Allied Health Majors

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    Prepare to Work Closely With Physicians Either as a Scientist, Technologist, or Therapist

    There are 5 million allied health professionals in the United States, and the number is growing. Whether your goal is to work as a medical technologist, as a nuclear medicine technologist, or as a respiratory therapist, the need for allied health professionals has never been greater to meet America’s current and future health needs. At IUP, we offer several specific degrees that will prepare you for the path of your choosing in allied health.

    BS in Clinical Laboratory Science

    • Get certified as a clinical laboratory scientist (also known as medical laboratory scientist or medical technologist).
    • Use precision instrumentation to analyze blood, tissue, cells, and other body fluids.
    • Acquire the skills needed to analyze biological specimens in laboratories and provide data analysis and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation.
    • With your degree, work closely with pathologists, other physicians, and other laboratory professionals who specialize in clinical chemistry, microbiology, and other biological sciences.

    BS in Nuclear Medicine Technology 

    • Prepare to work closely with nuclear medicine physicians to perform imaging procedures such as bone scans, PET scans, and nuclear cardiac stress tests.
    • Understand how to educate, support, and work directly with patients during imaging procedures.
    • Learn how to prepare and administer the compounds used in the complex computer imaging studies.

    BS in Respiratory Care

    • Evaluate, treat, and care for people with breathing and other cardiopulmonary disorders.
    • Learn how to work with all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people whose lungs are diseased.
    • Develop the critical thinking skills needed to make complex independent judgments and the technical skill to use sophisticated medical equipment.
    • Understand how to educate patients and families about lung disease so recovery can be maximized.

    BS in Respiratory Care, Certified Respiratory Therapist Track

    • Take advantage of this track if you are a certified respiratory therapist or have an associate’s degree in respiratory care.
    • Enhance your clinical skills.
    • Further develop leadership skills necessary for advancement into positions in management, education, research, marketing, and sales.

    Gerontology Certificate Program

    • Study aging from an interdisciplinary approach.
    • Ideal if you anticipate a career in nursing, psychology, dietetics, or sociology that focuses on aging. 

    Interested in Nursing?

    We offer two nursing degrees, one for first-time students, the other for students who have already completed a practical nursing program.