Majors and Minors

School ofAllied Health

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Why Allied Health?

Southern’s Allied Health program is dedicated to helping students become well prepared for a career in the medical field.

  • Allied Health encompasses many of the pre-medical degree options. The four-year medical laboratory science degree can be a stepping stone to a pre-med, pre-dental, or physician’s assistant program. With this degree, graduates can work before entering professional school.

Interesting Facts

Students in Action

  • Job shadowing opportunities are available for every student.
  • The Allied Health Department provides networking for students seeking careers in the field.

Marks of Distinction

  • Collaborative efforts with Andrews University allow pre-physical therapy students to study at Southern for three years. They can then complete a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate with three additional years of full-time study at Andrews.
  • Two medical doctors are on staff to share real-life experiences in the classroom.
  • An upper-division human anatomy class, including human cadaver dissection, is available for qualified students. This course provides students with a strong foundation and helps ease the transition to medicine and dentistry as well as physician assistant and physical therapy schools.

Statistics to Note

  • Approximately 130 students enroll in one of the allied health areas each year.
  • Most academically competitive physical therapy students are accepted into clinical programs.


  • Keith Snyder, PhDKeith Snyder, PhDDepartment Chair, Professor
  • Ben Thornton, PhDBen Thornton, PhDAssociate Professor
  • Joyce Azevedo, PhDJoyce Azevedo, PhDProfessor
  • Aaron Corbit, PhDAaron Corbit, PhDAssistant Professor
  • Ann Foster, PhDAnn Foster, PhDProfessor
  • Lucinda Hill, MDLucinda Hill, MDAssociate Professor
  • Rick Norskov, MDRick Norskov, MDProfessor
  • Randy Bishop, MPTRandy Bishop, MPTAssociate Professor
  • David Nelsen, PhDDavid Nelsen, PhDAssociate Professor
  • Tim Trott, PhDTim Trott, PhDProfessor

  My allied health adviser
is extremely helpful and
gives me great advice.
Landon Duff, ’15 Allied health major

Students Perform experiments



Biology Department offices are located on the second floor in Hickman Science Center, along with two general and four specialized laboratories. Lecture halls are located on the first floor.

Allied Health Professions

Allied health includes clinical health care professions distinct from medicine, dentistry, and nursing. In allied health you are involved with patient health and are regarded as an expert in your field. Some allied health professionals practice independently; others work as part of a health care team, providing continual evaluation and assessment of patient needs.

The allied health professions fall into two broad categories: technicians (assistants) and therapists/technologists. Technicians are trained to perform procedures, and their education typically takes less than two years. Education for therapists or technologists is more intensive and includes acquiring procedural skills. In addition, they learn to evaluate patients, diagnose conditions, and develop treatment plans.


Randy Bishop, professor