The Allied Health major at Otterbein University has been designed to expose students to the wide variety of options for study and career opportunities in the health care arena. We have two options for study within this major.
The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health is a course of study that is designed to give students a background deeply rooted within the sciences. This degree is best suited to prepare students for entry into graduate schools in physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assisting. As such, the BS in Allied Health includes the coursework that is required as pre-requisite coursework for these graduate fields of study.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Allied Health allows students greater flexibility within their schedule to explore other areas of graduate study or career paths that do not require such a strict science curriculum. Potential paths beyond the undergraduate career for students completing the BA in Allied Health would be graduate study in the area of Nutrition and dietetics, exercise science, or recreational therapy, just to name a few.
Earn Your Master's Degree at Otterbein
If you wish to continue your education after you earn your bachelor's degree, Otterbein now offers a Master of Science in Allied Health degree. See The Graduate School's site for more information.
Both the BS and BA in Allied Health include a field practicum to be taken during your sophomore year. This course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience in allied health-related careers and settings.
Dr. Shelley Payne
The capstone experience for all Allied Health majors is the internship experience, during which Allied Health senior students spend up to 125 hours in direct observation of the health professional of their choice. The internship gives the students a chance to connect with a mentor within the Allied Health arena and this mentor may provide written recommendations to graduate school study and/or networking opportunities for the Otterbein student.
The goals of the internship program are:
- To enhance your professional growth.
- To further your understanding and appreciation of the role, duties, and responsibilities of a health or sport professional.
- To further the development of a central core of values, attitudes, skills, and information related to the world of work through experiences outside the classroom and campus environment.
- To add depth and relevance to your classroom work.
- To enable you to gain a sense of different career fields and of specific jobs within each of these fields.
- To improve your job-search and interviewing skills.
See the internship manual for more details.
Steps for completion of HLED 4902
Otterbein's Internship Strengths
It's all about location, location, location. Columbus, the capital city of Ohio, and its surrounding communities offer many opportunities for you to gain access to a wide variety of work settings including government, corporations, commercial, recreational, and public and private agencies.
Where Our Students Intern
Recently, our students have had field placements and internships at:
Ohio State University Medical Center
Ohio State University Sports Medicine Centers
Olentangy Local Schools
Ohio State University Orthopedics
MAX Sports Medicine Institute
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine
New Albany Surgical Hospital
Convalarium of Dublin
Southwest Licking Local Schools
Marion Technical College
Field Practicum Sites:
Manor Care – Westerville
BHC Broadview Health Center
Minerva Park Nursing and Rehab Center
Mt. Carmel East Rehabilitation
Westar Rehab and Sports Medicine Center
OhioHealth – Westerville Medical Center
Helping Hands Center for Special Needs
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
Allied Health Careers
Professions include, but are not limited to:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Physician assistant
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Exercise science
- Exercise rehabilitation
Allied Health Resources
Checklist of Requirements for the Allied Health Major
Allied Health Bachelor of Arts
Allied Health Bachelor of Science