Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, which is housed in the Department of Health and Human Performance and grounded in the Liberal Arts Core of the university, provides students resources for developing professional skills in exercise testing, physical activity leadership, health and fitness assessment, exercise programming, wellness coaching and public health and health promotion.

Graduates are prepared for beginning administrative, supervisory, and leadership positions in commercial and community health and athletic clubs, in corporate fitness and wellness centers/programs, and for graduate study in health education, exercise science, occupational therapy, athletic training, chiropractic medicine, physical therapy and public health. In addition, qualified students may apply for an accelerated B.S. to M.S. program in Health Education and Promotion.

Students will choose from three (with a fourth coming soon) emphasis areas: 

  • Pre-Physical Therapy - For those interested in Physical Therapy.  Qualified incoming students may be eligible for the PT Scholars Program which guarantees admission to Marymount's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
  • Pre-Professional - For those interested in pursuing careers in Athletic Training, Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, and others health sciences careers.
  • Public Health students in this emphasis area are strongly encouraged to apply for the combined BS to MS in Health Education and Promotion Program.  See details in the current catalog.
  • Coming Fall 2020 - Exercise Science!  Based on recommendations of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Transfer and currently enrolled health sciences students interested in this emphasis for Spring 2020 should contact the Chair of the Department at

Students completing the baccalaureate degree in Marymount’s health sciences programs are prepared to apply for Exercise Physiologist or Personal Trainer certifications by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing

Upon successful completion of the Health Sciences program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate the knowledge required to function as competent entry-level professionals in the health/fitness industry;
  • demonstrate competence in using equipment, industry tools/inventories, and/or other practical "hands-on" applications typically used in health and wellness settings and/or clinical settings;
  • demonstrate the ability to effectively educate and/or counsel individuals regarding behavior modification for the promotion of health and wellness;
  • apply ethical standards to the conduct of health and wellness programs; and
  • evaluate information to address the health needs/concerns of individuals or groups.

Preparing students to be skilled, caring healthcare professionals.