Healthcare Services and Sciences

Western Michigan University's healthcare services and sciences program will be a good fit for you if you are:

  • A student who wants to prepare for administrative and other non-clinical positions in health care.
  • Already working in health care and interested in upgrading your knowledge and abilities with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Interested in health and human services graduate programs, including:
    • Addiction studies
    • Audiology
    • Blindness and low vision studies
    • Disability services
    • Health care administration
    • Holistic health
    • Occupational therapy
    • Physical therapy studies
    • Physician assistant studies

The program has five paths of study or tracks:

  • Healthcare services and sciences
  • Healthcare services and sciences—audiology preparation: The audiology preparation concentration will allow you to enter the doctoral degree program through an accelerated graduate degree program option specifically designed for audiology. You can double-count 12 credit hours of coursework in both undergraduate and graduate degrees under the accelerated graduate degree option. This will allow you to complete both degrees in seven years rather than eight.
  • Healthcare services and sciences—blindness and low vision studies preparation: This accelerated degree program provides an opportunity for students to accumulate credits toward completion of a master's degree in blindness and low vision studies while still enrolled as an undergraduate student in the healthcare services and sciences program. Master's degrees in orientation and mobility for adults or vision rehabilitation therapy can be earned through the accelerated degree program.
  • Healthcare services and sciences—occupational therapy preparation: WMU offers a five-year program which leads to the completion of two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in healthcare services and sciences and a Master of Science in occupational therapy. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education requires a master's degree for the practice of occupational therapy.
  • Healthcare services and sciences—physician assistant preparation: WMU strongly recommends the Bachelor of Science in healthcare services and sciences: physician assistant preparation to adequately prepare for and apply to the physician assistant program. However, completion of this track does not guarantee admission to the physician assistant graduate program.

Also available are programs designed for allied health professionals who hold an associates degree and wish to upgrade their knowledge and abilities:

  • Online bachelor's completion program
  • Metro-Detroit bachelor's completion program

Beyond the classroom

As a student of WMU's healthcare services and sciences program, you will be required to complete a clinical internship, which will allow you to gain experience in a variety of agencies and institutions while integrating and applying your knowledge and honing your skills in preparation for employment or graduate study.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in healthcare services and sciences are working as:

  • Audiologists
  • Counselors
  • Health care administrators
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Physician assistants

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Wellness centers
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Clinics
  • Nonprofit organizations

Career Outcomes

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

Bachelor's completion programs are available in the following locations for allied health professionals who hold an associate degree and wish to upgrade their knowledge and abilities.

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