Welcome to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Respiratory Care, and Health Administration (CRHA) department. We offer an eclectic mix of the healthcare 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 include 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 of Applied Science degree. Closely linked to these options, is our Molecular Diagnostics (DMOL) program. This program is ten semesters in length and leads to a Bachelor of 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.
The Big Rapids-based Respiratory Care program is four semesters in length (not including prequalification coursework) and leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree. We have also recently launched our Bachelor of Science completion degree available fully online. This program is geared toward AAS degree in Respiratory Care graduates. The Respiratory Care program enjoys accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
The Health Management area of CRHA provides an opportunity for unique academic minors available in the College of Health Professions in addition to associate, baccalaureate, and master's 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 Lean Health Care minor is a nineteen credit hour program focused on process improvement of the healthcare institution. The Health Informatics and Lean Health Care programs compliment very well, numerous bachelor’s degree programs in the College of Health Professions. 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 sure to rise. The Health Information Management (HIM) program is approximately nine semesters in length and leads to a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. The Health Care Systems Administration (HCSA) is approximately ten semesters in length and leads to a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. One of our newest options is the Master of Health Administration degree. This is a fully online graduate program with a unique synchronous format embedded within.
Finally, our department is complemented by a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Public Health, which may be combined in an accelerated format to be complete within 5 years. This option should prove to be of great interest to those seeking to pursue a role in a vast array of employment opportunities. Nearly every facet of one’s life is impacted by a public health professional. Practitioners in this role incorporate interdisciplinary approaches to epidemiology, biostatistics and numerous health care services. Graduates of this program may pursue a career in environmental health, community health, behavioral health, health economics, public policy and occupational health to name a few. Ultimately, the goal of public health experts is to improve health and quality of life through the prevention and treatment of disease. Public health certainly offers many options for those interested.
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.
Gregory R. Zimmerman, Ed.D
Department Head, CRHA