Track 2: Baccalaureate provides a strong base to pursue academic interests in many health fields such as exercise science, public health, pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, and pre-veterinary programs.
  • Track 3: Allied Health is for students who want to transfer into an NHTI Allied Health program and fulfills several program pre- and co-requisites.

Students are required to take all of the courses listed in the Health Science Core, all the courses listed in their chosen track, and 1-2 electives. These electives need to be chosen from the list provided in the core.  

Please note: The below curriculum lists only the core and elective courses that a student will take. Each student in the Health Science degree must choose a track to follow — please see the dropdown on this page titled “Health and Science Degree Tracks” (below).

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course

Core Courses Requirements

BIOL 195CAnatomy and Physiology I1324
BIOL 196CAnatomy and Physiology II1324
BIO 222CPathophysiology  3
BIOL 259CNormal and Therapeutic Nutrition404
CHEM xxxCChemistry elective1,2324
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
ENGL xxxCEnglish elective2303
INDL 120CGlobal Public Health3303
MATH xxxCMathematics elective (MATH 120C or higher level)2,4404
PHIL 242CContemporary Ethical Issues5303
PSYC 105CIntroduction to Psychology  3
PSYC 220CHuman Growth and Development303

1CHEM 100C does not meet this requirement.
2Some tracks define this course.
3Meets Social Science requirement
4MATH 129C does not meet the minimum math requirements.
5Meets Humanities/Language/Fine Arts requirement


BIOL 202CMicrobiology4
BIO 239CPublic Health Nutrition3
BIO 279CLifecycle Nutrition4
CHEM 125CIntro to General, Organic, and Biochemistry4
CHEM 205COrganic Chemistry4
HLTH 101CMedical Terminology3
HLTH 104CHealthcare Data Content and Delivery Systems3
HLTH 120CCare and Prevention of Athletic Injuries4
HLTH 125CCoaching Principles I3
HLTH 150CPersonal Wellness1
HLTH 152CPersonal Training4
PHYS 133CPhysics I (Algebra-based)4
PHYS 135CPhysics II (Algebra-based)4
SOCI 105CIntro to Sociology3


BIOL 202CMicrobiology4
BIOL 229CNutrition in Exercise and Sports3
BIOL 279CLifecycle Nutrition3
CHEM 103CGeneral Chemistry I4
CHEM 104CGeneral Chemistry II4
XXXX xxxCElective (see list)4
Total Credits 60


BIOL 111CGeneral Biology I4
BIOL 112CGeneral Biology II4
CHEM 103CGeneral Chemistry I4
CHEM 104CGeneral Chemistry II4
MATH 251CStatistics4
XXXX xxxCElective (see list)4
Total Credits 62

Allied Health

BIOL 202CMicrobiology14
ENGL 120C/COMM 120CCommunication13
HLTH 101CMedical Terminology3
SOCI 105CIntro to Sociology3
XXXX xxxCElective (see list)8
Total Credits 60

1Check your transfer program.

  • Students will communicate effectively.
    • Students will employ vocabulary pertinent to health science.
    • Students will complete research and use peer-reviewed sources of literature.
  • Students will use critical thinking.
    • Students will apply the scientific method. 
    • Students will assess public health and nutrition trends and identify appropriate intervention
  • Students will demonstrate the application of scientific technology.
    • Students will practice lab safety procedures.
    • Students will utilize current technology to collect, analyze, and present data.
  • Students will express quantitative and qualitative scientific knowledge.
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
    • Students will compare human health and disease states.

Click here for the full PDF of learning outcomes.

The flexible curriculum can be used as a strong base to further educational pursuits – degrees in physical therapy, health information management, dietetics, public health, pharmacology, and exercise science, among others – or as a distinct, self-contained degree for professionals seeking career advancement.

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