Division of Health Sciences
Ph.D., Associate Vice President
Paul S. Cady, Ph.D., Dean, College of Pharmacy
Tracy Farnsworth, Interim Associate Dean, Kasiska School of Health Professions
Paula Phelps, MHE, PA-C, Coordinator, Office of Medical and Oral Health
John A. Seikel, Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
Nancy L. Renn, Ph.d., RN, Interim Director, School of Nursing
Linda L. Rankin, Ph.D., Assistant Dean
Rex W. Force, Pharm.D., Interim Associate Dean for Clinic Research
See the Division of Health Sciences Website
Pre-Health Professions Advising
Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Idaho State University's Division of Health Sciences provides continued leadership in the delivery of health care by educating caring and competent professionals across all dimensions of health and promotes collaborative research and practice in the health sciences.
Idaho State University is Idaho’s health care university, as designated by the Idaho State Board of Education, and offers 75 percent of the state’s health profession degree programs. One third of Idaho State University's graduates receive degrees in the health professions.
The majority of the University’s health profession programs are housed in the Division of Health Sciences. Nineteen health professional programs, including 35 degrees/options make up the Division. Several Division Programs are offered on both the Pocatello and Meridian campuses, and a number of degrees are offered in an online format. Programs partner with hospitals, clinics and specialized medical facilities throughout the nation to provide state-of-the-art training opportunities for our students.
A mix of classroom and clinical experiences ensures that graduates are prepared for licensing exams and positions in a wide range of health care fields. On-campus and statewide clinics provide students with hands-on training. Fourteen in-house clinics include medicine, dentistry, dental hygiene, audiology, speech pathology, counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vestibular (balance), and wellness. Beyond the basic skill sets associated with clinical practice, we train our students to become leaders in their professions and communities. Doing this requires hiring and retaining nationally recognized faculty, using the most current teaching technologies, and giving students access to the hands-on learning opportunities they need for success.
The Division of Health Sciences is organized into six units:
College of Pharmacy
Institute of Rural Health
Kasiska School of Health Professions
Office of Medical and Oral Health
School of Nursing
School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
Pre-Health Professions AdvisingIdaho State University offers advising for pre-health professional students which prepares them for application to and acceptance by a variety of health professional schools. Health professional programs for which advising is offered include: dentistry, medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, and physician assistant. For students interested in one of the health professional programs offered at Idaho State University, such as clinical laboratory science, counseling, dental hygiene, family medicine, health and nutrition sciences, health care administration, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, pharmacy, radiographic science, and speech pathology and audiology, the Pre-health Advisor will refer the students to the appropriate department or college for additional information.
The Pre-health Professions Advising Office is located in the Department of Biological Sciences, Room 202 of the Life Sciences Building (Building #65 on the Idaho State University map). Students who plan to apply to one of the professional schools listed above should establish and maintain close contact with the Pre-health Advisor throughout their undergraduate program at Idaho State University. The Pre-health Advisor monitors students’ progress through their degree programs and the health professional prerequisite courses, provides information about application procedures, and organizes informational meetings, workshops, and speakers on specific health professions. The advisor also chairs the Pre-health Professions Advisory Committee that provides interviews to prepare students for the health professional programs application processes.
Pre-Health Advisor: Becky Connell
Dr. Ralph Baergen, English and Philosophy
Dr. Kori Bond, Music
Dr. Elizabeth Cartwright, Anthropology
Dr. Lyle Castle, Chemistry
Dr. Dana Diedrich, Pharmacy
Dr. Karl DeJesus, Chemistry
Dr. Tracy Farnsworth, Health Care Administration
Dr. Barbara Frank, Biological Sciences
Dr. James Groome, Biological Sciences
Dr. Cynthia Hill, Economics
Dr. Kathleen Kangas, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Dr. Jean Pfau, Biological Sciences
Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum, Biological Sciences
Dr. Tony Seikel, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Alex Urfer, Physical Therapy
Dr. Derek Wright, Family Practice Clinic
In general, health professional schools have no preference for specific academic majors. Instead, they prefer that applicants major in a defined academic area (zoology, chemistry, psychology, economics, for example) and concurrently satisfy the prerequisite courses for the specific health professional school. Pre-health professional students should consult with the Pre-health Advisor or a member of the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee in order to successfully combine an academic major with a pre-health professional program. It is strongly recommended that pre-professional students develop a strong background in courses such as those listed below. Courses required by most health professional schools include, but are not limited to, the following:
BIOL 1101,1101L Biology I, and Lab 4 crDepartmental prerequisites may apply to some of these courses.)
