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Choosing an Allied Health and Health Sciences School

Choosing an allied health and health sciences program can be a difficult and time-consuming choice. At first you will need to make many decisions: whether you wish to pursue a degree, diploma or certificate; study on a full-time or part-time basis; what areas of specialization interest you; how important special features such as co-op, international exchange and so forth are to your decision; and the importance of cost, location and other similar factors. Once you have decided on these, you will still need to undertake a significant exploration and consultation to focus your interests and choice of a program in allied health and health sciences. Here is a step-by-step process to help you evaluate each program:Visit the website of the university, college, school or program department. Most institutions provide detailed information about their programs - i.e., which ...Read More[+]
Choosing an allied health and health sciences program can be a difficult and time-consuming choice. At first you will need to make many decisions: whether you wish to pursue a degree, diploma or certificate; study on a full-time or part-time basis; what areas of specialization interest you; how important special features such as co-op, international exchange and so forth are to your decision; and the importance of cost, location and other similar factors. Once you have decided on these, you will still need to undertake a significant exploration and consultation to focus your interests and choice of a program in allied health and health sciences.

Here is a step-by-step process to help you evaluate each program:

  • Visit the website of the university, college, school or program department. Most institutions provide detailed information about their programs - i.e., which degrees, diplomas/certificates are offered, amount of tuition and fees, admission requirements and intake times, student demographics, faculty qualifications, industry experience and research accomplishments, and more! Often the university's, college's or school's website will provide a "Q&A" or FAQ page which will answer the most common questions about it and its programs.


  • Visit the university, college or school. Many universities, colleges and schools have "open days" where high school students are invited to tour the campus for a day. Campus visits allow you to learn things about the institution that might not be obvious from its marketing materials, such as facilities, campus lay-out, transportation and how it feels to be on campus. If the university, college or school is in your home-town or nearby, you can always take an informal tour on your own and visit the admissions or program office to ask questions. Even if the college or school nearest you is not the one you are considering, an information-gathering visit can help you get a sense of what you are comparing your other choices to.


  • Speak with an admissions counselor or academic advisor: they have a thorough knowledge of the curriculum and study programs that can lend a perspective to your decisions, and sometimes lead you in new directions.


  • Research other sources of information. There is a wealth of things that you can do here:


    • If you know past graduates of the university, college, school or program, talk with them about their experiences while a student.

    • Confirm which organizations have recruited graduates in the past and talk with their human resources departments to determine their satisfaction with the institution's graduates and programs, whether they continue to recruit from the university, college or school, and whether they value it over others on a regular basis.

    • Do a library search for publications relating to the university, college or school and its programs.

    • Search the Internet for information on awards and achievements bestowed on specific allied health and health sciences programs - competitions won, faculty honors, research grants, etc.

    • Consult Facebook and other social networking sites that may provide testimonials and other student comments on specific allied health and health sciences programs and the universities, colleges or schools that offer them.

    Then match these facts and figures against the specific allied health and health sciences programs you are evaluating.
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    Since 1996, Southern California Health Institute has been dedicated and committed to helping students achieve their dreams by providing an exceptional education that enables them to become skilled and successful manual therapists.
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    Get allied health training with Ross Medical Education Center.
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    Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

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    Keiser University Campus  Campus

    For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.

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    South University, Online Programs  Campus

    Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

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    Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences  Campus
    Welcome to the Swedish Institute's College of Health Sciences. The Institute was founded in 1916 as the Swedish Institute of Physiotherapy and is the oldest continuously operating massage therapy institution in the country.
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    South College  Campus
    Get the skills you need to pursue your dreams at South College, located in Knoxville.
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    Centura College  Campus

    Centura College, with campus locations in Virginia, South Carolina and Florida.

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    Stevens-Henager  Campus

     The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

     

    Congratulations! Your interest in Stevens-Henager College is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a new career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.

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