Health Sciences Bulletin

School of Health Technology and Management

INTERIM DEAN: Carlos Vidal
OFFICE: Health Sciences Center, Level 2, Room 400 
PHONE: (631) 444-2252 
WEB: www.hsc.stonybrook.edu/shtm

  • About the School

    About the School

    American demographics, economics and technological advances in diagnostics, treatment and therapy have combined to create an environment where patients are diagnosed earlier, are more likely to survive disease or trauma, live longer, participate in ambulatory-based treatment, and asked to take a more participatory role in their own health care.

    As advances in science and information technology collide with a new consumerism and cry for reform of systematic health care processes, educators find themselves in the midst of transition as we move from one health care model to another. Whatever the new health care model evolves into, you can be assured that the School of Health Technology and Management will provide its graduates with the necessary skills to practice their profession.

    The school offers baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in both clinical and non-clinical areas that include applied health informatics, athletic training, clinical laboratory sciences, health administration, health and rehabilitation sciences, health care policy and management, healthcare quality and patient safety, health science, medical molecular biology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, polysomnographic technology, and respiratory care. These programs are full-time entry-level except for the post professional program for Physician Assistants, and the graduate programs in health care policy and management, healthcare quality and patient safety, and medical molecular biology  which are for health care professionals. Students in the professional programs pursue core and basic science curricula, as well as the professional courses required for competence in their specific profession.

    The School of Health Technology and Management offers non-credit certificate programs in anesthesia technology, EMT-paramedic, medical dosimetry, nuclear medicine, phlebotomy, radiation therapy, and radiologic technology.

    The Center for Public Health Education

    The Center for Public Health Education (CPHE) has been involved in education for health professionals and human service professionals since 1983. Its mission is to provide relevant and critical information on HIV/AIDS that will support health and human service professionals caring for people infected with HIV/AIDS; promote quality care and target resources needed to meet the needs of underserved communities; promote HIV prevention, education, and harm reduction; and influence public policy relevant to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

    The number of programs provided by the CPHE document the presence of a strong educational commitment and a very active continuing program of education. Tens of thousands of providers from the Long Island community have participated in a wide variety of programs conducted by the CPHE throughout the region.

    • The CPHE is a partner in the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC), funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As a local performance site, the CPHE designs HIV-related training programs tailored to the specific needs of clinicians. Programs range from general HIV/AIDS overviews to in-depth, advanced trainings, mini-residencies, and clinical consultations. Focused training is offered in subspecialties that address the needs of men, women, and children with HIV, as well as special populations such as adolescents, inmates, substance abusers, and the mentally ill.
    • The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute provides funding to the CPHE to develop and deliver a wide range of HIV educational programs that include the new NYS 2017 HIV Testing Guidance as well as other relevant topics such as cultural competency, and HIV risk reduction and harm reduction, viral hepatitis and STIs.  CPHE also oversees a Peer Certification program for individuals living with HIV, Hepatitis C or assessing Harm Reduction services.

    For further information contact:

    The Center for Public Health Education,
    School of Health Technology and Management,
    Benedict House,
    Stony Brook University,
    Stony Brook, New York 11794-4016
    (631) 444-3209 Fax: (631) 444-6744

    Attention: Ilvan Arroyo, Associate Director

  • Goals & Objectives

    Goals and Objectives

    Advances in technology require state-of-the-art equipment for training in these fields. The School of Health Technology and Management offers the most up-to-date, advanced equipment for training our health care graduates. In addition, advances in information technology and electronic medical records require that our students become familiar with the latest health care models. Our school is committed to the team approach in health care, and to the education and training of highly competent health care professionals who can assume leadership roles in diverse health care settings.  

    Professional Program Admission

    Students seeking admission to the applied health informatics, athletic training, clinical laboratory sciences, healthcare quality and patient safety, medical molecular biology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, polysomnographic technology, and respiratory care programs in the school, either from the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook or from other institutions, must be specifically accepted to the school and to the program they have selected.

    Stony Brook students may declare a  major in Health Science, which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Health Science majors will spend three years on west campus taking liberal arts, science, and health-related courses and will fulfill all Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) requirements. The senior year will be spent enrolled in classes in the Health Sciences. Stony Brook freshman may also declare a major in athletic training, clinical laboratory sciences, polysomnographic technology, and respiratory care.

