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."

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:

SciencecareersBiomedical Engineering
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.