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Allied Health

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.

Field Practicum

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.

Program Contact

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:

Internship Sites:

  • Ohio State University Medical Center
  • Ohio State University Sports Medicine Centers
  • NovaCare Rehabilitation
  • 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
  • Accelerated Rehabilitation
  • Mt. Carmel East Rehabilitation
  • Westar Rehab and Sports Medicine Center
  • OhioHealth – Westerville Medical Center
  • Grant-Riverside Trauma
  • Helping Hands Center for Special Needs
  • The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Circuit Wellness
  • CVS Pharmacy

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/Four Year Plan of Requirements for the Allied Health Major

Allied Health Bachelor of Arts four year plan
Allied Health Bachelor of Arts course checklist

Allied Health Bachelor of Science four year plan
Allied Health Bachelor of Science course checklist

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Center of Health & Sport Sciences 
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Annette Boose

p/ 614.823.3528
e/ aharting@otterbein.edu

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