Bachelor of Science in Health Care
The Bachelor of Science in Health Care provides an academic foundation for students pursuing managerial, clinical, or research careers in health care. The program includes a base of core courses that examine scientific, social, political, economic, ethical, and organizational issues in health care, and that also address implications for individual practice and public policy. This required core, drawn largely from Arts & Sciences, underscores the complex, interdisciplinary nature of health care today, and the mandate for critical thinking, contextual understanding, and ethical behavior across all related fields and careers. Grounded in these common questions and skill sets, students then pursue more specialized professional interests by selecting a concentration in either health care management or health sciences.
This undergraduate program equips students with an academic foundation for graduate or professional school, or for work in a variety of health care professions including, but not limited to, hospital administration, community health, public health, biomedical research, medicine, nursing, dentistry, and physical and occupational therapy.
Undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs offered through University College are not offered by the Olin Business School at Washington University and do not come under the accreditation responsibility of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). No more than 25% of course work applied to a Bachelor of Science in University College may be in business disciplines.
Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:
- one-on-one, hour long appointments with an experienced advisor;
- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
- a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.
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Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday.
required course work
All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Requirements specific to the BS in Health Care include:
- Health Psychology (U09 358)
- Biomedical Ethics (U22 233)
- Introduction to Public Health (U69 3283)
- Health and Society (U86 309)
Required Courses: 24 units
- Introduction to Microeconomics (U07 1011)
- Health Economics (U07 352)
- Introduction to Statistics (U20 1011) OR Applied Statistics (U20 205) OR Probability and Statistics I (U20 305)
- Financial Accounting (U44 263)
- Principles of Management (U44 339)
- Legal Issues in Health Care Management (U86 312)
- Health Care Finance (U86 314)
- Health Care Reform and Policy (U86 355)
Required Courses: 11 units
- General Biology I [with lab] (U29 101)
- General Biology II [with lab] (U29 102)
- An Introduction to Human Disease and Its Scientific Basis (U29 342)
Electives: 12 units (at least 6 units at the 300-400 level)
- General Chemistry I [no lab] (U05 105)
- General Chemistry II [no lab] (U05 106)
- General Chemistry Laboratory I (U05 151)
- General Chemistry Laboratory II (U05 152)
- Organic Chemistry I with Lab (U05 261)
- Organic Chemistry II with Lab (U05 262)
- General Physics [with lab] (U23 211)
- General Physics II [with lab] (U23 212)
- Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I [with lab] (U29 322)
- Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II (With Lab) (U29 322)
- Introduction to Biochemistry (U29 406)
- Biology of Aging (U29 431)
- General Physiology (U29 506)
- Developmental Psychology (U09 322)
- Child Health Psychology (U09 3200)
- Behavioral Medicine (U09 460)
- Medical Anthropology (U69 387)
- Culture and Aging (U69 3697)
- At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or
- at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion or GED.
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.
Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit, proof of high school completion or GED must be submitted. Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to email@example.com. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Students must submit an official transcript from their school and an official evaluation of all previous college-level work.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?
If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.
Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.
You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
This fee is waived for all WashU staff.