Online Health Science Bachelor’s Degree

Overview

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An aging population has created a boom in health care jobs. Positions such as health care educators and medical administrators are in high demand, and industries and occupations related to health care, personal care and social assistance are projected to have the fastest job growth nationwide between 2010 and 2020, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

An online health science bachelor’s degree is generally designed for health care professionals who already have an associate degree in a health-related field such as medical assisting, radiology or medical billing and coding, and are looking to complete their bachelor’s degree. The program can prepare students for leadership roles within their occupation or allow them to qualify for specialized graduate programs, including health physics, public health and health informatics.

Course Work

Example courses
Human relations
Human anatomy and physiology
Gerontology and long-term care
Health care law
Medical terminology
Medical pharmacology
Health information systems
Legal and ethical considerations in health care
Management and leadership in health care

While earning an online bachelor’s degree in health science, students will complete a broad range of core course work in health care administration, health care delivery, and the legal and ethical aspects of the health care profession. This non-clinical program is ideal for those who already have a clinical or administrative background. Students who do not have an associate degree in a health-related field will need to complete general studies requirements in humanities, math and science.

Most online degree programs in health science require students to choose a concentration within the major. Concentrations include health care administration, public health and aging studies.

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Job Outlook

Median salaries*
Health educator $46,000
Medical and clinical laboratory technologist $47,000
Radiologic technologist $54,000
Medical and health services manager $84,000

*per the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

The health care industry is generally not affected by the economy; it was one of the few industries that continued to add jobs during the Great Recession, and the outlook for health care jobs is very strong. About 1.4 million health care support jobs are expected to be created by 2020 and about half of the 20 fastest-growing occupations are tied to health, according to the BLS.

One option for those with an online bachelor’s in health science is to pursue a career in health education, which is one of the fastest-growing segments of health care. The field is expected to grow 37 percent by 2020, adding more than 85,000 jobs. The median salary for health educators is nearly $46,000 and most positions require a bachelor’s degree, according to the BLS.

Professionals with a bachelor’s degree in health science can also advance their employment in many health-related fields, including medical clinical research, radiology and administration. The median salary for medical and clinical laboratory technologists is about $47,000, while the median salary for radiologic technologists is about $54,000. Medical and health services managers on average make about $84,000 per year, according to the BLS.

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