Science and Mathematics Division
Careers in the medical arts may include those in dentistry, medical doctors (physicians), pharmacy, optometry and veterinary science. Dentists diagnose, prevent and treat problems of the teeth and tissues of the mouth. They remove decay and fill cavities, examine X-rays, place protective sealant on children’s teeth, straighten teeth and repair fractured teeth. They also perform corrective surgery of the gums and supporting bones to treat gum diseases. Dentists extract teeth and make molds and measurements for dentures to replace missing teeth. Most dentists are general practitioners who handle a wide variety of dental needs. Others specialize in straightening teeth, operating on mouth or jaws, dentistry for children, treating gums and the bones, making artificial teeth or dentures, root canal therapy, dental public health or oral pathology (studying diseases of the mouth).
Physicians serve a fundamental role in society and have an effect upon all of our lives. They diagnose illness, prescribe, and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene and preventive health care. Primary care physicians are about one-third of all physicians and they are usually the first health professionals that a patient consults. There are numerous specialties among the ranks of remaining physicians. Optometrists provide most of the primary vision care people need. Optometrists examine people’s eyes to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases. They treat vision problems and, in some cases, treat eye diseases. Optometrists use instruments and observation to examine eye health and to test patients’ visual sharpness, depth and color perception and their ability to focus and coordinate their eyes. Optometrists prescribe eyeglasses, corrective lenses and vision therapy.
Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. They advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions and side effects of medications. Pharmacists must understand the use, composition and effects of drugs. Veterinarians care for pets, livestock, sporting and laboratory animals and protect humans against diseases carried by animals. Veterinarians diagnose medical problems, dress wounds, set broken bones, perform surgery, prescribe and administer medicines and vaccinate animals against diseases. They also advise owners on care and breeding.
Educational Opportunities in Medical Arts
Associate of Science
The associate of science is for students who want to pursue advanced degrees in pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy and pre-veterinary science by completing the first two or more years at LCCC. Students completing the associate of science degree may transfer with junior (or higher) standing to the four-year university or college of their choice. The associate of science is intended for students who wish to complete the first two or more years of a bachelor’s degree program at LCCC in such program fields as:
Students may also select the associate of science degree if they wish to complete the first two or more years of a bachelor’s degree program at LCCC in such program fields as biology, chemistry, computer science, general science, mathematics, physics, engineering and sports medicine.
Other Educational Opportunities in Medical Arts through LCCC’s University Partnership
Bowling Green State University
Bachelor of Science in Biology
This baccalaureate degree program is designed to provide the training in the major areas of biology while allowing sufficient flexibility to accommodate the specific interests of individual students.
All majors are required to take the biology core plus genetics. The degree program requires a student to take at least one course in each of three major areas: Biology of Organisms; Ecology,Evolution and Behavior; Cell and Regulatory Biology. The degree program, with some modifications, also allows students to meet the course requirements for pre-professional (medical, dental, veterinary) graduate study.
The University of Akron
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Completion Program)
The University of Akron nursing program prepares students to provide patient care, to direct others in giving care and to become members of comprehensive health care teams. Professional nurses also teach health care, prepare discharge plans and make referrals that can aid patients and their families. Nursing graduates work in hospitals, urgent care centers and community-based public health agencies and clinics, and provide in-home care to patients. With a combination of experience and education, Akron nursing graduates can obtain employment as clinical specialists in a variety of areas.
Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Allied Health
The baccalaureate degree is intended to serve professional health-related, associate-degree graduates who wish to upgrade their academic credentials. The goal of the BSAS degree program is to provide advanced educational opportunities beyond the technical scope of the graduate’s associate degree.
The program provides students additional knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will enhance their career mobility in the health-care setting. In addition, the degree program allows students to pursue further education at the graduate level. The program is based on a two-plus-two concept where the associate-degree courses provide the technical education for the first two years of the baccalaureate-degree program. Following graduation with an associate’s degree, the student articulates directly into the plus-two component of the program. The plus-two component consists of a core of multidisciplinary courses, student-selected minor and general University requirements.
Master of Health and Human Services
The Master of Health and Human Services and Certificate in Health Care Management is a collaborative program between the College of Health and Human Services and the Williamson College of Business Administration. The program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion.
Certificate in Health Care Management
The Certificate in Health Care Management is a collaborative program between the College of Health and Human Services and the Williamson. College of Business Administration. The program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion.
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