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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 designed to meet the educational needs of an aspiring health professional.

Visit the program website for more information.

This program requires a secondary admission process.

Program Overview

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
  • Histotechnology
  • 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 treatment facilities.
  • 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.

Career Insights

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.

  • 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:

  • Biology
  • Statistics
  • 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.


Hands-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.

Admission Requirements

For general allied health sciences, prehealth physical therapy, and prehealth physician assistant studies emphases, visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

College of Health Professions
School of Interdisciplinary Health
Allied Health Sciences
106 Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall
500 Lafayette Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-5555

Admissions and Recruitment Office