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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
- Healthcare services
- Theory-based research & writing
- Human biology
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
- Health and Wellness Support Staff
- Patient Account Specialist
Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.
Dr. Peggy Wright
"It is critical that students not only gain a foundation in scientific knowledge but also acquire hands-on laboratory experience. We strive to create an atmosphere that emphasizes scientific inquiry and that places value on importance of research."Read about Peggy
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Available program formats
- Core requirements 30 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.
A survey of microorganisms with emphasis on clinically important bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi and invertebrates. Emphasis placed on the health care applications of microbiology and transmission of infectious disease agents. Prerequisite: BIOL 110. Corequisite: BIOL 221L.
This course will provide an overview of the health care system in the United States including population health, healthcare services, payment systems, medical and information technology as well as demographic changes. Students will explore the many different health care careers that are available today.
An introduction to medical terminology with an emphasis on learning word roots, suffixes and prefixes as it pertains to the human body.