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Clinical Laboratory Science: Current Students

Advising Information
Announcements and News
Contact Information
Office Hours
Resources and Information

Student Information Handbook

Announcements and News

Make a commitment to academic success this semester and set a goal to make the Dean’s List! To achieve this status, you must earn at least a 3.25 GPA for the semester. Check the Department of Developmental Studies website for the Fall schedule of tutorials, supplemental instruction sessions, and workshops designed to help students prepare, advance, and excel.

Contact Information

Dr. Joyce Shanty
Associate Professor
Allied Health Coordinator
Johnson Hall, Room 243
1010 Oakland Avenue
Indiana, PA 15705-1063
Telephone: 724-357-7647
Fax: 724-357-3267
E-mail: Joyce.Shanty@iup.edu

Ms. Sherry Kelly
Allied Health Secretary
Johnson Hall, Room 244
1010 Oakland Avenue
Indiana, PA 15705-1063
Telephone: 724-357-7647
Fax: 724-357-3267
E-mail: skelly@iup.edu

 

Allied Health Coordinator Office Hours for the Fall 2013 Semester

Monday: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Tuesday: 9:00–10:00 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Appointments are appreciated.

Allied Health Department Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m.–Noon
1:00–4:30 p.m.

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Advising Information

Your Advisor

The allied health coordinator is the academic advisor for all clinical laboratory science students.

Registration

Registration for the Winter session and Spring semesters begins in mid-October. Registration for Fall semester and Summer sessions begins in mid-March. Schedules are available through MyIUP and are typically posted several weeks before the registration period begins.

Clinical laboratory science students receive early registration times each semester and are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to get the best schedule possible. Students must schedule an appointment to meet with the allied health coordinator each semester to discuss academic progress and plans for the next semesters. At that meeting, students will receive their alternate Personal Identification Number (PIN) needed to access the registration system. Students may view the date and time when they can begin to register by logging into URSA. Sign-up times for advising appointments are posted in mid-February and mid-September, and advisees are notified by e-mail when advising appointments begin.

E-mail

While students are in their clinical year, advising information is typically shared by e-mail and regular mail.

Students are expected to check their IUP e-mail frequently and use their IUP e-mail address when sending e-mail to anyone in the IUP community. Important and helpful information is sent to students from the coordinator, secretary, registrar, and others. Assistance with the use of the IUP e-mail system and other technology support is available at the IT Support Center.

Resources and Information

University Records and Systems Assistant (URSA)

URSA provides links to a wide variety of information and resources, including the academic calendar, schedules, financial aid and billing, grades, how to calculate a grade point average (GPA), and details about graduation. A link to Writing Intensive courses is also available on URSA.

Academic Support

Tips for success

  • Get organized: Keep a detailed calendar with assignment due dates, exams, and other important dates. Block off study time and prepare for exams and assignments in advance.
  • Make academic success a priority: Do your work first and there will be plenty of time to get involved in campus, community, and social activities.
  • Seek Help to Succeed and Excel: IUP offers outstanding academic support services that help students be successful in their classes. Meet with your professors during their office hours and take advantage of workshops, supplemental instruction, tutors, and the Writing Center.

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Coursework at Another College or University

Many students plan to take courses during the summer at other colleges or universities. This excellent strategy allows students to take a lighter course load during the academic year, pursue a special area of interest, or stay on track for the clinical year. Students interested in registering for courses at other colleges or universities should follow the steps listed below:

  1. Meet with the allied health coordinator to discuss options.
  2. Use the Online Credit Evaluation System to check course equivalency.
  3. Contact the other college or university for details about schedules, registration, tuition, etc.
  4. Submit an Application for Pre-Approval of Coursework At Another College or University (form is available in the department office).
  5. Earn a C or higher grade to have credits posted to IUP transcript.
  6. Request an official transcript be sent to IUP Admissions Office, Credit Evaluation, 117 Sutton Hall, 1011 South Drive, IUP, Indiana, PA 15705.
  7. If you cannot find an equivalent course, ask the allied health coordinator about possible substitutions.
  8. If you plan to complete BIOL 150 Human Anatomy and/or BIOL 151 Human Physiology at another college or university you must be certain the courses are equivalent to the IUP courses. Many colleges and universities offer these courses as Anatomy and Physiology I and II. If so, you must complete both I and II at that college or university to have the courses posted to your IUP transcript as BIOL 150 and BIOL 151.

Learn More About Clinical Laboratory Science

Program directors at the affiliating schools of clinical laboratory science encourage students to learn about the field. Consider the following actions that will help you become acquainted with the profession and strengthen your admission interview:

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Application Process for Admission to a School of Clinical Laboratory Science

Plan to meet with the allied health coordinator during the Spring semester of the year preceding placement at a school of clinical laboratory science to review the application process.

IUP currently has established affiliating agreements with the following accredited Schools of Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology:

UPMC Altoona Regional Health System
620 Howard Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601-4899
814-946-2835

Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cooperative Medical Technology Program Of Akron
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308
330-543-8720

Memorial Medical Center
1086 Franklin Street
Johnstown, PA 15905
814-534-5578

Lancaster General College of Nursing/Health Sciences
410 North Lime
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-290-5511, Ext. 77354

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
3601 A Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134
215-427-5050

St. Vincent Health Center
232 West 25th Street
Erie, PA 16544
814-452-5365

WCA Hospital
PO Box 840
207 Foote Avenue
Jamestown, NY 14702-0840
716-664-8484

Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center
Susquehanna Health System
777 Rural Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-321-2326

York Hospital
1001 S. George Street
York, PA 17405-7198
717-851-2458

 

Note: A temporary affiliation contract may be established to accommodate a student’s interest in attending an accredited school that is currently not an IUP affiliate. NAACLS provides a full listing of accredited programs. Arrangements for a temporary affiliation must be made well in advance of the start date for the clinical year. For further details, contact the allied health coordinator.

