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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.


4%
Michigan Job Growth

Allied health sciences opportunities are projected to grow 4% in Michigan by 2025.

Located near Grand Rapids' Bustling Medical Mile

Allied health sciences is housed in Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall on Grand Valley's Health Campus, located near West Michigan's Medical Mile.

11%
National Job Growth

Allied health sciences opportunities are projected to grow 11% in the U.S. by 2025.


Source: EMSI, 2021

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
  • 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.

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

Coursework

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

Career Options

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that ten of the 20 fastest growing occupations are healthcare related. They also predict 3.2 million new wage and salary healthcare jobs between 2018 and 2028.

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.

Skills Employers Want

The B.S. in Allied Health Sciences will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual health job postings.

  • Nursing
  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Caregiver
  • Home Care
  • Nursing Care
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Rehabilitation
  • Pediatrics

Source: EMSI, 2021

REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

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

gvsu.edu/ahs
106 Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall
500 Lafayette Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-5555

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions

 


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