The Allied Health Sciences degree program is designed to provide students with the background and pre-requisites for a career in the medical/allied health fields. The program is designed to meet the needs of students interested in pursuing graduate study in various fields of allied health such as Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic medicine, Physician’s Assistant or wish to work on the business end of healthcare. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to choose the most appropriate major electives to support their intended career.
The Allied Health Sciences degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in various allied health settings. Students choose from among three options: 3+2 Athletic Training; Pre-Professional; or Healthcare Administration option.
3+2 BS/MS Degree Option for Athletic Training
Students interested in a career in athletic training can choose our unique 3+2 option that allows students to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in 5 years. Students who have completed all prerequisite courses and have a minimum 3.2 GPA at the end of their 3rd year of study will be given special consideration for early entry into the Master of Science degree program in Athletic Training beginning in their 4th year of study. The MS degree program is a two-year program constituted of years four and five for a student who entered the 3+2 program. Students who complete all requirements will earn the Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Sciences at the completion of year four and the Master of Science in Athletic Training at the completion of year five.
The Pre-Professional option serves as a Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physician’s Assistant program. It will also prepare students to seek further study in Chiropractic medicine or to enter an accelerated/direct entry Nursing program. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to graduate from this major, but students who intend to pursue graduate study in one of the programs listed above should strive to achieve an even stronger academic record. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to choose the most appropriate major electives to support their intended career trajectory.
For those students who wish to work in the medical field, but not in direct patient care, the Healthcare Administration option is a good choice. Students will combine allied health science courses with business courses to be prepared for entry-level employment in the business functions of various medical settings. Within the HCA option, we also offer a 4+1 opportunity in which students may choose to take up to 12 graduate credits toward an MBA and then complete their MBA with one additional year earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s in 5 years.