Health and Occupational Sciences

The Maria College Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Occupational Sciences (HOSC) is designed for students who wish to work in a variety of health services settings, or who wish to pursue a pathway to a profession in occupational therapy. The program will provide students completing an associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) the option to pursue a bachelor’s degree, which will prepare them for graduate study in Occupational Therapy (OT). Other students who will find this four-year degree program of interest and value are those who wish to work in health services and will thus deal with health-related issues through their workplace.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the health care and health services industry is expected to grow with a resultant increase in demand for appropriately- prepared professionals. This is due in large part to an aging population, advances in medical technologies, continuing shift from inpatient to outpatient services, and growing emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, and the integration of technology into all aspects of the health care industry.

Program Highlights

  • The program includes two groups of core requirements for a total of 35 credits.

Group I consists of six required courses that create a mix of foundation, introductory level courses and advanced practitioner-oriented subject matter. In addition, students will choose one research methodology course.

Group II lends significant program flexibility by offering students the opportunity to choose any four of eleven courses which collectively present a balanced mix of applied science, policy and management applications.

Note:  sample curriculum in "Fact Sheet" under "Downloads". 

  • The program provides a solid natural science foundation (20 credits) with required courses in anatomy and physiology, plus electives (3 semester-long courses) in biology, chemistry and physics.
  • This program is flexible and transfer-friendly as it includes a broad array of choices in the liberal arts (39 credits) and free electives (24 credits).