Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

The new Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree was designed for individuals who have earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in an allied health field from a North Carolina Community College.

This program provides a seamless pathway for allied health professionals who aspire to earn a bachelor’s degree. The program provides a flexible and affordable way to build on the skills and experiences students obtained as part of their associate degree program and/or in their field of practice.

Transferring to Appalachian State University with an associate degree (AAS) in allied health enables students to apply a minimum of 30 hours of their previously earned credits toward a bachelor's degree in health sciences. For example, the course credits that comprise the technical or clinical practice component of the AAS degree will be accepted at Appalachian State and used to satisfy the specialization requirements of the baccalaureate degree. 

Individuals with AAS degrees in health-related fields who are interested in:
1. being promoted to leadership roles within their discipline
2. pursuing a post-graduate degree at a later date, or
3. teaching within their discipline at a community college may be interested in this degree.

Graduates from this broad, transfer-friendly program will gain a strong background in the diverse health professions field and enhanced leadership skills they need to advance in their respective fields. 

About the Program

The B.S. in Health Science degree program at Appalachian State University is a new program offered face-to-face, hybrid or online and will begin in Fall 2024 in Boone, Hickory, or online. 

The program is part of the Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management housed in the Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS), which also includes five other departments with multiple undergraduate and graduate programs related to health and well-being. 

For more information, please contact Transfer Admissions at (828) 262-7877.

Why Choose App State?

The program provides an affordable, accessible, and flexible pathway for students to complete a bachelor’s degree.

  • The program is designed for students who already have completed their AAS in an allied health field and may be working professionals in their respective fields.

  • Students will have the opportunity to enroll in well-established courses with experienced and supportive faculty.

  • With the support of experienced academic advisors, students are invited to forge their educational pathways to achieve their unique professional goals.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students will apply for admission as transfer students and must meet Appalachian State University’s admissions requirements:

  • Cumulative college GPA must be 2.25 or higher

  • Only grades of C or higher will transfer to Appalachian State 

  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from an accredited allied health Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program at a North Carolina Community College  

Program Location

This program can be completed online, in Boone, or at the Hickory campus.

Course of Study

The Bachelor’s in Health Science program requires 120 hours of coursework, and 30 or more hours of allied health courses taken as part of a student’s AAS degree will count towards these hours.

Most full-time students will complete the degree in approximately 2 to 2.5 years.