Health Professional Program Affiliations

The following is a list of affiliations Shippensburg University has with health professional programs. In most agreements, early acceptance is available to qualified students. Accelerated agreements enable motivated students to enter a professional program before they have completed their undergraduate requirements for the baccalaureate degree at Shippensburg. In the “3+” programs, application is made to the professional program in the fall of the student’s junior year of college. If accepted into the program, credits will be transferred back to Shippensburg at the successful completion of the first professional year, thereby substituting for the senior year at Shippensburg and allowing the student to earn the baccalaureate degree in Biology from Shippensburg University.

Students who are interested in pursuing early acceptance options must work closely with the health sciences advisors to ensure the required courses are completed before beginning their professional education. Students should realize these affiliations do NOT prevent them from applying to any other professional school under the normal procedure and we have had students enter a wide variety of schools among the various health science disciplines over recent years.

The numbers in parentheses refer to the number of years at Shippensburg University followed by the number of years at the professional school necessary to obtain the professional degree. All programs are coordinated with the BS in Biology major. Course curriculum details on any program can be obtained from the Biology/Health Sciences website listed at the top of this page or by contacting Dr. David Long, Director of Health Sciences, in the Biology Department.

  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (3+4) - leading to a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O.
  • Salus University - College of Optometry (3+4) - leading to a Doctorate of Optometry, O.D.
  • Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (3+4) - leading to a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine, D.P.M.
  • New York Chiropractic College (3+3) - leading to a Doctorate of Chiropractic, D.C. With the NYCC agreement, students who maintain at least a 3.1 GPA in the Biology major and who have earned at least a C in the prerequisite, non-science courses will automatically matriculate to NYCC.
  • Logan College of Chiropractic (3+3) - leading to a Doctorate of Chiropractic, D.C. With the Logan Chiropractic agreement, students who maintain at least a 3.25 GPA in the Biology major and who have earned at least a C in the prerequisite, non-science courses will automatically matriculate to LCC.
  • Thomas Jefferson University - Jefferson College of Health Professions
  • Nursing
  • Radiologic Sciences - includes radiography, ultrasound, MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, etc.
  • Bioscience Technologies: (three options: 2+2, 3+1, or post-baccalaureate program, 4+1) - includes Medical Technology, Cytotechnology, Biotechnology

Students can pursue a career in medical technology (medical laboratory science) or histotechnology as part of their BS in Biology program (i.e., complete their clinical year during the senior year of college) or by completing the clinical year as a post-baccalaureate option (after graduation). By including their clinical education as part of the undergraduate degree, however, access to undergraduate financial aid remains available. Shippensburg University students have been well prepared for success in their clinical lab science education for over 30 years and we maintain close relationships with all of our affiliate programs.

Shippensburg University is affiliated with several hospitals to which students can apply for the clinical year training.


  • Altoona Hospital (Altoona, PA)
  • Augusta Medical Center (Fishersville, VA)
  • Conemaugh Medical Center (Johnstown, PA)
  • Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (Lancaster, PA)
  • Reading Medical Center (Reading, PA)
  • Rockingham Memorial Hospital (Harrisonburg, VA) 
  • Saint Vincent Medical Center (Erie, PA)
  • Williamsport Hospital (Williamsport, PA)
  • York Hospital (York, PA)


  • Rockingham Memorial Hospital (Harrisonburg, VA)