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Health Sciences

Bachelor's Degree

100% Online Track Available

Every day, the world of healthcare is growing by leaps and bounds. From working in the lab to the clinic to the community, there are a wide variety of healthcare roles that someone entering the profession can choose from-and the demand is rising. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics states that the healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing employment sectors and is expected to grow by 18% through 2026.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences at Radford University Carilion is a broad-based, foundational degree that prepares students for a variety of in-demand health and healthcare professions.  The program serves students seeking direct entry into a health profession or prepares students for admission into a graduate program in a health-related field. For students already working in the health sector, one of our degree completion plans may offer an opportunity for career advancement.

Program Overview

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program is to prepare students to apply scientific reasoning, communicate effectively, and enter health-related professions that aim to improve health at individual and community levels.

Through this program you will:

  1. Assess health information and scientific data for evaluating the health status of individuals and communities.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills based on empirical evidence and contextual frameworks in the health sciences.
  3. Analyze ethical issues and challenges facing individual and community health.
  4. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills that display competency and professionalism in the health sciences.
  5. Engage in civic activities and service that promote individual and community health.  

Choose Your Career Path

Radford University Carilion offers three Plans of Study in the undergraduate Health Sciences program:

The Traditional Health Sciences track is a four-year/eight-semester Plan of Study designed to allow students to start their degree as a freshman or transfer up to 60 credit hours into the program. To uniquely tailor the degree, students are encouraged to declare a program minor that matches their individual interests and professional goals.

Potential minors include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Healthcare Organizational Management
  • Psychology
  • Public Health

The 3+1 Health Sciences track is a one-year/two-semester Plan of Study designed to complete a bachelor’s degree. To be eligible for this plan, students must have attained at least 87 credits of undergraduate coursework, completed Radford University’s core requirements for a bachelor's degree, and have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Students fulfill the remaining two semesters with 33 health sciences credit hours.

The 4+1 Health Sciences track is a five-year/11-semester Plan of Study designed to accelerate graduate study. Students complete accelerated coursework in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (eight semesters) and Master of Science in Health Sciences (three semesters) programs. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) and a Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) degree. To be eligible for this plan, students must have a minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA in their undergraduate coursework and complete the Master of Science in Health Sciences program admission requirements. 

What makes this program different?

  1. Take Classes Online: The program can be completed 100% online or as a hybrid program (on-campus & online). Full-time and part-time plans are available.
  2. Transfer-Friendly: The program is designed so students from other programs or schools can easily transfer in.
  3. Gain Valuable Practical Experience: The program gives students the opportunity to commit two semesters to either an internship, Service Learning, or Capstone project.
  4. Personalized Instruction and Advising: The program offers small-class sizes that enhance student/faculty relationships. Students have an academic advisor who works with them to develop a plan which will prepare them for a future healthcare career.

Career Path

Once you graduate, you will have the ability to utilize your degree in many meaningful ways.

Students become successful health professionals across a wide range of practice areas, including:

  • Community and social service agencies
  • Educational institutions
  • Healthcare systems
  • Health insurance organizations
  • Government entities
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Nonprofit health organizations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Public health departments
  • Research laboratories
  • Wellness centers

The degree can be uniquely tailored to prepare students for competitive admission into graduate and healthcare professional programs, such as Healthcare Administration, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Public Health.

Admission Requirements

This program is designed for new students directly from high school or for students transferring from another college or university. 

To be considered for the Traditional Health Sciences track admission,

  1. Meet all admission requirements.
  2. Submit the Radford University online application.
  3. Submit official transcript(s) from all institutions – high school OR all higher education institution(s) to the admissions department.  A minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA is required for admission, with at least a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA preferred.



Radford University Carilion is authorized by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to offer postsecondary education in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Radford University Carilion is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Radford University Carilion.