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2021-2022

Health Services, Bachelor of Science

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts and Sciences (Rappahannock Community College)
Rappahannock Community College
Rappahannock Community College
Program description

The Bachelor of Science in Health Services prepares future health care leaders with the knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the challenges of managing responsibilities across the range of health care organizations. With an emphasis on evidence-based practice, the program prepares students to work as medical and health services providers charged with planning, directing and coordinating medical and health services. Graduates will be able to work in diverse health care settings, such as hospitals, specific clinical areas or departments within those facilities, health management organizations or in medical practice groups.  Students in the program will have a course in their senior year that will provide an opportunity for service learning and relevant experiential, applied learning in a health services field.


The program is designed for students who wish to create a pathway into a health care field. It provides a core set of courses to build a foundation of health care knowledge. It also provides the flexibility for students to focus their studies on a particular area of interest through the selection of open and restricted elective courses. The flexibility gives students an opportunity to identify how their strengths, values and skills can best serve the health of their communities.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the B.S. in Health Services will be prepared to serve in entry-level and middle-level healthcare administrative positions within settings such as hospitals, hospital systems, managed care organizations, outpatient clinics, physician practices, public health facilities, inpatient treatment facilities, accountable care organizations, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and retirement and long-term care facilities.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Health Services Administrator
  • Managed Care Coordinator
  • Patient Advocate/Navigator
  • Practice Administrator
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Administrator
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


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

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • STAT 210
Science required
  • Natural Sciences requirement only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0+ cumulative GPA, 2.0+ major GPA

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2021-2022

Health Services, Bachelor of Science

Rappahannock Community College (Associate of Arts and Sciences)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and be prepared to request tutoring assistance.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
Experience Year 2
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Meet with your RCC academic advisor.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Volunteer for service learning or community service projects.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and be prepared to request tutoring assistance.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Meet with your RCC academic advisor.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Volunteer for service learning or community service projects.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Health Services, Bachelor of Science

Rappahannock Community College (Associate of Arts and Sciences)

Rappahannock Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
History Approved transfer History courses (select from HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122) HIST 3 General education
MTH MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning or MTH 161 Precalculus I MATH 131 or MATH 141 3 General education
Laboratory Science Select any approved laboratory science VCU equivalent 4 General education
Social/Behavioral PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSYC 101 3 Major (Ancillary)
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education
History Approved transfer History courses (select from HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122) HIST 3 General education
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 Major (Ancillary)
Laboratory Science Select any approved laboratory science VCU equivalent 4 General education
Humanities/Fine Arts Select any approved Humanities/Fine Arts elective VCU equivalent 3 General education
ITE 119 Information Literacy INFO 160, 161, 168 3 Elective
ENG Any approved ENG literature (ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, ENG 251, ENG 252, ENG 255, or ENG 210) ENGL 3 General education
Transfer elective ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 210 3 Major (Ancillary)
Transfer elective ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 203 3 Major
Social/Behavioral PSY 230 Developmental Psychology PSYC 304 3 Major (Ancillary)
Humanities/Fine Arts Select any approved Humanities/Fine Arts elective VCU equivalent 3 Elective
HLT/PED Health/Physical Education Elective VCU equivalent 1 Elective
Transfer electives Select three approved transfer electives VCU equivalent 9 Elective
Rappahannock credits transferred to VCU 61
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
ALHP 310 Introduction to Health Care Professions 3 Major
ALHP 320 Person-centered Care 3 Major
ALHP 325 Introduction to Rehabilitation Services 3 Major
ALHP 330 Human Growth and Development for the Health Professions 3 Major
ALHP 340 Health Care Technology and Innovation 3 Major
ALHP 410 Professional and Clinical Ethics 3 Major
ALHP 415 Health Care Financing and Budgeting 3 Major
ALHP 416 Health Care Economics 3 Major
ALHP 420 Health Care Leadership Development 3 Major
ALHP 425 Health Care Management and Performance 3 Major
ALHP 430 Overview of Research in the Health Professions 3 Major
ALHP 435 Health Care Career Development and Planning in Allied Health Professions 3 Major
HCMG 300 Health Care Organization and Services 3 Major
Restricted electives (see VCU advisor for course options) 18 Major
Open electives 2 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 59
Bachelor's degree total 120