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What is a BPHM Degree?
The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management (BPHM) draws upon an adult student's maturity and experience as an allied health care professional to study topics related to health care management. The program prepares students with professional backgrounds in radiography, medical sonography, physical therapy assistant, and respiratory therapy to assume managerial and leadership roles in the health care system.  
The program targets health care professionals who hold an associate's degree and national certification in one of the four identified health care fields, but who require a bachelor’s degree to advance in management and leadership roles within their careers. The online program offers a comprehensive and well-designed curriculum to help students develop their foundational knowledge, and strengthen those skills that are essential in today's competitive and ever-evolving health care environment. These skills include analytical reasoning, critical thinking, effective communication, leadership, effective resource management, problem solving, and teamwork.
How long will it take me to complete this program?
Students will be able to enroll in 6 - 8 credits (2-3 courses) per semester and complete their degree requirements for the 60-credit program in as little as 11 terms. Other students, however, may take longer, as their work-life balance and schedule permit, but not to take longer than 21 terms or 7 years. The program will emphasize competency and skills development in the areas of communication, relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of health care, and business skills, necessary for professional growth and advancement in the health care industry.
Do I need to attend classes on UVA grounds to complete this program? 
Students complete their degree requirements online on a part-time basis while continuing to work, enabling them to balance work, education, and family while seeking to broaden their career opportunities and growth potential.  The program is delivered primarily online with only four courses having a brief in-person on-Grounds experience in Charlottesville. The program content and discussions are delivered online using both synchronous and asynchronous delivery formats, and emphasize student engagement, active participation, and relevant applications within their current health care practice settings.
What are the admission requirements for the BPHM program?

  • Associate’s degree in one of the four medical fields of respiratory therapy, physical therapy assistant, medical sonography and radiography from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) or another accredited college
  • 60 transferable credits
  • National certification in one of the four medical fields
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

Will I receive a UVA degree upon graduation?
The BPHM degree is one of several undergraduate degrees awarded by UVA. You can expect the same quality and standard of excellence as you would with any UVA program. BPHM is simply a UVA degree awarded through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
What can I do with a BPHM degree after I graduate?
The BPHM degree, earned at one of the nation's top public universities, helps position our graduates for career advancement or career transition in the area of health care management. Our graduates will be able to pursue career advancement opportunities in the health care management field.  They will also be prepared to seek graduate or professional degrees in health sciences management, business, or education. And for some, the BPHM program will be a means to fulfill their dream of completing their bachelor's degree.

* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

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My own experience confirms my belief in the importance of education and lifelong learning. I know what it's like to take courses online and to make sacrifices to devote myself to my studies. But I also know the kind of opportunities education opens up.
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Ana Abad-Jorge

Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management & Certificate in Health Sciences Management

After 27 years spent working with the most vulnerable of patients as a pediatric nutritionist with the UVA Health System, Ana decided to pursue her lifelong goal of teaching. She earned her doctorate in higher education and adult learning, and is now program director and assistant professor for the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management and Certificate in Health Sciences Management programs.

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