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Fall: September 5th, 2023
Spring: January 8th, 2024
Summer: May 6th, 2024
SCU’s online and transfer-friendly Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) degree covers 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, ayurvedic sciences, nutrition, 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 eight concentrations: Health Education – CHES® Preparation, Health Promotion, Human Genetics and Genomics, Functional Anatomy, Eastern Medicine, Integrative Nutrition and Wellness, Ayurvedic Science, Chiropractic Sciences, and a customized concentration. You also have the option to continue your education in a way that saves time and money through one of our three accelerated pathways. These pathways allow you to apply your earned concentration credits toward a Master’s or Doctoral degree. Learn more about our variety of available concentrations.
The Chiropractic Sciences concentration provides students an accelerated pathway into the Doctor of Chiropractic program. This is done by having the BSHS and Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program share courses, saving students both time and money. The last term (12 credits) of the BSHS program is the same as the first term (12 credits) of the DC program.
The Eastern Medicine concentration provides students an accelerated pathway into the Masters of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (MAcCHM) or the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (DAcCHM) program by having the BSHS and Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine programs share courses. The last term (12 credits) of the BSHS program is the same as the first term (12 credits) of the MAcCHM/DAcCHM program.
The Human Genetics and Genomics concentration is designed to provide students an accelerated pathway into the Masters of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics (MSHGG) by having the BSHS and MSHGG programs share courses. The last term (12 credits) of the BSHS program is the same as the first term (12 credits) of the MSHGG program.
Students take only two classes per term instead of the traditional four or more. Students will take two concurrent courses for seven and a half weeks providing improved topic focus and mastery instead of taking four courses over fifteen weeks.
Our BSHS graduates are eligible for guaranteed interviews with SCU’s Master of Science: Physician Assistant Program (PA). Students who meet specific requirements will be guaranteed an interview. Visit PA admissions requirements for details.
SCU’s flexible curriculum offers multiple concentration choices and three accelerated pathways. The concentrations take place in the last term of the program
Consisting of four courses (12 credits), Health Education concentration 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.
This concentration will provide an introductory background to the concepts of evidence base integrative health and therapies for improving personal and community wellness. Ideal for students with an interest in careers in public health.
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. Upon graduation, students may elect to continue and apply their concentration credits directly into the MSHGG program. Accelerated pathway students will be required to apply to the MSHGG program.
Functional Anatomy uses the basic structural knowledge provided in Human Anatomy to develop an understanding of the functional significance of the structures of the musculoskeletal system, within a movement setting (covering mechanical properties and functional characteristics). Ideal for students with an interest in medical careers like Physician Assistant, Chiropractor, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Medical Doctor.
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 (DC) program. Students will be required to take the last 12 credits on the SCU campus. Upon graduation, students can elect to apply their concentration credits directly into the DC program. Accelerated pathway students will be required to apply to the DC program.
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 Herbal Medicine program. Students will be required to take the last 12 credits on the SCU campus and, upon graduation, can elect to apply their concentration credits directly into the MAcCHM/DAcCHM program. Accelerated pathway students will be required to apply to the MAcCHM/DAcCHM program.
This concentration provides a basic understanding of the foundational principles of Ayurveda, the Ayurvedic approach to diet and lifestyle practices for health promotion and wellness care. These courses are a pathway into the Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certificate program where students would enter with advanced standing.
Integrative Nutrition and Wellness is a blend of traditional nutrition therapy with other approaches that teaches students to look beyond symptoms to investigate the root cause and includes practices not traditionally part of conventional medicine.
Students have the opportunity to work with the Program Director or their Academic Advisor to identify 12 or more credits from a list of elective courses to create a customized concentration. Note: this is also for those students who need to fill a deficiency in the required prerequisite courses necessary to apply to a professional degree program.
For full program information, view the catalog.
Toby Spiegel, Psy.D, MA, BA
Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
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.
I love SCU; it was the best academic experience ever. I genuinely miss having back-to-back courses. I graduated from El Camino College and immediately applied to SCU for my bachelor’s in health sciences. I decided to return to school because I want to continue achieving my educational dreams and goal of becoming a Physician Assistant. I am currently applying for SCU’s MSPA program. I am married and have a 4-year-old daughter and a 5-month-old boy. I selected SCU because it was very convenient for me and my schedule. As a parent, I needed a flexible program to spend time with my toddler and be a stay-at-home wife. Also, classes were asynchronous, and working on classwork during my own time was terrific. In 7.5-week courses, there is a schedule for when you must complete assignments, and deadlines and participation points need to be met. One of the biggest tips I can give is not to overthink starting, do it, and go for the career you want.
I graduated from the Bachelor in Health Sciences (BSHS) program at SCU and entered the Doctor of Chiropractic program one term ahead! With the Bachelor of Health Science program being online, it fit perfectly with my schedule and allowed me to create a study space at home without needing to travel to campus. I took two asynchronous courses every 7.5 weeks, but the flexibility of when I could study, whether on the weekend or during the weeknights, made it more accessible. The professors were also great and personable. When I needed help in a course, they would respond quickly with excellent feedback and helpful tips and relate the course to their learnings. I am happy to now be on my way to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic and thankful for my time in BSHS program.
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. 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.
ACE Credit Recommendation courses may be accepted in fulfillment of lower division general education courses on a case-by-case review.
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.
Students seeking reasonable accommodations or support services while enrolled at SCU can do so through the Student Services Office (SSO). We encourage you to register with SSO as early as possible to allow sufficient time for the approval and notification process.
$450 per credit.*
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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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Students from select partner schools qualify for a transfer scholarship saving of $100 on every credit hour taken. A reduction of $100/credit hour for all courses taken as part of the BSHS degree and guaranteed admission to the SCU BSHS program provided the student meets all requirements. BSHS partner transfer students are eligible to transfer to SCU once they complete 57 credit hours of approved coursework with some transferable coursework from a partner college. Partner colleges currently include Rio Hondo College, Santa Monica College, Saddleback College, and Distance Learning Systems.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (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.
The following are career paths you could pursue with a health science degree:
Employment in the healthcare sector has been growing steadily for years, even during the most recent recession. This upward trend in employment is set to continue over the next decade. The American population is getting older, living longer, and seeking out more treatment for chronic conditions.
As a result, the healthcare field will continue to see increased demand for medical services and medical personnel. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare support occupations, healthcare practitioners, and technical occupations are expected to generate 2 million new jobs through 2031—faster employment growth than any other field.
Graduates of the BSHS health education concentration are able to seek certification as a certified health education specialist through The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
With this specific credentialing, students can work in such areas as:
Salaries vary based on geography, years of experience and position. Salary data can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
View the resources below for additional job and career information.
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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