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.

 

Program Requirements

You must successfully complete your studies at IU and meet the admission requirements of your chosen affiliated institution, which generally include earning a minimum of a C and preferably a B or better in all science and allied health courses. You must apply and be accepted to a partner school in order to transfer there and complete your clinical training. This training will then be applied toward your required credits at Immaculata, allowing you to earn a bachelor’s degree in allied health.

You will also need to complete the requirements for licensure in your clinical concentration, which involves taking a certification exam administered by the state or national organization that oversees your area of clinical study. If you pass the exam, you will be qualified to obtain an entry-level position in your field.

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.

Course Preview

Immaculata University, in partnership with affiliated programs, offers the following clinical concentrations:

Cardiac Electrophysiology

Cardiac electrophysiologists work with physicians to help diagnose and treat patients who are experiencing issues such as abnormal heart rhythms and heart failure. To complete this program, you will study for three years at Immaculata and then apply for the accredited cardiac electrophysiology program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic medical sonographers use medical ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) to produce images of patients’ internal structures. Sonographers help to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases, as well as monitor fetal development. As ultrasound technology evolves, it will become a more popular method to assist in diagnosing medical conditions, preferred over more invasive procedures.

You may choose to specialize in general, cardiac, or vascular sonography. You will take three years of allied health and liberal arts courses at Immaculata and then transfer to the diagnostic medical sonography program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, or Widener-Crozer.

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Nuclear medicine technologists use scanners and specialized equipment to create images of various areas of a patient’s body. They administer radioactive drugs to patients to highlight abnormal areas of the body. To complete this program, you will take three years of coursework at Immaculata and then transfer to the nuclear medicine program at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, or Johns Hopkins Schools of Medical Imaging.

Radiologic Science

As a radiologic science professional, you can specialize in a number of areas, including: Medical Dosimetry, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Radiation Therapy and Radiography (X-ray). Radiologic technologists examine patients using diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays, with a variety of sophisticated digital imaging and recording equipment. 

You will take three years of health and liberal arts courses at Immaculata and then transfer to the Radiography program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, the Johns Hopkins Hospital Radiography programBucks County Community College, or Widener-Crozer to complete your degree in radiologic science.

Surgical Technology

A surgical technologist practices sterile and aseptic technique as part of a surgical team, assisting in surgically performed invasive and diagnostic procedures while maximizing patient safety. You will take two and a half years of allied health and liberal arts courses at Immaculata and then transfer to the accredited surgical technology program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences or Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences.

Cardiovascular Invasive Technology

Cardiovascular technologists use imaging technology to help physicians diagnose and treat patients with heart and blood vessel problems. To complete this program, you will take three years of courses at Immaculata and then transition to the program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.

Medical Laboratory Science

Medical laboratory technologists collect samples of body fluids and tissue and perform tests on them to help physicians diagnose and treat patients. To complete the program, you will take three years of allied health and liberal arts courses at Immaculata and then transition to the Medical Laboratory Science program at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.

Pre-Pharmacy

Within seven years after graduating from high school, you can earn both a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. You will spend the first three years at Immaculata taking the required pre-pharmacy courses and will then attend the Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP) for the four years of graduate pharmacy coursework. To be admitted into the pre-pharmacy concentration, you must meet all JCP admission requirements and earn a competitive score on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).

Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapists assist patients who have cardiopulmonary conditions, providing breathing treatments, performing diagnostic tests, managing life support equipment and other related duties. To complete this program, you will take two and a half years of courses at Immaculata and then apply for the accredited respiratory care program at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.

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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