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Northwest Missouri State University


Applied Health Science Major

Applied Health Science

The Northwest Difference

The Applied Health Science major at Northwest prepares students for future studies in health-related fields such as pre-med, pre-occupational therapy and pre-athletic training or enter a career in health and wellness. Students learn the aging process and the impact on health and wellness through the lifecycle, and ways in which physical activity impacts the human body and contributes to the developmental process. 

While at Northwest, faculty focus on teaching students human anatomy, the positioning and function of bones, and muscles, and their relationships within the human body; human physiology, the study of the interrelationship between organs and organ systems; exercise science, how the body reacts and performs with physical activity; promoting health, teaching health-related and disease prevention concepts to the general public. 

Benefits of Northwest-Kansas City

  • An associate degree will waive general education courses. Exceptions may apply.

Career Opportunities in Health Science

Below is a list of possible career opportunities and job titles related to the Applied Health Science major:

Career Opportunities

Job Titles

  • Corporate Recreation
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Technician
  • Health Coach
  • Injury Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Wellness Coordinator

Here is a sampling of employers hiring students:

  • AmeriCorps
  • Boys Town
  • Gallup
  • Jackson County Corrections
  • Child and Family Center
  • Crittenton Services
  • Lake Bryn Mawr
  • YMCA
  • Preferred Family Healthcare
  • GEO Group
  • Missouri Department of Social Services
  • Netsmart Technologies
  • HealthFitness

About Northwest-Kansas City

Northwest-Kansas City is designed to attract students from the Kansas City metropolitan region. With more than 16 majors, graduate, doctorate and certificate programs, faculty and staff are here to help you complete your degree and begin your career. 

Through internships and hands-on experiences, faculty provide the tools and expertise to ensure you are career ready on day one.

Paying for your degree

We know that paying for college can be challenging. Visit the Office of Financial Assistance to learn about the more than $18 million in scholarships and grants.

Don’t forget, Northwest’s  textbook and laptop rental programs will save you nearly $7,300 over four years.

Want to earn in-state rates?

The Bearcat Advantage provides out-of-state students the opportunity to earn in-state tuition rates. This alone will save you more than $6,000.