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Program Description

The SHP Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) degree program is a unique and flexible program designed specifically for associate degree/professionally prepared, credentialed health care professionals. The program recognizes and builds on previous academic course work as well as the allied health professional’s work experience. It combines interdisciplinary core course work and advanced courses within concentrations for the purpose of promoting and broadening health care professionals career opportunities in their chosen field. With the use of advanced technology and distance learning, the program provides the best possible academic environment conducive to meet the student’s needs.

The program is offered in partnership with two other New Jersey higher education institutions: Thomas Edison State University (TESU) and New Jersey City University (NJCU)*. These partners provide the general education, basic sciences, and liberal arts courses. SHP provides all of the health-related courses, including the interdisciplinary core of courses. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a Bachelor of Science degree, awarded jointly by Rutgers and NJCU* or TESU. Therefore, when applying to SHP, an applicant must also select the partner institution. All students are required to complete (1) NJCU’s or TESU’s general studies requirements, (2) a 15 credit on-line SHP Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Core, and (3) one area in the professional concentration component. All students must complete a practicum/internship in their concentration area.

* NOTICE: We are currently only admitting students to the BSHS with Thomas Edison State University (TESU). New Jersey City University (NJCU) is not currently accepting students to the BSHS.

Full-Time and Part-Time Status

The Program can be pursued on either a full or part-time basis, with up to eight (8) years allowed for completion. To maintain matriculation status, students must register for coursework during each regular fall and spring semester. Should a student choose not to register for a course during a fall or spring semester, the student must complete a Change in Students Status form. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.

Featured Tracks

Interdisciplinary Core

All students complete a 15-credit interdisciplinary core of courses. There is no prescribed sequence for taking the courses. The interdisciplinary core consists of the following:

IDST3400 Data Systems in Health Care

 3 credits

IDST3510 Principles of Scientific Inquiry

 3 credits

IDST4115 Health Care Organizations

 3 credits

IDST4150 Ethics of Healthcare

 3 credits

IDST4200 Cultural Issues in Health Care

 3 credits


Click here for descriptions of the interdisciplinary core courses and specialization courses.

Allied Dental Track


Dentist and assistant in exam room

The Allied Dental specialization is geared towards licensed dental hygienists and dental assistants who wish to obtain a bachelor’s degree.  Dental assistants must be graduates of an accredited, academic Dental Assisting program. The program is designed to prepare allied dental professionals for positions in dental management, teaching, sales and marketing, and research.

For more detailed information on the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program - Allied Dental specialization, click here.

Health Services Management Track


Doctors: Checking Test Results

The Health Services Management specialization is open to health related professionals and individuals who possess a minimum of an associate’s degree and desire to advance their career opportunities in health services management. All courses are offered online and are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters of the University.

For more information on the Health Services Management specialization, click here.

Imaging Sciences


The Imaging Sciences Specialization is designed for the Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist who desires to qualify for the American Association of Radiologic Technologists advanced certification in Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Mammography and/or Quality Assurance. With the bachelor’s degree and specialization, a wide array of career opportunities await the Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist.

For more information on the Imaging Sciences specialization and to obtain a copy of the brochure, click here.  

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Psychiatric Rehabilitation

The BSHS Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialization prepares health care professionals with the knowledge and skill competencies needed to assist individuals living with a serious mental illness. Program graduates are prepared to help these individuals live meaningful and productive lives, achieve their chosen recovery goals and effectively manage the challenges associated with their illness. Graduates obtain employment at a variety of community mental health programs. This degree program also seeks to prepare students for graduate study in rehabilitation counseling and other human service professions.

Many of the courses are offered through a web based course platform, and AS-PSRT graduates can complete the entire program on-line.

For more information, please email ProfessorWilliam Waynor at or call 856-566-7148.


Health Advocacy Concentration

The Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) Departments of Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST) and Newark College of Arts & Sciences (NCAS) are offering an exciting new concentration of studying in Health Advocacy for those pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) degree. Courses offered by NCAS are mostly campus-based, while courses offered by SHP are fully online.

Health Advocacy Concentration - The goal of the Advocacy concentration is to equip students with the skills necessary to eliminate or help patients navigate through common health care, social and community barriers and associated financial, legal, cultural and communication challenges.

For more information, email Professor Cheryl Bellamy at or call (973) 972-8512.

Aging Studies Concentration

The Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST) and Newark College of Arts & Sciences (NCAS) offers an exciting new concentration of study in Aging for those pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) degree. Courses offered by NCAS are mostly campus-based, while courses offered by SHP are fully online.

The goal of the Aging studies concentration is to prepare students with content for healthy living and management of disease in older adults; social policies for older adults; and knowledge, resources and skills to effectively care for the ever-growing aging population in our communities and beyond.

For more information, email Dr. Tracy Davis at or call (856) 566-2765

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