  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    Candidates for admission to full-time upper-division study in athletic training, clinical laboratory sciences, polysomnographic technology, and respiratory care must have a minimum cumulative average of 2.5 and 60 semester hours of credit. In addition, all entry-level clinical programs require the completion of three credits in English composition (equivalent to WRT 102), six credits in social and behavioral sciences, three credits in arts, three credits in humanities, and six to eight credits in natural science. (Refer to “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” at the beginning of this Bulletin for specific areas of study to satisfy these requirements.) Candidates for admission to the graduate programs require a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and completion of a baccalaureate degree prior to admission.Transfer credit is given for course work completed with grades of C or higher.

    The individual programs have additional requirements. Please check the admission requirements for entrance to the specific program to which admission is sought. Refer to “Health Sciences Admissions” at the beginning of this Bulletin for application information. Technical standards for professional programs are available upon request.

    Selection Factors and Procedures

    Programs within the school base selection of students on several factors. Experience in the particular field or in the health care system, evidence of ability to succeed academically and demonstrated concern for human beings are considered as primary selection factors. These factors are judged by letters of recommendation, personal interviews, and transcripts, and by personal statements from the applicants.

    Admission to the school is determined by the school’s Admissions Committee, which is composed of a representative from each department. The Admissions Committee of each program reviews the candidate's transcripts, records, and application forms, conducts interviews, and makes recommendations to the school’s Admissions Committee. Offers of admission are made in order of merit. Although applicants may meet minimum admission requirements, they might not be offered an interview or admission since places are limited by available space.

    Recommended Freshman and Sophomore Curricula

    The general policy of the school is to avoid, to the greatest extent possible, specific prerequisite course requirements. The purpose of this policy is to permit flexibility in evaluating the records of candidates for admission. Emphasis is placed upon the extent to which the student is prepared through training and experience to pursue the program.

    It is recommended that students interested in a career in the health professions choose a sufficient number of courses in the physical and natural sciences to develop a broad understanding of these fields of study. At least one course in English composition, as well as a spectrum of courses in the humanities and social and behavioral sciences, is required.

    In the case of a few programs, rigid accreditation criteria for the school to specify special prerequisite course work. Prospective students should consult the information given in subsequent sections of the Bulletin relating to the particular program in which they are interested for special recommendations or prerequisite requirements. These are listed as “Admission Requirements” under the heading for the specific program.

    Faculty members of the school are available to serve as advisers to freshmen, sophomores, and any other undergraduates who aspire to programs in the school. Consult the assistant dean for academic and student affairs for assistance in acquiring a faculty adviser. Undergraduate students interested in applying to an upper-division program are encouraged to seek faculty advisement early.

  • Policies

    Policies

    Physical Examination and History

    Documentation of satisfactory health status, prior to beginning classes, is required. Documentation must include a health history and physical examination report completed by a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.), registered physician assistant or registered nurse practitioner, not earlier than six months prior to entry into the school; a report of chest x-ray or PPD Mantoux test for tuberculosis; and a report of measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis, and varicella antibody titer completed within the same period. A note certifying completion of the examination is not acceptable; a full examination report is required. This documentation is submitted to the student health service as part of the student’s health record. The school requires an updated health assessment at the beginning of each year. Additional requirements are specified in the “Physical Examination Policy” section of this Bulletin.

    Clinical Insurance

    Students admitted to the school are required to purchase liability insurance prior to participation in clinical assignments. (Costs vary by program and can range from $15-$175 per year.) Clinical sites also require students to have proof of health insurance before beginning clinical rotations. It is the individual student’s responsibility to arrange appropriate coverage.

    Academic Standing

    The School of Health Technology and Management recognizes the necessity for knowledge, as well as superior behavioral, ethical and clinical standards. Students are evaluated on knowledge, professional competence and skill, adherence to professional codes of ethics, sensitivity to patient needs, ability to work with and relate to peers and other members of the health care team, attitude, attendance, punctuality, and professional appearance. These standards foster the health care team concept and have been established to protect the rights of the patients and communities served by the Health Sciences Center. Failure to demonstrate these important qualities will be reflected in a student’s grade.

    Undergraduate students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 and a 2.5 minimum average in required professional courses to remain in good standing. Any student who earns a grade point average below 2.0 overall or 2.5 in professional courses will be placed on probation for the following period and terminated if his/her average does not attain those levels at the end of the probationary period. Graduate students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 to remain in good standing. Normally, a student on probation will not be permitted to participate in the required periods of full-time clinical practice. Specific programs may have additional academic criteria or requirements. Refer to individual programs for details.

