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College of Arts & Sciences

Allied Health Care

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Dr. Erin Holt

Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Department Chair

Department of Applied Health Sciences

Limitless Options in Health Care


The allied health care industry’s significant growth in recent years has coincided with students’ rising interest in related professions, such as cardiac rehabilitation, dietetics, chiropractic, physical and occupational therapy, and fitness and wellness.

Most students interested in an allied health care profession will major in exercise science. Baker’s exercise science curriculum has long been aligned with and developed along best practices of the American College of Sports Medicine, which produces the most research and the best evidence for the field.

Related Majors and Minors

Exercise Science

Public Health

Chiropractic 3 +3

Lifestyle Medicine: Nutrition (Minor)


Experienced and Knowledgeable

“Our pre-allied health students are taught the knowledge, skills, and abilities set forth by the American College of Sports Medicine and CAAHEP in our exercise science program. By basing our educational curriculum on the approved standards, we ensure our graduates can safely and effectively work with diverse clients and patients in a variety of settings, while also allowing for the pursuit of continued education at the graduate level.”

–Dr. Erin Holt, Allied Health Advisor

Female exercise science students and Professor examining classmate for activity

Accreditation: Baker Meets Allied Health Care Standards and Guidelines

Baker’s exercise science program earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), making it the first and only fully accredited program in Kansas and one of just 64 in the nation. This recognition means the program meets all educational standards and guidelines established by the allied health care professions.


Exercise science students examining chest on digital cadaver table
Two female students working with stethoscopes
Exercise science student using hand weight tool

Exceptional Experience


State-of-the-Art Facilities

Students study in state-of-the-art science facilities and work on the only Anatomage table (the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system available for education) in the state. Our program combines in-depth classroom work with practical, hands-on experience—and the small class sizes ensure our students are fully prepared when it’s time for them to enter graduate school or a professional field.

Hands-On Learning

Students preparing for a career in allied health care participate in shadowing experiences with health care professionals and in an intensive clinical during their senior year. Students also have the opportunity to conduct original research with a faculty member and present their research at regional and national conferences.


Students are required to sit for one of three certifications focused on exercise physiology, special population personal training, or strength and conditioning. Two of those certifications come from the American College of Sports Medicine, which produces the most research and the best evidence for the field.

Allied Health Care Professions

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Physicians Assistant
  • Chiropractic
  • Athletic Training
  • Health Promotions
  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Recreation and Youth Sports
Exercise science student studying nutrition

Allied Health Advisor

Your advisor will point you toward undergraduate courses that will prepare you for allied health professions, suggest internship possibilities, and provide guidance as you go through the application process for graduate schools.

Dr. Erin Holt
Allied Health Advisor
B.A. Park University, M.A. Southeast Missouri State, Ed.D. Delta State University
Office: Mabee Hall 404

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