Academic Programs

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) degree. CHS has pathways that allow BSHS students to progress to California Northstate University’s College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and the College of Psychology, provided they maintain certain benchmarks. Pathways are not programs and CHS students must meet the admission criteria of each individual CNU professional school in order to be able to progress. CHS also offers a pathway with CNU Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MPS) program.

CHS also offers a curriculum plan designed for those who already have a Bachelor’s degree and want to meet prerequisites for professional schools in the health professions as well as to improve his/her academic credentials and application portfolio to those schools – the Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate coursework (PMPB). The PMPB coursework is not a program and does not lead to a diploma or a degree.


Bachelor of Science (BS)

In the undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Sciences program, students may choose from three concentrations within the program: Human Biology, Biopsychology, and Health Science Administration. Each concentration has a defined curriculum progressing from introductory to advanced courses. All concentrations include the same General Education (GE) requirements that fulfill a common set of learning outcomes spanning communication and critical thinking skills, natural sciences, liberal arts, and the social sciences. Additionally, the three concentrations are aligned with specific options for career paths in healthcare. This comprehensive program delivers a robust university education that prepares graduates to think independently and creatively as well as training them for practical occupations in health science.

Concentrations of Study Descriptions
Biotechnology

This concentration is appropriate for students interested in the latest advances in technologies that contribute to understanding the molecular nature of living organisms. Coursework is designed to support content expertise and hands-on lab skills development in areas necessary for the biotechnology industry. Key courses including Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, and Ethical Concerns in Biotechnology are just some of the options students choose from. Students that choose this concentration are prepared to pursue careers in the biotechnology industries, academic research laboratories, postgraduate work in molecular biology or biochemistry, or professional health programs.

Human Biology

This concentration is appropriate for students who are seeking focused coursework in biomedical sciences. . It is a challenging curriculum that focuses upper division coursework on advanced topics of human biology such as functional anatomy, human genetics, microbiology, immunology, and pharmacology.. Students who complete this concentration are expected to be exceptionally well prepared for a variety of professional health programs and employment in a variety of healthcare-related professions.

Biopsychology

This concentration is also appropriate for students headed for professional health programs since it includes many of the same rigorous basic science courses as the Human Biology concentration. However, students following this plan of study choose from a suite of psychology courses in the science of human behavior, mental health and mental illness. Such courses include developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, health psychology, and abnormal psychology. In addition to medical school options, students choosing this concentration will have a strong academic background for graduate schools that provide specialized training and certification for occupations such as clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors.

Health Science Administration:

This concentration is offered for students who wish to work in the administrative side of health care delivery. The curriculum includes introductory science in the first year that is essential for understanding the basics of human biology. The second to fourth years of the curriculum consist of many courses relevant to business and management. Such courses include human resources management, healthcare financing, healthcare regulations and accreditation, and entrepreneurship. Students who complete this concentration will have a strong background in business and science to work as administrators, managers, and sales representatives in hospitals, medical insurance companies, public health agencies, the pharmaceutical sector, health advocacy foundations, and other professions.


Bachelor of Sciences and Doctor of Medicine (BS-MD) Pathways

BS to MD pathways offer high school applicants multiple options to apply the professional Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at CNU College of Medicine (CNUCOM). Some pathways options are designed to allow entering freshmen to complete their pre-medicine coursework and MD in an accelerated time frame if they meet specific criteria to be admitted into CNUCOM. Students accepted into a BS to MD pathway will begin their program of study in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) undergraduate program towards obtaining their BS degree while completing all prerequisite academic coursework to satisfy CNUCOM requirements.
These students will work closely with the CHS pre-health advisors to ensure completion of all the required criteria and academic course prerequisites.

These students will also be required to participate in at least one activity per year in the CNU College of Medicine (CNUCOM) campus activity program. The CNUCOM campus activity program is designed to educate pre-medicine students about their future profession through community health service opportunities, specialty career exploration workshops, lab experiences, and special professional education sessions. These pathways offer priority acceptance to the very competitive MD program provided they meet all the CNUCOM admission criteria.

Students have the opportunity to complete their BS degree and MD degree in an accelerated time frame--six to seven years in addition to the traditional eight years.

2+4 BS-MD Pathway

Two Years Undergraduate + Four Years Doctor of Medicine. Students are required to take some classes in summer to fulfill the CNUCOM MD admissions requirements and CNUCHS degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science.

Curriculum Plan (pdf)

3+4 BS-MD Pathway

Three Years Undergraduate + Four Years Doctor of Medicine. Students have the option to take some classes in summer to fulfill the CNUCOM MD admissions requirements and CNUCHS degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science.

Curriculum Plan (pdf)

4+4 BS-MD Pathway

Four Years Undergraduate + Four Years Doctor of Medicine. Students have the option to take some classes in summer to fulfill the CNUCOM MD admissions requirements and CNUCHS degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science.

