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Health Sciences, B.S.

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Health Sciences Degree

Participate in a rigorous biological sciences program that will prepare you for a career or professional school in the health care sector.

Why Study Health Sciences at Keystone College?

Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and internships:

  • Follow an approved advising track in Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dental, Pre-Med, Pre-Optometry, or other health related fields.
  • Study the human body using state of the art equipment.
  • Conduct research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
  • Participate in seminar style courses to develop skills as a culturally competent healthcare professional.
  • Become a member of our Future Healthcare Professions Club and participate in specialized trainings like Stop the Bleed and Stroke Awareness.
  • Shadow healthcare professionals as part of the curriculum.

Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:

  • Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
  • 92% of students receive financial aid.
  • Over 150 scholarships are awarded yearly.


Dr. Nicole Diette
Program Director

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Program Goals

  • Demonstrate competency in specific content knowledge.
  • Apply the scientific method to address specific scientific problems.
  • Demonstrate competency in laboratory skills, laboratory safety, and laboratory technology.
  • Demonstrate competency in academic technology, including but not limited to writing technology, analysis technology, presentation technology, and bioinformatics technology.
  • Evaluate and articulate the outcome of research and laboratory experiments.
  • Apply mathematical formulas to analyze quantitative and/or qualitative scientific data.
  • Design and implement an original research study; collect and analyze data; and draw conclusions based on data collected.

Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.


Keystone student-to-faculty ratio


increase in jobs over the next 10 years


Median annual salary for health science careers

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What can I do with a Health Sciences degree?

Students who choose to pursue health science degrees go on to do many exciting things in a broad range of industries. These include: public health, clinical diagnostics, laboratory testing, pharmacy, pharmaceutical research, health care, medicine, nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, medical technology, and more.

A health science degree also opens up opportunities for students to pursue a wide range of post-graduate studies in many areas, including MSc and PhD degrees in health science oriented disciplines, MD, PharmD, PA and other medical oriented graduate professional degrees, and even degrees in health oriented law and education.

Successful Giant: Jacob Mitchell '19

Jake MitchellJacob Mitchell, PA-C, a 2019 biology graduate of Keystone, received his Master of Science in physician assistant studies from Saint Elizabeth University and is currently employed with UPMC Orthopaedics in Wellsboro, Pa.


  • Commonwealth Health
  • Coordinated Health
  • Geisinger
  • Guthrie Health Care
  • Merck

Career Options

  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Nurse
  • Physician
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
Small School Big Science

From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.

Science Student At Microscope


Complete over 400 hours of laboratory work via lab sections of courses, senior capstone projects, honors projects, or independent research with faculty.


Connect with professionals through  hands-on learning and internships such as: Geisinger Health Systems, Sanofi Pasteur, and Merck.

Science Student Conducting Research
Undergraduate geology student holds undergraduate research award,


Over 30 student-run clubs and organizations, including the Future Healthcare Professions Club and the Chemistry Club, are available and are a wonderful way to meet people, travel, learn about different subjects, and gain valuable leadership opportunities. 

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Featured Faculty

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Professor of Physical Science   
Nicole Diette, PhD

Nicole Diette, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biological & Physical Sciences
Jessica Faux, PhD

Jessica Faux, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
John B. Minora

John B. Minora

Instructor of Chemistry
Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Assistant Professor of Botany
Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health and Chair of Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics

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