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  • Welcome

    Welcome to the Department of Health Professions at UW-L!

     

    The department offers six fully-accredited healthcare programs:

    • Medical Dosimetry
      The field of Medical Dosimetry involves the measurement and calculation of dose for the treatment of cancer patients.  Dosimetrists use their knowledge of physics, anatomy, and radiobiology to develop an optimal arrangement of radiation portals to spare normal and radiosensitive tissues while applying a prescribed dose to the targeted disease volume. 
    • Nuclear Medicine Technology
      Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that uses small amounts of radioactive materials, known as radiopharmaceuticals, for diagnostic, therapeutic, and research purposes.  Highly simplified, a typical procedure would involve discussing the procedure with the patient, injecting the radiopharmaceutical which localizes in the area of interest, then is imaged using a special camera.  It is something like taking an X-ray from the inside-out.
    • Occupational Therapy
      In its simplest terms, occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).  Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
    • Physical Therapy
      When individuals are recovering from injury or disease, the physical therapist evaluates and directs the recovery process to relieve pain, make them stronger, and help them to regain use of an affected limb. Physical therapists also teach patients and their families what to do so that healing continues through self-care at home.
    • Physician Assistant

      Physician assistants (PAs) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician. Physician assistants work in a variety of practice settings including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and research centers. PAs are qualified to take medical histories, examine patients, order and administer tests, make diagnoses, treat illnesses, and assist in surgery. They are trained to provide care that otherwise would be administered by a physician. 

    • Radiation Therapy

      Radiation therapists are health care professionals skilled in the art and science of medical radiation treatment delivery.  Along with surgery and chemotherapy, radiation therapy offers patients the best chance to succeed in the fight against their disease.  The major focus areas of the profession are the primary care of patients, simulation, treatment, planning, and delivery of treatments utilizing linear accelerator produced radiation and radio-isotopes.  Aims of treatment include cure, relief of symptoms, and improvement of patients’ quality of life.

     

    These programs have achieved regional and national recognition for excellence in professional healthcare education, and the placement rate of our graduating students approaches 100%.

    The Department of Health Professions is housed in the Health Science Center, a beautiful 5-story facility built in 2000 and equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory equipment.  We are one of the newest departments at UW-L, being formed in 2003 by the union of two departments, the Department of Physical Therapy and the Department of Clinical Sciences.

    Elements that contribute to the success of our programs include:

    • Rigorous curricula based on current research, theory, and practice
    • Low student/faculty ratio that allows focused mentoring and teaching
    • Faculty dedicated to providing effective learning opportunities that facilitate growth in didactic knowledge, professional behaviors, and clinical management skills
    • Faculty committed to collaboration with students in clinical and research activities,
    • Local, regional, and national clinicians enlisted to share expertise by teaching and mentoring
    • Outstanding clinical experiences in healthcare facilities throughout the United States,
    • Exceptional students selected to participate in these programs. Please feel free to explore our web site and see which programs are right for you!