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Careers in Allied Health

Allied Health refers to a large, diverse group of health field occupations which meet many necessary functions in the health care system. Many of these occupations & professions have developed in the last 50-60 years in response to the rapid advancements in health care technologies. Preparation for careers in allied health vary greatly, from certificate programs to clinical doctoral degrees. depending on the specific discipline.

The College of Charleston offers prerequisite courses for Allied Health training, but we do NOT offer degrees in Allied Health. Our focus is on preparing students for those Allied Health professions which require a minimum of two to four years (60-122 semester hours) of liberal arts education & ultimately lead to either a Baccalaureate, Master's or doctoral degree in Allied Health. After completing the required coursework at C of C, you must apply to, and be accepted by, the Allied Health program at the school of your choice before you may enter that program.

Some of the Allied Health disciplines that are most frequently pursued by College of Charleston students inculde:
Physical Therapy · Occupational Therapy
Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Language Pathology)
Physician Assistant · Anesthesia for Nurses
Cardiovascular Perfusion · Cytology and Biosciences
Masters in Health Administration

The majority of students from the College of Charleston (approximately 50-60 each year) enter the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Schools other than MUSC offer some of the same programs, as well as many different programs, which you may want to investigate. Schools other than MUSC may have slightly different requirements; you are responsible for obtaining information from those schools which interest you. Contact Ms. Karen Eippert, Director of Health Professions Advising and she will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you design a plan. Nonresidents of South Carolina are urged to investigate programs in their state of residence, especially if they are interested in the more competitive programs.