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Many rich and varied opportunities are available to you in the health care industry—especially at USI.

The U.S. health care system changes quickly, and you can stay ahead of the curve by completing a bachelor's degree in health services at USI. Employment in the medical field is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations as the industry continues to expand and diversify.

Graduates of our health services program have an outstanding job placement record and an almost perfect acceptance rate to graduate school. No other undergraduate health care degree program in Indiana has an equivalent track record of career outcomes. Our students gain a broad understanding of the healthcare system through the exploration of topics and issues that influence the health of the community and the individuals themselves.

In addition, no other Indiana health care program for undergraduates can match USI's combination of hands-on faculty, research opportunities, practical experience and career-oriented specialization. The health services program at USI offers a superb academic experience that will prepare students for the complex roles they will perform in formulating the future of health care in the United States.

Health Services Program Mission

The Bachelor of Science in Health Services flows from the mission of the College of Nursing and Health Professions.  As such, the mission of the program is:

"Promoting innovative and work-force aligned healthcare education through engaged interprofessional learning, research, and strategic partnerships".

Health Services Degree Options

The Health Services Program at USI offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Services with multiple concentration areas, including a broad generalist option, as well as three career-oriented specialties:

  •           Gerontology
  •           Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness
  •           Public Health

Additionally, those students who already hold an active clinical license will be able to advance their healthcare career with a health sciences bachelor's degree completion option.

To find out how USI's health services degree can help you compete for the best health care jobs and graduate school placements, contact USI Admission at 800-467-1965.

Opportunities

Careers in Health Services

Unique opportunities give you an edge in the health care job market.

USI's Bachelor of Health Services degree offers unique opportunities that help you compete successfully for health care jobs and graduate school admissions. Our health services degree covers advanced subject matter and enables you to:

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Spotlight

Rebecca Lucas, Administrator-in-Training

When Rebecca Lucas was growing up in Elkhart, Indiana, she and her sister would often travel to Ohio to visit their grandmother. While they were in Ohio, their grandmother would take them to the nursing home to see their great-grandmother whom the girls called, “Grammy Donna.”

“I couldn’t wait to go there,” she recalled. “I would walk the halls as if everyone was a family member, stopping in just about every room before I was ready to leave. I didn’t know it at the time, but I had already found what I wanted to be when I grew up: a nursing home administrator.”

As a student at the University of Southern Indiana, Lucas started on a path to achieving her career goals, and the university's partnership with Trilogy Health Services helped her get a head start. In 2017, the same year she was finishing up her undergraduate degree in Health Services at USI, Lucas, who was also enrolled in USI's Master of Health Administration (MHA) 4+1 program, was selected as the first recipient of the Trilogy USI Administrator-in-Training (AIT) Residency Program scholarship, becoming the first student in Indiana to begin an AIT residency as an undergraduate student. After completing her AIT at Trilogy’s RiverOaks Health Campus in Princeton, Indiana, and before earning her MHA degree in Spring 2018, Lucas passed state and national nursing home examinations, which earned her additional notoriety as the first USI student to pass both licensure exams before graduation.

Lucas has fulfilled her childhood dream: she is currently employed as executive director at The Villages at Oak Ridge in Washington, Indiana. 

Dr. Katie Ehlman, associate professor of gerontology at USI, said Lucas has blazed a trail for other students interested in gerontology and long-term care. “Our collaboration with Trilogy offers the opportunity for students to complete a 1,040-hour AIT residency under the guidance of a qualified nursing home administrator to fulfill requirements set by the Indiana State Department of Health,” said Ehlman. “Embedding the Trilogy USI AIT residency program into the curriculum closes the loop for USI College of Nursing and Health Professions to be able to guarantee to the community a very high caliber of student who not only meets the knowledge required for licensure, but who also promote culture change and quality of care for residents and staff.”

Learn more about AIT opportunities at USI by visiting USI.edu/health/health-services/internship-or-administrator-in-training-ait-residency/ 

Macie Martin, Class of 2023

Macie Martin will graduate from USI in May of 2023 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services and a minor in Human Resources.

She is a class leader of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) that is sponsored through the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant. Macie went through a leadership training in preparation to become a CDSMP leader as a part of the independent study that she completed with Dr. Nimkar in Health Services. She works as an intern through USI in the GWEP and has undergone training to become a leader at the Minka House on campus.

She currently works in Human Resources at the American Trailer Rental Group. She’s the president of Student for Gender Violence Awareness at USI which stives to eradicate sexual and domestic violence on campus. Macie has been a leader at Service Saturday events through USI such as the cleanup of Posey Humane Society and making mats for the homeless.

Allison Worden, Class of 2018

Allison Worden graduated from USI in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Services with a concentration in Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness and a minor in Public Health.

She currently works as a community health coach at HealthNet Care Center, a federally qualified health center in downtown Indianapolis.

“USI prepared me for my career, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to attend USI for four years,” she said. “USI was my home away from home and a place I will never forget!”