Allied Health Professions
The Biology, Chemistry and Kinesiology Departments of Westmont College provide training appropriate for pursuing careers in many of the allied health fields. Since there is a large amount of variety in requirements for each graduate program, it is also important for students to look at a number of different schools of interest to gain a sense of what you will need to have taken before making applications to specific schools. This page is intended to provide some general information and recommended courses which will provide the best preparation for most of the non-doctoral level allied health programs. For doctoral level programs (eg, DVM, DDS, MD, DO), see the Premedical Information Pages.
For most of the allied health fields, several courses in biology, chemistry and psychology are required. Thus, choice of a Chemistry or Biology BA track are well suited as a major, as they allow flexibility in choosing the additional courses necessary (whether psychology, mathematics, etc). A Kinesiolgy major can also work with additional care with scheduling of pre-requisite and major classes. A choice of a double major in Chemistry/Biology is sometimes a matter of one or two additional courses.
The Life Planning Office has a large amount of information available to review about the variety of health related careers, along with information about many of the programs and what to expect.
Also, there is good information on allied health careers at the Association of Schools of Allied Health. Sponsored by the American Medical Association, the “Careers in Allied Health” website is now up and running at http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/2322.html
The site draws information from the annual Health Professions Career and Education Directory (HPCED), including history of the profession, occupational description, employment characteristics, educational programs, and where to address inquiries.
Here is a convenient quick-look table that lists many of the Health professions and the typical pre-requisites needed for each one.