To apply to the BS Health Sciences Degree Completion Program you must complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Application.



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UWM offers the following Tuition Reduction Programs for out-of-state residents:

Mandatory/Segregated Fees

These funds are earmarked for the support of certain student services. See the Mandatory/Segregated Fees document for the appropriate semester on the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website .

Students enrolling exclusively in audit or off-campus classes are not charged segregated fees and will not be able to use some campus facilities or obtain a University bus pass. If you fall into one of these categories, but want full access to all campus facilities, you may pay an additional fee based on the number of credits taken.

Additional Course Fees

There may be additional course fees (in addition to regular tuition) that could include differential tuition, distance education fees, or special course fees. To see if your courses have additional fees, go to .


UWM & CHS Scholarships

Complete the FAFSA then go to the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal . Sign in using your PAWS credentials and complete the General Application and the CHS application. You may save your work and return to the portal at a later time.

You will then see a list of scholarships that you may apply to. Review each scholarship and click the “apply” button to any/all that you qualify for. If the scholarship requires additional information (and the application is open), you will click the “apply” button and can choose to answer the supplemental question(s) or not.

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State & National Scholarships/Awards

UWM Emergency Grant

UWM has been awarded a grant through Great Lakes Community Investments to issue undergraduate students emergency funds when they have unforeseen circumstances that may negatively influence their academic success. Students can be awarded up to $1,000 for non-academic expenses (e.g., car repairs, medical bills, rent, utilities, child care, food, etc.). Learn more about the grant at .



How do I get information about the Health Sciences Degree Completion Program?
To explore how degree completion program requirements apply to you, academic advising is available. The dedicated advisor for this program is Bill Mueller, MS, Academic Advisor in the College of Health Sciences. To schedule an advising appointment with Bill, please call 414-229-2758.

How long will it take me to graduate?
Time to degree will vary based on your particular circumstances and academic history. Since you have already completed an Associate’s Degree, you have experience with college-level work. Students completing the program must complete a minimum of 60 credits hours that could take up to four years or longer depending on the number of credits taken each semester.

How much does tuition cost?
Determined through the State of Wisconsin biennial budget process, UW System tuition is set in July before the start of each fall semester.

For detailed and up-to-date tuition and fee rates, visit the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website .

Please be aware that distance learning fees may be assessed in addition to tuition for those students enrolled in on-line courses.

How do I pay tuition and fees?
Registered students will not receive a billing statement in the mail. Billing information will appear online in your PAWS Student Center where you can link to instructions for making payments. For your convenience, several payment methods are available: web, mail, depository, and in person.

Am I eligible for Financial Aid?
To receive federal, state, or institutional funds administered by the UWM Office of Financial Aid, you must meet certain criteria. Please refer to the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website .


There is no time like the present to expand your career opportunities by earning your Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences-Health Sciences submajor. Stay competitive in today’s job market and improve your opportunity for career advancement or career change. Your health related associate’s degree and active credentials have already earned you 50% of the required bachelor’s degree credits.

This Bachelor of Science degree requires a minimum of 120 credits and is available to individuals who hold an Associate’s degree in a health related profession and an active certification or license in a related health profession. Upon admission to UWM and confirmation of your degree and certification/licensure, students are awarded 60 credits towards degree completion.

See just a few of the degrees and credentials that are eligible (PDF)

Program outcomes are designed to enhance your knowledge and skill in areas most desired by employers and include:

  • Integrating methods of teamwork, management, teaching/learning, and healthcare regulations into professional practice.
  • Integrative problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Effective communication skills as appropriate to a given situation or encounter.
  • Demonstrating commitment to professional growth, ethical values, work ethic, career development, scholarly activities, and contributions to the profession and post-baccalaureate education.
  • Demonstrating the breadth and depth of the university educational preparation, including the understanding of culturally diverse communities.

This program is also under development in the self-paced, competency-based UW flexible option format. Approval is anticipated by the end of 2017. Visit for curriculum and admission information as it becomes available.

Why choose us?

  • The UWM BS in Health Sciences Degree Completion Program features an interdisciplinary focus with emphasis on the skills most in demand by employers such as critical thinking, problem solving, and information management.
  • Earn a degree from UWM, a top research University and the only public university in Wisconsin to offer a fully online Health Sciences Degree Completion Program.
  • Receive personalized support from our academic advisors who can help create a learning plan that fits your needs.



Your first step is to apply to UWM by following the directions found on the UW System electronic application at . Allow at least 4 weeks for the UWM Office of Admissions to process your application. Transfer credit will be granted where course equivalencies are confirmed related to courses taken outside of Associate’s degree coursework.

See just a few of the degrees and credentials that are eligible (PDF)

Deadlines to apply to UWM

While the following are the deadlines for application, you are encouraged to apply early.

  • July 1 for the fall semester
  • December 1 for the spring semester

At the same time you are applying to UW-Milwaukee, a current copy of your current professional certification or licensure documentation to:

Bill Mueller, MS
Office of Student Affairs
College of Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6521
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

To schedule an advising appointment, call 414-229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.

I’m a new student. How do I start?

You are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. Transfer and Adult Student Orientation helps those who are new to campus to learn and understand the enrollment process and enroll in classes for their first semester at UWM!

Who is my advisor?

Bill Mueller, MS

You can also contact your advisor in your student center in PAWS .

When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.

How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation



The minimum degree requirement for completion is 120 credits including all of the following:

  1. Completion of UWM General Education requirements (GER). GER requirements may be partially met through previous coursework and through required program coursework.
  2. Completion of math and English competency requirements.
  3. A cumulative UWM GPA of 2.5.
  4. A minimum of 30 credits from UW-Milwaukee (30 credits to be completed in the final semesters).

General Education Requirements (GER)

UWM’s General Education Requirements are required if the first semester of enrollment in a degree program at an accredited institution was September 1986 or later. Where possible, courses in the Health Sciences Degree Completion Program were selected to also meet GER. GER is NOT required of students who hold a prior baccalaureate degree.

Foundation Courses

Total Credits27
HS 102: Healthcare Delivery in the United States3
HCA 220: Leading Healthcare Professionals3
ENGLISH 206: Technical Writing, OWCB 3
BMS 205: Introduction to Diagnostic Medicine, GER NS 3
BMS 260: Introduction to Complementary and Integrated Health Approaches, GER SS 3
THERREC 202: Disability, Society and the Person3
BMS 245: Client Diversity in the Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, GER SS/CD 3
KIN 270, ECON 210, PSYCH 210, MTHSTAT 215 or Flex equivalent QLB3
INFOST 110: Introduction to Information Science and Technology3

Advanced Courses

Total Credits23
THERREC 303: Inclusive and Disability Programs in the Community3
BMS 301 - 305: Pathophysiology5
HCA 537: Introduction to Healthcare Databases and Technologies, OR
NURS 453: Information Management and Healthcare Technology (Flex only)
BMS 590: Teamwork in the Health Professions3
HS 311: Law for Healthcare Consumers and Professionals3
KIN 400: Ethics and Values in the Health and Fitness Professions3
BMS 496: Professional Development in the Health Professions3


10 credits.

Total – 60 credits. Students must complete all requirements within 6 years of entering the program.


To graduate from the Health Sciences Degree Completion Program, students must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 credits as required by the curriculum (30 of the 120 credits must be completed in residence at UWM); and
  2. Earn a minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 2.500.

Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.