University of Minnesota | Rochester
in educational collaboration with Mayo School of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Health Professions

The Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) is an educational collaboration between the University of Minnesota Rochester and Mayo School of Health Sciences.  The curriculum has a broad focus and includes rigorous science foundations, liberal education, and prerequisite courses selected to meet the need for deeper academic preparation in health professions.  Students majoring in the health professions are admitted into one of four tracks:

Echocardiography - Ultrasound to assess cardiovascular anatomy and function

Radiography - Medical imaging to assess and assist in the treatment of injury and disease

Respiratory Care - Assessment of cardiopulmonary systems to treat and monitor heart and lung problems

Sonography - Ultrasound to diagnose, monitor and treat medical conditions

The Bachelor of Science in Health Professions is a junior admitting program at the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR).  Students complete lower-division (first year - second year) courses at the University of Minnesota Rochester, other University of Minnesota campuses, Minnesota State Colleges and University (MnSCU) institutions or other regionally accredited universities and colleges.  Students are required to complete all University of Minnesota liberal education and theme requirements prior to admission to the degree.  Requirements in the upper-division coursework focus on development of technical skills, clinical research applications, health care management and clinical practicum experiences.  Additional information about the degree:

  • BSHP deadline is February 1st.
  • All tracks require the same prerequisite and general/liberal education coursework.  Please be aware that all tracks require some type of patient care experience or shadowing prior to application.  Echocardiography and sonography require Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) licensure. 
  • Academic coursework is coordinated with clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic to optimize the learning experience.
  • The BSHP is a full-time, clinical program.  Students can expect to be in class, laboratory or clinical Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00pm, with some evening and weekend clinical rotatons.
  • The BSHP uses a competitive admissions process. Select applicants will be invited to Rochester to interview at Mayo School of Health Sciences in March.  Successful applicants will be notified by University of Minnesota Rochester and Mayo School of Health Sciences in April.  Classes begin mid-August.
  • Students must complete 120 credits, including at least 60-66 credits in their admitted track.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status is required for admission.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Professions prepares students to become certified health professionals in select allied health fields where increased technical complexity and strong cognitive abilities are needed due to specialization and new technologies in health care.  Students successfully completing the coursework will receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Professions degree from the University of Minnesota and a certificate from Mayo School of Health Sciences in their respective track and be eligible to take the appropriate professional certification examinations.