BIOL 1102,1102L Biology II, and Lab 4 cr
BIOL 2206 Cell Biology and Lab 4 cr
(the 5 courses above satisfy Goals 4 and 5 via 12-credit rule)
CHEM 1111,1111L General Chemistry I, and Lab 5 cr
CHEM 1112,1112L General Chemistry II, and Lab 4 cr
(the 4 courses above satisfy Goal 5)
CHEM 3301 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr
CHEM 3302 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr
CHEM 3303 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1 cr
CHEM 3304 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1 cr
ENGL 1101 English Composition 3 cr
ENGL 1102 Critical Reading and Writing 3 cr
(satisfies Goal 1)
PHYS 1111 General Physics I 3 cr
PHYS 1112 General Physics II 3 cr
PHYS 1113,1114 General Physics Laboratory I and II 2 cr
(the 4 courses above satisfy Goal 5)
In addition to completing specified prerequisite courses, most health professional schools require that the pre-professional student obtain practical experience in the health professional field she or he plans to enter, and take a national standardized admission test. Specific information about the national exams and acceptable practical experiences are included in the sections below.
Students who complete three years of the curriculum in zoology with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher may be eligible to receive a B.S. degree in zoology after completion of the first year of study at a departmentally approved school of dentistry, or veterinary medicine. Students choosing this option must complete a minimum of 96 credits, satisfy all Idaho State University General Education Requirements, and complete all courses numbered lower than 400 which are required by the zoology curriculum. Students are advised to consult with the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs of the Department of Biological Sciences or the Pre-health Advisor early in their undergraduate programs if they plan to pursue this program option. Students should be aware that this practice is in decline, and few applicants matriculate into schools of dentistry or veterinary medicine prior to completion of a bachelor’s degree.
The undergraduate courses listed above provide some guidance for the pre-chiropractic student. However, significant differences in pre-requisite coursework by the various chiropractic schools require that students obtain a specific list of requirements for each school. The most current admission requirements for chiropractic schools are described on the schools’ websites, which can be accessed through the Association of Chiropractic Colleges website at www.chirocolleges.org.
DentistryThe Idaho State University courses listed above provide a core for pre-dental requirements of most dental schools. However, some dental schools have additional requirements. The most current admission requirements for each dental school are described on the schools’ websites, which can be accessed through the American Dental Education Association website at www.adea.org, or by consulting the latest edition of “ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools,” published by the American Dental Education Association, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. A copy of this guide is available in the Pre-health Professions Advising Office. All dental applicants must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT), and have shadowed a practicing dentist prior to applying to the individual schools of dentistry.
Cooperative Program with the Creighton University School of Dentistry -- In the fall of 1982, Idaho State University and the Creighton University School of Dentistry implemented a decentralized dental education program, the Idaho Dental Education Program (IDEP). Under this program, up to 8 seats per year at the Creighton University School of Dentistry are reserved for Idaho residents. The first professional year of the dental school program is on the Idaho State University campus in Pocatello. The students then move to the Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, NE for the second, third, and fourth professional years. Idaho residents who wish to be considered for IDEP must apply to Creighton University School of Dentistry and meet all other admission requirements.
MedicineThe undergraduate courses required by most medical schools is the same as described above. However, many medical schools have additional requirements. The most current admission requirements for each medical school are described on the individual schools’ websites, which can be accessed through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website at www.aamc.org, or by consulting the latest edition of “Medical School Admission Requirements, USA and Canada,” published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, One Dupont Circle NW, Washington, D. C. 20036. A copy of this publication is available in the Pre-health Professions Advising Office. All medical applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and have shadowed a practicing physician prior to applying to the individual schools of medicine.
Cooperative Program with the University of Washington School of Medicine -- Idaho residents are eligible for the Washington-Wyoming-Alaska-Montana-Idaho (WWAMI) decentralized medical education program of the University of Washington School of Medicine. Currently, the University of Washington reserves 20 seats for Idaho residents, and accepted students are charged an Idaho tuition rate. Idaho residents who wish to be considered for the WWAMI program must apply to the University of Washington School of Medicine, and meet all other admission requirements. Additional information about the WWAMI program is available in the Pre-health Professions Advising Office.
Cooperative Program with the University of Utah School of Medicine -- Idaho residents are eligible to compete for 8 reserved seats at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and those accepted under this program pay an Idaho tuition rate. To be considered for this program, students must apply to the University of Utah School of Medicine, and meet all other admission requirements. Additional information about the Idaho agreement with the University of Utah School of Medicine is available in the Pre-health Professions Advising Office.
Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician AssistantAdvising for each of these professions is available at Idaho State University. Specific pre-professional requirements for these programs can be obtained elsewhere in this catalog where those programs are described.
Students may be advised to satisfy prerequisites not only for these programs at Idaho State University, but also for programs in the same profession located at other institutions. Students may consult with the Pre-health Advisor for information about prerequisites for admission to these programs at other institutions. Prerequisites for professional programs at other institutions can be met by courses taken at Idaho State University.
