Jul 18, 2018  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program is designed to prepare the student to enter allied health and other health-related fields. The health sciences program focuses on providing the student with a strong foundation through general education courses and a science-based curriculum. Students in the major have the choice of two emphases: pre-physical therapy and rehabilitation services.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

Emphasis 1: Pre-Physical Therapy

Students choosing this emphasis are typically interested in pursuing careers in health-related fields that require a graduate degree for practice. The required course work provides the foundation needed to enter health-related professional programs.

Requirements outside School (62-65)

Total Hours for Emphasis 1. Pre-Physical Therapy: (83 - 86)

Emphasis 2: Rehabilitation Services

Students in this emphasis are usually preparing as paraprofessionals or professionals providing human/social services to persons with disabilities. The required courses provide a basic background in disability and rehabilitation concepts, psychological principles and statistics. Paraprofessional positions (e.g., job coach, rehabilitation aide) can be obtained by students with the baccalaureate degree. Students desiring professional positions must obtain a master’s degree. The undergraduate curriculum is preparatory to graduate study which meets the course requirements of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling Certification.

Requirements outside School (39-40)

 Note: Students considering Occupational Therapy graduate training are encouraged to enroll in BIOS 311 and BIOS 357.

Total Hours for Emphasis 2. Rehabilitation Services: (67-68)