In today's job market, health science professionals are in high demand. In LHU's widely recognized degree program, you will not only experience intense classroom instruction, but also have the opportunity to experience real life situations during your clinical/ practicum cycle. Regardless of which track you select, this hands-on learning is invaluable to your future success.
Typically, our program is a foundation for your continued graduate studies, where students enter any one of a variety of allied health fields after graduation. The pre-physical therapy and pre- physician assistant tracks each have accelerated graduate degree options.
Community Health Track
This program emphasizes health promotion and education for a variety of different situations and settings. You will be prepared as a health educator in hospitals, clinics, government, or other health care settings to perform health education needs assessment; plan, implement, and evaluate health education programs; coordinate health education services and programs; communicate health information and program information;and serve as a resource person in a variety of community settings.
You will develop professional skills in areas such as nutrition, physical activity, stress management, consumer health, substance abuse prevention, and women's health.
As a graduate of this program, you will also be qualified to sit for the national examination leading to certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Graduates have been hired by State Departments of Health, health care systems and clinics, American Cancer, Lung, & Heart Associations, drug and alcohol prevention agencies and organizations, county health coalitions, work-site wellness facilities, and correction facilities throughout the country. You may also decide to go on to a graduate degree in areas such as public health or epidemiology. This track is approved by the SOPHE/AAHE Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee.
Few academic program majors offer such diverse opportunities after graduation as the Pre- Professional option. This track will prepare you particularly for entrance into graduate school for an advanced degree in many areas such as medicine, chiropractics, exercise physiology, pharmacy, and cardiac rehabilitation. It also provides preparation for employment in health related fields such as sales within the pharmaceutical or surgical/medical equipment industries.
You and your advisor will develop an individualized plan of study focused upon your specific goals and professional aspirations. Additional courses required to meet graduate program entry requirements are chosen as electives. Field experience and internships related to your intended career, such as working in local clinics or observing surgery at a local hospital, will give you valuable hands-on experience that further prepares you for graduate study. This is an excellent option if you are undecided about a specific career path.
Upon completion of the program, you may be eligible to take different health and fitness certification examinations offered by several professional organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Pre-Physical Therapy Track
With an aging population here in Pennsylvania and in the entire country, the need for physical therapists is expected to continue to grow through 2016.
Completion of this preparatory program will qualify you to apply for graduate study towards a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and then for eventual employment in a variety of settings, including hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, and school districts.
The majority of graduate level Physical Therapy Education Programs are now offering the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), an entry-level clinical doctorate degree. Typically, students can complete the degree at LHU in four years with an additional three years required for the Physical Therapy degree.
Pre-Physician Assistant Track
In this track, you will complete four years in courses necessary for admission into graduate school for a physician assistant master's degree program. A wide breadth and depth of coursework is required. One of the primary advantages in LHU's Health Science program is the focus on the human body which will prepare you very well for advanced study. You may apply to Lock Haven University's master's program or programs offered at other universities.
Physician Assistant is a career that is expected to grow through 2016 due to concentration on cost containment in health care. It is a challenging and rewarding career choice for individuals who want to make a positive impact on the health of Americans.
"3+3" Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Program
Entrance into this program is highly competitive and by invitation only. Applicants are carefully screened by the LHU Admissions Department to ensure that they have the track record of academic ability and achievement to be able to succeed in this very concentrated, rigorous and demanding academic and professional program.
If you are accepted into this program, after a compressed schedule of undergraduate classes you will be able to transition directly into a Doctor of Physical Therapy program at one of several graduate schools at the end of your junior (third) year. You will then continue the next three years toward your doctorate. The program is a total of six years - three at LHU and three at a graduate school. All students who apply to the health science major and indicate interest in the pre-physical therapy track are screened for this program.
"3+2" B.S. / M.H.S. Health Science/ Physician Assistant Studies
If you are accepted into this program, after a compressed schedule of three years of undergraduate classes you will be able to transition directly into the Master of Physician Assistant program at Lock Haven University and complete two years of coursework. To maintain the 3+2 program status, you are required to maintain a 3.2 GPA and attain a 'B-' or better in all core courses. Additionally, you must achieve a minimum score of 1000 combined verbal and quantitative portions and 4 out of 6 on the writing evaluation of the Graduate Record Exam for admission into the Master's of Physician Assistant Studies. You will be eligible for graduation with a B.S. in Health Science upon completion of the two semesters of the first year of the graduate program.
The 3+2 program is highly competitive. For full consideration, students must apply and be accepted by November 1st. Applicants are carefully screened by the LHU Admissions Department to ensure that they have the track record of academic ability and achievement to be able to succeed in this very concentrated, rigorous and demanding academic and professional program.
This program does not affect the admissions process for the traditional students who complete the four- year B.S. degree in the Pre-Physician Assistant Track and seek admission to the graduate program.
Applied Health Studies Track
This track is a degree completion program if you are already certified, licensed or registered in a healthcare profession. These include medical radiography, occupational therapy assistant, surgical technology, and other certified healthcare programs. You must have graduated from an accredited healthcare program and have earned your associate's degree in order to continue in this program for your bachelor's degree.
This program will enable you to build on your current knowledge and skills to prepare you for positions of leadership. You will have a more marketable, multi- skilled background in healthcare.
You will complete the general education requirements as well as a core of courses that are specific to healthcare, ethics, and public policy. You will also earn a minor in a specialized area of interest such as communications, business and leadership studies.
Internships, required by each track, will provide learning in real-life situations and valuable experience for future employment. Recent internships have included Geisinger Medical Center, U.S. Penitentiary at Allenwood, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Shriners Hospital for Children, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the New England Patriots, and the Olympic Training Center.