The road to a career in healthcare is not only paved with doctors and nurses. Many other healthcare professionals work in tandem to deliver their patients the best diagnostic care. Allied health is comprised of a diverse group of health professionals who employ scientific theory to diagnose, evaluate and treat diseases. They also advocate for disease prevention and wellness while using their administration and management skills to support healthcare systems. As an allied health sciences major, you will dive into the delivery of health services relating to the identification, evaluation, and prevention of diseases and disorders.
This major is ideal for nontraditional students who are looking for a flexible and affordable path to a skilled career. The allied health services degree works as a 3+1 degree program in a partnership between Nevada State College and the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). After completing an approved Certificate of Health Science and an AAS degree at CSN, you will transfer to Nevada State for your senior year to earn the BAS in Allied Health Sciences. Our program specifically focuses on interpersonal and written communication, leadership, and the social and cultural contexts of health care. This is the perfect program for career-minded individuals looking for a four-year degree that provides them with a range of skills needed in the modern healthcare workplace.
According to a report produced by Hanover Research (2014), "the employment outlook for allied health fields is very positive" (p. 4). They specifically listed radiation therapists, diagnostic medical sonographers, and physical therapists, among others as occupations that are "expected to grow much faster than average" (p. 4), with growth rates of 22% or higher; all 3 of these occupations are directly related to AAS degrees that are incorporated as part of this 3+1 agreement. Nationwide growth from 2012-2022 for diagnostic medical sonographers is estimated at 46% (33.9% for Nevada specifically); for physical therapist assistants, projected growth is 41% (34.4% for Nevada); and for radiation therapists, 23.5% (occupation not projected for Nevada; p. 15, 17).
NSC's goal is to give CSN graduates a broad range of skills that complement their existing skills. Some of the classes required of all Allied Health students include: