About the Program
Why This Major Is Relevant
The health care industry in the United States is in the midst of historic growth. In 2007, the U.S. spent $2.26 trillion on health care, or 15.2% of the gross domestic product. It is estimated that this percentage will hit 19.5% by 2017. An increase in health services will translate to more career opportunities for allied health professionals. APU’s allied health degree uniquely positions graduates to take advantage of this trend.
This program is a component of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, one of the fastest-growing areas of the economy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 13 percent increase in STEM employment from 2012-22, reflecting the consistent need for training in the sciences.
Gain In-depth Learning Experiences
Internship experiences are fundamental to the allied health degree and provide an opportunity for hands-on application of classroom learning. Students gain internship experience through agreements with local hospitals, physical therapy clinics, and athletic training clinics. Internship opportunities also provide contacts in the field and ensure that allied health majors graduate with significant, relevant experience on their résumés.
Additionally, students have the option to participate in Team Luke, APU’s Mexico Outreach medical team, and gain practical medical experience within a ministry context.
Physical therapy students who are interested in continuing education can transition smoothly into APU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.