Touro College School of Health Sciences Offers New Baccalaureate in Health Sciences

Date: July 20, 2012
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Degree to Prepare Graduates for Growing Health Care Jobs.

New York, N.Y. – The Touro College School of Health Sciences today announced a new degree offering for undergraduates – a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – to prepare graduates for jobs in the growing field of health care.

The new program complements two other degree programs currently offered to undergraduates at the School, a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. Psychology.

“This new degree will introduce students to the health sciences field, the health care system, and various opportunities available within the allied health field, including health care management,” said Dr. Louis Primavera, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “Our primary focus will be to give students the background to take advantage of the numerous health care opportunities that will continue to grow in New York and the United States.”

According to the United States Department of Labor, there will be a 30.3 percent increase in the number of health care jobs between now and 2014, an increase of 4.7 million new health care jobs. In December, Fortune magazine ranked “health care professionals” and “health care management and support staff” second and third, respectively, on a list of ten “Hot Careers” for 2012.

The new B.S. in Health Sciences will provide a foundation in liberal arts and sciences, along with a core health sciences curriculum. The degree is designed for students who wish:

  • To become pharmaceutical or hospital sales representatives
  • To become specialists in insurance companies (e.g., research assistants or science technicians)
  • To acquire a bachelor’s degree to enter a health sciences professional degree program
  • To acquire a general degree in the health field or who have a professional interest in health

“There is an unprecedented demand for qualified health sciences professionals,” noted Elliot Hymes, chair of the School’s Undergraduate Studies Department. “The degree may also help those who would like to become supervisors or instructors, but who need a baccalaureate to do so.”

Established in 1972, the School of Health Sciences provides programs in a broad range of allied health professions and the medical sciences. The School has grown considerably since its inception, and is committed to making professional education accessible to students of all backgrounds. Programs are offered in multiple locations and in innovative formats. Although based in Bay Shore, Long Island, the School also offers programs at Touro’s main campus in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, in two locations in Brooklyn, and at an extension center at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, Long Island.

In addition to its three baccalaureate programs, a variety of associate, master’s and doctoral-level programs are offered: A.A.S. in Nursing, B.S./M.S. in Occupational Therapy, A.A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency, B.S./M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies, and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. The School serves more than 650 students at campuses in Bay Shore, Long Island; New York City; and Brooklyn.