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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

What is allied health care?


So many job opportunities. So many settings. Allied health care will prepare you for various in-demand health care careers and advanced postgraduate studies. As an allied health professional, you’ll play a vital role in the health care system as you use scientific principles and evidence-based practices to diagnose, evaluate, treat, and prevent acute and chronic diseases.

Why prepare for an allied health career at Baker University?

Allied health care is a multidisciplinary field that allows you to discover your passion and positively affect your community. Most students in this program major in exercise science, which explores the impact of health, fitness, and environmental factors that influence the body’s overall well-being. They are taught the necessary skills to work with clients safely and effectively from diverse backgrounds in various health care settings.

Female exercise science students and Professor examining classmate for activity

What career opportunities are available in allied health care?

  • Dental hygienist
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Dietician
  • Medical technologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Radiographers
  • Chiropractor
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Speech-language pathologist

Majors and Minors for Allied Health Students

Most students interested in an allied health care profession 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.

Exercise science student studying nutrition

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.


Meet the Allied Health Care 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