Health Sciences at NIU

Your career as a physical therapist or health care professional starts here.

Choose health sciences to build a strong, flexible foundation for your health care career. In addition to patient care and outcomes, you'll learn about health care management and finance with a global perspective. Whether you plan to continue your studies in graduate school or enter the workforce, you'll have the knowledge, skills and cultural competence to succeed.

Already licensed/credentialed in a related field? Learn about our online health sciences degree completion program.


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What Can I Do With a Health Sciences Degree?

Our program will prepare you to begin graduate study in physical therapy or another area, or explore rewarding positions such as:

  • Patient educator
  • Community health organizer
  • Health care facility coordinator
  • Job coach
  • Activity therapist

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Career Potential for Health Sciences


Job outlook growth 2020 - 2030


Median salary in a related field


Jobs in 2020

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Overview

In addition to your health care knowledge, our science-based curriculum will build your communication and critical-thinking skills. Depending on your goals after graduation, you can choose one of two emphases:

  • General health sciences: to prepare for a career in health and human services.
  • Pre-physical therapy: to prepare to be a physical therapist (graduate degree required).

What degree will I earn?

You'll earn a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology.

How do I get in?

The NIU application is free and we are also on the Common App. Find out more about application deadlines and requirements.

What will it cost?

Tuition as a full-time student is $4,803.79 per term. More information about tuition and fees can be found on the bursar's website.

How long will it take to graduate?

You can finish the degree in four years.

NIU Admission Requirements


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.



We think your high school GPA is a better predictor of your success.

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How to Apply

NIU is a supportive, exciting place to start your college career, as well as a flexible and rewarding next step for transfer students. If you'll be a first-year college student, you can apply using our application or by adding us to your Common App list. Transfer students, we have an application process just for you.

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