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Catalog 2002-2003
Allied Health Technologies (BS)
School of Theoretical and Applied Science

Requirements of the Major Convener: Edward Saiff
Advisor: Rena Bacon

About the Major

This program is jointly offered by Ramapo College of New Jersey and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Health Related Professions (UMDNJ-SHRP). Our Allied Health Technologies major is designed for students who would like to train in the fields of diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine technology, respiratory care or vascular technology. These health care professionals will be trained to work alongside physicians and other professionals in the diagnosis and care of patients.

Students must complete 90 credits at Ramapo College, including General Education requirements, School of Theoretical and Applied Science requirements, and a preprofessional core. They then undertake a professional program at UMDNJ-SHRP. The Allied Health professional program consists of 3-4 academic semesters (up to 18 months) of full time study in one of four areas of specialization. Upon completion, students receive a joint B.S. Degree from UMDNJ and Ramapo College, with a minor in Biology.

Concentrations in:

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Sonographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to provide patient services using diagnostic techniques under the supervision of a licensed Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy. Diagnostic medical sonography includes general sonography, cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and various subspecialties.

Respiratory Care

Respiratory therapists are health care specialists who participate in the diagnosis, treatment, management, education, and preventive care of patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system. Some of their primary responsibilities include medical gas therapy, humidification and aerosol therapy, drug administration, bronchial hygiene therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, maintenance of artificial airways, and ventilator management.

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses radioactive materials for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. They are specifically trained in radiation safety, laboratory techniques, imaging procedures, and the use of highly specialized equipment to assure the efficient daily operation of their facility.

Vascular Technology

Vascular technologists use state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment and other forms of non-invasive testing to detect the presence of arterial diseases that can cause stroke, renal failure, gangrene, amputation, and aortic aneurysms and of life-threatening venous diseases that can lead to pulmonary embolism or morbid conditions caused by blood clots, varicose veins, and non-healing ulcerations.

Application for this program is normally made at the end of the sophomore year (generally by July 1). Applications received beyond this deadline will be considered if enrollment capacity in the major has not been reached. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.75 is required.
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