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Frostburg State University to Offer Health Science Bachelor’s Degree

The Maryland Higher Education Commission recently approved Frostburg State University’s proposal to offer a Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree, with the first students eligible to enroll in the fall of 2015.

The Health Science major is designed to prepare students to enter health-focused careers, including the areas of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant or optometry. Since the career paths span a wide spectrum, the program is designed to prepare students for graduate-level studies in this broad spectrum of health-focused careers.

With the increased need for health care providers, particularly in rural communities, the University is developing health science programs to address the changing needs of health care in rural Appalachia and disparities and workforce shortages in rural Maryland.

“We have seen an enormous growth in all of our science, technology and engineering programs,” said Dr. Joseph Hoffman, dean of the FSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “I believe that the new Health Science major will serve an important need for students wishing to pursue a health-related career field, and I predict that it will become one of our most popular majors.”

FSU’s B.S. in Health Science will be the only Maryland program to offer a bachelor’s degree that is specifically targeted to broadly prepare students for graduate or professional schools in the health-related fields. The program is designed to offer these students an alternative to the traditional biology and chemistry degrees usually pursued. Students will take all the rigorous basic coursework typically taken in a natural science program, but will be able to select natural, social and health science courses to fulfill prerequisites for specific professional programs. In addition, this program offers students the opportunity to take more health-related courses than traditional degree choices, allowing a wide choice of electives to suit individual career and graduate or professional school requirements. Students who choose not to pursue a graduate or professional degree will be able to pursue job opportunities in healthcare administration, health information technology and records and technician positions in research and medical laboratories.

For more information on the new major, contact Dr. R. Scott Fritz, assistant dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at or 301-687-7020.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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