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Allied Health Sciences, B.S.

Allied health professionals work in health care teams to provide a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct patient care and support services that are critical to the other health professionals they work with and the patients they serve. The Allied Health Sciences (AHS) major is intended to meet the educational needs of an aspiring health professional.

Face To Face 120
  • Allendale
  • Traverse City
Allied Health Sciences, B.S. - Health Professional degree completion emphasis

Health professionals whose disciplines have an entry-level education preparation at the Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree level constitute an important population of health care workers today.

The Allied Health Sciences - Health Professional Degree completion (AHS-HPD) is designed to complement the associate degree professional education with a path to earn a bachelor of science in allied health sciences.

Hybrid 120
  • Grand Rapids
  • Allendale
Allied Health Sciences, B.S. - Histotechnology emphasis

Histology is a laboratory science concerned with the demonstration of cellular morphology, chemical composition, and function of normal and abnormal tissue.

A 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. With the information learned from the section of tissue biopsy, the pathologist and the patient's physician can make appropriate diagnoses and determine the best course of treatment for the patient.

Face To Face 120
  • Grand Rapids
  • Allendale
Audiology, Au.D.

Audiologists are health care professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages.

The audiology degree at Grand Valley State University is a professional degree that is clinically focused, allowing the student greater application of knowledge upon graduation than other research-based programs. Students will be prepared to sit for the national examination and to qualify for state licensure upon completion of the program.

Face To Face 84 Grand Rapids
Cardiovascular Sonography, B.S.

Cardiovascular sonography (CVS) is commonly known as "ultrasound." Sonographers utilize imaging technology to assist in the process of medical diagnosis. Sonographers have skills that are utilized by many specialties, including cardiology, pediatric cardiology, and vascular surgery. Since the foundation of CVS is technology, the field is dynamic and constantly advancing as technology becomes more sophisticated. Sonographers are an integral part of a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals, while at the same time interacting directly with patients.

Face To Face 147
  • Allendale
  • Grand Rapids
Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S.

Communication sciences and disorders (CSD) meets the educational needs of the aspiring speech-language pathologist (SLP), audiologist, and other speech- and language-related professionals.

Face To Face 120
  • Grand Rapids
  • Allendale
Diagnostic Medical Sonography, B.S.

Diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) is commonly known as "ultrasound." Sonographers are healthcare professionals who utilize imaging technology to assist in the process of medical diagnosis. Sonographers have skills that are utilized by many specialties, including emergency medicine, pediatrics, fertility, oncology, musculoskeletal and general medicine.

Since the foundation of DMS is as an imaging modality, the field is dynamically and constantly advancing as technology becomes more sophisticated. Sonographers are an integral part of a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals, while at the same time interacting directly with patients.

Face To Face 134
  • Allendale
  • Grand Rapids
Health Information Management, B.S.

Health Information Management (HIM) is the practice of managing medical information vital to providing quality patient care. HIM organizes health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security. Managers regularly communicate with health care professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information.

Face To Face 152
  • Allendale
  • Grand Rapids
Medical Dosimetry, M.S.

A medical dosimetrist is a key member of the radiation oncology team who works closely with physicians, physicists, and other members of the radiation oncology team to implement each treatment plan. The medical dosimetrist uses computer software to design and accurately calculate a plan based on the radiation oncologist's prescription, being cognizant of normal tissues and critical structures in the treatment vicinity.

Hybrid 37 Grand Rapids
Medical Laboratory Science, B.S.

Medical laboratory scientists perform complex analyses to develop data on blood, tissues, and fluids of the human body. These laboratory tests play an important role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of many diseases.

Face To Face 121 Allendale
Occupational Therapy, Dr.O.T.

The Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (Dr.O.T.) is designed for practicing occupational therapists who have a desire to expand knowledge and advance practice skills in the areas of policy, advocacy, leadership, and education. The program provides practitioners the opportunity to explore innovative and emerging topics in chosen areas.

Students will develop knowledge and skills directed toward enhancing leadership and advocacy, participating in public policy activities, dealing with social determinants of health, providing research-based interventions, and educating new therapists. The program will serve only master's degree credentialed students and qualifies graduates to hold advanced administrative positions in clinic or government settings and to teach at the university level.

Hybrid 36 to complete doctorate; all candidates will be required to have completed a master's degree with a minimum of 75 credits. Grand Rapids
Occupational Therapy, M.S.

The occupational therapy (OT) profession is based on the belief that purposeful and meaningful activities, called "occupations," are the primary tools used for human development (AOTA, 1979). Occupational therapists work with clients of all ages who have physical, mental, or developmental disabilities, to improve performance of daily activities.

  • Face To Face
  • Hybrid
81- 82 Grand Rapids
Physical Therapy, D.P.T.

Physical therapists provide services that enhance functional independence and address all types of movement disorders or limitations.

Face To Face 119 Grand Rapids
Physician Assistant Studies, M.P.A.S.

Physician Assistants (PAs) are valued members of the medical community who work with a collaborating physician. They take medical histories, perform physical examinations, make clinical diagnoses, treat illnesses, provide patient education, counsel patients, assist in surgery, create patient orders, interpret laboratory studies, and prescribe medications.

Face To Face 103
  • Grand Rapids
  • Traverse City
Public Health, M.P.H.

The CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health) accredited Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) prepares students to use collaborative partnerships to meet diverse community health needs through the education of future leaders, promotion of social justice and excellence in practice.

Hybrid 48 - 51 Grand Rapids
Radiation Therapy, B.S.

Radiation therapy is a health care discipline that utilizes ionizing radiation for the treatment of mostly malignant diseases. Radiation therapists are health care professionals skilled in the art and science of radiation treatment delivery. The radiation therapy program is designed to prepare students for the technical, theoretical, and psychological aspects of this career.

Face To Face 134
  • Grand Rapids
  • Allendale
Recreational Therapy, B.S.

Recreational Therapy (RECTX) is the specialized application of recreation and experiential activities or interventions that help maintain or improve the health status, functional capacities, and ultimately the quality of life for persons with disabilities.

Face To Face 120
  • Allendale
  • Grand Rapids
Respiratory Care, B.S.

To ensure the respiratory therapy workforce is prepared to meet the growing challenges and demands it will face in terms of protocol-driven care and disease management, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has called for 80% of therapists to either hold or be working toward a bachelor's degree. The degree enhances your professional career and prepares you to achieve rapid advancement in administration, research, and critical care.

  • Hybrid
  • Online
120
  • Grand Rapids
  • Allendale
Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.

Speech-language pathologists identify and treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders; contribute to differential diagnosis; and provide guidance on prevention and preservation of functional communication and swallowing across the lifespan.

Face To Face 60 Grand Rapids