Touro College’s School of Health Sciences in Bay Shore, N.Y. Announces Four New Offerings at Undergraduate and Graduate Levels

Date: October 22, 2009
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Bay Shore, N.Y. - Four new offerings are available at Touro College’s School of Health Sciences campus in Bay Shore, N.Y. This fall, the school introduced an advanced placement track leading to a master’s degree for physician assistants, and a certificate program for licensed physical therapists to treat individuals with orthopedic impairments. Beginning in January 2010, the school will offer a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, and a bachelor of science in biology.

“All of the new courses are designed to provide increased specialty training that will lead to more job opportunities,” said Dr. Louis H. Primavera, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “We are providing our students with the necessary undergraduate and graduate programs to ensure that they receive the education and training needed to find satisfying careers in health care.”

The bachelor of arts in psychology will give students both basic and advanced concepts in psychology, providing a broad grounding in current scientific knowledge and exposure to multiple areas of scientific inquiry. Graduates will be able to continue their education, pursuing graduate education in diverse areas, including business, psychology, mental health, education, and public health.

For the bachelor of science in biology, the curriculum will combine the humanistic and scientific aspects of biology. The biology major is designed for students who want to enter biology or health sciences as a profession, including medicine, or who want to engage in more advanced research in the biological sciences at the graduate level. Students will take a variety of courses within a range of offerings – from general biology, to research methodology in biology, to advanced biological concepts.

For students with a bachelor of science degree from an accredited physician assistant program, the School is now offering an advanced placement track leading to a master of science degree in physician assistant studies. Physician assistants must now meet higher professional expectations that are often reflected by a master’s degree. Students in the master’s program can complete all coursework in three semesters. Courses include applied epidemiology, health policy and medical ethics, health care delivery systems, and environmental health.

The new Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Certificate Program, the first of its kind in Long Island, is designed to be completed within one calendar year while the therapist maintains his or her current employment. In addition, the certificate program prepares the resident for the Orthopedic Certified Specialist exam. Ultimately, the program will have a significant impact on the treatment of individuals with orthopedic impairments, and provide clinicians with comprehensive tools to more effectively treat an array of disorders.

The School of Health Sciences was organized as a division of Touro College in Long Island, New York in 1986 with its Physician Assistant Program having commenced in 1972. Other programs in the healthcare field have been added gradually. Today the School’s offerings encompass a wide range of disciplines ranging from undergraduate preparation for health sciences careers to graduate programs in multiple fields of allied healthcare. The School’s programs serve more than 650 students at campuses in Bay Shore, Long Island and New York City, and present programs are growing in size while new programs are soon to be added.

Performance of the educational programs in the School of Health Sciences can be measured by the successes of its graduates, with most passing certifying/licensure exams and finding a wealth of employment opportunities.