Rondell S. Berkeland, EdD, MPH, OTR
Dean, School of Health Sciences
The College of St. Scholastica
School of Health Sciences, BWC 234
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 723 - 7033
Health Sciences Major
The School of Health Sciences major includes three choices:
- The Health Sciences School concentration is intended for the student who has an interest in health care, but has not fulfilled all the requirements for a specific program within the school. This major requires at least 36 credits in the division, with 16 credits in HSC‑designated courses or other courses approved by the Dean of the School of Health Sciences. A clinical experience is highly recommended. Students with a departmental major within the health sciences are ineligible for this option. A student interested in this concentration must apply for an upper division Health Sciences major through the school dean. An interview is required. There is no Health Sciences minor.
- The Occupational Therapy concentration requires admission to the Occupational Therapy Program and satisfactory completion of the first year of the professional program. See the Occupational Therapy Program description for further details.
- The Athletic Training concentration (pdf) requires admission to the Athletic Training Program and satisfactory completion of the first year of the professional program. See the Athletic Training Program description for further details.
A student graduating with a Health Sciences School major from The College of St. Scholastica will:
- Understand the broad relationships and connections among the disciplines studied within the school;
- Understand the most basic and essential principles of at least one school discipline or designated focus;
- Knowledgeably analyze a problem germane to the school disciplines or critically evaluate a proposition pertinent to the fields of study;
Admissions and retention policies
Minimum admission requirements:
- Junior level standing.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
- C (2.0) in all courses required by the major department.
- Personal interview, health examination and/or psychological testing may be required.
- Each department reserves the right to set more rigorous selection criteria than those stated above as appropriate to students' academic and personal suitability for entry into professional practice. If such criteria are set, the department will make them available to students interested in seeking admission to the department.
- Each department reserves the right to select the applicants with the best qualifications from those who meet minimum criteria.
- C (2.0) in each major course. In the case of sequential courses, it is necessary to obtain the grade before proceeding to the next level course.
- A major course (one required by department) may be repeated once.
- Each department reserves the right of retaining in the major only those students who satisfy requirements of scholarship, health and personal suitability for the profession.
- If a student fails to meet standards as set forth above for admission or retention, the student may request probationary status from the department chair.
- A student may appeal through the College academic grievance procedure.
As a St. Scholastica graduate, you will have a head start in this field because of the excellent reputation our alumni enjoy in the profession. Our placement rate is nearly 100 percent within six months of graduation. Many of our graduates have assumed leadership roles in the profession at the local, state, and national levels.
Your degree from St. Scholastica will also prepare you for graduate school. You may pursue a master's degree in any area of interest as long you have met the prerequisite requirements for that graduate program.
Admission to major
Student applies to the Health Sciences Program during spring semester of his/her sophomore year or at the time of transfer to the College. Personal interview, health examination and/or psychological testing may be required. Student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 and is required to earn at least a grade of "C" in all courses required by the major department.
- 36 Credits Health Sciences Courses
- 16 Credits Upper Division HSC-designated courses, or related.