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 (UMR) and Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS). The BSHP is a junior admitting program at UMR. Students can complete lower-division (first year - second year) courses at UMR or at another regionally accredited university or college. Students must complete all University of Minnesota liberal education and theme requirements prior to admission. The BSHP Program focuses on development of technical skills, clinical research applications, health care management and clinical practicum experiences. The curriculum has a broad focus and includes rigorous science foundations and liberal education courses. Students are prepared to become certified health professionals where increased technical complexity and strong cognitive abilities are needed due to specialization and new technologies in health care.

Students will receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Professions degree from the University of Minnesota Rochester and a certificate from Mayo School of Health Sciences in their respective track and be eligible to take the appropriate professional certification examinations.

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

Additional information about the degree:

  • BSHP application deadline is February 1st.
  • All tracks require the same prerequisite and general/liberal education coursework. NOTE: Some regionally accredited colleges may not offer all the prerequisites needed for the degree.
  • All tracks require some type of patient care experience or shadowing prior to application. Echocardiography and Sonography require Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 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 - 5:00 pm, with some evening and weekend clinical rotations.
  • The BSHP uses a competitive admissions process. Select applicants will be invited to Rochester to interview at MSHS in March. Successful applicants will be notified of admissions by UMR and MSHS 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.