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June 19, 2014

CSU Health Science degree program among top 25 in country

By Lalita Smith

Cleveland State University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program received some positive press recently after being named among the top 25 programs in the country for a health science degree by TheBestSchools.org.

Cleveland State was ranked 21st in the nation, on a list that included schools such as Boston University and DePaul University.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program was established around 10 years ago--according to its website, the program is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in the health field — and prepares these students to continue into professional or graduate programs, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy and podiatry.

John Bazyk, director of the School of Health Sciences, recognizes the importance of the program but says he knew nothing about the ranking from TheBestSchool.org beforehand.

“It’s pretty impressive, you look at some of the other schools on there and it’s pretty impressive,” Bazyk said.

“We always knew that we were doing a good job I had no idea that we were being ranked and that we would rank that high, I feel very good about it.”

According to Bazyk, the program offers over 900 majors within the program.

There are also several programs being offered within the program, including the 2 + 2 program, a partnership with Lakeland and Cuyahoga Community Colleges.

“Students who have a two year degree in a healthcare field can come [to Cleveland State] and in two years get a bachelor’s degree,” said Bazyk.

Bazyk also praises the faculty within the program, who not only include students in there research projects but create and initiate various community outreach programs.

TheBestSchools.org used a variety of factors to rank the colleges listed, including, range of courses offered, faculty strength and reputation.