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Health Science, B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

A Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Indiana Tech is a direct route for careers in nursing, occupational therapy, radiation technology, as a physician assistant or other allied health occupations that are in great demand nationwide. In addition, this degree program boasts a high placement rate after graduation.

Our health science program is unique to others in the region, because you will learn the basis of human disease and how one gets sick. The result is a graduate who is ready to make an immediate and impactful contribution to the workforce. Your education will be enriched through memorable hands-on activities in a modern, state-of-the-art laboratory that include diverse anatomical dissections; unique physiological experiments that include work with clinical “case” unknowns; wet-lab genetic, chromosomal, and DNA applications; and intensive bacterial and microbial plating and incubations. With coursework that includes anatomy, physiology, health care management, data analysis, psychology and biomedical research, you will learn medical and clinical terminology, protocols and practices. You will also be able to demonstrate critical thinking, inquiry and analysis in scientific, medical and clinical contexts.

The student composition for Indiana Tech’s health science degree is diverse and multicultural. Also, the program is guided by an advisory board, which consists of practicing and licensed health care professionals, including a medical doctor, who is director of surgery at a major medical center; a certified nurse practitioner; a program director of medical laboratory sciences at a major health care center; and a certified radiation technician. Based on their advice, this program stays competitive and will prepare you for shadowing and internship opportunities, in the health care and biomedical fields, that will get you placed.

Why choose Indiana Tech?

  • Inquiry-based training, focusing on professional development and internship experience, in partnership with major health care, clinical and hospital networks.
  • A feature that is unique to the region, our program offers three semesters of rigorous anatomy and physiology courses that will foster clinical mastery.
  • A program feature that is unique to the region, integrated, third-party authentic preparations for certifications and/or state licensure will be included in your coursework.
  • You will be immersed in modern biomedical research and techniques, including studies in Type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer.
  • Indiana Tech fosters an active learning environment, enriched by instructors who possess years of experience in their respective fields.

Health Sciences Lab

Indiana Tech’s state-of-the-art health sciences lab gives students hands-on experience with equipment that is commonly used in the field. The result is a learning environment that helps students reinforce concepts and strengthen their understanding of what is learned in the classroom.

Microscopes

LMC-3000 Series BF-Binoc compound microscope systems that allow for clear, crisp imaging under bright-field observation for clinical specimens.

Spectronic 200 spectrophotometer

For colorimetric analysis of clinical samples.

Ultraviolet light transilluminator

For detection of DNA banding.

High-speed Centrifuge

accuSpin Micro 17 microcentrifuge for contemporary nucleic acid research and other microliter volume separations.

Microbial Incubator

MaxQ 6000 incubator for clinical bacterial cultures and bacterial mutation experiments

Cell Culture Research Facility

Cell culture research facility that includes a 6-foot Labconco Logic+ Class II, Type A2 biosafety cabinet and two Heracell 150i, 150-liter CO2 incubators for modern cell culture experiments and research pursuits.

Water Purifier

Barnstead Smart2Pure water purification system that converts tap water to both ASTM Type 1 and Type 2 water. This has a 6-liter tank and vent filter, pretreatment cartridge, ultrapure polisher cartridge, a sterile 0.2 µm filter, pressure regulator, ultraviolet lamp and filter.

Preparation Area

Preparatory area that includes a 6-foot Air Master systems fume hood for experimental work with solvents and reagents and also a Synergy HTX multi-mode microplate for ultraviolet-visual absorbance, fluorescence, luminescence and AlphaScreen/AlphaLISA workflows. It includes a dual reagent injector module.

Connectivity

Natural gas and electrical connectivity at all workstations.

pH/mV Meters

MettlerToledo FiveEasy F20 pH/mV meters for critical titration procedures.

Careers in this Degree

Graduates with this degree have pursued careers in the following fields:

  • Allied health care
  • Medical technology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Clinical and home health care

Job Outlook

Below are some of the potential career opportunities available to graduates with this degree. Additionally, you will find national statistics for average annual salaries and projected job growth, as identified by BLS.gov statistics. Salaries can vary based on the market in which you live and the prior experience you bring to the position.

  • Registered nurse $73,300/year

Job outlook through 2029: 7 percent increase

  • Physician assistant $112,260/year

Job outlook through 2029: 31 percent increase

  • Occupational therapist $84,950/year

Job outlook through 2029: 16 percent increase

  • Radiation technologist $62,280/year

Job outlook through 2029: 7 percent increase

  • Pharmacist $128,090/year

Job outlook through 2029: 2 percent decrease

  • Health educators and community health workers $46,910/year

Job outlook through 2029: 13 percent increase

Internship Opportunities

To help launch this new program, we are working with the following partners, among others, to offer internship opportunities for our students:

  • Allied health care organizations, such as the Indiana State Department of Health
  • Clinical health care facilities, such as Parkview Regional Medical Center and Lutheran Hospital of Indiana
  • Medical laboratories, such as Parkview Medical Laboratories
  • Home health care or assisted living facilities such as The Towne House

Dr. Robert M. Badeau

Program Lead

Dr. Badeau’s experience includes 24 peer-reviewed biomedical publications in cardiometabolic pathophysiology, including biomedical research into human cardiovascular disease and human insulin resistance etiologies. He is knowledgeable in medical diagnostic imaging, metabolomics, and molecular biology. Also, he is an active, serving member with both the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.

  • Ph.D., Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • M.S., Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • B.S., Cellular and Developmental Biology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana