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Why choose the Associate of Arts in Allied Health?

  • 18% projected job growth in health care occupations by 2026*
  • 2.4 million jobs added by 2026*

Whether you want to immediately start your career or continue to a four-year degree program, Saint Luke’s College’s Associate of Arts in Allied Health degree will challenge and prepare you for a rewarding future.

This degree prepares you for an entry-level, non-clinical position in the health care industry while giving you the foundation necessary to further your education.

Students who are interested in public health may tailor this degree with an admissions advisor to learn the entry-level knowledge and skills in the area of public health. Students who choose that path may be able to gain employment in public or private organizations such as a health department while pursuing a baccalaureate-level degree in public health or another related area.

*Growth data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections 2017 report.

Advantages of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences

Whether you are a new high school graduate or a working adult, our program offers a combination of face-to-face and online courses to work with a variety of schedules.

Students choose Saint Luke’s College for:

  • Financial aid, work-study, and scholarships available for those who qualify
  • Experienced faculty with industry and teaching experience
  • Flexible learning with both online and face-to-face courses
  • Networking opportunities with one of the largest employers in the Kansas City area
  • Local volunteer opportunities outside of the classroom through our student organizations
  • Academic advising available through the Student Resource Center
  • Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • The campus located in Kansas City’s historic Westport area and close to downtown, shopping, and restaurants


  • We offer financial aid (Department of Education loans, grants, scholarships)
  • Complete your FAFSA application to help determine eligibility for need-based federal financial aid (Saint Luke’s College FAFSA Code: 009782).
  • We offer College scholarships
  • We accept third-party scholarships
  • Workstudy positions available
  • Personal or parent loans

Below are the minimum laptop computer requirements required to work with the courses at the College. Google Chromebooks will not work at the College due to download requirements. Please make sure you have access to reliable, high-speed, internet.

Minimum computer specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (or higher) or AMD Ryzen 5 (or higher)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or Mac OSX 10.12
  • RAM: 8 GB (or higher)
  • Hard Drive: 128 GB minimum (or higher) SSD highly recommended
  • Wireless network card 802.11AC
  • Headset with microphone capability required
  • Web camera required

Software applications required:

  • Microsoft Office 2016 or newer (The college provides you with one free copy of Office 2016 via the OntheHub)
  • Supported internet browser: Google Chrome
  • Adobe Reader

Degree Requirements

Upon the recommendation of the faculty, the College will confer the degree of Associate of Arts in Allied Health upon students who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completion of the 60 hours of the required by the program of study for the AA degree. At least 25 of those MUST be earned from Saint Luke’s College to meet the residency requirement.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 with no grade below C counting towards graduation.
Required courses for the Associate of Arts in Allied Health degree
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
General Studies 1 Required
GNED 100 Freshman Seminar 1
Social, Political, and Behavioral Understanding 3 Required
HIST 120 History of Health and Medicine in the United States 3
Social, Political, and Behavioral Understanding (Choose two courses from the following) 6 Required
BADM 160 The Health Care Sector in the US and Beyond 3
HLTH 221 Global Health and Wellness: Visions of Global Health Care 3
PLSC 211 Introduction to Health Policy 3
PSYC 145 Sociocultural Approaches to Health Psychology 3
PSYC 225 Human Growth and Development 3
SOCI 140 Medical Sociology 3
Communicating Through Writing, Speaking, and Visual Images 9 Required
COMM 110 Oral and Interpersonal Communication in Health 3
ENGL 130 Written Communication for Health Professionals 3
ENGL 150 Professional Communication in Health 3
Natural Sciences (Choose at least two different courses from the following) 7-8 Required
BSCI 105 Principles of Biology with Lab 4
BSCI 115 Environmental Health 3
BSCI 120 Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 4
BSCI 225 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4
CHEM 105 Principles of Chemistry with Lab 4
Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning (Choose one from the following) 3 Required
MATH 110 Mathematical Principles for Health Professionals 3
MATH 165 College Algebra 3
MATH 207 Biostatistics 3
Languages and Humanities 6 Required
HUMS 145 Medical Ethics: Decision Making Under Uncertainty 3
SPAN 150 Spanish for Health Professions 3
Languages and Humanities (Choose one from the following) 3 Required
ARTS 165 Artistic Scientists and Scientific Artists 3
SPAN 200 Conversational Spanish for Health Care Professionals 3
Additional General Education Requirements (Students must take two additional courses from any category above) 6-8 Required
Electives 15-17 Required
Total Credits 60 Credits

*GNED 100 may be waived if a student has successfully completed at least 12 hours of college credit. However, the student would need to take an additional one credit hour of electives in order to meet the 60 credit hour graduation requirement.

Program Mission

The mission of the Associate of Arts in Allied Health program is to provide a course of study that enhances a student’s foundational knowledge in the area of health sciences with a specific focus on allied health components embedded into a traditional plan of general education courses. The unique design enables students to transition into baccalaureate plans of study within the health professions as well as providing the critical thinking and integration skills necessary for career advancement.

Program Goals

  • To provide a broad and relevant educational experience through a selection of contemporary courses that will enable students to learn fundamental concepts in the allied health disciplines
  • To prepare graduates with academic skills in oral and written communication, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, critical thinking, and information literacy
  • To foster an active learning environment that promotes informed and ethical participation as citizens of the world
  • To enroll and graduate students who demonstrate knowledge for entry-level positions in allied health fields and professions and understand the importance of pursuing advanced degrees
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