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Major in Health Science Technology

Prepare for a dynamic career in pharmacy, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy and more.

Designed for students who plan to pursue additional training in a specialized area of health care, the health science technology major offers an excellent pathway to a variety of careers.

Offered in collaboration with several affiliated hospitals and schools, the major allows you to earn both a bachelor of science degree and a certification or degree in:

The Path to a Major in Health Science Technology

Here’s how the major works:

  • Complete three years of coursework at Elmhurst (four years for the optometry affiliation).
  • Apply to one of our affiliate institutions and complete your coursework there (if accepted).
  • Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in health science technology from Elmhurst University and a certificate or degree from the affiliated institution.

Admission to affiliate tracks is not guaranteed. If you are not accepted to an affiliate track, you may complete additional courses at Elmhurst to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Affiliated Tracks

  • Chiropractic Medicine: National University of Health Sciences
  • Chiropractic Medicine: Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology: College of DuPage
  • Optometry: Midwestern University
  • Pharmacy: Roosevelt University, College of Pharmacy
  • Radiation Therapy: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Respiratory Care: Rush University

All affiliate partners and requirements are subject to change.

To learn more about the affiliated tracks, contact Erica Ashauer, director of pre-professional advising.

Health Science Technology Major Requirements

The coursework requirements for this major were established in collaboration with hospitals and other institutions that have agreements with Elmhurst University.

Core HST Courses

  • BIO 200 General Biology I
  • BIO 201 General Biology II
  • BIO 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology IA
  • BIO 208 Human Anatomy and Physiology IIA
  • BIO 315 Genetics
  • HST 400 Scientific Terminology
  • HST 498 Senior Capstone
  • CHM 211 Chemical Principles I
  • CHM 212 Chemical Principles II
  • CHM 311 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 312 Organic Chemistry II
  • PHY 111 Introductory Physics I
  • PHY 112 Introductory Physics II
  • MTH 132 Elementary Functions
  • MTH 345 Elementary Statistics
  • CS 111 Introduction to Software Applications and Digital Technology
    or CS 220 Computer Science I
  • COM 213 Public Speaking

Tracks

(requires acceptance to program)

  • DMS 301 Fundamentals of Sonography
  • DMS 302 Management and Methods of Patient Care
  • DMS 303 Cellular Pathophysiology
  • DMS 304 Sectional Anatomy For the Sonographer
  • DMS 305 Abdomen Sonography
  • DMS 306 OB-GYN Sonography
  • DMS 307 Clinical Education I
  • DMS 308 Ultrasound Physics I
  • DMS 309 OB-GYN Pathology
  • DMS 310 Abdomen Pathology
  • DMS 311 Clinical Education II
  • DMS 312 Ultrasound Physics II
  • DMS 313 Image Critique
  • DMS 314 Clinical Education III
  • DMS 315 Introduction to Pediatrics and Vascular Imaging
  • DMS 316 Specialty Sonography
  • DMS 317 Clinical Education IV
  • DMS 318 Registry Review

See course descriptions

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Affiliate

(requires acceptance to program)

  • NMT 390/401 Clinical Nuclear Medicine Procedures I and II
  • NMT 391 Radionuclide Chemistry and Radiopharmacy
  • NMT 392 Radiation Biology
  • NMT 393 Clinical Correlation – Pathology
  • NMT 394/400 Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging Practicum I and II
  • NMT 395 Radiation Safety and Protection
  • NMT 396 Radiation Detection and Instrumentation
  • NMT 397 Computed Tomography and Cross-Sectional Anatomy
  • NMT 398/402 Management & Methods of Patient Care I and II
  • NMT 399 Radiation Physics & Instrumentation
  • NMT 403 Medical Terminology

See course descriptions

(requires acceptance to program)

  • RT 328 Medical Terminology
  • RT 329 Introduction To Clinical Education
  • RT 330 Introduction To Radiation Therapy
  • RT 331 Principles And Practice Of Radiation Therapy I
  • RT 332 Pathology
  • RT 333 Radiation Therapy Physics I
  • RT 334 Introduction To Radiologic Technology
  • RT 335 Medical Imagining And Processing
  • RT 336 Patient Care • RT 337 Radiation Safety
  • RT 338 Principles And Practice II & III
  • RT 339 Technical Radiation Therapy I
  • RT 340 Radiation Therapy Physics II
  • RT 341 Quality Management
  • RT 342 Operational Issues In The Health Care Environment
  • RT 343 Clinical Practicum II
  • RT 344 Technical Radiation Therapy II
  • RT 345 Radiation Biology
  • RT 346 Clinical Practicum I
  • RT 347 Clinical Practicum III
  • RT 348 Registry Review Seminar
  • RT 349 Introduction To Computed Tomography

See course descriptions

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