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Health Programs in Northern Michigan

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The Allied Health Degree

Allied Health Sciences (AHS) is ideal for aspiring health care professionals in Northern Michigan.

The B.S. in allied health sciences (AHS) degree serves two main purposes:

  1. Prepares students for a career in the health care field such as pharmaceutical sales or governmental health service

  2. Prepares students for entry into graduate health-related programs offered by Grand Valley in Traverse City, such as social work, occupational therapy, physician's assistant studies, and public health

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Well-Rounded Curriculum

Those pursuing an AHS major should work with an advisor and follow curriculum guidelines to meet their individual interests. In addition, every student must complete courses in:

  • Biology
  • Statistics
  • Medical terminology
  • Intro to health professions
  • Health care management
  • Intro to health care research
  • Ethics and legal responsibilities

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Adult Student Flexibility

The office of Adult and Continuing Studies understands the adult student and the proof is in our programming and our services.

  • Online and hybrid formats available
  • Classes are held in the evening to help keep your work schedule balanced
  • Affordable tuition with scholarships and financial aid available
  • Faculty and advisors who know you by name

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The Pathway to Your Health Career

Join the Health Care Network

With appropriate course selections, a student may enter the health care network in:

  • Governmental health service
  • Sales in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Entry level health-care administrative positions

Earn a Master's Degree

The majority of our allied health graduates continue on to graduate school. Grand Valley has many graduate programs available in Northern Michigan through the Traverse City Regional Center. They include the following.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.) program in Traverse City is fully accredited and is currently accepting applications for 2016. The PAS program is the recipient of a HRSA grant which was awarded to expand the PAS program to Northern Michigan. 

Master of Public Health M.P.H. (COMING FALL 2016!)

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) prepares students by enhancing career opportunities through problem-solving research skills, service, and experiential learning. Public health professionals promote good health and prevent disease within communities. 

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

The (M.S.) program in occupational therapy program prepares graduates to take leadership roles in settings where occupational therapists practice and act as advocates for the profession and for the members of society who use occupational therapy (OT) services. The majority of the work will be done online with one weekend of face-to-face instruction in Grand Rapids per session.

Master of Social Work

A Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree will help you acquire a wide range of knowledge and skills grounded in social work values and ethics. Courses are structured around social work practice, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social research, and field education.

We'll Help You Get Started

Do you have questions? An advisor would love to hear them. Contact the Traverse City Regional Center by phone at (231) 995-1785, email (, or by filling out an information request form.