Credits required: varies
Individuals with Bachelor's degrees make 66 percent more than those with only a high school diploma.Information from U.S. Census Bureau
Bachelor of science (BS)
Why BS-IHS at Western Michigan University
The Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary health services (BS-IHS)program is specifically designed to accommodate the needs and schedules of working professionals. Courses are offered online or in a hybrid format, with several face-to-face meetings per semester.
A degree completion program
Offered at the College of Health and Human Services, the IHS degree completion program is designed for students with an associate's degree (from nearly any discipline) who are interested in completing their bachelor's degree to advance or change their career in the field of health. The suggested pre-professional sequence can be adjusted for licensed or certified health providers based on earlier educational experience.
Graduates of an accredited allied health associate’s degree program, who hold a professional license, certification, or registration (after having successfully passed a state and/or nationally recognized examination) may be eligible to receive up to 18 hours of upper division credit ($8,000 tuition savings). Contact Melinda Lockett to discuss your eligibility.
Who should apply
The program is ideal for individuals who are currently registered, certified, or licensed health and human services professionals. But anyone with an associate's degree who would like to pursue a career in health services is encouraged to apply.
This degree prepares graduates for entry or mid-level positions in:
- Ambulatory care facilities
- Employee assistance programs
- Health maintenance organizations and health-related industries
- Hospitals and long term care facilities
- Industrial/managed health care
- Non-profit health and human service organizations
- Public and private health and human service agencies
- Rehabilitation facilities
This online program requires an internship or field placement. If you plan to complete this activity outside of the state of Michigan, you must complete the Activity Request Form at the time of enrollment for this course.Activity Request Form
Employer tuition reimbursement
If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.
"Best bang for the buck"
Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.