College of Health Sciences and Technology
Educating the next generation of health care providers is a formidable task, given the enormous potential for technology to aid the health care industry. The College of Health Sciences and Technology is up to the challenge, providing you with the skills you will need to manage and lead in the important and growing convergence of medicine and technology.
The College of Health Sciences and Technology responds to the growing need for well-educated professionals in the health care field. Programs center on patient care, innovation in the advancement of clinical practices, and cutting-edge research that will guide the changing health care delivery system.
Interdisciplinary approach to learning
Through its majors, the college provides a focused, interdisciplinary approach to health care education. Clinically related and research-based programs meet both the present and future needs of the health care system.
Through the RIT-RRHS Alliance—the university’s partnership with the Rochester Regional Health System—students gain advanced knowledge in the theoretical science and practical application of experiential learning environments. These experiences prepare students to serve as practitioners, scientists, and leaders through their contribution to, and provision of, high-quality patient care, health care service, and/or applied biomedical research.
The College of Health Sciences and Technology is part of the larger Institute of Health Sciences and Technology. In addition to the college, the institute includes the Health Sciences Research Center and the Health Sciences Outreach Center. These three entities serve to educate future health care professionals, meet workforce and community needs, and apply innovative technologies in health care delivery. The research center’s focus—on infectious disease and immunology, cancer, cancer vaccines and blood disorders, cardiovascular disease, health systems engineering, biotechnology, bioengineering, imaging science, computing and information science, deaf technologies, and medical devices—means students can complete internships, co-ops, and research opportunities in a health care setting where they will gain valuable hands-on experience. The outreach center will partner with regional workforce development agencies to develop and support community health initiatives.
All of the college’s majors build on a foundation of liberal arts and basic sciences, producing students who are well rounded and ready to take on the challenges of the health care industry.
The biomedical sciences major is designed to prepare students for advanced study in medical, dental, or graduate schools as they pursue careers in health care or biomedical research. A diverse curriculum and applied research opportunities prepare students for the demands of graduate study. Courses and concentration options within biomedical sciences are designed to attract students interested in the broad spectrum of medically related jobs and to provide a knowledge base and the technical skills required to pursue their chosen careers.
The diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound) major has graduated leaders in the field since its inception. The curriculum combines a strong science education, practical experience, and liberal arts education to prepare you for a career in ultrasound. The program emphasizes skills in administration and research in addition to development of scanning and diagnostic abilities, with a focus on relevancy to clinical practice.
Registered dietitians learn to understand people as individuals, thereby helping their clients solve their nutritional needs. The Dietetics and Nutrition major offers a challenging curriculum that prepares students to become registered dietitians and practice in diverse settings such as private practice; community nutrition and public health; wellness; sports fitness programs; corporations; clinical dietetics, hospital or long-term-care food management facilities; research; food companies; nutrition education; andrestaurant consulting.
The Nutritional Sciences program prepares students to apply to professional programs, such as medical school, enter graduate school for further biomedical studies, or provide nutrition expertise to the general public in a range of diverse settings.
The physician assistant major is a five-year combined BS/MS program. The first two years are considered the “pre-professional” phase; the remaining three years are the “professional” phase and include 12 months of clinical rotation (internship) in the final year. Rotations expose students to distinct areas of medical practice such as family medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics, emergency medicine, geriatrics, psychiatry, and more.