Dean: Olsson; Associate Dean: Goossen.
The College of Health Professions strives to be a model of excellence in health care education in the twenty-first century. The mission of the college is to prepare reflective professionals with the foundation necessary to serve and guide health care.
The College of Health Professions houses eight programs that include a clinical doctoral degree in Physical Therapy; master’s degrees in Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies; and baccalaureate degrees in Allied Health Sciences with the option of an emphasis in Speech Language Pathology, Medical Laboratory Science,Radiologic and Imaging Sciences with majors in Radiation Therapy and Diagnostic Medical Sonography with emphasis available in Abdominal and Obstetrics-Gynecology or in Echocardiography and Vascular Sonography, Occupational Safety and Health Management, and Therapeutic Recreation.
The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. The Radiation Therapy program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS). The Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The Physician Assistant Studies program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Physical Therapy curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Secondary Admission for Undergraduates
Three undergraduate programs in the College of Health Professions require a non-competitive but selective secondary admissions/application process: Medical Laboratory Science, Occupational Safety and Health Management, Therapeutic Recreation, and Allied Health Sciences emphasis in Speech Language Pathology. See the Academic Programs section of the catalog for details.
Admission into the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences programs (Radiation Therapy or Diagnostic Medical Sonography) requires a competitive secondary admissions process. An option for those who are already practicing in an RIS profession and have national registration with two years of college is to pursue a baccalaureate degree with specialization in one or two RIS emphasis areas. See appropriate Academic Program description for detailed information on undergraduate admission.
The Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy and the Master’s Degree programs in Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies require a post baccalaureate application process; admission into these programs is competitive. See appropriate Academic Program description for detailed information on graduate admission.
The CHP Student Services Office provides students with admissions and academic advising services. The CHP Student Services Director and Academic Advisors are available to assist undergraduate and graduate students with academic advising and general program planning throughout the college career. In addition, they are available to introduce prospective students and their families to the university and the College of Health Profession’s programs.
The College of Health Professions encourages students to consider participation in any one of the following clubs as it pertains to program interest and eligibility:
Pre-Physician Assistant Club
Pre-Physical Therapy Club
Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
Student Occupational Therapy Club
Therapeutic Recreation Club
Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Student Organization (RISSO)
Numerous scholarship opportunities are available to students in their respective programs. Information regarding scholarships is available through the College of Health Profession’s program websites, or through Grand Valley State University’s Financial Aid Office at: www.gvsu.edu/financialaid.