Allied Health Science Emphases

General Emphasis

The General emphasis is for students who are undecided as to their career/education/employment goals. A minor, selected and approved by the student’s academic advisor, is required for this emphasis.

American Sign Language Interpretation Emphasis


Health Professional Degree Completion Emphasis

Health professionals whose disciplines have an entry education preparation at the Associate or Associate of Applied Science degree level constitute an important population of health care workers today. These professions include medical assisting, occupational therapy assistant, surgical technology, dental hygiene, and dozens more.

The Health Professional Degree Completion emphasis is designed to complement the associate degree professional education with a path to earn a Bachelor of  Science in Allied Health Sciences (AHS), using both the students’ professional education and the essential components of upper-division baccalaureate education to maximum effectiveness and efficiency. Not only is there career enhancement for the healthcare professional with a bachelor of science but also earning a baccalaureate provides the prerequisite knowledge for the expansion of skills to graduate programs.

Histotechnology Emphasis

Histology is a laboratory science concerned with the demonstration of cellular morphology, chemical composition, and function of normal and abnormal tissue. The Histotechnologist cuts tissues removed through surgical procedures, mounts the tissue sections on glass slides, and stains them with special dyes to make the cell details visible under the microscope. A secondary application and admission are required.

Pre-Health Physician Assistant Studies Emphasis

Physician Assistants (PAs) are health care professionals who practice under the supervision of physicians. PAs are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative healthcare services as well as treating minor injuries.

Pre-Health Physical Therapy Emphasis

Physical Therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals with health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their ability to move and perform normal daily activities.

Pre-Speech Language Pathology Emphasis

This Speech Language Pathology emphasis prepares students for application/admission into graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology. Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, and treat disorders related to speech and language as well as cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency. Secondary application and admission are required.

Respiratory Care Emphasis

Respiratory therapists provide direct patient care for those who have trouble breathing across a broad scope of reasons. The patients of respiratory therapists range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs, children, and adolescents with asthma, to elderly patients with emphysema. 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Emphasis in the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences program is being discontinued.

The 2017-2018 graduating class of students will be the last class admitted to the MRI emphasis. For more information, please contact the CHP Student Services Office at 616-331-5900.

Please consult with your AHS academic advisor or your College of Health Professions Student Services advisor before making any decisions or changes.

Page last modified April 23, 2018