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

Complete Your Bachelor’s Degree in a Nationally Ranked, Online Program

We now offer an option for spring admission!

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.

Three Tracks for BS in Health Sciences

  • Aging: Gain the knowledge and skills to develop, manage, and provide services for the growing aging population.
  •  Health Care Management (formerly Health Services 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.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Degree Completion Program offers:

  • Enrollment in a university ranked #1 out of 582 schools in the nation in best colleges for health professions by College Factual
  • Solo degree options with Rutgers School of Health Professions
    • Healthcare Management
    • Aging
    • Psychiatric Rehabilitation
      • Associate of Science in Psychiatric Rehabilitation degree holders
      •  Non-Associate of Science in Psychiatric Rehabilitation degree holders
  • Joint degree options with Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Newark
  • Joint degree options with Thomas Edison State University
  • Fully online program with part-time and full-time options
  • Fall and spring admissions
  • A wealth of faculty experience
  • 15-week courses, with a limited number of courses offered in 8-week sessions

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.

“The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program provided me with the valuable knowledge I needed to succeed as a health professional. The rigorous coursework offered through the University helped to instill strong management and research skills that are invaluable to my career. The program has allowed me to branch out beyond the clinical side of health care and fulfill my goal to participate in laboratory and educational settings.” Kyle, class of 2019

“I quickly saw the commitment from the staff and faculty and felt that I was in good hands to receive the guidance and direction I needed. Divorced, with three children and a full-time job, I was not sure I could do it, but Professor Bellamy encouraged me. This amazing opportunity and experience has changed my life. Rutgers opened doors for me – best decision for my life, my professional life and my family.” Julie

Application deadline is July 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission

General Requirements

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

  • Health Professional with current licensure/registration, if applicable.
  • 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 for all tracks should be sent electronically to shpadm@shp.rutgers.edu.
  • Completed application.
  • Payment of application fee.

Additional Track Specific Requirements

Solo Degree Options

    • Minimum of an associate’s degree from an accredited allied health education program or university with an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Healthcare Management
    • Minimum of an associate’s degree from an accredited allied health education program or university with an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater
    • Completion of a minimum of 35 credits of required general education credits prior to admission to SHP, 6 credits may be taken prior to completion of the BSHS
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Tracks
    • Associate of Science in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Treatment (AS-PSRT) Degree Holder Track
      • A minimum of an associate’s degree in human services, addictions, psychiatric rehabilitation, or related concentrations from an accredited allied health education program or university with an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater
      • Two recommendations using the Recommender Form, with at least one from a college professor.
      • Completion of a minimum of 35 credits of required general education credits prior to admission to SHP, 6 credits may be taken prior to completion of the BSHS
    • Non-associate of science degree holder (non-AS-PSR)
      • For students with a background in the arts and sciences
      • Minimum of an associate’s degree from an accredited allied health education program or university with an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater
      • Two recommendations using the Recommender Form, with at least one from a college professor.

Joint Degree Option with Thomas Edison State University (TESU)

    • Minimum of a certificate or 30 credits from an accredited allied health education program or university with an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater.
    • Twelve credit TESU residency requirement
    • Minimum of a certificate or 30 credits from an accredited allied health education program or university with an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater.
    • Twelve credit TESU residency requirement

Joint Degree Option with Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences- Newark (NSAS)

    • Completion of the NSAS core curriculum including an 18 credit minor prior to Rutgers SHP admission in one of the following minors:
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
      • Anthropology
      • Cognitive Neuroscience
      • Economics
      • Legal Studies
    • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 or greater
    • Students with an interest in this track should contact the Pre-Professional Services Office at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences-Newark
    • Completion of the NSAS core curriculum including an 18 credit minor prior to Rutgers SHP admission in one of the following areas:
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
      • Anthropology
      • Cognitive Neuroscience
      • Economics
      • Legal Studies
    • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 or greater
    • Students with an interest in this track should contact the Pre-Professional Services Office at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences-Newark

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 Course Name Semester Offered
PSRT1101 Introduction to the Principles of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Fall
PSRT1102 Communication Techniques Fall
PSRT1103 Group Interventions for People with Disabilities Fall
PSRT2121 Community Resource Management Fall
IDST 3400 Data Systems in Healthcare Fall
BINF 3405 Management Principles in Healthcare Fall
IDST3500 Fundamental Statistics in the Health Sciences Fall
IDST3510 Principles of Scientific Inquiry in the Health Sciences Fall
PSRT4015 Wellness and Recovery Fall
PSRT4121 Case Management Approaches Fall
IDST4150 *Ethics of Healthcare Fall
PSRT4202 Supported Education Fall
IDST4300 Human Resource Management in Healthcare Fall
BINF4536 Healthcare Compliance I Fall
IDST4650 Quality Management in Healthcare Fall