With this education, you can be employed as a radiologic technologist (X-ray technologist) or as a diagnostic medical sonographer (ultrasound technologist). The supportive, nurturing and focused environment makes it an ideal choice for medical imaging sciences. An emphasis on health care programs and vibrant student life opportunities foster students' professional preparation, self-actualization and personal growth.
Careers & Internships
Graduates of Associate of Science in Allied Health program are on the academic path to career advancement. In order to gain the necessary experience in this field, each student must participate in clinical coursework. All clinical coursework is evaluated.
Evaluation of Clinical CourseWork
Credits for completion of clinical coursework will be considered on a case-by-case basis by Clarion's Department of Allied Health and will be based on the following criteria:
- The educational program is for an allied health profession that is recognized by the American Medical Association as a health care profession.
- The allied health educational program from which the applicant has graduated must
meet one or both of the following criteria:
- The educational program must hold accreditation in good standing with a formal national programmatic accrediting agency widely acceptable to the specific allied health profession and formally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
- The educational program must be offered in a post-secondary institution of higher learning that has accreditation in good standing with a regional accreditor formally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education such as the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
- The allied health educational program from which the applicant has graduated must have entailed a minimum of 450 contact hours.
Respiratory Care graduates obtain knowledge and skills for a career in respiratory care.
The 24-month program also requires two semesters of general education coursework, career shadowing and a 14-month clinical program in respiratory care.
Career shadowing appointments are scheduled through Clarion University's Department of Allied Health. Shadowing provides a unique opportunity for prospective students to spend four hours with a respiratory therapist in a hospital environment. Career shadowing assists students in academic and career choices. Schedule a career shadowing appointment by contacting respiratory care secretary, Debra Weaver, at 1-877-VENANGO, Ext. 1250.
Several local and regional health care organizations serve as clinical sites for the respiratory care program. Student preference for a particular clinical site cannot be considered.
The respiratory care program requires a significant amount of travel by students to clinical sites. Reliable transportation is therefore essential. Students are responsible for all expenses related to travel.
Students become eligible to sit for the Written Registry Examination and the Clinical Simulation Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.
Successful completion of the NBRC Written Registry Examination and the Clinical Simulation Examination entitles the graduate to use the credentials, Registered Respiratory Therapist, and to work in a variety of health care settings as an advanced-level respiratory therapist after obtaining state licensure.
Allied Health Leadership
The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Leadership degree is geared toward those who wish to become health care managers. Graduates also are able to assume roles in health services management, health care education and medical sales. Demand for health care managers is expected to increase nationally during the next few years.
Those who would be interested in this degree program include:
- Respiratory therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Medical lab technicians
- Surgical technologists
- Medical office assistants
- Dental professionals