Health & Occupational Sciences BS
Our BS in health and occupational sciences (HOS) serves two purposes. It extends the career path for our occupational therapy assistant (OTA) students and prepares others for a variety of healthcare-related roles.
Demand for HOS graduates is expected to remain strong because of changing demographics and healthcare delivery trends. An aging population will require more and more services. Technological advances and continued emphasis on outpatient care will also drive job growth.
The OT connection
Many OTA students want to continue working toward a career as a licensed occupational therapist, a position that requires a master’s degree. Maria supports that goal by enabling you to complete an OTA/associate degree and transition to our four-year BS in HOS. You also have the added benefit of being able to work as a certified occupational assistant—after passing the national certification exam —while continuing your undergraduate education.
Advancing your education
Maria’s BS in HOS provides a solid academic foundation: liberal arts, natural and applied sciences, policy, and management courses. The program is “transfer-friendly” and excellent preparation for graduate school, especially if you’re interested in physical therapy, nutrition, or other allied health services. The program also is a good fit if you’re considering pharmaceutical or medical device sales, medical informatics, or working with special populations such as the elderly or those with disabilities.