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's Degree to apply?

Applicants are not required to have an Associate's Degree to apply to the BHS program. Student's must have 114 quarter or 76 semester credits prior to starting the program.

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 or curriculum vitae), reference letters, and two personal essays. See our Admissions Requirements for more information.

Do applicants need previous healthcare experience?

Yes. Applicants must 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, three continuous semesters. 

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, but it is anticipated that the average amount of study time per day is approximately two and a half hours. Courses are offered as a cohort in a block schedule with 13-14 credits required per semester. 

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.

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