Departmental Programs (Majors)
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Welcome to the Department of Allied Health
Our mission is to provide a quality educational experience, instill professionalism, encourage life long learning, and assist students in the pursuit of excellence in their chosen field.
Allied Health encompasses professional, technical, and supportive workers in patient care, public health, and health research. Allied Health professions include a wide distribution of personnel with various levels of health education and training, which enables them to function as a members of the health care team.
Our department is composed of five health related programs:
- Dental Hygiene
- Health Sciences
- Health Information Management
- Physical Therapy
- Paramedicine (KEMSA)
The Program of Dental Hygiene offers the following degree programs:
- The Associate of Science Degree
- The Bachelor of Science Degree
- The Bachelor of Science Education Track Degree
Enrollment into the Program of Dental Hygiene is limited to 28 students per year. Please click on the Dental Hygiene Tab for additional information about the admissions process and program standards and requirements.
The Department of Allied Health also offers The Online Bachelor of Science Completion Degree to licensed hygienists who have received their dental hygiene associates degree from
an accredited institution.
The Bachelor of Health Sciences program is a rapidly growing degree program. The Bachelor of Health Sciences program currently offers the following concentrations:
- Environmental Health Sciences
- General Wellness
- Health Promotions
- Health Services
- Social Services
The Bachelor of Health Science program allows Associate of Applied Degree prepared students to pursue the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree with a specific transfer agreement. Please contact the program adviser for specific transfer details. Please click on the Bachelor of Health Sciences Tab for additional information.
Health Information Management
The Health Information Management program offers the following degree programs:
- Associate of Science Degree
- Bachelor of Science Degree
The Health Information Management programs prepare students to become the health care professionals responsible for maintaining components of Health Information Systems consistent with the medical, administrative, ethical, legal,regulatory, and accreditation requirements of the health care delivery system.
Enrollment in each Health Information Management program is limited, please click on the Health Information Management link for additional information.
Physical Therapy offers the following degree
- Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT)
Physical Therapy is a new program offered at Western Kentucky University. Please see the Physical Therapy Tab for more information.
Please see the Paramedicine (KEMSA) Tab for more information.
2012 Departmental Awards
Health Information Management Outstanding Student Award:
Health Information Management Leadership Award:
Outstanding Health Sciences Student Award:
Kentucky Dental Hygienist's Association Award:
William E. Neel Outstanding Scholarship Award:
Mikell Nelson and Deanna Gipson
South Central Kentucky Dental Hygienist's Society Award:
Hoskins Congeniality Award:
Lisa Meacham Cates Award:
Golden Scaler Award:
Proctor and Gamble Preventative Award:
Achievement in Community Dentistry & Dental Public Health:
Colgate Star Award:
Mobile Dental Health Unit Excellence Award: