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The Spring 2024 Semester Starts January 8, 2024

We’re now accepting applications for the Spring 2024 semester!

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    About Our Health Programs

    Are you interested in pursuing a career in healthcare and making a difference in people’s lives? A degree from Athens State University can help! We offer affordable, flexible, and comprehensive programs that include all the latest advancements in health sciences, providing a high-quality, well-rounded education. 

    Program Options

    Health & Wellness Management

    The Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness Management provides students with a strong foundation on the basic biomechanical and physiological principles associated with human movement and the basic wellness concepts conducive to healthy lifestyles. Program graduates will have the skills and competencies necessary to pursue graduate studies, gain employment in a variety of health, fitness, sports medicine, and public safety career fields.

    Health Science

    The Health Science degree program culminates in a baccalaureate degree for nursing professionals or for students certified in allied health fields, including, but not limited to, dental hygiene, medical records, medical technology, health physics, or animal health technology.

    Program graduates will possess the skills and competencies necessary to analyze the core elements of health care policies and develop effective strategies to ensure that quality health care is provided.

    Health Science – Health Care Administration

    A Health Science degree with the Health Care Administration option is designed to build leadership, management, and administrative skills for students who are allied health professionals and/or who are licensed in a health professional discipline, such as nursing, physical therapy, radiography, paramedics, and respiratory therapy. This program prepares graduates for entry-level to mid-level leadership and administrative positions in a full array of healthcare organizations, including:

    • Hospitals
    • Ambulatory care centers
    • Surgery centers
    • Medical practices
    • Home healthcare agencies

    Graduates may also find employment as consultants or with companies serving as vendors to the healthcare industry, as well as government healthcare agencies. This program provides training for positions in which clinical knowledge expertise is applied in a healthcare leadership and administrative environment.

    Undergraduate students, especially those with allied health licensure, who plan to seek admission to health administration, health informatics, medical records, or other graduate-level health professional academic programs may also apply for admission to the option. Prerequisites for admission to the program can be integrated into the course of study if needed.

    Pre-Health Certificate

    This Pre-Health certificate is flexible enough to cover the prerequisites for most Pre-Health professional programs, including Medical (MD and DO), PT, PA, OT, pharmacy, dental, nurse practitioner, veterinary, podiatry, chiropractic, optometry, athletic training, anesthesiologist assistant, audiology, and psychiatry. It also includes the classes necessary to prepare for the MCAT, DAT, and PCAT. In this 1-year (3-semester) certificate, students transfer to Athens State from a community college either in the Fall or Spring semester after completing Chemistry I & II, Physics I, and Physics II (if necessary).

    Students must complete a minimum of 11 hours at Athens State to earn this certificate.

    Why Choose Athens State for Your Health Degree?

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    The Individualized Degree Program allows you to pursue your interests and develop skills that will prepare you for employment opportunities or future graduate study.

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    Designed by each student, in consultation with faculty, the program offers a creative path to a four-year degree.

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    As the university with the lowest cost of attendance of all public, state institutions in Alabama, Athens State provides you the best value for your investment.

    “Athens State empowered me to take ownership of my life, both professionally and personally. As an alumnus of the health administration program, I have felt ahead of the curve throughout my continued education and professional advancements.”

    Jonathan O.

    Health Care Administration, ’21

    About Athens State University

    Athens State University, the oldest continuously operating higher-education institution in Alabama, is an upper-division university that meets the needs of students often left underserved in other learning environments. We exclusively serve transfer students – whether they’re returning adult learners or younger undergraduate transfers – and provide them with career-focused education that will prepare them to enter the workforce. Our faculty members are uniquely attentive to the needs of both students and employers, and they develop curricula to serve each group equally. Students graduate from Athens State with the confidence to seize control of their careers and find success in their professional endeavors.