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.

Free & Fun Phone Apps for Biomedical Science Students

SmartphonesIf you just can't get enough science, you can turn your phone into a fun science learning resource through several free apps: 

iCell for iPhone and iPad, or Android
Gives a 3D view of various cells and their structures and organelles.

3D Brain for iPhone and iPad, or Android
Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures in the human brain. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research.

Speed Anatomy Quiz for iPhone and iPad, or Android
How fast can you point to your liver or gall bladder? Do you know the difference between, the sacrum and the manubrium? Speed Anatomy is an addictive game that tests your speed and challenges your knowledge of human anatomy.

Periodic Table of Elements for iPhone and iPad, or Android
No more wall charts necessary!

Gene Screen for iPhone and iPad
Teaches the basics of genetics, genetic diseases, and genetic screenings with helpful animations. 

Genetics for Medics for Android
A bit more advanced information on genetics, but hey, it's free!

Project Noahfor iPhone and iPad, or Android
Take a photo of a plant or animal in nature that you've spotted to keep a record of species, learn more about it, and contribute to planet-wide data collection.

Don't forget, National University of Health Sciences now has a mobile-friendly website too!

Why Finish Your College Degree? Here Are 51 Reasons!

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 list: 

  1. Be more qualified
  2. Make more money
  3. Demonstrate success
  4. Gain a competitive edge
  5. Meet higher expectations
  6. Switch fields
  7. Secure your future
  8. A better lifestyle
  9. Confidence builder
  10. Improve your social network
  11. Improve your discipline
  12. Improve your business network
  13. Learn from experts
  14. Learn to organize thoughts clearly
  15. Gain exposure to a wide array of topics
  16. Test your commitment and perseverance
  17. Start a tradition in your family
  18. Find your direction
  19. Build on a concentration
  20. Find others like you
  21. Take classes at home or work or anywhere
  22. Be yourself in a new environment
  23. Evening classes let you keep your job
  24. Online classes and flexible class scheduling
  25. Access the library system
  26. WiFi access on campus
  27. Free use of fitness center
  28. Join sports clubs
  29. Explore new career options
  30. Join student professional organizations
  31. Take some off-beat electives
  32. Learn valuable health tips
  33. Learn to debate and discuss subjects
  34. Switch or double your past college major
  35. Something to do after retirement
  36. Meet successful alumni
  37. Connect to classmates via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  38. It's not as expensive as you think
  39. Live on campus
  40. Reinvent yourself
  41. Create lasting memories
  42. Break out of your routine
  43. Access a computer resource center
  44. Learn to study and work on your own
  45. Learn to work with others
  46. Visit with professors
  47. Find a mentor or advisors.
  48. Get some spirit - attend a game
  49. Student parties and activities
  50. Student health services
  51. Guest visitors, lectures and speakers

Need more reasons to return to college? Contact us and we'll help you find all the reasons why completing a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences at NUHS is a great option for you.

Is Finishing Your College Degree Worth It?

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..."

2014-09-24_diplomaBased 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 same period.

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 even smarter!