Biology - Clinical Sciences Concentration
The Clinical Sciences concentration enables students interested in medical technology, histotechnology, cytotechnology or respiratory therapy to include their clinical training as part of their BS in biology requirements.
Clinical Sciences Concentration at Ship
Students in this concentration may enter a clinical program in medical technology (a.k.a.: medical laboratory science), histotechnology, cytotechnology, or respiratory therapy after their junior year and then, following successful completion of their clinical education, transfer credits from the clinical program back to Shippensburg University (SU) in order to earn their Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Professional accrediting agencies for the respective programs require that clinical certification in these disciplines include a baccalaureate degree. This requirement for clinical certification makes medical technology, histotechnology, cytotechnology, and respiratory therapy ideal for inclusion in a “3+1” type of undergraduate curriculum (three years at SU, one year of clinical education). Certification for the clinical discipline is earned through the successful passing of a national certification exam following completion of the undergraduate degree and the formal clinical education program.
Class sizes are small at Ship, often allowing professors to provide students with individual attention. Laboratory sessions for biology classes usually have from fourteen to twenty-two students per session. University professors, not graduate students, teach lectures and laboratories. The close formal and informal association Shippensburg University maintains with clinical sites ensures proper guidance of students through the Shippensburg curriculum. Our students have a proven record of success in the clinical programs over many years. The university has been recognized nationally as one of the top regional universities.
Admission and Degree Requirements
All biology majors must complete courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and math. In addition to the core science requirements, upper-division courses will be required to meet professional program prerequisites and to help prepare you for the professional education. For example, students preparing for medical technology will include upper-level courses in Pathogenic Microbiology, Immunology, and Hematology. Those preparing for respiratory therapy, histotechnology and cytotechnology will include Human Anatomy in their junior year electives in addition to Molecular Biology (for cytotechnology) and Histology (for histotechnology).
Formal affiliation agreements and informal associations exist with several clinical sites:
- Medical Technology — Altoona Hospital, Augusta Health (Fishersville, VA), Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Memorial Medical Center (Johnstown), Reading Medical Center, Saint Vincent Medical Center (Erie), Williamsport Hospital, and York Hospital all serve as formal affiliate hospital sites for Shippensburg University’s students to complete their education in medical technology.
- Histotechnology — Only two educational sites exist in Pennsylvania for histotechnology. Shippensburg University is affiliated with Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (Johnstown) and Magee Women’s Hospital (Pittsburgh) for clinical training in this discipline.
- Cytotechnology — Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia) is a current Shippensburg affiliate that offers a program in cytotechnology. Additionally, Magee Women’s Hospital (Pittsburgh) serves as another site.
- Respiratory Therapy — An articulation between Millersville University and Shippensburg University enables Ship’s students to complete their clinical education in Millersville’s program with Lancaster Regional Medical Center serving as the host medical facility.
Careers in Biology Clinical Science
Completing clinical studies within a four-year degree permits entry into the job market immediately upon graduation. Clinical program graduates will find jobs are readily available with starting salaries in the $45-$50K range in most regions of Pennsylvania and surrounding states.