Health and Life Sciences

Today’s health care professionals are required to be knowledgeable in more areas than ever before – they need to be proficient in their chosen field, committed to helping others, and driven to take on the unique challenges facing modern health care delivery. By providing comprehensive instruction, hands-on undergraduate research experiences, and practical clinical and internship placements, you’ll be ready to make a positive impact on patient care, the analysis of health care data, and to improving the health care system.

Biology and computing combine to analyze big data collected by the health industry to discover, diagnose, and treat a wide range of medical conditions.

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The bioinformatics masters combines biotechnology, computer programming, and computational mathematics to prepare you to utilize and create technologies that will discover, treat, and cure a range of medical illnesses.

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Building on recent advances in the molecular, cellular, and ecological disciplines, modern biology offers a rich framework that can launch your career or propel you to graduate school.

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Develop an integrative understanding of the human body as the foundation for hands-on research experience, to pursue medical or dental school, or continue graduate study in a variety of health care fields or research positions in biomedical science.

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Harness technology advancements and biomolecular processes to research and develop technologies in genetics, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and vaccine development, environment and energy, forensic science, genetic counseling, and more to improve human health.

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Examine and identify the body for abnormalities and diseases in real time using skills that can be applied to a number of areas.

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The diagnostic medical sonography certificate is an 18-month program that includes a clinical internship. The program, which focuses on various abdominal, gynecological, obstetrical, and small parts examinations including certain vascular studies, has been formulated to meet and exceed the objectives of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). It is designed to produce competent, compassionate, and responsible ultrasound professionals and leaders. The certificate is available to all registered allied health practitioners as well as to those holding an associate or bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. The certificate includes lectures and course work integrated with a clinical internship. Dependent on the previous degree, certain prerequisite courses may be required prior to enrollment. Required prerequisite courses include a year of anatomy and physiology with laboratories and a year of college or general physics with laboratories. 

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Work with people of all ages, cultures, and economic means to apply nutritional science to help their clients address health, nutritional, and wellness needs.

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The certificate in echocardiography is an 18-month program that includes a clinical internship. The program, which focuses on the evaluation of the heart, its valves and chambers, and associated vessels, has been designed to exceed the objectives of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The program produces competent, compassionate, and responsible echocardiography professionals and leaders. This certificate is available to all registered allied health practitioners as well as those holding an associate or bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. The certificate includes lectures and course work integrated with a clinical internship. Depending on a candidate's previous course work, certain prerequisite courses such as a patient care course may be required prior to or during enrollment in the program. Contact the program director for further information on prerequisite course work and degree options.

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Scientifically address issues of health and fitness, help people recover from the unhealthy effects of a sedentary lifestyle, and focus on training athletes to extend and expand their performance.

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College-level knowledge and professional certification are increasingly required for those who wish to work in the fitness industry, whether full- or part-time, in an athletic club, ski resort, or sports medicine facility. Knowledge of and professional certification in fitness instruction and programming also are of increasing value to allied health professionals who wish to augment their care or practice with the ability to prescribe exercise programs that address special medical needs.

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The AS degree in general science is designed to prepare deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are close to, but not fully ready for, direct entry into a baccalaureate-level program in the sciences. The degree is a pathway for completing the course work taken during the first two years of a BS degree program in the College of Science or the College of Health Sciences and Technology. This AS degree serves as a bridge program for qualified students based on academic transcripts, admission test scores, and other evidence that support a reasonable expectation of success in the baccalaureate program. By combining preparatory studies in math and English with baccalaureate-level science, math, and liberal arts courses, students can qualify to transfer as juniors into a BS program in biochemistry, biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, or environmental science depending on the course work taken for the AS degree. Students acquire the foundational skills necessary for success in the scientific field of their choice as they also develop skills and knowledge in communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and mathematics. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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The advanced certificate in health care finance assists professionals in updating a set of skills or pursuing a career change. The advanced certificate may serve as a stand-alone credential, or, at a later date if a student decides to pursue the MS program in health systems administration, courses may be applied toward the requirements of the MS program. To meet the needs of working professionals, courses are available online.

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The MS degree in health care interpretation is designed to meet the demand for nationally-certified sign language interpreters who wish to work in health care environments.

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This program is only available online.

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Students working on undergraduate degrees in the health sciences or those considering a career within the health care industry, would benefit from an orientation to the industry as a whole. The health systems administration certificate introduces students to the extraordinary complexity of the U.S. health care system while also exposing students to the systems of care in other countries; how health care organizations plan for and deliver effective health care services; how various services are financed as well as other financial management strategies; and how to effectively lead these highly complex, mission-driven organizations that serve people throughout their lives.

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Innovative ways to deliver patient care, gathering and analyzing heath care data, enhancing the patient experience, reducing costs, and improving the health of populations are just a few of the challenges facing health care professionals in an industry that is complex and ever changing.  

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Combining art and science to create anatomical and surgical sketches for instructional illustrations, courtroom exhibitions, computer graphics, and more—all to aid the understanding of medical and health conditions.

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A medical illustrator is a professional artist with advanced education in the life sciences and visual communication. Collaborating with scientists and physicians, medical illustrators transform complex information into visual images that are used in education, research, patient care, public relations, legal cases, and marketing efforts.

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Combining nutrition, biology, chemistry, and behavioral health to design and administer health, nutritional, and wellness programs in industries and settings as diverse as athletics, hospitality, education, and federal nutrition programs.

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Provide diagnostic and therapeutic patient care by eliciting medical histories, conducting physical examinations, diagnosing illnesses, determining treatment, providing medical advice, and much more.

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