Allied Health

Online Allied Health Degrees are innovative degree completion programs.

This is an "upside down" 2+2 degree completion program. This means that all allied health clinical concepts and training are attained at the Associate degree level (from a regionally-accredited program outside of Northern Arizona University [NAU]). More general health concepts are taught online through NAU to enhance allied health academic preparation at the Bachelor degree level. NAU does NOT offer any of these clinical disciplines but instead partners with students who have completed or are in the process of completing an allied health-related Associate degree from a regionally-accredited program.

If you are a current or prior student at a regionally accredited community college in one of the designated Allied Health programs, you can...

  • earn your Bachelor's degree while continuing to work
  • learn more about health promotion/disease prevention
  • position yourself for career advancement opportunities 
  • enhance leadership skills

Allied Health Degrees offered:

BS in Health Sciences:

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are significant changes being made to the capstone course for Allied Health students. Changes will begin with the Fall 2014 semester. Please click on The Allied Health Capstone: HS 460C Frequently Asked Questions link in the box at the top right.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to this program, you must:

  • have or be currently pursuing an Allied Health Associate's degree through a regionally-accredited college
  • secure state certification or licensure upon completion of your Associate's degree
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Program highlights

  • Flexible online curriculum delivery
  • Start before, during, or after completing your AAS
  • Transfer in up to 90 lower division credits
  • Online access to registration and class schedule
  • Advising available by phone or online
  • No commuting or parking hassles

Program background

NAU has been offering on-campus degree programs in Health Sciences related areas for over 50 years. With initial funding for the development of this Distance Learning program from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Health Sciences department began offering the online degree in Health Sciences in Fall 2000 with its first 5 students. By Spring 2013 over 500 students were enrolled in this program from more than 20 states and 21 different allied health areas.

"This program has been of tremendous value not only for me but also for my whole family. Having all of the courses for the program on the Internet has allowed me to bring the university experience into my home and share it with my family. The coursework has expanded my thinking and I have been able to share these experiences with my family. The instructors and courses have been great! I am so grateful for this opportunity to earn a Bachelor's degree through this Internet program."

- Cindy G., student