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Allied Health

Nutritional Sciences Allied Health promotes understanding the relationship between nutrition and human health for those entering the healthcare field as physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, chiropractors, pharmacists, nurses, and more. Allied Health positions are involved in the direct delivery of health-related services and optimizing patient outcomes. These highly valued members of the community play an important role in ensuring that the most up-to-date science and treatments are upheld. Healthcare related positions are expected to increase by nearly 18 percent from 2016-2026, adding 2.4 million positions to the job market in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

Students earning degrees in Nutritional Sciences bring a special dimension to their applications to programs for Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and more. Their knowledge of the relationship of nutrition to health adds value to their allied health careers.


  • Flexible curriculum includes prerequisite courses for each health professional path
  • Strong preparation for pre-health fields with science courses including biochemistry, physiology, biology, and anatomy
  • Pre-professional experience component with an emphasis on shadowing health professionals
  • Community and laboratory undergraduate research opportunities with highly qualified faculty
  • Accessible faculty mentors with clinical or related health-care experience



  • Physician assistant
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing


  • Pediatrics
  • Aging Services
  • Family practice
  • Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Emergency Medicine


One of the strongest employment fields in the nation today is the healthcare industry. Over five million people care for patients in acute, outpatient, rehab, and home care settings and promote healthy lifestyles. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook is an excellent resource for information on healthcare professions.

More information about healthcare careers may be found in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.


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