Online Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies

Discover how health care professionals contribute experiences, skill sets and resources that lead to positive outcomes for patients in this Bachelor of Science in medical studies online from Arizona State University. Upon completing this pre-med bachelor’s degree program, you’ll be prepared with the scientific background and interpersonal skills needed to pursue graduate studies in health care.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 07/01/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 38

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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Prepare for advanced health care education with a medical studies degree

This online pre-med degree can set you on the path toward your future career in health care. Your courses will provide you with the prerequisite knowledge needed to apply to a variety of professional programs and prepare you for entrance exams. Health-related graduate programs you may pursue include:

  • Dentistry.
  • Medicine (MD/DO).
  • Naturopathy.
  • Occupational therapy.
  • Optometry.
  • Pharmacy.
  • Physician assistant.
  • Podiatry.
  • Veterinary.

Please note, you must research the admission requirements for any professional schools you plan to apply to.

What you’ll learn in this pre-med bachelor’s degree

This program focuses on building your competencies as a future member of a health care team. While you’ll gain core knowledge in the sciences, you’ll also learn about evidence-based decision-making, health communication and cultural competence. You’ll graduate with a refined toolkit in leadership, critical thinking and professionalism in health care settings.

Customizable to your future goals, you’ll also have the opportunity to take courses that support your career path. You’ll complete an experiential learning course in your area of interest to culminate the program. In an internship, research or clinical health care course, you’ll apply what you learn to a supervised practical experience in a health-related setting.

Gain hands-on experience with in-person lab sessions

This pre-med program has an in-person, organic chemistry lab requirement at ASU’s Tempe campus. During a one-week summer session, you’ll conduct hands-on experiments, connect with fellow students and engage with faculty. The skills you’ll build in this lab experience are designed to support your post-graduation goals.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Pre-med courses in natural sciences, communication, leadership and more

As a medical studies major, you’ll take foundational courses that build the knowledge needed for professional health studies, such as anatomy, physiology, biology and chemistry. You’ll also explore topics ranging from patient-centered care and ethics to complementary health care and patient-provider relationships. Courses may include:


What can you do with a bachelor’s in medical studies?

This program will prepare you with the academic background needed to pursue a career in the health care field. While continuing on to professional school is a popular option for graduates, you’ll also be equipped for roles as a community health worker, project coordinator, research assistant and more. Additional career examples include, but aren’t limited to:

Chiropractor


Growth: 8.8 %
Salary: $75,380

Dentist


Growth: 4.4 %
Salary: $155,040

Medical Doctor (MD)


Growth: 2.5 %
Salary: $214,460

Naturopathic Doctor


Growth: 2.0 %
Salary: $106,230

Occupational Therapist (OT)


Growth: 11.5 %
Salary: $93,180

Optometrists


Growth: 8.8 %
Salary: $125,590

Pharmacist


Growth: 2.6 %
Salary: $132,750

Physician Assistant (PA)


Growth: 26.5 %
Salary: $126,010

Podiatrist


Growth: 1.0 %
Salary: $148,720

Learn from renowned medical professionals across disciplines

Our faculty brings a high-level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.
  • Utilizing advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.

Learn from renowned medical professionals across disciplines

Our faculty brings a high-level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.
  • Utilizing advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Developing the health workforce of the future

At the College of Health Solutions, students and faculty research solutions to pressing global health challenges while preparing the health workforce of the future. Ongoing partnerships with the medical community offer students access to professional resources and networking opportunities with Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, HonorHealth, Dignity Health and more.

6,500+


students.

250+


Barrett honors scholars.

160+


faculty members.

$14.5 million


research expenditures.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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