Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Major in Clinical Health Sciences

The bachelor of science in health sciences (B.S.H.S.) with a major in clinical health sciences degree program is available only to active-duty Navy IDCs, Army 18Ds, and Air Force IDMTs. Coast Guardsmen who completed a Navy IDC School may be eligible, depending on their current duty assignment. 

This distance learning program offers active-duty Navy IDCs, Army Special Forces Medical Sergeants (18Ds), and Air Force Independent Medical Technicians (IDMTs) a way to formalize their specialized military training with a GW degree. All courses are offered online in a flexible, asynchronous format allowing students to pursue their degree, regardless of time zone, station, or overseas assignment. The clinical rotations are arranged by students in their current duty station or location.

Visit the program website for additional information.

The BSHS with a major in Clinical Health Sciences is a degree completion program that requires successful completion of 120 credit hours, divided into three degree components.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:  

Advanced standing and electives (60 credits):
During the first semester the student is enrolled in the program, advanced standing for eligible military courses will be noted on the student’s record and applied towards the bachelor’s degree.
General education (24 credits):
3 credits of English composition
4 credits of natural or physical science with lab
8 credits of mathematics, science, or statistics
6 credits of social sciences
3 credits of humanities
If a student still needs general education coursework, GW offers online coursework for some of these requirements.
Recommended coursework at GW (for those missing general education requirements)
General education
English composition
HSCI 2100Writing and Composition in the Health Sciences
HSCI 2107Health Care in Literature
Social sciences
HSCI 2103Health Policy and the Health Care System
HSCI 2111Dev/Health Care Professions
HSCI 4103Health Care Law/Regulation
Science or statistics
HSCI 2117Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences
MLS 2000Biology for Health Sciences
MLS 2001Chemistry for Health Sciences
At least 36 credits of GW coursework including:
Foundation courses
HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
HSCI 2102Pathophysiology
HSCI 2105Current Issus in Bioethics
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences
HSCI 2130Primary Care Skills Practicum *
HSCI 2131Adult Primary Care Practicum *
HSCI 2133Specialized Clinicl Experience *
HSCI 3117Principles of Biostatistics for Health Sciences
HSCI 4102HumanPhysiology/ExtremeEnviro
HSCI 4112WRsrch/Wrtng in Health Sciences
MLS 4141Immunology and Serology
One of the following
CML 4144Seminar/Health Sci Leadership
EHS 4101Humanitarian Relief Ops
One of the following selected in consultation with advisor
EHS 2211Intro to Telemedicine
HSCI 2103Health Policy and the Health Care System
HSCI 2108Quality Improvement in Health Care
HSCI 2110Disease Prev/Health Promotion
HSCI 2114Healthcare/Developing Nations
HSCI 4106Intro to Epidemiology for HS

*Must be completed while on active-duty. Students arrange rotations at their current duty stations. All rotations require a MD or PA preceptor.

HSCI 2103 Health Policy and the Health Care System cannot be double-counted for a general education requirement and an elective; it may only be used to complete one requirement.

Transferable Coursework (84 credit hour maximum)

For an assessment on the transferability of your previous coursework, please contact the program office. Coursework will be evaluated for transfer using the following criteria:

  • College-level
  • Academic in nature
  • Completed at a regionally accredited institution
  • Earned with a C or better (C- grades do not transfer)