Jan 25th, 2012 @ 8:12 am | Author:
Valley City State University announced two new major programs of study that extend the University's offerings in health-related fields.

"Like many states, North Dakota is facing a shortage of healthcare professionals, particularly in rural areas," said Dr. Steve Shirley, president of VCSU. "This is one reason we have been investing in our health-related programs for some time now. In the last 10 years, the number of VCSU students expressing interest and majoring in health-related fields has increased considerably."

The new Medical Laboratory Science major is designed for students who are interested in any of several careers in clinical laboratory science. The program is offered through collaboration with the University of North Dakota; students pursuing this course of study will complete their first three years on the VCSU campus in a curriculum aligned with the UND Clinical Laboratory Science program. A summer program at the UND campus and one year of clinical experience at a medical laboratory in North Dakota complete the program. The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

VCSU's Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in athletic training or related fields. The program is unique in that it involves five semesters of clinical experiences to give students substantial on-field experience prior to graduation. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to become a Certified Athletic Trainer by completing the Board of Certification Exam (in addition to meeting national, district and state requirements). VCSU is currently in the process of seeking accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Both programs are offered through VCSU's Division of Mathematics, Science and Health & Physical Education.

VCSU's most recent addition to its health related majors came in 2004 when the Health Science major was first offered. Like the Health Science major, the new programs are well-suited to students who intend to pursue additional study in graduate or professional programs. Currently, the University's Rhoades Science Center is undergoing a major $10.3 million expansion and renovation that will be complete by the Fall semester, 2013.

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.