Careers in Health Science

There are many careers to choose from within the health professions. Here is a list of some health science programs and the amount of education required.

Search the web to find key information about job responsibilities, education, and locations of professional programs. Also schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. David Long, Director of Health Sciences in the Biology Department, to discuss your specific plans and educational opportunities.

Students spend 2-3 years doing course work at Ship, and then 2-3 years at another institution. Thomas Jefferson University offers several options for students looking to start a career in one of the following fields:

  • Nursing
  • Diagnostic Imaging (x-ray, ultrasound)
  • Clinical Lab Sciences (cytotechnology, biotechnology)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical Dietetics/Nutrition
  • Mortuary Science
  • Health Information Management

Students complete 4 years of course work at Ship, and then 1 year at another institution. Programs include:

  • Medical Technology (aka: Medical Laboratory Science)
  • Cytotechnology
  • Histotechnology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Nursing (accelerated 2nd degree BSN)
  • Diagnostic Imaging (e.g., sonography, radiography)
  • Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

Students complete 4 years of course work at Ship, then 2 years at another institution. Most of these programs will require Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores as part of the application:

  • Physician Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy (entry-level masters)
  • Nursing (entry-level masters)
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Pathologist Assistant
  • Speech/Language Pathology
  • Acupuncture/Herbal Medicine
  • Laboratory Animal Science
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • Orientation & Mobility Therapy
  • Biological & Medical Illustration
  • Family Therapy
  • Gerontology
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health Care Education Technology
  • Health Care Management & Supervision
  • Health Information Systems
  • Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Therapy & Exercise Science
  • Anesthetist Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy (entry-level masters)
  • Nursing (entry-level masters)
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Pathologist Assistant
  • Speech/Language Pathology
  • Acupuncture/Herbal Medicine
  • Laboratory Animal Science
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • Orientation & Mobility Therapy
  • Biological & Medical Illustration
  • Family Therapy
  • Gerontology
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health Care Education Technology
  • Health Care Management & Supervision
  • Health Information Systems
  • Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Therapy & Exercise Science
  • Anesthetist Assistant
  • Public Health Administration
    • Epidemiology
    • Biostatistics
    • Health Service Administration
    • Behavioral Sciences (Health Education)
    • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Creative Arts in Therapy
    • Art Therapy
    • Music Therapy
    • Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Biomedical Science Graduate Programs
    • Clinical Microbiology
    • Microbiology & Immunology
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology
    • Pharmacology
    • Radiation Sciences
    • Toxicology

Students complete 4 years of course work at Ship, and then 3-4 years at another institution.

3-Year Professional Programs

  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Naturopathic Medicine

4-Year Professional Programs

  • Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Allopathic Medicine (M.D.)
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Dentistry
  • Audiology
  • Pharmacy

Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs

  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Molecular Pathology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Radiation Sciences
BS in Biology/Clinical Sciences Concentration (3+1 or 4+1)

Clinical studies in medical technology, histotechnology, cytotechnology or respiratory therapy can be included in the BS in Biology program. Articulations (or close informal associations) exist with several professional sites. General education courses and core coursework in biology, math, chemistry and physics must be completed in the first three years at Shippensburg and, after successful completion of an approved clinical program, credits from the professional program will transfer back to Shippensburg to complete requirements for the BS in Biology degree. Alternatively, the undergraduate program can be expanded to five years, with the 5th year being the clinical year.

Medical Technology (aka: Medical Laboratory Science)
  • Altoona Hospital (Altoona, PA)
  • Augusta Medical Center (Fishersville, VA)
  • Conemaugh Medical Center (Johnstown, PA)
  • Lancaster College of Nursing and Health Science (Lancaster, PA)
  • Reading Medical Center (Reading, PA)
  • St. Vincent Medical Center (Erie, PA)
  • Williamsport Hospital (Williamsport, PA)
  • York Hospital (York, PA)
Histotechnology
  • Conemaugh Medical Center (Johnstown, PA)
  • Magee Women's Hopital (Pittsburgh, PA (non-affiliate program)
Cytotechnology
  • Thomas Jefferson University College of Health Professions (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Magee Women's Hopital (Pittsburgh, PA (non-affiliate program)
Respiratory Therapy
  • Lancaster College of Nursing and Health Science - if affiliation with Millersville University (Lancaster, PA)

In these programs, the B.S. in Biology is conferred to the student after successful completion of their first professional year. Specific course work is required during the three years at Shippensburg University, so early planning with your advisor is essential if you are interested in these opportunities.

  • New York Chiropractic College (3+3)
  • Logan College of Chiropractic (3+3)
  • Temple University School of Dentistry (3+3)
  • Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (3+4)
  • Salus University College of Optometry (3+4)
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (3+4)

See Affilations for more details.