The Dominican University health sciences program is a well-rounded, interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program that provides excellent career prospects.

If you’re interested in an entry-level job in any area of the health sector, consider our Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. It will give you the academic theory you need to polish your resume, while teaching you the in-demand skills that employers crave and will help you stand out from the crowd.

On the other hand, if you’re dreaming of a higher-level healthcare career, as an occupational therapist, physical therapist, athletic therapist, or physician’s assistant, you’re required by law to hold a graduate-level qualification. So, we’ve tailored our course concentrations (called ‘tracks’) to ensure you get a comprehensive grounding in the relevant subjects and are well-prepared for a masters- or doctor-level professional degree. In fact, Dominican University offers a Master of Science-Occupational Therapy program and a Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Also, if you’ve got a flair for business, you can also earn up to 15 credits toward a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare Management.

Of course, going to a University isn’t just about academics, so we’ve made sure all our students get the support they need to succeed with their course while also have heaps of fun along the way. If you choose Dominican University, you’ll have the opportunity to join any of a wide range of clubs, participate in great student activities and take advantage of everything nearby New York City has to offer.

A career in healthcare is truly rewarding and our society needs more healthcare workers. You’ll find a Dominican University health sciences degree will prepare you for a successful and really fulfilling career while also giving you a great university experience.

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An interdisciplinary health sciences degree to prepare you for a diverse range of rewarding careers

The highest levels of personal support

Staff who are committed to your success

The finest small-university athletic program in the region

A spirited campus environment

Close proximity to New York City and three major airports

The Dominican Difference

It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter what sport you play, or what club you’re in, everyone in this school is a family and we all love to live together and be a part of this campus.

Jonathan Brown, ’14

Over 15,000

Full-time Faculty

Miles from NYC

100% of First-Time,
Full-Time Freshman Receive Financial Aid

Job Opportunities

The Dominican University undergraduate health sciences program will prepare you for a graduate health sciences program as well as for post-college employment.

Upon successfully completing our program, you’ll be qualified for employment in a hospital, medical laboratory, pharmaceutical company, doctor’s office, insurance company, or consulting firm.

Here are some examples of the kinds of jobs you might pursue:

  • Cardiovascular technician
  • Dental hygienist
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Physical therapy assistant
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Registered health information technician
  • Biomedical equipment technician
  • Medical lab technician
  • Cancer registrar
  • EKG technologist
  • Audiology technician
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Paramedic
  • Veterinary technician
  • Radiation therapist
  • Medical assistant

If you also successfully complete a graduate-level health sciences program, you will also be qualified for additional jobs in such fields as:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Athletic training
  • Physician assistance

What You’ll Learn

Our health sciences bachelor’s degree will provide you with critical healthcare knowledge and teach you the full range of technical healthcare skills you need to succeed in clinical and non-clinical healthcare roles. And because ‘hard skills’ are only half of what you’ll need to excel in your chosen vocation, our health sciences program will also help you build essential ‘soft skills’ like critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, information literacy, information management, and communication skills — all of which will set you on the right path no matter what your future holds.

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Course structure

All students participating in our health sciences program take the following eight core courses for a total of 24 credits:

  • HL201 — Introduction to Healthcare and the Health Professions
  • HL210 — Lifespan Human Development
  • HL225 — Advanced Writing: Composition in the Health Sciences
  • HL301 — Medical Terminology
  • HL311 — Promotion of Health and Disease Prevention
  • HL401 — Professionalism within the Health Sciences
  • HL411 — Health Information Management
  • HL421 — Health Sciences Seminar and Research


When you participate in our undergraduate health sciences degree, you’ll choose one of four concentrations:

  • General Track (122 credits) — This is a great choice if you’re seeking an entry-level job that doesn’t require an advanced degree or you’d like to apply for a professional program at another college or university
  • Pre-occupational Therapy Track (126 credits) — If you would like to pursue a career as an occupational therapist (which requires at least a master’s degree in occupational therapy), this track will prepare you for your graduate studies
  • Pre-physical Therapy Track (126 credits) — If you dream of becoming a physical therapist, this track includes all the prerequisites for our Doctor of Physical Therapy program (practicing physical therapists must hold a DPT degree)
  • Pre-athletic Training Track (128 credits) — From 2022, athletic trainers must hold at least a masters-level degree in athletic training, so if that’s your ideal vocation, this track will prepare you for a master’s degree (and if you’re one of the highest-qualifying graduates of this track, you’re guaranteed preference in the selection processes of the graduate athletic training programs at Daemen College, Neumann University, Slippery Rock University, and the University of Buffalo)

Department Staff

AnnMarie DelliPizzi Citardi, B.S., M.S., PhD

AnnMarie DelliPizzi Citardi, B.S., M.S., PhD

Associate Professor of Biology, Health Professions Advisor, Coordinator of Health Sciences Program

Jim Crawley, M.Ed., ATC, PT, HSS-SSE

Jim Crawley, M.Ed., ATC, PT, HSS-SSE

Assistant Professor Health Sciences Program, NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, Chi Alpha Sigma Moderator

Kerry Zona

Kerry Zona

Administrative Assistant

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