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Bachelor of Science in Health Science Online

Be ready for new career opportunities in the healthcare industry with this quality online program developed to help you earn your bachelor's degree in health science flexibly and affordably.

10/07/21 Next Application Due Date
10/20/21 Start Classes
Tuition now $350 per credit hour with Path to Success Scholarship*

Program Overview

$452 Per Credit Hour
As few as 12 months Program Duration
33 Credit Hours

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science program from Northern Kentucky University is designed for professionals with an associate degree in a healthcare discipline. This 100% online degree completion track program prepares you for career mobility in a variety of positions in health-related organizations.

Topics of study include leadership/management, research, global health, health informatics, management of chronic diseases, current trends and cultural issues in healthcare as well as teaching and learning in healthcare education. Our upper-level courses blend humanistic and technical theories to give you a foundation for advanced positions while also preparing you for graduate studies.

In this online program, you will:

  • Apply critical-thinking skills and analysis to gather, assess, interpret, and communicate relevant information related to the health sciences
  • Study ethical and legal issues often seen in healthcare as well as how aging and chronic disease impacts patient care, quality of life, and the economic and financial impact on the patient
  • Discuss and research current issues related to healthcare professions, government policies, global health, and our healthcare system
  • Learn leadership skills and basic applied management functions with introductory exposure to health informatics

Northern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC™) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of NKU.

Have questions or need more information about our online programs?

Also available:

Northern Kentucky University offers an M.S. in Health Informatics and an M.S. in Health Science online. Check out our other innovative online healthcare programs.


The BSHS online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$452 Per Credit Hour
$15,444 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour University Fee Per Credit Hour** Total Program with Fee
BSHS $452 $16 $15,444
Program with Path to Success Scholarship and Locked-In Tuition* $12,078

The BSHS online program consists of 33 credit hours for a program cost of $15,444, including fees. The program cost does not include other general education courses that may be needed to complete the 120 hours required by the BSHS degree. Tuition is subject to change at any time.

*The Path to Success Scholarship with Tuition Lock is available to first-time NKU online students only and is comprised of a per-credit-hour savings of $102, for a $350 per-credit-hour tuition rate, total cost per credit hour of $366 including fee. The Scholarship cannot be combined with any other offer and is not available for existing students or the RN to BSN online program. Students who step out of the program for more than a year, thus requiring a new application, will no longer receive the $350 tuition lock and will receive, instead, the current price of the program at time of new enrollment.

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The BSHS is delivered in a convenient online format, with 7-week courses that start six times a year. View the calendar to find the best start date for you and be sure to note corresponding deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

10/07/21 Apply By
10/20/21 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 1 05/10/2021 04/28/2021 05/03/2021 05/06/2021 05/10/2021 06/25/2021
Summer 2 06/28/2021 06/16/2021 06/21/2021 06/24/2021 06/28/2021 08/13/2021
Fall 1 08/23/2021 08/11/2021 08/16/2021 08/19/2021 08/23/2021 10/08/2021
Fall 2 10/20/2021 10/07/2021 10/12/2021 10/15/2021 10/20/2021 12/10/2021

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?


The admission process is the first step toward earning your BSHS online from NKU. Requirements for admission include:

Official transcripts of all coursework from accredited institutions
Associate degree in a healthcare discipline
Minimum 2.3 GPA on cumulative undergraduate coursework

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BSHS Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Associate degree in a healthcare discipline from an accredited university
  • Minimum 2.3 GPA

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

Northern Kentucky University
Office of Admissions
Lucas Administrative Center
400 Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

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For the BSHS online program, you must complete the required core courses (33 credit hours) as well as general education courses for a total of 120 credit hours. The 120 hours may come from a combination of previous transfer credits (from an associate degree) and/or general education courses completed as corequisites with the online core courses. All courses are seven weeks in length.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Characteristics and learning styles of diverse populations of healthcare learners are examined. A variety of teaching methods that can be utilized by healthcare providers to promote optimal learning in different education settings including the online environment are presented and analyzed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Basic applied management functions in the healthcare setting; personnel and patient scheduling; purchasing procedures; budget and quality improvement process; organization relationships and authority.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Role of the older adult in society; promotion of health, support of continued learning, right to peaceful death. Theories of aging and ethical/legal concepts. Includes experiences with the older adult in the community, acute and long-term care settings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of the research process for healthcare professions; historical development of research in healthcare; role of research in scientific advancement of healthcare; development of ability to critique clinical healthcare studies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will enable students to better understand healthcare systems around the world and healthcare/public health dilemmas. The focus of this course is on healthcare systems, policies, legislation, the politico-economics of healthcare, and the role of healthcare professionals in upholding our code of ethics and standards of care.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An in-depth study of various chronic diseases that impact patient care and quality of life from a multidisciplinary viewpoint; evaluation on economic and financial impact on the patient and the healthcare system with a focus on case management.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course presents an overview of the legal and ethical issues often seen in the health care industry. It provides students with basic working knowledge of healthcare law and ethics.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of the U.S. healthcare system; in-depth analysis of modern and potential future trends; evaluation of current status of healthcare system with emphasis on cultural diversity and competency.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to concepts and trends in the health informatics field, both locally and nationally. Several areas will be introduced that will provide baseline knowledge for a health informaticist.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on concepts and skills for leadership development. Students examine organizational, leadership, and human development theories with consideration towards application of knowledge and skills towards their personal leadership development and growth. Special focus will be placed on increasing the capacity of the individual to lead and develop others.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Graphical descriptive measures; numerical descriptive measures; probability; hypothesis testing, estimation; analysis of variance; chi-square; regression; analysis by means of statistical software.

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