Health Sciences


The Friends University health sciences degree is tailored to help you optimize your chance of being granted admission into your graduate program of choice. Statistically, 76 percent* of students who graduated with this degree applied for admission into a graduate program. Of those who applied, 91 percent** were accepted into their programs of choice.

(Note: Percentages are based on graduates from 2010-2013. *Excludes students with unknown post-graduate activity. **Excludes students who applied and outcome is unknown.)

Many students in the health sciences program pursue graduate programs or professional schools such as:

  • Medical school
  • Veterinary school
  • Optometry school
  • Pharmacy school
  • Physical therapy school
  • Physician assistant school
  • Dental school
  • Chiropractic school
  • Graduate programs in both medical and basic science research

At Friends, knowledgable advisers ensure your course selections and sequence align with your goal, rigorous and relevant courses are offered to help you prepare for admission tests, and a Health Sciences Committee is available to help you practice interviewing, and provide feedback and letters of recommendation.

The health sciences program also provides you with an opportunity for service, leadership and global exposure through a service-abroad experience. After completing a course that introduces the basic language skills and cultural sensitivities that will need to be honored, you will travel to another country for two weeks and work in a service capacity. We’ve seen this experience change students in ways that become apparent in their personal statements and answers during interviews. You, too, could use these experiences to show graduate program admissions committees your unique strengths and help you move to the top of the application pool.

Program Outcomes

  • Possess knowledge of cellular structures and processes.
  • Possess knowledge of Mendelian and molecular genetics.
  • Possess knowledge of metabolic pathways and factors that can influence them.
  • Possess knowledge of the structure, function and complexity of living organisms.
  • Understand the role of homeostasis in the maintenance of life.
  • Possess knowledge of scientific method and scientific experimentation.
  • Have an appreciation of the interplay between an organism and its environment.
  • Have a basic understanding of the theory of evolution.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Medicine
  • Clinics and hospitals
  • Dentistry
  • Health facility management
  • Physical therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Optometry
  • Athletic training
  • Scientific and medical research

View health sciences courses.