Allied Health Sciences, B.S. - Health Professional degree completion emphasis
The Allied Health Sciences' health professional degree (AHS-HPD) completion program is designed to provide a path for health care professionals who have an associate degree and want to earn a bachelor's degree. The AHS-HPD major is designed to complement health professionals whose careers include medical assisting, dental hygiene, radiography, sonography, and magnetic resonance imaging, along with positions as an occupational therapy aide, nuclear medicine technician, paramedic, and surgical technician.
Students may qualify if they have earned an A.S. or A.A.S. from a school accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in a health profession program that requires external accreditation and offers national voluntary credentialing. The student should possess or be eligible to obtain state licensing or credentials.
Why Study Allied Health Sciences at Grand Valley?
- Located in the state-of-the-art Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall in close proximity to five hospitals, the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center, and many research, clinical, and treatment facilities.
- Grand Valley's strong relationships in the region's medical community provides students with opportunities for high-quality clinical experiences that are an important aspect of the learning experience.
- The university has academic advisors in Grand Rapids, Allendale, and Traverse City to assist and support students. Those who have been out of school for a number of years can utilize services offered by GVSU's Center for Adult and Continuing Studies.
- The AHS-HPD degree offers the potential for career advancement and preparation for graduate school.
- Courses are offered in a hybrid or online format.
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Location & Format
All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.
Courses are offered in a hybrid or online format.Formats:
The AHS-HPD degree at Grand Valley State University requires 120 credits to graduate. Up to 80 A.S./A.A.S. credits can apply toward earning Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Sciences. The student must earn 40 credits at the senior level institution, of which 30 credits must be completed at Grand Valley. Transferability of credit is done on an individual basis through transcript evaluation.
Upon admission to GVSU, students should complete the AHS-HPD application for the program to determine eligibility.
REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCEHands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.
SECONDARY ADMISSION Allied health sciences requires a selective secondary admissions/application process in the following emphases: health professional degree completion and histotechnology. See the Academic Programs section of the catalog for details.