North Central College Launches New Applied Health Sciences Degree Program

Above / The new Applied Health Sciences degree program is presented 100% online for healthcare professionals looking to advance their careers and can be completed in two academic years. Students will specialize in Applied Health Sciences while working toward their Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree.

North Central College has launched a new Applied Health Sciences degree program for healthcare professionals who want to advance their careers. The program was designed as an opportunity for certified health care workers with an associate’s degree to earn their bachelor’s degree and be able to progress in their current profession or pursue a graduate health science program. . The program will be offered 100% online and can be completed in two academic years. Students will specialize in Applied Health Sciences while working toward their Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree.

Dr. Troy Hammond, President of North Central College

“North Central College has made incredible strides in recent years to become a major player in preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals in our region,” said President Troy D. Hammond. “We have entered a new phase in this journey with the launch of our comprehensive Applied Health Sciences program, which has been designed for working professionals. The program aims to fill a long-existing gap for healthcare workers looking to hone their skills and reach the next level in their careers without having to put their lives on hold.

Eligible students must have previously earned an Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and certification in their respective healthcare field. The program is designed to build on the knowledge base that students have gained through their previous course of study and practical work experience, allowing them to deepen their expertise in the field of healthcare and professional development. contribute their knowledge and skills in a highly collaborative learning environment.

“Many hospital and health care systems require a bachelor’s degree for promotion and continued advancement,” said Marci J. Swede, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences at North Central College. “There are countless numbers of dedicated healthcare professionals in the workforce today – many of whom have families and other obligations – who face barriers to career advancement because they do not hold the degree required. North Central’s Applied Health Sciences program was designed specifically for these individuals. This will allow them to remain in the workforce while being part of a transformative, interprofessional learning experience where they will cultivate new skills and advance their knowledge and expertise.

Features of North Central Applied Health Sciences Program

  • 100% online model designed to be completed in two academic years
  • Opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree while building on the knowledge students have previously acquired through a prior degree and work experience
  • Interdisciplinary program including courses in research, ethics, psychology and leadership
  • Pathway opportunities to graduate programs in health sciences

Bridge Opportunities to Graduate Healthcare Programs

Qualified students earning their Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences degree may use their major as a “gateway” or “direct entry” opportunity into identified graduate health care programs at North Central College. This is made possible by taking prerequisite courses and meeting the necessary standards. North Central offers the following health professions graduate degrees:

Program details and contact

For more information on North Central College’s Applied Health Sciences program, visit

Questions can be directed to Kristin Ann Paloncy-Patel, assistant professor of health sciences, at (630) 637-5515 or [email protected]

North Central College since 1861

North Central College provides students with the confidence, instruction, and direction they need to surpass their personal best inside and outside the classroom and throughout their careers. Founded in 1861 and located just 28 miles west of Chicago in historic Naperville, Illinois, named one of the “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine—North Central enrolls nearly 3,000 students and offers more than 70 undergraduate programs, 60 additional undergraduate and concentration programs, and 16 graduate programs. Visit to find out why US News and World Report named North Central one of the best schools in the Midwest for 20 consecutive years and learn more about the College’s state-of-the-art facilities and distinctive programs.

Submitted by Kelly Murphy, Associate Director, Communications and Public Relations, for North Central College.

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