Bachelor in health science degrees can stream a graduate into many different job roles within the health profession. It’s actually such a flexible degree that it present too many choices, in a sense. As you try to choose the right program and school, a good starting point is to make some decisions about whether you’re ultimate goal is a clinical job (like radiology technician or nurse) or a more mangerial type position. Generally speaking, Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in this area will focus more on giving you technical and clinical skills. A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Health Science, on the other hand, will tend to prepare you more for work in a hospital administrative office, an insurance company, or some other place where you may never walk into a room with an actual patient. (Click to a list of schools offering online degrees in health science)
Obviously, taking a degree program online will save you the room and board costs you would incur at a traditional campus-based school. If you’re willing to work harder to get your degree finished in a hurry, you may also find that the large online schools in particular tend to offer more accelerated programs, as well as “completion” type degrees that allow you to use any credits you may have earned previously toward a BA or BS. Completion degrees in health science are popular with students who already have an associates degree and some experience working in healthcare, but want to earn a credential that can help them get a more senior position.
Start By Thinking Locally
Your own state’s university is often the best place to start looking for a low-priced degree program, and you want to attend school in a physical classroom. But if your public university doesn’t offer the health science degree you want, you may be able to benefit from other state university systems around the country, which are very gradually starting to offer online degrees that do not involve a higher fee for out of state students.
Bachelor in health science degrees are a bit less widely available than, say, nursing degrees. As a result, it can take some extra effort to shop for the right program. But it’s a field that’s poised to offer a good level of opportunity over the long haul. According to Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), healthcare management jobs in the U.S. are expected to increase by about 16% from 2010 to 2020.
A Range Of Tuition Costs
Our research showed that there is not a huge number of affordable bachelor of health science degrees. Here’s a list of the online schools we found The estimated fees here are for the 2011 – 2012 school year, and do not include books and other costs unless otherwise noted.
Grand Canyon University is a private, for-profit school headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is ranked sixth among online colleges by the Online College Database. The school, which offers moderate tuition, has a very wide variety of online programs, including this health science specialty.
– Bachelor of Health Sciences – Professional Development and Advanced Patient Care
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Weber State University. Based in Odgen, UT, this is a school originally founded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but became part of the Utah public university sytem in the 1930’s. It’s not widely known nationally, but has a good sized student body of over 26,000. It offers about 20 online degree programs, and with a cost per credit of $212. is rated a “best buy” school for bachelors degrees by GetEducated.com.
– BS Health Services Administration
– BS Health Information Management
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