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THE MISSION OF THE STERLING COLLEGE HEALTH SCIENCE MAJOR IS TO DEVELOP PRE-PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS WITH THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES NECESSARY TO SUCCESSFULLY PURSUE GRADUATE STUDIES IN PHYSICAL THERAPY. This interdisciplinary major allows our students to focus their concentration on health, human movement and the prerequisites necessary for entrance into a physical therapy program. Choose Sterling College to help you prepare for a future in physical therapy. The health science major is truly interdisciplinary as it covers topics in science, psychology, math and exercise science. Utilizing professors from each department to form one major gives you the opportunity to learn from professionals who have experience in their field and love their subject.

LEADING WITH A SERVANT’S HEART The health science major teaches students how to be servant leaders each and every day in a health related career. We believe that true leadership must put others first, following the example of Jesus Christ. Just as Christ cared for the physical, emotional and social aspects of the people he came into contact with, we must also care for the entire patient. In the Sterling College health science major, you will be encouraged to look beyond the physical ailment and care for the entire person.

CONCENTRATION PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY This concentration will prepare students interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy for application to graduate physical therapy programs. In order to practice as a licensed physical therapist, you will have to complete a graduate school program. Our health science major is designed to fulfill the pre-requisites of many graduate physical therapy programs, meaning you shouldn’t have to take classes between your undergraduate and graduate experiences. That saves time and money! If you are interested in another health related field, you will also have the skill set for pursuing other careers.


Spend time with physical therapists to preview your future career. You will learn the ins and outs of patient care, witness evaluations of real injuries and observe charting practices. Interacting with a practicing physical therapist will also allow you the chance to ask questions about the profession, begin networking and gain advice from someone that has been in your shoes.

KATHERINE “KC” BASSETT, PRO-RATA ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF EXERCISE SCIENCE Bassett has been involved in sports her entire life. She played basketball for Sterling College and now coaches the junior varsity women’s team, is an assistant coach for the varsity women’s team and serves as recruiting coordinator for the Sterling College women's basketball program. She earned her M.S. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Emporia State University. In spring 2007, Bassett was named Sterling College's Outstanding Female Student of the Year and the Female Athlete of the Year. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Elementary Education. DR. CURTIS BEECHAN, PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY Beechan has outstanding academic credentials with a long list of laboratory and teaching experience. He worked for Rachelle Laboratories, Inc. as an organic chemist and supervisor and Ultrasystems, Inc. as an organic chemist. Beechan was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California in San Diego, an assistant professor at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, and as an adjunct professor at Christian Heritage College and Grossmont College. Beechan completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University and his B.S. in Chemistry from University of California Riverside. DR. JONATHAN CONARD, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY Dr. Jonathan Conard is actively involved at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and frequently involves his students in research projects happening at the refuge. Recent projects include tracking deer movement patterns and the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, the effects of prairie restoration on small mammals, and population data collected through BioBlitz days at Quivira. He is published in peer-reviewed journals and on the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website. Conard completed his B.S. in Biology at Southwestern College. He earned both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from Kansas State University.

DR. WAI FOONG HONG, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY Dr. Wai Foong Hong specializes in genetic research. She has worked as a research associate for both Mississippi State University and Ohio State University. She is published in numerous peer-reviewed publications and continues to involve Sterling College students in innovative research opportunities. Hong earned a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from National Chung-Hsing University in Taiwan. She completed her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Genetics and Developmental Biology from Monash University in Australia. ERIN LAUDERMILK, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ATHLETIC TRAINING Laudermilk joined the faculty at SC in the fall of 2007. Along with teaching, she serves as a co-chair for the exercise science department, clinical education coordinator for the Athletic Training Program, and on several committees on campus. She holds an M.S. in Health and Human Performance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a B.S. in Biology from Saint Joseph’s College. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Education from Northcentral University. RYAN “PETE” MANELY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ATHLETIC TRAINING Manely serves Sterling College as the director of the Athletic Training Program, co-chair of the exercise science department, associate dean for the School of Professional Studies and a professor. He has worked in the field of athletic training since 1996 and was named the 2010-2011 NAIA Athletic Trainer of the Year. Manely is the current president for the NAIA Athletic Trainer’s Association, is a member of the National Cheer Safety Council. Manely earned a B.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training and a minor in History from Charleston Southern University. He then attended Ohio University where he earned an M.S. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. DR. RANDALL NEWHOUSE, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS Dr. Randall Newhouse has a Ph.D. from Washington State University with a background in physical chemistry and physics. He has worked with undergraduate students for several years through teaching physics classes, lecturing in small groups, running laboratory sessions, training students in lab work, and tutoring. He also worked as a research assistant at Washington State University, yielding three publications in “Defect and Diffusion Forum,” a peer-reviewed publication. Newhouse earned two bachelor’s degrees from Whitworth College: a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in physical chemistry.

The Sterling College health science major will prepare for your future in the growing health industry. We are looking for hard-working students who have a love for science and the inner workings of the human body as well as a passion for people. Join us to focus on physical therapy and the pre-requisites you will need for application to a graduate program, the next step on your way to becoming a licensed physical therapist. We hope you will prayerfully consider Sterling College. Schedule a visit day with your counselor and come see for yourself what makes Sterling College the best choice for your future. Come discover Sterling College.


Health Science Booklet  
Health Science Booklet