Compassion and purpose. Those are the two qualities that, more than anything else, characterize allied health professionals. It’s one of the fastest growing fields in the country—with more than 8.4 million jobs currently—and includes a wide range of specialty areas that include both administrative and clinical positions.
Allied health very clearly lends itself to service learning and the act of using knowledge to improve lives. Students in this department volunteer their time and talents in ways that enhance the health of members of our community every day. They’ve served on projects with organizations like SPURS therapeutic riding center and Safe Harbor, and every year the department sponsors free health clinics that provide important health care services—at no cost—to members of our community who need them the most.
The Allied Health Department provides abundant opportunities for hands-on learning. Our cadaver lab—an uncommon offering for a school of our size—is an invaluable resource for students to learn about anatomy. Our strong connections with large local hospitals like Avera and Sanford, as well as surgery centers, enable students to gain on-site experience very early in their academic program. And the impressive technology and resources of our new athletic training and wellness center deliver daily access to top-notch learning resources and technology.
As a student in the Allied Health Department, you’ll benefit from outstanding, relevant instruction delivered by faculty who bring extensive real-world experience in the areas of athletic training, medical assisting, exercise science, radiologic and surgical technology, and medical office administration. Their expertise is matched by a passion for teaching and professional connections throughout the region—which results in valuable clinical site placements and networking opportunities for after you graduate.