The Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc) degree program offers a bachelor's degree for students wishing to gain a comprehensive foundation in natural sciences necessary for admission to graduate programs for health professions.
The BHSc degree program responds to the increasing regional and national workforce demands of an expanding health care industry where focus is being placed on increased specialization and credentializing through advanced degrees while expanding interprofessional interactions. Program learning outcomes are directly tied to identified and desired graduate programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Chiropractic, Athletic Training, Exercise Science/Kinesiology, Pharmacy. Graduates of this program may also be prepared to pursue an accelerated second bachelor’s degree program in nursing and other health care industry related programs.
The BHSc program has a separate admissions process. An overall GPA of 3.2 and the completion of specific courses are required to apply to the BHSc program. Please follow the links in the left side menu as well as the BHSc Program Handbook for application instructions as well as admission and graduation requirements.
Preparation for the Workforce
Nationally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites 12 of the top 20 fastest growing occupations as those in the healthcare sector. Additionally, overall employment in healthcare occupations is expected to grow 14%. This is the single largest growth sector among all occupation areas. In Connecticut, health care practitioner and technical positions, both clinical and non-clinical, are expected to grow 9.1% in the 10 year period ending in 2024. Labor statistics indicate that statewide more than 10,000 new healthcare jobs will be added by 2024.
The BHSc program provides students with a degree program that includes a broad range of health science content (including courses from Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Health and Movement Sciences) that have broad application to many health profession disciplines. Most of the pre-requisite courses for graduate health profession programs are built directly into the major degree course requirements. Any graduate program prerequisite courses not fulfilled in the major degree course requirements are addressed through required, intentional electives discussed with individualized advising.
The BHSc program:
- favorably positions students for employment in an expanding health and health care services market by preparing students for admission to graduate programs in health science disciplines including, but not limited to, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic, athletic training, exercise science/kinesiology, and pharmacy;
- provides bachelor’s degree completion opportunities for associate degree credentialed health professionals;
- provides a rigorous health science degree option for students interested in pursuing an accelerated second bachelor’s degree program in nursing;
Kyle O’Brien, PhD, DHSc, MSOT, OTR/L, LCSW
BHSc Program Director
(203) 392-6497 Marc Robertson, DPT
BHSc Program Director