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Aultman College has announced its second new degree program for fall 2017. The bachelor of science in health sciences (BSHS) joins the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) as the two newest offerings for the 125-year-old institution.

Pending final approval from the Higher Learning Commission, the BSHS program will take its first group of students in fall 2017 and is now accepting applications. Through the BSHS program, students can take a general health sciences curriculum or specialize in health care administration or health education. 

“Health care is the largest growing job industry in the country, but there’s a misconception that the only career opportunities are for direct patient care,” said Dr. Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, dean of general education and online learning. “There is a growing need for bachelor’s degree-prepared health educators and professionals with administrative knowledge. By 2020, 82% of health care jobs will require bachelor’s degrees and other forms of postsecondary education.”

Another key aspect of the BSHS program is its appeal to current certificate, diploma, and associate’s degree holders. “We are able to take a look at previously earned educational credits for radiologic technologists and certified medical assistants, for example. They may actually be closer to a bachelor’s degree than they think,” said Dr. Jeffrey L. Pellegrino, BSHS program director and professor. 

To learn more, visit the BSHS program page.