B.A. in Allied Health
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 151||General Biology I 1||4|
|BIOL 220||General Microbiology 2||4|
|or BIOL 226||Intro to Neurobiology|
|BIOL 250||Human Anatomy||4|
|BIOL 251||Human Physiology||4|
|BIOL 396||Topics in Biology and Christian Thought 3||1|
|BIOL 465||Practicum and Topics in Allied Health 4||4|
|BIOL 496||Writing 3: Ethics and the Sciences 5||3|
|CHEM 151||General Chemistry I 1, 6||4|
|CHEM 152||General Chemistry II 6||4|
|MATH 130||Introduction to Statistics 7, 8||3|
|PHYC 151||Physics for Life Sciences I 1, 6||4|
|PHYC 152||Physics for Life Sciences II 6||4|
|PSYC 110||General Psychology 9||3|
|PSYC 290||Human Growth and Development 9||3|
|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|
|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|
|Research Methods in Psychology|
|Psychology of Personality|
|Multicultural Psychology 13|
|Psychology of Exceptional Children|
|Psychosocial Interventions in Pediatric Health Care|
|Stress and Coping|
Meets the General Education Natural Sciences requirement.
BIOL 152 meets this requirement if taken at APU.
Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.
Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.
This course may be waived with an appropriate Advanced Placement test score.
Meets the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement.
MATH 130 does not meet the math prerequisite for BIOL 151 or CHEM 151. MATH 95, an ALEKS score of 45, or equivalent is the math prerequisite for BIOL 151; MATH 110 (with a B-), an ALEKS score of 65, or equivalent is the math prerequisite for CHEM 151.
Meets the General Education Social Sciences requirement.
Recommended for students interested in nursing careers.
Recommended for students interested in physical therapy careers.
Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.
Program Learning OutcomesStudents who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge base in their chosen field.
- Effectively communicate scientific ideas and research orally.
- Effectively communicate scientific ideas and research in writing.
- Demonstrate proficiency in problem solving and applying the scientific method to scientific questions.
- Demonstrate laboratory skills and techniques.
- Express a Christian worldview that integrates faith with their vocation.