What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a health and human sciences related career

The program is an interdisciplinary program with three primary purposes:

1) Allowing students with a general interest in Health Sciences to pursue a B.S. degree while obtaining a concentration in a specific area of Health and Human Services.

2) Permitting students to prepare for post-graduate or professional Health Sciences programs.

3) Providing an option for students with a health-related associate's degree who wish to continue their education field (approved by the Health Sciences Advisor).

38-41 core Health Science credit hours are required, including a required concentration ranging from 24-27 credit hours.

Students pursuing the major are required to select one of the following degree tracks:

  • Preparatory Health Sciences Concentration
  • Health and Social Welfare Concentration

Degree Tracks

Health Sciences Concentrations

Students pursuing the Health Sciences major are required to select one of the following concentrations: Health Sciences-Allied Health, Preparatory Health Sciences, or Health Services Leadership and Management.

Health Sciences-Allied Health Concentration

Graduates of an Associate's of Applied Science (AAS) in clinical laboratory technician, medical assisting, medical information technology, nuclear medicine, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, polysomnographic technologist, radiography, respiratory care, diagnostic medical sonography, surgical technology, or other Health related programs as approved by the WKU Health Science faculty are also utilized to replace concentration courses.

Preparatory Health Sciences Concentration and Classes

Students who select this concentration will be required to complete 24 to 27 course hours. This concentration is designed to prepare students for a post-graduate or professional degree in a Health related field. Students who chose this concentration are looking to earn a bachelors degree in Health Sciences to continue their education at the graduate level to move one step closer to their desired career.

The Preparatory Health Sciences concentration is set up to help students obtain the majority of the required courses they will need in order to meet admission requirement for their specific graduate school program of choice. It is up to the student to research graduate schools and know what is needed for admission. The Health Sciences Advisor will provide guidance and assistance for students to help them reach their career goals.

Health Services Leadership and Management Concentration and Classes

Students who select this concentration will be required to complete 24 to 27 course hours. This concentration is designed to provide students with a general interest in Health Sciences to pursue a Bachelor’s degree by allowing students to take courses supporting a variety of Health and Social Services employment opportunities.

The main focus of the Health Services Leadership and Management concentration is home and community based services. As America’s aging population continues to grow, more elderly individuals, as well as those with mental and physical disabilities, are choosing to receive medical care and support services in their own homes instead of in nursing homes, hospitals, and other institutions. Services typically offered may include nursing, therapies, and personal care services such as respiratory therapy, medical social services, nutritional counseling, home maintenance and modifications, vehicular modifications, moving assistance, respite care, home delivered meals, personal emergency response system, assistive technology, community transitional services and home and community support services.

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$27,687.00 per year
Start date

18 January 2022

Venue

College of Health and Human Services

Academic Complex 208,

BOWLING GREEN,

Kentucky,

42101, United States

Online/Distance (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$16,200.00 per year
USD $540 per credit hour
Application deadline

1 April 2022

Start date

18 January 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are required to have successful completion of high school. Should have at least a 3.0 GPA overall and at least a 3.2 GPA in the selected Geoscience major, with a minimum of 45 earned hours

For international students

Applicants are required to have successful completion of high school with 2.5 GPA

English proficiency requirements (one of the following):

TOEFL IBT – 71; IELTS – 6.0; ELS – Level 109 PTE Academic – 52

We have rolling admission, which means we can admit students to WKU close to the start of each semester; however, we recommend that students apply at least two months before the start of their semester to ensure they have enough time to receive an I-20, student visa, housing, and scholarship information.

Application Deadline for Online option: Fall: April 1; Spring: September 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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