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The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is designed for students interested in a health and human sciences career. This interdisciplinary degree draws from disciplines such as public health, psychology, biology, ethics and health care administration.

This degree is ideal for those who wish to pursue a broad-based degree in health science with the benefit of focusing in a specific area of Health and Human Services, as well as those who have earned an associate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a health related field, and wish to continue their education


Students may select from three concentrations:

  1. Health Services Leadership & Management: The main focus of this concentration is home and community based services. Students will learn strategies that allow them to better serve those receiving support and medical care in their homes. Required classes focus on communication, finance, ethics, health informatics, leadership, and family relations. This concentration is available 100% online or on-campus.
  2. Health Sciences-Allied Health: This concentration is for graduates with an Associate of Applied Sciences in a health-related field. The remaining required courses to complete the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences can be completed 100% online or on-campus.
  3. Preparatory Health Sciences: This concentration is designed to prepare students for a postgraduate or professional degree in a health-related field. This option is not available online;
    however, several courses may be completed at a distance, allowing for increased flexibility.

Starting your bachelor's degree program can be completed by following the steps below:

  • Apply for admission*
  • Submit Required Materials:
    • Beginning Freshmen: An officialhigh school transcript (no faxed transcripts accepted) and ACT or SAT scores. Students over the age of 21 may substitute the ACCUPLACER for ACT/SAT.
    • Transfer Students: Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Undergraduate Admissions: You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request that an official copy be sent by mail. Transfer students with fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit earned, must also submit high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores.

*Adult learners who have fewer than 24 credit hours earned and a high school GPA below 2.5 should refer to the alternate admission guidelines available at wku.edu/online/admission.php.

To Apply to WKU:

Complete the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application

Under Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:

  1. Category of Study >>> Bachelor's Degree
  2. Planned Course of Study >>> Health Sciences
  3. Concentration >>> Health & Social Welfare
  4. Primary Location >>> Web

Admission Application Deadlines

Kentucky and Out-of-State Residents:

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: January 1
  • Summer Term: May 1

International Students:

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: September 1
  • Summer Term: March 1

Credit Hour Requirements

A bachelor’s degree at WKU requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, including the following:

  • 62-68 credit hours in the health science major, which includes:
    • 38-41 core credit hours
    • 24-27 credit hours in a specific Health Sciences concentration that is selected based on your personal and professional goals.
  • 39 credit hours in Colonnade courses (general education)
  • Approved elective hours to fulfill remaining requirements, which can be earned as a minor, an undergraduate certificate or general electives

 Official bachelor’s degree requirements are listed at wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php


Core Requirements

  • HMD 211
  • PSY/S 100 or PSY/S 220
  • BIOL 113 or BIOL 120/121 or BIOL 131
  • CHEM 105/106 or CHEM 109 or PHYS ***
  • AH 290
  • PE 310 or PE 311 or PE 313
  • MATH 183 or PH 383 or SOCL 300 or BIOL 382 or STAT 301 or PSY/S 313
  • PH 384
  • PH 381
  • PH 447 or PHIL 322 or PHIL 323 or MGT 305 or SWRK 433
  • HCA 340
  • HCA 446/447 or CIS 243 or CIS 321
  • HCA 441 or HIM 225 or MGT 200 or MGT 301

Any substitutions for these classes must be approved through the Health Sciences Program Coordinator.
Students must maintain a "C" or better in each course in the major.
In accordance with university policy, an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better must be attained upon completion of required curriculum.


Concentration Requirements

Specific concentration requirements with course descriptions are available at wku.edu/healthsciences/hstracks.php and in this downloadable information packet.


Recommended Sequence of Courses

Certain courses are offered on a rotating basis, so please plan your program of study carefully. Contact Stephanie Metke at stephanie.metke@wku.edu for additional information on course offerings.

Health Sciences

Program Contact: VaShon Wells
Phone: (270) 745-3486
Email: vashon.wells@wku.edu


WKU Online

Phone: 270-745-5173
Email: learn.online@wku.edu

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 Last Modified 4/2/18