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The bachelor's of science (B.S.) in applied health sciences is designed to prepare students with an interdisciplinary and liberal arts foundation for professional careers within the health care 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 - 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.
One of the unique aspects of the AHS major is its strong emphasis on hands-on, clinical experiences for its students. Each student within the major is required to obtain a minimum of three hundred hours of patient contact experience within their chosen concentration area. 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:
AHS Student Successes