Degree Spotlight: BS in Health Science in Professional Development and Advanced Patient Care

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Are you considering advancing your healthcare career? Need a specialized plan to get you there? Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Science in Professional Development and Advanced Patient Care may be the path for you! This bachelor’s degree, offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, helps connect current certified healthcare specialists to their dream jobs in the healthcare industry.

About the Curriculum

GCU’s health science degree was designed for EMT’s, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, lab technicians, phlebotomists, diagnostic technicians, physical therapy assistants and other healthcare professionals to progress in their careers.

This degree program is highly specialized and developed to help individuals attain their career goals. Emphasis is placed on current issues and developing trends that affect healthcare professionals. At the end of the program, when completing their capstone course, students have the opportunity to identify and research a topic that is relevant to them and can be applied to their current jobs.

Throughout their time in the program, students explore the latest patient care theories and are prepared in interdisciplinary healthcare to address a changing healthcare system, the scope and importance of risk management in healthcare settings, analysis of statistics and statistical methods that apply to healthcare, the impact of professional and societal forces on healthcare policy and practice and learn how to apply research practices.

About the Careers

Healthcare is a growing industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare occupations is expected to grow 19% between 2014 and 2024, requiring nearly 2.3 million new jobs in the industry. This is one of the fastest growing industries so there is great deal of opportunity for anyone who wants to advance.

The coursework in this bachelor’s degree helps students stay relevant in their current profession while gaining competitive edge. Graduates of the program may continue their studies by earning a master’s degree in healthcare administration or public health or may be in a better position to continue to advance in their current career into a management or supervisory position.

Overall, Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Science in Professional Development and Advanced Patient Care is a highly adaptable degree program designed to take you where you want to go in your healthcare career. With its design to accommodate to working professionals, this program is an ideal way to receive the healthcare training you need to advance in your field.

Grand Canyon University strives to help students find and fulfill their purpose. To learn more about GCU’s healthcare degree programs, visit our website or click the Request More Information button at the top of the page.

Written by Breanna Alverson, a junior majoring in business administration at GCU.


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