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 sciences.
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 in Clinical Services
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.
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). See the Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.