The development of a national honor society for allied health students was proposed in 1973. The purpose of the honor society was to recognize scholarship in allied health students using the model of the University of Florida's local honor society, Eta Rho Phi. Dr. Howard Suzuki, of the University of Florida, made inquiries to allied health administrators concerning the feasibility of developing such an honor society on a national scale. The American Society of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) was then approached and approved the proposal.
The society was named for the Greek letters equivalent to the first letters of Allied Health, which were Alpha Eta. The Alpha Eta Society was chartered in Florida in 1975, rechartered in Georgia in 1998, has 90 chapters, and over 35,000 initiated Members.
The Nu Sigma Upsilon (NSU) Chapter of the Alpha Eta Society was elected Chapter 68 to the society on December 5th 2008. The purpose was to recognize the outstanding achievement of our students, faculty and alumni in all areas of health care sciences. Chapter members must meet strict qualifications for induction that include demonstration of significant scholarship, leadership and contribution to the health care professions.
Our chapter has grown to include over 700 members from various disciplines within the College of Health Care Sciences.& These include Anesthesiologist Assistant, Audiology, Health & Human Performance, Health Sciences, Medical & Cardiovascular Sonography, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Speech Language.