The Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) course is an accelerated limited access course designed specifically for students who wish to pursue a career in the health care professions providing medical service to people and communities across the country. BHS students are normally pursuing careers such as medical doctor, physician assistant, therapist, nurse, radiology technician, pharmacy technician, social worker, public health, medical office administrator, nurse practitioner, medical laboratory technician, or administrative assistant. BHS is typically the second major chosen by students after completing a bachelor's degree. It usually takes two years to complete the program and students have the opportunity to earn a bachelors or master's degree within five years.
The Bachelor of Health Sciences program is often used as a transition from other programs that offer bachelor's degrees in a variety of disciplines to one that offers only a BHS degree. The degree is the same as the bachelors in nursing and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAHEPN) and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education's Council on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
The BHS degree requires both general education and clinical experience, as well as a background in mathematics, science, and English. Students will earn their degree either on their own or through the completion of a two-year clinical program. The clinical program will prepare students for a position as a licensed clinical nurse specialist (LCSN), which may involve providing basic patient care to patients who require inpatient nursing care.
There are four levels of clinical training available at the Bachelor of Health Sciences LPN/LVN (Level I) level. Students must complete a minimum of 100 clinical hours at this level. The students can then progress to Level II (300 hours), Level III (500 hours), and Level IV (700 hours) within their clinical program. They can advance to the Master of Health Science LPN/LVN (level V) after finishing their BHS degree.
To be eligible for the BHS LPN/LVN level, students must have completed an approved clinical associate degree program with an accredited university, institution, college or school. If the students were unable to complete the requirements for their level, they will still be able to progress to the Master of Health Science LPN/LVN if they complete the program.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) course is the second step in the LPN/LVN degree program. students must complete an approved bachelor's program with at an accredited four-year university, college, or institution with a bachelor's degree and certification from an approved program or certification agency that provides nursing as . . . . . . a vocation.