OptometryThe undergraduate courses listed above provide some guidance for the pre-optometry student. However, significant differences in pre-optometry requirements by the various optometry schools require that students obtain a specific list of requirements for each optometry school. The most current admission requirements for optometry schools are described on the schools’ websites, which can be accessed through the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) website at www.opted.org, or by consulting the latest edition of “Schools and Colleges of Optometry Admission Requirements.” This is an electronic publication available on the ASCO website. All optometry applicants must take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).
Osteopathic MedicineAdmission requirements and undergraduate prerequisite courses for schools of osteopathic medicine are nearly identical to those described under medicine. More information about osteopathic medicine and admission requirements for the individual schools of osteopathic medicine can be found at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) website at www.aacom.org or by consulting the Pre-health Advisor. All osteopathic medical applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and have shadowed a practicing physician prior to applying to the individual schools of osteopathic medicine.
Podiatric MedicineThe undergraduate courses listed above are required by most podiatric medical schools. However, some podiatric medical schools may have additional requirements. The most current admission requirements for podiatric medical schools are described on the schools’ websites, which can be accessed through the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine website at www.aacpm.org, or by consulting the latest edition of “Podiatric Medical Education,” available from the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, 1350 Piccard Drive, Suite 322, Rockville MD 20850. A copy of this publication is available in the Pre-health Professions Office. All podiatric medical applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). In addition, most schools of podiatric medicine expect applicants to have shadowed a practicing podiatrist prior to applying to the individual schools of podiatry.
Veterinary MedicineThe undergraduate courses listed above provide some guidance for the pre-veterinary medicine student. However, significant differences in pre-veterinary requirements by the various schools of veterinary medicine require that students obtain a specific list of requirements for each school. The most current admission requirements for veterinary medicine schools are described on the schools’ websites, which can be accessed through the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC): www.aavmc.org. Veterinary medicine applicants must take the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and have volunteer experience with a practicing veterinarian prior to applying to the individual schools of veterinary medicine.
Idaho residents should be aware that a long term agreement has been reached among the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho (WOI) to share responsibility for the curriculum and program at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The WOI program gives admissions preference to Idaho residents. Students who are not residents of Idaho or any students who wish to apply to other schools of veterinary medicine should consult with the Pre-health Advisor concerning the proper development of a pre-veterinary medical program at Idaho State University.
Websites of Interest to Pre-health Professions Students
Most health professions have national associations that maintain detailed websites with information about the profession, the professional schools, and admissions information. The list below includes websites most commonly used by the pre-health professions students.
- Allopathic (M.D.)
- Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): www.aamc.org
- Osteopathic (D.O.)
- American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM): www.aacom.org
- Podiatric (D.P.M.)
- American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM): www.aacpm.org
- American Occupational Therapy Association: www.aota.org
- Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO): www.opted.org
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): www.apta.org
- American Academy of Physician Assistants: www.aapa.org
- Physician Assistant Education Association: www.paeaonline.org
- Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC): www.aavmc.org
- Association of Chiropractic Colleges: www.chirocolleges.org
Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS)This is a baccalaureate degree designed to provide Associate degree graduates the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in health studies and satisfy many of the prerequisites for a variety of health science-related graduate programs. The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) program is to allow students who have graduated or are enrolled in health occupations training at the level of an associate degree to pursue a bachelor's degree with an advanced general health science focus. This degree provides a curriculum for students who desire an education that can serve as a foundation for additional professional or graduate work in several health science professions, including medicine, dentistry, hospital administration, medical technology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. All students are encouraged to work closely with an advisor within their associate degree programs to ensure that the courses they plan to take will meet the specific career goals of each student.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Health Science Degree must complete the same goals as those pursuing other Bachelor of Science Degrees: Goals 1, 2, and 3; Goals 4 and 5, or 12 credits in the physical or biological sciences; two of Goals 6, 7, and 8; and three of Goals 9, 10A, or 10B, 11, and 12.
Specific goal requirements may be listed under individual health occupations program curricula (choose programs above).
The B.S.H.S. Degree includes the following credit requirements:
Associate Degree Requirements: Students must be a graduate of or be enrolled in a health occupations program that awards an associate degree.* Students with an Associate of Applied Science Degree may transfer up to a maximum of 50 credits from this degree (all lower division credits).
* Out-of-state associate degrees must be evaluated for meeting the Idaho State Board of Education standards. If the associate degree is over five years old, the degree must be evaluated for currency in the technical field.
General Education Requirements: Minimum of 34 credits. A student may need more depending on the results of placement testing.
Academic Coursework: 30-35 credits from specific courses listed below.
