Frequently Asked Questions | Health Science

Is the program accredited or certified?

Pacific University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Do I have to have an Associate Degree to apply?

Applicants are not required to have an Associate's Degree to apply to the BHS program. Ideally, students should have 114 quarter or 76 semester credits prior to starting the program so they are able to graduate with their cohort after completing the 40-credit BHS program. Students who take Healthcare Spanish I & II to meet Pacific University's language requirement will have an additional 4 credits to apply toward meeting the 120 credit minimum to earn a Bachelors of Science degree. 

Is a minimum GPA required to be admitted to the program?

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. The Admissions Committee will review applications and evaluate each candidate from a comprehensive perspective that includes professional experience (resume), reference letters, and a personal essay. See our Admissions Requirements for more information.

Do applicants need previous healthcare experience?

Yes. Applicants should have experience working in the healthcare industry. This experience can be volunteer work, internships, job shadowing, or paid experience. See our Admissions Requirements for more information.

How long is the BHS program?

The BHS program takes a minimum of 11 months to complete during three continuous semesters (fall, spring, and summer). Classes begin at the end of August and end at the beginning of the next August. There are multiple breaks between sets of classes throughout the program so students can work on internship hours or other activities.

How many hours a day is the program?

The BHS program is designed for the working professional using distance technology for course delivery. The number of hours each student may spend to study and prepare course assignments varies. Typically, students participate in live lectures two to three times a week, which is four to six hours of class time plus homework, reading, studying, or discussions outside of structured class time.  

When can I begin the BHS program?

Each cohort begins late August. Application materials are now available.

Will my coursework from another institution transfer?

Student transcripts will be reviewed and evaluated by the Admissions staff on an individual basis. Each student will have an opportunity to discuss transfer credits and total credits needed to complete Pacific's bachelor's degree requirements. Credit transfers are only accepted from regionally accredited institutions, but we encourage you to submit transcripts from all previous institutions.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Students need to complete the FAFSA online before applying for financial aid. The amount of financial aid each student is eligible to receive is determined on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions about financial aid, budgeting, repayment, or other education-related financial concerns, please contact Pacific's Financial Aid Office.

Does the BHS program have any scholarships available?

Yes! The BHS program has several scholarships available. The Alumni Scholarship is available to students who have a Pacific University Alumni write a letter of recommendation for the student's BHS application. The Supervisor Scholarship is available to students who have a past or current supervisor write a letter of recommendation for entry into the BHS program. Lastly, all students are welcome to submit an essay for the Director's Scholarship. Faculty and staff in the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership review each essay and award scholarships to the top submission. 



Contact Us

Emily McDaniel | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions
503-352-7219 |

Financial Aid Office
503-352-2222 |
Toll-free: 877-722-8648 ext. 2222