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Associate of Science in Allied Health Science

Prepare for Working in the Allied Health Sciences

The healthcare field offers many rewarding positions for those with the skills and ambition to pursue them. See how our 100% online Associate of Science in Allied Health Science program can allow you to gain the life sciences knowledge needed to start or enhance a career in allied health today.

Associate of Science in Allied Health Science | Dr. Brian West, Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

Associate of Science in Allied Health Science | Dr. Brian West, Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

There are many different directions that can be taken in the field of healthcare. Learn more about the opportunities found in an Associate of Science in Allied Health Science degree.

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Hello. I am Dr. Brian West. I'm a Program Director here at South University and I'm here to talk about the Associate of Science and Allied Health Sciences program.

This program gives the student the ability to work professionally in a healthcare environment. It gives them critical thinking skills, communication skills. They learn the principles and theories of working with healthcare professionals and they learn the ethics and professional behaviors of healthcare professionals.

This degree leads students in a couple of different directions. They can obtain a degree in allied health sciences and go to work in the workforce, or they can use the degree that they have to move on into other programs. Maybe after they've been in the program, they might get a better idea of which direction they'd like to head in health services, and they can use the allied health sciences program to lead them in the direction they want to go.

I would advise prospective students to consider the program in allied health sciences. If they are not quite sure which direction they want to go yet in the healthcare field, but they know they have a general interest in healthcare, this is a great program to get them going in the right direction.

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The field of allied health encompasses a wide range of healthcare professionals involved in identifying, evaluating, managing, preventing, and treating diverse diseases and disorders; providing rehabilitation services, offering dietary and nutrition services; and supporting the management and operations of health systems.

Some allied health professionals interact directly with patients, while others do not. Either way, like everyone in the healthcare field, allied health professionals strive to deliver optimum services and care by using scientific principles and evidence-based practice in their work.

In defining what is allied health, the US government separates allied health professionals from medical doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and nurses, among others.

Options for Allied Health Careers

Allied health professionals can play many essential roles within the US healthcare system. To offer a few examples of allied health professionals, allied health jobs can include the following:

  • Dental assistants and hygienists
  • Imaging specialists like diagnostic medical sonographers or radiographers
  • Dietitians and nutritionists
  • Health educators
  • Health information administrators & technologists
  • Medical assistant
  • Medical technologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Pharmacy technicians and assistants

Allied health professionals may work in a variety of healthcare settings that include hospitals, private practices, health centers and clinics, pharmacies, schools, and nursing homes and similar care facilities. Often, allied health professionals are members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams working together to ensure quality patient outcomes. Technicians and assistants in allied health careers work under the supervision of other healthcare professionals.

Some allied health jobs are more specialized and require more training and education than others, such as physical and occupational therapists or physician assistants. Licensure or certification are required for some but not all allied health careers. Average allied health salary varies depending on your position, geographic region, experience, allied health education, and certification or licensing.

Why South University: Comparing Allied Health Schools

At South University, our Allied Health degree program is designed to expose you to a broad array of general studies combined with an emphasis on the life sciences. Course topics will include:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Pathophysiology
  • Psychology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Microbiology
  • Human Growth and Development

Together, this curriculum can provide you with a strong knowledge base for pursuing your goals across a variety of different allied health careers.

As an online student, you’ll have the freedom to learn whenever and wherever works best for your schedule, while easily interacting with your peers and faculty in the online classroom. At every step of your allied health sciences program, our supportive faculty and staff will be there to provide assistance and encouragement and answer all questions as they arise.

Outside the classroom, you’ll have access to Career Services, library resources, online events, technical support, and more. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to those who qualify, and we provide dedicated financial services staff who can walk you through all of your options for financing your degree.

For questions about financial aid or admissions and academic requirements, call 1.800.688.0932 to speak with a member of our Admissions or Financial Services team or request information online.

Benefits of Earnings an Allied Health Associate’s Degree

Upon earning your allied health degree at South University, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Utilize the principles and theories of the natural, social, behavioral, and health sciences to serve as a competent and considerate allied health sciences professional.
  • Identify, explore, and develop alternative solutions for a range of healthcare delivery system issues and challenges by using your creative and critical thinking skills.
  • Search, analyze and report on healthcare related data using information technology and health management information systems.
  • Communicate in an effective and culturally sensitive manner with individuals, groups, and peers in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Apply exemplary ethical and professional behaviors in various allied health jobs and organizations.

After completing this allied health degree program, you may consider continuing on into a nursing, healthcare management, public health, or other related degree program.

End your search for allied health schools today with South University. Take the next step and learn more about how our online Associate of Science in Allied Health Science program can prepare you to make a career out of helping others!

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