The health-related professional programs at King’s are designed to help students find their places in rewarding careers aimed at helping others. King’s professional health programs give you the opportunity to work directly with professors who are accomplished in their fields using advanced technologies and facilities.
The faculty members in King’s health-related programs all have attained the highest credentials in their areas of expertise; they also bring extensive real-world experience to their classes, giving students a true understanding of what to expect and prepare for in their careers. The new King’s on the Square facility—home to the Physician Assistant, Athletic Training, and Exercise Science programs—provides students a state-of-the-art learning environment equipped with the latest in medical technology.
Physician Assistant Studies
The Department of Physician Assistant Studies—the second-oldest physician assistant program in Pennsylvania—gives students a primary care–based foundation of knowledge, technical skills, critical thinking, and moral values, preparing them for careers that are rewarding and fulfilling.
Accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), the program offers a comprehensive didactic and clinical curriculum that prepares students to successfully complete board certification and become competent health care providers.
The King’s PA program is based on an innovative five-year curriculum. Graduates receive a BS/MS degree, graduating a year earlier than students pursuing a traditional two-year MS degree. Students who meet the program’s requirements are guaranteed a clinical rotation placement.
The King’s College Athletic Training (AT) program provides students the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to become entry-level athletic trainers. The program is fully compliant with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the program’s accrediting agency. Certified athletic trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.
The emphasis of the Athletic Training program is on providing students with an excellent foundation of academic and clinical knowledge. Our state-of-the-art sports medicine clinic offers the latest technology and equipment and serves as a premier learning facility. Athletic Training students will immediately become involved with the daily operations of the King’s College athletic training facilities during their first year. As students progress through the program, they will be given greater responsibilities and will become more directly involved in the care of patients.
A variety of clinical sites, both on and off campus, are used for clinical education.
Clinical Lab Science/Medical Technology
The Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology (CLS) bachelor’s degree program is a 3+1 program designed to train and qualify students as clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists for hospital or clinical laboratories. The program meets the clinical laboratory science requirements of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Upon completion of three years of college-based study, most CLS students apply for internships at accredited hospitals. The CLS program uses state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories and equipment and offers 12-month hospital-based clinical rotations in NAACLS-accredited hospitals and undergraduate research opportunities. The CLS program leads to a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology and prepares students for the national certification examinations.
The Exercise Science program provides students with an understanding of the physiological, biomechanical, and psychological effects of exercise on the human body. This unique and challenging program prepares you for a wide range of careers in the fastgrowing fields of health, wellness, and fitness. The Exercise Science program is located in a brand-new, over 1,500-sq. ft. state-of-the-art lab featuring the latest technology and equipment. Dedicated classroom space adjacent to the lab is designed specifically to offer hands-on education.