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Allied Health Sciences

The Allied Health Sciences field includes medical technology, clinical lab sciences, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Medical technology or clinical laboratory
science health care professions require special expertise in laboratory medicine. Members of this profession are responsible for providing accurate, reliable laboratory tests for monitoring health and diagnosing and treating diseases. Occupational therapists help individuals with mentally, physically, developmentally or emotionally disabling conditions to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. Physical therapists provide services to people whose ability to function is impaired or threatened by disease or injury. Disabilities may be related to neuro-muscular-skeletal, pulmonary, or cardiovascular systems. Physical therapists use different physical means to aid in diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of disease and injury.

Skills

A person working in an allied health Sciences related field should possess the following qualities and skills:

  • Good human relations skills
  • Strong science background

Career Opportunities

An allied sciences major may work in any of these capacities:

  • Medical Technologists
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Radiation Technology

Core Medical Technology major courses that may be helpful in pursuing the major**:

  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Zoology
  • Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Bacteriology
  • Psychology

Core Occupational Therapy major courses that may be helpful in pursuing the major**:

  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Physics I & II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Statistics

Core Physical Therapy major courses that may be helpful in pursuing the major**:

  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Physiology
  • Physics I & II
  • Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Radiation Technology
  • Medical Terminology

**Specific business requirements will vary depending on the baccalaureate granting institution.