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Majors

Undergraduate Degrees

The College of Health Professions offers undergraduate degrees in the following areas: Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Disorders, Healthcare Administration, Health Information Management, Nursing, Radiation Therapy, and Respiratory Care. Explore these majors below.

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  • The Profession
    The clinical laboratory scientist, also known as a medical technologist, or medical laboratory scientist, plays a major role in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Clinical laboratory scientists use sophisticated laboratory instruments to perform tests in microbiology, immunology, immunohematology, hematology, and clinical chemistry.

    Careers
    The clinical laboratory scientist has a broad background in the sciences and may find employment in hospital and clinic laboratories, public health laboratories, and research laboratories. With experience, the clinical laboratory scientist becomes an indispensable top level laboratory worker, a supervisor, a specialist, a researcher, or an educator. These professionals provide critical, lifesaving data to physicians and other members of the healthcare team to provide accurate diagnosis, treatment, and prevention for one’s health.

    Admission Requirements

    The Hidden Profession that Saves Lives

    What is a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

    Student Admission Profile

    *For more information, see the Clinical Laboratory Science website.

  • The Profession
    Speech-language pathologists, also known as speech therapists, are healthcare professionals who are trained to evaluate and treat children and adults with speech, hearing, language and swallowing problems.

    Careers
    Speech pathologists are employed in a variety of settings including: public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, community clinics, colleges and universities, private practice, health departments, home care, adult day care centers, and research laboratories.

    Admission Requirements

    Student Admission Profile

    *For more information, see the Communication Disorders website.

  • The Profession
    Healthcare administration is the study of management theory, practice, skills, and attitudes applied to healthcare organizations. Unique characteristics of healthcare organizations include medical staffs, third party payers, and trusting customers. Healthcare administrators manage employees, prepare and maintain budgets, procure resources and perform other administrative functions so that the clinical professionals can provide their services.

    Careers
    The Healthcare Administration major prepares graduates to assume entry to mid/level management positions in a variety of settings. These settings include health maintenance organizations (HMO's), physician group practice, hospitals, insurance companies, clinics, and medical offices.

    Admission Requirements

    *For more information, see the Healthcare Administration website.

  • The Profession
    Health Information Management improves the quality of health care by insuring that the best information is available to make any healthcare decision. HIM professionals manage healthcare data and information resources. The profession encompasses services in planning, collecting, aggregating, analyzing, and disseminating individual patient and aggregate clinical data. It serves the healthcare industry including: patient care organizations, payers, research and policy agencies, and other healthcare related industries.

    Careers
    Projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be one of the 15 fastest growing occupations in the United States, health information management (HIM) is an excellent career choice for the person who is seeking a healthcare profession that combines interest in computer sciences, business, management, legal procedures, and healthcare research. HIM professionals play a key role in making the healthcare system work. They perform the data collection and analysis that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals need to provide quality patient care.

    More than half of new HIM graduates with a bachelor's degree start with salaries in the $30,000 to $50,000 ranges. In five years, many of these graduates are earning up to $75,000. These professionals work in a broad range of settings that span the continuum of healthcare, including office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. The growth of managed care has created additional job opportunities in HMOs, PPOs, and insurance companies.

    Admission Requirements

    Student Admission Profile

    *For more information, see the Health Information Management website.

  • The Profession
    The St. David's School of Nursing prepares graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLE-RN) and to meet the minimum competencies for beginning practice as a Registered Nurse.

    Registered Nurses (RNs) observe patients to assess symptoms, reactions to treatment, and progress. They administer medications, perform therapeutic procedures, and instruct patients and their families in proper healthcare practices. RNs supervise licensed vocational nurses, nursing assistants, patient care assistants, and home health aides. Working in collaboration with physicians and other members of the healthcare team, RNs develop and implement a plan of care to help the patient achieve optimal health.
    Texas H.O.T. Jobs. (2009). Registered Nurse. Retrieved from http://www.texashotjobs.org/12C08.aspx

    Careers
    Registered Nurses have many options in work settings. They can work in hospitals, physician offices or clinics, home healthcare, correctional institutions, and schools. In hospitals and clinics, nurses often can choose specific patient groups or kinds of nursing care for their day-to-day work: pediatrics or geriatrics, women’s health, labor and delivery, cancer, surgical, intensive care or emergency are just a few of the options.
    Texas H.O.T. Jobs. (2009). Registered Nurse. Retrieved from http://www.texashotjobs.org/12C08.aspx

    Admission Requirements

    Student Admission Profile

    *For more information, see the St. David's School of Nursing website.

  • The Profession
    The radiation therapist is a key member of the professional team which uses various forms of radiation to treat cancer patients. The practice of radiation therapy is performed by competent radiation therapists who deliver care to the patient in the therapeutic setting and are responsible for the simulation, treatment planning and administration of a prescribed course of radiation therapy to diminish or eradicate malignant disease. Radiation therapists assume direct responsibility for the well-being of the patient. Because of sustained contact patients, the radiation therapist has considerable responsibility in patient care, dietary counseling and treatment evaluation. The radiation therapist must also appreciate the significant psychological impact that cancer has on patients and their families.

    Careers
    Radiation Therapy Technologists (RTTs) commonly work in hospitals, cancer treatment centers, and private offices.

    Admission Requirements & Student Admission Profile

    *For more information, see the Radiation Therapy website.

  • The Profession
    Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, are skilled in assessing patients with breathing disorders in the emergency room, intensive care units, and many other areas in healthcare facilities. Respiratory therapists work directly with physicians on newborn, pediatric or adult patients to analyze oxygen levels and breathing difficulty. Therapists have a well-defined scope of practice and are considered specialists in the area of life support equipment and its applications.
     

    Careers
    The BSRC Program at Texas State offers an opportunity to specialize in an area that is of particular interest to the RC student. These areas include acute care, intensive care, pediatrics, neonatology, emergency room care, transplant ICU specialty, home care, extended care, pulmonary rehabilitation, diagnostic testing, research, education and polysomnography (sleep studies). Although each student is trained as a “generalist” in all these areas, the area of special interest can be chosen for a specialization to begin a career in Respiratory Care.

    Since less than 10% of Respiratory Therapists in the US have a bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Care, the BSRC graduate has a tremendous advantage in the workforce in competing for job opportunities and promotions. Many Texas State RC graduates find themselves quickly moving up the management ranks due to their degree and specialty training.

    Admission Requirements

    Life And Breath / Respiratory Care Overview Video

    Student Admission Profile

    *For more information, see the Respiratory Care website.


For more information about these programs, please see the College of Health Professions in the Undergraduate Catalog found below.

Undergraduate Catalog