Upper Division Credits: A total of 36 upper division credits is required.
Total Minimum Credits Required (including transfer credits from Associate of Applied Science Degree): 128 credits.
Required Academic Coursework:
BIOL 3301 Anatomy and Physiology 4 cr
(prerequisites satisfy Goal 4)
BIOL 3302 Anatomy and Physiology 4 cr
PHYS 1111, 1113 General Physics I, and Lab* 4 cr
PHYS 1112, 1114 General Physics II, and Lab* 4 cr
(the 4 courses above satisfy Goal 5)
PHYS 1100 Essentials of Physics* 4 cr
(satisfies Goal 5)
PSYC 3301 Abnormal Psychology I 3 cr
(prerequisite satisfies Goal 12)
ENGL 3307 Technical Writing 3 cr
(prerequisite satisfies Goal 1)
MATH 1153 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr
(satisfies Goal 3)
Either these two courses:
CHEM 1111,1111L General Chemistry I, and Lab* 5 cr
CHEM 1112,1112L General Chemistry II, and Lab 4 cr
(the 4 courses above satisfy Goal 5)OR these three courses:
CHEM 1101 Introduction to General Chemistry 3 cr
CHEM 1102, 1103 Introduction to Organic
and Biochemistry, and Lab 4 cr
(the 3 courses above satisfy Goal 5)TOTAL: 28-33 cr
* The chemistry and physics requirements collectively satisfy Goals 4 and 5.
Upper Division Credit Choices and Electives
Students may choose from a variety of upper division courses on campus that will facilitate their career goals and opportunities. There are some upper division classes listed that require a lower division prerequisite or permission of the instructor.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Science is a multi-disciplinary/interdisciplinary degree and allows freedom for students to pursue areas of study that will best meet their professional or graduate school goals. In order to assure that students have the appropriate prerequisites and/or permission from instructors, that degree requirements are met, and that the student has a degree that is appropriately focused; the degree plan will be approved by a committee consisting of the Associate Dean and qualified faculty and staff of the Health Occupations Department of the College of Technology.
Below are four areas that a student may select from to fulfill individual goals. The student must complete a minimum of three (3) upper division biology credits. It is expected that a student will complete a minimum of at least one course from each of the areas listed below. Upper division courses must be related to the biological, psychological, health or physical sciences. The above-described committee will approve the selection of these upper division credits to assure coherence in the degree plan.
The courses listed in this degree are found in the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Education, and the Division of Health Sciences sections of the Undergraduate Catalog.
1. Biological Sciences:
A minimum of 3 credits in upper division biology courses in addition to BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3302.
2. Psychological and Social Sciences:
ANTH 4407 Anthropology of Global Health 3 cr
ANTH 4408 Topics in Medical Anthropology 3 cr
ANTH 4409 Clinical Medical Anthropology 3 cr
PSYC 2225 Child Development 3 cr
PSYC 3302 Abnormal Psychology II 3 cr
SOC 3301 Classical Social Theory 3 cr
SOC 3330 Sociology of Health and Illness 3 cr
SOC 3366 The Community 3 cr
SOC 4413 Mind, Body, and Society 3 cr
And any other psychological and social science upper division course as approved by the BSHS Committee.3. Health Education:
HE 3342 Stress and Emotional Health 3 cr
HE 3383 Epidemiology 3 cr
HE 4442 Environmental Health
and Health Education 3 cr
HE 4443 Substance Abuse and Health Education 3 cr
HE 4445 Human Sexuality and Health Education 3 cr
See Health Education Program course listings for any prerequisites.4. Health and Physical Sciences:CHEM 3301,3303 Organic Chemistry I, and Lab 4 cr
CHEM 3302,3304 Organic Chemistry II, and Lab 4 cr
PHYS 3312 Introduction to Biophysics 4 cr
PE 3300 Movement Theory and Motor Development 3 cr
PE 3301, 3301L Physiology of Exercise, and Lab 3 cr
PE 3302, 3302L Biomechanics, and Lab 3 cr
PE 3322 Introduction to Sport Psychology 3 cr
PE 3370 Care and Prevention
of Athletic Injuries 3 cr
PE 4494 Adapted Physical Activity 4 cr
And any other health and physical science upper division courses as approved by the BSHS Committee.Students who desire to earn a non-teaching minor in Health Education should contact the Health Education Program for details.
A student must earn a minimum of 120 total credits, of which a minimum of 36 must be upper division credits, for a Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree.
DHS 4401 Mindfulness in Health Science 1-2 credits. Basic mindfulness practice to increase stress tolerance, compassion and immune system functioning. Students will learn meditation, mindful movement and other practices for their own benefit, and will learn to teach them to others. May be repeated. F
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