Welcome to Pre-Health @ SUNY New Paltz

Allied Health Careers

Allied Health is broadly defined as health professions that are distinct from nursing and medicine. More specifically:

“Allied health encompasses a broad group of health professionals who use scientific principles and evidence-based practice for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic diseases; promote disease prevention and wellness for optimum health, and apply administration and management skills to support health care systems in a variety of settings.” —ASAHP

SUNY New Paltz can prepare you for a career in most any health-related professions.  In addition to medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry and podiatry, graduates of New Paltz go to physician assistant programs, physical therapy programs, medical technology programs as well as combined BS/MS nursing transfer programs.

For the most part, none of the allied health careers require a particular major. New Paltz does not have majors, tracks or programs dedicated to any pre-health career. But students who plan to pursue a career in one of the Allied Health fields, would choose a major that is compatible with their interests and career goals in consultation with one of our pre-health academic advisors. Most post graduate programs have requirements that can be met within a variety of different disciplines offered at New Paltz.  

If you are considering one of the Allied Health Professions, you should consult the Pre-Health Advising website for more information on professional school requirements and contact the Pre-Health advisor, Dr. Debra Adair

Fill out this Pre-Health Meeting Template  prior to meeting with the advisor.