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Turn your qualified AAS or professional training into a bachelor’s degree with a Bachelor of Applied Science program offering tracks for:

  • Allied health
  • Public safety
  • Technical/industrial fields
  • Specialized occupations
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“Education is the foundation of the knowledge that I use, especially at Siena Heights. I focused on as many finance classes as I could. For me, that’s what really separates me from everyone else in my career. I took advantage of the instruction and (expertise) of the instructors at Siena Heights. … They helped me connect the dots. I use a lot of the skills even to this day.”
Chad Grant ‘99
Chad Grant '99

David Messer, Deputy Warden at Gus Harrison Correctional Facility in Adrian, Mich., received his Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Siena Heights University’s online program.

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS) is a career-oriented degree for professionals with allied health, public safety, technical/industrial, and/or specialized occupational backgrounds. The BAS Degree is structured on an individually designed academic degree program around the allied health, public safety, technical, or occupational “major” courses you have already completed.

Each BAS student develops a customized degree plan appropriate to his or her education and future career goals. Undergraduate coursework and curriculum include classes in liberal arts, management, and other work experience related activities.

Siena Heights offers this program as a Bachelor of Applied Science as well as an associate’s degree in Applied Science. Concentrations, online courses, and independent study must be approved by departments and academic advisors. No additional training in your chosen field is needed.

Finish your degree in a time frame that works with your schedule – in as little as two years, depending on your remaining requirements and availability.



Anthony Farina
Assistant Professor of Humanities
Gail Ryder
Associate Professor of Humanities
Michael O\’Connell
Associate Professor of Humanities
Mike Winstrom
Associate Professor of Philosophy

A student can establish a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) major by presenting a qualifying Associate of Applied Science (AAS) major from a regionally-accredited/degree granting institution. Consult with an academic advisor to determine qualifying areas.

Siena Heights University can also award a BAS major if at least ONE of the following criteria is met and the qualifying program/training is a minimum of 35 semester hours in length unless otherwise noted below:

  • Completion of a qualifying technical or allied health program from an ACCSCT or other appropriately accredited non-degree granting institution;
    • For Example: Qualifying programs from Everest Institute, Health Enrichment Center, etc.,; or
  • Completion of an appropriate qualifying MOCAC exam (currently 30 semester hours) or another equivalent nationally-recognized exam and has a minimum of two years related work experience;
    • For Example: Completion of the MOCAC Automotive Technology assessment and two years related work experience; or
  • Completion of an appropriate hospital-based training program for health care programs, has related registry, certification or licensure and a minimum of two years related work experience;
    • For Example: Completion of an accredited Radiologic Technology hospital-based program, ARRT registry, and two years related work experience; or
  • Completion of a specified professional, corporate, or military training program, has related registry, certification, licensure or its equivalent, and a minimum of two years of related work experience (a military major must include two years civilian work experience);
    • For Example: Completion of U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School and two years related work experience at a nuclear power plant; or
  • Completion of a qualifying community college applied science certificate program, has related registry, licensure, or certification and a minimum of two years related work experience; or
    • For Example: Completion of a 35 semester hour length Dental Hygiene certificate program, licensure, and two years related work experience; or
  • Completion of an individualized (mentored) program of study that leads to registry, certification, licensure or its equivalent and a minimum of two years related work experience; or
  • Ordinarily, this has applied to long-term professionals who receive training in individualized settings. Consult with an academic advisor for more information.
  • Completion of one of the US Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship or Training (USDLBAT) programs using the following criteria:
  • Term of 8000 hours or more and verified by the US DLBAT Certificate of Completion and Apprenticeship; and
  • Related Trade Instruction completed from an appropriately accredited technical institution and records submitted to SHU; and
  • The apprenticeship must be in an occupational area where a major can be completed in a traditional community college program; and
  • Two years related work experience after the completion of the apprenticeship program is required;
    • For example: Completion of an 8000 hour Millwright Apprenticeship, RTI from a community college, and two years related work experience; or
  • Under special circumstances, a BAS Contract major can be established under the coordination and approval of the BAS Program Coordinator, Registrar, and other university faculty.
    • For Example: Completion of Paramedic Program, licensure, and two years related work experience, Fire Fighting or other public safety training as a secondary area to establish a Public Safety Studies Major.



  • The requirements for the BAS major are completed by fulfilling one of the above criteria. No additional courses toward the major will be required at Siena Heights University.
  • Siena Heights University in appropriate cases may award semester hour credit for other substantial training which would not constitute a major.
  • Unless otherwise specified and where applicable, 6-15 semester hours of credit will be awarded for two years related work experience.
  • Please consult with an academic advisor at any degree completion center for more information about establishing a BAS major.

Your BAS Program

Turn your qualified AAS or professional training into a bachelor’s degree with a BAS program offering tracks for allied health, public safety, technical/industrial fields and specialized occupations. This program covers topics outside your major to meet degree requirements, and helps you complement your area of expertise with your choice of minors or elective courses. Earn your career-defining bachelor’s degree with a focus in:

  • Public Safety Professions
  • Health Care Professions
  • Specialized Occupational Professions
  • Technical Trade & Industrial Professions

You’re Closer to a Degree than You Think

We accept credit for previous college work. We accept credit for certifications. We accept credit for work experience and licensures. We work with you to uncover every possible source of transfer credit. And we accept up to 90 hours of credit — leaving you to finance as few as 30 hours of your 120-credit-hour program—all to save you time and money. When we say you’re closer to completing your affordable degree than you think, we mean it.

Prepare for a Lifetime of Career Success

A BAS program from Siena Heights University has a lot to offer, including:

  • A faculty of high-quality instructors, experts in their fields
  • 100% online program flexibility
  • Accelerated completion—finish in as little as 12-18 months
  • Small, personalized classes
  • One-on-one advising and degree planning
  • 7-week terms and six class start dates to choose from

Costs & Aid

We know that college can be expensive, but we don’t want cost to keep you from attending Siena Heights University! We offer numerous financial aid opportunities. Federal aid is available to students who qualify by completing the FAFSA. Feel free to contact us with questions about financial aid opportunities, or click on one of the links below.