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Allied Health, BS

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Allied health professions are health care professions that are separate from nursing, medicine, and pharmacy. Individuals in allied health careers provide a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct patient care and support services that are critical to the other health professionals they work with and the patients they serve. The overall employment outlook for individuals with allied health certifications varies but is projected to be good to excellent by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BS Allied Health degree involves completing required course work at Roosevelt University followed by clinical training at the appropriate affiliate clinical site. A separate application to the clinical training program is required and acceptance is not guaranteed. The Roosevelt University Allied Health program offers five concentrations with clinical training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital [Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Histotechnology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiography, and Radiation Therapy Technology] and one concentration with clinical training at NorthShore Health Systems, Evanston [Medical Technology].

Standards

Courses taken for the major must be taken on a letter grade basis. A grade of C- is the minimal acceptable grade for a course to be applied to the major, or to be acceptable as a prerequisite for subsequent courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all courses in the major. However, it is important to note that the clinical affiliates have their own GPA requirements and may not accept grades of C- for certain required pre-requisite courses. Each of the Allied Health concentrations has its own pre-requisite courses and requirements. This major requires students to complete course work at Roosevelt University before applying to the clinical affiliate. Students are not guaranteed admission into the clinical training portion of the degree. Please make certain you are fully aware of each concentration’s specific acceptance requirements. Students interested in allied health careers should seek early guidance from the Allied Health advisor.

Regulations for Allied Health Majors

Students must take a minimum of their last 30 credit hours at Roosevelt University; off-site allied health courses count toward this requirement.

At least 20 semester hours in acceptable biology, chemistry, or physics courses must be taken at Roosevelt University; not more than 15 semester hours of acceptable biology courses may be transferred to Roosevelt University and applied toward the BS in Allied Health.

Once enrolled in the program, completion of all remaining biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics course requirements for the BS in Allied Health must be accomplished at Roosevelt University. Under special circumstances, written permission to take required courses elsewhere may be granted by an Allied Health advisor.

Courses in biology must have been taken within the past eight years to be accepted for graduation.

No more than four semester hours total of independent study (BIOL/BCHM/CHEM/PHYS 395) and independent research (BIOL /BCHM/CHEM/PHYS 392) in may be used to fulfill the requirements of the major.

AP biology credit with a score of 3.0 or higher may apply toward the major in Allied Health or the general education requirement after consultation with an advisor.

Concentration in Medical Technology

Medical technologists perform a variety of tests on blood, tissues, and body fluids using the techniques of hematology, microbiology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry, and urinalysis. They work in conjunction with pathologists, physicians, or scientists in hospital laboratories.

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASPC) certified Medical Laboratory Technicians or students with ASCP-approved equivalent training may be eligible for advanced standing and allowed to complete the BS in Allied Health. Contact an advisor in the Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences for details and advising as soon as possible. This is a 3+1 program where the first three years of course work is completed at Roosevelt University with the final year completed at the clinical affiliate site.

Admission

Admission to the clinical training program is at the discretion of the clinical affiliate, NorthShore University Health System Evanston. Students are not guaranteed admission. The minimum GPA for application to this program is a 2.8 overall GPA and a 2.8 science and math GPA. Students in clinical training are registered through Roosevelt University and pay Roosevelt University tuition. There is no additional tuition charge for the clinical portion of the program.

Requirements

Medical technology students complete a minimum of 88 semester hours of academic course work at Roosevelt University, including the University Writing Requirement and the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements, in addition to the Medical Technology concentration requirements outlined below. The last 32 semester hours are completed in a one-year, full-time, daytime clinical training program at the NorthShore University Health System Evanston. Upon successful completion of the clinical program, students receive the Certificate in Medical Technology from the hospital, a BS in Allied Health from Roosevelt University, and are eligible to sit for the ASCP certification examination.

