Human Health Science
Abilene, Texas 79697-0368
Allied health spans many career options and paths. In general, you’ll collaborate with physicians and nurses as a technician, therapist or educator, support providers as a medical assistant, or provide direct patient care as a chiropractic in private practice.
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Our department structure, curriculum and program features are designed to elevate and optimize your journey of learning in the field of human health science:
- Small class sizes. At McMurry, freshman and sophomore classes generally have fewer than 40 students, and junior and senior classes have fewer than 20. You will know your professors and by name, and we will know and support your educational and career aspirations.
- Bright and engaged faculty. Our faculty are selected for their commitment to teaching and student success, their accomplishment and passion in the field, and for their fit with the department and our students.
- Professor-taught courses. Unlike many large institutions, McMurry’s Human Health Science courses and labs are taught by professors rather than graduate students. This ensures consistent, high-quality instruction and strengthens the student-faculty relationships for a win-win all around.
- On-going program enhancement. We listen to our students to determine “what works” and engage with alumni, professional organizations and other expert associates to determine “what’s needed.” The result is preparation for human health careers based on relevant knowledge, useful skills, supportive relationships, and an expectation – and track record – of successful alumni.
What You Can Earn
Bachelor of Science in Human Health Science – Allied Health Concentration
This degree provides the knowledge and training necessary to directly support physicians, nurses and dentists in clinical and non-medical settings. McMurry also offers specific degree tracks for students preparing for a career in physical therapy or occupational therapy. For students interested in chiropractic, McMurry holds articulation agreements with Parker University and Texas Chiropractic College.
A minor in allied health is also available to McMurry students. The curriculum adds a healthcare delivery and management perspective that complements majors such as Kinesiology, Business, Multidisciplinary Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Servant Leadership and many more.
Bachelor of Science in Human Health Science – Allied Health Concentration (Pre-PT Program)
As a pre-physical therapy(PT) major, you’ll be a student of movement. Your studies will focus on anatomy, exercise physiology, psychology and kinesiology in depth and expose you to biology and chemistry. The degree provides you with the knowledge you need to prepare for specialized training in physical therapy once you complete your undergraduate degree. McMurry also has an articulation agreement with Hardin-Simmons University that allows for a smooth transition from undergrad to PT school.
Bachelor of Science in Human Health Science – Allied Health Concentration (Pre-OT Program)
The pre-occupational therapy (OT) degree plan tailors the allied health curriculum to ensure you are well prepared to apply to and succeed in a graduate OT program. This degree affords you solid grounding in the theory and practice of human health science, enhanced by advanced level courses in kinesiology, psychology and current issues in healthcare and research.
Allied health is a fulfilling profession that offers a variety of career opportunities:
- Anesthesia technician
- Art therapist
- Cardiovascular technician
- Certified nursing assistant
- Health coordinator
- Medical administrative assistant
- Medical sonographer
- Medical transcriptionist
- Nuclear medicine technician
- Occupational therapist
- Patient care technician
- Physical therapist
- Professional coder
- Radiology & imaging technician
- Respiratory therapist
- Speech pathologist
- Ultrasound technician