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

Career Spotlight - Biomedical Engineering

In the biomedical engineering field, innovation is a constant part of the job. Biomedical engineers are always looking for the next best way to treat injuries and diseases. For example, in a groundbreaking study, University of Minnesota biomedical engineers recently created artificial blood vessels capable of growth. The new vessel grafts, if confirmed in humans, could significantly help children with congenital heart defects.

Females In Lab With Chemicals 2Through this kind of exciting research, biomedical engineers help treat injuries and diseases and can even save lives. They frequently mix engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, surrogate devices and software used in health care. They also perform research in artificial internal organs and design machines for diagnosing medical problems.

Because of the aging baby boomer population, there is an increasing need for the innovative research biomedical engineers provide. Employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow at an accelerated pace of 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There are several fields of specialization:

  • Biomaterials - Creates natural or laboratory-designed materials for implantation
  • Bio-instrumentation - Utilizes electronics, computer science, and robotics surgery to diagnose and treat a disease
  • Biomechanics - Utilizes thermodynamics to solve medical problems
  • Clinical engineering - Optimizes medical technology in the healthcare sector
  • Rehabilitation engineering - Develops devices to restore physical and cognitive impairments
  • Systems physiology - Engineers tools to study the anatomy of living organisms

Build Your Own Biomedical Science Degree Program

Biomedical engineering is one of many career and advanced degree options you can pursue with a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences. The customizable program offered at National University allows students to select from any of our 40+ classes and develop curriculum to specifically fit your future plans--including the biomedical engineering specialties listed above.

The program is flexible as well, allowing you to complete your degree in our evening program, which is designed for students with a 2-year degree or previous college credits or those who wish to complete their education at National University.  

For questions or more information about the biomedical science program at NUHS, call our Office of Admissions at 1-800-826-6285 or email

Take Advantage of Campus Visit Day

November 5, 2016 is National University's Campus Visit Day!

Offered only twice a year, the campus visit day offers a great opportunity for prospective students to experience the various programs the university offers. If you are considering finishing your bachelor's degree in biomedical science--which widely opens up your career options in various fields--you won't want to miss attending for Campus Visit day on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 9:00am to 2:00pm.


What Happens at Campus Visit Day?

You'll start the day with a continental breakfast, then enjoy a program overview, campus tour, a chance to meet current students and alumni, and learn the details about admissions, financial aid, housing and much more. You'll also enjoy lunch, meet student clubs, faculty and staff on campus.

If this isn't enticing enough, NUHS 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!  Space is limited, so you'll want to register as early as possible.


How to Register

To hold your place for Campus Visit Day, 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

Need more reasons to complete your Bachelor of Science degree?

A bachelor degree in Biomedical Science, such as the one offered at National University of Health Sciences, provides many future career options, including in the field of health care. 

Here are some reasons why you might want to complete your degree in BS.

  • 28 out of the U.S. News & World Report 2016 "100 Best Jobs" are in health care, health care support or science.
  • A 2014 Federal Reserve Bank of New York report shows that those with a bachelor's degree can expect to earn $1.2 million more from the ages of 22 -- 64 than someone with just a high school diploma.12016-09-30_lab
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), health, and business majors are the highest paying, leading to average annual wages of $37,000 or more at the entry level and an average of $65,000 or more annually over the course of a recipient's career.2
  • Entry-level college-educated workers aged 21-14 with Health Majors earn a median of $41,000 annually. For ages 25-59, this jumps to $65,000 annually.3
  • Median annual wages of college-educated workers with biology and life sciences majors (ages 25-50) $56,000.4
  • Georgetown University projects 5.6 million jobs in the healthcare sector by 2020, 82% of which will require postsecondary education.5

Visit National University and explore how completing your bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences on our campus can open more doors in your future. Call the Office of Admissions at 1-800-826-6285 or email for more information.


1: 2014, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

2,3,4,5: 2015, The Economic Value of College Majors, Georgetown University

Undergraduates Working with Real Cadavers at NUHS

When you study Anatomy I and II at National University of Health Sciences, you'll work with pre-dissected cadavers in the graduate level gross anatomy laboratory.

Bachelor of science students who are enrolled in anatomy courses spend two hours each week in the lab.  During that time, they examine multiple cadavers to observe structures that they are discussing in classroom lectures. Seeing multiple cadavers also gives them a chance to observe differences between one body and another.


The instructor and an assistant are on hand to help students work with the cadavers, and are available to answer questions.  In addition, the lab is equipped with a smart board, camera and digital monitors, so the instructor can share a cadaver observation with the entire class.

Most other undergraduate anatomy programs combine the study of anatomy with physiology in a standard "A&P" course. Some schools may offer only one course in anatomy that covers the entire body. National University is unique in that it offers not only one, but two highly detailed courses in anatomy: Anatomy l, covering the musculoskeletal systems, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and skin; Anatomy II covering the chest and abdomen, lungs, heart, gastro-intestinal tract, and reproductive system.

"The human anatomy lab is one of the reasons I moved here from Canada to finish my bachelor's degree at NUHS," says Reza Danesh, who is working toward a career as a DO or MD in the future.

Studying anatomy in a cadaver lab provides a much deeper level of detail than most community or four-year colleges. The National University format provides much better preparation for students who are preparing for medical school and professional health degree programs.

When you visit campus at NUHS, you can ask for a tour of our anatomy lab. And, 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 to arrange your visit.