New Allied Health Program Options at Concord

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 22 2007

CONTACT: Dr. Joseph L. Allen, Chair, Division of Natural Sciences, Associate Professor of Geology
1-304-384-5238, FAX 384-6017,

New Allied Health Program Options at Concord

Athens, W.Va. –The Concord University Board of Governors approved two new “3+1” allied health programs in chemistry. The programs were approved at their October 24, 2006, meeting and include a clinical laboratory science option and a pharmacy option.

The Clinical Laboratory Science option allows graduates to become nationally certified Medical Technologists (MTs). The program includes three years (98 hours) of academic work at Concord followed by a 12-month practicum in residence at a hospital-based School of Medical Technology.

The Pharmacy option allows students to complete 98 hours of academic work at Concord, and then apply for competitive admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Charleston. Students can receive a Concord B.S. degree in chemistry after the successful completion of the first year of the UC pharmacy doctoral program, and they can be included in the Concord graduation upon successful completion of their first year at UC.

“The Clinical Laboratory Science option replaces a well established degree in Medical Technology that Concord has offered for at least four decades, and will offer students the same career options,” stated Dr. Joe Allen, Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences. “I thank Maribeth Greenway at Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospitals for helping to update our program. Dr. Joe Saunders, assistant professor of chemistry at CU was instrumental in organizing the 3+1 Pharmacy option in chemistry, along with Dr. Evan Robinson at the University of Charleston Pharmacy School. Concord’s Division of Natural Sciences has many alumni in the medical and allied health sciences fields, and these programs will continue to provide more options for future students.”

“These options will not require additional classes or faculty, and development of the chemistry option was suggested by Natural Sciences Chair, Dr. Joe Allen,” stated Vice President and Academic Dean, Dr. Dean Turner. “We appreciate Dr. Allen’s work in establishing these options, because they will give our students unique career options in the medical field.”