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Spring: January 9th, 2023
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SCU’s online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) is a dynamic degree covering the most current and relevant issues in healthcare, today. The BSHS degree provides students a pathway to pursue various healthcare careers such as health education, public health, chiropractic, acupuncture, physician assistant, human genomics, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, or epidemiology. Students learn the values and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in today’s health settings through a deep exploration of biomedical sciences, integrative health, health education, and human genomics.
Students can study online full-time or part-time.
SCU’s flexible curriculum provides multiple concentrations and three accelerated pathways to choose from. The concentrations take place in the last term of the program.
Students can choose from four concentrations: Health Education, Human Genetics and Genomics, Eastern Medicine, and Chiropractic Sciences.
Three of the concentrations provide students with the option to continue their education by applying their earned concentration credits towards a Master or Doctoral degree.
Students take just two classes per term vs. the traditional four, or more. Students will take two concurrent courses for seven and a half weeks providing improved topic focus and mastery vs. taking four courses over fifteen weeks.
The following are career paths you could pursue with a health science degree:
SCU’s flexible curriculum offers multiple concentration choices and three accelerated pathways. The concentrations take place in the last term of the program. SCU doesn’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Southern California University of Health Sciences.”
Consisting of four courses (12 credits), Health Education prepares students to collect and analyze data to identify community needs before planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. Students who complete this concentration will be prepared to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and, upon passing, will be awarded the title Certified Health Education Specialist.
Learn more about the value of a Health Education Specialist certificate by visiting the Health Educator Career Resource – NCHEC.
The Human Genetics and Genomics concentration, which consists of four courses (12 credits), provides students with an introduction to the principles of human heredity in health and disease with an emphasis on clinical applications.
The Chiropractic Sciences concentration, which consists of four courses (12 credits), focuses on the basic sciences to provide an introductory understanding of how the body is organized on a cellular, tissue, and organ level, along with regional interrelationships. Chiropractic procedures and theories are covered providing students an excellent introduction to methods and benefits. The last 12 credits of the BSHS program are the same as the first 12 credits of the Doctor of Chiropractic program. Students will be required to take the last 12 credits on the SCU campus.
The Eastern Medicine concentration, which consists of four courses (12 credits), provides students with an introduction to acupuncture and meridians, Chinese herbology, and Eastern medicine theory. It also provides an introduction to basic sciences, establishing a wide-ranging and comprehensive foundation of the body’s organization on a cellular, tissue, and organ level, along with regional interrelationships. The last 12 credits of the BSHS program are the same as the first 12 credits of the Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program.
Students have the opportunity to work with the Program Director or their Academic Advisor to identify 12 credits from a list of elective courses to create a customized concentration.
At SCU, we want you to understand when you start the program what you will know, be able to do, and value as a result of taking a course or completing the program. Our full course curriculum includes detailed learning outcomes to guide and sharpen your learning throughout your individual courses and overall program during your time with SCU.
Welcome to SCU’s Health Sciences Department. Our programs are designed to meet the diverse lifestyles and demands of today’s students. Students in the BSHS program receive a high-quality education in the physical, biological, social, and behavioral fields of health education.
Health education is playing a larger role in healthcare because of its focus on preventative care through education rather than treating patients after they’ve fallen ill. The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program is one of the fastest-growing programs on campus, paralleling the growth of the healthcare sector in the US economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that between 2014 and 2024, healthcare occupations and industries will have the fastest employment growth and will add more jobs than any other single industry in the United States. As the country’s healthcare landscape changes, the education we provide changes to ensure our graduates are optimally prepared to be successful healthcare professionals.
The BSHS program has top-notch faculty in their fields such as epidemiology, genomics, and pathophysiology. BSHS faculty philosophy and goals for their students are building relationships and online community between students and faculty, collaborative learning among students through discussion boards, and offering alternative methods of engagement. The Health Sciences department is dedicated to student success which is demonstrated by excellent faculty, personalized attention through mentorship, and a commitment to excellence.
Program Director, Health Sciences Department
Southern California University of Health Sciences
SCU faculty are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.
SCU’s Academic Advisory Board is composed of senior university academics, industry leaders, and content experts from around the world focused on continually improving the SCU Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences programs. Academic Advisory Board associates volunteer their time and are an appreciated and valuable resource to the program and university.
SCU’s admission process is simple, flexible, and doesn’t require letters of recommendation.
A grade of Credit or Pass may be used if the transferring college’s policy states that it is equivalent to a grade of C or better. Advanced placement exams may be used to meet the general education requirement; the College Board Advanced Placement Tests (AP) course must fulfill the general education course requirement – and a score of 3 or higher will be accepted for credit. Additionally, the BSHS program accepts College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations in fulfillment of lower division general education courses. The program requires a passing score of at least 50 on the CLEP exam and accepts up to 30 credits. Credit for Advanced Placement examinations is not included in this limit. CLEP exam scores cannot be older than 10 years.
Students who are missing a prerequisite course requirement or are looking to improve their GPA can choose to take an SCU Accelerated Science course and complete the requirements in as little as five weeks. SCU’s Accelerated Science courses are prequalified and guaranteed acceptance for this program. Click here to learn more.
$450 per credit.*
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*Tuition rate reflected above represents the fixed rate for a student entering during the 2022-2023 academic year. Tuition rates are subject to change and may not be reflected on this website or other SCU materials. Please contact us for the most updated information.
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The student’s actual tuition will be dependent upon the number of transfer credits. The table below represents a possible option.
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You wouldn’t be looking at this program if you weren’t interested in helping people find their healthiest life and advancing your career in healthcare. Your dedication and enthusiasm for completing your education is what makes you the perfect fit for SCU. Now, begin to discover why we’re the perfect fit for you.
Our approach to Interprofessional Education is unique. In California and across the country. Here modern medicine unites with ancient and traditional healing arts to create an environment of engagement. SCU’s groundbreaking IPE model combines curriculum, clinic, community, and clubs to help you develop a broader base of knowledge and gain a deeper appreciation for different perspectives on care. Which leads to a seamless transition from student to practitioner.
We bring together aspiring students from different disciplines so you can learn and excel side-by-side. The depth and breadth of this dynamic experience will prepare you to one day take the lead in a collaborative, interprofessional practice.
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