1. Advance in your current role
Current allied health professionals who hold a diploma or associate degree in their specialty may seek a bachelor’s degree to advance in their field. Respiratory therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapy assistants, surgical technologists, medical assistants, medical office assistants, and many other types of healthcare workers may be required to complete a bachelor’s degree to advance to higher positions in their department.
Keep in mind job titles and specific roles and responsibilities will vary by employer, and there may be additional training/certification required for the job beyond a degree.
However—the broad educational scope of a career-focused health science program provides a strong foundation across healthcare specialties, making it a flexible option for bachelor’s degree completion. Class topics include wellness and health promotion, medical law and ethics, social, behavioral and cultural aspects of healthcare, epidemiology, and many more subjects related to many different healthcare disciplines.
A health science degree isn’t designed for a single type of job—it’s designed for your career.
2. Prepare for graduate-level education
A degree in health science can also provide the baccalaureate-level education you need to qualify for the next step into a master’s degree program. Many advanced clinical roles can require graduate level education (or higher, such as doctorate), like physical therapy, physician assistant, or dentistry.
Example: a physical therapist assistant who holds an associate degree may be considering the pathway towards becoming a physical therapist, which requires earning a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). However, a bachelor’s degree may be a prerequisite for enrollment in a DPT program.
A bachelor’s degree in health science may be a good option to both qualify for advanced roles in the short term and prepare you for a graduate degree program in the future, such as a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program.
A health science degree represents a versatile steppingstone to your unique educational pathway in healthcare.
3. Work in health education
While a health science degree can function as an excellent first step down a longer career path, there are several potential entry-level career possibilities you can pursue immediately upon graduating with an undergraduate degree.
Our health sciences bachelor’s degree curriculum is best suited for career paths in public health education, health and wellness, and health education. A few required class topics include: US healthcare systems, dynamics of public and community health, public & global health, current healthcare issues and leadership in healthcare.
Health education specialists and community health workers earn an above average median salary compared to the average U.S. occupation, with 17% projected growth in employment from 2020-2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.*
You may also qualify for certain jobs in health nutrition education, although some employers may prefer a bachelor’s degree education specific to that field/major.
Graduate from Herzing with a health sciences bachelor’s degree and you may qualify for jobs such as:
- Clinical Instructor
- Community Health Consultant
- Health Education Coordinator
- Health Educator
- Health Promotion Specialist
- Public Health Educator
- Public Information Officer
4. Transition into a new growing career path
A health science degree is a great option for students who:
- Hold a degree in another field looking to transition into a career in healthcare
- Do not have a degree and are considering getting educated to begin a new rewarding career
Because of the flexibility of our health sciences curriculum, students can choose 28 semester credit hours of electives, including class topics such as:
- Healthcare administration: health policy, conflict resolution, healthcare human resource management
- Healthcare leadership: administrative law, healthcare regulations and compliance, change management
- Science: microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, anatomy and physiology
Required courses include topics in public health, wellness, health promotion and healthcare systems.
Students who currently hold a degree in another field, or who have some college course credit, may be able to transfer credit into our bachelor’s degree program to greatly decrease how long it takes to earn your degree.1
Students new to the field of healthcare with no degree can earn a broad, comprehensive healthcare education preparing them for many potential career pathways.