The Advantages of Finishing Your BS Degree on a Physical Campus

Graduation 4.13bIf you are choosing where and how to finish your bachelor's degree, be sure to weigh all the pros and cons before choosing an online program. There are many advantages to finishing your degree on a physical campus that you may not have considered. This is especially true if you are thinking about a degree in the sciences or are preparing for a future health care career. 

For example, here are some of the great advantages National University's bachelor of biomedical science program has over online programs: 

  • Graduate level health science laboratories. Finishing an anatomy course in a real hands-on cadaver-based anatomy laboratory is much more rewarding than studying drawings, photographs or videos online. Additionally, National University in one of the few leading universities that has The Anatomage Table, a state-of-the-art, life-size 3-D anatomy visualization table that allows hands-on virtual dissection on several axes, and a visual library of actual cases and pathologies to explore.
  • Convenient evening classes and the freedom to design your own degree by choosing any combination of courses from our curriculum. Most of our students are able to finish their bachelor's degree in as few as 16 months.
  • Direct contact with your professors who also teach in our graduate level programs. Many of your instructors have experience as practicing physicians or health care professionals, and are happy to assist you with questions on how to meet your career goals.
  • One of the largest regional libraries dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.  Our Learning Resource Center has a collection of over 18,000 books, 153 print journal subscriptions, 15,000 electronic journals and e-books, and 43 bibliographic databases.
  • University amenities such as an on-campus fitness center and free health services at our on-campus integrative medical clinic. As a student, you'll receive care from our clinicians and interns in our graduate programs.
  • Participation in student organizations. Our campus hosts several hundred medical students in our professional programs. You'll find lots of on-campus clubs for professional development, social outings, networking opportunities and community service.

In addition to the advantages of our traditional campus, National University does have a selection of online courses that you can choose from to augment your on-campus program. The online options at National University give you more scheduling flexibility when you need it, and are taught by the same caliber of faculty you'll be learning from in your on-campus courses.

Come visit National University and see the advantages a real campus can offer you!

Science Can Be Beautiful!

The world of scientific study can be dazzlingly beautiful. Check out the winning photos from 40 years of Nikon's annual "Small World" contest winners on CNN. These images are captured by a light microscope and called "photomicrographs." The field of study that works to capture these images is "micrography." The photos are not only a form of art, but can capture and illuminate important scientific data about the subjects.

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If you can't get enough of micrography, here is a link to a listing of all the Nikon "Small World" galleries.

Campus Visit Day Gives a Taste of “Going Back to School”

Does going back to finish a bachelor's degree feel intimidating? Does it seem like an overwhelming decision - so overwhelming that you just keep putting it off?

A great remedy to cure your reservations about going back to school is to try a campus visit day or "student-for-a-day" experience.  Testing the college experience out for just a day is like dipping your toes in the water. You don't have to commit, but you can see if it feels comfortable, and you can have all your questions answered.

 ClassActually being on campus, meeting faculty and staff, and sitting in on a class, can dispel a lot of fear.  You'll probably be surprised how many other people, just like you, are deciding to go back and finish a four-year degree.  You'll also have a chance to see how much college may have changed since you left (e.g. new technology, Facebook groups, online course options).

National University of Health Sciences does a great job of immersing you in interactive and hands-on experiences during their Visit Day and Student For a Day events. We know you have lots of questions about course credits, financial aid, career opportunities, and how to fit our convenient evening classes into your already busy life. We understand what an important step going back to school can be, and provide as much support and information as possible to help you make the right decision.

There's no time like right now to set one day aside and experience National University. Our next Visit Day is Saturday, March 14, and we also have Student for a Day event scheduled for March 26th, and more throughout the year.


What is Kinesiology?

KinesiologySome science courses have strange names that you may have never heard before. Take "kinesiology" for example. What is it? Kinesiology is the physics of the human body, or how the body functions when it's in motion.

Terry Elder, DC, of National University, teaches kinesiology in the bachelor of biomedical science program. He says, "Kinesiology is the function of joints and muscles -- how the body works. It can prepare you very well for graduate health programs in virtually any field, whether you'll be studying medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, or any other health career degree."

For example, in Dr. Elder's class, you'll not only learn the names and locations of muscles, but also:

  • which muscles are active in what types of movements,
  • how they coordinate together,
  • which muscles contract and which muscles lengthen when you step forward,
  • how these different actions stabilize each other.

Kinesiology is crucial for those who are planning a career in sports medicine, orthopedics or chiropractic medicine. These are fields where professionals must keenly understand the cause and prevention of injury. For that reason, understanding anatomy is not enough. They have to know how different types of motion put stress on joints and muscles. You might say that kinesiology puts anatomy in motion so that we can gain a better understanding of how the human body is engineered.

At National University's bachelor of biomedical science program, you can study kinesiology as well as your choice of over over 40 courses in science, math, computer and communication subjects specifically designed to prepare you for a career in health care. 

NUHS Succeeds in Graduating More Women with a STEM Degree

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 sciences. 

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 successful program.


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 program:

  • The program is suitable for women who may not have completed a four-year degree due to family obligations or financial difficulty.
  • The evening courses fit into the schedules of women who are working or have daytime family responsibilities.
  • The program format is attractive to older career-changers or adult learners who want to complete a science degree and bring it into the workforce quickly. The program at NUHS can require as few as 16 months to complete.
  • The degree is flexible, in that students can choose any combination of science courses that fits into their future plans and individual interests.

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 science education. 

"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 Chicago area."

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 science field.