Why Choose Allied Health Education?
Employment prospects are excellent for allied health instructors. Health care has become one of the largest employment areas in America. Many of these workers need on-going training due to rapid advances in health care technology and services. Allied health teachers are vital to ensuring that health care positions are filled by knowledgeable and well-trained professionals.
The allied health education program prepares students to teach in community colleges, vocational and technical schools and skill centers, medical institutions and institutions of higher education. Course work includes general and professional teacher education classes and a directed teaching experience. Students are admitted after completion of an accredited associate degree or certificate program or licensure in an approved allied health technical or professional specialty. The associate degree can be completed at FSU or another accredited institution.
Allied health educators are involved in the training of medical technologists, nurses, radiographers, dental assistants and laboratory technologists. Ferris State has an excellent reputation for preparing students for these careers. Graduates are well trained in subject matter and skills of their respective health disciplines and possess knowledge of the most effective teaching methods. They are also skilled in human relations, testing and evaluation procedures, laboratory organization and management.
High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 15. Transfer students with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.
Admission to the allied health education program normally requires the completion of an accredited associate degree program in an approved allied health specialty. Individuals who are certified, licensed, or registered to practice in an approved allied health area will be granted up to 40 semester hours of credit toward the allied health education major requirement. Licensure, certification, or registry, where applicable, is a requirement for graduation with the B.S. degree in allied health education.
Teacher Certification Requirements
As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (1) pass the Michigan Basic Skills Test, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors and minors, and (3) have a 2.50 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.
THIS DEGREE DOES NOT LEAD TO SECONDARY TEACHER CERTIFICATION UNLESS YOU HAVE AN ACADEMIC MAJOR AND MINOR (i.e. Math, English, etc.).
The allied health education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Education, College of Education & Human Services. Graduates must complete all of FSU's general education, allied health, and education requirements. Professional education requirements include a semester of directed student teaching. Consult individual program description for other graduation requirements.
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Ferris State University
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Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737