Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences


The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program begins in the fall of 2013.

Program Description

The BSHS program is a full or part-time course of study designed for students with a previous associate degree in radiography or respiratory care to earn a baccalaureate degree in Health Sciences. This degree program may be completed by other allied health professionals if the original course of study was from an accredited allied health program.  The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program builds upon previous education and aims to broaden the skillset of the allied health professional. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program will be prepared to meet the changing needs of health care institutions in a variety of settings. Additionally, graduates will be prepared to assume leadership responsibilities and effect patient outcomes.

Graduates will be prepared to function as collaborative members within the health care team. Knowledge of leadership and management, health provider systems, communication, critical thinking, legal-ethical and teaching-learning principles, evidence-based practice, accounting, and culture care values will be integrated into the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences curriculum.

Students will learn to critique research findings for applicability to practice, study current trends in health care, examine historical and political influences in the health care system, and apply evidence-based research and practices in the clinical setting.

Graduates will be educated to demonstrate the knowledge, proficiency, and cultural competence of an educated person, including the ability to synthesize general and professional education into clinical practice. The BSHS degree will further reinforce accountability for lifelong learning and professional career development. Graduates will be prepared to practice in diverse health care roles, including leadership and management positions, and provide knowledgeable and competent care across many health care settings.

Program Philosophy

The purpose of the BSHS program is to teach students to apply the contents of scientific inquiry within an ethical, cultural, historical, and philosophical framework. This BSHS completion program strives to provide students with the opportunity to examine the philosophical foundation, principles, methods, and assumptions of professional scientific disciplines and to explore how these disciplines interact with other disciplines in the provision of evidence-based health care.
General education and health science courses are designed to meet the changing needs of health care institutions and to prepare the graduate for leadership responsibilities.  Faculty and students partner in a collaborative manner to achieve educational outcomes.  Program faculty facilitate this learning process by designing learning methods and environments that are challenging and increasingly complex.  Students are responsible for the quality and quantity of effort put forth in the educational endeavor. The career-ladder approach to professional education and practice is one valid choice for students and forms the basis for lifelong learning within the BSHS program.

Program Goals

  • Analyze theoretical concepts of management utilized within the health care environment.
  • Utilize accounting and supply principles to assess health care cost efficiency.
  • Analyze the impact of past, current, and future trends on the delivery of health care and health care management.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and implement evidence-based practice pertinent to the individual’s chosen allied health field.
  • Communicate professionally using interpersonal, oral and written skills.
  • Collaborate as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide comprehensive care.
Culture Care Values
  • Demonstrate ability to provide culturally congruent competent care by preserving/maintaining cultural identities and diverse lifeways of healthcare consumers.
  • Analyze and evaluate ethical behavior within the framework of professional standards, values, and codes.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the BSHS degree program are as follows:
  • Graduation from an accredited school of Radiography or Respiratory Care
  • Current, unencumbered license/certification as a Radiographer or Respiratory Therapist
  • Demonstration of Statistic readiness through placement testing or prior coursework
    • Note:
      • Respiratory Therapists and Radiographers graduating from an accredited diploma program may be considered for admission and will be required to complete the following undergraduate courses from an accredited institution of higher education: written communication, oral communication, humanities, psychology, and college level algebra. These courses are in addition to the required general education courses required for the BSHS degree. Students graduating from allied health professions other than Radiography and Respiratory Care will have credits evaluated by the Registrar and respective Program Coordinators on a case-by-case basis.
      • There is no time limit on the acceptance of credits obtained for professional licensure/certification.
      • Only courses completed with a grade of “C” or above will be accepted for transfer credit.

Attendance Policy

Regular class attendance is important for academic success. Only with regular attendance and participation are students able to engage fully in discussion, whether online or in person, and to seek clarification concerning presented materials.

Contact Hour Description

The unit of credit at Trinity College is the semester credit hour. Traditionally, a unit of didactic credit is earned by attending a non-laboratory class for one hour a week for 16 weeks. The BSHS program is offered through a hybrid delivery format. Each course has face-to-face meeting times, however; the majority of the coursework is completed using an online learning platform. One contact hour for the clinical internship is calculated based on four contact hours for 16 weeks. This clinical internship is a preceptored clinical experience that is guided by a Health Sciences faculty member.

Dress Code

BSHS students must adhere to the College dress code policy concerning name badges, grooming, and jewelry.
Students in the BSHS program may, if they choose, wear a clean, white uniform of their choice, with the College insignia sewn on the left sleeve two inches down from the shoulder seam. BSHS students are expected to purchase a plain, white washable lab coat/jacket with the College insignia sewn on the left sleeve two inches down from the shoulder seam.

BSHS Grading Scale

Grade Quality Points Value Significance
A 4.0 93-100 Excellent
B 3.0 85-92 Good
C 2.0 77-84 Satisfactory
D 1.0 69-76 Unsatisfactory
F 0 0-68 Failure
I     Incomplete
WP     Withdrawal Passing
WF     Withdrawal Failing
AU     Audit
R     Repeat

Internship Grading Scale

Grading for the Clinical Internship is Pass/Fail.

