Kasiska School of Health Professions
Students in the KSHP engage challenging and contemporary curricula under the direction of highly skilled and nationally-recognized faculty. All programs in the KSHP are nationally accredited and graduates across all programs boast high employment/placement rates. KSHP graduates are highly regarded by their employers; many have become prominent leaders in their fields.
Academic programs within the KSHP represent some of the fastest growing occupations across the nation. I invite you to visit these programs' websites and learn why the Kasiska School of Health Professions has become a destination site for students pursuing careers in the allied health professions.
Tracy Farnsworth, EdD, FACHE
Associate Dean and Director
Idaho State University
921 South 8th
Pocatello, ID 83209
Master of Public Health
The goal of public health is to protect and improve the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. The Master of Public Health program at Idaho State University is designed to meet the needs of the public health profession through excellence in instruction, community service, research, and continuing professional education.
The Radiographic Science program at Idaho State University prepares students to work as imaging professionals in hospitals and clinics throughout the United States. State of the art equipment and on site laboratory experiences enhances learning while on campus. The off campus clinical experience provides students with 1500 hours of internship at local hospitals and clinics. Our philosophy is that students who learn from experts become experts.
We offer both a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics (DPD) and a Dietetic Internship (with 3 sites: Pocatello, Twin Falls and Meridian) that are nationally accredited (ACEND). Both programs emphasize exceptional practical application of knowledge in varying community organizations. Students and interns are mentored by committed and experienced faculty, and graduates are well prepared for successful careers as Registered Dietitians.
The principle mission of the Department of Counseling is to prepare quality counselors for various settings in Idaho and the nation. More specifically, we seek to prepare quality School Counselors for public schools in K-12 settings, Marital, Couple and Family Counselors and Clinical Mental Health Counselors for community agencies and other mental health settings, and Student Affairs Counselors for working in college settings such as advising, residence halls, and career centers.
We prepare doctoral level counselor educators and supervisors to serve as faculty members in counselor education programs, counselor supervisors in various settings, doctoral level counselors, leaders in higher education and counseling organizations, and scholars.
Medical Laboratory Science
Medical Laboratory Scientists are responsible for the development, implementation performance, and utilization of laboratory tests in the health care setting. Currently it is listed second among the top ten most valuable BS degrees in terms of average pay of graduates and employment rate. ISU offers a NAACLS accredited program at the B.S, second B.S. and M.S. levels, all of which include the yearlong professional program of study which culminates in eligibility to take the national credentialing examination.
This Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) accredited program prepares individuals, groups, and organizations to educate and facilitate the voluntary adoption of actions and behaviors conducive to health. Students are also prepared to perform the seven areas of responsibilities and competencies of entry-level health educators as described by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).
Health Care Administration
The health care industry is one of the nation's largest employers, creating a demand for health care administrators in a wide variety of health care organizations. The Health Care Administration Program is a 4 year, 120 credit, Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in business. The program prepares individuals for administrative careers in hospitals, state and federal health agencies, public schools, nursing homes, ambulatory services, insurance companies, extended-care facilities, research institutions, hospice programs and adult day care facilities.
ISU's Associate of Science degree in Paramedic Science offers students nationally-recognized, in-depth education in emergency medicine within an academic degree program that provides open pathways to further advancement in higher education. Paramedics are the most highly trained of all emergency medical technicians. They provide care to patients in and out of the hospital setting. They undergo a rigorous program of study that prepares them to perform life-saving rescue operations such as cardiac support for heart attack victims, emergency respiratory procedures for people with blocked airways, administration of IV fluids, stabilization of head and neck injuries and broken bones. Emerging roles and responsibilities of the paramedic include public education, health promotion, and participating in injury and illness prevention programs. As the scope of services continues to expand, paramedics will function as facilitators of access to care as well as serving as initial treatment providers.