Program Details

Bachelor of Science in Health Science in Professional Development and Advanced Patient Care

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 120
Online: 7 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $470 per credit. [ More Info ]
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The Bachelor of Science in Health Science in Professional Development and Advanced Patient Care is a degree program in the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions designed for healthcare providers who work directly with patient populations. The bachelors in health science program was designed for EMT’s, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, lab technicians, phlebotomists, diagnostic technicians, physical therapy assistants and other healthcare professionals who have graduated from an accredited certificate or associate degree program. Surgical technologists, pharmacy technicians, dispensing opticians, dental assistants, nuclear medicine technologists, medical records technicians and homecare aides may also be eligible for this degree.

The coursework in this Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree program can help you stay current in your profession and move up in responsibility, as well as serve as a stepping stone to a master’s program in healthcare administration or public health. While students at GCU are encouraged to consider a Christian worldview in their studies, you will explore spirituality and cultural diversity in healing and caregiving and how recognizing differences can be important in delivering healthcare. There is also a focus on effective professional communication, critical thinking and ethical decision-making. At the end of the BS in health sciences program, you will have an opportunity to identify and research a topic which is important to you and your professional development and can be immediately applied to your work in the capstone course.

Degree Outcomes

Add to Your Professional Body of Knowledge

This bachelors in health science will enrich your skills sets in the delivery of care. The healthcare professional development coursework examines topics such as health policy, risk management and healthcare regulations, transcultural care, ethics and applied statistics, and how to apply research to improve patient outcomes. Emphasis is placed on current issues and trends affecting professional practice.

If you are an allied healthcare professional and you want to stay current and relevant in your practice, the coursework in this Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree program is for you. You will also explore Christian teachings as an ethical foundation and basis for decision-making, as well as topics which strengthen communication and critical thinking skills.

What You Will Learn

Gain Skills You Can Apply

In addition to exploring the latest in patient care theories, you will examine:

  • An interdisciplinary healthcare approach to address a changing health care system
  • The scope and importance of risk management in healthcare settings
  • Analysis of statistics and statistical methods that apply to healthcare profession
  • The impact of professional and societal forces on healthcare policy and practice
  • Learn how to apply research into practice

Career Outcomes

Advance in Your Healthcare Career

As a graduate from this advanced patient care degree program, you may be better positioned to advance in your career as a healthcare professional. To succeed, advance and remain competitive in a continuously changing healthcare industry, all healthcare professionals must gain a comprehensive understanding of the evolving healthcare system, including current and future regulatory requirements, trends in practice guidelines and new standards for quality and performance.

For instance, the complexity of care may require some of today's allied professionals to earn bachelor's degrees rather than a certificate or associate degree. If these changes occur, then degrees like the Bachelor of Science in Health Science in Professional Development and Advanced Patient Care will be necessary for individuals in these professions to remain competitive.

The BS in health science program prepares healthcare professionals to meet complex healthcare demands and may open doors to professional opportunities, particularly for those seeking middle management and supervisory positions.

Program Domains

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
36 credits
Open Elective Credits:
44-50 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
120 credits

General Education Requirements

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.


Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.

Course Options

  • UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4 credits
  • UNV-103, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4 credits


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.

Course Options

  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4 credits
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.

Course Options

  • MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4 credits
  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits
  • PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4 credits
  • BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4 credits


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

Course Options

  • HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4 credits
  • PSY-102, General Psychology: 4 credits
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

Allied health professionals are involved with all aspects of health care delivery and are integral members of the collaborative health care team. This course considers the role and scope of allied health as well as the interdisciplinary approach to care intended to meet the needs of a complex and changing health care system.

Course Description

This course addresses the concerns of every health care professional regarding legal responsibility, workplace safety, and the health care facility’s obligation to provide protection from injury for patients, their families, and staff. The institution must also be protected from accidental injury costs. This is the purpose of a risk management department. Federal, state, county, and city statutes that regulate the administration of safe health care are discussed. At the end of this course, students should be able to explain their part as health care professionals in the ethical and legal responsibilities of risk management.

Course Description

This course examines the relationship between health care quality and organizational performance from an interdisciplinary approach to care. The student is introduced to the rationale for performance management and the role of the health care organization in ensuring compliance with the standards of accreditation. The methods for assuring quality in process and outcome through management are addressed along with trends in the provision and reimbursement of health care services. Students are introduced to changing trends in reimbursement of health care services as related to risk management.

Course Description

This is an introductory course on concepts of statistics, emphasizing applications to health care professions. The course is designed to prepare students to understand concepts of statistics and the appropriateness of statistical methods used in published research papers and a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis include an introduction to the statistical analysis concepts of variable/reliability factors; P values; experimental design; descriptive statistics, including mean, median, and mode; sampling methods; and power analysis.

Course Description

This course explores meanings and expressions of health, illness, caring, and healing transculturally. Focus is on understanding and developing professional competence in caring for individuals, families, groups, and communities with diverse cultural backgrounds. Culture is examined as a pervasive, determining “blueprint” for thought and action throughout the human health experience. Patterns of human interaction that foster health and quality of life are analyzed, and health destroying patterns of interaction (e.g., stereotyping, discrimination, and marginalization) are examined and submitted to moral and ethical reflection.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course explores the concept of spirituality as it relates to the person who is involved in the health care system. Since illness and stress can amplify spiritual concerns and needs, health care professionals are in a unique position to assist the patient/client in meeting those needs. This course explores the relationship between health care professionals and those they serve. Topics include performing spiritual assessment, identifying those experiencing spiritual well-being as well as those experiencing a threat to spiritual well-being, and planning and evaluating care related to spiritual wellness. A spiritual care framework is used to apply these concepts to a variety of populations in diverse clinical settings.

Course Description

The course explores the impact of numerous professional and societal forces on health care policy and practice. Content includes an analysis of current studies; nursing care policy and position statements; political, environmental, and cultural issues; and changing nursing roles. The study of these issues examines the impact on health care delivery systems in society.

Course Description

This course is designed to impart an understanding of the forces shaping the present and future health care delivery system.

Course Description

This course, designed for health care professionals (providers, educators, and managers), introduces the student to major ethical theory, principles, and models for the recognition, analysis, and resolution of ethical dilemmas in health care practice. Students learn how to approach ethical dilemmas using theoretical frameworks and decision-making processes. Through the use of case studies, students are introduced to health topics such as patients’ rights (paternalism, informed consent to therapy, participation in research); dilemmas of life and death (euthanasia, abortion, transplants, gene therapy, care for the dying); allocation of health care resources; and special dilemmas of health care professionals. This course also includes a review of classic cases in health care ethics and how they have shaped health policy. An overview of patient education and ethics and a discussion on the professional codes of ethics and standards are also part of this course.

Course Description

This writing intensive course introduces students to the purpose of research as applied in health care. Students examine the role of various research methods, including evidence-based practice, in communicating with patients and providers to improve health care. Students identify and develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively in the areas of interpersonal communication, group dynamics, diversity, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution.

Course Description

This course emphasizes major behavior patterns that effective leaders use to influence followers. Topics include what effective leaders really do and how leaders can diagnose and modify situations to make their leadership a more positive and productive endeavor.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is designed to aid in the development of inquiry and research skills. Learning research skills and conducting research projects benefit the individual and the profession - the individual by learning new knowledge and skills, and the profession by adding to the professional body of knowledge.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (48 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.