Goals for the internship include:

  • Provide the intern with a broad based clinical experience offering them the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to be leaders and educators in healthcare who can adapt in this rapidly changing environment
  • Equip interns with experience and confidence to function in current and future health care systems through the use of projects and authentic assessments
  • Develop communication skills to effectively interact with healthcare team members and a diverse patient population
  • Provide an educational experience that will support and comply with the Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice of the Professions

Program Progression

This program is designed for the working allied health professional. As such, the BSHS curriculum allows flexibility in course progression, yet requires accountability of communication. The academic advisor will work with each student to develop an individualized plan to complete the BSHS program. Once a student enters the BSHS program, continuity of registration is expected. Continuity is defined as continuous enrollment in at least one BSHS major or general education course during the fall and spring semesters. Summer courses may be offered, but summer enrollment is not required. If a student cannot maintain continuous enrollment, the student must contact his/her academic advisor and complete either a Leave of Absence or Withdrawal form (refer to Leave of Absence and Withdrawal policies). Only two interruptions in the program of study are permitted during the BSHS program. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the leave of absence. If a student does not either register for coursework or initiate a leave of absence, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the BSHS program. The student can subsequently apply for readmission into the program but there is no guarantee of admission. Applicable forms and fees apply for readmission. A ten year maximum time limit from time of admission is set for program completion.
Students in the BSHS program who are unsuccessful in one major course must meet with their academic advisor to devise a plan for successful progression through the curriculum. Any student who receives a WF or grade below a C in a major BSHS course will be withdrawn from the BSHS program. All general education courses must be completed with a grade of C or above.

Graduation Requirements for BSHS

Requirements for a BSHS Degree include meeting all of the following requirements:
  • Fulfill the course requirements of the Baccalaureate of Science in Health Sciences curriculum
  • Complete the last 20 semester hours in Health Sciences at the College
  • Earn a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit attaining a C (2.0) cumulative grade point average which includes a C or above in each required health sciences and general education course in the curriculum
  • Meet all financial obligations incurred with the College
  • Be recommended by Faculty and approved by the College Governing Board to graduate.

Critical Objectives

Critical objectives are objectives deemed to be of such importance to the practice of healthcare that satisfactory performance in each objective must be maintained throughout the BSHS program. An infraction of any critical objective may result in corrective action (see Corrective Action Policy). However, corrective action may vary according to the scope and seriousness of the behavior. Infractions may result in immediate failure of the course and/or dismissal from the College. If a student demonstrates behaviors that require corrective action within a course, the student must correct the behaviors in order to pass the course. Corrective action information may be communicated between faculty within the program to maintain consistency of behavior and monitor progress. Course-related corrective actions related to the course critical objectives should be carefully documented by faculty, shared with students and program coordinator, and maintained in a secure file in the office of the BSHS program coordinator.

Critical objectives are applicable while providing patient care and when interacting with the health care team, clients, peers, faculty and others both in clinical and classroom situations. Critical objectives are listed under course outcomes in the syllabi. The expectation/outcome is that the student will demonstrate individual accountability for professional behavior.
To meet the critical objectives, the student will:
  • Follow dress code
  • Display professional attitude, actions, and respect when interacting with the client, family/significant others, health care team, peers, faculty, others
  • Act to preserve/maintain the cultural identities of others and accommodate/negotiate diverse lifeways
  • Practice within legal limits of the respective allied health profession as defined in the Illinois and Iowa Acts and Rules, policies and procedures of the assigned health care organization and/or healthcare unit/department, and recognized written standards of practice, including the health and safety requirements of the College for tuberculosis testing, CPR certification, immunizations, and OSHA and HIPAA training
  • Use principles of safety including practicing within the scope of skills and knowledge when implementing care based upon the client’s physical and psychological condition, age, development level, and environment
  • Demonstrate emotional and physical stability when providing care and when interacting with health care team, peers, faculty, and others
  • Use honest, accurate, objective verbal and written communication in reporting and recording care, written assignments, and interacting with the health care team, clients, peers, faculty, and others
  • Demonstrate ethical behaviors in complying with the standards set forth in the respective allied health Code of Ethics by reflecting integrity and confidentiality at all times
  • Demonstrate accountability in attendance at clinical experience with punctuality, completion of commitments, and reporting of absences according to College policy as identified previously in this Catalog and individual course syllabus
  • Demonstrate timely preparation for the clinical experience in verbal and written communication and patient care.



Fall Semester: 16 weeks
Course #: Description: Semester Hours
  Advanced Written Communication 1,2 3 SH
  Ethics 1,2 3 SH
BHS300 Education Principles in Health Care 3 SH
BHS301 Health Care Delivery Systems 3 SH
Spring Semester: 16 weeks
  Humanities Elective 3 SH
  Statistics 1,2 3 SH
BHS302 Health Care Leadership 3 SH
BHS303 Managerial Communication 3 SH
Fall Semester: 16 weeks
  Anthropology 3 SH
BHS410 Health Science Research 3 SH
BHS411 Ethics for Health Care Professionals 4 SH
BHS412 Accounting Basics for Health Professionals 3 SH
Spring Semester
BHS419 Clinical Internship 4-6 SH
BHS420 Health Science Research Seminar 4 SH

8-10 SH

1 Indicates course may be chosen from among approved clusters listed in the academic section of the College Catalog.
2 General education courses are taken at another institution or transferred into the major, and may be completed prior to or concurrent with major courses.

General Education Total 15 SH
Health Sciences Total 30 SH
Advanced Standing Credit 75 SH
BSHS Program Total 120 SH