bhhs

BHHS Degree

Overview

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN HEALTH SCIENCES (BHHS) DEGREE

This eight-semester degree program will provide students who are already enrolled in the MD Degree Program at AUA College of Medicine with the opportunity to earn a B.S. in Human Health Sciences. The BHHS degree is designed for students who have earned their A.S. through American International College of Arts and Sciences – Antigua (AICASA)* and/or do not have a B.S./B.A. degree upon enrolling in AUA College of Medicine.

Upon completion of this and the MD degree, graduates will have established an exceptionally focused medical background, which makes them more attractive to residency program directors. The BHHS degree provides a useful foundation for further graduate studies in sciences and enables students to pursue careers in medical labs, medical research and teaching, the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and other related fields.

*Degree conferred by AUA College of Medicine. AUA and AICASA are two wholly separate educational institutions.

Admissions Criteria

All applicants to the BHHS degree must have applied and been accepted to AUA College of Medicine. Applicants must request to be considered for the BHHS program, in writing, to the Admissions Committee and will be evaluated on his/her merits. Please visit the admissions requirements page for more details on applying to AUA.

U.S. and Canadian Applicant Admissions Criteria

This degree is designed for:

1. High school graduates with no advanced degrees who enroll at AICASA and are accepted to AUA College of Medicine

2. Transfer students who are accepted to the A.S. in Health Sciences Program at AICASA and are accepted to AUA College of Medicine

3. Transfer students from accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States

4. Students with no advanced degree who enroll at AUA College of Medicine

5. Students with advanced degrees who enroll at AUA College of Medicine and elect to earn an additional BHHS degree

Applicants who elect to first earn an A.S. in Health Sciences degree: All applicants must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent. Most applicants possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least 1100 or 24 on the SAT or ACT, respectively. If the Admissions Committee agrees, applicants who have taken and passed college courses may use completion of these credits to substitute for lower than expected high school GPA or SAT/ACT scores. For more information, please visit the AICASA website.

AICASA and AUA accept transfer credits from accredited institutions within the United States, as approved by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Courses from non-U.S. institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis. The Admissions Committees of AICASA and AUA will evaluate courses from previous colleges and schools prior to the applicant being accepted. The transfer of credit is at the discretion of the Admissions Committees and is not guaranteed.

International Applicant Admissions Criteria

The following international applicants are eligible for the degree:

1. Graduates from international academic institutions equivalent to U.S. secondary school education and who meet language standards established by the College

2. Transfer students from international academic institutions equivalent to U.S. post-secondary school education and who meet language standards established by the College

For applicants from international institutions, evidence of completion of their education must be submitted with an official English translation and an evaluation of credentials by an accredited evaluation service approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

International applicants whose native language is not English and who have completed less than thirty credits at an English language college or university must provide the official record of the scores for ONE of the following exams:

• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

– The minimum acceptable score is 550 on the paper-based test or 60 on the computer-based test.

• International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

– The minimum acceptable score is 5.5.

CARICOM Applicant Admissions Criteria

All applicants from Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries must have earned a high school diploma, 5th-form diploma or its equivalent, and most will have a GPA of at least 3.0. The applicant should also have General or Technical CXC scores of 1 or 2 in four of the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and/or Biology (a score of 3 is allowed for one subject). SAT and ACT scores from CARICOM applicants are not required.

Coursework

In addition to undergraduate foundation courses in the sciences and general education, students will be required to demonstrate competency in the following human health science disciplines:

1. Anatomy & Cell Biology

2. Biochemistry

3. Epidemiology & Biostatistics

4. Behavior & Medical Ethics

5. Microbiology & Immunology

6. Pathology

7. Pharmacology & Toxicology

8. Physiology

Practical experience will be obtained through required laboratory exercises.

General Education Requirement

The General Education Requirement encompass 36 credit hours divided among the following three categories:

1. Science / Mathematics

This category includes courses such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, and mathematics theory and analysis. Courses required for the major do not qualify as general education credits.

2. Humanities

This category includes courses such as literature, philosophy, logic, foreign language, art, music appreciation, and communications.

3. Social Sciences

This category includes history, economics, political science, geography, sociology, anthropology and psychology.

Students must complete at least one course in each of these categories.

