2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021) 
    
    Dec 02, 2022  
2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Healing, Hierarchy, Healthcare, and Wholeness - BS in Communication


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Driven by scientific discoveries and technological advancements, healthcare has made remarkable strides in improving the length and quality of life in every corner of the globe. With these advancements and specializations comes a tendency toward reduction of the patient to a singular organ system or body part. In addition, medical language presents a barrier to partnership with patients in their own healing. At the same time, medicine is practiced in ever-increasing complex organizational structures, cultural expectations, and regulatory environments.

This concentration provides a broad understanding of the healthcare environment, culture, and organizations through which care is provided. It develops skills and insights that enable effective communication with providers and patients at many levels of provider interactions, as well as knowledge of how to operate within an organization as the organization interfaces with the larger world. These fundamental skills enhance students’ abilities and marketability in the workplace and provide confidence and skills for more effective advocacy, life management, and interpersonal relationships.

Degree Requirements


  • 181 total quarter credit hours
  • General education  courses (46 cr.)
  • Core courses (50 cr.)
  • Concentration Courses (25 cr.)
  • Elective courses (55 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Concentration Curriculum


Electives (55 cr.)


Choose 11 courses from general education , BS in Communication, other Walden bachelor’s degree programs, or Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM)  courses. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000 level or higher. Elective credits should total 80 to meet program requirements. Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet their elective requirements.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.