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 Frequently Asked Questions: Allied Health Sciences major
  1.    Who are Allied Health professionals?
  2.    Who can declare an Allied Health Science major?
  3.    How do I become an Allied Health Sciences major?
  4.    How do I declare a concentration within the Allied Health Sciences major?
  5.    Can I do an additional degree or double major with Allied Health Sciences?
  6.    Is there a minor in Allied Health Sciences?
  7.    What courses are needed for graduate professional programs (i.e. PA, PT, Med School)?
  8.    What GPA is competitive for graduate professional programs (i.e. PA, PT, Med School)?
  9.    What other preparation should I have to be competitive for graduate professional programs?
  10.  Can I apply to Allied Health Sciences and still graduate on time?

 

Who are Allied Health Professionals?

Allied Health Practitioners are health professionals who provide ancillary medical services in various health care setting and support physicians in the overall care of the patient. For more information on careers in Allied Health please visit our Career Links page.

 

Who can declare an Allied Health Science major?

  • Students who are unsure of their major but are interested in pursuing a career in Allied Health may choose to become an Allied Health Sciences major (AHS). AHS students work with advisors in the Allied Health Sciences department to explore career options and decide on a major.
  • Students seeking employment in the Health Care system.
  • Students pursuing the Allied Health Sciences major as a baccalaureate program for admission to graduate health programs. Students may declare a concentration in Health Sciences, Healthcare Administration, Public Health and Health Promotion, or Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety to further define their major.
  • Students pursuing a professional program within the department (Dietetics, Diagnostic Genetic Sciences and Medical Laboratory Sciences) may (but are not required to) declare themselves an AHS major during their first 3 semesters at UConn. Students are advised by an advisor in the AHS Advising Center who assists them in course selection and planning for admission to a professional program (Admission to a professional program is not guaranteed).

How do I become an Allied Health Science major?

The admission process varies with student status (i.e. freshman, continuing, transfer, etc.). Students can declare the Allied Health Sciences major upon admission to the university. However, admission to the Allied Health Sciences major for current university students is competitive with limited enrollment (The average GPA for the Spring 2017 semester was cumGPA 3.49, scienceGPA 3.45). Application requirements are the same for continuing students regardless of which campus a student is from. Students may apply to the Allied Health Sciences major provided they meet the admission requirements. Students should refer to Allied Health Sciences Admission for information and admission requirements.

 

How do I declare a concentration within the Allied Health Sciences major?

Students do not need to declare a concentation within the major. However, to declare a concentration in Health Sciences, Healthcare Administration, Public Health and Health Promotion, or Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety within the Allied Health Sciences major, a student must:

  • Be an Allied Health Sciences major or be eligible for admission to the Allied Health Sciences major
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2; cumulative GPA of 3.0 required for Healthcare Administration concentration
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have career goals consistent with the goals of the concentration
  • Successful completion of one college level (1000-level or above) course in each of the following: biology, chemistry, and mathematics consisent with the concentration.

Non-AHS Majors: Declaration of a concentration can be completed at the time of petition to the major provided the above conditions are met. Students not meeting the above criteria can still be evaluated for admission but will only be considered for the Standard Plan.

AHS majors: To declare a concentration, students must submit the following information to the Department of Allied Health Sciences:

Can I do an additional degree or double major with Allied Health Sciences?

Yes. Students can declare the AHS major as either an additional degree or double major. Students should contact their home School or College for information and declaration forms. Students begin the process in their current School or College. Students applying to the AHS major as a second degree or double major are evaluated for admission consistent with the admission process for first degree applicants. Admission is not guaranteed. Also, students pursuing an additional degree or double major may be requried to extend their program by additional semesters to meet all graduation requirements. Graduating "on time" is not guaranteed and should not be expected.

CANR double major information and forms

Is there a minor in Allied Health Sciences?

No. Currently, the Department of Allied Health Sciences does not offer a minor.

What courses are needed for graduate professional programs (e.g. Medical or Dental School, Physican Assistant, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Post-Bacc Nursing, etc.)?

The vast majority of graduate professional health programs require successful completion (B or better) of admission coursework as part of their admission criteria. However, admission coursework varies depending on the program of study. Also, within professions, admission criteria can vary. While admission coursework does not have to be completed as part of a single bachelor's degree, the Allied Health Sciences major is flexible to incorporate graduate program admisison criteria within the major. Allied Health Sciences advisors assist students in course selection to generally meet graduate professional program admissions. Please note that students are expected to consult directly with the graduate program they wish to admit to for a complete list of specific admission requirements.

What GPA is competitive for graduate professional programs (e.g. Physican Assistant, Physical Therapy, Medical or Dental School, Pharmacy, etc.)?

Graduate admission to a professional program is very competitive. While students can graduate from the Allied Health Sciences major with a 2.0 GPA, graduate programs typically require a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. However, to be most competitive, applicants should strive to have greater than a 3.0 (i.e. 3.3 or higher). Additionally, most graduate programs will also calculate a science GPA; competitive applicants should strive to have greater than a 3.2 scienceGPA. Students should consult with the program they seek admission to for specific GPA and other admission requirements.

 

What other preparation should I have to be competitive for graduate professional programs?

Graduate health programs look for applicants who bring a varied background both personally and academically. They want to “see” evidence that a student went beyond taking just academic coursework to prepare for graduate education. Engaging in extracurricular activities demonstrates to graduate admissions committees that an applicant is able to work as a team member, has leadership skills, communication skills, time management skills, etc; qualities that a health professional should possess. To this end, we strongly suggest that students engage in extracurricular opportunities while an undergraduate student. In fact, some graduate programs (e.g. Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy) expect (and in some instances require documentation) that an applicant has experience in direct patient contact in their profession. Below are examples of extracurricular opportunities but students should be creative when preparing for graduate admission:

  • Volunteer, Internship or employment (if possible) in the profession
  • Research (expected of some programs. e.g. Medical School)
  • Meet with a representative in the Center for Career Development for internship program opportunities
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), EMT or other professional certification
  • Student Activities/ Organization experiences (with leadership role if possible) at UConn or community-based
  • Volunteerism (i.e. Global Brigades, Collegiate Health Service Corps, etc.)
  • Club participation (i.e. Allied Health Sciences Club; Pr-Med/Pre-Dent Society)
  • Learning Community participation
  • Sport participation

Can I apply to Allied Health Sciences and still graduate on time?

When students apply into a new major, not all coursework completed may apply to the new major. The later one applies in their academic career the less likely they are to meet program requirements to graduate "on time." It is typical for a junior or senior standing student to require at least an additional semester or year to complete program requirements. In this instance, students may use summer semesters to bring them back "on track." We do not advocate utilizing excess credit to catch up on requirements. Over extending during an academic semester may result in lower grades thereby decreasing graduate school competitiveness.

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Department of Allied Health Sciences
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1101
Telephone: (860) 486-2834
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