Program Overview

Educating the Next Generation of Health Professionals

Rider’s health sciences major provides a foundation in the life sciences and other coursework, preparing you to join the workforce or to attend professional or graduate schools in health-related fields. 

Admission Requirements

Learn more about Rider’s application process.

How to apply

View first-year admission requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

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Find Your Niche in the Industry

Rider’s health sciences program provides the academic foundation needed for clinical and non-clinical roles in hospitals, community agencies, and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

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*Source: and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


leading employment sector in the U.S.


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Major Requirements

Our program features interdisciplinary coursework in the biological sciences, social sciences and humanities. 

Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)

Thinking about graduate school? Explore Rider’s 4+2 program with Thomas Jefferson University that offers interested students guaranteed admission into the MSAT program at TJU following graduation from Rider.

How to Apply

View requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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Your Pathway to a Rewarding Career

Rider health science students learn by doing. They take part in the intensive, internship opportunities offered through our program with the Capital Health System and fellow partnering health care professionals, benefit from field trips to area medical schools and enjoy related opportunities for applied learning. 

Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for biology, behavioral neuroscience or health sciences?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major.


Health Sciences (B.S.)

Paul Jivoff

Professor and Chairperson

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pjivoff [at]


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