Doisy College of Health Sciences
Doisy College of Health Sciences
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Athletic Training focuses on athletic health care such as injury prevention, injury assessment, immediate management of athletic injury, and rehabilitation and sport specific conditioning. In addition to providing patient care, athletic trainers also work as clinical researchers, administrators, faculty members, and/or instructors. SLU offers a Master of Athletic Training (MAT) at the culmination of the 5 year program. At the end of 4 years, the students earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (BSES). Offered only in the fall semester, the Athletic Training department teaches a special section of EDL 101: University 101 to acclimate students to SLU and the major. Additionally, offered only in the spring semester, MAT 100: Intro to Athletic Training is a good overview of this profession.
Clinical laboratory scientists perform tests on blood and other body fluids to determine the presence or absence of disease and to monitor treatment effectiveness. They perform and assure the reliability of tests to provide objective information used in early detection, diagnosis, monitoring, and the effective treatment of disease. The knowledge and skills required of the professional are diverse, involving both scientific detective work and managerial competence. Offered only in the fall semester, CLS 100: Intro to Clinical Laboratory Science is a good overview course for this profession/major.
Health Information Management is a specialized discipline that combines medical science and information technology with legal concepts and business administration. Information drives the health care industry. Whether searching medical databases for the latest treatment, assessing the quality of care provided to patients, managing healthcare costs, or influencing legislative issues, health information management is at the heart of health care.
This degree is designed to help prepare students for positions in post-baccalaureate programs or a professional career across the spectrum of health and health related careers. Graduates will be equipped with a sound scientific foundation in the sciences and will gain a skill set inclusive of creative thinking, problem solving, engagement with society, and a commitment toward advocating for a more humane and just world. This degree is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature and utilizes an integrative curricular approach. In addition to graduate and professional programs, students might seek employment in hospitals, physicians' practices, the insurance industry, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies.
This degree meets the needs of students considering a wide variety of career paths and is designed mainly as a preparatory degree. Students learn the knowledge and skills necessary for the selection and interpretation of laboratory tests used in diagnosis, treatment and disease monitoring. The degree offers a strong base in the sciences, medically related coursework, and includes a specialized area of concentration which is designed to allow students to pursue areas of interest or enhance their candidacy for employment or entrance to a post-baccalaureate program.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging specialty used to visualize detailed internal structures within the human body. MRI provides contrast between the different soft tissues of the body and is especially useful in imaging brain, muscles, heart, and cancer compared with other medical imaging techniques. Unlike traditional X-rays, MRI does not expose patients to ionizing radiation. Magnetic Resonance Imaging tests use special equipment that gives off a constant and powerful magnetic field and radiofrequency energy to create clear pictures of internal body structures. The pictures allow medical professionals to identify where physiological problems occur in the body and thereby assist the healthcare professionals to treat those issues accordingly. Today, magnetic resonance imaging offers procedures that are helpful to a broad span of medical specialties, from pediatrics, to cardiology, to oncology.
Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses safe, painless, and cost effective techniques to image the body and treat disease. Nuclear medicine imaging uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, or radiopharmaceuticals, to diagnose and treat disease. Utilizing specialized gamma or PET cameras, images are produced that provide the necessary data and information needed to make a diagnosis of disease. There are nearly one hundred different nuclear medicine imaging procedures available and include every major organ of the human body.
Registered dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts who apply knowledge of the science of food and nutrition to promote the health of society. The dietetics professional helps consumers sort out the nutritional information they encounter and are trained to provide nutrition-related care, called medical nutrition therapy, to individuals with specific disease states. Through the optional culinary emphasis, this is one of the few programs in which students can choose to complete both the undergraduate requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian and Certified Culinarian. Offered only in the fall semester, DIET 100: Hot Topics in Nutrition is a good overview course for this profession/major.
Occupational therapists work with individuals and their families to improve the quality of their everyday lives. Services are provided to individuals who are at risk for or have disabling conditions that limit their everyday activities. Occupational therapists evaluate the impact of the disability or illness on the performance of occupations and design interventions to minimize their effect to enable people to care for themselves, to perform their everyday activities, and to engage in occupations that contribute to quality of life. SLU offers a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) at the culmination of the 5 year program. At the end of 4 years, the students earn a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science (BSOS). Offered only in the spring semester, OCS 101: Intro to OS & OT is a good overview course for this profession/major.
Physical therapists provide care for patients with movement impairments resulting in physical disability or pain so that physical and functional abilities can be restored. A physical therapists duties may include the evaluation of clients, the development and implementation of intervention programs, patient education, and delegation of patient care responsibilities to other health care practitioners. SLU offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at the culmination of the 6 year program. At the end of 4 years, the students earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (BSES).
Radiation Therapists prepare and treat already diagnosed cancer patients with high energy radiation using highly specialized equipment. They help plan and administer doses of radiation to affected anatomy as directed by a Radiation Oncologist. Radiation Therapists are primarily concerned with the design and administration of radiation therapy treatment in addition to the daily well-being for patients with cancer. This profession combines the great satisfaction of helping people during a difficult time in their life with high technology equipment and sophisticated scientific techniques.