Chicago area home to many health care opportunities

One of the great things about earning a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences at National University of Health Sciences is that it opens the doors to other advanced degrees in health care along with careers in education, research, sales, medical practice, hospitals and institutions.

11_28_08 Chicago Sky LineNo matter what career in the health care field you're interested in, the Chicago area, where National University is located, is a great place to start. It is home to one of the largest health care communities in the country with over 120 hospitals and hundreds of area clinics, giving you countless opportunities to pursue various types of health care careers.

Chicago's prominence in the health care industry only continues to grow. Highlighting this, the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC), an innovative research and education collaboration, recently received a $21 million donation renewal from the Searle Funds at Chicago Community Trust. 

The money will help fund additional biomedical research along with Chicago-area forums for academic and industry scientists to discuss entrepreneurship and commercialization of their ideas and research.

This type of funding is just one example of the support that exists for this important field in the Chicago area. It will also ensure that Chicago remains a thriving center for health sciences innovation. Beyond NUHS, students can expect many local opportunities to pursue as they continue their careers in health sciences.

For those interested in medical practice, Chicago's sprawling metropolitan area will allow you to tap into the third largest potential patient population in the country. With over 2.6 million people living in Chicago and over 4 million in the metropolitan area, your potential patient base is both immense and diverse. 

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science program, which allows you to complete your degree in as little as 16 months, puts you on the fast track toward pursing your choice of health care field. For a full-list of career opportunities available for those with a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences degree visit the NUHS website. For questions or more information, call our Office of Admissions at 800-826-6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu.

 

New law could increase opportunities for biomedical students

The academic and research community received some good news this week. If you've been considering a career in biomedical research, the future in innovation looks very bright!

BS ImageOn Dec. 13, President Obama signed a bill that will significantly help advance innovation in biomedical research. The bill will spend $6.3 billion on various medical research initiatives and makes regulatory changes designed to speed the approval of new drugs and medical devices.  

The bill, called the 21st Century Cures Act, has been a hot topic among news outlets as it will greatly impact and make changes to our current health care system. This amount of funding is significant and could mean much more grants and opportunity for those interested biomedical research.

In my last blog post, I discussed the already growing field of biomedical engineering--a career path that will certainly benefit from the passage of this bill. However, current biomedical science students could soon benefit, as well. A portion of the bill also encourages the creation of special initiatives and prizes for young scientists interested in certain kinds of research.

You too could be part of this shift toward more innovative healthcare. A great way to get started is with National University's biomedical science program, which allows students to tailor their degree to their specific goals and a variety of career opportunities. For questions or more information, call our Office of Admissions at 1-800-826-6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu.

Career Spotlight - Biomedical Engineering

In the biomedical engineering field, innovation is a constant part of the job. Biomedical engineers are always looking for the next best way to treat injuries and diseases. For example, in a groundbreaking study, University of Minnesota biomedical engineers recently created artificial blood vessels capable of growth. The new vessel grafts, if confirmed in humans, could significantly help children with congenital heart defects.

Females In Lab With Chemicals 2Through this kind of exciting research, biomedical engineers help treat injuries and diseases and can even save lives. They frequently mix engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, surrogate devices and software used in health care. They also perform research in artificial internal organs and design machines for diagnosing medical problems.

Because of the aging baby boomer population, there is an increasing need for the innovative research biomedical engineers provide. Employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow at an accelerated pace of 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There are several fields of specialization:

  • Biomaterials - Creates natural or laboratory-designed materials for implantation
  • Bio-instrumentation - Utilizes electronics, computer science, and robotics surgery to diagnose and treat a disease
  • Biomechanics - Utilizes thermodynamics to solve medical problems
  • Clinical engineering - Optimizes medical technology in the healthcare sector
  • Rehabilitation engineering - Develops devices to restore physical and cognitive impairments
  • Systems physiology - Engineers tools to study the anatomy of living organisms

Build Your Own Biomedical Science Degree Program

Biomedical engineering is one of many career and advanced degree options you can pursue with a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences. The customizable program offered at National University allows students to select from any of our 40+ classes and develop curriculum to specifically fit your future plans--including the biomedical engineering specialties listed above.

The program is flexible as well, allowing you to complete your degree in our evening program, which is designed for students with a 2-year degree or previous college credits or those who wish to complete their education at National University.  

For questions or more information about the biomedical science program at NUHS, call our Office of Admissions at 1-800-826-6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu.

Take Advantage of Campus Visit Day

November 5, 2016 is National University's Campus Visit Day!

Offered only twice a year, the campus visit day offers a great opportunity for prospective students to experience the various programs the university offers. If you are considering finishing your bachelor's degree in biomedical science--which widely opens up your career options in various fields--you won't want to miss attending for Campus Visit day on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

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What Happens at Campus Visit Day?

You'll start the day with a continental breakfast, then enjoy a program overview, campus tour, a chance to meet current students and alumni, and learn the details about admissions, financial aid, housing and much more. You'll also enjoy lunch, meet student clubs, faculty and staff on campus.

If this isn't enticing enough, NUHS offers a special tuition incentive that several students take advantage of.  If you attend Campus Visit Day, you'll receive a $250 tuition credit for your first trimester!  Space is limited, so you'll want to register as early as possible.

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How to Register

To hold your place for Campus Visit Day, register online, or call 1-800-826-6285. You will receive a confirmation packet with directions and a schedule of the day's events.

For questions or for more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-826-6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu

Need more reasons to complete your Bachelor of Science degree?

A bachelor degree in Biomedical Science, such as the one offered at National University of Health Sciences, provides many future career options, including in the field of health care. 

Here are some reasons why you might want to complete your degree in BS.

  • 28 out of the U.S. News & World Report 2016 "100 Best Jobs" are in health care, health care support or science.
  • A 2014 Federal Reserve Bank of New York report shows that those with a bachelor's degree can expect to earn $1.2 million more from the ages of 22 -- 64 than someone with just a high school diploma.12016-09-30_lab
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), health, and business majors are the highest paying, leading to average annual wages of $37,000 or more at the entry level and an average of $65,000 or more annually over the course of a recipient's career.2
  • Entry-level college-educated workers aged 21-14 with Health Majors earn a median of $41,000 annually. For ages 25-59, this jumps to $65,000 annually.3
  • Median annual wages of college-educated workers with biology and life sciences majors (ages 25-50) $56,000.4
  • Georgetown University projects 5.6 million jobs in the healthcare sector by 2020, 82% of which will require postsecondary education.5

Visit National University and explore how completing your bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences on our campus can open more doors in your future. Call the Office of Admissions at 1-800-826-6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu for more information.

Sources:

1: 2014, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

2,3,4,5: 2015, The Economic Value of College Majors, Georgetown University