Our Health Science Degree Program

Available in: Co-ed Hybrid/Online Undergraduate

Our hybrid online and in-person Health Science program is designed for students are looking to pursue post-graduate training in an allied health field and have already earned an Associate of Applied Science degree.  Students work with experienced advisors to complete required prerequisite coursework and develop the necessary skills for them to take the next step in their education and reach their professional goals.



Incoming students should have an applied science associate degree in an area such as medical laboratory technology, physical therapist assistant, dental hygiene, radiologic technology, veterinary technology, or respiratory care from a regionally accredited college.  Students with other applied science diplomas or certificates who have earned 60 college credit hours will be considered on an individual basis.

This is an online program except following classes:

  • BIO 110 Foundations of Biology
  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 122 General Chemistry II
  • BIO 226 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 326 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • 9-12 semester hours of BIO/CHEM/PHY Electives

Program Highlights

Coursework can be tailored to fulfill the prerequires for admission to medical, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or physician assistant programs.

This degree is extremely flexible in its science requirements and can be adapted to fit the needs of the student.  Individuals will work with their advisors one-on-one to assure that their schedules and classes are appropriate for them and their future goals.

  • Degree may be completed in under two years, depending on transferred credits.
  • Students will come to campus for in-person science courses, as required by most graduate programs, while completing their general education and other coursework online.  They will have the option of transferring in this coursework.
  • All science courses and laboratories are taught by professors and not TAs in small classes of 24 students or less 
  • Science courses will be taken with students in the Columbia College biology and chemistry programs whose recent graduates are currently enrolled in physician assistant, pharmacy, medical, veterinary, and dental school at the University of South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina, Presbyterian College, the University of Georgia, and Tuskegee University.

Online Undergraduate Schedule

Job Markets

This major prepares students to enter graduate programs in some of the fastest growing and most well-compensated fields.  After finishing their advanced degrees, students could be entering the following careers.

Physicians Assistant
Median Pay in SC 2018: $104,000
Job Outlook 2018-2028: 31%

Physical Therapists
Median Pay in SC 2018: $85,500
Job Outlook 2018-2028: 22%

Occupational Therapists
Median Pay in SC 2018: $78,500
Job Outlook 2018-2028: 18%

Job Opportunities

While designed to prepare students for graduate study, a health science bachelor’s degrees may also allow for advancement in a number of different settings even without further education in places such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices and clinics
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy practices
  • Clinical Laboratories


Jessica Allen, Assistant Professor of Biology, Chair for Health Science Program
B.A., Wesleyan University; Ph.D., Stanford University.

Julia P. Baker, Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Furman University; Ph.D. University of South Carolina.

Karen Turner, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Public Health
B.S., Erskine College; M.Ed., Auburn University; Ed.D., The University of West Florida

Marlee Marsh, Associate Professor of Biology
B.S. Converse College; Ph.D., Clemson University

Adrienne Yingling Oxley, Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Chatham College; Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh.

Vida Mingo, Lecturer of Biology
B.S., Johnson C. Smith University; M.S., Long Island University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina.

Your Enrollment Option


  • Get your degree in less than two years
  • Apply anytime, courses start every five weeks
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