School of Health Sciences Programs

Learn more about the various programs available at the Reading Health School of Health Sciences.

Mission Statement

The mission of Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences is to provide educational programs that develop competent and compassionate professionals capable of providing high-quality healthcare services to individuals, families, and communities. Download Mission Statement and Philosophy [PDF].

Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences operates without distinction to age, race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or economic means.

University Affiliation

The School of Health Sciences has an affiliation with Alvernia University, giving some students the ability to earn college credits and bringing them closer to earning a college degree during their studies.

Alvernia University
400 Saint Bernadine Street
Reading, PA 19607
Admissions: 610-796-8269
admissions@alvernia.edu

Clinical Pastoral Education

The Clinical Pastoral Education program is designed for clergy, lay ministers, theology students, and other interested individuals seeking continuing education or training in hospital chaplaincy. It provides a curriculum and supervised clinical experiences focused on the cultivation of care and counseling skills that are theoretically informed and pastorally effective.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program prepares students for an entry-level position as a sonographer in various healthcare settings. The 27-month program focuses on the general concentration with emphasis on abdominal and obstetrical/gynecological processes. Educational curriculum include rigorous academic coursework, hands-on laboratory scanning, and exceptional clinical experiences.

Students enrolled in the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences Diagnostic Medical Sonography program are simultaneously enrolled with Alvernia University through a dual enrollment agreement. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from the School of Health Sciences and an Associates in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Alvernia University.

Emergency Medical Services

Looking for a career in Emergency Medical Services? Enroll in our program and train as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), Paramedic or Prehospital Registered Nurse (PHRN).

Medical Imaging

Medical imaging professionals play a vital role in diagnosing and treating illness. Through a combination of clinical and classroom experiences, graduates who successfully complete our rigorous 27-month Medical Imaging Program are well-prepared for entry level employment in this highly technological field of study.  An affiliation agreement with Alvernia University allows students who enroll in our Medical Imaging Program to simultaneously enroll in the University’s Associate of Science in Medical Imaging Program.

Medical Laboratory Science

Since 1934, our program has prepared laboratory professionals to work in various laboratory settings including hospital labs, reference labs, physician office labs, and pharmaceutical labs.

As a Medical Laboratory Science professional, you will play a crucial role in the detections, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Medical laboratory science professionals generate accurate laboratory data that is needed to aid in detecting cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, and leukemia, as well as the identification of bacteria and viruses that cause infections.

Nursing

We have been providing exceptional nursing education since 1889. Widely recognized for excellence in classroom and clinical settings, our program will prepare you for a rewarding career as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Through an affiliation with Alvernia University, University faculty teach select science courses and English composition at the School of Health Sciences. The partnership enables graduates to qualify for the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program.

Surgical Technology

If you would like to be part of a surgical team, enroll in our Surgical Technology Program. Combining instructional lectures and clinical experience, the 20-month program will prepare you for the national certification examination and to assume an entry-level position as a surgical technologist. An affiliation agreement with Alvernia University allows students to simultaneously enroll in the University’s Associate of Science Degree Program.

Contact Admissions

For more information on any of our programs, call the School of Health Sciences Office of Admissions at 484-628-0100.