Professional Health Science

The Professional Health Science major at Avila

Designed to prepare students for careers in healthcare, Avila’s Professional Health Science program offers a wide array of career tracks, ranging from optometry to anesthesiology. The program’s highly successful graduate school placement in top masters and doctoral degree health professions programs mean that when you graduate from Avila, you’ll be ideally placed to begin your career.

With each career track, you’ll receive individualized instruction from our professionally accomplished faculty thanks to Avila’s small class sizes and mentorship emphasis. With a comprehensive, value-driven curriculum and extensive internship and clinical experience opportunities available, you’ll graduate with the confidence, the knowledge, and experience necessary for success.

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Professional Health Science majors have access to Avila’s robust laboratories and research libraries to complement their in-class education.
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Are you interested in Professional Health Science?
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Be Prepared for Your Career

Incoming freshmen are guaranteed access to an internship or research experience before graduation. Avila students have completed hands-on learning experiences at: 

  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Cerner
  • Truman Medical Center

Avila Professional Health Science graduates are pursuing careers as:

  • Dentists
  • Veterinarians
  • Researchers
Avila Professional Health Science graduates are prepared for graduate studies and to work in a variety areas:
  • Public Health
  • Higher Education
  • Private practice

Choose your Concentration

Biomedical Science

Designed for students interested in biomedical or pharmaceutical research, clinical laboratories or other related professions.

Related Career Tracks:

  • Pre-Genetic Counseling

Pre-Medical & Pre-Pharmaceutical Studies

Designed for students who plan to become a physician, dentist, pharmacist, physician assistant, optometrist, anesthesiologist assistant.

Related Career Tracks:

  • Anesthesiologist Assistant
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Naturopathic
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Public Health
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Speech Pathology

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Designed to prepare students for a career in occupational therapy, or to further their education in an appropriate doctoral or Master’s level health profession program.

Related Career Tracks:

  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Podiatric

Pre-Physical Therapy

Designed for students who plan to become a physical therapist, or other comparable healthcare professional.

Related Career Tracks:

  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Physical Therapy

Career Tracks

Anesthesiologist Assistant
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Anesthesiologist Assistant
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Pre-Chiropractic
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Pre-Chiropractic
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Pre-Dental
Shandon Boone '20
Pre-Dental
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Pre-Genetic Counseling
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Pre-Genetic Counseling
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Pre-Medicine
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Pre-Medicine
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Pre-Naturopathic
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Pre-Naturopathic
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Pre-Occupational Therapy
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Pre-Occupational Therapy
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Pre-Optometry
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Pre-Optometry
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Pre-Pharmacy
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Pre-Pharmacy
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Pre-Physical Therapy
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Pre-Physical Therapy
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Pre-Physician Assistant
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Pre-Physician Assistant
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Pre-Public Health
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Pre-Public Health
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Pre-Podiatric
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Pre-Podiatric
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Pre-Veterinary Medicine
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Pre-Veterinary Medicine
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Speech Pathology
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Speech Pathology
Specialists in communication sciences and disorders include speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists, engage in a profession expected to grow over the coming decade.
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Transferring to Avila?

We work with you to make the most of your transfer credits so you’re on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.


An Environment to Enhance your Education

Hooley-Bundschu Learning Commons

This is not your mother’s library. State-of-the-art study rooms, public computers, tutoring, and access to 50,000+ books and millions of articles await you.

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Guaranteed Research Opportunity

All first-year undergraduate students in all majors are guaranteed an internship or research experience.

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Close to Everything Kansas City

At Avila you’re only 15 minutes from world-class museums, historical landmarks, and centers of culture, commerce, and industry.

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Find Your Mentor

Avila’s faculty will challenge you, inspire you, and become more than just another teacher.

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Shandon Boone '20

“My coursework at Avila in my program was tough enough that I felt like I was already in dental school. Avila has been a perfect school for me to pursue my career.”

Shandon Boone / 2020, Pre-Dentistry / Graduate Student, UMKC

Contact

Avila University College of Science and Health, O’Rielly Hall
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816-942-3655

Eiko Gilliford, Office Manager College of Science and Health
P: 816-501-3655 / E: Eiko.Gilliford@avila.edu


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