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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.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

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.

Health careers eligible for this degree include, but are not limited to, medical assisting, dental hygiene, radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, occupational therapy aide, nuclear medicine technician, paramedic, and surgical technician.

Why Study Allied Health Sciences at Grand Valley?

  • The students professional education in tandem with upper-division courses at the university offer an effective and efficient way to obtain a degree.
  • The Allied Health Science courses are offered in a hybrid or online format.
  • Courses in health care management, ethics and legal responsibilities in health care, research, statistics, and general education prepares students for the culminating issues in Health Professions capstone.
  • The university maintains a dedicated staff of academic advisors in Grand Rapids, Allendale, and Traverse City who can assist and support the student through the process.
  • Students who have been out of school for a number of years can utilize services offered by GVSU's Center for Adult and Continuing Studies.

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.

Some classes for the program are a combination of online and in-seat.



The AHSHPD bachelor's degree at Grand Valley State University requires 120 credits to graduate. Up to 80 A.S./A.A.S. credits can apply toward earning the bachelors degree. The student must earn 40 credits 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.

Career Options

The AHS-HPD degree offers the potential for career enhancements and future graduate studies.

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

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.

For More Information

College of Health Professions Student Services
301 Michigan Ave. NE, Suite 113
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Admissions Office