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School of Allied Health Professions news

General education courses offered to community through allied health

Area residents planning a health sciences career have a new option this year for taking prerequisite basic science courses. They can now fulfill some of these requirements through the department of clinical laboratory sciences in the School of Allied Health Professions.

These courses are required for admission into allied health programs at Loma Linda University, although it is not necessary for students to be planning to attend LLU full-time.

The courses are offered at night to accommodate adults with full-time jobs.

The department is offering three such courses. One is a three-quarter introduction to chemistry for allied health students, covering inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Two are microbiology: one an introductory-level class designed for students entering a variety of allied health and nursing programs, the other an essentials course for public health students.

The department of clinical laboratory sciences was chosen to house these courses because of its faculty’s expertise and because of the availability of appropriate laboratory space necessary for the learning experience.

“We are not willing to compromise quality of the general education courses,” says Ernie Schwab, PhD, associate dean, School of Allied Health Professions.

In addition to these courses, the School of Allied Health Professions is offering other general education courses: one in introductory physics and one integrated anatomy and physiology class. Both classes last two quarters; the anatomy and physiology sequence is offered twice yearly.

For more information, call the admissions office of the School of Allied Health Professions at (909) 558-4599, or extension 44599.

By Heather Reifsnyder

TODAY news for Thursday, April 20, 2006