Clinical Science

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Clinical Science (CS) Program is to provide high quality education and professional preparation in cytotechnology and medical technology for a diverse student population, to prepare them for traditional and emerging roles as clinical science professionals. The goals of each of the options, in addition to preparing entry-level clinical practitioners, is to: Produce clinical scientists who can research, develop, evaluate and implement clinical skills and procedures utilizing a high degree of independent judgment and applied cognitive knowledge; Consult where appropriate with other members of the health care team; and Instill within graduates a sense of professionalism, dedication and commitment to healthcare and their profession that will stay with them throughout their careers.

What is a Medical Technologist?

Also known as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and/or Medical Laboratory Scientist. Medical Technologists perform and supervise clinical laboratory testing in the general and specialized areas of clinical biochemistry, hematology, medical microbiology, immunohematology, immunology, molecular diagnostics, serology and clinical microscopy. Data collected is correlated with pathophysiology and used by health professionals in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Medical Technologists review and conduct research activities.

What is a Cytotechnologist?

Cytotechnologists are skilled in examining human cellular material in search of abnormalities that are the warning signs of cancer. They perform a variety of diagnostic and research procedures in the cytology laboratory including basic cytologic examinations, staining and processing tissue specimens which have been removed by non-invasive techniques, surgery or fine needle aspiration. Advanced techniques include cellular analysis using specialized microscopy, immunofluorescent, and molecular and cytogenetic markers. The Cytotechnologist is capable of developing a differential diagnosis based upon cellular evidence in conjunction with pertinent cognitive knowledge and other clinical data and issues the final report on specimens that contain normal cells. When abnormal cells are present, the cytotechnologist teams with a pathologist to arrive at a final diagnosis.