Healthcare Services & Sciences

Program details

Credits required: varies

Format
Online

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Bachelor of science (BS)

Program Overview

Complete your degree and take the next step in your healthcare career with the online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services and Sciences at Western Michigan University. 

Offered through WMU’s College of Health and Human Services, the Healthcare Services and Sciences bachelor’s degree has two concentrations, Clinical Practice in Health and General Healthcare Services and Science that can be completed entirely online. Additional concentrations are available on main campus.

The online concentrations capitalize on your expertise from your associate’s degree or allied health experience. 

Clinical Practice in Health

This concentration is optimized for practitioners who are already licensed, certified or registered in an allied health profession and are looking to complete a bachelor’s degree for career advancement. To be eligible for this concentration, you must:

  • Have an allied health associate degree from an accredited program.
  • Hold a current professional license, certification or registration.
  • Have successfully passed a state and/or nationally recognized examination.

General Healthcare Services and Sciences

If you are looking to complete your bachelor’s degree to pursue a career in healthcare but you do not qualify for the Clinical Practice in Health track, you can complete a general degree track in addition to an academic minor. Online minors are available in:

Why WMU

The WMU College of Health and Human Services has been pioneering allied health and helping professions programs since 1976. 

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services and Science prepares competent health care leaders to work in interdisciplinary teams, provide patient and family centered services, build health literacy skills, develop quality improvements, and utilize informatics for evidence-based research and practice.

With generalized concentration areas, the online Healthcare Services and Sciences bachelor’s degree is ideal for students already working in the field of healthcare. If you have an associate’s degree and hold a professional license in an allied health discipline, you may be eligible to receive up to 30 upper-level credit hours applied towards the completion of your degree from Western Michigan University.

Career Outlook

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services and Sciences prepares you for a variety of careers across the healthcare industry. Whether in a clinical capacity or in administration in an allied health or professional field, WMU’s degree can help you excel. 

Recent graduates are working 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

Recent graduates are continuing their education in:

  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Doctorate in Counseling Psychology