The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health is a completion degree for graduates of associate degrees in the various allied health disciplines who are interested in pursuing a bachelor degree to advance in their chosen profession.
The curriculum is designed as a "+2" degree allowing students to transfer 50 credits of professional coursework into the degree. The curriculum includes courses earned during the associate degree, completion of all required general education courses specified by the university, the College of Health Professions upper level core requirements, and 19 credits of electives. The curriculum allows students to develop baccalaureate-level competencies that can be well matched with their intended career and professional goals. The program courses are offered on-line to accommodate the needs of adult learners. In addition, students may enter the program during the fall, spring or summer semester.
The graduates of this program will be able to pursue positions that may open doors to other professional opportunities that require a bachelor's degree as the entry level. As the bachelor degree becomes the standard entry-to-practice for many allied health careers, graduates of this program will be prepared to meet this requirement. Likewise, graduates will be prepared to enter graduate programs to pursue alternative career paths.
Graduates who possess both a professional certification in one of the allied health professions and a bachelor degree will face higher job prospects than those with an associate degree only. Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs. (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm).
To be admitted, students must
- have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5
- be enrolled or have earned an associate degree in a health related, professional, or clinical program from an accredited college or university.
To graduate, students must have
- a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
- earned a minimum of 30 credit hours from Ferris State University.
- earned at least 40 credit hours at the 300-level or higher. Students are encouraged to complete 300-level or higher courses in the general education and elective categories to meet this graduation requirement (see advisor for assistance in course selection).
- earned an associate degree in a health related, professional, or clinical program
For additional information, please contact
Sheila MacEachron, Department Chair
Roger Daugherty, Main Campus Advisor
Tracy Glentz, Main Campus Advisor
Lori Jenema, Online Academic Advisor
Brad McCormick, Main Campus Advisor