Applied Medicine (BS)

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Prepare for graduate study leading to professional careers as an occupational therapist, physician assistant, physical therapist, athletic trainer, chiropractor, physician, and more. Earn a Bachelor of Science in Applied Medicine at Indiana State.

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Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Medicine at Indiana State?

The Applied Medicine Program provides the classroom knowledge and clinical skills needed for advanced professional degree programs in areas such as athletic training, physical therapy, physician’s assistant programs, chiropractic, medicine, and occupational therapy.

Begin Your Professional Journey

Your Applied Medicine coursework will provide you with a strong theoretical foundation in the basic sciences and rehabilitative medicine, as well as the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed for effective patient care. You will obtain practical, hands-on skills through clinical experiences at an assigned clinical education site.

Your advisor will assist you with career paths, professional development, and other issues related to your professional growth.

Learn from our Excellent Faculty

As an Applied Medicine major at Indiana State, you will benefit from small classes taught by dedicated faculty. Most hold doctoral degrees, have clinical backgrounds, and engage in research and scholarly activities. All are dedicated to your success.

Enrich Your Learning

Located in the Sycamore Wellness and Applied Medicine Center, the Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation Department includes a modern, fully equipped sports medicine and performance center, a rehabilitation and massage therapy clinic, clinical instructional laboratories, and an active Applied Medicine Research Center.

You will obtain practical, hands-on skills through clinical experiences, on campus or in the community. During your clinical experience, you will engage in patient care at an assigned clinical education site.

In addition, you may participate in a number of activities and organizations that enable you to interact with other students, including the Student Occupational Therapy Undergrad Club, the Pre-Physician Assistant Association, and the Pre-Physical Therapy Club. These and other student organizations provide opportunities for involvement and leadership that enrich your learning

What You’ll Learn in the Applied Medicine Program

Core coursework emphasizes strong theoretical foundations within each area of applied medicine, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students are encouraged to choose a minor or certificate program that aligns with their career goals.


In addition to coursework, students gain practical skills through clinical experiences at an assigned clinical education site.


Transfer Credit

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per Indiana State's transfer guidelines.

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Career Possibilities for Applied Medicine Majors

Graduates of the Applied Medicine Program are prepared to pursue graduate study in areas such as advanced athletic training, physical therapy, physician’s assistant programs, occupational therapy, medical schools, exercise science, biomechanics, cardiac rehabilitation, and chiropractic medicine.

Students who do not pursue graduate studies have obtained employment in a variety of other health and wellness positions.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.


Graduate Programs: Taking the Next Step

You can continue your studies as a Sycamore after graduating with your Bachelor of Science in Applied Medicine. In fact, if you complete the Applied Medicine major in the top 10 percent of your class and meet program requirements, you are granted an automatic interview for Indiana State University’s professional programs in Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Physical Therapy.

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Advanced Myoskeletal Massage Therapy

In addition to the Applied Medicine major and curriculum for the Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant Studies, and Pre- Physical Therapy foci, the Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation department offers the only Massage Therapy Minor in the country. One hundred percent of the students who become licensed are employed as Massage Therapists or get accepted into graduate / professional programs (i.e., AT, OT, PT, PA, chiropractic, medicine, etc.).

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Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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