The science of care

CatscanAt the University of New Brunswick Saint John, our Bachelor of Health Sciences gives you the opportunity to provide highly specialized medical care directly to patients, through all stages of life.

Our graduates can be found throughout the health care sector - in hospitals, public health clinics, research centres, pharmaceutical companies and high-tech equipment manufacturers.

We’ll prepare you for the fast-paced and multi-faceted world of health care in Canada with a blend of classroom theory and on-site practical training.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences provides students with a strong foundation in critical thinking, team building and decision-making skills. It is offered in partnership with the New Brunswick Community College Saint John Campus, The Moncton Hospital and the Saint John Regional Hospital, the province's largest health care facility which is located adjacent to our campus.

One degree, three choices

Now is a great time to consider a career in one of the three medical fields of health sciences. There is great demand across the country for health care professionals and recruiters visit UNB Saint John throughout the year to help students explore their options. A choice of job opportunities awaits you as a graduate of our Health Sciences program.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) is divided into three distinct streams:

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapists are essential members of a cancer patient’s medical team. About 60 per cent of cancer patients will receive radiation treatment either in the form of radical treatment to reduce or eradicate tumours or, in advanced cases, as palliative treatment to relieve a patient’s pain and improve quality of life. Radiation therapists provide highly specialized technological skills with compassionate patient care.

The Radiation Therapy program is offered in conjunction with the Saint John School of Radiation Therapy.

For more information about the profession, see the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).

Radiography

Radiological technologists are experts in the use of electromagnetic radiation, such as X-rays, for the diagnosis of injury and disease. Just about every Canadian will benefit from the work and care of a radiological technologist at some point in their lives. From common injuries such as sprains and broken bones to the preventative care of an annual mammogram.

For more information about the profession, see the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).

Respiratory therapy

Respiratory therapists help people breathe. From emergency care for premature babies with immature lungs, to ongoing treatment for people with chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, asthma and emphysema, respiratory therapists play an important role in lifelong health.

Respiratory therapists can be found throughout the health care system, such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres, public health clinics, home care services, research labs within universities and private sector corporations, equipment and pharmaceutical sales and air quality testing facilities.

A respiratory therapy degree can also open doors around the world. Health care providers in developing countries actively recruit Canadian graduates to help develop health care facilities and programs abroad.

Following completion of the BHS (Respiratory Therapy) students may pursue further training in the specialized treatment areas of perfusion technology, sleep medicine, neonatal or pediatric care and anaesthesia assistant.

Respiratory Therapy is offered in collaboration with the New Brunswick Community College Saint John Campus.

For more information about the profession, see the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.