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Why choose the Associate of Science in Allied Health?

  • 14% projected job growth in health care occupations by 2028*
  • 1.9 million jobs added by 2028*

The Associate of Science in Allied Health degree provides you with foundational and prerequisite courses in general education with a mathematics and science focus that are frequently required for admission to most health-related, clinical or professional programs. For those who qualify, this degree will prepare you to apply for direct entry into our competitive Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

*Growth data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections 2018 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 day and evening 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
  • Networking opportunities with one of the largest employers in the Kansas City area
  • Flexible learning with both online and face-to-face courses
  • Local volunteer opportunities outside of the classroom through our student organizations
  • Academic advising available through the Student Resource Center
  • A campus located in Kansas City’s historic Westport area and close to downtown, shopping, and restaurants
  • Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)


Yes, there are flexible part-time or full-time options.

  • 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 scholarships
  • We accept third-party scholarships
  • Workstudy positions available
  • Personal or parent loans
  • Transfer credits must be 100 level or above and recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (contact your college counselor to verify accreditation status) 
  • Transfer credits must be a C or above
  • Schedule an appointment with an admissions representative to go over your transcript(s)
  • Questions? Contact the admissions office

If a student is interested in pursuing the BSN after completion of the AS degree, they should meet with an academic advisor for a plan of study that will meet the program prerequisites.

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 computer 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 Science in Allied Health upon students who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completion of the 60 minimum required by the program of study for the AS degree. At least 25 percent MUST be earned from Saint Luke’s College to meet the residency requirement.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 with no grade below C counting towards graduation.

For students wishing to pursue admission into the BSN program, please meet with an Academic Advisor for an appropriate plan of study that meets admissions requirements.

The required courses for the Associate of Science in Allied Health degree.
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
General Studies 1 Required
GNED 100 Freshman Seminar 1
Social, Political, and Behavioral Understanding 9 Required
HIST 120 History of Health and Medicine in the United States 3
PSYC 145 Sociocultural Approaches to Health Psychology 3
SOCI 140 Medical Sociology 3
Natural Sciences & Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning 7 Required
BSCI 225 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4
MATH 207 Biostatistics 3
Natural Sciences & Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning—Choose four courses from this list 12-16 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 235 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4
BSCI 240 Foundations of Epidemiology 3
BSCI 250 Microbiology with Lab 3
BSCI 265 Pathophysiology 3
CHEM 105 Principles of Chemistry with Lab 4
CHEM 202 Nutrition for Health Professionals 3
MATH 110 Mathematical Principles for Health Professionals 3
MATH 165 College Algebra 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
Languages and Humanities 3 Required
HUMS 145 Medical Ethics: Decision Making Under Uncertainty 3
Electives 15-19 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 Science in Allied Health program is to provide a focused course of study with a strong foundation in mathematics and sciences along with selected general education courses. The program is designed for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing, pre-med, pre-dental, or other professional programs in the biomedical sciences.

Program Goals

  • To prepare graduates with problem-solving skills and with a disposition towards problem-solving in mathematics and science
  • To provide an educational experience that fosters scientific inquiry and mathematical investigation
  • To prepare graduates with academic skills in oral and written communication, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, critical thinking and information literacy
  • 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

Direct-Entry Eligibility Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Once a student is in the final semester of their associate degree program at Saint Luke’s College, they may apply to the BSN program if they meet the eligibility requirements below. The direct-entry option gives good students the competitive advantage over applicants from other associate degree programs.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Complete all required nursing prerequisite credits and associate of science degree requirements.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, with no grade below a B in any course.
  3. No course taken at SLCHS can be repeated (including “W’s”) to remain eligible for the direct-entry option.
  4. Students must maintain full-time enrollment status (>12 credit hours) during their final two semesters at the College.
  5. Fulfillment of all additional BSN admissions requirements as listed in the College Catalog, including successful completion of a criminal background check, drug test, clinical readiness requirements, and US residency status.
  6. Students transferring in any coursework:
    • Courses must have been taken from a CHEA recognized institution
    • With a C, D, F or W grades must successfully repeat those courses at the College first.
    • Science prerequisite courses must be completed no more than five years prior to enrollment to the College.

If students meet the eligibility requirements, they would then need to:

  1. Complete a direct-entry BSN application in the final semester before earning your AS degree. Formal admission will not occur until final grades for the semester have been posted and all additional requirements have been met.


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