Health care is a growing field, and in today's patient- and family-centered environment, many career opportunities are available in direct service, management, marketing, advocacy and other industry roles. The Healthcare Services and Sciences (BS-HSS) program prepares students to serve in a variety of careers. This program serves the following populations of students: 

  • Students interested in health services graduate programs will benefit from a program core preparing them to work effectively in the U.S. health system. They may also take prerequisite courses related to their intended type of graduate program. Advisors will help custom build programs to prepare them for graduate work.
  • Students who want to prepare for administrative and other non-clinical positions will benefit from a curriculum that introduces the intricacies of today's health care and provides cutting edge skills in demand for entry-or mid-level careers in various settings.
  • Students already working in health care and interested in upgrading their knowledge and abilities with a bachelor's degree, will find the interdisciplinary focus of the BS-HSS ideal. Your previous education in allied health fields may count for credit toward the pre-professional sequence or the professional core within the degree. Licensed or certified clinicians may qualify for the Clinical Practice in Health (CPH) track and receive additional credit.

Through our program, students will gain skills and competencies needed to function effectively in a variety of settings and roles. The program is designed to meet the needs of individual students and help them pursue their unique interests and career aspirations.


The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services and Sciences at Western Michigan University prepares students to understand the healthcare world and how to work successfully in it.


The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services and Sciences (BS-HSS) prepares students to go directly to employment after graduation or complete a graduate degree in the fast growing field of health care. There is high demand for health care professionals.

The majority of HSS students plan to apply for a graduate degree. Students plan to pursue careers in occupational therapy, physician assistant services, nursing, physical therapy, speech pathology, medicine, audiology, blindness and low vision services and more.

Many students enter a health career directly after graduating with the HSS degree. A sample of health careers after a bachelors degree can be found here. Some of these require additional certification or licensure. Examples of all levels of health science careers are described here. A full table of possible health careers with salary information is found here.