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According to U.S. News & World Report, over half of the "100 Best Jobs" are health care related. So while a career in health care can be lucrative and rewarding, one challenge is choosing the specific profession that's right for you.

How and where should you go to school to pursue the required education? What kind of career opportunities will there be after you graduate? These can be overwhelming questions for anyone.

If you’re considering a career in health care, completing your undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences can be a great place to start. With such a degree, you can take the first step towards graduate programs to become a medical doctor, physician’s assistant, dentist, etc. You may also want to consider a career in natural medicine, such as becoming a chiropractic physician or a naturopathic doctor.

It is never too late to complete your undergraduate education. The Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BS) degree at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) is designed specifically as a transfer program for students with a two-year degree or previous college credit. In addition to full time, the program is also offered on a part-time basis with evening classes. This means you can easily arrange an academic schedule to fit your lifestyle.

At NUHS, you will be on campus with students who are earning their advanced degrees in chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, acupuncture, and oriental medicine. With a significant number of Americans choosing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments (about 4 in 10, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), it is no surprise that more and more students are considering the field as a career option.

Here are a few reasons why earning a bachelor’s in biomedical sciences will better prepare you for a future in health care:

You’ll be able to combine courses that fit a graduate health degree program.

National University helps you optimize your time as an undergraduate student by allowing you to tailor classes to your career goals. You can anchor your degree with basic science courses in physiology, microbiology, chemistry, and anatomy. By adding advanced courses such as neurosciences, histology, immunology, and embryology, you can develop a curriculum that will specifically fit your future plans. For example, you can combine classes to complete an emphasis in nutrition with your BS degree at NUHS. With such course choices, you’ll have a head start at earning entry requirements to whichever graduate health or medical degree program you choose.

If you qualify for the advanced scholars program, BS students are able to start National University's Doctor of Chiropractic or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine programs a year earlier. This will allow you to save on tuition and enter the workforce as a professional even sooner than you might expect.

You will have access to graduate-level, science-focused facilities.

As a graduate medical school, National University is able to offer science-focused, graduate-level facilities to students in the undergraduate BS program. For example, NUHS has a graduate-level anatomy laboratory with advanced digital monitors, SMART boards, and other high-tech features. This mean that biomedical science students learn anatomy by studying real human cadavers rather than utilizing models or textbooks offered at other institutions.

Anatomy instruction is further enhanced by access to the Anatomage Table, today’s most technologically advanced digital anatomy visualization system. It is located in National University’s comprehensive Learning Resource Center, one of the largest medical libraries in the area. It houses a huge collection of books, print and electronic journals, ebooks, bibliographic databases, and more.

You will learn from graduate-level professors and practitioners.

Because health science is our main focus, you will be learning from instructors who specialize in those fields. Many of your instructors also teach courses for graduate-level degrees. This means you’ll become familiar with the faculty in the graduate programs at NUHS, making your transition easier if and when you decide to pursue one of our advanced degrees.

In addition to teaching, many instructors at National University, work or have worked at private health care practices. They have real-world experience they can share and help apply to your education as an undergraduate.

You will learn alongside students from several health sciences fields.

Since you’ll be on a campus that offers multiple graduate programs in health care, you will be able to get a better sense of which field is right for you. Our university is designed to build community amongst various health care fields with collaborative learning opportunities. At our on-campus Whole Health Center, clinicians and students from a range of medical specialties work together integratively for the benefit of patients and the health care industry as a whole.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science Program at NUHS

National University’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BS) program is offered both full time and part time with evening classes. Designed as a completion program, it is suited for students with a two-year degree or previous college credits. As several of our BS applicants are high-achieving students hoping to pursue an advanced degree in a medical field, NUHS also offers scholarship for all Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) community college honor students. Learn first hand from our students why they chose National University’s biomedical science program.

If you’re interested in various health care fields, National University’s BS program could help place you on the path that is right for you. Our focus on health science allows you to get specific with your undergraduate degree, enabling you to be better prepared for whichever health care field you choose.

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Posted by Debra Cascio

Debra Cascio is an undergraduate admissions counselor at National University, who works with prospective students just starting their journey into health care. To Deb, the best part of her position is learning about students' dreams and what influenced them to go into their chosen field. She grew up in Villa Park, Illinois, and is currently finishing up a degree in general studies from Columbia College in Missouri.