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The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management (BPHM) is an online program for working adults who want to advance into leadership roles in healthcare settings. The program serves students with a wide range of backgrounds including those who may have an allied healthcare associates degree in emergency medical services, medical laboratory technology, occupational and physical therapy assisting, radiography, respiratory therapy, or sonography.
The online program helps students develop foundational knowledge and strengthen skills that are essential in today's competitive and ever-evolving health care environment. These include analytical reasoning, critical thinking, effective communication, leadership, effective resource management, problem solving, and teamwork.
Students generally enroll in 6 - 8 credits (2-3 courses) per semester and complete their degree requirements in 3-4 years. However, students may take longer, depending on their work-life balance, schedule, and credits needed to complete degree requirements. A maximum of 7 years (21 terms) is permitted.
No, the entire degree can be completed online. Many courses are delivered in a synchronous format (evenings). Select asynchronous and face-to-face classes are also available.
There are two pathways for admissions including one for those without an allied healthcare background. See admissions requirements.
The BPHM degree, awarded by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, is one of several undergraduate degrees awarded by UVA at Final Exercises each year.
The BPHM degree positions graduates for career advancement or career transition in the area of healthcare management. Graduates might also pursue graduate or professional degrees in healthcare management, business, or education.