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Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science

Program Overview

The health care industry is exploding—and BJU’s health sciences program is perfectly positioned to help you become a skilled, compassionate health care professional.

You’ll gain a holistic view of health as your professors help you connect the dots from class to class. You’ll also be challenged think through complicated issues and apply biblical ethics to real-world questions before you enter your field.

As you choose one of the seven concentrations, you’ll be able to create a program customized for your health career goals—and find a world of opportunities open to you when you graduate.

Your Future

Jobs

With the science knowledge, research skills and lab experience BJU provides, our graduates are prepared for countless opportunities. A health science degree can lead to hundreds of careers in the scientific and medical fields, including positions in hospitals, outpatient facilities, medical labs, research institutes, and industry and forensics labs. While there isn’t one main career path that health science prepares you for, it will prepare you for your next step, whether that’s graduate school or employment.

  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Health Services Administration
  • Physician Assistant
  • Chiropractic
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Public Health
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Radiologic Technology
  • Medical Sonography
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Surgical Technology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Food Science
  • Nutrition

Career Support

BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on CareerCentral, our online placement service.

In addition, over 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs. The Career Services office also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.

8 of the top 10 jobs in 2018 are in the health care field.

(U.S. News & World Report)

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Learning Experience

With more than 100 distinct health care careers in the world today, the health care industry is incredibly broad, and finding your way to the right career can be challenging. BJU’s health sciences program is specifically designed to help you navigate to the career of your choosing. This program also provides excellent preparation for a wide variety of graduate and professional programs including health services administration, optometry, pharmacy, and physical and occupational therapy programs.

Your first semester you’ll start by taking a broad survey of the health care industry. This course will survey present career options, explore emerging fields and, most importantly, help you map out a path to the career you wish to pursue. You’ll also partner with a faculty advisor for your entire four years of study, and he or she will work closely with you to choose electives focused on achieving your academic and career goals.

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Available Concentrations

General

Health Care Administration

Pre-Nutrition

Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Physician Assistant

Public Health/Global Health

BJU Core

To effectively minister as a medical professional, you need more than just math and science skills. Core courses like Bible, communication and philosophy will equip you to compassionately work with people from all walks of life.

Electives

We’ve designed the health sciences program to be extraordinarily flexible. Besides an abundance of biology, chemistry, and health care electives, there are additional credits of electives so you can tailor your preparation to your intended career. You’ll work closely with your advisor to customize your program.

Faculty Spotlight

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Jessica Minor holds degrees in biology and bioethics and a PhD in health care ethics. Joining the BJU faculty in 2014, she is passionate about both medical ethics and the medical field. She is also a member of the St. Francis Hospital Ethics Committee.

Courses/Objectives

Program Objectives

Each student will:

  • Develop a philosophy of health science practice that is biblically sound, scientifically supported, and consistent with best practices in the field.
  • Describe the foundational relationships that exist between structures, processes, and information in biological systems.
  • Apply the relationships between anatomy and physiology of the human body, and make correct predictions of the failure of homeostatic mechanisms.
  • Apply the fundamental principles of chemistry, especially as they relate to the health sciences.
  • Apply the principles of health and health promotion, especially as they relate to the health care system.

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