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 designed to meet the educational needs of an aspiring health professional.
AHS can be tailored to meet the health professions goals of students with specific academic emphases.
Pre-health professional emphases for students desiring to apply for a graduate degree in:
- Physical Therapy
- Physician Assistant Studies
Entry level baccalaureate emphases in:
- General Allied Health Sciences
- Social Science
- Health Professional degree completion - for those holding an associate degree in particular health professions
Why Study Allied Health Sciences at Grand Valley?
- Located in the state-of-the-art Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall with
close proximity to five hospitals, the Grand Rapids Medical
Education and Research Center, and many research, clinical, and
- Strong relationships with the medical community provide students
with high-quality clinical opportunities, which are an important
aspect of the learning experience.
- Faculty members who meet the highest levels of professional
standards, not graduate assistants, teach the courses.
- The College of Health Professions maintains a dedicated staff of
academic advisors in its Student Services Office to meet students'
academic advising needs.
- The degree can be tailored to meet the health professions goals of students with specific academic emphases.
This tool shows an overview of potential career opportunities for this major. Actual salaries, employment opportunities, and job titles may change over time.
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.
This program is also available in Traverse City.Format:
- Face To Face
Those declaring an AHS major must choose one of the above emphases and follow the curriculum guidelines for that emphasis. In addition, every student must complete:
- Medical Terminology
- Intro to Health Care
- Health Care Management
- Intro to Health Care Research
- Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
Combined Degree Programs
Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.
Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.
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.
For general allied health sciences, prehealth physical therapy, and prehealth physician assistant studies emphases, visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.