  BIOL 201 Organismic Biology .....5
  BIOL 301 Cellular and Molecular Biology .....5
  BIOL 360 Microbiology .....5
  BIOL 367 Immunology .....5
  CHEM 201 General Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 202 General Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II .....5
  MATH 121 College Algebra .....3
  MATH 217 Elementary Statistics .....3

Clinical Courses in Medical Technology

  ALH 320 Clinical Hematology/ Coagulation .....5
  ALH 321 Clinical Microbiology - Virology .....2
  ALH 322 Clinical Chemistry .....5
  ALH 323 Clinical Immunology and Serology .....5
  ALH 324 Clinical Immunohematology .....3
  ALH 326 Clinical Microbiology - Parasitology .....3
  ALH 327 Phlebotomy .....1
  ALH 328 Clinical Microbiology - Mycology .....3
  ALH 329 Management and Education .....2

Total: including general education requirements, the University Writing Requirement, and electives

  .....120

Concentration in Radiography

Radiology Technologists are involved in direct patient care. Radiographers position imaging equipment and adjust controls to produce diagnostic quality images and assist radiologists in performing specialized imaging procedures. Radiographers work in a variety of settings including hospitals, diagnostic centers, doctor's offices, clinics and orthopedic practices. Certified Radiology Technologists may go on to be trained in other advanced imaging techniques, including Computed Axial Tomography (CAT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Positron Emission Tomography (PET), mammography, and interventional radiography. Advanced career options in education, administration and research are also possible. Contact an advisor in the Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences for details and advising as soon as possible. This is a 2+2 program where the first two years of course work is completed at Roosevelt University with the final two years completed at the clinical affiliate site.

Admission

Admission to clinical training is at the discretion of the clinical affiliate, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Students are not guaranteed admission. The minimum GPA for application for this program is a 2.5 GPA overall and a 2.5 GPA in the pre-requisite courses. Students in clinical training are registered through Roosevelt University and pay Roosevelt University tuition. There is no additional tuition charge for the clinical portion of the program.

Requirements

Radiography students complete a minimum of 72 semester hours of academic work at Roosevelt University, including the University Writing Requirement and the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements, in addition to the Radiography concentration requirements outlined below. They complete their last 48 semester hours in a 21-month, full-time, daytime clinical training program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Upon successful completion of the clinical program, students receive a Certificate in Radiography from the hospital, a BS in Allied Health from Roosevelt University, and eligibility to sit for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (AART) certification examination.

  BIOL 121 Anatomy .....4
  BIOL 122 Physiology .....4
  BIOL 202 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics .....5
  BIOL 301 Cellular and Molecular Biology .....5
  CHEM 201 General Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 202 General Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I .....3
  MATH 121 College Algebra .....3
  MATH 217 Elementary Statistics .....3
  SPCH 101 Public Speaking .....3

Clinical Courses for Radiography

  ALH  387 ARRT Review .....3
  ALH 251 Introduction to Radiology and Medical Imaging .....3
  ALH 251 Radiographic Procedures I .....3
  ALH 253 Patient Care in Medical Imaging .....3
  ALH 254 Radiography Clinical I .....3
  ALH 254 Radiography Clinical I .....3
  ALH 255 Fluoroscope Procedures I .....1
  ALH 261 Fluoroscope Procedures II .....1
  ALH 262 Medical Law and Ethics .....1
  ALH 263 Medical Terminology for Medical Imaging .....1
  ALH 264 Imaging Principles I .....2
  ALH 265 Introduction to Computers .....1
  ALH 266 Radiographic Procedures II .....3
  ALH 267 Radiographic Clinical II .....3
  ALH 380 Radiation Physics .....3
  ALH 381 Operational Issues in Healthcare Environment .....1
  ALH 382 Imaging Principles II .....3
  ALH 383 Radiographic Procedures III .....3
  ALH 384 Imaging Modalities and Equipment .....2
  ALH 385 Radiation Biology and Protection .....3
  ALH 386 Introduction to CT and Cross-Sectional Anatomy .....3
  ALH 388 Radiographic Clinical III .....4

Total: including general education requirements, the University Writing Requirement, and electives

  .....120

Concentration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technologists are involved in direct patient care. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers use high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues and blood flow inside the body.

Sonographers work closely with physicians by providing diagnostic images and a summary of technical findings to aid in reaching a medical diagnosis. This is a non-radiation modality, and it may be used on any patient, from unborn babies to the elderly. Sonographers may work in a hospital, a clinic, a physician's office, education, sales or as an applications specialist. Students interested in allied health careers should seek early guidance from the Allied Health advisor. Contact an advisor in the Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences for details and advising as soon as possible. This is a 3+1.5 program where the first three years of course work is completed at Roosevelt University with the final year and a half completed at the clinical affiliate site.

