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Program Description

The SHRP Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) degree program is a unique and flexible program designed specifically for associate degree/professionally prepared, credentialed health care professionals. The program recognizes and builds on previous academic course work as well as the allied health professional’s work experience. It combines interdisciplinary core course work and advanced courses within concentrations for the purpose of promoting and broadening health care professionals career opportunities in their chosen field. With the use of advanced technology and distance learning, the program provides the best possible academic environment conducive to meet the student’s needs.

The program is offered in partnership with two other New Jersey higher education institutions: Thomas Edison State College (TESC) and New Jersey City University (NJCU)*. These partners provide the general education, basic sciences, and liberal arts courses. SHRP provides all of the health-related courses, including the interdisciplinary core of courses. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a Bachelor of Science degree, awarded jointly by Rutgers and NJCU* or TESC. Therefore, when applying to SHRP, an applicant must also select the partner institution. All students are required to complete (1) NJCU’s or TESC’s general studies requirements, (2) a 15 credit on-line SHRP Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Core, and (3) one area in the professional concentration component. All students must complete a practicum/internship in their concentration area.

* NOTICE: We are currently only admitting students to the BSHS with Thomas Edison State College (TESC). New Jersey City University (NJCU) is not currently accepting students to the BSHS.

Full-Time and Part-Time Status

The Program can be pursued on either a full or part-time basis, with up to eight (8) years allowed for completion. To maintain matriculation status, students must register for coursework during each regular fall and spring semester. Should a student choose not to register for a course during a fall or spring semester, the student must complete a Change in Students Status form. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.

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Interdisciplinary Core

All students complete a 15-credit interdisciplinary core of courses. There is no prescribed sequence for taking the courses. The interdisciplinary core consists of the following:

IDST3400 Applications of Computers in Health Care

3 credits

IDST3510 Principles of Scientific Inquiry

3 credits

IDST4115 Health Care Organizations

3 credits

IDST4150 Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Practice

3 credits

IDST4200 Cultural Issues in Health Care

3 credits


Click here for descriptions of the interdisciplinary core courses and specialization courses.

Allied Dental Track


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The Allied Dental specialization is geared towards licensed dental hygienists and dental assistants who wish to obtain a bachelor’s degree.  Dental assistants must be graduates of an accredited, academic Dental Assisting program. The program is designed to prepare allied dental professionals for positions in dental management, teaching, sales and marketing, and research.

For more detailed information on the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program - Allied Dental specialization, click here.

Health Services Management and Education Track


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The Health Services Management and Education specialization is open to health related professionals who possess a minimum of an associate’s degree and desire to advance their career opportunities in health services management or health professions education. All courses are offered online and are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters of the University.

For more information on the Health Services Management and Education specialization and to obtain a copy of the brochure, click here.  Go to the Interdisciplinary Studies.

Imaging Sciences


The Imaging Sciences Specialization is designed for the Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist who desires to qualify for the American Association of Radiologic Technologists advanced certification in Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Mammography and/or Quality Assurance. With the bachelor’s degree and specialization, a wide array of career opportunities await the Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist.

For more information on the Imaging Sciences specialization and to obtain a copy of the brochure, click here.  

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