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You're already making a difference through the work you love. Now take it to the next level with the online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Southern New Hampshire University. It's a flexible, affordable and uniquely tailored way to build on the skills and experience you've acquired professionally and gain the knowledge to take on new challenges in your chosen clinical discipline.
SNHU's transfer-friendly health science degree online is structured to maximize your transfer of credits for prior coursework – so you can make the most of what you've learned previously and take only the classes you need to obtain your bachelor's degree.
The program is designed for someone who has an associate degree in allied health – like dental hygiene, sonography, medical assistance or respiratory therapy, etc. – and is looking to apply those credits toward completing a bachelor's. Transferring in with an associate degree in allied health means you already have credits to apply toward your bachelor's degree. Learn more under Admission Requirements.
You'll also enrich your general knowledge base and develop further expertise in specific healthcare-related coursework, preparing you for success in supervisory and management roles.
Learn how to:
Also, take advantage of professional development opportunities available through the health science program.
Health Science Career Outlook
Align yourself with the increasing leadership opportunities in your field with SNHU's BS in Health Science.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical entry-level education for medical and health services managers is a bachelor's degree – with some employers preferring a master's degree.1 The BLS also anticipates an 18% increase in the need for medical health service managers by 2028, which will intensify the importance of well-qualified, highly experienced individuals ready to meet those needs.1 In 2019, medical and health service managers reported a median annual wage of $100,980 – well above the median annual wage for all U.S. employees.1
The growing need for non-management roles tells a similar story – the need for all healthcare occupations is expected to increase 14% through 2028, representing 1.9 million new jobs.1
The bachelor's program in health sciences may help put you on a trajectory for success in a management or supervisory role in your chosen health-science field, including but not limited to:
This degree does not lead to licensure in any allied health field. It is designed to provide the non-clinical management skills in many allied health fields.
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, Southern New Hampshire University has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
As an Southern New Hampshire University student, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 peers, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate your industry. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
96.5% of students would recommend SNHU.2 Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
This program requires an associate degree in allied health for admission. An associate degree in allied health can include dental hygiene, medical assistance, respiratory therapy, sonography and more. Ask an admission counselor to confirm that your associate degree applies.
No associate degree in allied health? Don't worry –you still have options:
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
As an associate degree holder in the allied health discipline, you’re on the lookout for a credible and comprehensive bachelor’s program that maximizes your transfer of credit. SNHU’s health science degree online, with its unique design, enables you to take greater advantage of prior learning, offering an exceptional opportunity for recognition of your associate degree credits.
The online bachelor’s in health sciences is specifically designed to help professionals with an associate in the allied health field advance in their field. The program focuses on written and oral communication, computational skills, critical thinking, and societal and cultural context in seven essential core classes.
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
No. But don't worry. If you're looking to start or continue your education without a degree in an allied health field, SNHU also offers:
SNHU's online BS in Health Science is specifically designed for students with an associate degree in the allied health field.
Our goal is twofold:
According to the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions – or ASAHP – allied health can be defined as all "health professions that are distinct from medicine and nursing,"3 including, but not limited to:
The allied health classification encompasses a wide range of roles under the broad umbrella of healthcare – and accounts for as much as 60% of the entire U.S. healthcare workforce.3 Right alongside nurses and physicians, these professionals are making a major impact on the present and future state of healthcare.
Every day, medical personnel affect patients' lives on an immediate and personal level. By earning a health sciences degree, you can gain the skills and experience you need to help transform the healthcare system from within. A home health aide, for instance, could apply knowledge of the client experience and use it at the management level to help lead a team and improve agency practices. Similarly, a BS in Health Science may open doors for a lab technician to take on a leadership role, where they use data to improve process at their employer's healthcare institution.
If you're still unsure whether or not your prior education or credits will qualify you for the BS in Health Science degree program, reach out to us. One of SNHU's admission counselors would be happy to help.
A health science degree does not lead to nursing licensure. This program is specifically designed for students who have earned an associate degree in an allied health field and are looking to advance their careers.
If you're interested in becoming a nurse, you'll need to start by earning an associate or bachelor's degree in nursing. SNHU partners with a number of community colleges that offer associate degrees in nursing. From there, you can opt to seamlessly transfer credits to one of our BSN or MSN programs.
A Bachelor of Science in Health Science from SNHU can help open doors to leadership roles in a variety of healthcare settings.
A graduate of the program will have the ability to think strategically about the many facets of business – from delivery systems and reimbursement to ethical and legal considerations and finance – then apply them to a number of healthcare organizations.
In an industry where team-based care is increasingly on demand, graduates of the BS in Health Science program are uniquely qualified to demonstrate leadership in the healthcare environment of their choice.
You can gain the knowledge and skills you need to keep up in a fast-moving industry where reform, legislative changes and growing teams are commonplace.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for medical and health services managers was $100,980 in May 2019 – well above the median annual salary for all occupations in that same time period.1
With that said, there is a wide range of salary expectations for medical and health service managers, as pay expectations vary greatly depending on the setting. Some of the top industries and their annual median salaries in 2019 include government ($111,520), state, local and private hospitals ($110,430), outpatient care centers ($95,320), offices of physicians ($91,600), and nursing and residential care facilities ($86,820).1
While many allied health employees can find entry-level work with an associate degree, leadership or management-level roles often require a bachelor's.
The BS in Health Science offers a transfer-friendly next step from an allied health associate program – saving you time and tuition along the way.
While not required, you also have the option to continue on to a master's program. Graduates of the online BS in Health Science would be well-suited candidates for an MBA in Healthcare Management or our online MS in Healthcare Administration – but those aren't the only pathways you can take.
Just ask Christen Ganley '19, a radiation therapist who decided to apply her skills to teaching. It all started when she was a college senior and diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. “The prognosis was poor, and the outcome was grave,” Ganley said.
Always a fighter, Ganley started a research trial at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She was able to beat her cancer – twice – and the experiences changed the trajectory of her life.
"It’s really hard not to look over your shoulder when cancer has already tapped you twice. But I realized I cannot be defined by cancer, just as I cannot be defined by the letters that follow my name,” she said. “What I am defined by is the unyielding character that stood up to cancer and depression and who fights for patient rights."
Now, Ganley continues to fight for patients, helping empower the next wave of healthcare professionals as the clinical coordinator for Baptist College for Health Science Radiation Therapy Program. Building upon her heath science skill set, she also earned her master’s in higher education administration from SNHU in 2019.
“Completing my master’s has proven to me that I can see things through to the next level,” Ganley said. “I didn’t see that in myself before. Perhaps it was because I was faced with life and death, but now I see that the same qualities can be used to take on many other endeavors.”
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2 According to a survey responses from over 9,200 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2019.
3 What is Allied Health – ASAHP, on the internet, at http://www.asahp.org/what-is (viewed Oct. 30, 2019).