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 California State University, Fullerton

Allied Health Careers

For those of our students who are interested in an allied health career please utilize these pages for more information and links to programs. This page is currently in progress and more information will be added soon.

Allied Health Professions Overview

Allied Health Professionals perform diagnostic procedures, provide therapeutic services, and patient care as part of a caregiving team.

Allied Health professionals are involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; rehabilitation and health systems management, among others. Allied Health professionals do not independently diagnose and prescribe treatment, but perform diagnostic procedures, therapeutic services, and provide care as requested by doctors practicing in the particular area.

In recent years new professions have emerged that in some sense have intermediary roles, with varying levels of autonomy in how they may practice (for instance, Nurse Practitioners in some states are independent primary care providers who may diagnose and write prescriptions). Since the divisions among the professions are created essentially through governmental regulations they sometimes vary from state to state, and may continue to change over time. Such advance practice clinicians (or mid-level providers) have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and most have also completed post baccalaureate or graduate level education.