Degrees in health sciences and health profession studies are among the newest offerings available to undergraduate students this fall at Georgian Court University.

The new bachelor of science in health sciences and a bachelor of arts in health profession studies will launch at the university’s Lakewood campus in September. They will expand to the university’s GCU@Hazlet location in early 2019.

“The demand for health care education is undeniable,” said GCU President Joseph R. Marbach, noting the significant growth the university continues to see in existing majors like nursing and exercise science, wellness and sports.

“Nationally, health-related jobs are growing faster than all other sectors, and part of our job, as a university, is to make sure employers have the talent they need, whether that is in hospitals, pharmacies and laboratories, or in community clinics and corporate wellness centers.”

There are distinct differences between the two degrees, but each mirrors GCU’s goal of launching new programs directly related to market demand.

For example, the bachelor of science in health sciences prepares students for further study and professional training. Graduates may ultimately work in fields like medical imaging, clinical laboratory science, genetic counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, dentistry, optometry and podiatry.

“This is an excellent option for those science-savvy students who want to be pre-med, pre-physical therapy, or pre-physician assistant,” said Justin G. Roy, vice president for enrollment at GCU.

The new health profession studies program, meanwhile, is perfect for students who like multiple aspects of health care.

“The B.A. in health profession studies is flexible and offers broad options for pursuing jobs such as patient care assistant, patient care coordinator, hospital or medical office manager, patient advocate, patient navigator and many other roles,” Roy explained. “Georgian Court is meeting students and the employer market for well-prepared talent, where they are.”

Prospective students interested in either program can currently apply for Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 admission.

For information, visit georgian.edu/apply or call 732-987-2700.