The Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Program is designed for individuals interested in gaining knowledge and skills in providing health and wellness to people as well as preventing illness or injury mainly through education, encouragement and support. The program is offered by Kaplan University in the online format. Accreditation is provided by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Graduates of this program have extensive career opportunities due to the growing emphasis on preventive healthcare. Students broaden their understanding of the mind-body-spirit approach in attaining health and wellness. They will get to explore various approaches while studying the concepts and applications of this particular field of health science. Possible work environments include hospitals, private medical offices, public health agencies, and the more recent preventive venues such as corporate wellness centers, and college health services, among many.
Students are required to complete one hundred eighty (180) credit hours to be eligible for graduation. The curriculum includes Core Courses, Major Courses and Open Electives. Major Courses include Scientific Foundations of Exercise and Fitness; Introduction to Health Science; Current Trends in Exercise and Fitness-Aging Well Across the Life Span; Vitamins, Herbs, and Nutritional Supplements; Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Models for Health and Wellness; Contemporary Diet and Nutrition; Stress-Critical Issues in Management and Prevention; Creating Wellness-Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of Healing; Principles of Nutrition; 100/200 Level Major Elective; 300/400 Level Major Elective: and the Bachelor’s Capstone in Health and Wellness.
Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Work experience is not required but an interest in health, nutrition, fitness is expected.