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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 have extended our application deadline to July 31 for a fall semester start.

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.

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

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
  • Fall and Spring admission

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.

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

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.

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
IDST4150 *Ethics of Healthcare Fall
PSRT4202 Supported Education Fall
IDST4300 Human Resource Management in Healthcare Fall
BINF4536 Healthcare Compliance I Fall
IDST4650 Leadership in the Health Professions Fall
IDST4700 Approaches to the Older Adult Fall
IDST4710 Managing Diseases in the Older Adult Fall
PSRT5155 Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Fall
PSRT1204 Clinical Principles in Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Treatment Spring
PSRT2121 Community Resource Management Spring
PSRT2231 Emerging Topics in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Treatment Spring
PSRT4040 Psychology of Aging 101 Spring
IDST4100 Introduction to Interprofessional Practice Spring
IDST4115 Healthcare Organizations Spring
IDST4200 *Cultural Issues in Healthcare Spring
PSRT4203 Supported Employment Spring
IDST4310 Patient Advocacy and Healthcare Spring
IDST4340 Perspectives on Death and Dying Spring
BINF4537 Healthcare Compliance II Spring
IDST4550 Leadership in Health Professions Spring
IDST4720 Social and Healthcare Policy for the Older Adults Spring
IDST5110 Health Services Issues and Trends Spring
PSRT5155 Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Spring
IDST5420 Designing & Planning Research Projects in the Health Sciences Spring
IDST4400 Health Services Practicum Spring, Summer, Fall
IDST4409 Health Services Practicum Spring, Summer, Fall
BINF3301 Classification and Reimbursement Systems Summer
IDST3410 Medical Terminology for Health Professionals Summer
IDST4116 Healthcare Finance & Budgeting Summer
IDST4230 Health Promotion and Aging Summer
PSRT4271 Role of Families in Rehabilitation Summer

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

Joint degree with Thomas Edison State University

The solo degree option is available for those applicants entering with 41 general education credits.

Course requirements

The solo degree option is available for those applicants entering with 30 general education credits.  Applicants must have satisfied the SHP General Education Requirements prior to matriculating.

Joint degree with Thomas Edison State University

Course requirements

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

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Psychiatric Rehabilitation