Allied Health Sciences
OFFICE: Cluster E, Room 2225, 516.572.9640.
CHAIRPERSON: Gary Klinger, Gary.Klinger@ncc.edu.
FACULTY: F. Bialstock, L. Carlin, D. Cempa-Danziger, K. Coles, C. Confusione, K. Costa, K.
D'Albora, G. DeFeo, B. Edward, L. Findlay, J. Gilmartin, G. Gilner, S. Haffner, L.
Jacob, A. Jones, C. Kaufmann, L. Lucca, S. Masi, J. McCarthy, W. O'Keefe, K. Santini,
K. Satchwill, R. Sparaco, L. Tine, D. Witt, R. Zarco.
CLINICAL INSTRUCTORS: S. Azmi, G. Hoerning, C. Lamb, D. Miller, D. Palmer, M. Ruane, J. Taylor.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS: A. Donor, M. Dunlop, P. Galvin, A. Ginsburg, P. Goodwin, C. Ripley, J. Slattery.
COURSES OFFERED: Allied Health Sciences (AHS).
The course, Introduction to Allied Health Sciences, is a requirement for all students
except those in medical laboratory technician. All clinical experience in the affiliating
hospitals is carefully supervised by professional personnel. Clinical experience is
correlated with classroom and laboratory duties.
Departmental Requirements and Guidelines:
- A minimum grade of "C" is required in all Allied Health Sciences courses.
- The Department of Allied Health Sciences recognizes the professional codes of ethics,
sensitivity to patient and community needs, adherence to the provisions of HIPAA,
ability to work with and relate to peers and other members of the health care team,
attitude, attendance, punctuality and appearance. Program directors may, upon the
recommendation of clinical and academic faculty, recommend that the Department terminate
any student who fails to correct deficiencies in any of these areas. These standards
have been established in order to protect the rights of the patients and communities
that we are committed to serve and to foster the team concept of health care delivery.
- Allied Health Sciences students are required to carry malpractice insurance.
- Allied Health Sciences students are annually required to submit completed health forms
prior to enrollment.
- Allied Health Sciences students are required to supply their own transportation to
- Allied Health Sciences students must supply their own required uniforms.
- Allied Health Sciences students shall submit to the College a copy of their current
certification of competency in Basic Life Support, according to American Heart Association
standards, prior to graduation.
- Allied Health Sciences students are required to successfully complete Principles of
Bloodborne Universal Precautions training.
- No courses in the Department of Allied Health Sciences may be audited, with the exception
of AHS 131- AHS 132 if approved by the Chairperson.
The following curricula are offered by this Department:
Medical Laboratory Technician (A.A.S.) - The Medical Laboratory Technician program is a two-year (plus two summer sessions)
course of study leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. The program provides
educational course requirements and clinical training for a career as a medical laboratory
technician. Students learn the theory and principles of routine laboratory procedures
and their role in detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. They perform tests
using contemporary, automated and computerized instrumentation in all sections of
the laboratory. The curriculum includes courses in liberal arts and the basic sciences
as well as specialized course offerings in the major areas of clinical laboratory
science. Students complete a clinical internship in the fourth semester and final
summer session at one of several affiliated hospital laboratories. Students who wish
to pursue Bachelor Degree programs may do so but should seek advisement. The program
is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS),
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL, 60018 - 773.714.8880. Graduating students
are eligible to take all examinations offered for certification and licensure.
Physical Therapist Assistant (A.A.S.) - The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) works under the supervision of a physical
therapist in sports medicine facilities, outpatient clinics, schools, rehabilitation
centers, nursing homes, hospitals, home care, athletic teams and other health service
agencies. Employing the knowledge of the patient’s condition, the physical therapist
assistant performs hands-on treatments for people who have temporary or more permanent
physical disabilities such as inability to walk, inability to move a body part or
painful conditions. The PTA optimizes movement to improve the human experience across the lifespan by using therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, and pain relieving
modalities. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical
Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 1111
North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:
firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.capteonline.org. Upon successful completion, the student will receive the Associate in Applied Science
(A.A.S) degree, and will be eligible to take the licensing exam for certification
by the State of New York as a Physical Therapist Assistant. When applying for certification
as a PTA, the graduate will required to show evidence of his or her current name and
any previous names used, any criminal records and citizenship or legal status in the
United States. The program is affiliated with more than eighty clinical education
sites in Nassau and Suffolk, the five boroughs, and upstate New York. The campus has
two laboratories fully equipped with machinery and accessories found in a variety
of physical therapy settings. The PTA courses are offered during the day only. Students
are admitted in the fall only and must be available for full-time study in the last
semester. The P.T.A. Program has been designed as a career program leading to employment
at the end of two years of study. However, after completing additional credits and
a bachelor’s degree, students will be eligible to apply for competitive transfer into
a doctoral level physical therapy program.
Radiation Therapy Technology (A.A.S.) - The Radiation Therapy program is a two-year (four semesters and three summer sessions)
program leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree. Radiation Therapy courses
are only offered during the day and students are admitted to the program during the
Fall semester only. Graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic
Technologists examination to become Registered Radiation Therapists and obtain New
York State Licensure. Radiation Therapists primarily treat cancer patients by applying
ionizing radiation according to a radiation oncologist's prescription, using a variety
of complex treatment techniques and equipment. The Radiation Therapy program combines
technical and liberal arts courses given at Nassau Community College with off campus
clinical education at various affiliated hospitals and free standing cancer centers.
Students will rotate to four different clinical settings ranging throughout Manhattan,
Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. An additional $50 per student OSHA training fee
for each clinical rotation may apply.