Required Undergraduate Courses

STUDENTS GRADUATING FROM AICASA:

The A.S. in Health Sciences program, through AICASA, currently offers the minimum 60 undergraduate credits, including 36 credits of general education courses, required for the BHHS degree. These are:

Semesters 1 and 2                                                                                                            

1. English 1 and 2

2. Pre-Calculus or College Algebra

3. Calculus

4. Chemistry I and II (w/lab)

5. Biology I and II (w/lab)

Courses offered at AICASA

Course name Number of courses Number of credit hours Course Number
English and Composition I and II 2 6 ENG 100/101
Pre-Calculus 1 4 MATH 110
Calculus 1 4 MATH 111
General Chemistry I and II (w/lab) 2 8 CHEM 110/111
Introductory Biology I and II (w/lab) 2 8 BIO 110/111

Semesters 3 and 4   

1. Physics I and II (w/lab)

2. Psychology or Sociology

3. Cell Biology

4. Organic Chemistry I and II (w/lab)

5. Human Anatomy and Physiology (w/lab)

6. Microbiology/Genetics (or a 4 credit Microbiology or 4 credit Genetics course)

Courses offered at AICASA

Course name Number of courses Number of credit Hrs Course Number
Introductory Physics I and II (w/lab) 2 8  PHY 110/111
Cell Biology 1 3 BIO 210
Introductory Psychology 1 3 PSY 100
Organic Chemistry I and II (w/lab) 2 8 CHEM 210/211
Human Anatomyand Physiology 1 5 BIO 220
Genetics and Microbiology 1 4 BIO 212

Elective: SPAN 101 Basic Spanish (5 credits)

36 credits of these courses count towards the general education requirement as outlined below:

1. Science/Mathematics (30 credits minimum from below)

Introductory Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Introductory Physics I and II

2. Humanities (3 credits minimum from below)

English and Composition I and II, Spanish 101

3. Social Sciences (3 credits)

Psychology

STUDENTS ENTERING BASIC SCIENCES WITH AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE OR AT LEAST 90 UNDERGRADUATE CREDITS: 

Undergraduate coursework must include the following:

• General Biology I course – 3 credits

• General Biology I Lab – 1 credit

• General Biology II course – 3 credits

• General Biology II Lab – 1 credit

• General Chemistry I course – 3 credits

• General Chemistry I Lab – 1 credit

• General Chemistry II course – 3 credit

• General Chemistry II Lab – 1 credit

• Organic Chemistry I course – 3 credits

• Organic Chemistry I Lab – 1 credit

• Organic Chemistry II course – 3 credits

• Organic Chemistry II Lab – 1 credit

• Physics I course – 3 credits

• Physics I Lab – 1 credit

• English I course – 3 credits

• Mathematics (Calculus OR Statistics) – 3 credits

Thirty-six (36) credits of general education courses divided among the following categories.

1. Science/Mathematics

2. Humanities

3. Social Sciences

[Note: At least three credits in each for a total of 36]

Required Basic Science Courses 

Basic Science courses will be offered during semesters 1-4 at AUA College of Medicine:

These courses are designed to provide students with a broad knowledge in the following areas:

1. The human body and function:

• The structure of the human body and organs

• The function of body systems

• The pathology of human diseases

• Identification of disease

2. The biological aspects of health and diseases:

• Viral and cellular function

• Genetics, genetic engineering, and biotechnology

• Biochemical and molecular basis of disease

3. Health:

• Human health and the environment

• Epidemiology

These are the core courses for the BHHS degree.

Semester 1

   Course (s)  Number of credit hours  Course number
 1  Medical Cell Biology  3  5111
 2  Foundations of Medicine I  2  5121
 3  Human Structure and Function I  10  5131
 4  Biochemistry I and Genetics I  4  5141

Semester 2

 Course (s)  Number of credit hours  Course number
 1  Foundations of Medicine II  2  5221
 2  Biochemistry II and Genetics II  5  5241
 3  Human Structure and Function II  12  5231

Semester 3

 Course (s)  Number of credit hours  Course number
 1  Behavioral Sciences and Medicine  5  6312
 2  Introduction to Clinical Medicine I  4  6322
 3  Microbiology I and Immunology  6  6332
4 Pathology I 5 6342
5 Pharmacology I 2 6352

Semester 4

 Course (s)  Number of credit hours  Course number
 1  Microbiology II  3  6432
 2  Introduction to Clinical Medicine II  5  6422
 3  Behavioral Sciences and Medicine  1  6312
4 Pathology II 8 6442
5 Pharmacology II 3 6452
Degree Requirements

To receive this degree, students must:

• Pass 141 credit hours of combined undergraduate and basic science courses (80 must be basic sciences).

• Maintain a 2.00 (C) grade point average in all course work and a 2.00 (C) in all major course work attempted.

• Complete a minimum of 60 credits of undergraduate work.

• Complete four semesters of Basic Science coursework at AUA College of Medicine.

• Complete the General Education Requirement.

Tuition and Fees

There are no additional tuition and fees for BHHS degree courses. Tuition and fees are assessed based on the current standing of a student enrolled either in AICASA or AUA.

Please refer to the following websites for current tuition and fees:

American University of Antigua College of Medicine

American International College of Arts and Sciences – Antigua