Holiday Science Research

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, here are some biomedical scientists from an Australian University who are working hard to explain how Santa can travel so fast, fit down chimneys, and why Rudolph's nose glows!


Need Just One Science Course – Not a Degree? We Can Do That!

2013-11-26_anatomylabDo you need just one or two science courses? Perhaps you already have a bachelor's degree but need an anatomy course to get into medical school. Or maybe your boss at the hospital wants you to take a brush-up course in medical terminology for that promotion. 

The great thing about National University of Health Sciences is that you don't have to enroll in its B.S. degree program if you only need one or two undergraduate courses. NUHS offers both a "student at large" and prerequisite program that allow you to earn just the credits you need. - even if it's just one course.

Choosing a National University science course is often a better alternative to a community college or online program.  The courses are often priced the same, but the campus and parking are more convenient and classes start three times per year with plenty of openings.  You'll learn in actual medical school facilities, often from professionals in the field: This gives you an edge when taking what you learn to graduate school or the workplace. National University's student body is also a very high caliber since the majority of those enrolled are preparing for graduate degrees.

"One advantage to applying for our prerequisite program versus our student at large program," says Deb Cascio, NUHS undergraduate coordinator, "is that you can then qualify for discounted tuition if you also apply to one of our first professional degree programs."

If you need just one or two college level science courses, of if you are an employer in a science or health industry and are looking for an excellent resource for employee education, call Deb Cascio at 630-889-6577 or email for more information on which enrollment track is right for you.

Halloween Biomedical Science Quiz

This Friday night is our Halloween Party at National University. It's one of the many campus events where our bachelor of biomedical science students can meet and mingle with students in our graduate health professional degree programs.

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If you can't make the party, here's a little taste of holiday fun: See if you can pass our Halloween biomedical science quiz!

1.) A spider's web is made of what chemical substance?              

a. protein
b. starch
c. sugar
d. lipid or fat

2.) Vampire bats are:

       a. real    
       b. imaginary

3.)The average lifespan of the common little brown bat is:

a. 4 years  
b. 10 years    
c. 32 years

4.) Bats navigate and move through the night using: 

a. sonar  
b. radar  
c. infrared  
d. night vision

5.) A pumpkin's orange pigment is what chemical compound or substance? 

a. flavanoid   
b. carotene   
c. chlorophyll

6.) A toadstool is a type of:

a. frog 
b. mushroom 
c. kettle 
d. bottle

7.) A human skeleton is what kind of skeleton?

a. exoskeleton 
b. endoskeleton

8.) Another name for the skull of a skeleton is:

a. android 
b. branium 
c. cranium 
d. deltoid

9.) The skeleton of humans is made of what chemical compound?

a. sodium and potassium chloride
b. calcium carbonate 
c. calcium chloride 
d. calcium phosphate

10.) What special chemical is needed for "bioluminescence" and permits the fireflies to light or glow?

a. ATP plus luciferan  
b. glucose  
c. fructose  
d. starch  
e. NAD


Answers:  1. Protein, 2. Real, 3. 32 years, 4. Sonar, 5. Carotene, 6. Mushroom, 7. Endoskeleton, 8 Cranium, 9. Calcium Phosphate, 10. ATP plus luciferan

Fast-Track to a Graduate Degree for NUHS BS Students

DiplomaNow bachelor of biomedical science students at National University can shave up to one year off their career education by combining a BS with either a doctor of chiropractic or doctor of naturopathic medicine degree. 

In the university's new Advanced Scholars Program, the science courses you take in the first year of your DC or ND program will also count toward completion of your bachelor of biomedical science degree. That means you'll earn both your undergraduate and a first professional degree while saving up to one full year of time and tuition costs!

"We've created a way for capable students to enter a graduate level physician program earlier, which can get them on a faster track to a rewarding career in health care," says Deb Cascio, coordinator of undergraduate recruitment at NUHS. "Specific credit, coursework and GPA requirements are necessary to qualify for the program. We're here to help advise current BS students on what they'll need to apply to this new program, as well as those seeking to enter NUHS specifically for this fast-track option."

The new fast-track option is attractive to many students, as slightly over half of NUHS' BS students already plan to apply for one of the institution's graduate degrees. "The Advanced Scholars Program allows them to enter the graduate program one year sooner, and still receive their bachelor of biomedical science degree," says Deb Cascio.

For more information, you can call Deb Cascio at 1-800-826-6285 or email

Bachelor of Biomedical Science Program Celebrates 10 Years!

ClassIn 2005, National University of Health Sciences welcomed the first class into its bachelor of biomedical science degree completion program. This year it is celebrating the program's 10-year anniversary.

Initially offering 12 courses, the program now offers a full selection of over 56 courses in a variety of sciences and health career studies. Students can select from traditional laboratory science courses such as anatomy, physiology, chemistry and physics, or branch out into specialized classes such as sports performance nutrition, medical Spanish or diagnostic art.

"One milestone over the last decade was the addition of an optional emphasis in nutrition," says Dr. Randy Swenson, vice president for academic services who helped create the program and remains dean of the NUHS College of Allied Health Sciences. "We plan to add additional emphases over the next two years and are exploring accreditation for additional undergraduate health science degrees."

The bachelor's program at NUHS grew out of the university's prerequisite program that offered courses to students needing specific credits for entry into NUHS professional programs. "By adding a BS program, we knew we would recruit even more students into our professional programs," says Dr. Swenson.

"A large number of our BS students do enter our chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and oriental medicine programs. But we have progressively expanded the number of students who are here seeking a bachelor's degree for entry into other professional programs in nearby medical schools," says Dr. Swenson.

Previous BS graduates from NUHS have been accepted into physician assistant programs, doctor of osteopathy programs, medical school, dental school, advanced nursing programs, and academic master's degree programs in the sciences. Others have entered careers in health care related industries such as the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and medical equipment fields.

"A bachelor of biomedical science degree is so valuable precisely because it is so versatile," says Dr. Swenson. "Instead of limiting their future choices, our grads find a wealth of opportunities open to them."

"Our university is uniquely positioned to offer the advantages of graduate level faculty and facilities to our undergraduate students," says NUHS President Joseph Stiefel. "In turn, our undergraduate students receive exceptional preparation for success in science and health care careers. The university benefits greatly when these students bring their NUHS degrees into their chosen fields and demonstrate the superior quality of their education."