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.
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
The American Sign Language (ASL) emphasis prepares students to serve as interpreters for the deaf and/or hard of hearing. The emphasis is designed to educate students in advanced signing skills and the application of those skills to typical settings that frequently require an interpreter, including health care, social services, business, and the legal systems. Secondary application and admission are required.
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.
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 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.
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).
What will this all mean to me? Each person's career direction and academic history are different. For many, converting your program of studies over to this new AHS configuration will make sense. For some others, it will not.
Please consult with your AHS academic advisor or your College of Health Professions Student Services advisor before making any decisions or changes.