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Additional Healthcare-Related Programs


This page lists additional health-related majors, minors, certificates, and programs, some available at IUB, others at IUPUI and / or nationally at other institutions.

Please note that HPPLC does not provide advising for most of the areas below but we have included links to pertinent websites. If you have questions or would like more information about a given department or program listed on this page please contact them directly. Of the areas listed below, HPPLC does provide limited advising for dental hygiene and the Undergraduate Health Professions Programs offered through the IU School of Medicine (Indianapolis campus).


Health Career Research Tips

We do not recommend random web searches to locate programs. Instead, use official, complete lists of accredited programs. Many such lists are linked from this page for the given field.

Visit the websites of professional organizations associated with the fields you are researching. To locate these sites, search for "association of [name of field]", "national association of _____," "american academy of _____," or similar titles; for example, American Dental Hygienists' Association.

On organization websites you will find many different kinds of career information, professional resources, and other content. Among the resources on a given site is likely to be public relations or lobbying content, which is the organization or profession trying to present its best face to the public and further causes on behalf of its members. Although such content is subjective and partial you can learn a lot by reading how those already in the profession describe what the profession has to offer and what causes are important to the welfare of its constituents (i.e., practitioners and their patients / clients).

We urge you to undertake job shadowing and informational interviews with professionals working in your area(s) of interest. Doing so is critical to your career exploration, as well as your professional development.


Available At IU Bloomington

Arts and Sciences, IUB College of


Bachelor of Applied Science Degree
(An IU Online joint degree program)

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) is designed for those who have an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) and would like to expand it into a Bachelor's degree. For example, someone who has earned their two-year Associate's in respiratory therapy from Ivy Tech Community College could then earn their BAS by transferring credits from the AAS to Indiana University, completing an additional two years of upper-level courses at IU, and be awarded their Bachelor of Applied Science.


Medical Sciences


Optometry, IUB School of

(Note: As of 2014 the IUB op / tech program is on hiatus. Call the School of Optometry to enquire and monitor the site for further developments.)


Public and Environmental Affairs, IUB School of


Public Health, IUB School of
(formerly the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation)

  • The School of Public Health offers numerous health-related undergraduate degrees and credentials, including, among others, Athletic Training, Community Health, Dietetics, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT - Basic), Exercise Science, Fitness Specialist, Health Education - Secondary Teacher Preparation, Human Development/Family Studies, Nutrition Science, Public Health, Recreational Therapy, Safety, Youth Development, and others.
  • The School of Public Health also offers master's degrees and doctoral degrees in a variety of health-related fields, such as Epidemiology, Health Behavior, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Family Health, Ergonomics, and many others.


Social Work, IU School of

  • Social Work major (BSW)
  • Minor in Social Welfare Advocacy
  • For links to IU Master of Social Work (MSW) programs, click HERE, select "Programs and Campuses, and choose a Master of Social Work campus from the dropdown menu.
    • The MSW can be an excellent degree path for those who want to become mental health experts or therapists. The IU Health Center, for example, employs Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) among its counseling staff. Other opportunities are available for those who wish to work in the fields of child welfare, elementary / middle / secondary school social work, health, leadership, and many others.
  • IU Online MSW program (MSW Direct)
  • National Association of Social Workers


Offered On Other IU Campuses
(These programs are not offered at IU Bloomington)

Dental Hygiene

IU Bloomington does not offer a dental hygiene program, though current IUB students sometimes change career paths and complete DH admission requirements at IUB.

Prospective freshmen and prospective transfer students who know from the start that they intend to pursue dental hygiene, be aware that you might be best advantaged by simply completing the admission prerequisites at the school which offers the DH program in which you are interested.

ASDH and BSDH degrees

While Bachelor of Science degrees (BSDH) have become increasingly common among dental hygiene professional programs, the Associate of Science (ASDH) degree is still the standard minimum degree required to practice in the field.

