Allied Health Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Department of Allied Health Sciences (AHS), formerly Health Professions (HPR), is newly reorganized to meet the educational needs of aspiring health care professionals.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

AHS provides an education tailored to meet the health professions goals of students with specific academic emphases. These emphases comprise two groups:

  • Pre-health professional emphases for students desiring to apply for a graduate degree in physical therapy, physician's assistant studies, speech-language pathology or audiology, or medical dosimetry.
  • Entry level baccalaureate emphases in health information & reimbursement, histotechnology, and general allied health sciences.

Coursework

Those declaring an AHS major starting catalog year 2014-2015 must choose one of the above emphases and follow the curriculum guidelines for that emphasis. In addition, every student must complete the AHS core requirements of:

  • Biology
  • Statistics
  • Medical terminology
  • Intro to health professions
  • Health care management
  • Intro to health care research
  • Ethics and legal 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 2008 and 2018.

Why Study Allied Health Sciences at Grand Valley?

  • Located near the state-of-the-art Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS) within close proximity of five hospitals, the Medical Education and Research Center, and many research, clinical, and treatment facilities.
  • With its strong relationships with the region’s medical community, the program is able to provide students with the opportunity for high-quality clinical experiences which are an important part of the student’s learning experience.
  • Courses are taught by tenure track or adjunct faculty members who meet the highest levels of professional standards; the program does not use graduate assistants to teach courses.
  • The College of Health Professions maintains a dedicated staff of academic advisors in its Student Services Office to meet the academic advising needs of its students.

For More Information

College of Health Professions
Department of Allied Health Sciences
www.gvsu.edu/hpr
(616) 331-5600
Admissions Office
www.gvsu.edu/admissions

As a program we spend a great deal of time advising our students so they can have an education that best prepares them for a future in health care. Our students secure positions with professional organizations both in West Michigan and nationwide.

MICHAEL WAMBACH, PH.D.
CHAIR, ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES DEPARTMENT

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