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."

High Paying Biomedical Science Careers

With a bachelor's degree in biomedical science, you can start any number of advanced degrees in health care, or find your future in other high-demand industries. Here are just a few examples of careers you may not have considered:

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Biomedical engineers can work in manufacturing, computer systems design, government agencies, physician's offices, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and more.  They can engage in fascinating work such as designing artificial organs and prosthetics that help extend people's lives and assist those who are injured.

Biomedical engineers earn a mean annual wage of $91,760 according to the US. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). You'll need a master's degree in biomedical engineering and/or some on the job training in addition to your biomedical science degree.

Biochemist or Biophysicist
Biochemists and Biophysicists normally have a PhD in order to work on independent research projects. Their median pay is $81,480 per year according to the BLS. They typically work in government or private sector research and development laboratories, studying the chemical and physical principles of processes such as cell development, growth, and heredity. An undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences is a perfect entry to advanced degrees in these fields.

Biomedical Informatics
Typically requiring a master's degree, this career uses math and informational techniques to solve biological problems. It can involve developing software and mathematical models for the health industry or scientific research. According to the New York Times, a health informatics analyst earns approximately $70,0000 per year.

As you can see, a BS in biomedical science is a very versatile degree. Whether your interest is in business, research, education or health care, the wide variety of courses at National University allow you to tailor your biomedical science program to fit your interests and goals.

Double Incentive for a Summer Visit to NUHS

SoakupphotoSummer is here and if you are thinking about finishing your bachelor's degree it's a great time to visit National University of Health Sciences. This summer we are offering a visit incentive program called,"Summer Soak Up." If you visit our campus between May and August 2015, you'll receive a $500 tuition credit for our undergraduate BS program. That is double our normal tuition incentive.

You can attend a group event, or plan an individual tour specific to your interests.  Our convenient Lombard campus is gorgeous this time of year, and you'll experience first hand our fantastic facilities, sample a class led by one of our dynamic faculty members, and see all the great amenities available to you to help you further your education and career goals.

So this summer, while you're soaking up the sunshine, don't forget to soak up the savings by visiting National University. Click here to schedule a visit, or call the Office of Admissions at 1-800-826-6285 or email for more information.

A Biomedical Science Degree - Springboard for an Exciting Career

A bachelor of biomedical science degree can be the start of a satisfying career in a wide variety of job sectors. 

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That's why a degree in biomedical sciences is so valuable: It is versatile in today's ever changing job market, and can support your qualifications for wherever your life's path take you.

Come explore how completing your bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences at National University can open more doors in your future.

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!