Generally speaking holding a BSDH degree offers little or no employment advantage compared to those holding an ASDH. The BS does not include additional instruction on dental hygienist practice. Instead, the additional degree time includes general education courses and / or an additional public health component. Currently, the BSDH simply provides an avenue for those who, for their own personal reasons, would like to complete a 4-year degree.

Prerequisites and level of competitiveness vary by program

Each DH program has different admission prerequisites, and the level of competitiveness varies dramatically from program to program. Therefore, you will need to research individual programs to determine what courses you need as well as whether a given program is within range of your cumulative and science GPA. Most DH programs take into account both of these GPAs, which means science courses effective count twice. Check websites and ask programs what the full range of competitive GPAs tends to be, not merely the minimum required to apply and not merely the average.

Indiana dental hygiene programs

Several IU campuses offer dental hygiene programs - IUPUI, IUN, IUSB, IPFW. Most are Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene degrees (BSDH). The University of Southern Indiana also offers a BSDH.

Ivy Tech Community College offers Associate of Science Dental Hygiene degrees (ASDH). As of 2014 the ASDH was offered at Ivy Techs Anderson, Kokomo, and South Bend.

Please contact programs directly with questions.

Dental hygiene programs outside of Indiana

We suggest using the official list of accredited DH programs (Commission on Dental Accreditation - CODA). We do not recommend random web searches, which are confusing and can easily miss options.

Please contact programs directly with questions.

Other DH resources


Health Information Management (HIM)

IU Bloomington does not offer an HIM program, though current IUB students sometimes change career paths and complete HIM admission requirements at IUB.


Undergraduate Health Professions Programs, IU School of Medicine (SOM HPP)

SOM HPP are located on the Indianapolis campus and are not offered through IUB. IUB students who switch to one of these fields may complete the prerequisites on the Bloomington campus and then apply for admission to the given professional program. Admission to these programs is highly selective so excellent grades are necessary to be competitive for admission.

For details about the programs listed below visit the School of Medicine undergraduate Health Professions Programs site and click your field of interest. Once you are on the page for your field utilize the links on the left side of screen, which will take you to admission, prerequisite, and other information. Click HERE to view admission statistics and competitive GPA information for each program.

Please contact the School of Medicine directly with questions.

We encourage you to explore different professional organization websites, as well as look up these fields in the Occupational Outlook Handbook to learn more about job features, responsibilities, salary ranges, and more.

Practitioners within a given state must usually be licensed within that state. Therefore, in addition to the lists of accredited programs linked below you might also search state government websites for additional lists or other resources.



Additional Related Occupations

Be sure to look up these fields in the Occupational Outlook Handbook to learn more about job features and responsibilities, salary, and more.

  • Orthotics and prosthetics ("O&P") are separate but related fields, which, in general terms, specialize in the "evaluation, fabrication, and custom fitting of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces" ( A simple web search yields useful resources.
  • Public Health, Master of (search the Association of Schools of Public Heath for MPH programs, or for schools that confer dual masters, such as an MPH + master of physician assistant studies)
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Exploring Health Professions?

Make sure to attend the annual Health Programs Fair, where you can meet directly with representatives of health professions programs from across the country!

For a list that includes most health-care related options at IU, please refer to our [PDF File] Health Professions Descriptions handout.

The Other Health Professions section of our web site includes information about programs for which the Health Professions and Prelaw Center provides advising and other support.



This information was prepared for Indiana University Bloomington students by the Health Professions and Prelaw Center. Please note that specific requirements and policies can change at any time without notice. Students are responsible for obtaining the most current information directly from application and testing services, and the schools and programs in which they have an interest. Refer to each program's web pages, bulletins, and other publications for the most current information. Students are responsible for understanding degree course requirements, as well as other requirements, policies, and procedures related to the degree(s) they are pursuing; for enrolling in appropriate courses; for understanding IU policies/procedures; and for following through properly with regard to all of the preceding.