Dr. Bryan Lewis
The Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences (BS-AHS) degree is designed to prepare students with an interdisciplinary and liberal arts foundation for professional careers within the healthcare industry. This major is intended primarily for students who wish to pursue advanced degrees and/or careers in the professional fields of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic, Physician Assistant, Athletic Training, and Kinesiology/Exercise Science (which can be selected as a “Pre-Professional” concentration â€“ Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Athletic Training, etc.). However, students can gain acceptance into a wide range of additional professional health or graduate programs with this degree.Â
One of the unique aspects of the AHS major is its strong emphasis on hands-on, clinical experiences for its students.Â Each student within the major is required to obtain a minimum of three hundred hours of patient contact experience within their chosen concentration area.Â This exposure to the actual “job” not only is a requirement for most professional programs, but, more importantly, helps students obtain a deeper understanding of the professional careers they are considering.
The primary academic goals and objectives of the AHS major are:
A total of 120 credits must be earned to obtain the BS-AHS degree. The 60-95 credit curriculum in the program consists of 61 credits of core requirements in the BS-ASH major and 10-45 credits in a selected concentration, allowing specialization in one of the following six areas: pre-athletic training, pre-chiropractic, pre-kinesiology/exercise science, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physician assistant or pre-physical therapy. Students will also take a required capstone internship/fieldwork course. By completing the core courses and the selected courses in the concentrations, students will satisfy requirements for entry into a respective health care graduate/professional program in the above six areas. The completed area of concentration will be stated on the student's transcript.
AHS Student Successes
Since the inception of the program (2007):
87.8% of our graduates have been accepted to professional health programs
100% acceptance rate into Chiropractic School
86% acceptance rate into Masters of Occupational Therapy Schools
84% acceptance rate into Doctor of Physical Therapy Schools