Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHeS) degree program is a joint degree program offered in conjunction with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) School of Health Related Professions. The program is specifically geared toward advancing and broadening the skills of health-related professionals prepared at the associate degree/certificate levels. Health-related professionals are entering a challenging era of practice as the healthcare delivery environment continues to change and grow. The new delivery systems and challenging demographics are creating new career opportunities for individuals in the healthcare field.
The degree program is designed for students who are already in the allied health field. For most students, the core and area of study credits will be earned through UMDNJ courses, which will be available both in the classroom and online. Those credits in general education, specialization and free electives that are not complete at the time of enrollment may be completed using Thomas Edison State College’s credit-earning options, particularly Guided Study and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Students are required to complete at least 12 credits from Thomas Edison State College.
Prospective students apply through UMDNJ, observing the application deadline of March 1 for the fall semester and July 1 for the spring semester. Please note that Dietetics is offered once per year with the application deadline of March 1. Applications may be obtained by contacting UMDNJ at (973) 972-5454 or [email protected].
For additional information, contact the program secretary at (973) 972-8512 or [email protected]. Once students are admitted, they are assigned an academic advisor from UMDNJ, who will work with them to plan their academic programs. Students can select one of the following areas of study:
- Allied Dental Sciences
- Advanced Imaging Sciences
- Coordinated Dietetic Program
- Health Services Management and Education
BSHeS Credit Distribution
|I. General Education Requirements||48|
|A. English Composition||6|
|C. Social Sciences||9|
|D. Natural Sciences and Mathematics (must include at least 3 credits of mathematics)||12|
|E. General Education Electives||12|
|II. Professional Health Sciences Requirements||64|
A. Specializations: prior health training, such as:
|B. Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Core (UMDNJ)*||15|
C. Area of Study (UMDNJ)*
Advanced practice** with tracks in:
|III. Free Electives||9|
*Credits in the core and an area of study are usually completed through UMDNJ courses, either in the classroom or on the Internet. It may be possible to use transfer credit or Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for some of these credits.
**Professional certification required for admission to program. Dietetics requires certain specific courses under the liberal arts and free electives. Imaging Science requires 6 credits of English and 3 credits of Algebra or equivalent prior to admission to BSHeS degree program.
Leverage Your Training
Have you earned a professional license or certification, or acquired college-level technical expertise on the job? If so, it may be worth college credit. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit, including transferring previous college credits, all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.