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Associate of Science, Allied Health, 60 credits

Clarion University’s Associate of Science degree with a major in Allied Health enables allied health professionals to get started on the road to career advancement through the attainment of academic degrees. Clarion University recognizes the value of an allied health professional’s clinical education and acquired professional expertise and therefore awards credit for completion of a formal, accredited educational program
in an allied health field.

Potential Program Candidates

Health professionals who may qualify for the AS, Allied Health include the following: diploma nurses, surgical technologists, paramedics, ophthalmic medical technicians, dental professionals, pharmacy technicians, medical imaging professionals, medical office professionals, medical assistants, physical therapy technicians, and others.

The AS, Allied Health degree program is for individuals who are already credential allied health professionals and who wish to earn an associate degree. Clarion University does not provide the clinical education that is required for this degree program.

A.S., Allied Health Curriculum

The AS, Allied Health requires completion of a total of 60 credits—30 credits of science and general education course work that must be earned from Clarion University and 30 credits that are awarded for completion of a formal, accredited allied health educational program.

Sample Curriculum

I. Liberal Education Skills

A. English Composition, 3 cr
B. Math Competency, 3
C. Liberal Education Elective, 3

II. Liberal Knowledge, 15
Choose courses from at least 2 of the following 3 categories. At least 3 credits must come from Category A for a total of 15 credits.

A. Physical and Biological Sciences
B. Social and Behavioral Sciences
C. Arts and Humanities

III. General Education Electives, 6

IV. Approved Allied Health Professional Education, 30

*Curriculum is subject to change.


Evaluation of Clinical Coursework

Credits for completion of clinical course work will be considered on a case-by-case basis by Clarion’s Department of Allied Health and will be based on the following criteria:

  • The educational program must be in an allied health profession that is recognized by the American Medical Association as a health care profession.

  • The allied health educational program from which the applicant has graduated must meet one or both of the following criteria:

  1. The educational program must hold accreditation in good standing with a formal national programmatic accrediting agency widely acceptable to the specific allied health profession and formally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

  2. The educational program must be offered in a post-secondary institution of higher learning that has accreditation in good standing with a regional accreditor formally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education such as the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The allied health educational program from which the applicant has graduated must have entailed a minimum of 450 contact hours.


Allied Health (A.S.) Outcomes

  1. Graduates will be able to describe career advancement opportunities for allied health professionals who hold academic degrees.

  2. Graduates will be able to communicate effectively and professionally in a health care environment.

  3. Graduates will demonstrate positive attitudes toward protecting the confidential health care information of patients.

Degree Conferral

Upon successful completion of the AS, Allied Health,graduates will have earned an Associate of Science degree with a major in Allied Health from Clarion University.



Bachelor of Science, Allied Health Leadership, 120 credits

The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Leadership (BSAHL) degree program is interdisciplinary in nature in that it integrates clinical coursework that the student has already completed with liberal education coursework and business coursework offered by Clarion University’s College of Business Administration. All course work may be completed online.

Graduates of the BSAHL program will be prepared for entry-level leadership (supervisory/,management/education) positions in health care organizations. Additionally, graduates of the BSAHL will be well positioned to enter graduate programs including Clarion University’s Master of Business Administration degree program.

The BSAHL curriculum requires completion of 60 clinical credits and 60 general education and business administration credits. Individuals who have completed an accredited program in allied health educational program that the applicant has completed.

Allied Health Leadership (BS) outcomes

1. Students will be able to use leadership theory to critique
various styles of leadership.
2. Students will be able to discuss ethical and moral obligations
of allied health care leaders.
3. Graduates will realize career advancement in a leadership
position or be enrolled in a graduate program .


Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires completion of an accredited educational program in allied health, as approved by the Department of Allied Health, and professional credentialing. Additionally, applicants must meet the general admissions requirements of Clarion University.


Curriculum Outline

I. General Education Course Work

A. Liberal Education Skills—Total of 12 Credits

English Composition, 3 credits
Mathematics Competency, 3 credits
Liberal Education Electives, 6 credits

B. Liberal Knowledge—Total of 27 Credits

Physical and Biologic Sciences, 9 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives, 9 credits
Arts and Humanities Electives, 9 credits

C. Health and Personal Performance—Total of 3 Credits

Health and Wellness, 2 credits
Personal Performance, 1 credit

D. General Education Electives Sufficient to total 48 credits
(may include up to 9 credits of fundamental business courses from Section 11)

II. Fundamental Business Administration Course Work
(may be used to satisfy nine credits of required general education in Section 1)

ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics, 3
ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics, 3
ECON 221 Economics and Business Statistics, 3

Total Credits, 9

III. Core Business Administration Course Work Credits

*ACTG 251 Financial Accounting, 3
*ACTG 252 Managerial Accounting, 3
*MGMT 320 Management Theory & Practice, 3
*MGMT 324 Human Resources Management, 3

Total Credits, 12

Optional business Courses:

FIN 370 Financial Management, 3 (optional)
MKTG 360 Principles of Marketing, 3 (optional)

IV. Allied Health Clinical (or clinically equivalent) 60 credits

AH 401 Allied Health Leadership Capstone, 3 (required)

Up to 60 clinical credits will be awarded for completion of a formal, accredited allied health educational program and professional credentialing. Clinical credits will be awarded on a case-by-case basis upon review of transcripts and professional credentials.