Health Science

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(leads to Bradley's Doctorate in Physical Therapy and other health professions)

Dr. Steve Tippett
Department Chair

The Degree in Health Science
Today’s health care careers require a broader, more comprehensive academic background than ever before. Employers are seeking graduates with not only solid knowledge in the basic sciences, but also a background in areas such as business management, accounting, communications, computer science and foreign language. Bradley University’s Health Science major is a multidisciplinary degree designed to allow you to develop areas of study that may fall outside traditional health care curriculums.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science combines a solid liberal arts background with preparation from every department in the College of Education and Health Sciences. Health Science graduates attain a valuable undergraduate degree that will prepare them for the work force or for graduate study in a focused area in the health care arena. Included in the 124-hour undergraduate degree is a minor area of study that helps the student pursue individual areas of academic interest. Some of these areas include: Biology, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health, Psychology, Sociology and Spanish.

The Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Bradley’s 7-year freshman direct-admit program is made up of a 4-year traditional undergraduate degree in Health Science followed by a 3-year, year-round DPT program. Freshmen admitted to the undergraduate program in Health Science have the opportunity for direct admission into Bradley’s graduate program.

Health Science Options
Health Science majors can choose from a wide variety of courses in addition to major and minor requirements. Students may use the program’s flexibility to explore a variety of interests or may focus their electives around a particular emphasis. In addition to Physical Therapy, students have continued their education in fields including:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Optometry
  • Medicine
  • Physicians Assistant
  • Pharmacy

Bradley Health Science majors have pursued professions that do not involve direct patient contact. These “behind the scenes” careers are vital to the smooth delivery of healthcare services and may include administrative positions within hospitals or insurance companies. Students wishing to pursue opportunities in health care with a business focus can choose a concentration of study in professional selling or choose to minor in marketing, business administration, or business management.

Holistic Approach: Developing the Entire Person
Potential employers are looking not only at student success in the classroom but also for a well-rounded individual with varied extra-curricular experiences. The Bachelor of Science in Health Science provides students opportunities to develop leadership qualities through activities outside the classroom. The department’s Health Science Organization, along with Paws Giving Independence are just two of more than 240 student organizations at Bradley in which our Health Science graduates have become involved.

Admission to the Health Science Major
Three years of high school math and science and an above average ACT or SAT composite score are required to be given full consideration for admission to the Health Science major as a freshman.