Admission

Admission to clinical training is at the discretion of the clinical affiliate, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Students are not guaranteed admission. The minimum GPA for application for this program is a 2.5 GPA overall and a 2.5 GPA in the pre-requisite courses. Students in clinical training are registered through Roosevelt University and pay Roosevelt University tuition. There is no additional tuition charge for the clinical portion of the program.

Prerequisites

Clinical courses are subject to satisfactory completion of pre-clinical course work and admission to a clinical program.

Requirements

Diagnostic Medical Sonography students complete a minimum of 73 semester hours of academic work at Roosevelt University, including the University Writing Requirement and the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements, in addition to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography concentration requirements outlined below. They complete their last 47 semester hours in a 18-month, full-time, daytime clinical training program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a certificate of program completion for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) and will be eligible to be certified through examination by the national certifying agency, the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Graduates of the school may also take the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen and OB/GYN examinations. Students will also earn a BS in Allied Health from Roosevelt University.

  BIOL 119 Medical Terminology .....2
  BIOL 121 Anatomy .....4
  BIOL 122 Physiology .....4
  BIOL 202 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics .....5
  BIOL 301 Cellular and Molecular Biology .....5
  CHEM 201 General Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 202 General Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I .....5
  MATH 121 College Algebra .....3
  MATH 122 Precalculus .....3
  MATH 217 Introduction to Probability and Statistics .....3
  PHYS 201 Physics I: Mechanics and Heat with lab .....4
  PHYS 202 Physics II: Electromagnetism with lab .....4

Clinical Courses for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

  Abdomen Pathology .....3
  Abdomen Sonography with lab .....4
  Clinical Education I .....2
  Clinical Education II .....3
  Clinical Education III .....3
  Clinical Education IV with Specialties .....4
  Fundamentals of Sonography .....3
  Introduction to Pediatrics and Vascular Imaging with lab .....1
  Management & Methods of Patient Care .....1
  OB-GYN Pathology .....4
  OB-GYN Pathology .....4
  Pathophysiology .....2
  Physics I .....3
  Physics II with Doppler .....3
  Registry Review .....2
  Sectional Anatomy .....2
  Specialty Sonography .....2
  Ultrasound Image Critique .....1

Total: generation education requirements, University Writing Requirement and electives

  .....120

Concentration in Nuclear Medicine Technology

Nuclear medicine technologists are involved in direct patient care. Nuclear medicine uniquely provides unique information about the structure and function of virtually every major organ system within the body. It is this ability to characterize and quantify physiologic function at the molecular level, which separates nuclear medicine from other imaging modalities. They work with physicians to administer radioactive nuclides for the diagnosis of disease and to provide therapy. Most nuclear medicine technologists work in hospitals. Contact an advisor in the Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences for details and advising as soon as possible. This is a 3+1 program where the first three years of course work is completed at Roosevelt University with the final year completed at the clinical affiliate site.

Admission

Admission to clinical training is at the discretion of the hospital. Students are not guaranteed admission. Students in clinical training are registered through Roosevelt University and pay Roosevelt University tuition. There is no additional tuition charge for the clinical portion of the program. Nuclear medicine technologists holding a certificate from an accredited program may be eligible for advanced standing in the BS program and exemption from further clinical training.

Prerequisites

Clinical courses listed below are subject to the satisfactory completion of preclinical course work and admission to a clinical program.

Requirements

Nuclear Medicine Technology students complete 86 semester hours of academic course work including the University Writing Requirement and the Arts and Sciences General Education requirements outlined below. They complete their last 34 semester hours in a one-year, full-time, daytime clinical training program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Upon successful completion of the clinical program, students receive a Certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the hospital, a BS in Allied Health from the University, and eligibility to sit for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Boards examination.

