Prepare for a career in the medical field: you'll do that here.

This area of study provides a degree for students who are seeking a career in the medical field. Students will be prepared for admittance into a graduate-level health education program.  The curriculum is designed to satisfy the pre-requisite courses for professional programs such as Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.

What You’ll Do 

  • Be prepared to enter numerous health fields and satisfy most pre-requisites for professional graduate programs.
  • Participate in faculty-led research and present data findings at professional conferences.
  • Prepare to enter a Master's degree program at Southeast Missouri State University.

What Can You Do with a Health Sciences Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Employment Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Biomedical Equipment Sales
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Employment in Fitness/Rehabilitation Industries

Graduate Program Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Physician Assistant (PA) Programs
  • Professional Program in Allied Health:
    • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
    • Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
    • Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)

Outcomes & Careers 

  • 98% 

    Successful Outcomes Rate 

    98% of students in the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation report being employed or furthering their education within six months of graduation. 

  • $50k 

    Athletic Trainer

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an athletic trainer is $49,860. 

  • $86k 

    Occupational Therapist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an occupational therapist is $86,280. 

  • $91k

    Physical Therapist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a physical therapist is $91,010. 

Health Sciences Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

What You’ll Study

The health sciences program allows you to create a focus in the allied health fields. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Health Sciences
(94 Hours - No Minor Required)

  • BI163 Evolution & Ecology (4)
  • BS113 Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • BS114 Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • CH184/185 General Chemistry/Lab (4)
  • FN235 Nutrition for Health (3)
  • FN255 Nutrition I (3)
  • HL105 Introduction to Allied Health Professions (2)
  • HL113 Medical Terminology (3)
  • HL120 Health Perspectives (3)
  • HL303 Research Methods (3)
  • HL312 Sport & Exercise Pharmacology (3)
  • HL320 Community Health (3)
  • HL331/031 Exercise Physiology & Lab (4)
  • HL332 Lifestyle Disease and Risk Reduction (3)
  • HL345 Resistance Training Principles & Practice (3)
  • HL350 Issues and Trends in Motor Learning (3)
  • HL431 Fitness Assessment (3)
  • MA116 Precalculus A (3)
  • PE261 Concepts of Injury Management in Physical Education (3)
  • PE464 Kinesiology (3)
  • PH120 Introductory Physics I/Lab (5)
  • PY101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • PY220 Psychological Development Across the Lifespan (3)
  • PY440 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • SC155 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • SO101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • TS300 Application Seminar in Health Science (1)
  • TS401 Culturally Responsive Healthcare (3)

Allied Health Electives – Choose 12 hours*

  • ED535 Trauma Informed Professional (3)
  • HL/FN 3xx-5xx Health/Nutrition up to 9 hours
  • PY571 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics (3)
  • UI352 Medical Ethics (3)
  • UI412 American Health Care (3)
*For students interested in the 3+2 MS Athletic Training program, consult with the Program Director in the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, & Recreation on additional elective options that could grant dual credit with the graduate program.
Student must attain a grade of ‘C’ or higher in every major course. A student must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 to remain in major. Critical Courses are italicized and bolded. These courses are indicators of potential for success in the degree program.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences –6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement –3 hours
  • Written Communication –6 hours
  • Oral Communication –3 hours
  • Natural Sciences –7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics –3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts –9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements –5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (16 Hours)

  • UI100 (1)
  • BS113/013 (4)
  • EN100 (3)
  • HL105 (2)
  • MA116 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)

  • BS114/014 (4)
  • EN140 (3)
  • FN235 (3)
  • PY101 (3)
  • SC155 (3)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (16 Hours)

  • CH184/185 (4)
  • HL120 (3)
  • PY220 (3)
  • SO101 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)

  • FN255 (3)
  • HL113 (3)
  • HL331/031 (4)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Junior Year

Fall Semester (17 Hours)

  • HL332 (3)
  • PE261 (3)
  • PH120/020 (5)
  • TS401 (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (17 Hours)

  • BI163/063 (4)
  • HL320 (3)
  • PE464 (3)
  • TS300 (1)
  • Allied Health Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Senior Year

Fall Semester (12 Hours)

  • HL303 (3)
  • HL350 (3)
  • PY440 (3)
  • Allied Health Elective (3)

Spring Semester (12 Hours)

  • HL431 (3)
  • Allied Health Elective (3)
  • Allied Health Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

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Department Accreditations

  • caATe Commission on Accreditation Athletic Training logo
  • Council on Accreditation: Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions logo
  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) logo
  • American Kinesiology Association (AKA) logo
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics logo
Location
Office Location
Parker Hall 216
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7650
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701