The Allied Health program is part of the Department of Public & Allied Health in the BGSU College of Health & Human Services

BGSU healthcare students are ready for the next step of their careers with a completed bachelor’s in allied health degree.
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  • Offered Online

Allied Health

The BGSU bachelor’s in allied health is an online completion degree for students who hold an associate’s degree in a technical healthcare area and are looking to earn a bachelor’s degree.

One hundred percent online. Flexible to fit around your work schedule. Advance your healthcare career today and open up new opportunities to become a leader in your field.  

The fast track to healthcare career growth

Expand your academic credentials with a curriculum that builds on your healthcare knowledge and grows your professional expertise. 

The primary goal of the allied health bachelor's program is to provide a smooth pathway for students who have completed their associate degrees in allied health disciplines to earn their Bachelor of Science degrees. Online, eight-week-long courses will strengthen your management and leadership skills and enhance your critical thinking and communication skills.

Individuals with associate degrees in accredited allied health programs with the appropriate prerequisites will be able to transfer to Bowling Green State University and complete the bachelor’s in allied health program in as little as one year.  

Students must have a minimum of 40 hours of upper-level courses (i.e., courses numbered 3000 and above). Courses that transfer as the equivalent of any required general education or core may be applied to the baccalaureate degree. Only courses in which the student obtained a grade of "C" or higher will be transferable.

Relevant to over 80 Allied Health Professions including…

  • Health Information Technologist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Medical Sonographer
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Radiology Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapist

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This program provides a baccalaureate education for students with a technical healthcare background to enhance their potential for learning by providing the tools needed for problem-solving, computing, communication and understanding the healthcare system. 

Prerequisites cover basic medical subjects, chemistry, biology, algebra, basic psychology and others.

The bachelor’s in allied health curriculum requires a minimum of 122 credit hours. You may apply a total of 92 credit hours from your associate degree and other appropriate courses toward your degree.  

The eCampus component of the allied health bachelor’s program requires students to complete 10 three-credit-hour courses (30 credit hours) of designated BGSU courses referred to as “Pathway to Completion.” The “Pathway to Completion” courses are delivered online via the Bowling Green State University eCampus.

GO FAR in your career

  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Trial Manager
  • Nursing Informatics Analyst
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech-language Pathologist

BGSU eCampus Quality Matters recognitionThe logo of the Quality Matters Learner Support award earned by BGSU eCampus courses, a hallmark of quality.

BGSU is the only school in Ohio and one of ten nationally to earn the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certification at the institutional level for its eCampus-affiliated programs, including career technical teaching programs.

The Quality Matters Online Learner Support certification recognizes online learning programs that provide all the critical student and academic services needed for learner success and continually use learner feedback to improve those services.

In addition to this, Bowling Green State University was recognized in 2019 as one of the best public universities in the country for teaching quality by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education.


Many healthcare careers currently require a bachelor’s degree or will require one soon. Registered nurses in states like New York and others are required to earn a bachelor's degree within 10 years of receiving their associate’s degree.

With a Bachelor of Science in allied health degree, dental hygienists can look for promotions to clinical dental roles, corporate, public health or dental hygiene education roles. Even without further study, the BGSU bachelor’s in allied health will prove your learning ability and demonstrate your ability to lead, communicate and solve problems.

Having a bachelor’s degree also opens the doors to the master’s level courses required for such careers as a certified registered nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that ​​the median annual wage for nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners was $117,670 in May 2020.

Millions of new healthcare employees will be needed in the next decade – more than in any other industry – and many of those positions will be in the allied health field.

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The online bachelor’s in allied health is a part of the College of Health and Human Services.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate, students in allied health are expected to

  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills required for effective health care practice;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impacts of health disparities (e.g. addictions, poverty, mental health parity);
  • Apply knowledge and principles of effective management in allied healthcare settings;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the economic and legal-political aspects of the US healthcare system;
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method research involving data collection and analysis.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

​​The allied health program underwent its last Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2021-22. More information on the review process is available.  

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The allied health program does not lead to professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The allied health program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 04/25/2023 04:44PM