Applied Health Studies, Completion, Online

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Applied Health Studies

About this program

With a degree in Applied Health Studies, you’ll gain the momentum and leadership skills needed to expand our career opportunities within or beyond your clinical role. Designed for certified, licensed, and registered professionals, and those who hold associate degrees or have completed hospital-based training, this career-boosting online program offers the flexibility to balance your educational goals and your current career.

Spring Friendly Start

This program allows you to start in January 2022 and finish as early as December 2023.
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Designed for Working Professionals


Overall Placement


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  • Expand clinical roles with positions in:
    • Management
    • Administration
    • Education
    • Public health
    • Research
    • Medical equipment sales
  • Preparation for master's or pre-medical studies

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Proven Credential or Degree (BAH)
  • Health Issues and Transitions (HTH310)
  • Healthcare Delivery Systems (HTH325)
  • Ethical and Legal Issues Related to Medicine (HTH382)
  • Application of Teaching and Learning Styles in the Allied Health Professions (HTH321)
  • Directed Applied Health Studies Electives (HTD)
  • Medical Practice Administration (HTH311)
  • Quality Assurance for Healthcare Workers (HTH332)
  • Senior Capstone (HTH497)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Math Elective (MTH123 or Higher) (MNA)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) (MMM)

Already have professional credentials or current licensure in a healthcare field?

Check out the credential/licensure chart to see if your credential or licensure qualifies for college credit.

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Learning that fits your lifestyle


  • Accessible online anywhere in the world
  • Flexible scheduling – take as many or as few classes you want each semester
  • Continue to work and be at home with your family
  • Summer courses available for those who wish to complete their degree faster


  • In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
  • Same rigor as on-campus programs
  • Many employers offer tuition reimbursement - check with yours to see if you qualify
  • Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree


  • One-on-one interaction with faculty
  • 24/7 online tutoring
  • Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
  • Graduates can participate in Commencement

Class Delivery

  • Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O., Penn College's Platform for Learning And Teaching Online
  • 100% online - no required campus visits
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More Information

Admission into this major requires a current U.S. healthcare credential or a completed associate’s degree in a health-related discipline. Credentialed students must provide a copy of their current U.S. healthcare credential prior to enrollment in this major (an extension may be given for those awaiting formal notice of credential status until the beginning of their second semester of this major); students entering on the basis of their associate’s degree must provide proof of the associate’s degree via an official transcript prior to enrollment. U.S. healthcare credentials must be current and in good standing. For more information on the credentials that are accepted as well as their exact value (9- 47 credits), please contact the department head of Applied Health Studies.

No minimum GPA requirements beyond those established within the College’s academic probation policy. The School of Nursing & Health Sciences grading scale is used for all HTH courses. There is no rounding of grades.

A = 90.00-100.00
B = 80.00-89.99
C = 75.00-79.99
F = 74.99 and below

Student transcripts and healthcare credentials will be evaluated for professional credit by the Registrar’s Office. A maximum of 47 credits will be applied to program-specific courses through this evaluation. Students who are receive fewer than 47 program specific credits will take additional healthcare-related course work to meet the proven credential/degree requirement of this major; individualized advising will be provided to determine which courses will best meet the student’s goals. Additionally, all general education courses that meet College requirements will be eligible for transfer according to College policy. A minimum of 36 bachelor degree credits must be Penn College credits and 24 of those must be at or above the 300-level.

For the Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentrations, please refer to the selective admission requirements and transfer procedure under the respective concentrations.

International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences majors.

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Students must have ready access to a computer with consistent internet access.

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

International students who are studying in the United States on an F-1 visa must be enrolled in a full course of study in-person. Students are not permitted to enroll in an entirely online degree. Online degrees are available to international students pursuing the degree from their home country. Students must still meet all admissions criteria for admission to the college and any special admissions requirements that govern pursuit of their chosen major.

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