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

The bachelor of science in health sciences (BSHS) 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, and must be completed while on active-duty.

Visit the program website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 120 credits divided into three degree components.

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 2111Development of the Health Care Professions
HSCI 4103Health Care Law/Regulation
Science or statistics
HSCI 2117Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences
HSCI 3106Microbiology for Health Sciences
HSCI 3117Principles of Biostatistics for Health Sciences
MLS 2000Biology for Health Sciences
MLS 2001Chemistry for Health Sciences
At least 36 credits of GW coursework including:
Foundation courses
EHS 2109Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
EHS 2160Disaster Response Planning and Management
HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
HSCI 2105Current Issues in Bioethics
HSCI 2110Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts
or HSCI 2114 Health Care in Developing Nations
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences
HSCI 2130Primary Care Skills Practicum *
HSCI 2131Adult Primary Care Practicum *
HSCI 2133Specialized Clinical Experience *
HSCI 3117Principles of Biostatistics for Health Sciences
or HSCI 2117 Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences
HSCI 4102Human Physiology in Extreme Environments
HSCI 4112WResearch and Writing in Health Sciences
One of the following selected in consultation with advisor
EHS 2161Principles of Hazardous Materials and CBRNE Incident Management
EHS 2211Introduction to Telemedicine
EHS 3101Leadership Concepts
EHS 3105Integrated Response to High Impact Violent Incidents
HSCI 2114Health Care in Developing Nations
or HSCI 2110 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts
HSCI 4106Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Sciences

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

Students who complete HSCI 2117 to meet the general education requirement in science or statistics must then take HSCI 3117 to meet the major requirement.

Students may choose to take either HSCI 2110 or HSCI 2114 to meet a major requirement; the alternate course may be used towards the elective requirement. One course cannot not meet two different degree requirements simultaneously.

Transferable Coursework (84 credits 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 above (C- grades do not transfer)