To be eligible for admission to the Radiation Therapy Program, candidates must meet
academic requirements and be 18 years of age by the start of the first day of the
first semester. Students must be legally eligible for employment and licensure in
the United States at the time of application, be of "good moral character" as defined
by the New York State Department of Health applicable to the profession of Radiation
Therapy. All accepted applicants must pass a criminal background check at the cost
of the applicant.
This program is accredited by the New York Department of Health and the Joint Committee
on Education in Radiologic Technology (www.jrcert.org), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606. All students are expected
to follow the policies as set forth in the college catalog and in the Radiation Therapy
Student handbook: http://www.ncc.edu/programsandcourses/academic_departments/alliedhealthsciences/radiationtherapy/radiation_therapystudent_handbook.pdf
Radiologic Technology (A.A.S.) - The Radiologic Technology program is a two-year (i.e., four semesters and three
summer sessions) program leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree. This
is a day only program starting each Fall semester. The curriculum combines liberal
arts studies and technical courses with clinical education at affiliated hospitals
in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The Radiologic Technology student is trained to work
under the supervision of a physician in the diagnostic applications of x-rays. Responsibilities
of the Radiologic Technologist include; positioning of patients, handling of complex
equipment, and utilizing radiation protection devices. In addition to these technical
skills, the technologist's duties require him/her to attend to the physical and emotional
needs of patients who are often acutely ill or seriously injured. The program is accredited
under the Nassau Community College accreditation granted by The Middle States Association
of Colleges and Schools, and by the New York State Department of Health. Graduates
are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination
to become a Registered Radiologic Technologist and to obtain New York State Licensure.
Opportunities for professional advancement and continuing education at the B.S. degree
level are available.
The program maintains two fully functional radiologic suites. These radiology rooms
are designs to give the radiology student a comprehensive training in all aspects
of radiology imaging. Both radiology suites are equipped with the latest imaging modalities;
DR imaging, CR imaging, and film imaging.
To be eligible for admission to the Radiologic Technology Program, candidates must
meet academic requirements, must be legally eligible for employment and licensure
in the United States at the time of application, and must be of "good moral character"
as defined by the New York State Department of Health applicable to the profession
of Radiologic Technology.
Respiratory Care (A.A.S.) - Respiratory Care is an allied health specialty concerned with the performance of
diagnostic cardiopulmonary evaluation and respiratory therapy treatment applied to
patients with deficiency and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. It includes
related education of the patient, family, and public. Cardiopulmonary evaluation includes
the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data obtained from physiologic specimens,
performance of diagnostic tests, studies and research of the cardiopulmonary system,
as well as neurophysiologic studies related to respiratory care. Specific testing
techniques are employed in respiratory care to assist in diagnosis, monitoring treatment
and research. This is understood to include measurement of ventilatory volumes, pressures,
flows, blood gas analysis and other related physiologic monitoring. Respiratory therapy
techniques include the application and monitoring of medical gases and related administration
apparatus, environmental control systems, humidification systems, aerosols, inhaled
medications, ventilatory support, bronchopulmonary drainage, pulmonary rehabilitation,
cardiopulmonary resuscitation and airway management. The Respiratory Care program
is designed to train the student for a career as a respiratory therapist. It is a
two-year course of study leading to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.
In addition, graduates are eligible for nationally recognize certification and registration
through the National Board for Respiratory Care, and for licensure by the New York
State Education Department. To be eligible for admission to the Respiratory Care Program
candidates must meet academic requirements, must be legally eligible for employment
and licensure in the United States at the time of application, and must be of "good
moral character" as defined in the New York State Education Law as applicable to the
profession of the Respiratory Care, and must pass a criminal background check. The
Respiratory Care curriculum is a balance of courses in the liberal arts and basic
sciences as well as more specialized technical and clinical courses. Clinical, laboratory,
and classroom training is structured to provide a comprehensive understanding of modern
respiratory care techniques. Graduates are trained in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques
for adult, pediatric and neonatal patients, and upon graduation are prepared to work
in all areas of the field including intensive-critical-emergency care, general respiratory
care, and rehabilitation and home care for cardiopulmonary patients. This program
is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
Surgical Technology (A.A.S.) - The Surgical Technology student is prepared to assume the role of surgical technologist
in any surgical setting. In this program, the student is prepared to function in the
areas of scrub, circulating assistant, and second assistant during surgical and obstetrical
procedures. The graduate surgical technologist may elect to specialize in a particular
area of surgery such as open heart, neuro, eye, orthopedics, and many others. Graduates
are also employed in interventional suites, delivery rooms, ambulatory surgery centers,
central supply units, organ retrieval/transplant teams, and surgical equipment sales.
This two-year program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is accredited
by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon
recommendation from the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology
and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Graduates are required to take the NBSTSA National
Certifying Examination for Certified Surgical Technologists (CST). All candidates
must be legally eligible for employment and certification in the United States at
the time of application. You must be of good moral character as defined in the New
York State Education Law as applicable to the profession of Surgical Technology. Background
checks and random drug testing are required upon acceptance. Meeting all these requirements
does not guarantee an interview or acceptance. Accepted students must be able to complete
the minimum 120 clinical case requirement in the “first scrub” and “second scrub”
roles. Accepted students are expected to follow the policies as set forth in the college
catalog and in the Surgical Technology Student handbook.
The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential
for surgical technologists in the nation and required for employment in NYS. Beginning
in 2013, the program has annually received the National Merit Award from the National
Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 96% graduate
pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination.