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Descriptions of Health Professions programs

Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic Medicine offers vast opportunities to provide services in a growing field. The chiropractor can relieve a pain by treating the offending joints and muscles through manipulation. Chiropractic treatment is based on the basic biological and physiological sciences, which apply to the entire population.

Clinical Laboratory Science

Clinical Laboratory Scientists (or Medical technologists) make a vital contribution to patient care. They perform laboratory tests by a wide variety of analytical procedures using state-of-the-art instruments and methods. The medical laboratory includes the areas of hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunology, blood banking, and laboratory management. Chadron State College offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (Medical Technology). To earn this degree the student must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours, of which the last 30 are at CSC, and complete 12 months of professional training at a NAACLS approved school of medical technology. CSC holds a formal affiliation agreement with the Rapid City Regional Hospital Medical Technology Program. CSC students are encouraged to attend this program, but can attend other accredited clinical training programs in the United States.

Clinical Perfusion

Clinical Perfusion provides an opportunity for those individuals wishing to pursue a career in extracorporeal technology. Perfusionists participate in a number of diverse procedures that involve extracorporeal circulation, cardiopulmonary bypass, and blood conservation. The perfusionist is also involved in many other associated hospital services.

Cytotechnology

Cytotechnology is the microscopic study of cells which have been shed, scraped or aspirated from body tissue. A cytotechnologist is a highly skilled laboratory professional. The cytotechnologist is responsible for the first microscopic evaluation of the cytologic material, determining the presence or absence of abnormal or malignant cells and providing a preliminary diagnosis in cases which warrant further evaluation by a pathologist. Cytotechnologists must know basic human anatomy, physiology and pathology, and have an indepth knowledge of cell morphology in order to interpret varied cytology specimens accurately. In addition, cytotechnologists must master various specialized techniques for collecting, preparing and staining many types of cell samples. Cytotechnologists play an integral part in the total health care of patients.

Dental Hygiene

 

By becoming a dental hygienist, you choose a career that offers independence, security, and challenge, with an emphasis on prevention of disease and increased care for the demands of an aging population.

Dentistry

By becoming a dentist, you choose a career that offers independence, security, and challenge, with an emphasis on prevention of disease and increased care for the demands of an aging population.

Medicine

By becoming a physician, you will have a career with challenge, variety, financial security and choice. You will have the privilege of caring for people - people whose health care needs are attracting increasing attention across the nation. The following are professional schools that students often attend following their education at CSC: University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University School of Medicine.

Mortuary Science

A Funeral Service Professional works with the bereaved, providing sensitive, effective intervention during a time of emotional need, a professional caregiver who enables families and communities to express their concern for life and the living, a motivated man or woman who practices a unique vocation and who is legally required to possess certain professional qualifications. Also referred to as a mortician or funeral director.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine technologists help in the diagnosis and treatment of certain diseases. They administer radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive drugs) to patients and monitor the concentration levels of the drugs in the patient's body. Technologists work directly with patients under the supervision of a physician.

Nursing

 

Nursing offers opportunities to care for patients of all ages and for families in a variety of health care settings. Among the setting are hospitals, community centers, schools, home health, clinics, and long-term care facilities.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists (OTs) help people who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. They also help them develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. Chadron State College offers an Occupational Therapy program that includes course requirements for admission into Creighton University Occupational Therapy Program. The curriculum suggested does not result in a degree from Chadron State College. For suggested curriculum please see the Degree Programs link to the left.

Optometry

The practice of optometry evolves as research produces new information and better ways of providing optometric care. By becoming an optometrist, you will have the privilege of caring for people - people whose health care needs are attracting increasing attention across the nation. The following are professional schools that students often attend following their education at CSC: Illinois College of Optometry, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Ohio State University, University of Houston.

Osteopathic Medicine

A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is licensed to prescribe and perform all diagnostic tests and is trained in manual medicine to treat all parts of the body from head to toe. Osteopathic physicians are also licensed to perform surgery and are permitted to prescribe controlled substances. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine practice in all medical specialties, including, but not limited to surgery, cardiology, intensive care, and radiology.

Pharmacy

By becoming a pharmacist, you will have a career with flexibility, specialization, varied practice setting, and choice. You will have the privilege of helping people - people whose health care needs are attracting increasing attention across the nation. The following are professional schools that students often attend following their education at CSC: University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University College of Pharmacy.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists treat disabilities and promote wellness through exercise, performance of functional activities and use of physical agents such as ice, heat and electrical stimulation. The physical therapist conducts evaluations to determine the patient's potential for rehabilitation and educates patients and their families about physical therapy and health care. The following are professional schools that students often attend following their education at CSC: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University, and the University of South Dakota.

Physician Assistant

The physician assistant (PA) practices both the art and science of medicine, under general physician supervision, working in a hospital, clinic, private office or other health care site. Typically, the PA obtains the patient's medical history, performs a comprehensive physical examination and orders appropriate laboratory and x-ray studies. The PA diagnoses and treats many common medical problems and assists the physician in managing complex chronic illnesses. The following are professional schools that students often attend following their education at CSC: University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Podiatry

Podiatric Medicine is the highly specialized branch of medicine dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and disorders affecting the foot, ankle and lower extremities. Podiatric doctors have completely independent and unlimited surgical, pharmaceutical and medical authority when acting within their scope of practice as described by each individual state. Today, podiatric doctors are providing specialized foot care to more patients than ever before.

Radiography

 

The radiographer, or radiologic technologist, performs examinations that assist the radiologist-physician in diagnosis. The medical professional relies on the radiographer's mature judgment, knowledge and skill for producing quality images and operation complex equipment safely and efficiently. The following are professional schools that students often attend following their education at CSC: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University, and Regional West Medical Center.

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