    Grading Policy

    The School of Health Technology and Management follows the grading policies stated in the front of this Bulletin with the exceptions that 1) the P/NC, R, and S/U grades are not used; 2) S/F may be used in specifically designated courses where finer grading distinctions are impractical; and 3) D grades may be given to graduate students in graduate level courses for which the credit is counted in determining the grade point average, but no credit is granted toward the Master of Science or Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees.

    Dean’s List

    A Dean’s List of superior undergraduate students is compiled at the end of the fourth and eighth modules of each academic year. To be eligible for the Health Technology and Management Dean’s List, students must be matriculated full time in a baccalaureate program of the school and have a minimal grade point average of 3.60 (seniors) or 3.45 (juniors).

    Academic Dishonesty

    Academic dishonesty shall be defined as misrepresentation of authorship or in any fashion falsifying part or all of any work submitted or intended to be submitted for academic credit. Such misrepresentation or falsification includes, but is not limited to, the use of supportive documentation, mechanical aids, or mutual cooperation not authorized by the faculty.

    The principles of academic dishonesty also apply to those courses taken during the clinical or internship phases of any program which are taken for credit or otherwise required for completion of a program. Due to the critical nature of such requirements and student responsibility for the welfare of patients and institutions providing medical care, academic dishonesty is further defined to include the falsification of patient or institutional records, knowingly violating accepted codes of professional ethics or knowingly engaging in activities that might endanger the health or welfare of patients or resident institutions.

    The penalty for any substantiated act of academic dishonesty shall be expulsion from the school, unless the dean and the chair of the department in which the accused is a student concur with a Committee on Academic Standing recommendation for a modified penalty.

    Appeals

    Students may appeal probation or termination by requesting reconsideration of this decision by the dean. All other academic regulations in effect at Stony Brook University and in the Health Sciences Center ordinarily apply to students of this school. Consult the “Academic Regulations and Procedures” at the beginning of this Bulletin for further information.

    Courses

    Courses offered by the school are intended for Health Technology and Management students only. However, some are open on a limited basis, with permission of the instructor, to other students. Priority is given to Health Sciences students.

  • Academic Calendar

    Academic Calendar

    The School of Health Technology and Management is one of the few schools within the University that is faced with the need to meet concurrent academic and professional requirements. These mandates, joined with the geographic challenges incurred in obtaining suitable clinical experience in the Long Island area, make it impossible to adhere to the usual academic calendar. In order to meet these professional needs, a special academic calendar has been developed. This calendar provides for modules of five weeks in length; courses consist of one, two, three, or more modules as determined by the academic faculty. (See the “Academic Calendar” section of this Bulletin and related publications.)

  • Financial Aid

    FINANCIAL AID

    Financial aid, part-time employment, etc., is available in limited amounts. Students may qualify for some of the general support programs administered by the Health Sciences Office of Student Services. For advice and detailed information, contact the Health Sciences Office of Student Services. (See the “Financial Assistance” section of this Bulletin.)

  • Clinical Resources

    CLINICAL RESOURCES

    Clinical instruction takes place at more than 215 clinical affiliates of Stony Brook Medicine, in addition to University Hospital. Other sections of this Bulletin describe University Hospital and key affiliates which now exceed 2,400 beds. Each program director, in consultation with the dean, negotiates affiliation arrangements for the use of those clinical facilities that will provide the best possible range and quality of instruction for students. Therefore, not all programs necessarily send students to any one hospital or clinical site. Each program director can provide, upon request, information about current arrangements for clinical instruction for his/her student group. Each student is personally responsible for arranging transportation to and from clinical assignments.

  • Graduation & Degree Requirements

    Graduation and Degree Requirements

    Undergraduate Degree (Baccalaureate)

    Candidates must have earned a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit (including credit granted for proficiency examinations, etc.), with a grade point average of 2.0 during the junior and senior years of study. (Refer to “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in this Bulletin for a complete description.)

    All candidates for graduation must complete the general degree requirements, school and core curricula, and specific program requirements.

    Graduate Degrees (Masters or Doctorate)

    A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation. The minimum passing grade for each graduate course is a C, unless otherwise noted. See program descriptions for special academic requirements. All degree requirements for the Health Care Policy and Management, Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety, and Post Professional Physician Assistant programs must be completed within five years. In addition, the Health Care Policy and Management program requires that a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study be completed at Stony Brook.

  • Courses

    Courses

    Courses offered by the school are intended for Health Technology and Management students only. However, some are open on a limited basis, with permission of the instructor, to other students. Priority is given to Health Sciences students.

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