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Explore health sciences at Columbia College
As patients, we don’t often see the rich diversity of the healthcare system—but this program integrates the scientific aspects (human biology and chemistry) with the human elements, deepening your understanding of the field as a whole.
The curriculum integrates core courses in social sciences (like lifespan developmental psychology) with general biology and chemistry, ensuring that you have a comprehensive understanding of patients’ experiences and conditions. You’ll also become familiar with medical terminology, theory-based research and ethics.
Opportunities to study:
- Medical terminology
- Organic chemistry
- Healthcare services
- Theory-based research & writing
Prepare to support healthcare operations
Columbia College graduates’ strong background in science, management and communication ensures that they are equipped for many different jobs within the fast-growing healthcare field. You’ll be able to follow your interests into medical billing and records, pharmacy or surgical support, community health or medical office operations.
The health sciences degree also prepares you for further academic study in clinically focused programs or in health and human services.
Some possible paths include:
- Medical Records Clerk
- Fitness / Wellness Manager
- Medical Billing Specialist
- Health Unit Coordinator
- Medical Assistant
- Director of Health and Wellness
- Patient Account Specialist
Dr. Melinda McPherson
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Available program formats
- General education requirements 29 credit hours
- Core requirements 30 credit hours
- Electives 1-3 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 60-62 credit hours
Some courses you may take
Structure of the human body including comparison with other vertebrates. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 223L is required. Prerequisite: BIOL 110.
The study of physiological, environmental, and interactive variables influencing human development from conception to death. Prerequisite: PSYC 101; PSYC/SOCI 275W.
An introduction to medical terminology with an emphasis on learning word roots, suffixes and prefixes as it pertains to the human body.
Survey study of microorganisms. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 312L is required. Prerequisites: BIOL 110, BIOL 290 and Sophomore standing; concurrent enrollment in BIOL 312L is required.
Introduction to the field of psychology and the major sub-areas including the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, personality, stress, as well as abnormal, developmental and social psychology. Students majoring in Psychology must earn a grade of C or higher. G.E.
Exploration of issues surrounding social justice, including human rights, democracy, freedom, happiness, equality, peace, violence, tolerance, and social responsibility. Introduction to reasoning and logic; intellectual empathy.
April 20, 2020
"Columbia College has opened up a world of opportunities."
— Genoveva Gomez-Lince, Psychology student
Value Colleges listed Columbia College as the No. 2 school in Missouri for online programs in 2020.
April 20, 2020
"My success here is exactly what I need to redefine how I see myself and relocate my self-esteem."
— Michael Guthrie, General Studies student
December 29, 2016