Archive for tag: biomedical science

Career Spotlight - Toxicology

Among science careers, toxicology is perhaps the most diverse. This field can bring you into an endless variety of careers within environmental, agricultural, pharmaceutical and health organizations along with a long list of food and consumer product companies and even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Shutterstock _72141610This is because toxicology combines various different fields including biology, chemistry, pharmacology, medicine and nursing to study the safety and biological effects of drugs, chemicals, agents, and other substances on living organisms, most commonly humans, according to the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Because toxicologists are considered a type of "medical scientist," a bachelor in biomedical sciences degree from National University offers students the solid foundation in the basic sciences they need to succeed in this field. A BS degree includes classes in physiology, anatomy, epidemiology and biochemistry. At National University, you are also free to choose your own curriculum based on your future career plans.

Toxicologists make a median annual salary of about $82,000 and tend to have various levels of degrees including 50 percent with PhDs, 25 percent with master's degrees and 25 percent with bachelor's degrees, according to ACS.  

Toxicologists with bachelor's degrees can expect to spend most of their time in a laboratory while those with higher-level degrees might spend their time in an office planning experiments and interpreting data.

Earlier this year, Science Magazine featured a successful toxicologist who found her calling at the Hershey Company where she helps ensure the safety of the company's various types of candy. Originally, Alexandria Lau wanted to be a medical doctor. With her interest in science and medicine, she found toxicology was a better fit that still allowed her to positively impact people's health. Read more about her journey to a career in toxicology here.

What do you think about this diverse field? Does a career in toxicology sound like a right fit for you? 

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. 

Take Advantage of Campus Visit Day

Going back to school to finish your bachelor's degree may seem intimating and overwhelming at first. But if you're still on the fence, Campus Visit Day on March 4 can be an easy way to get started.

CVDOffered only twice a year, Campus Visit Day lets you test out the college experience for a day to see what feels comfortable. National University does a great job of immersing you in interactive and hands-on experiences during their Visit Day events. You'll get to enjoy a continental breakfast, a program overview, campus tour, a chance to meet current students and alumni, and learn the details about admissions, financial aid, housing, student clubs and much more. 

You will also get the chance to have all your questions answered. Part of the day includes a panel where current students get a chance to discuss their own experiences. One common theme among panels is the supportive communities within the individual programs. Students share study guides, organize study groups and encourage each other to take a break.

These kinds of activities along with the chance to meet faculty and staff can help dispel any fears and put you on the right track toward completing your degree. You'll probably be surprised how many other people, just like you, are deciding to go back and complete their bachelor's degree. 

We know you have lots of questions about course credits, financial aid, career opportunities and how to fit our convenient evening classes into your already busy life. We understand what an important step going back to school can be, and provide as much support and information as possible to help you make the right decision.

If this isn't enticing enough, National University offers a special tuition incentive that several students take advantage of. If you attend Campus Visit Day, you'll receive a $250 tuition credit for your first trimester! There is still time to register.

To hold your place for Campus Visit Day on March 4, register online, or call 1-800-826-6285. You will receive a confirmation packet with directions and a schedule of the day's events.

For questions or for more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-826-6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu

New law could increase opportunities for biomedical students

The academic and research community received some good news this week. If you've been considering a career in biomedical research, the future in innovation looks very bright!

BS ImageOn Dec. 13, President Obama signed a bill that will significantly help advance innovation in biomedical research. The bill will spend $6.3 billion on various medical research initiatives and makes regulatory changes designed to speed the approval of new drugs and medical devices.  

The bill, called the 21st Century Cures Act, has been a hot topic among news outlets as it will greatly impact and make changes to our current health care system. This amount of funding is significant and could mean much more grants and opportunity for those interested biomedical research.

In my last blog post, I discussed the already growing field of biomedical engineering--a career path that will certainly benefit from the passage of this bill. However, current biomedical science students could soon benefit, as well. A portion of the bill also encourages the creation of special initiatives and prizes for young scientists interested in certain kinds of research.

You too could be part of this shift toward more innovative healthcare. A great way to get started is with National University's biomedical science program, which allows students to tailor their degree to their specific goals and a variety of career opportunities. For questions or more information, call our Office of Admissions at 1-800-826-6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu.

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.