Bachelor of Science in Health Science Online

Be ready for new career opportunities in the healthcare industry. This quality online program enables you to earn your bachelor's degree in health science flexibly and affordably as you develop in-demand leadership and management skills.

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Now lower tuition to make your undergraduate journey even more affordable! $275 per credit hour with Path to Success Scholarship.*

Program Overview

Learn more about our Bachelor of Science in Health Science online program

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 health science 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
  • 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

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a broad range of positions in health-related organizations, such as:

  • Health Program Coordinator
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Behavior Support Technician
  • Insurance Analyist
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical Research Coordinator
  • Family Care Provider
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Health Program Coordinator
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Behavior Support Technician
  • Insurance Analyist
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical Research Coordinator
  • Family Care Provider
  • Hospital Administrator

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Tuition $275 per credit hour*
Transfer Credits Up to 90
Credit Hours 33
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Tuition

Discover the benefits of NKU’s affordable tuition

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. For additional information, visit the Financial Aid section on our FAQ page.

Tuition Breakdown:

Total Tuition $9,603*
$275 Per Credit Hour*
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Calendar

Take a look at our dates and deadlines

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.

SessionProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Due
Spring 11/8/241/2/241/4/241/5/241/8/24
Spring 23/11/242/29/243/4/243/8/243/11/24
Summer 15/6/244/24/244/30/245/3/245/6/24
Summer 26/24/246/12/246/18/246/21/246/24/24
Fall 18/19/248/7/248/12/248/16/248/19/24
Fall 210/16/2410/3/2410/8/2410/11/2410/16/24

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 2/29/24
Class Starts 3/11/24
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Admissions

See how to apply to our online health science degree program

The admission process is the first step toward earning your BSHS online from NKU.

Admission Requirements:

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

BSHS Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alum 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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Courses

Check out the topics you’ll study in this online health science bachelor’s program

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.

Students must take the following courses:
Duration: 7 Weeks 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 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 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the 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. It includes experiences with the older adult in the community; acute and long-term care settings.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of the research process for health care professions; historical development of research in health care; role of research in scientific advancement of health care; development of ability to critique clinical health care studies.
Duration: 7 Weeks 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 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 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 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 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 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the concepts and skills for developing the leader in a total quality culture. The role of the leader as a mentor will be explored, as well as developing and maintaining empowered followers. Special focus will be put on effective communication systems, decision-making, vision and mission statements, process leadership, time and stress management in organizations, and valuing diversity.
Duration: 7 Weeks 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. Not open to students who have completed STA 250 or STA 314.

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