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B.S. in Health Sciences – Degree Completion Program for Health Care Professionals

You have earned your associate’s degree and want to advance in your health care career. Now is the time to complete your bachelor’s degree in a nationally ranked, online program at Rutgers University. Offered by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, the degree builds on previous academic coursework or employment experience in a health care profession. The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Program is designed for those who have an interest in healthcare or are already a member of the healthcare team. The Program provides a strong foundation in health science courses which will allow the future graduate to advance professionally in healthcare management, gerontology and psychiatric rehabilitation.

3 tracks:

  • Aging: Gain the knowledge and skills to develop, manage, and provide services for the growing aging population.
  •  Health Care Management: Gain the expertise to plan, coordinate, and manage medical and health services within a health care organization.
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Learn to assist individuals living with a serious mental illness by helping them live meaningful and productive lives, achieve their recovery goals, and effectively manage the challenges associated with their illness.

Please note: we are no longer admitting to the allied dental track of the BSHS.


Contact the Office of Admissions: at 973-972-5454 or the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelors Program in Health Sciences at 908 889-2517 or

Our program offers:

  • A wealth of faculty experience
  • The option of three specialized tracks (we are no longer admitting to the allied dental track of the BSHS):
  1.  Aging
  2. Health Care Management
  3. Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • 15-week courses, with a limited number of courses offered in 8-week sessions
  • Enrollment in a university ranked #1 out of 582 schools in the nation in best colleges for health professions by College Factual
  • A top 10 online BSHS program as ranked by 2017

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, students will be able to:

  • Compare, contrast, and apply the common theories and methods used in making value decisions in ethical situations in health care.
  • Communicate and collaborate with the health care team to facilitate the attainment of common goals.
  • Analyze and propose strategies to resolve problems within health care organizations.
  • Effectively access, manage, and utilize scientific, health care and patient/client information while respecting the ownership and privacy of sources.
  • Critically evaluate the various types of published scientific literature, including clinical trials, reviews, and case studies.
  • Describe cultural diversity in the delivery of healthcare.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of data systems and computer applications in the clinical, administrative and/or educational settings of the healthcare system.

Employment in health care occupations is projected to rise 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015. This anticipated growth is due to an aging population and increased access to healthcare insurance for individuals.

Rutgers is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-based membership association dedicated to promoting standards of excellence and improvement in higher education.

Contact the Office of Admissions: at 973-972-5454 or the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelors Program in Health Sciences at 908 889-2517 or

Admissions deadline is July 1

To apply to the Bachelor‘s Program in Health Sciences, you must meet the following requirements and provide the following documents:

  • Minimum of a certificate or associate’s degree from an accredited allied health education program or university with an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater (For the Psychiatric Rehabilitation track, courses in human services, addictions, psychiatric rehabilitation, or related concentrations a 3.0 or greater is required).
  • Health Professional with current licensure/registration, if applicable.
  • Two recommendations using the Recommender Form (for Psychiatric Rehabilitation track only, with at least one from a college professor).
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended.
  • In a maximum of 500 words, please tell us your educational and career goals. We are especially interested to learn why you have chosen the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, and why you believe you are a good fit for this program. The essay is completed as part of the online application.
  •  Resume should be sent electronically to
  • Completed application.
  • Payment of application fee.


Contact the Office of Admissions: at 973-972-5454 or the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelors Program in Health Sciences at 908 889-2517 or

Our program offers an inter-professional core of courses and a specialized area of concentration tailored to your career path.

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

Course Number (IDST) Course Name Semester Offered
3400 Data Systems in Healthcare Fall
3500 Fundamential Statistics in the Health Sciences Fall
3510 Principles of Scientific Inquiry in the Health Sciences  Fall
4117 Health Services Management Fall
4140 Educational Methodology for the Allied Health Professions Fall
4150 *Ethics of Healthcare Fall
4300 Human Resource Management in Healthcare Fall
4650 Quality & Leadership in Healthcare Fall
4700 Approaches to the Older Adult Fall
4710 Managing Diseases in the Older Adult Fall
4100 Introduction to Interprofessional Practice Spring
4115 Healthcare Organizations Spring
4200 *Cultural Issues in Healthcare Spring
4310 Patient Advocacy and Healthcare Spring
4340 Perspectives on Death and Dying Spring
4550 Leadership in Health Professions Spring
4720 Social and Healthcare Policy for the Older Adults Spring
5420 Designing & Planning Research Projects in the Health Sciences Spring
4400 Health Services Practicum Spring, Summer, Fall
4409 Health Services Practicum Spring, Summer, Fall
3410 Medical Terminology for Health Professionals Summer
4116 Healthcare Finance & Budgeting Summer
4230 Health Promotion and Aging Summer

August 13, 2019
*8-week course

IDST4100 Introduction to Interprofessional Education

 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

Course requirements

Associate of Science in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Treatment (AS-PSRT) Degree Holder Track

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Psychiatric Rehabilitation – Holder of either an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) Degree in an Allied Health Degree Program in a related field

Contact the Office of Admissions: at 973-972-5454