Allied Health Degree

"I wouldn't be where I am now without the professional relationships and education that started at Graceland University."

Nick Coyle `16,
Majored in athletic training and is currently working as an assistant trainer at Tusculum University

"Getting the opportunity to work directly with athletes as a student athletic trainer at Graceland University has been incredibly helpful in guiding me through my graduate program."

Max Francisco `16,
Majored in athletic training and is currently a doctor of physical therapy at Rockhurst University

BS Degree - Allied Health Major

In addition to the essential education requirements, majors in Allied Health must complete the core requirements as prescribed below and a minimum of one concentration from Applied Health Science or Human and Sport Performance.

Core Requirements for all concentrations:
Applied Health Science Concentration

The Allied Health Major with a concentration in Applied Health Science is intended for students seeking to pursue advanced or professional degrees in Physical Therapy or Chiropractic. In addition to the required coursework, students planning to pursue a Physical Therapy or Chiropractic program should complete 4 semester hours of Physics 2, 8 semester hours of Biology with Lab, and 8 semester hours of psychology. Note that programs vary on required hours in various disciplines, so students should work with their academic advisors to determine the correct coursework to meet the entrance requirements of specific programs.

Students who are interested in completing an accelerated Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, the Applied Health Science concentration has a 3+3 year plan available for Logan University and Palmer University. Please contact Dr. James Geiselman jgf1@graceland.edu for specific information regarding this program.

Additional required courses for Applied Health Science Concentration:

  • CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I 3 s.h. and CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1 s.h.
  • CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II 3 s.h. and CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1 s.h.
  • PHYS1410 Elements of Physics I 4 s.h.
  • PHED4725 Practicum of Clinical Assessment 3 s.h.

The following is a list of Recommended Electives for students planning to apply to Professional or Graduate programs. These are not degree requirements, but will be useful in the application process, and additionally may fulfill prerequisite coursework for the desired Professional or Graduate program:

  • ATHT2500 Medical Terminology 2 s.h.
  • ATHT3100 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 3 s.h.
  • BIOL1520 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2100 Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2440 Plant Biology 4 s.h.
  • CHEM1330 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry 3 s.h.
  • PHED3120 Speed, Agility, and Endurance 3 s.h.
  • PHED/PSYC3130 Sports Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PHED3410 Theory of Coaching 1 s.h.
  • PHED3420 Practicum of Coaching 2 s.h.
  • PHED4730 Advanced Topics in Strength and Conditioning 3 s.h.
  • PHYS1420 Elements of Physics II 4 s.h.
  • PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PSYC3310 Social Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PSYC3380 Abnormal Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PSYC3390 Cognitive Psychology 3 s.h.
Human and Sports Performance Concentration

The Allied Health Major with a concentration in Human and Sport Performance is designed for students who wish to pursue a careers in strength and conditioning, personal training, corporate wellness, or graduate degrees in Exercise Science and Athletic Training. Students will gain the scientific background necessary to be quality practitioners. Additionally, the concentration includes multiple hands-on practical courses to prepare students for real world scenarios and interpersonal skills necessary to be a successful professional.

Students who are interested in completing an accelerated Masters of Science in Athletic Training degree, the Human and Sports performance concentration has a 3+2 year plan available for Culver-Stockton College and Midland University. Please contact Andrew Miller amiller1@graceland.edu for specific information regarding this program.

Additional required courses for Human and Sports Performance Concentration:

  • ATHT3100 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 3 s.h.
  • PHED/PSYC3130 Sports Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PHED3120 Speed, Agility and Endurance 3 s.h.
  • PHED4726 Practicum of Human Performance 3 s.h.
  • PHED4730 Advanced Topics in Strength and Conditioning 3 s.h.

The following is a list of Recommended Electives for students planning to apply to Graduate programs. These are not degree requirements, but will be useful in the application process, and additionally may fulfill prerequisite coursework for the desired Graduate program: