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New Changes in the Allied Health Sciences:

Allied Health Sciences (ASH)  Major

Like health care itself, AHS is reinventing itself in an effort to better align the degree with a more purposeful direction in health care careers. Starting Fall 2013 each student entering the major will need to declare or apply for secondary admission to a professional emphasis.

These emphases are designed to prepare you for either application to graduate professional programs or to embark on a professional career upon bachelor's graduation.

Gone is the "one size fits all" set of course requirements. Each emphasis is tailored to meet the preparatory needs of that health profession. Gone is the AHS requirement for a minor, except in those emphases that specifically call for a minor.

The core AHS curriculum has shrunk to 22 credits to accommodate the requirements of each emphasis.

General Emphasis

The General emphasis is for students who are undecided as to their career/education/employment goals. A minor, selected and approved by the student's academic advisor, is required for this emphasis.

American Sign Language Interpretation Emphasis 



Histology is a laboratory science concerned with the demonstration of cellular morphology, chemical composition, and function of the normal and abnormal tissue. The Histotechnologist cuts tissues removed through surgical procedures, mounts the tissue sections on glass slides, and stains them with special dyes to make the cell details visible under the microscope. A secondary application and admission are required.

Histotechnology Emphasis Information
Histotechnology 4-Year Curriculum Guide
Secondary Admission Application

Pre-Health Physician Assistant Studies Emphasis

Physician Assistants (PAs) are health care professionals who practice under the supervision of physicians. PAs are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative healthcare services as well as treating minor injuries.

Pre-Health Physician Assistant Emphasis Information
Pre-Health Physician Assistant 4-Year Curriculum Guide

Pre-Health Physical Therapy Emphasis

Physical Therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals with health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their ability to move and perform normal daily activities.

Pre-Health Physical Therapy Emphasis Information
Pre-Health Physical Therapy 4-Year Curriculum Guide

Respiratory Care Emphasis (application deadline 2/29/16)

Respiratory Therapists provide direct patient care for those who have trouble breathing across a broad scope of reasons. The patients of Respiratory Therapists range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs, children, and adolescents with asthma, to elderly patients with emphysema.

Respiratory Care Emphasis Information
Respiratory Care 4-Year Curriculum Guide (GVSU to MCC)
Respiratory Care Secondary Admission Application (with an Associates Degree)
Respiratory Care Secondary Admission Application (WITHOUT an Associates Degree)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Health Information Management

The baccalaureate degree Health Information Management Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Magnetic Resonance Imaging 

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Emphasis in the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences program is being discontinued.

The 2017-2018 graduating class of students will be the last class admitted to the MRI emphasis. For more information, please contact the CHP Student Services Office at 616-331-5900.

MRI Handbook

MRI Effectiveness Data


Please consult with your AHS academic advisor or your College of Health Professions Student Services advisor before making any decisions or changes.