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Grand Valley State University    
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Aug 14, 2018
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Science

Requirements for a Major in Allied Health Sciences

The Allied Health Sciences degree requires a minimum of 120 credits and includes general education, specific AHS degree courses, and a minor or emphasis. Once students declare an Allied Health Sciences major, typically during their sophomore year, they will be assigned a major academic advisor who will assist in selecting the educational program and minor that best meets their career goals. An approved internship is strongly recommended for students not planning to attend graduate school.

Required for all AHS majors except SLP emphasis students (11 credits):

AHS Electives for students who do not select an emphasis in the major:

  • 21 credits for minor selected with an advisor.

AHS 190 - Explorations in Health Care

This is an elective course designed for freshman or sophomore students wishing to explore potential health care career options. Students who elect to take AHS 190 should take it concurrently with AHS 110.

In order to graduate with a B.S. in health professions, each student is required to select either an emphasis in the AHS program or a minor. The following minors are popular choices among allied health sciences students: aging and adult life, biology, business, philosophy, psychology, sociology, Spanish, and women & gender studies. Please be sure to contact the minor department and meet with an advisor to create your minor plan.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Allied Health Sciences (B.S.)

First Year

Fall Semester - Year One Credits Winter Semester - Year One Credits
   4    4
   4    3
   3    4
   4  General Education Course  3


Second Year

Fall Semester - Year Two Credits Winter Semester - Year Two Credits
  4   3
  3  /   4
Minor Elective* 3   3
General Education course 6

Minor Elective*

    General Education course 3


Third Year


Fall Semester - Year Three
Credits Winter Semester - Year Three
 /    4    3
   3 Minor Elective*  3
   4 General Education course  3
Minor Elective*  3  Theme course  3
    General Education course or Elective 3


Fourth Year

Fall Semester - Year Four
Credits Winter Semester - Year Four
   3   -SWS  3
Minor Elective*  3 Minor Elective*  6
General Education Course  3 General Education course  3
Theme course  3  Theme course  3
 Supplemental Writing Skills (SWS) course  3    


* A minor or AHS emphasis is required with the Allied Health Sciences Major

Speech Language Pathology Emphasis

This emphasis prepares students for admission into graduate programs in speech-language pathology, communication disorders, or audiology. Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, and treat disorders related to speech and language as well as cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency. Audiologists assess and treat hearing loss and aural rehabilitation.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of entry-level programs are employed in all levels of education, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, extended care and clinical facilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12,000 additional speech-language pathologists will be needed to fill the demand between 2006 and 2016 - an 11% increase in job openings.

Required courses for the Speech Language Pathology emphasis:

These courses have been designed to ensure that students demonstrate required knowledge and skill as outlined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in the Standards and Implementation Guidelines for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.

Admission into the Speech Language Pathology emphasis:

Students will apply for admission into the emphasis the second semester of the sophomore year. Prerequisites include 3.0 GPA; completion of 45 semester hours successful completion of (a grade of C or better) PHY 200, and BMS 208; application for; and letter of application.

Suggested Order of Coursework for the Speech Language Pathology emphasis:

Second Year

Fall Semester - Year Two Credits Winter Semester - Year Two Credits
    3     3
    4     3
  OR     3 General education course  3
General education course  6 General education:     3
      AND    4


Fourth Year

Fall Semester - Year Four
Credits Winter Semester - Year Four
   3    3
    3    3
    3    3
 Theme course  3    3
 Theme course  3 Theme course  3


Allied Health Sciences Program Description

Click here for the program description.