Healthcare Services and Sciences

Western Michigan University's healthcare services and sciences program will be a good fit for you if you are:

  • A student who wants to prepare for administrative and other non-clinical positions in health care.
  • Already working in health care and interested in upgrading your knowledge and abilities with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Interested in health and human services graduate programs, including:
    • Addiction studies
    • Audiology
    • Blindness and low vision studies
    • Disability services
    • Health care administration
    • Holistic health
    • Occupational therapy
    • Physical therapy studies
    • Physician assistant studies

In addition to the bachelor’s degree, we also offer five concentrations.

  • The Physician Assistant Preparation Concentration: A preparatory program that prepares students to apply to Physician Assistant graduate programs including, but not limited to, WMU's PA program by including required prerequisites.
  • The Audiology Preparation Concentration: This preparatory program helps prepare students to apply to Audiology doctoral programs. Note: The WMU Doctorate of Audiology programs are suspended through Fall 2023.
  • The Blindness and Low Vision Studies Preparation Concentration: A preparatory program that prepares students to apply to two of WMU's Blindness and Low Vision Studies programs, Orientation and Mobility for Adults or Vision Rehabilitation, by including required prerequisites (these prerequisites are similar to other programs but not identical).
  • The Occupational Therapy Preparation Concentration: A preparatory program that prepares students to apply to Occupational Therapy graduate programs including, but not limited to, WMU's OT program by including required prerequisites.
  • The Clinical Practice in Health Concentration: This option is specifically designed for those who have an associate degree in a clinical area and are licensed or certified in that discipline following a discipline approved licensing exam. You can earn up to 30 credits for your previous work experience.

Beyond the classroom

As a student of WMU's healthcare services and sciences program, you will be required to complete a clinical internship, which will allow you to gain experience in a variety of agencies and institutions while integrating and applying your knowledge and honing your skills in preparation for employment or graduate study.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in healthcare services and sciences are working as:

  • Audiologists
  • Counselors
  • Health care administrators
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Physician assistants

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Wellness centers
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Clinics
  • Nonprofit organizations

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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