The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services and Sciences (BS-HSS) was designed with three goals in mind:
Prepare for today's health care workplace
The National Academy of Medicine has identified service delivery skills that are at the center of patient safety, health care efficiency and cost effectiveness. These skills (patient and family centered services, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, health literacy, health informatics, and interdisciplinary team skills) are critical in health care today. BS-HSS anchors students in service delivery skills important to all health service careers.
Prepare for WMU graduate programs
The BS-HSS program offers four preparatory concentrations - audiology, blindness and low vision studies, occupational therapy, physician assistant - that prepare you for WMU's graduate programs in those areas. Audiology and vision studies also offer accelerated graduate programs that you might be interested in.
Find your path to bachelor's degree completion
If you have an associate degree and are already certified in an allied health field, the Clinical Practice in Health degree completion track can help you earn your bachelor's degree. You can transfer your credits according to University policy and earn up to 30 credits based on prior learning.
Note: In the fall 2019 semester, the Interdisciplinary Health Services bachelor’s degree program was renamed Healthcare Services and Sciences. Students admitted to the IHS program prior to fall 2019 should refer to their appropriate Undergraduate Catalog or consult with their academic advisor if they have any questions about this change.