BA in Natural Sciences: Allied Health and Sports Medicine
The allied health and rehabilitation services specialization will prepare an STU student to enter several health professions majors such as athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or physician assistant school. Allied health specialization involves identification, prevention, and evaluation of injuries or diseases with a focus on nutrition, healthy lifestyle, and rehabilitation. This program can prepare a student for over 20 different professions which comprise nearly 60% of the healthcare workforce. This all-encompassing specialization will allow freshman or transfer students an avenue to learn about exercise science, anatomy/physiology, athletic training, and better understanding of numerous health and wellness topics affecting the U.S.
This new degree is tailored to healthcare master’s degree programs with a focus on requirements that will give an STU student the competitive edge needed to succeed in graduate school. This program is offered at a small private institution with a low professor to student ratio to ensure success. This program will provide all students with an internship within the profession of interest.
- The student will learn from professors with specialties in biology, athletic training, exercise science, strength & conditioning, and health administration for increased exposure to a multidisciplinary approach to student learning.
- Opportunity to customize your degree to meet your post academic or professional needs.
- Small class sizes and personal advising to ensure all individual needs are met
- Hands-on labs will ensure direct application of knowledge to further enhance the student learning experience and make relatable to real-world skills
- Internships for all students completing this program that can lead to employment opportunities.
- Average salary for several allied Health Professions is:
Athletic Training professional is $49,860
Occupational Therapist is $84,950
Physical Therapist $89,440
Physician Assistant $112,260 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- The growth of all these professions is between 16% – 31% in the next 10 years
- Allied Health Professionals make up more than 60% of the workforce
- Healthcare is 18% of the U.S. economy, twice as high as in other countries
- The demand for healthcare workers between now and 2026 will grow by approximately 18%.
- Increasing percentages of healthcare jobs require bachelors and graduate degrees (info from explorehealthcareers.org)
Internship and Job Placement Opportunities
An internship will be offered in the last semester of the program for hands-on experience and experiential learning for a better understanding of the allied health profession of choice.
The team doctors for STU work for Baptist Health and professional sports teams which will allow for possible opportunities. STU has over 1,000 athletes and opportunities to work with the athletic trainers and physicians to observe in real time evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation services.
- Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
- Health Administration
- Advanced First Aid & Emergency Care
- Exercise Physiology
Kathy Williams Ed.D., LAT, ATC, CSCS
Visiting Professor & Athletic Trainer
Program Coordinator for Allied Health & Sports Medicine
- Salary and Potential Income Website: glassdoor.com
- Salary and Potential Income Website: payscale.com
- Fastest Growing Occupations: campusexplorer.com
- Occupational Employment Statistics website: bls.gov/oes/
- Career Advancement website: money.usnews.com/careers
- Job Rankings website: money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings
- National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/
- US Department of Education Data: https://ed.gov/rschstat/landing.jhtml?src=pn
- National Athletic Trainers Association nata.org
- Aapa.org American Academy of Physician Assistants
- apta.org American Physical Therapy Association
- AOTA aota.org American Occupational Therapy Association