Stay competitive in today’s job market and improve your opportunity for career advancement or career change with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) BS Biomedical Sciences: Health Sciences Degree Completion Program submajor. This fully online program prepares you to assume a wide range of roles within both clinical and non-clinical settings such as hospitals and other patient care facilities, government organizations, or insurance companies.

This program is also offered in the self-paced, competency-based UW flexible option format. Visit flex.wisconsin.edu for more information.

Why choose us?

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


To apply to the BS Biomedical Sciences: Health Sciences Degree Completion Program you must first apply to UWM.



For the most up-to-date information, visit the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website . Be sure you are viewing the Undergraduate Fee Schedule for the appropriate semester.

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 .

Additional Course Fees

There may also be additional course fees that could include differential tuition, distance education fees, or special course fees. To see if your courses have additional fees, go to web.uwm.edu/registrar/tools/fee .


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. Additional information can be found at uwm.edu/scholarships .

State & National Scholarships/Awards

UWM Emergency Grant

The UWM Emergency Grant is funded by several private contributions and is available to students when they have unforeseen circumstances that may negatively influence their academic success. You 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 at uwm.edu/emergencygrant .





Candidates for the BS Biomedical Sciences: Health Sciences Degree Completion Program must have earned an Associate Degree (for which a minimum of 60 credits will be awarded towards the Health Sciences degree) OR earned 60 total transferable credits (which requires a transcript review and course equivalencies will be applied toward the Health Sciences degree).

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.

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 UWM, send a copy of your current professional certification or licensure documentation to:

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



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?

You are encouraged to meet with your 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.

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

How can my advisor help me?

The College of Health Sciences 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 UWM (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

HS 102: Healthcare Delivery in the United States3
HCA 220: Leading Healthcare Professionals3
ENGLISH 207: Health Science Writing, OWC-B GER OR
ENGLISH 206: Technical Writing
BMS 205: Introduction to Diagnostic Medicine, GER NS 3
BMS 260: Introduction to Complementary and Integrative 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: Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice (or equivalent) QLB GER3
Total Credits24

Advanced Courses

THERREC 303: Inclusive and Disability Programs in the Community3
BMS 301 - 303: Pathophysiology3
BMS 433: Teamwork in the Health Professions3
HS 311: Law and Ethics for Healthcare Professionals3
KIN 400: Ethics and Values in the Health and Fitness Professions3
BMS 434: Professional Development in the Health Sciences3
Total Credits18


18 credits.

Total: 60 credits. You must complete all requirements within 6 years of entering the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get information about the Health Sciences Degree Completion Program?
To explore how degree completion program requirements apply to you, contact Bill Mueller, Academic Advisor, at 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 coursework. You must complete a minimum of 60 credits hours and that could take up to four years or longer depending on the number of credits you take each semester.

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 .