Jake Latkofsky

“It’s reassuring to know that my hard work throughout my undergrad has led me to this opportunity, and I'm excited to start learning the content that’s essential to becoming a physical therapist.”

Health Sciences

Devoted to a healthier future.

Interested in a career in the health sciences? At Bluffton, we have 80+ majors, minors and programs including medical lab science, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, pre-medicine, pre-physical therapy and speech-language pathology and audiology. Through experiential learning in the first year, our students bridge the gap from classroom to clinic early in their professional journey.

Prepare for a career as a scientist who conducts and reads medical tests in hematology, microbiology, immunology, pathology and blood/urine/body fluid chemistry with a major in Medical Laboratory Science.

Bluffton offers two programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

  • In a 4-year dual degree program offered with Rhodes State College. Students take foundational courses at Rhodes in preparation for the NCLEX-RN examination. After passing this exam, students enter into advanced nursing coursework at Bluffton leading to a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing (BSN).
    BSN program
  • Bluffton also offers a RN to BSN degree completion program for working adults.
    RN to BSN

Bluffton’s nationally accredited nutrition and dietetics program prepares students to extend life through both clinical practice and nutrition education. We are one of two private, liberal arts colleges in Ohio with a nutrition and dietetics major leading to a post-baccalaureate internship and licensure as an RDN.

Students interested in pursuing medical degrees get early, hands-on experience working alongside students majoring in other health-related fields such as dietetics, speech-language pathology and nursing.

While admission requirements to physical therapy postgraduate programs differ, Bluffton’s pre-physical therapy major, with 56 credit hours in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, social sciences and health fitness and sport science, will be a good start. Your advisor will work closely with you to meet all prerequisites for the physical therapy program you choose.

Speech-language pathology and audiology is so much more than helping improve a child’s “r” and “s” sounds and decrease stuttering. Bluffton's program is unique because students have the opportunity to learn from faculty in multiple disciplines, as well as working with real patients.

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