Allied Health, B.S.
Undergraduate Studies

Immaculata University’s B.S. in allied health clinical specialties program, in association with affiliate institutions, prepares you for licensure/credentialing in your chosen clinical specialty area.

You will receive an introduction to various allied health disciplines to help you understand the differences between clinical specialties and the challenges and opportunities in each area. This exploration will help you decide which clinical specialty to pursue and which affiliate institution to apply to for your clinical training.

Immaculata’s allied health curriculum will prepare you to exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills in health care management and patient care. You will learn about the underlying causes of illness and the factors that contribute to health and wellness. You will practice effective communication and use of information technology to collaborate with patients, health care team members, and health care organizations.

Program Highlights

  • Immaculata has strong relationships with local hospitals, where you will observe and complete volunteer work to experience the operations of a health care facility.
  • During your coursework, guest speakers will help you further understand different medical professions and the institutions where you can transfer for your clinical training.
  • Our faculty will coach you as you prepare to apply to affiliate institutions for the clinical portion of your education.
  • You may be interested in minoring in health care management in order to diversify your skills and prepare for a supervisory role in a health care organization.

 

Clinical Specialities

Within Immaculata’s Allied Health degree program there are 9 concentrations and 5 affiliated schools for clinical training.

Clinical Specialty Concentrations

  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Respiratory Therapy Technician
  • Radiology Technician
  • Surgical Technician
  • Vascular Sonography

 

Johns Hopkins School of Medical Imaging

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Nuclear Medicine

Radiology Technology

All programs are an additional 18 months in length beyond the 6 semesters at Immaculata. All programs begin in June following the student’s junior year.

PA College of Health Sciences

Most concentrations require 6 semesters at Immaculata, and another 12-18 months of additional clinical training at the affiliate school.

Respiratory Therapy and Surgical Technology are only 5 semesters at Immaculata, but involve some summer classes in order to meet the requirements for transfer.

  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Radiology Technology
  • Respiratory Therapy (5 semesters at IU)
  • Surgical Technology (5 semesters at IU)
  • Vascular Technology

 

Thomas Jefferson University

Doctor of Pharmacy

This concentration requires 6 semesters at IU and 4 additional years of training for the pharmacy program.

Widener University (Crozer Hospital Programs)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Requires 18-24 months of clinical study beyond the 6 semesters at IU.

Radiology Technician

Requires 18-24 months of clinical study beyond the 6 semesters at IU.

Bucks County Community College

Radiology Technician

This program requires 24 months of study beyond the 6 semesters at IU.

Program Requirements

Once students complete their programs at the affiliated school, those credits are transferred back to Immaculata and the student is awarded a BS degree in Allied Health. The affiliate school helps the student in applying and preparing them to take their national certification test in their specialized concentration upon successful completion of their clinical program.

Students must maintain a 2.3 GPA at Immaculata to stay in the program. Students must apply, be interviewed, and be accepted into one of the affiliate schools for their final year of clinical training. Students must earn at least a B in science and math courses to be considered for admission. Each school has different application deadlines for each of the programs offered.

Career Outlook for Allied Health Professions

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 have gotten jobs as radiologic technologists, cardiac sonographers, and pharmacy technicians. They have also been accepted to graduate programs in pharmacology and health care management.

Immaculata’s allied health program helped to prepare me for my clinical specialty as well as learn about the other specialties. Representatives from the affiliated schools would visit and talk about their program, which eased the nerves about transitioning to another school and also gave me an opportunity to build rapport with the school I would be attending after my three years at Immaculata.

The director of the allied health program was a great support as I prepared for my transition to the next school.

Diana Cusick ’17

Radiologic Technologist at Bryn Mawr Hospital and Brandywine Hospital, and Clinical Instructor at Thomas Jefferson University

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