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Health Sciences

Health Sciences is a broad-based foundational degree. The program can help you enter a non-clinical health profession or prepare you for a graduate program in a health-related field. If you are already working in the health sector, completing this program can help with career advancement.

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Why Study Health Sciences at Radford?

  • Take classes online: All major classes are offered 100% online. You can complete the program as a hybrid program (on-campus & online). Full-time and part-time plans are available.
  • We’re transfer-friendly: The program is designed so you can easily transfer in from other programs.
  • Gain valuable practical experience: The program gives you the opportunity to commit 2 semesters to either an internship, service learning, or a capstone project.
  • Personalized instruction and advising: The program offers small class sizes that enhance student/faculty relationships. You have an academic advisor who works with you to develop a plan which will prepare you for a future health-related career.

Careers and Internships

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
  • Health departments
  • Research laboratories
  • Wellness centers

The degree also prepares you to be competitive for admission to graduate and healthcare professional programs, such as healthcare administration, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and public health.

Degree Completion Options

Traditional format:
The Traditional Health Sciences is a four-year/eight semester Plan of Study. It provides students the opportunity to declare a program minor to help tailor the degree to match interests and professional goals.

2+2 format:
Current community college students may be admitted for the “2+2” format. Students begin the program at their community college with a two-year associate degree and then transfer to Radford University to complete their remaining requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Students must take certain courses and electives at their community college to transfer into the program.

3+1  format:
The 3+1 Health Sciences is a Plan of Study designed for students who have at least 87 credits of undergraduate coursework to complete a bachelor’s degree in two semesters. To be eligible for this plan, students must have completed Radford University core requirements for a bachelor degree and have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

4+1 format:
The 4+1 Health Sciences is a Plan of Study designed to accelerate graduate study. Students complete a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Science in Health Sciences with a five-year/11-semester Plan of Study. To be eligible for this plan, students must have a minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA in undergraduate coursework and complete the Master of Science in Health Sciences program admission requirements.

Opportunities for Health Sciences students at Radford

  • You can serve as a student ambassador for a college or department.
  • We have student representatives on department committees.
  • You’ll have opportunities to attend and/or present scholarly work at local, state, and national conferences, such as Virginia Rural Health Association and Virginia Public Health Association.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission:

  1. Meet all admission requirements for Radford University. Incoming undergraduate students must have completed a core of selected high school or college courses. Recent high school graduates (within the past 3 years) should provide SAT or ACT scores (SAT Code 5099, ACT Code 4367).
    For additional general undergraduate requirements, please visit undergraduate admissions.
  2. Submit the Radford University Application online.
  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.


Radford University is authorized by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to offer postsecondary education in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Radford University 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.
  • 28% of all new jobs in the coming years will be in the healthcare industry

    (The Bureau of Labor and Statistics)

  • 3+1 plan of study gets you a Bachelor of Science degree in less time

  • 100% online program available

The 3+1 Health Sciences is a plan of study designed for students who have at least 87 credits of undergraduate coursework to complete a bachelor’s degree in 2 semesters. To be eligible for this plan, students must have completed Radford University Carilion’s core requirements for a bachelor's degree and have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

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“I am so thankful for the flexibility of RUC! I’m able to continue my education while working full-time and caring for my young kids. The faculty is incredible, and I have been able to cultivate relationships with them. Classes are engaging and challenging.” 

Heather Poindexter ‘24

We want to get to know you better and we are excited that you are ready to take your next step and learn more about us. We are here to help you and look forward to working with you during your college search process.