Curriculum Plan (pdf)


Bachelor of Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy (BS to PharmD) Pathways

BS to PharmD pathways offer high school applicants two options to enter the professional Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Both options are designed to allow entering freshmen to complete their pre-pharmacy coursework and PharmD in an accelerated time frame if they meet specific criteria. Students accepted into a BS to PharmD pathway option will begin their program of study in the College of Health Sciences (CNUCHS) undergraduate program towards obtaining their BS degree while completing all prerequisite academic coursework. These students will work closely with the CNUCHS pre-health advisors to ensure completion of all the required criteria and academic course prerequisites in order to be able to be considered for admission in our College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP).

These students will also be required to participate in at least one activity per year sponsored by CNUCOP. The CNUCOP campus activity is designed to educate pre-pharmacy students about their future profession through community health service opportunities, specialty career exploration workshops, lab experiences, and special professional education sessions. The BS to PharmD pathways offer priority acceptance to CNU PharmD program provided they

meet all the PharmD admission requirements. In addition, students have the opportunity to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in an accelerated time frame--six to seven years instead of the traditional eight years.

2+4 BS-PharmD Pathway

Two Years Undergraduate + Four Years Doctor of Pharmacy. Students are required to take some classes in summer to fulfill the CNUCOP PharmD admissions requirements and CNUCHS degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science.

Curriculum Plan (pdf)

3+4 BS-PharmD Pathway

Three Years Undergraduate + Four Years Doctor of PharmD. Students have the option to take some classes in summer to fulfill the CNUCOP PharmD admissions requirements and CNUCHS degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science.

Curriculum Plan (pdf)


Bachelor of Science to Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences Pathway (BS to MPS)

3+2 BS to MPS Pathway

The 3+2 BS to MPS pathway offers those interested in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical field the opportunity to complete undergraduate education and earn a Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MPS) degree in five years. Students accepted into the 3+2 BS to MPS pathway will begin their program of study in the College of Health Sciences (CNUCHS) undergraduate program towards obtaining their BS degree while completing all prerequisite academic coursework for the Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences. These students will work closely with the CNUCHS pre-health advisors to ensure completion of all the required criteria and academic course prerequisites in order to be able to be considered for admission in the MPS program.
Students admitted into the 3+2 BS to MPS pathway are required to meet the following requirements in order to be admitted to the Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences at CNU:

  • Successfully complete the MPS pre-requisite coursework
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate program and be in good standing each semester
  • Participate in at least one MPS activity per year while attending CHS
  • Submit a primary application to the MPS program
  • Submit a supplemental application to the MPS Office of Admission
  • Successfully complete the MPS admission interview

Curriculum Plan (pdf)


Bachelor of Science to Doctor of Psychology Pathway (BS to PsyD)

3+5 BS to PsyD Pathway

The 3+5 BS to PsyD pathway offers those students interested in pursuing a professional degree in clinical psychology (PsyD) the opportunity to complete undergraduate education and earn a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree in eight years. Students accepted into the 3+5 BS to PsyD pathway will begin their program of study in the College of Health Sciences (CNUCHS) undergraduate program towards obtaining their BS degree while completing all prerequisite academic coursework for the Doctor in Psychology. These students will work closely with the CNUCHS pre-health advisors to ensure completion of all the required criteria and academic course prerequisites in order to be able to be considered for admission in the CNU College of Psychology (CNUPSY).
Students admitted into the 3+5 BS to PsyD pathway are required to meet the following requirements in order to be admitted to the Doctor of Psychology at CNU:

  • Successfully complete the perquisite coursework for the CNUPSY.
  • Maintain a 3.2 GPA in the undergraduate program and be in good academic and conduct standing each semester.
  • Participate in at least one campus activity each year with the COPsy
  • Submit an application through the centralized application service for graduate study in psychology (PsyCAS) and a supplemental application to CNUPSY
  • Successfully complete the CNUPSY interview.

Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate (PMPB) Coursework

The Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate coursework is designed to enhance the academic credentials and application portfolio of students aiming for a professional degree in the health professions. The post-baccalaureate provides a comprehensive 1-year educational experience that includes coursework in biomedical science and test preparation for medical school admission (i.e., MCAT exam).

Students will complete a minimum of 27 credit hours of advanced undergraduate coursework in the physical and social sciences over the course of two semesters. Students can also enroll in elective courses to engage in a community service learning project or serve as a standardized patient in role-play mode with medical and pharmacy students as supervised by medical school faculty.

Topics covered in career-building workshops for medical school admission include health professions seminars, MCAT exam skill-building and practice testing, application procedures (AMCAS, PHARMCAS), interview coaching, and portfolio fine-tuning. A comprehensive letter of recommendation will be provided for all students who complete the program. Fall admission is open through August 31.

Learn more about Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate (PMPB)