Undergraduate courses specially tailored for a health care career

If you've decided on a career in health care and are looking to complete your bachelor's degree, the unique curriculum at National University can give you a distinct advantage over most community and four-year colleges.

Anatomylab -2013_featureBiomedical sciences are the foundation of knowledge for all health care professionals. Unlike most undergraduate programs, curriculum at National University focuses solely on health care-related courses. Instead of studying plant or animal sciences not applicable to a health care career, your focus will be on human biology.

To further your understanding of the human body, biomedical science students also get the chance to work on real human cadavers. In Anatomy l, students learn about the musculoskeletal systems, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and skin. Anatomy II covers the chest and abdomen, lungs, heart, gastro-intestinal tract, and reproductive system. Students enrolled in the anatomy courses spend two hours each week in our gross-anatomy lab. They examine multiple cadavers to observe structures that they are discussing in classroom lectures. This also gives them a chance to observe differences between one body and another.

In addition to basic science courses in microbiology, physiology, and chemistry, students take courses in pathology, nutrition, immunology, epidemiology, and pharmacology.  These courses will help ensure that you are well prepared for medical school or any other health degree program you pursue upon graduation.

If you're interested in learning more about our coursework, come visit campus and speak with an admissions counselor. If you visit NUHS before the end of August, you'll receive a double tuition incentive during our  "Summer Soak Up." You will earn $500 toward your first trimester in our bachelor of biomedical science program. Call 1-800-826-6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu to arrange your visit.

Discover a new online resource for careers in science

If you're considering a career in biomedical sciences, it's important to stay up to date with evolving trends in the science industry. 

Student On GrassThe journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), has an online news center with a special science career section. This resource can be especially useful for finding career tips and learning more about the industry as a whole.

The site includes a variety of information on workforce issues, professional development and career-related policy. For example, a recent article on the site discusses the National Institutes of Health's Early Stage Investigator (ESI) Policy and how it is helping young scientists receive more grant funding.

You can also find columns written by practicing scientists with practical tips on how to have a successful career in science. There are a variety of career options for biomedical science graduates.  If you're wondering how many biomedical science jobs are available today, a job search tool allows you search for all new positions related to science. 

For example, we put the term "research" into the search engine and pulled up 1,365 job listings in scientific research from around the world. There's also a library of employer profiles, so that you can get to know some of the larger employers in the science industry.

You can even open an account on the site, post your resume, and get up-to-date job openings emailed to you. Your account allows you to make your resume and profile available to headhunters and employers in the science industry.

This site will help you imagine all the opportunities you'll be able to explore with your bachelor's degree in biomedical science from National University.

Fun Phone Apps for Biomedical Science Students

Cell phone and iPad apps are becoming increasingly handy and popular in hospitals and other health care facilities. If you're a biomedical science student or just interested in biology, many fun and interactive apps can be used as a learning resource. Chances are you might need them in the field too.

Here is an updated list of some of the best biomedical science apps available today:

Screen Shot 2017-06-01 At 9.20.08 AM3D 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.

Cell Defender for  Android

Learn about the different structures of a cell through an interactive game.  In this app, you play antibodies and help fight back attacking viruses that can make you sick.

Periodic Table of Elements for  iPhone and iPad or  Android

This app goes far beyond what a wall chart can do. This app allows you to see elements in their natural state and learn how each element is used in real life. You can even customize the app so you can get quick access to data.

Genetics 4 Medics for  iPhone and iPad or  Android

Meant to be used by students and clinicians alike, this app provides an in-depth understanding of genetic conditions. Basic genetic concepts and terminology is included too. 

iCell for  iPhone and iPad or  Android

This visually pleasing app provides a 3D view inside a variety of cell types including animal, plant and bacteria cells. You'll also learn about the various parts of a cell with the ability to drag and rotate the cell or selected organelle.

Bones Human 3D for  Android

If you're going into a health science field, understanding human anatomy is crucial. This app contains a complete location and descriptions of human bones. It allows you to manipulate the model, rotate the camera and also color codes.

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.

Summer Soak Up incentive starts May 1

If you're considering a career in health care, there is no better time than now to explore the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program at National University. For the summer only, NUHS is offering a visit incentive program called Summer Soak Up!

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If you visit the campus between May and August, you'll receive double the tuition credit normally offered. For the bachelor of biomedical science program, students will receive a $500 tuition credit toward their first trimester. However, this is a limited time offer for summer visitors only.

Throughout the summer, National University will host multiple visit events during the week. The Student for a Day events for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program are offered on May 25, June 15 and July 14. This event allows you to get a first-hand understanding of what it's like to be a student at National University. You will experience an extended visit in which you will be able to:

• Sit in on a class lecture
• Shadow a clinic intern or clinician
• Enjoy lunch with current students and faculty
• Meet with admissions and financial aid representatives
• Tour the campus and university housing

National University is a great place to start your journey into healthcare.  If you're unable to attend a group event, you can plan an individual tour specific to your interests. The Illinois campus is beautiful this time of year, allowing you to combine your visit with sightseeing in the Chicagoland area.

For more information, visit Summer Soak Up, call the Office of Admissions at 800-826-6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu.

Pathway to a career in health care

Over half of the  "100 Best Jobs" are in health care, health care support or science, according to U.S. News & World Report. So while a career in health care is a no-brainer, a bigger challenge is choosing the specific profession that's right for you. How and where should you pursue the required education? What kind of career opportunities will there be? These can be daunting questions for anyone.

Teachers And Student With MicroscopeIf you're considering a career in health care, your undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences can be a great place to start. This degree puts you on the path toward a career in health care. While you're completing your degree, you can continue to explore your next health care move.

At National University, you will be at the same campus as students who are earning their advanced degrees in several health care fields. This type of environment will allow you to explore your options much more in-depth.

You can choose from graduate programs in chiropractic medicine (DC), naturopathic medicine (ND) and oriental medicine (MSOM) and acupuncture (MSAc). With more Americans choosing complementary and alternative medicine treatments (about 4 in 10, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), it is an exciting field to be in. An additional advantage is that Bachelor of Biomedical Science students at NUHS can save up to a year off their education by combining a BS with either a DC or an ND degree.

You also have the option of earning your doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree from our Florida site. National University's program is offered at the St. Petersburg College located near Tampa Bay, an area experiencing some of the highest demand for health care workers, according to ABC News.

National University's BS degree is an excellent gateway to a prospering career in healthcare. Contact Undergraduate Admissions Counselor Deb Cascio at dcascio@nuhs.edu or (630) 889-6577 to learn more.