P.I.T. is launching an Associate in Science–Health Science degree program beginning in the summer of 2014. Below are a series of questions and answers which will answer many of your questions about this new degree program and how it relates to existing P.I.T. degree and certificate programs.
1. What is the A.S. Health Science program?
The A.S. Health Science program prepares students to meet the minimum academic requirements for application to many medical-related professional programs in the greater Philadelphia region. These medical-related professional programs include nursing, physical therapist assistant, and other medical programs that require direct patient care. This also includes the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s Practical Nursing program and Physical Therapist Assistant program.
Completion of this program does not guarantee acceptance to include the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s Practical Nursing program and Physical Therapist Assistant program. These programs have additional admissions requirements.
2. Will the A.S. Health Science program prepare students for medical-related professional programs at other colleges and universities?
Yes, the A.S. Health Science program prepares students to meet many of the minimum academic requirements for application to many health-related professional programs. If students plan to apply to a medical-related professional program at another college or university, they should consult with that institution’s catalog or website for specific admissions requirements and pre-requisite courses.
3. What type of courses is included in the A.S. Health Science program?
The curriculum of this program is primarily composed of courses in science, mathematics, English and social sciences. These are courses generally required in any medical-related or health science curriculum.
4. Why should a student enroll in this program if their career goal is to be a nurse, physical therapist assistant or another health care professional?
Admissions to an accredited nursing, physical therapist assistant, or another health care professional program is highly competitive. Generally, only students who have demonstrated exceptional strong academic skills are accepted for the limited number of openings.
In many instances, applicants are good candidates but they are not selected for the program due to the limited number of vacancies and the highly competitive program.
As a result, applicants need an opportunity to improve the chance of being accepted by proving to the college or university evidence of their ability to succeed and satisfactorily complete a medical-related program such as nursing, physical therapist assistant and other disciplines that will lead to a professional position.
The Health Science program at P.I.T. provides this proof! This program enables students seeking exceptional careers in the medical field to establish exceptional academic skills in health-care related subjects such as anatomy and physiology, mathematics, English and social sciences.
Students who earn top grades in these courses clearly demonstrate to faculty and admissions committees of medical professional programs their ability to excel at college level work. Similar, these students also substantiate academic perseverance. By earning excellent grade the sciences, mathematics, English and social sciences – knowledge required in the health-care field: – they become prominent candidates for acceptance in a medical-related professional program.
5. Must students complete all four semesters of the A.S. Health Sciences program?
No. Students are not required to complete all four semesters in the program unless they seek an associate degree in Health Sciences.
The flexibility of this program enables students to determine how many semesters or courses are required until they are confident that a record of academic excellence has been established at P.I.T. and an application to a professional medical program will be accepted.
In some instances, two semesters are appropriate to establish the academic foundation required for success. In other instances it may be additional semesters.
6. Are students able to transfer the credits earned in the courses that they take in the Health Sciences program to medical-related professional programs?
Yes. A number of the courses students take in this program are pre-requisite courses required in health-related professional programs at other colleges and universities. In many instances, the courses taken in the Health Science program will meet the prerequisite course requirements and student may be accepted with advanced placement.
It is important that prospective students determine the actual course requirements of the medical or health-related program in which they seek acceptance.
7. The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology offers a Practical Nursing program. If a student completes one or two semesters in the Health Sciences program, will the student have a better chance of being accepted into P.I.T.’s nursing program.
Yes, when a student demonstrates academic competency especially in English and the science courses, the student will have met the minimum admissions requirements for the College’s Practical Nursing program.
The Practical Nursing program has other admissions requirements including F.B.I. criminal background check clearance, drug screen clearance, just to name a few prior to being accepted into the program.
8. When does P.I.T. start the Practical Nursing program?
The College begins the Practical Nursing program twice a year, January and June.
It is important that a student demonstrate academic competency. As an example, it is suggested that the student enroll in the A.S. Health Science program in May for semester 1 and September for semester 2 that ends in December. This will result in starting the Practical Nursing program in January provided that all of the other admissions requirements are met.
9. Will the A.S. Health Science program prepare students for admissions to the College’s A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant program?
Yes, the first two semesters of the A.S. Health Science program meet the requirements for the initial two semesters of the non-technical A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant program.
10. If a student starts the Health Science program and then is admitted to the A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant program, what degree will be awarded upon the completion of the program of study?
In this example, the student will be awarded the A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant degree. For the purposes of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, the student must complete semesters 1 and 2 of the Health Science program. The first two semesters of the Health Science program represent the first two semesters of the non-technical phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
The student will be transferred into the Physical Therapist program when all the other admissions requirements have been met. The courses successfully completed in the A.S. Health Science program will be transferred into the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
11. Does completion of two or more semesters of the Health Science program guarantee admission to P.I.T.’s Practical Nursing or Physical Therapist programs?
No, the successful completion of the A.S. Health Science program does not guarantee admission to the College’s Practical Nursing or Physical Therapist programs. These programs are highly competitive and only students who have the best opportunity to succeed will be admitted. Each one of these programs has specific additional admissions requirements.
To apply to P.I.T.’s A.S. Health Science program, click here.