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Allied Health, B.S.

Prepare for a rewarding, in-demand career in the health care industry.

Immaculata’s B.S. in Allied Health, with affiliate institutions, prepares you for certification in your chosen clinical specialty. Allied health professionals support the health care system through administrative skills and using scientific principles and evidence-based practice.

Explore various allied health disciplines to understand the differences between clinical specialties and the challenges and opportunities in each area. Choose a clinical specialty to pursue and an affiliate institution to apply to for your clinical training and/or graduate studies. Take courses that prepare you to exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills in health care management and patient care. Learn about the underlying causes of illness and the factors that contribute to health and wellness. Practice effective communication and use of information technology to collaborate with patients, health care team members and health care organizations.

At A Glance

Program: Bachelor of Science
Audience: Undergraduate students
Format: Face-to-face classes
Next Start Date: August 26, 2024
Time to Completion Four years (3 at IU and 1-2 at affiliated schools, depending on clinical specialty)

"The fantastic professors at Immaculata taught me not only the basics of my career, but also the importance of thinking strategically and creatively. My professors knew me on a personal level, which made learning much easier and more pleasant. As a nuclear medicine technologist at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, I am using the skills Immaculata taught me daily. As I was preparing for Thomas Jefferson University, my professor shared her experiences in the medical field with my class and prepared us for the big challenges approaching. She even brought recent graduates from the program back to IU to speak and answer our questions."

Desiree Dinko '20
Nuclear Medicine Technologist at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Opportunities and Outcomes

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment in the allied health professions is projected to increase by more than 20% over the next decade, faster than the average growth for all occupations. While an associate degree is often the minimum requirement for becoming a licensed allied health professional, a bachelor’s degree is increasingly necessary and will give you an advantage in your career.

Our recent graduates work as radiologic technologists, cardiac sonographers, and pharmacy technicians. They have also been accepted to graduate programs in pharmacology and health care management.

Program Highlights
  • Observe and volunteer at local health care organizations to get experience and understand their operations. Immaculata has strong relationships with local hospitals, and our students have recently observed at Chester County Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehab and more.
  • Listen to guest speakers to understand different medical professions and the institutions where you can transfer for your clinical training.
  • Get support and coaching from faculty as you apply to affiliate institutions or graduate programs for the clinical portion of your education.
  • Consider minoring in health care management to diversify your skills and prepare for a supervisory role in a health care organization.
Clinical Specialty Concentrations
  • Cardiac Sonography
  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Speech Pathology
  • Respiratory Therapy Technician
  • Radiology Technician
  • Surgical Technician
  • Vascular Sonography

Pre-speech pathology students will study at Immaculata for four years and apply to a master’s program in speech and language pathology.

For all clinical specialties except pre-speech pathology, you will study at IU for three years and then apply to an affiliated institution for clinical training, usually for one to two years. Once you complete your training at the affiliated school, those credits are transferred back to Immaculata to complete your course requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Allied Health. The affiliate school prepares you to take the national certification test in your specialized clinical concentration.

Admission and Program Progression Requirements
  • You must maintain a 2.3 GPA at Immaculata to stay in the program.
  • You must earn at least a B in science and math courses to be considered for admission to an affiliate school. You must apply, interview and be accepted into one of the affiliate schools for clinical training.
  • Each school has different application deadlines and start dates for its programs, so review the requirements carefully.

Clinical Specialties and Affiliated Schools

Bucks County Community College

Radiology Technician

This program requires two years of study beyond the three years (six semesters) at IU.

Delaware Valley University

Speech-Language Pathology

The pre-speech pathology concentration requires four years of study at Immaculata and then applying to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Delaware Valley to complete two years of training.

Johns Hopkins School of Medical Imaging
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiology Technology

These programs begin in June following students’ junior year and require an additional 18 months beyond the three years (six semesters) at Immaculata.

PA College of Health Sciences

Most concentrations require six semesters at Immaculata and another 12-18 months of clinical training. Respiratory Therapy and Surgical Technology require only five semesters at Immaculata, but involve some summer classes in order to meet the requirements for transferring to PA College of Health Sciences.

  • Cardiac Sonography
  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Radiology Technology
  • Respiratory Therapy (five semesters at IU)
  • Surgical Technology (five semesters at IU)
  • Vascular Technology
Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center

Medical Laboratory Science

This program requires nine months of study beyond the three years (six semesters) at IU.

Thomas Jefferson University

Doctor of Pharmacy

This concentration requires three years (six semesters) at IU and four additional years of training in the pharmacy program.

Widener University (Crozer Hospital Programs)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Radiology Technician

These concentrations require 18-24 months of clinical study beyond the three years (six semesters) at IU.

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