Applied Health Science

Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science
College of Health and Human Services

The Applied Health Science degree program is designed to tailor a liberal arts education to the health care field. The program prepares students for graduate school in physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, physician assistant, microbiology, and is compatible with the admission requirements of most medical, dental and veterinary schools. The program is also ideal for students who hold an associate degree in a health-related field and wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

The degree has four specializations: Allied Health, Health Care Administration, Respiratory Care and Health Science.

Health Science

The Health Science specialization is designed to prepare students for entry into a variety of post baccalaureate training programs in the allied health and medical fields. The curriculum meets the admission requirements for most programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, occupational health and physician assistant, as well as medical, dental and veterinary schools. The degree requirements are articulated with the admission requirements for occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant programs at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus (UTHSC).

Health Care Administration

The Health Care Administration specialization is designed to prepare students to work in management and administration of hospitals, clinics, and other organizations providing health care services. Health care administrators are responsible for finance, billing, human resource management, facilities management, marketing, procurement, and quality measurement and improvement. Graduates of the program will become entry level administrators, and will need a graduate degree such as a master of business administration or master of health care administration to become department heads of administrative units.

Respiratory Care

The respiratory care specialization is designed to prepare students for advanced practice in respiratory care. Advanced respiratory care practitioners work in a wide variety of clinical settings to evaluate, treat, and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders. Graduates are eligible to take credentialing examinations to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). The program is available at the Firelands campus only, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)


The three specializations share many required courses, but each has distinctive requirements of 24-30 semester hours to allow students to prepare for specific career interests.

The curriculum provides students with an appropriate academic foundation while preparing them for the dynamic changes and issues that are shaping the health care field. This includes courses in human development, computer science, statistics, technical writing and medical ethics.

The respiratory care specialization is offered in conjunction with the associate degree program in respiratory care available only on the BGSU Firelands campus. The remaining courses usually require two years to complete. The specializations in health science and health care administration require four years to complete.

Students generally can graduate within four years if they select applied health science as their degree program during their freshman year. Students transferring as a sophomore or upperclassman may take longer, particularly if they haven’t started their science courses as a freshman. Working closely with an academic adviser when starting the degree program can prevent any unexpected delays.

College Highlights

BGSU’s College of Health and Human Services was the first collegiate unit in northwest Ohio devoted exclusively to academic programs in health and human services.

There are active student organizations associated with the professions represented by the specializations. Several of these are connected to their national professional affiliation. Each major emphasizes hands-on opportunities through practical experiences and laboratory courses.

The college sponsors a Natural and Health Sciences Residential Community where students benefit from learning and socializing with other students taking similar classes, increased contacts with faculty in the health and science academic majors, and academic advising and career exploration that takes place within the residence hall.

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

In addition to obtaining a strong background in the basic sciences, students entering health care fields must have a sense of responsibility and strong communication skills.

Program Highlights

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Internet Access

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The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

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