Bachelor’s in Health Sciences

Secure your future in the booming healthcare sector with PennWest University’s bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences.

This four-year, on-campus program instills knowledge of general and health-related sciences and introduces you to a variety of career pathways.

Do you have a passion for working with people in the healthcare environment but are not quite sure what career path to follow? This applied science program includes the study of human health and the application of that knowledge to improve and treat diseases and conditions. It combines traditional science courses with specialized courses in multi-cultural healthcare, special populations and complementary medicine.

 You’ll learning small classes where you’ll receive personalized attention from dedicated faculty with a wealth of clinical experience. They are experts in fields such as athletic training, gerontology, physical therapy, emergency medical services, kinesiology and exercise physiology.

 They will help you build confidence and knowledge as you explore topics such as medical terminology and its uses, common diseases and health disparities and required licensing laws for various professions.

You may opt for the robust Health Sciences concentration or follow a more specific path with PennWest’s Pre-Athletic Training concentration. In either case, you will gain hands-on experience in the Applied Health Science Lab where you will build career-focused skills and learn how to conduct biomechanical evaluations, health and fitness tests, conduct experiments or tackle special projects. You'll also have the opportunity to complete a senior capstone course focused on your particular interests and career plans.

Upon graduation, you will be well qualified to advance your education in graduate studies or to work as a health coach, healthcare administrator or other allied healthcare professional.

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Credits: 120

Justin Barroner

18-Credit Minor

Add a minor in Health Sciences to any related course of study.


Growth of employment opportunities in healthcare occupations from now until 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2 Million

Number of new jobs in the field of healthcare over the next decade.

Health Sciences (no concentration)
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Pre-Athletic Training

Careers and Salaries

What can you do with a Health Sciences degree?

PennWest’s bachelors in Health Science is a versatile degree—one that gives you a competitive advantage for graduate school or employment. It prepares you for the future you envision. Think of this degree as the first step to a career as an athletic trainer, physical or occupational therapist, physician assistant or other professional career that requires graduate training and state licensure. It can also lead to employment in non-clinical positions such as healthcare administrator, pharmaceutical sales representative or community health educators.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students graduating with a BS in Health Science will demonstrate proficiency and skill in Health Science content areas.
  2. Students graduating with a BS in Health Science will be able to present scientific data in an appropriate context and in a variety of ways at different levels.
  3. Students graduating with a BS in Health Science will be demonstrate foundational knowledge essential to enter a post-graduate healthcare related profession.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the Healthcare Professions, required education, licensing laws, and career opportunities.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

Flexible. Affordable.
Designed to Meet Your needs.