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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science with a concentration in health science

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Sciences Specialization (Northern Virginia Community College)
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Program description
The Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences offers programs that prepare students to pursue careers that utilize exercise interventions for both healthy and diseased populations and/or careers designed for students who wish to enter a healthcare-related field (that does not require licensure, certification or registry status). The department offers one undergraduate degree program; the Bachelor of Science with either the exercise science concentration or the health science concentration.
Career opportunities
The health science concentration is designed for students who wish to enter a health care-related field (that does not require licensure, certification or registry status) such as corporate wellness, human services, nonprofit health promotion and medical and pharmaceutical sales. Graduates holding a degree with a concentration in health science can also be qualified to enter either graduate or professional health science programs, such as public health, health education and promotion, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, nursing, speech-language pathology, audiology, radiation safety, clinical laboratory science and health care administration.
Bachelor-level job titles
  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Educator
  • Medical Secretaries
  • Patient Representatives
  • Recreation Worker
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products
  • Social and Community Service Managers
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Medical Doctor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Psychologist
Contact information


VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Highest level of math required
  • MATH 151
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science with a concentration in health science

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Sciences Specialization)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Browse careers related to health science through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Take a career assessment through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and explore VCU's Career Pathways.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
Experience Year 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Continue to use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Reflect on your academic preparation for VCU by completing the MINDSET Inventory.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to health science through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and explore VCU's Career Pathways.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Continue to use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Reflect on your academic preparation for VCU by completing the MINDSET Inventory.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science with a concentration in health science

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Sciences Specialization)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I UNIV 111-112 3 General education
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents) BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 206 4 Major
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSYC 101 3 Major
MTH MTH 161 Precalculus I MATH 141 3 General education
HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology HPEX 250 1 Major
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents) BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 2061 4 Major
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
CST 229 Intercultural communication SPCH 2XX 3 Elective
Transfer Elective CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 101 4 Major
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (Select 1): ART 101, ART 102, MUS 121, PHI 101, REL 231 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Social/Behavioral Science Elective PSY 230 Developmental Psychology PSYC 304 3 Major
Transfer Elective MTH 162 Precalculus II MATH 151 3 Major
HIS Elective (Select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST ___ 3 General education
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (Select 1): CST 151, ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252 VCU equivalent 3 Elective
Physical or Life Science Elective w/ Lab BIO 101 General Biology I BIOL/Z 151 4 Major
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 Major
Transfer Elective PHY 201 General Physics I PHYS 201 4 Major
Transfer Elective PHI 227 Biomedical Ethics PHIL 213 3 Elective
Transfer Elective HLT 230 Principles of Nurtrition and Human Development BIOL 217 3 Elective
Northern Virginia Credits Transferred to VCU 61
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
Foreign language through the 102 level.   (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school.  Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8 General education (not waived by associate degree)
HPEX 300 Healthcare Delivery in the U.S. 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 310 Fitness and Health 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 395 Clinical Experience I 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 495 Clinical Experience II (fulfills senior capstone) 6 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 345 Nutrition for Health and Disease 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 352 Substance Abuse 3 Major (HPEX Core)
HPEX 353 Disease Trends, Prevention and Control 3 Major (Health Science Core)
HPEX 354 Coping and Adaptation 3 Major (Health Science Core)
HPEX 357 Personal Health and Behavior Change 3 Major (Health Science Core)
HPEX 358 Introduction to Epidemiology 3 Major (Health Science Core)
HPEX 435 Health Disparities in the U.S. 3 Major (Health Science Core)
HPEX 445 Principles of Health Care Management 3 Major (Health Science Core)
Approved electives (check with VCU advisor) Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level (300- or 400-level) credits to graduate from VCU. 12 to 20 Elective
Credits Completed at VCU 59
Bachelor's degree total 120