National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) is succeeding in
attracting women to its undergraduate science program. In fact,
NUHS is graduating a higher proportion of females compared to
males- an impressive 58% ‑ in its bachelor of science
degree (BS) completion program in biomedical
There is an overall shortage in the United States of students
majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
degrees, and a disproportionately small number of women in STEM degrees. That's why the number of
women choosing and graduating from the BS program at NUHS is
significant and may offer other schools ideas on how to structure a
The BS program at NUHS is designed for students who have already
completed an associate's degree, or equivalent college credit. It
is exceptionally rigorous in that the courses are taught in
graduate level facilities, often by graduate level faculty, with a
student peer group primarily aiming for admission to various
medical schools in the region.
Students in the NUHS BS program can choose from over 40 classes
in the biological sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics, or
computer and communications courses related to science careers.
Administrators at NUHS cite a number of possible reasons why a
high number of women both choose and successfully complete the
The BS program at NUHS is not identified with fields that are
stereotypically more or less attractive to females. (The
university's graduate and professional degree programs tend to
attract an even distribution of men and women.) The NUHS program is
not a technician or career placement degree such as one specific to
becoming a nurse, dietician or respiratory therapist, but rather a
general degree. This may actually be an advantage of the program.
The versatility of the degree could allow women who've discovered
an interest in science and health care later in life time to
explore and carefully consider where they want to go with their
"A high percentage of our graduates, both male and female, do
end up choosing a career in health care, either going on to
complete one of our professional degree programs, or applying to
dentistry, osteopathy, or medical degree programs," says Dr. Randy
Swenson, vice president for academic services at NUHS.
"However, some students use their bachelor's degree to enter into
public health careers, or research assistant jobs in the food or
pharmaceutical industry, both of which are large employers in the
National University of Health Sciences hopes that its program
may be a model for other undergraduate institutions seeking to
attract more female students in STEM majors. Educational advisors
or policy makers are welcome to schedule a visit to NUHS to see how
the program and facilities provide at attractive option for
students seeking to complete their undergraduate degree in a
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Statistics show that only 58% of those who start college finish
their four-year degree. Yet, no matter how long it's been since you
left college, there are several great reasons to finish your
bachelor's degree. In fact, the website collegetransfer.net assembled 51 good reasons
to return to college. Here's our adaptation of their
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degree in biomedical sciences at NUHS is a great option for
Perhaps you've heard that a college degree just isn't worth it
anymore. That's not true according to the latest statistics. Check
out a Huffington Post article by Joseph Pisani titled: "Yes, A College Degree Still Worth It..."
Based on a report released in June by
the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, two economists used federal
data to show that a person with a bachelor's degree can expect to
earn about $1.2 million more, from ages 22 to 64, than someone with
just a high school diploma. They also earn significantly more than
what a person with just an associate's degree would earn over that
The report said that between 1970 and 2013, those with a
four-year bachelor's degree earned an average of about $64,500 per
year, while those with a two-year associate's degree earned about
$50,000 per year and those with only a high school diploma earned
$41,000 per year.
So, if the nay-sayers are holding you back, don't let them.
Finishing your degree is one of the best investments you can make.
And finishing a bachelor's degree in biomedical science is
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