  BIOL 121 Anatomy .....4
  BIOL 122 Physiology .....4
  BIOL 202 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics .....5
  BIOL 301 Cellular and Molecular Biology .....5
  CHEM 201 General Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 202 General Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I .....5
  MATH 121 College Algebra .....3
  MATH 122 Precalculus .....3
  MATH 217 Introduction to Probability and Statistics .....3
  PHYS 201 Physics I. Mechanics and Heat with lab .....4
  PHYS 202 Physics II. Electromagnetism with lab .....4

Clinical Courses in Nuclear Medicine Technology, year 4, semester 1

  ALH 340 Management and Methods of Patient Care .....2
  ALH 344 Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging Practicum I .....3
  ALH 345 Radiation Safety and Protection .....3
  ALH 347 Clinical Correlation-Pathology .....2
  ALH 349 Clinical Nuclear Imaging Procedures .....3
  ALH 350 Radiation Physics and Instrumentation .....3

Clinical Courses in Nuclear Medicine Technology, year 4, semester 2

  ALH 302 Medical Terminology .....1
  ALH 341 Radiation Biology .....1
  ALH 342 Radiation Detection and Instrumentation .....3
  ALH 346 Radionuclide Chemistry and Radiopharmacy .....3
  ALH 348 Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging Practicum II .....4
  ALH 370 Computed Tomography and Cross-Sectional Anatomy .....2
  ALH 371 Clinical Medicine Procedures II .....3
  ALH 372 Management and Methods of Patient Care II .....1

Total: including general education requirements, the University Writing Requirement, and electives

  .....120

Concentration in Radiation Therapy Technology

Radiation Therapy Technologists are involved in direct patient care. Under the supervision of radiation oncologists, they use high energy X-rays, electron beams, or radioactive isotopes to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapists must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to terminally ill. Contact an advisor in the Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences for details and advising as soon as possible. This is a 3+1 program where the first three years of course work is completed at Roosevelt University with the final year completed at the clinical affiliate site.

Admission

Admission to clinical training is at the discretion of the clinical affiliate, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Students are not guaranteed admission. The minimum GPA for application for this program is a 2.5 GPA overall and a 2.5 GPA in the pre-requisite courses. Students in clinical training are registered through Roosevelt University and pay Roosevelt University tuition. There is no additional tuition charge for the clinical portion of the program.

Requirements

Radiation Therapy Technology students complete a minimum of 85 semester hours of academic work at Roosevelt University, including the University Writing Requirement and the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements, in addition to the Radiation Therapy Technology concentration requirements outlined below. They complete their last 35 semester hours in a one-year, full-time, daytime clinical training program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Upon successful completion of the clinical program, students receive a Certificate in Radiation Therapy Technology from the hospital, a BS in Allied Health from Roosevelt University, and eligibility to sit for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (AART) certification examination.

  BIOL 121 Anatomy .....4
  BIOL 122 Physiology .....4
  BIOL 202 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics .....5
  BIOL 301 Cellular and Molecular Biology .....5
  CHEM 201 General Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 202 General Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I .....5
  MATH 121 College Algebra .....3
  MATH 122 Precalculus .....3
  MATH 217 Elementary Statistics .....3
  PHYS 201 Physics I. Mechanics and Heat with lab .....4
  PHYS 202 Physics II: Electromagnetism with lab .....4
  PSYC 285 Research Methods .....3
  SPCH 101 Public Speaking .....3

Clinical Courses for Radiation Therapy Technology

  ALH 313 Patient Care Management I .....2
  ALH 316 Pathology .....2
  ALH 317 Radiation Physics .....2
  ALH 318 Radiation Therapy Physics .....3
  ALH 341 Radiation Biology .....2
  ALH 352 Radiation Safety and Protection .....2
  ALH 353 Medical Imaging and Processing .....2
  ALH 354 Principles and Practice I .....3
  ALH 355 Principles and Practices II .....2
  ALH 357 Clinical Practicum I .....3
  ALH 358 Clinical Practicum II .....4
  ALH 360 Quality Management .....2
  ALH 362 Operational Issues in Radiation Therapy I .....2
  ALH 363 Technical Radiation Therapy I .....2
  ALH 364 Technical Radiation Therapy II .....2

Total: including general education requirements, the University Writing Requirement, and electives

  .....120

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice

  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3

English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)

  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3

Humanities

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding 100, 101 and 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

Mathematics

  MATH 110 Math 110 or above (Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements -- see advisor). .....3

Non-Western requirement

  Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements) .....3

RU mission-related course (minimum grade of C- required)

  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3

Science

  One biological science and one physical science required; at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors) TOTAL: at least 7 science hours .....7-8

Social Sciences

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

Total hours for general education

  .....46

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.