In partnership with Thomas Jefferson University, Immaculata offers a bachelor's degree in allied health and bioscience technologies. Students are introduced to laboratory science, practice, and research, where they are trained in lab methodology and conducting tests that diagnose and prevent disease. They also gain experience through participating in practica in clinical and research laboratories at prestigious hospitals, medical centers, and laboratories.
Within the bioscience technologies program, students may choose from three specialties:
Biotechnology - Study information obtained at the molecular level, such as RNA, DNA and proteins, to develop new therapeutic, diagnostic and environmental products or to solve problems in health, pharmaceuticals, forensics, agriculture, food technology, forestry and wildlife management, veterinary medicine, and the fight against bioterrorism.
Cytotechnology - Evaluate cell specimens using microscopes, automated screening systems, and laboratory techniques; detect, interpret and report cancerous cells, precancerous changes, infections, inflammatory patterns and treatment-related conditions.
Medical Laboratory Sciences - Perform chemical, hematological, immunological, microscopic and microbiological tests and examine patient samples to diagnose and monitor diseases.
Get more information about these specialties here. The deadline for applying to this partnership program is December 15.
To complete the program, students take three years of health and liberal arts courses at Immaculata to work toward a B.S. in allied health. Students then transition to the Jefferson School of Health Professions' Bioscience Technologies program to complete a B.S. in bioscience technologies in one year. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet all of the admission requirements and academic prerequisites for admission to Jefferson's program.
Bioscience laboratory technologists have a wide variety of options to choose from for their future careers. They may pursue jobs such as:
Practitioners or researchers in hospitals, clinics, and laboratories in the corporate, government, forensic, veterinary, environmental, research, and public health sectors
Sales and marketing professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical equipment industries
Educators in medicine, veterinary science, basic science, or health care
For more information about this specialty, please e-mail Sister M. Carroll Isselmann or call 610-647-4400, ext. 3119.