APU’s applied health major provides students with a scientific foundation for future endeavors. The degree is tailored to students who wish to go directly into physical therapy, physician assistant, or other graduate-level allied health programs. Core courses in biology, cell biology, chemistry, and physics provide a framework for emphases in physical therapy, physician assistantship, or business. These emphases allow students to tailor the curriculum to support their desired career track.
Students can choose this as an alternate major to biology within applied sciences if they desire a career in health care. They will get a similar background as a sports physiology major at other institutions, including hands-on anatomy experience within a human cadaver lab.
The physical therapy emphasis focuses on human anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, and research. Physician assistant students pursue advanced coursework in organic chemistry, biology, and calculus. The business emphasis explores pharmacology and biology, while covering the principles of accounting, management, and finance. Choose the business emphasis to prepare for pharmaceutical sales, hospital administration, and other science-related business careers.
Is This Major Right for You?
You’re an applied health major if you:
- Want preparation for a physical therapy or physician’s assistant graduate program.
- Are interested in health and medicine but don’t necessarily want to become a doctor or nurse.
- Would like an alternative to a major in biology.