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Students who have an aptitude for the sciences and desire to care for and make a difference in human lives may be interested in a career in the healthcare field. The Allied Health option is a stepping-stone to professional schools for a variety of healthcare professions. While some careers do not require a bachelor’s degree, all allied health students are encouraged to go beyond just completing the prerequisites and to earn a B.S. degree.
Requirements for admission to healthcare programs include chemical and biological sciences and a broad general curriculum including social science and humanities. Communication skills and cultural competence are also important.
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.
Graduates who do not pursue an allied health program may apply their knowledge to nutrition related careers. Students in Allied Health may take advantage of a variety of pre-health clubs at OSU which are dedicated to preparation for careers in healthcare. NSCI students work with their advisors to determine appropriate career paths and to meet prerequisites for professional programs. They will also spend time working or job-shadowing to gain firsthand knowledge of the healthcare field.
KEEP IN MIND
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.
Check out the resources from the Prehealth Advising Office