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 Clinic School of Health Sciences (MCSHS). Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is a school within Mayo Clinic. As part of the BSHP program, students will gain unparalleled experiences at Mayo Clinic, where health professionals address the health and treatment needs of patients from around the world each day. Every student will be placed in a variety of settings around Mayo Clinic as part of their program.

This unique educational collaboration offers students an extensive range of opportunities and services. Mayo School of Health Sciences (MCSHS) provides the clinical faculty, coursework and clinical practicum experiences at Mayo Clinic.  Students have access to Mayo Clinic medical conferences, libraries, computer center, and simulation classrooms.  Please visit the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences for more information.

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 prerequisite coursework (including all University of Minnesota liberal education and theme requirements) prior to admission.

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:

  • 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 coursework and/or a certification related to patient care.
  • 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.
  • All programs except Radiography charge an additional program fee, and require students to take summer coursework between the junior and senior year (Radiography also requires summer work between the sophomore and junior year). Students with questions about financial aid implications are encouraged to contact OneStop.
  • The BSHP uses a competitive admissions process. Select applicants will be invited to Rochester to interview at MSHS in March; Radiography applicants may be invited to interview as early as January. Successful applicants will be notified of admissions by UMR and MSHS in April. Classes for most programs begin mid-August; Radiography begins in June.
  • Students must complete 120 credits, including at least 53-66 credits in their admitted track.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status is required for 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 Clinic School of Health Sciences in their respective track and be eligible to take the appropriate professional certification examinations.