Ferris State University Big Rapids MI College

Clinical Sciences, Respiratory Care
and Health Care System Admin
Welcome to the Department of Clinical Science, Respiratory Care, and Health Care System Administration

Welcome to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Respiratory Care and Health Administration (CRHA) department.  We offer an eclectic mix of the health care industry’s in-demand career options.  This is an exciting time to be pursuing health care careers and this sector ensures some of the most promising job prospects.

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences programs  includes both associate and baccalaureate degree programs.  The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program is five semesters in length and leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree.  The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program is approximately nine semesters in length and leads to a Bachelor in Applied Science degree.  Closely linked to these options, is our Molecular Diagnostics (MDx) program.  This program is ten semesters in length  College of Health Professions and leads to a Bachelor in Applied Science degree.   The Molecular Diagnostics degree program is unique in that the prequalification semesters are completed from approved community college laboratory sciences programs or at the Big Rapids main campus with the final professional sequence of classes completed at our Grand Rapids campus.  All of the clinical laboratory sciences programs (Molecular Diagnostics accreditation is in-progress) are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).    Graduates of these programs are eligible to sit for the certification examination sponsored by The American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), a recognized leader in certification of medical laboratory professionals.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition) projects the job outlook between 2010 – 2020 to be 13% or about as fast as average for the MLT and MLS.  Data on DMOL is not identified by the BLS but anecdotal evidence suggests a higher than average demand through 2020.

The Big Rapids-based Respiratory Care program is four semesters in length (not including prequalification course work) and leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree.  The Respiratory Care program enjoys accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).   The National Board for  College of Health Professions Respiratory Care (NBRC), Inc. is the credentialing agency that provides graduates the method forprofessional certification.  Course work is offered in two centers; Big Rapids main campus and at our extended campus location in Grand Rapids.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition) projects the job outlook between 2010 – 2020 to be 28% or faster than average.

College of Health Professions The Health Management area of CRHA provides an opportunity for the only academic minor available in the College of Health Professions in addition to associate and baccalaureate degree programs.  The minor in Health Informatics is a twenty-two credit hour program centered on the management and analysis of health data as a result of increased amounts of medical tests, treatments and procedures.  The Health Informatics program compliments very well, numerous bachelor’s degree programs in the College of Health Professions.   The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition) projects the job outlook between 2010 – 2020 to be 18% or faster than average for all occupations in the United States.  The Health Information Technology (HIT) program is five semesters in length and leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree.  With the advent of ICD-9 coding migrating to ICD-10 coding, the importance of these professionals is surely to rise.  The Health Information Management  (HIM) program is approximately nine semesters in length and leads to a Bachelor in Applied Science degree.  These programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management education (CAHIIM).    The Health Care Systems Administration (HCSA) is approximately ten semesters in length and leads to a Bachelor in Applied Science degree.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition) projects the job outlook between 2010 – 2020 to be 21% or faster than average for each of these professionals.

In closing, I encourage you to examine each of these programs in more detail and speak with program faculty to determine what program(s) is best suited to you and your career aspirations.  Stop back frequently to learn details of new programming we have in development;  Gerontology, Long-term care, Public Health and Lean healthcare to name a few.

Greg Zimmerman

Gregory R. Zimmerman, Ed.D  
Department Head, CRHA  

Updated 1/14

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