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Allied Health Science Concentration
The Allied Health Science option in the exercise and sport science concentration is designed to prepare students to enter physical rehabilitation disciplines such as physical or occupational therapy, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, chiropractic medicine or other advanced programs. Most positions in these areas of specialization require advanced degrees.
Graduate study is very competitive; therefore, students are encouraged to maintain at least a 3.3 GPA and obtain related volunteer experience prior to graduation.
Students in this program generally seek clinically based positions either through specialized graduate studies in professional schools (e.g. DPT or MOT etc.) or through the advanced study in the exercise sciences (graduate degrees). While many of these positions require an advanced degree, students graduating with a Allied Health Science Option are able to pursue immediate employment in the clinical setting prior to obtaining the advanced degree. Some students work in related health agencies, hospitals, health and fitness facilities, rehabilitation centers, etc.
Admission to Allied Health Science
Beginning fall 2013 students are required to apply for upper-division courses. Requirements for admission include an overall 3.0 GPA; an overall 3.0 math/science GPA, and a grade of B or better in MATH 137 or 138, BIOL 105 and 310, PSYC 121, STAT 200, HLTH 200. If any of these courses are taken at another institution, students will need to provide a transcript to review grades in these courses.
Undergraduate Program in Allied Health Science
Students are required to complete core curriculum requirements as determined by the department and major requirements for a total of 120 hours for the bachelor of science degree. Students should possess a strong science background along with experience in math and statistics. The Allied Health Science (concentration) curriculum requires one year of anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and 16 credits from an approved menu of courses based on the student's career goals. Students should also enjoy working with individuals and possess strong interpersonal skills.
Students are required in their last semester before graduation to complete an internship in which they will obtain roughly 270 hours of experience in their related field.
Students interested in transferring to Radford University in Allied Health Science from a VCCS are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Arts and Science including the following courses:
- MATH 137 (MTH 158)
- BIOL 105 (BIO 101)
- PSYC 121 (PSY 200)
- STAT 200 (MTH 157, 240 or 241)
- HLTH 200 (HLT 116)
- Sequence of Science
- BIOL 310 & 311 (BIO 141 & 142)
- CHEM 101 & 102 (CHM 111 & 112)
Preparing for Graduate School
Prerequisite courses for many graduate rehabilitation programs include coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, math, technology, psychology, and English. Many prerequisite courses are included in the Allied Health Science concentration; however, because each professional school has its own requirements, it is up to the student to determine specific prerequisite courses for targeted schools. The list of required courses should be obtained prior to the sophomore year so that elective courses can be integrated into the program of study to the extent possible.