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NKU Health Science Ranked Among Top 25 in Nation

The Northern Kentucky University Bachelor in Health Science has been ranked as one of the top 25 degree programs of its kind in the country by TheBestSchools.org.

The B.S. in Health Science ranked No. 19 on the list, which compared schools by such factors as academic quality, range of courses offered, faculty strength, awards, rankings, and reputation.

“The recognition for the B.S. in Health Science is a reflection of the focus NKU and the College of Health Professions has for its students – up close and personal,” said Denise Robinson, dean and regents professor for the NKU College of Health Professions. “The BSHS enables students to meet their career goals in the health science fields while expanding their experiences and knowledge in a flexible online format.”

Offered through the College of Health Professions, NKU’s Bachelor in Health Science degree is an interdisciplinary program divided into two tracks (clinical and non-clinical), depending upon the student’s ultimate career goals.

“The clinical track provides healthcare professionals who have an associate’s degree with the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree,” reported TheBestSchools.org. “The school aims the non-clinical track at students with no prior clinical skills or credentials who seek a career not involved in direct patient care. Each track has a set curriculum designed to prepare students to reach their academic goals.”

The website also praised the program’s wide variety of electives, which include psychology, human services, health informatics, advanced imagery, respiratory care, and communication.

“It is an honor to receive such recognition,” said Andrea Cornuelle, director of the health science program. “Many graduates have gone on to advance their careers in a wide variety of areas in the healthcare setting including management, leadership, education, and public health. The students develop critical thinking and leadership skills that enhance their professional skills and contribute to high quality healthcare. The degree-completion program is offered online and is designed to meet the needs of today’s healthcare professional. This recognition will hopefully inspire others to take a look at NKU and what we have to offer.”

“In addition to completing their bachelor’s degree, students can also use this program as a stepping stone into graduate school,” TheBestSchools.org report said.

The program’s upper-division courses blend technical and humanistic theories to provide graduates with a foundation for advanced positions in health care. Through enhanced knowledge and skills, graduates will be able to lead and influence colleagues and co-workers in the advancement of their professions.

Other schools on the list include: Boston University, Northeastern University, the University of Florida and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

“This type of recognition affirms our belief that we are preparing outstanding graduates who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be leaders in their chosen fields,” said Valerie Rowland, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Allied Health. “It also provides the opportunity to share what NKU has to offer in health science education on a national level. We have a degree completion program that is innovative, interdisciplinary, and completely online.”

In April, the Kentucky State Legislature approved a state budget that included $97 million for NKU to build a new health innovation center, which would provide more space and resources for programs like Health Science.

TheBestSchools.org is a leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree. To see the list, visit: http://www.thebestschools.org/rankings/25-best-bachelors-health-sciences-degree-programs.