BSHS Frequently Asked Questions
IS THE DEGREE OFFERED ENTIRELY ONLINE?
The Kettering College Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) completion degree currently provides its courses of study an online format. All health professions (HESC) courses required for the program, as well as the required arts and sciences courses, are offered online. The advanced imaging major courses are currently offered as web-enhanced classes and in a traditional classroom.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO EARN MY BSHS COMPLETION DEGREE?
There are three majors within the degree to choose from:
- Health care professional studies (leadership, education or sonography)
- Radiological sciences and imaging
- Respiratory care
Each major has different requirements for credit hours (see individual majors for more information). Students can complete courses for the major at their own pace as either part-time or full-time students. The curriculum is designed for the working health care professional and goes year-round. If students have transfer credits, the time to complete may decrease. Full-time students can complete in 5 semesters, and part-time students can complete in 9 semesters or less.
CAN YOU BE ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM AS A PART-TIME STUDENT, OR DO YOU HAVE TO BE ENROLLED AS A FULL-TIME STUDENT?
Students may begin the degree any semester but cohorts are formed in fall and winter semesters. Students may choose a full-time or a part-time pace of study. Most students enroll part-time. Schedules can be adjusted from semester to semester, based on the needs of the student.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE DEGREE?
Once admitted, students have up to 7 years to complete the program of study and apply for graduation.
WILL ANY OF THE CREDITS FROM MY ASSOCIATE DEGREE TRANSFER TOWARD THE BSHS COMPLETION DEGREE?
Our BSHS degree is based only on credits beyond the A.S. health professions degree or its equivalent. Equivalency decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Credits for courses taken to meet degree requirements for the prelicensure health professions degree are not transferred in.
WILL I NEED TO RETAKE THE CORE SCIENCE AND MATH COURSES IF I GRADUATED YEARS AGO, SINCE THEY WILL BE OUT OF DATE?
No prelicensure basic math or science courses need to be taken over. Prelicensure courses are not transferred in for the Bachelor of Science degree; therefore no retakes are required for basic science and math courses.
WILL ANY CREDITS BEYOND MY PRELICENSURE NURSING DEGREE OR ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN A HEALTH PROFESSION TRANSFER IN FOR THE BSHS DEGREE?
Credits for courses not taken for the prelicensure degree will be evaluated and transferred in, if they are applicable to baccalaureate in health sciences degree requirements. There are no time limits for transfer of course credits. At Kettering College, credits taken at a regionally accredited college or university are transferable.
HOW MUCH WILL THIS DEGREE COST?
Tuition cost for the 2012-13 school year is $399 per semester credit. Tuition and fees are determined annually and are subject to change. For more information, visit the tuition and fees page on this website.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT MY SCHEDULE WILL LOOK LIKE, ONCE I AM ACCEPTED TO THE DEGREE?
Students will receive individualized advising depending on their major. A plan will be created for students based on credits they may already have that meet BSHS degree requirements and upon their need for full-time or part-time study.
HOW MANY HOURS PER WEEK WILL I NEED TO STUDY?
Of course, this depends upon the individual. Students should plan on an average of 5-6 hours per week of study time for a 3-credit-hour semester course to be successful.
Online education does not take less time or effort than traditional, in-the-classroom study. The advantage of online study is that students have access to their courses 24 hours a day and can complete assignments at their convenience, in the comfort of their homes or workplaces.
WHAT KIND OF RESOURCES AND SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS STUDYING ONLINE?
Students have online access to their course schedules, transcripts, grades, viewing and paying their bills, and for online registration.
Textbooks can be obtained by:
- Ordering or renting them online through our partners at MyBooksAndMore.com.
- Ordering via an email sent to Kettering College's bookstore manager. The charges for the books can be put on student accounts, and the books will be sent directly to students.
- A list of required texts and their ISBNs will be provided for the courses for which the students are registered. The student may then arrange to purchase the required textbooks from any source they choose. Current lists of required textbooks also are available here on our website, in the Bookstore section.
Online and on-campus tutoring are available to students. Specific areas of interest to BSHS students are writing and statistics.
Online and on-campus students have access to an online reference librarian. As Kettering College students, the BSHS online students, even if they live out-of-state, have access to a wealth of library resources because our library is connected to OhioLINK, which links many libraries in Ohio.
The first health professions course students will take is HESC 380: Introduction to Health Professional Studies. The purpose of this course is to orient students to Kettering College and to the BSHS degree, as well as to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will help them to be successful in an online learning environment. Even if a student is taking the in-class track (advanced imaging), online learning skills are considered a must for all students, as most college courses today require some web-enhanced learning and the core health professions courses are offered online.
WHAT COMPUTER PROFICIENCY IS NEEDED, AND WHAT ARE THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ONLINE STUDY?
Computer skills include proficiency in the Microsoft Windows environment -- primarily word-processing, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint. The ability to navigate the Internet and to use email and attachments also is needed. Information about resources to enhance computer skills is available from the BSHS Office at Kettering College or here on our website.
DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION
(937) 395-8601, ext. 55624, or firstname.lastname@example.org