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Department of Biology & Biochemistry

Health Sciences

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Department of Biology & Biochemistry

Health Sciences


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early college online classes

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early college online classes

At Northwestern, you will learn, grow, and teach together in group settings. You will take advanced internships and work alongside caring faculty. The health sciences degree is a solid underpinning to enter the professional world or for graduate study.

You will be prepared to pursue a Master in Nursing, Master in Physician Assistant, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master in Nutrition, or Master in Public Health.

This might be the right degree for you if you:

  • care for people with a passion and want to help people who are suffering
  • are interested in health and wellness
  • want to make a difference in the lives of God’s people
  • are interested in a career in medicine, laboratory research, public health, or other scientific fields

Why study health sciences at Northwestern?

Under the guidance of Christian science professors, you will grow spiritually. You will know the Creator better through studying His design of human beings.

This degree will prepare you to be a physician assistant, occupational or physical therapist, or nurse practitioner.

You will learn to care for the general public and lead in the medical field. We offer small class sizes where you will get to know faculty and be mentored. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving healthcare and health science industries.

What will I learn?

Students will learn laboratory skills and think critically, while studying medical terminology, nutrition, and anatomy.

93%

of graduates felt professionally prepared for work by their education

90%

of seniors grew in their relationship with God during their time at Northwestern

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of recent graduates plan to pursue further education

Careers in health sciences

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in health sciences.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Physician’s office intake
  • Chiropractic office assistant
  • Nursing home assistant
  • Certified nursing assistant (with additional training)
  • Personal care assistant
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Medical technology sales
  • Fitness and wellness coaching
  • Business functions within healthcare organizations

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Medical equipment sales and manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Chiropractic offices
  • Physical and occupational therapy providers
  • Health clubs
  • Nutritional product retailers and manufacturers

Strategies for success:

  • Gain an understanding of the rigorous education and training required in the medical professions to ascertain your willingness to complete the required experiences.
  • Study the demands required by each of the medical fields. Many physicians and healthcare professionals work very long, irregular hours. Consider your tolerance for such a schedule.
  • Many medical fields require licensure that is generally regulated by the state of residency.
  • Plan for a lifetime of learning to stay abreast of new trends in the field and to fulfill continuing education requirements for licensure.
  • If you are interested in the administrative side of healthcare such as hospital administration, business functions in medical technology, or administration in healthcare companies, consider adding a Business major, minor or electives. It will also be important that you gain experience in the field through internships or volunteering.
  • The Northwestern Health Sciences major also prepares students for entry level positions in fields related to research and the biologic sciences.
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