In 1912, Baptist Memorial Hospital began care for patients and also initiated a school for nursing. Through the years, the hospital continued to promote education by adding studies in Radiological Sciences and Nuclear Medicine. Respiratory Care and Medical Laboratory Science programs gained regional attention. Then, in 1994, Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences was officially chartered and assumed the role of specialized health education conferring Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and Health Sciences. Today, Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences, often referred to as Baptist College of Health Sciences (BCHS), enrolls more than one thousand students on its campus in Memphis, TN.
BCHS is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Clinical Allied Health programs also have accreditation by relevant professional agencies.
BCHS focuses on health related Bachelor’s degrees offering students the following options:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Health Sciences, with a major in:
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Medical Laboratory Science
- Medical Radiography
- Nuclear Medicine Technology
- Radiation Therapy
- Respiratory Care
division of General and Health Studies
- Bachelor of Health Sciences, Health Care Management - Pinnacle Program
- Bachelor of Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences (new in 2013)
- Interdisciplinary Studies Minor, open to all students
The degree programs at BCHS offer students a variety of options. The 19-month Health Care Management Pinnacle Program meets the needs of adult students desiring a Bachelor’s degree. Prerequisites for the program include a minimum of 60 earned credit hours with a minimum 2.5 GPA and three years of work experience. Once-a-week evening classes provide convenience for adult students. The newly introduced Biomedical Sciences program prepares students for further studies in professions, such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, optometry, and other health related professions. More specialized degrees, like the Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs prepares students for careers in ultrasound. Likewise, Radiation Therapy gives students the necessary skills to care for cancer patients. And, the Nursing program targets the desired needs of both entry-level nurses and establishes a foundation for future nurse practitioners and midwives. Baptist College of Health Sciences partners with medical facilities, in addition to multiple organizations, in order to further support the hands-on learning experience of students. Nearby facilities include:
- Baptist Memorial Health Care Hospitals
- The Memphis and Shelby County Public Health Department
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- The Regional Medical Center at Memphis
For added flexibility, BCHS does offer select coursework online and through blended learning and web-assisted formats. Students participating in online instruction must complete an online assessment and enroll in an online education session. In addition, on-campus attendance may be required for online students, if denoted by the instructor. Blended learning formats typically integrate online learning with traditional on-campus coursework while web-assisted learning supplements traditional on-campus courses with online materials, like a course syllabus, assignments, or online assessments.
Tuition for all majors is $366 per credit hour, not including fees, with the exception of the Health Care Management Pinnacle Program, with tuition of $380 per credit hour, not including fees.
Baptist College of Health Sciences supports financial aid through grants, scholarships, and loan programs. Federal funding includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Subsidized / Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans, and Federal PLUS Loans. For eligible students, Tennessee state also awards the Tennessee Student Assistance Award, State Grants Tennessee Student Assistance Award, the HOPE Scholarship, General Assembly Merit Scholarship, Aspire Award, and HOPE Access Grant. Baptist College of Health Sciences also offers academic awards and scholarships to qualifying students. In addition, senior students at BCHS participating in a clinical major may receive a tuition deferral based on the workforce needs at the Baptist Corporation.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Bachelor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:N/A
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