B.A.S. Health Sciences

We offer this specialization leading to a bachelor of applied science degree in health sciences for allied health professionals who have earned the appropriate associate (A.A.S.) degree.


This plan focuses on health sciences and disease prevention. It includes courses with interdisciplinary content in allied health fields, geriatrics, and working in medically under-served areas and with minority and disadvantaged individuals. Additionally, we offer courses to assist allied health professionals in acquiring knowledge in management and organization, ethics and policy issues, communication, and computer and statistical skills.


NAU offers this degree-completion plan primarily through the Internet.


To earn this degree, you must complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:

Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)


Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.


Be aware that at least 36 units of the courses you take at NAU must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above), and you must meet all other upper-division requirements as specified in this catalog.


Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.

Associate Degree Transfer Block

To be admitted to the B.A.S. plan with a specialization in health sciences, you must have completed an associate degree in an allied health field at a regionally accredited institution and be licensed, certified, or registered in an allied health field or be eligible for same. In addition, you must apply to NAUís Department of Health Sciences for admission to the program. See www.nau.edu/hp/bas for an application. (We will consider exceptions to these admission requirements on an individual basis.)


We accept a block transfer of 64 units from your associate degree program, and you then take the remaining 56 units at NAU to complete 120 units. (Please note that if you complete all required core, specialization, and liberal studies requirements in less than 56 units, you should consult with your advisor for additional coursework to reach 120 units.)


To qualify for a specialization in health sciences, your transferred block must include courses deemed equivalent to BIO 201 and 202. If you donít have credit for these courses, you can take them after entering the B.A.S. plan.

Liberal Studies Completion Requirement

NAU requires that you complete 35 units of liberal studies coursework.   For this B.A.S. plan, we assume that you have already completed, as part of your associate degree, the composition, mathematics, and lab science requirements as well as 3-6 additional units within the liberal studies requirements, totaling 20 units.


You select the remaining 15 units of upper-division liberal studies courses in consultation with your advisor to help you meet your personal goals and ensure that these courses contribute to a coherent overall curriculum.


Please note that you may use the same course to satisfy both a liberal studies and a B.A.S. core requirement; you may also include courses with the course prefixes used in your health sciences specialization to satisfy liberal studies requirements, although you canít use the specific courses from your specialization.

B.A.S. Core Requirements

You take the following 21 units, which are designed to help you acquire a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues while advancing your professional communication, computer, and quantitative skills:

one course from BME 420,  CCJ 345W,  ENG 305W,  and SC 314, 315, 424, 472, 475, 477 (3 units)

one course from BME 480; CCJ 331, 333; HA 345; HS 410; MGT 303; PAS/POS 325, 326, 327, or 421C; PAS 401 or PAS 408C; POS 344, 359 or 428; and SOC 334 or 431 (3 units)

one course from BME 310; SHP 300W; CCJ 315, 325, 380, or 450C; HUM 345W, 371, or 373; PAS 411; PHI 332W;  or SOC 301, 333, 339, or 441 (3 units)

one course from BIO 301 and 302; CIS 360; CCJ 355; ECI 497C; ESE 380; HS 333; MAT 114; PAS 355; POS 303; SOC 365; or PAS 356

Please note that at least 18 units in the core must be upper-division (300-400 level) courses.


Also note that you may use the same course to satisfy both a B.A.S. core and a liberal studies requirement.  Some departments may require specific courses to be taken in the B.A.S. Core or may place other restrictions on the courses that the department requires in the B.A.S. Core.  Please see departmental requirements for specific information.

Health Sciences Specialization Requirements

You take the following 21 units focusing on health sciences and disease prevention:

You may not use a specific course from your specialization to satisfy a liberal studies requirement, although you may use other courses with the course prefixes used in your specialization.

General Electives  

Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.  


You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)


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