Pre-Allied Health Associate's Degree | Lackawanna College

Majors & Certificates

Pre-Allied Health

Every member of the community has, at one point, required the help of a skilled healthcare professional. We rely on a variety of healthcare professionals to diagnose, treat and prevent health problems, and many of these professionals fall under allied health.

Like any career in the health field, allied health workers can have incredibly rewarding careers providing great care to patients. This is also an extremely reliable field to work in, as there will always be patients who require the care of allied health professionals.

Lackawanna College can help you take the first steps in working towards a fulfilling career in pre-allied health. Learn more about what Lackawanna College’s pre-allied health program has to offer.

What Does Pre-Allied Health Teach Students?

The pre-allied health associate’s degree curriculum creates a strong foundation for students’ careers. Pre-allied health students will study a wide variety of sciences, including biology, chemistry, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology. This degree program also provides students with an intensive hands-on laboratory experience that will help prepare them for the future.

In the pre-allied health degree program, students will learn to:

  • Recognize the interdisciplinary nature of scientific inquiry and apply analytical thinking and analysis to explain various scientific phenomena as they develop skills in using the scientific method.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of biology, basic chemistry and anatomy and physiology sufficient for entry into higher-level science courses at a transfer institution.
  • Develop the qualitative and quantitative skills, through the use of technology, necessary for a career in health sciences.
  • Appreciate the diverse and dynamic nature of the human condition through the study of humanities, global studies and math/science electives.
  • Be able to communicate effectively, both orally and through the written word and be able to work with others in a professional setting.

Students entering this program should be college-ready and have successfully completed two to three years of mathematics and three years of science in high school. They should also be familiar with computers and their uses. Students enrolled in this program also need to maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

What Courses Are Included in This Program?

Our pre-allied health program curriculum is designed with the intention of students continuing their education after they’ve earned their degrees. In this program, students will be introduced to various health and science courses that will give them the background they need to excel in future educational programs and careers. Over four semesters, students will become familiar with the subjects they’ll need most to continue their education, such as biology and chemistry.

What Do Students Do After Earning Their Associate Degree?

At Lackawanna College, many of our programs give students the ability to decide what path to take after they earn an associate degree. Students often might choose to continue their education with one of our bachelor’s degrees, transfer to a different institution to earn a bachelor’s degree or enter the workforce. The pre-allied health associate degree differs from many of our other programs because it is specifically designed to prepare students to transfer into baccalaureate degree programs in allied health fields. Some of the fields our pre-allied health students end up going into include nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy or medical technology.

Start Your Pre-Allied Health Education Today

Quality education is key for creating a successful career in any field. At Lackawanna College, we help students work towards becoming valuable professionals after they’ve earned their degrees. We created our pre-allied health program to give students the education and skills they need to eventually further their learning and become skilled healthcare workers. We’re proud to be able to educate the future pre-allied health workers who one day serve their communities.

If you’re interested in working in the healthcare field, pre-allied health can help prepare you for your future. To get started, fill out our inquiry form or call us at 877-346-3552 to learn more about the pre-allied health program.


Download our Curriculum Guide (PDF)


Lackawanna College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to grant bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is designated as a National Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Office of Education.