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Loyola University Chicago Debuts New Programs for Students Interested in Emergency Medical Services and Exercise Physiology
New Allied Health Care Programs Debut in Academic Year 2009-10
CHICAGO, June 25, 2009 – Loyola University Chicago’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) will introduce two new allied health care programs during the 2009-10 academic year. This fall, the school will roll out its minor in Emergency Medical Services, while a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology will make its debut later in the spring.
“With the introduction of these two new programs, Loyola is meeting a pressing demand in allied health care, both locally and nationally,” says Jeffrey H. Rosen, PhD, dean of SCPS, which already offers programs in clinical laboratory science and health care emergency management. “These programs are offered in partnership with the Stritch School of Medicine. Together, we will be training the next wave of professionals in physical therapy and medical rehabilitation, emergency medical care and the coordination of emergency response, and clinical laboratory medicine, all essential functions in the complex world of health care today.”
Emergency Medical Services
Beginning fall 2009, the new minor in Emergency Medical Services will train individuals at the undergraduate level to acquire hands-on skills and life-saving training that will allow them to function as licensed first responders, all while earning credit toward degree completion. The curriculum is designed to instruct a student to the level of Emergency Medical Technician-Basic. Upon completion, students will have acquired all the skills necessary to provide emergency medical care, at a basic life-support level, with an ambulance or other specialized service.
Loyola will also offer the minor as a free-standing certificate program that will benefit the SCPS’s adult students. To learn more about the new Emergency Medical Services minor within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, visit LUC.edu/scps/emt_curriculum.shtml.
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Physiology
This new degree is designed for undergraduate students and adult learners who are interested in working in a medical environment to evaluate, treat, and care for individuals in need of physical rehabilitation. It will prepare students to work as part of a clinical team in hospitals and in acute and chronic care medical facilities in the areas of physical and occupational therapy; sports medicine; cardiac rehabilitation; care of the aged, infirm, and disabled; and other forms of physical rehabilitation.
The program also prepares individuals to work in fitness centers and other sports facilities, as exercise physiologists often work as physical fitness supervisors or instructors; perform recreational therapy, kinesiotherapy, and athletic training; and assist individuals recovering from sports or athletic injuries, surgery, physical injury, and chronic disease, as well.
As an added benefit, upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the certification examination of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists or another related association.
To learn more about the new BS in Exercise Physiology within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, visit LUC.edu/scps/exphy_curriculum.shtml.
About the School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Launched in spring 2006, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) continues a long tradition of unwavering support for working adults who wish to advance their education. The school, committed to the Jesuit ideals that demand that learning not end on graduation day, or on any day, provides application-oriented programs and certificates that prepare working professionals for today’s dynamic workplace. The school also makes continuing education accessible to a broader audience via Continuum, a program of non-credit continuing education courses in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional studies and career development. For more information about the school, visit LUC.edu/scps.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.