From Study to Skills
The health sciences major provides students with a thorough grounding in subjects that are fundamental to health-related professions. This interdisciplinary major includes instruction in basic science courses, coupled with additional courses to prepare students to meet the needs of a modern health delivery system and help students learn to interact with clientele of multiple ages and diverse challenges in relation to accessing and providing quality health care.
The health science major consists of a common track focusing on career preparation (i.e., professions that require a B.A. degree) as well as a foundation for going on for additional training in health related graduate degrees (e.g., in nursing, public health or occupational therapy). The program is developing internship opportunities with healthcare facilities and community organizations. These relationships are maintained and developed by the Office of Civic Engagement, with extensive initiatives in the surrounding community, and the Career Center which oversees internships in the School of Arts and Sciences, Camden.
While many health sciences graduates will work in a related occupation and obtain an advanced degree, others choose another direction. Increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.
*Students interested in transferring to the nursing program after their sophomore year, should follow the PRE-NURSING TRACK for Health Sciences Students (PDF). (For students starting Fall, 2018 or later, following this new curriculum worksheet.)
**Students interested in graduate study and a career in physical therapy should familiarize themselves with graduate programs’ expectations and requirements (PDF).
***Students interested in graduate study and a career as a physician assistant should familiarize themselves with graduate programs’ expectations and requirements.
Careers for Health Science Majors
A degree in Health Sciences can be a step towards many different rewarding careers. However, students who wish to pursue certain career paths may need to take classes in addition to those required for a B.A. in Health Sciences. Confer with an adviser or the director of Health Sciences.
- Admissions Coordinator
- Aging & Human Development Paraprofessional
- Clinical Research Coordinator
- Clinical Social Worker
- Dental Assistant
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Environmental and Occupational Health
- Health & Wellness Coordinator
- Health Care Administration
- Health Educator
- Health Insurance Planning Specialist
- Health Science Writer
- Home Health Aide
- Human Services
- Medical Record Technician
- Patient Care Administrator
- Pharmacy Technician
- Research Technician
- Substance Abuse Educator
Graduate School Options
Rutgers-Camden Health Science majors may earn master’s and doctorate-level degrees in Health Science in addition to degrees outside the Health Sciences. Additional prerequisite courses are required for admission to some graduate programs. The BA in Health Sciences may be customized to provide these prerequisite courses. Consult with your adviser for information. This includes the following fields and programs:
- Accelerated Nursing Program
- Health Education
- Occupational therapy
- Physical Therapy*
- Physician Assistant**
- Public Administration/ Health Administration
- Public Health
- Rehabilitation Counseling
- Social Work
- Speech Pathology
- Veterinary Medicine