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Overview

You run. You lift. You play. You don't shy away from a challenge. You're not afraid of hard work. You love to learn and practice. You always ask why. You love the outdoors and adventure. You take care of your body. You practice what you preach and empower others to do the same.

If this describes you, then the bachelor of health science at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Health Science Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a health specialist.

 

Major Description 

 

As a health science major at NGU, you will spend much of your time assessing health, exercise, and movement status; prescribing individual and community health and exercise intervention programs; and coaching clients and athletes to nutrition, physical activity, and behavior change.


You will learn about anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, community health assessment and intervention strategies, and rehabilitation and movement science, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own practice.

Upon completion of the health science program, you will have a strong knowledge base and numerous hours of hands-on experiences in health science. You will also be educated on and encouraged to take top-tier certifications within health promotion and wellness, such as the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Health Coach certifications.

Ultimately, the health science degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of health-related pursuits.   


Curriculum

 

The Health Science Departmentís curriculum at NGU boasts a strong background in anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, psychology, and biomechanics as they apply to the human body, exercise, and the health of the population as a whole. This curriculum, along with 375 hours of hands-on practicum and internship experience, lays a strong foundation for future professionals in the health science fields.


Faculty Strengths

 

Each Health Science Department faculty member brings a unique set of health science experiences to the classroom. All hold advanced degrees in their respective teaching areas and have extensive in-field experience, which they bring to the classroom.

Electives

 

  • Behavioral Aspects of Health
  • Community and Environmental Wellness
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Human Response to Stress
  • Medical Terminology
  • Rehabilitative Exercise  

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

 

  • Athletic trainer
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Chiropractor
  •  Corporate Wellness Specialist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Public Health Professional
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Sport Coach
  • Strength and Conditioning Professional
  • Wellness Coach
  • Wellness Coordinator

Postgraduate Studies

 

  • Elon University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Miami University
  • Michigan University
  • South Carolina State University
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Georgia
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of St. Augustine

 

Potential Employers

 

  • Accelerated Sports Institute
  • Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
  • Greenville Health System
  • Parkside Pediatrics
  • Performance QSA
  • Physiotherapy Associates
  • PRO Physical Therapy Health and Fitness
  • ScanSource
  • Sports, Spine, and Industrial Physical Therapy and Performance Training
  • YMCA

Learning Experience



Practicum/Internship

The health science program offers a combined 375 hours of hands-on practicum/internship experience. These experiences are geared towards each respective student's area of interest.

Health Fair

Each spring, the Health Science Department organizes a health fair on campus. This health fair brings NGU and the local community together by inviting local vendors to come in and provide health screens and discuss how they are involved in impacting the health of the Upstate South Carolina region.

Feel the Hill 5k

Each fall, health science students at NGU organize the annual health science 5k. This 5k helps encourage physical activity in the Tigerville community.
 

Courses & Resources

EXAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester

Math 1310 College Algebra (3 hours)
HLPW 1300 Intro to Health Promotion and Wellness (3 hours)
CHST 1310 Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
College 1100 First Year Experience or HNRS 1200 Freshman Honors (1 to 2 hours)
HLPW 1110 or 1120 Practicum I or II (1 hour)

Second Semester

BIOL 1410/1411 Principles of Biology (4 hours)
CHST 1320 New Testament Survey (3 hours)
CSCI 1305 Introduction to Computer Science (3 hours)
MATH 1330 Probability and Statistics (3 hours)
COMM 2300 Oral Communication (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

EXAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester

CHEM 1430/1431 Chemistry of Life (4 hours)
ENGL 1320 English Composition and Literature (3 hours)
HLPW 2310 Lifespan (3 hours)
PSYC 2310 General Psychology (3 hours)
BIOL 2470/2471 A/P I (4 hours)

Second Semester

CHEM 1450/1451 General Chemistry (4 hours)
ENGL 2300 or higher (3 hours)
BIOL 2480/2481 A/P II (4 hours)
HLPW 3450 Research Analysis and Writing (4 hours)
BIOL 1410/1411 Principles of Biology (4 hours)
CHST 1320 New Testament Survey (3 hours)
CSCI 1305 Introduction to Computer Science (3 hours)
MATH 1330 Probability and Statistics (3 hours)
COMM 2300 Oral Communication (3 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

EXAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester

HIST 1350 or higher (3 hours)
HLPW 3230 Junior Certification Seminar (2 hours)
HLPW 3440/3441 Exercise Physiology (4 hours)
HLPW 3335 Nutrition (3 hours)
Health promotion and wellness elective (3 hours)

Second Semester

HLPW 3340 Aging and Chronic Illness (3 hours)
HLPW 3330 Community and Env. (3 hours)
HLPW 3320 Fitness Assess/Presc. (3 hours)
HLPW 3210/3220 Practicum III or IV (2 hours)
HLPW 3390 Social Epidemiology (3 hours)
Health promotion and wellness elective (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

EXAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Semester

HLPW 4210 Senior Seminar (2 hours)
Fine arts appreciation course (3 hours)
Open electives (6 hours)
HLPW 4410/4411 Wellness Program (4 hours)

Second Semester

HLPW 4600 Internship in Wellness (6 hours)
BIOL 3300 Intelligent Design (3 hours)
HLPW 4360 Health Politics and Ethics (3 hours)
HLPW 3200 Special Topics Seminar (2 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Program Objectives

 

  • Assess both individuals and the community in regards to their current and future health and fitness.
  • Analyze assessment data and prescribe effective programs to both individuals and the community to impact their health and fitness goals and needs.
  • Evaluate quality and effectiveness in your own work and the work of other health promotion and wellness professionals.

 

Course Certifications

 

 

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