Associate of Arts in Allied Health

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Program Description 

The mission of the Associate of Arts in Allied Health program is to provide a course of study that enhances a student’s foundational knowledge in the area of health sciences with a specific focus on allied health components embedded into a traditional plan of general education courses. The unique design enables students to transition into baccalaureate plans of study within the health professions as well as providing the critical thinking and integration skills necessary for career advancement.

Why Choose the Associate of Arts in Allied Health Degree Program?

  • 19% projected job growth in health care occupations by 2029*
  • 1.9 million jobs added by 2028*
  • Sample allied health careers and their median annual compensation*
    • Respiratory Therapists -- $56,730
    • Physical Therapist Assistants -- $54,410
    • Medical and Public Health Social Workers -- $46,300
    • Occupational Therapist Assistants -- $56,950
    • Radiation Therapists -- $80,090
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers -- $67,530

*Data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections report.

Whether you want to immediately start your career or continue to a four-year degree program, Saint Luke’s College's Associate of Arts in Allied Health degree will challenge and prepare you for a rewarding future.

This degree trains you for an entry-level, non-clinical position in the health care industry while giving you the foundation necessary to further your education.

Students who are interested in public health may tailor this degree with an admissions advisor to learn the entry-level knowledge and skills in the area of public health. Students who choose that path may be able to gain employment in public or private organizations such as a health department while pursuing a baccalaureate-level degree in public health or another related area.

*Growth data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections 2017 report.

Advantages of Saint Luke's™ College of Health Sciences at Rockhurst University

Whether you are a new high school graduate or a working adult, our program offers a combination of face-to-face and online courses to work with a variety of schedules.

Why do students choose Saint Luke’s College?

  • Experienced faculty with industry and teaching experience
  • Flexible learning with both online and face-to-face courses
  • Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • The campus located in Kansas City’s historic Westport area and close to downtown, shopping, and restaurants

Learning Outcomes 

  • Obtain broad and relevant educational experience through a selection of contemporary courses that will enable students to learn fundamental concepts in the allied health disciplines
  • Attain foundational knowledge, professionalism and skills suitable for gaining entry-level employment or furthering their education in health care careers.
  • Acquire knowledge of different medical care & delivery systems (US and other nations), and of the role of health-related & clinical research in addressing health issues.
  • Develop academic skills in oral and written communication, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, critical thinking and information literacy.

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Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Financial aid, work-study, and scholarships available
  • Networking opportunities with one of the largest employers in the Kansas City area
  • Local volunteer opportunities outside of the classroom through our student organizations
  • Academic advising available through the Student Resource Center


  • Students will be prepared to move forward in their health care career, whatever path they may choose
  • Students can move into an entry-level, non-clinical position in the industry to get started working