Health and Medicine Programs
As a Catholic university, Immaculata University incorporates strong values into our programs, reinforcing a sense of ethics, justice, and peace. Students will graduate with a strong sense of professional accountability, responsibility, and openness to lifelong learning. Students will become part of a learning community that will assist them in becoming leaders in health care.
Health care professionals have an excellent job outlook, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. With experienced faculty mentors, hands-on internships, and a unique emphasis on holistic care, an education in one of Immaculata’s health care programs will equip you to be a skilled practitioner, a knowledgeable problem solver, and a compassionate healer.
Immaculata’s Allied Health programs prepare students for fast-paced careers in a variety of clinical specialties. Immaculata collaborates with other institutions to prepare students for licensure or credentialing in their chosen clinical specialty areas. Students develop critical-thinking and communication skills while also receiving state-of-the-art clinical training.
In collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University, Johns Hopkins University, and other institutions, Immaculata offers concentrations in 11 cutting-edge, technology-oriented specialties in allied health: Bioscience Technology, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Invasive Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Dosimetry, Medical Laboratory Science, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy, Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, and Surgical Technology.
Through course work, research, and clinical rotations, Immaculata’s Athletic Training major teaches students evidence-based practices to prevent, diagnose, and treat neuromuscular conditions in physically active individuals. Students will work closely with faculty and preceptors to complete a capstone research project and five clinical rotations in local high schools, colleges, and medical facilities.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). At the end of the program, students are eligible to take the Board of Certification exam to become certified athletic trainers.
The Exercise Science major provides a science-based liberal arts education to prepare students in the scientific basis of human movement as it relates to motor performance, injury/disease rehabilitation, and improved health and fitness.
Within this major, students will gain hands-on experience through course work and internships in the area’s finest hospitals, fitness businesses, and training and fitness centers. The program helps students prepare for employment and allows them to complete the prerequisites for graduate study in related areas.
Students may choose from five undergraduate tracks in the Exercise Science major: Movement Science, Pre-occupational Therapy, Pre-physical Therapy, Sport Management, and Pre-physician Assistant.
Immaculata partners with Thomas Jefferson University to allow students to pursue combined undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physical or Occupational Therapy. The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree requires three years of study at IU and three additional years at TJU. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy requires three years at IU and two additional years at TJU.
Nutrition and Dietetics
In Immaculata University’s Nutrition and Dietetics program, students learn about nutrient metabolism, medical nutrition therapy, and food science while gaining professional experience in research, food service, and nutrition counseling. This accredited program will prepare students to apply to a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship. After successfully completing the dietetic internship, they are eligible to take the national registration exam to become registered dietitians.
Immaculata’s four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares students academically, socially, and spiritually to practice within today’s complex health care system. The faculty believe that nursing is an art and a science that incorporates the physical, psychological, and social sciences and the humanities into its practice. Nursing is the use of self in assisting persons to promote, restore, and maintain health and to die in comfort and with dignity.
The Division of Nursing has received the Excellence in Holistic Nursing Education Award, which recognizes the program’s holistic approach to nursing; its clinical experiences that focus on patients’ physical, mental, and spiritual needs; and its emphasis on self-care for nurses.
Building on the liberal arts and sciences, the program prepares students to care for patients at all stages of life. Students have the opportunity to apply theory and practice their skills in a nursing simulation lab, helping them prepare to deliver safe, evidence-based, culturally competent care. Clinical rotations expose students to a wide range of specialties, including medical-surgical, maternity care, pediatrics, psychiatry, intensive care, and community health. The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Within seven years of graduating from high school, students can earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. Students will spend the first three years at Immaculata taking the required Pre-pharmacy courses and will then attend the Jefferson School of Pharmacy (JSP) for four years of graduate pharmacy course work.
Pre-professional Program for Medical Sciences
Immaculata’s Pre-professional Program for Medical Sciences allows students in any major to meet with Biology and Chemistry faculty advisors to discuss their future medical school plans. The advisors provide general information about medical school admission requirements and encourage students to participate in research projects, internships, volunteer service, and other activities to increase their chances of acceptance to medical schools. Faculty members are available to interview students, write recommendations, and offer advice to help them prepare for careers in medicine (including physician assistant), dentistry, optometry, podiatry, or veterinary medicine.