Why Study Clinical Sciences
The clinical sciences concentration allows you to enter a clinical
program in medical technology, histotechnology, cytotechnology, or
respiratory therapy. In your junior year, after completing three years
of course work at Shippensburg University, you will receive one year of
clinical education at one of our affiliate schools. Once you have
successfully completed your clinical education, you can transfer credits
from the clinical program back to Shippensburg University in order to
earn your Bachelor of Science in Biology. 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.
Why Study Clinical Sciences at Ship
Unlike many larger schools, Ship professors, not graduate students,
teach our biology lectures and laboratories. Class sizes are small, so
you’ll have plenty of opportunities to work closely with faculty.
Laboratory sessions usually have only 14 to 22 students per session. We
maintain close formal and informal relationships with clinical sites to
make sure you receive proper guidance to follow the Shippensburg
curriculum. Our students have a proven record of success in the clinical
programs over many years. Shippensburg has been recognized nationally
as one of the top regional universities where you can study clinical
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.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
Completing the clinical sciences concentration at Shippensburg
University, as part of the four-year degree program in Biology, allows
you to enter the job market immediately after graduation. Clinical
program graduates often find jobs with starting salaries in the $45,000 -
$50,000 range in most regions of Pennsylvania and surrounding states.