To be competitive for selection by a School of Clinical Laboratory Science, students are expected to earn a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 and a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in required math and science courses. Offers for clinical site placement are competitive and not guaranteed by IUP.

Each School of Clinical Laboratory Science also has a policy for determining academic good standing in the clinical year courses. Details about academic policies are available from the Schools of Clinical Laboratory Science.

All pre-clinical courses required by IUP must be completed before progressing to the certificate year.

Each School of Clinical Laboratory Science provides prospective students with application packets and handbooks specifying additional requirements for clinical placement. Typically, these requirements include

  • Personal interview
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • CPR certification
  • Criminal Record clearance
  • Health screening that may include a physical examination, lab work, and urine drug screens
  • Health insurance
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Uniforms and/or lab coats

Details about these and other requirements and associated fees are available from the department office and the Schools of Clinical Laboratory Science.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

During the clinical year, students pay tuition and fees directly to a School of Clinical Laboratory Science. Costs vary among the affiliating schools. During the clinical year, IUP bills the student each semester for a $32 registration fee.

Students may apply for financial aid during the clinical year through the IUP Office of Financial Aid. Amounts of financial aid awards will vary depending on several factors, including the amount of tuition and fees charged by the affiliating School of Clinical Laboratory Science.

Timeline for Clinical Placement

The application for clinical placement typically begins more than one full year prior to the start of the clinical year. Students meet with the allied health coordinator during the Spring semester of their sophomore year and receive guidelines and instructions for the application process. It is highly recommended that applications be completed and submitted to Schools of Clinical Laboratory Science no later than mid-semester of the junior year.

Each affiliating school of clinical laboratory science selects its own start date, which typically ranges from early July to late August.

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Information for Students in Their Clinical Year

Important Things to Remember

  • Registration materials will be forwarded to you either at your home address or to the Clinical Laboratory Science program director in October of your clinical year experience so that you may register for the Spring semester courses.
  • Students pay an administrative fee and a registration fee per semester to IUP. All other fees are paid directly to the clinical site. All financial aid forms should indicate IUP as your school or institution. Do not indicate your clinical location.
  • Students can apply for summer financial aid only once during this twelve-month clinical experience—either the summer at the beginning of the clinical experience or the summer at the completion of the clinical experience. The date your clinical experience begins and ends usually determines which summer is appropriate for financial aid application.
  • Grades for the clinical courses are posted at the completion of the clinical experience. L grades (Late Designation Conversion) are recorded for each clinical course. Once grades are received by the program director, the L designation is converted to IUP letter grades. Each affiliating school has its own listing of courses with specific course names and credit allocation. A course equivalency chart has been developed between each affiliating clinical site and IUP. This chart is used to convert courses and grades from the affiliating school to IUP course grades.

Minor information

Information and the appropriate applications to apply for minors in Chemistry and/or Biology are forwarded to you for completion in March or April of your clinical year experience.

Graduation

Clinical laboratory science students graduate from IUP in August of the year their clinical experience is completed. The graduation application may be completed online. Applications for August graduates are due by April 1 of the graduation year. Students must apply for graduation regardless of their plans to participate in the IUP Commencement ceremony.

Students will be invited to participate in the university’s Commencement ceremony scheduled in December of their graduation year. Students have an option to attend the university’s May Commencement ceremony. Details about Commencement may be found at the Commencement website. Regardless of which ceremony is attended, students will officially be August IUP graduates.

Board of Registry

Students are able to take the Board of Registry examination immediately upon completion of all academic coursework and the clinical year. Scores are available from the Board of Registry within a few days of the examination date. Students who elect to take the test before the August transcript is available may have to wait for their scores until a final transcript with date of graduation can be submitted. The following procedure has been implemented at IUP to assist clinical laboratory science students in obtaining test results in a timely fashion.

  1. While at the clinical year experience, IUP students receive a letter from the allied health coordinator requesting completion of the Student Information section of an enclosed Transcript Request Form. The form is to be completed as directed and returned to Sherry Kelly, 244 Johnson Hall, 1010 Oakland Avenue, IUP, Indiana, PA 15705.
  2. The office will forward the clinical laboratory science grades to the Registrar’s Office for posting to your official IUP transcript as soon as they are received from the program director.
  3. Once the grades are posted, the Allied Health Professions Office will forward to the IUP Registrar’s Office the transcript form and a letter signed by the dean of the College of Health and Human Services verifying that you have completed all degree requirements and will graduate from IUP on a specific date in August.
  4. The Registrar’s Office will send the transcript with the dean’s letter directly to the Board of Registry.
  5. The Board of Registry will release your scores upon receipt of these two official documents from IUP, usually within two weeks.
  6. The Registrar’s Office will mail your diploma to the address listed on your graduation application within four to six weeks after the date of graduation.

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  • Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department
  • Johnson Hall, Room 210
    1010 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2557
  • Allied Health Programs: 724-357-7647
  • Graduate Nursing (MS): 724-357-7647
  • PhD Nursing: 724-357-3269
  • Fax: 724-357-3267