Degree Programs:

School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Sciences - Online Consortium

The BSAHS degree is joint online degree program offered collectively by all five IU-managed regional campuses.   The curriculum is available in an all-online format through the statewide BSAHS consortium.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Health Sciences program is a 120 credit hour online program.  Students with A.S or A.A degrees who enter the program will transfer in 60 – 64 credit hours from their degree. Students with associate degrees are expected to complete the degree in two academic years (four semesters). Full-time students entering with 30 credit hours are expected to complete in three years.

  • The Online BSAHS is “student-centered,” appealing to a wide spectrum of traditional and non-traditional students who have an interest in a health sector career but do not wish pursue clinical degree programs.
  • The program allows flexibility for students who are seeking to complete their degrees while meeting their responsibilities to their families and/or employers.
  • The degree design offers health workers with previous college credit (including those with associate degrees) a convenient, high-quality option for completing a baccalaureate degree that students can pursue while working full- or part-time.
  • The degree provides additional skills and training needed to advance within the student’s chosen profession. It is also appropriate for those who wish to find a new career in the health care field.

Academic Advising

Students with a declared major are advised in the academic unit on their home campus. To determine who your advisor is and how to contact them, see One.IU.

Admission Requirements

  • Full admission to the regional campus from which you will receive the degree
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 grade scale

Course Requirements

Course requirements fall into four categories, and are defined by student learning outcomes.

General Education (varies by campus) 30 - 42 credit hours.  Students must achieve the general education outcomes of the campus from which they will graduate.

BSAHS Core (required) 42 credit hours

Students take courses that meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Utilize problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills in a variety of health care settings and situations.
  • Utilize effective leadership and management strategies in common health care delivery systems and environments.
  • Apply evidence-based health care practices for optimum health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate accountability within the legal and ethical parameters of the health care system.
  • Integrate communication skills into professional roles.
  • Utilize information technology in the delivery of health care.
  • Explore the historical and contemporary social determinants of health that shape health status, health behavior, and health inequalities.

BSAHS Core Courses are:

  • AHSC- H301 Health Care Delivery and Leadership (6 cr.)
  • AHSC- H310 Health Policy, Ethics, and Legal Issues (6 cr.)
  • AHSC- H320 Consumer Health (3 cr.)
  • AHSC- H330 Intercultural Health Communication (6 cr.)
  • AHSC- H340 Research in Health Sciences (3 cr.)
  • AHSC- H350 Economics of Health Care (3 cr.)
  • AHSC- H360 Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Population Health (6 cr.)
  • AHSC- H370 Informatics (3 cr.)
  • AHSC- H480 Grant Writing & Internship (6 cr.)

BSAHS Track (one required) 18 credit hours

Track 1: Community Health Educator

Coursework will provide instruction in the skills necessary to conduct general health and wellness assessments and the techniques of health education. Students majoring in the BSAHS with a concentration in the Community Health Educator track will be able to take the Certified Health Education Specialist Examination (CHES) offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Becoming a CHES opens many more opportunities for students in public health.

Track 1 Courses are:

  • AHSC- C415 Community Health Assessment, Education, and Promotion (6 cr.)
  • AHSC- C425 Program Assessment, Planning, Evaluation I (6 cr.)
  • AHSC- C435 Program Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation II (6 cr.)

Track 2: Health Administration

Coursework will provide instruction in health care organization, planning, budgeting and finance.

Track 2 courses are:

  • AHSC- A420 Health Care Budgeting and Finance (6 cr.)
  • AHSC- A430 Health Care Organization Supervision and Resource Management (6 cr.)
  • AHSC- A440 Health Care Administration and Strategic Planning (6 cr.)

Electives:  To total 120 credit hours

Students should choose electives that best support the BSAHS track they are pursuing, and in consultation with their academic advisor. 


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