Allied Health Sciences Majors

The programs in the Allied Health Sciences at the Florham Campus are designed to provide the broad, intensive, academic, and clinical experiences that undergraduate students need to assume their chosen professions. The core curriculum is designed to meet the professional essentials for state licensing and/or National Registry Examination. The Allied Health programs may be subject to change to ensure that they are continuously in accordance with professional essentials. The programs in Allied Health articulate with the B.S. degree in biology as well as many other disciplines, permitting flexibility in preparation for an advanced professional degree. The curriculum provides a special environment in which students can integrate their academic and professional applied learning with the clinical practicum. It emphasizes the need for sound preparation in the natural and physical sciences, familiarity with the disciplines represented by courses in the liberal arts and use of the latest technological innovations in patient care.

The medical directors and clinical and academic faculties supervise this integration using excellent physical facilities and human resources of the primary teaching hospitals. Selected secondary teaching centers in health care hospitals and community services are utilized for required practicum experiential training and are affiliated by contractual agreement.

All Allied Health majors must complete 96 credits at FDU in their concentration in addition to the clinical courses required by the affiliate institution. Students attending Rutgers School of Health Professions (Rutgers SHP) will be awarded a joint (FDU/ Rutgers SHP) bachelor of science degree after successfully completing their concentration at that institution. Students attending other institutions as part of the Radiologic Technologies program will be awarded a bachelor of science degree from FDU in their appropriate concentration.

Our Allied Health majors are:

  • B.S.A.H.T. Allied Health Technologies, Concentration in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT-certified program)
  • B.S.M.I.S. Medical Imaging Sciences (Joint degree program with Rutgers SHP)
  • B.S.C.L.S. Clinical Laboratory Sciences (Joint degree program with Rutgers SHP)

Undergraduate Admission

Students considering a degree in Allied Health should have a strong interest and proficiency in science and mathematics. The selection of an Allied Health career requires a great deal of introspection on the part of the student. A strong sensitivity to patient care or desire to contribute to diagnostics, willingness to work with the sick and injured, as well as academic ability are necessary. Candidates must be in good health.

For clinical training, students will be required to apply to an approved clinical training program at another institution. Admission into the FDU Allied Health program does not guarantee acceptance into the clinical training program, however agreements with clinical training affiliates provide for a guaranteed interview (provided that students meet all minimum requirements) and ensure that FDU coursework provides the best preparation for students entering the clinical training. The Allied Health advisor will provide assistance for students who are applying to clinical training programs.

Transfer Students

Transfer students or students who are certified or registry approved may receive transfer credits toward their B.S. degrees. Transfer students must make up areas of deficiency. The admissions department will evaluate transcripts and determine which credits may be accepted toward the Allied Health program. Permission to enter the Allied Health program resides with the Allied Health adviser. Students with earned associate degrees from accredited institutions may apply for programs leading to a baccalaureate degree in the sciences, humanities, education or business administration. The credits earned in the associate degree program will be evaluated according to University policy.

Faculty

The academic and clinical faculties, together, have developed innovative and relevant courses critical to the basic principles in all the health fields. The courses are designed to introduce students to professional choices during the initial stages of their formal study. Programs are designed to meet national professional essentials. In order for the program to reflect the needs of consumer education and health care services, consultants in each professional field, together with consumer representatives, provide discussion and feedback on the philosophy and curriculum of the program.

Advising

Allied Health majors are assigned to the Allied Health adviser for advisement. In depth, academic and professional counseling is provided throughout the college experience. Allied Health advising provided while at FDU includes assistance in academic scheduling while at FDU, and guidance during the clinical training program applications.

Career Opportunities

The health care delivery system needs humane, competent health professionals to provide primary and preventive care, as well as to assume professional positions in industry and research. Students interested in upward mobility must think in terms of a baccalaureate degree and/or a double major. The objectives to be considered are sufficient academic and clinical training that would permit students to sit for registry, licensure and/or certification examinations monitored by the national professional societies. The health delivery system represented by hospitals, clinics, institutions, agencies and medical-group practices requires the services of health professionals for extended care. Advanced specialization, teaching credentials, positions in research, industrial sales or marketing provide opportunities for advancement and geographical mobility.