B.A. in Allied Health

The B.A. and B.S. in Allied Health programs prepares students for careers or graduate work in nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, chiropractic care, physician assistant positions, and more.

66-68 units

Allied health encompasses professions that provide technical, therapeutic, and support services within the healthcare field. The Bachelor of Arts in Allied Health program comprises a rigorous curriculum that combines foundational biological, chemical, and physical knowledge with a variety of applied topics including psychology, statistics, and electives tailored to the student’s career goals. This program also provides an environment where undergraduate students can develop a Christian worldview and learn to integrate their faith into their future careers as allied health professionals.

The B.A. in Allied Health program is excellent preparation for a variety of allied health professions and meets most of the prerequisites for careers or graduate work in cytotechnology, entry-level master’s in nursing, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, orthotics and prosthetics, physical therapy, physical therapy assistance, and radiation technology. Students interested in these careers may consider APU’s Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Track.

Note: Entry requirements differ among graduate schools and jobs. Students are responsible to research the requirements of graduate programs and professions in which they are interested.


All of the following requirements must be met to continue as an allied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry major. A student’s failure to maintain these requirements will result in him or her being dropped from the major. Reentry to the major is by petition only.

  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all biology, chemistry, biochemistry, math, and physics courses required for the major.
  • Must complete each BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or higher in order for the course to meet a degree requirement in the Department of Biology and Chemistry.
  • Any single course within the major can be taken only two times at APU; students must change to a major outside the department after two unsuccessful (below C-) attempts in a single required course.
  • Only two courses total within the major can be repeated; students must change to a major outside the department after unsuccessful (below C-) attempts in any three required courses.
BIOL 151General Biology I 14
BIOL 220General Microbiology 24
or BIOL 226 Intro to Neurobiology
BIOL 250Human Anatomy4
BIOL 251Human Physiology4
BIOL 396Topics in Biology and Christian Thought 31
BIOL 465Practicum and Topics in Allied Health 44
BIOL 496Writing 3: Ethics and the Sciences 53
CHEM 151General Chemistry I 1, 64
CHEM 152General Chemistry II 64
MATH 130Introduction to Statistics 7, 83
PHYC 151Physics for Life Sciences I 1, 64
PHYC 152Physics for Life Sciences II 64
PSYC 110General Psychology 93
PSYC 290Human Growth and Development 93
B.A. Electives, Group 1
Select two of the following:8
Regional Human Anatomy
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 10, 11
Physiology of Exercise 12
Kinesiology 12
B.A. Electives, Group 2
Select three of the following (at least one must be in PSYC):9-11
Directed Research Internship
Biological Science Internship
Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development 9
Psychology of Adult Development
Abnormal Psychology
Research Methods in Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Health Psychology
Multicultural Psychology 13
Psychology of Exceptional Children
Psychosocial Interventions in Pediatric Health Care
Stress and Coping
Total Units66-68

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge base in their chosen field.
  2. Effectively communicate scientific ideas and research orally.
  3. Effectively communicate scientific ideas and research in writing.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in problem solving and applying the scientific method to scientific questions.
  5. Demonstrate laboratory skills and techniques.
  6. Express a Christian worldview that integrates faith with their vocation.